Today is the last day of my teaching job, which means that tomorrow is the first day of my life as a…(dare I say it?)…a full time author. I’ve been working toward this for a long time, doing the things authors with day jobs do—having a crazy schedule, trying to do too many things at once, sweating deadlines, telling my husband that my share of the housework can wait until retirement. It’s been a wild ride since my first book came out in 2006.
And now…well, I will no longer be able to use my day job as a way to procrastinate when I hit a writing wall, which means I’ll have to come up with new hobbies. Just kidding. My wise mother told me that quitting the day job is like walking in the mud—you create a temporary empty space, but it is almost instantly filled with other important things.
I believe her wholeheartedly, but the one thing I will have is my mornings free to write. My brain is a morning brain and it loves nothing more than a cup of coffee and a blank word document. I’ve increased the delivery schedule on my Starbucks home delivery subscription. I foresee going through a lot of coffee and filling a lot of blank word documents. Good thing, too. I have three deadlines this summer, but the beauty part is that summer isn’t going to end!
Jeannie Watt writes contemporary and western romance. She lives in northern Nevada and will soon be spending a lot more time sitting at her computer drinking coffee and torturing her characters. To find out more about Jeannie, please visit her website or Facebook page.