So many people have their ideas about what I do. Since I work from home I’m often thought of as doing less work. It is not uncommon for me to hear statements like, “If I had the time that you have I would…” or “Sure you can do that, you’re at hom all day.” There are those who think I wake up at two or three o’clock in the evening. Then dressed in my silk pjs, with a cup of hot tea I perch myself upon a cushioned chair with soft jazz in the background and write beautiful. flowing fiction and plays while a lightly scented candles flickers in the background. Once my work is complete I submit it and instantly I’m given a contract and my work is published in well-known magazines. Okay, first of all, I don’t own a pair of silk pjs. And the older I get I find it harder to perch myself upon anything. Basically the way it works is I get up in the morning and have a cup of tea. I put a load of clothes in the washer, put out the garbage, answer emails and make a decision of what I need to work on for the day. Usually I’m working on three or four things at a time. Presently, I’m working on several grant applications and a couple of book reviews as well as a novel and several other small stories. All of this is in addition to being in rehearsal for Fabulation, a play that will open in a couple of weeks. I also serve on a couple of boards and am active in my church and other community organization. Basically, I rarely have time to light the candle or turn on the jazz. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love what I do but I feel offended when people dismiss what I do as nothing or refer to me as lazy. I often hear people say things like, “Boy you’ve got it made. You get to stay at home all day.” I don’t know how to respond to these types of remarks. I mean I don’t feel comfortable with saying, “I’m not lazy I do lots of things.” By the same token I don’t feel comfortable with not saying anything at all. I’ve found that the greatest response that I can give is to handle my business, do the work that I’m committed to doing.
Let’s talk more next week