In light of my last post (and because preparation for teaching this fall is eating up all my time), I’m relinquishing today’s post to dear writer friends who’ve also found ways to keep living, breathing, and eating in between their writing endeavors. Found among them is a common reality: art takes sacrifice, sometimes on our own parts to make the “writer’s life” (or the artist’s life) a reality for someone else. Also a common wish: more time to (what else?) WRITE.
“I am a full-time adjunct. It’s hard, but I get to do what I love everyday, and I’m grateful to have a husband who works a job he hates every day so that I can love mine.” ~ A.A.
“My wife makes the bulk of the money (for now). I teach and do what I can. I take care of the kids, because it’s far mor cost-effective for me to watch them than for me to get a full-time job and try to pay for daycare. Doesn’t leave me with as much time to write as I’d like.” ~ Randy Brzoska
“I’m bringing in the bank at my house while hubby lives the artist’s life. He directs, acts, teaches acting. I work the 9-6 job and try to write when I can. Which hasn’t been much lately.” ~ A.P.
“I am working a temp job right now.” ~ J.
“I work full-time as a PR person for an insurance company. pays well, but travel is hard. I will be teaching as an online adjunct starting in January. I will be able to afford a roof over my head, and food as my vehicles are paid off. I am picking up small writing gigs that do pay. Just submitted an online class I developed for a college who is just starting online courses and made $1000.00. Not bad! If I keep this up I wont have to work much to pay the school loans and my insurance!!! Hope that will give me the time to write and submit the way I want to. I’m learning to do without and am happier. Takes me back to simpler times.” ~ Ginger Marcinkowski
“I’ve sold porn and work for the govt the last 3 1/2 years; both amoral soulless jobs that I could sneak writing at…its been a good trade-off.” ~ C.
“I’m an adjunct which means little pay, but a lot of free time. As a writer, it’s worth the trade-off to have that writing time.” ~ William D. Prystauk
“I’m an investigator with the local pd. I use writing for my reports but always have some wannabe grammar lord try to tell me about grammar. Point out my 2 MAs & watch how fast they slink away. He he, that’s the fun! Decent pay but oh the nightmare egos I have to put up with makes me dislike this job with such passion. I’m eager to find freelance writing work or teaching or any decent freelance or online job that I can do to eventually get rid of this one. Unfortunately can’t really walk away since hubby is on my insurance & currently suffering from the C-demon with dr visits, tests & surgeries aplenty. Sigh!” ~ M.
“I have been an ad copywriter, freelancer, and worked in independent school admissions and as a teacher. Most I loved, one I started out liking, but ended up unhappy and stressed. Recently, I joined the Wilkes Creative Writing programs and feel like I’ve come home after a long journey.” ~ D.
And now back to my paying job as an adjunct instructor. One of the wonderful things about teaching a lit class this year? LOTS of opportunities to teach plays! And I’m happy to say that among everything I’m teaching, I have a great showing of female writers (playwrights, poets & even a graphic novelist!) including Mary Zimmerman (Metamorphoses), Sarah Ruhl (Eurydice), Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis), Pamela Gien (The Syringa Tree), and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill (Athair, The Language Issue and The Broken Doll).
Next week I’m hoping to be blogging twice a week again (Tuesdays & Fridays). So wish me luck and I’ll see you on the other side!