For me, the answer is always the former: I work hard. I’ve worked three jobs at one time and even now I ‘work’ two jobs since I have my hourly day job and then my moonlighting night job of writing. I take pride in my work and I make sure my employers get every cent’s worth of work out of me. I strive obsessively to be sure that any one who reads any thing I write is challenged and entertained. Often my husband and I will remind my children of our mantra: “It doesn’t take much to shine.” In other words, just the smallest bit of ‘extra’ attention and effort goes a long ways, and I’ve always made sure to live up to my words. It’s paid off. Recently I was asked to step up as second in command at the hotel I work at. I accepted the offer without hesitation (regular hours dude) and I am off and running into a new adventure.
Which is why you haven’t heard anything from me for a couple of weeks! I’ve been adjusting to new hours (was working swing, now I am days, beginning at seven) and learning to cope with the responsibility of being the buffer between co-workers/guests and management. Consequently I’ve not been writing as per my usual habit. I just want to take a very long nap when I get home and then zone out on NBA finals. Yet as I sit at me keyboard now, typing away, trying to frame just the right thought with just the right words, I remember what my passion is and where my heart lies….always as a writer.
Now a new challenge awaits me as I forge ahead to reach my goal of quitting my job to write full time. It means struggling with the challenge of sleep deprivation, a more strict schedule, and far less wasted time on the internet. It means a helluva lot more work, but I know I am up for it.
You’ll see the efforts of rising to my new challenge in the form of a few new updates on this site. I’ll be categorizing articles for better navigation, for instance. You’ll even notice I’ve included my mission statement on this page, just below the ‘Quote of the Week.’ I’ll also be starting a new web page which will be wholly devoted to education and information concerning the Financialization Revolution. As near as I can tell, the slow erosion of our once prosperous middle class (which not-so-co-incidentally also coincides with the erosion of our once touted democracy) is the single most important event to occur in my lifetime….. yet we fail to realize it as is evident by the way many mainstream pundits deride the poor as ‘takers’ and utterly ignore the players of Wall Street and the Financial sector who have manipulated interest rates and tax loopholes to their infinite advantage. Since I strive to maintain a balance in my writings so as not to alienate anyone, I thought a separate website for this information was a plausible solution…keep an eye out for its launch!
In the meantime, you’ll be getting from me an article addressing the impact of ‘Grace’ on humanity, a story of ‘Two Stevens’ whose separate paths illuminate the struggles of many of our brothers and sisters in modern times, and a fun short story meant for purely entertainment purposes. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE writing?
I am patiently (well, not-so-patiently really) waiting for my book cover and then my first work (Maslow’s Triangle: Short Tales of a Homeless Chick) will be available on Kindle, Nook, and other i-readers…should be able to launch that gig in a couple weeks, according to my graphic artist. I am also waiting to hear back from The Atlantic on the two articles I’ve sent to them.
Working hard? Why yes I am! Here’s to reaching goals, new adventures, and making the necessary adjustments to change.
Be well! dear readers, and please enjoy your journey!