My life isn't always easy, in fact, it's generally pretty damn complicated. I do contract work (for two or three or sometimes four different law firms) as a paralegal and I teach, both law to junior paralegals and creative writing. I write. A lot. I have friends, a partner, family. I'm a voracious reader - it's my addiction. I love to shop. So, although it's taken me quite a while to figure it out, I'm never going to be the kind of a writer who has great big long blocks of time to write. Or wants them.
And maybe that's a good thing because I seem to write - and live - better that way. I use a kitchen timer for writing (and I might as well use one for my daily schedule) - a friend gave me one that's shaped like a lemon. (And yes, I know, there's an alarm on my computer but it just doesn't feel the same.) I set it for a half hour and I write. When the bell rings, I stop, even if I'm right in the middle of a sentence. I set it again for a half hour and I do something else.
And the rest of my life is kind of like my writing. On an average day I might write (which includes blogging, writing fresh pages, editing, email) for an hour or so, go to one office for a couple of hours, take a break to run errands (bank, shopping, dentist, whatever), off to the other office for a few more hours, meet my book club, my partner or a friend for dinner or drop in at the Art Gallery for a quick run-through, then home to catch up on email and maybe some edits or a few fresh pages. Some days are even more complicated. And you know what? If I was working full time and putting in these ten or twelve hour days, I'd be exhausted. Variety for me equals satisfaction.
I can't tell you how many years it's taken me to figure this out. The reality is that in every single aspect of my life I am very easily bored. So, obviously, this crazy schedule is what I need to make me productive, to keep me sane, to make me happy. I'm a very lucky woman to be able to live and thrive in this insanity.
For the past four months I've added to my craziness by writing a ten part serial (yep, just like Dickens) that's been released week after week after week. It's great fun because I get to write the continuing saga of Jules and Mercy, who own the Part Time Lovers website, which promises the right sexual partner for right now, and each week, I get to meet and write about a new set of their clients.
This week, it's If It’s Magic
I'm onto something else already - in fact, I'm onto two or three other things. A story about an immortal goddess, a story about a woman's search for her mother, a five book series about a group of men who call themselves the Losers Club. Oh, yeah, and then there's...
Well, you get the picture.
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