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I must look like I know what I'm doing...

I got my preliminary panelist assignment for WisCon and I'm on this one:
Balancing Creativity And The Day Job

"Unfortunately, most of us can't support ourselves with our prose, nor do we have patrons who pay our bills for us. So how do you cram a nine-to-five job, a commute, exercise, writing, a personal life, errands, chores, entertainment, and adequate sleep into a twenty-four hour day without totally losing your mind? "

Normally that's not funny, per se. But there's a woman in my community who is always latching on to me and setting my synapses afire. I've blogged about her before (and deborak likened her to a big, sucking black hole) and I've been encountering her more and more lately. Like, yesterday and today.

My workplace is going to host a Friday night writers' group. She assumed I'd be there. I think she doesn't get it. I have contracts to fulfill. I have half-done projects that are yearning to be complete. And I'm stuck at that darn day job 3 to 5 days per week. I wouldn't find it inspirational to sit around and talk about writing with a bunch of fledgling writers who likely will never progress beyond the talking-about-it stage. I need some me-time so that I can actually write. (And query and market and edit and all those things that go with writing.)

I remember once Michael Stackpole talked on his podcast about why he wasn't going to do NaNoWriMo saying that as a pro writer, every day was a day where he expected wordcount from himself and that he couldn't afford to participate in the artificial construct (my words, not his). At the time I thought it was harsh. Now, I'm totally getting it. I think if I sat in a room full of people bitching about not-writing, I'd flip out.

So anyway, hopefully I don't short-circuit on that panel and kill someone who's got a sugar daddy paying their bills and carrying their insurance and still bitches about how they don't have "time" to write. Because hopefully no one in that lucky situation will be dumb enough to announce that they're totally taken care of and they still don't write.

Maybe what I'm trying to say is that I don't think I balance it all well. I must have been feeling optimistic when I signed up.


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Apr. 18th, 2008 09:13 pm (UTC)
it's a good topic mind, although the answers may have to be so person-specific, it's hard to know where to start for a panel.
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