Now, I need to make this clear from the start–I don’t mind helping out. She’s a nice young lady and hey, my schedule is nothing if not flexible. But that day as I was driving back from Enterprise (news here, folks they DON’T pick you up and get you going, not without taking you back to the office to file paperwork, something this young lady who works many, many hours didn’t have time to do), I made a discovery.
Writers are spoiled.
Oh sure, there are deadlines and blogs to write, the occasional book signing or library appearance. But on the whole, day to day, a writer is her (or his) own bosses, and the fact is, I for one am ridiculously bound up with this notion.
Get moving and get out of the house before nine to get over to Enterprise? Without finishing my first cup of tea?
Not sit on the back porch, easing into a morning graced by the gurgling of the fountain in my fairy garden?
Schedule? Someone expects me to have a schedule?
That ride back from the rental car company made me realize how truly lucky I am. Sure, like all writers (and everyone who’s been in a job long enough to think of it as a job), there are days I can be plenty crabby about what I do for a living. But on the whole, I’ve got it good. There’s that gurgling fountain, after all, the fairy garden in the morning lights, and that second cup of tea. Consumed at leisure, slippered feet up.
This Saturday, June 11, is the kick-off for the annual adult summer reading program at the Reed Memorial Library in Ravenna, Ohio. I’ll be on hand at 2:30 to talk books and publishing and get things off to a rollicking start. If you’re in the area, stop by:
167 East Main Street
Ravenna, OH 44266
Phone: (330) 296-2827