I have several full time jobs, some of which don’t have set hours of operation and don’t pay me a penny. Being a parent is one of those. It’s 24/7 and there’s no paycheck at the end of the day! If you have kids, you already knows this. If you don’t have kids and you see a parent looking like they’re about to go right off the edge – cut them some slack. Sleep deprivation sucks and a perpetually empty bank account ain’t no picnic either!
I have a full time, part time job as a substitute teacher. I work every day, 5 days of the week from about 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. depending on the school I’m at. There are no benefits, other than the kind money can’t buy. I get a 30 minute lunch and not much of a break the rest of the day. Your kids are an inquisitive lot, and they ask a lot of questions that I try to know the answers to. They know when you are insincere, so it keeps me on my toes, literally, all day.
I’m also a full time writer. This takes up a huge amount of brain energy and time that I don’t actually have, but I squeeze it in there anyway because I HAVE to write, just like I have to do the other above jobs. No choice there.
I’m a marketing specialist. I’m an editor. I’m a graphic artist. I mop floors and wash windows too.
This weekend, I’m all of the above. I’m writing new chapters for my 4th book, Legend. I’m editing that same book where it needs editing. I’m already thinking about the cover for this book, doing the preliminary research into stock photos vs. paying a model to do the next 4 books. Not sure I can afford the latter but I’m looking into it. I’m changing the covers on two print books as well. I’m researching some marketing techniques, and checking up on the ones I already have in place to see how effective they are or aren’t. I’m cleaning my house, doing laundry and working with my son on his various homework projects that walk in the door with him every day.
I’m preparing for a long-term position as an English teacher that’s coming up, since I like to know what I’m doing when I get up in front of 30+ kids who may or may not be interested, have to be there anyway, and have to pass to graduate.
This is life at its fullest, being so busy it’s hard to keep it all straight from one day to the next. I love the added hustle and bustle. It keeps the mind sharp and always searching for ways to make the schedule work, life work, and I think makes me a better writer.
The pace does make me crazy sometimes. Maybe I’ll write about how I relax and find ways to counter the stress…I’ll let you know when I figure that out!