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It's funny how telling someone you're a writer seems to make them want to know all about what you write. I wonder why that is? I know that I personally would grill a writer I'd just met because I'm interested in writing, myself. But if I weren't...I don't know, would I be quite as persistent as casual acquaintances seem to be with me?

I think that as an m/m erotica writer, my target audience is really specific. True, you never know who's going to turn out to be into m/m even though you don't expect it (like my mother's friends who she's been pimping my work to), but in general I don't expect most of the people I meet to be my potential readers.

This is my last week at the day job, and people I kinda-sorta know are all totally curious as to why I'd leave a 9-year stint at a job I was good at, that I for the most part enjoyed. And then someone says the word "author" and suddenly the place is abuzz.

I don't really want to go into detail with everybody, so I'm trying to be as boring as possible. That's my tactic. Usually saying I write ebooks will tank a conversation very quickly, because people who don't read ebooks are usually the opposite of interested in ebooks. Persistent folks get the answer that I write "fiction." Yes. I'm trying to be THAT nonspecific. Maybe I'll say "paranormal romance under a pen name" if prompted again. Maybe.

Sometimes I say I do electronic publishing. Today I was asked, "How do you do that?" and I didn't even know where to begin answering the question. Then she prompted, "At home?" and I said, "Yes, it's all online." (I mean, did she want to know how to create a PDF, or get an account with Amazon, or what? I couldn't tell! Glad she helped me out by clarifying her question.)

I've been cleaning out my desk. Many years of crap in there, and dried on cough drops. Lots of stuff I could've thrown away ages ago.



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Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:42 pm (UTC)
Tomorrow is the first day of the rest of your life? :)

The original audience of my blog consisted of knitters and people who liked pictures of cats cleverly captioned. I added book reviewettes. As I slowly morphed into reading m/m almost entirely, I've been fascinated to discover that I've dragged some of my knitter/cat picture people along!
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:37 pm (UTC)
Friday will be the first day of the rest of my life (cripes, what a way to look at it!) I can't believe I waited this long.

I love the idea of a bunch of your cat pic/knitter friends coming along. Surprisingly few of my fanfic friends wanted anything to do with my pro writing.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 05:59 pm (UTC)
I recently bought a Sony Reader and have been enjoying your work so much. I'm a total technophobe and I figured this thing out, so it's really not that hard. I'm amazed by you. I think leaving a job after nine years is brave, but you're following your dream, a dream that brings such pleasure to so many people. You're a wonder!
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
Congrats on your Sony reader! I need to pick out an ereader...though I have no issues with my iPod touch. It is small, but the size is fun to snuggle up in bed with.

If my boss wasn't so fond of head games I would have stayed on indefinitely, because the day job was actually fun and I like all my colleagues. (I don't always like the public, but my contact with them was limited.)
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:01 pm (UTC)
Dried on cherry Luden's are the worst.

Congrats on ditching the day gig. :-)
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:40 pm (UTC)
I don't know how the cough drops snuck around their own wrappers, but they did.

Thanks, the change has been a long time coming!!
Feb. 23rd, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I dodge the question as best I can. Unless my sister is unfortunately with me and proclaims that I write gay porn and I resist every urge I have to stab her with my fork.
My local library holds a writers group once a month and I keep talking myself out of going because of what I write.

But yay for your last week! It's always fun to see what you've had stashed in your desk after so many years.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 07:42 pm (UTC)
My dad says I write "homo vampire books" (very matter-of-factly.)

Maybe that's what I should be telling people.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 09:18 pm (UTC)
I tell persistent people that I write romances. I don't usually elaborate on that unless a lot of interest is shown. But usually people just wander away when they know they can't buy my books from Borders or Angus and Robertson. Still, most people haven't heard of an ebook and wouldn't have a clue how to go about buying or reading one.

Often, a lot more interest is shown when I mention I write with a person in America and that we've never met.

Good luck on the 'not going to work' thing. Must be so exciting.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:07 pm (UTC)
It's weird 'cos I force myself to go to work when I don't feel well all the time. (I am forfeiting hundreds of hours of sick time by leaving. I should have called in more.)

It will be interesting to try to learn my own body's rhythms. Sometimes when I'm excited about a project I want to leap out of bed at 4am and work on it. I can do that now.

I don't feel like I write romances...I guess I technically do. I just can't own that word.
Feb. 23rd, 2010 10:21 pm (UTC)
Won't they pay you your sick leave? They do here.

You write romances with a twist. Leave it to the askee to figure out what the twist is.
Feb. 25th, 2010 10:04 am (UTC)
No, they don't pay out your sick leave. Nothing to be done for it :(
Feb. 24th, 2010 01:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats on taking The Big Step! I remember how I felt: lighter, freer, less tolerating of the crazy--in an office or in life.

You may surprise yourself by wanting to nap a lot and watch TV and be a slug. Your system may need some wind-down time from the day gig. I know I did. Just getting that gunk out of my system and out of my head spurred the creativity.

Best wishes!
Feb. 25th, 2010 10:07 am (UTC)
I feel way less tolerant of the crazy -- but also like it doesn't matter as much to me. Like it's something happening on TV that I don't have emotional attachment to.

I had the thought, "I can shower whenever I want!" How weird! But I thought it was indicative of how we have to deny our own body's rhythms to conform to someone else's schedule, and also how inflexible that can be, quite often for arbitrary reasons.

Case in point: suddenly they're thinking about making my job a flexible, on-call position, whereas before they acted like the world would end if I had someone else cover my Saturday shifts (because it just wasn't FAIR if I didn't do my Saturday like everyone else.)
Feb. 25th, 2010 07:31 am (UTC)
It's an odd feeling, leaving a job. It must be even more unsettling when you're leaving employment completely - though full of positives, too, I hasten to add! :) Good luck with it!

If I didn't want to get into a debate, I used to describe my work as either 'romance' or 'SF' (depending on the audience) because I knew those categories would make certain people just glaze over *hehe*.

Now I just say gay romance and watch them either pink up or blanch. Great fun.
Feb. 25th, 2010 10:08 am (UTC)
Agh, it's my last day today! I'm so nervous.

Also I'm working on my 2009 taxes and I see it's high time to leave. They can't afford me.
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