Saturday, January 27

The Glamorous Life of a Writer by @JanaRichards_

Courtesy of Flickr, Linda_Lou2
So, the other day, my fifteen-year-old dog peed on the floor, and as I was cleaning it up, I thought, “What a glamorous life I have.”

Not.

The truth is, my life is about as unglamorous as it gets. Unless you consider my ratty old sweater and fuzzy slippers, my usual at-home attire, glamorous. Then I’m right there with you.

I go to the grocery store, I clean toilets, I lug laundry up and down the stairs. When I’m at the day job, I balance stuff, not like Cirque du Soleil balancing, more like H & R Block balancing. Like I said, glamorous.

I really should buy a pink feather boa, just like Barbara Cartland. I could wear it while I reconcile bank accounts.


But because I’m a writer, I get to create my own worlds, and sometimes, if I choose, they can be glamorous, or at least they can have a touch of glamor. My heroines don’t have to worry about their weight, or if they do, they’ll be successful in taking it off. My heroes never forget to flush or leave the cap off the toothpaste. My characters have problems, real problems, but they find ways to work them out. And they always have good hair.

I’m lucky to be able to put down in words the stories rattling around in my brain. It’s a crazy, strange kind of career, where I get to live in my head and wear my jammies to work. Glamorous? Maybe not. But challenging, rewarding and exactly the right career for me.

What’s glamorous about your life or career? What’s the least glamorous thing about your life or career?

7 comments:

  1. The least glamorous part of my job at the library is that when people stuff things down the toilets or write mean things on the wall or strew toilet paper from pillar to post, the librarians get to clean up after them. Saying horrible things under our breaths the whole time. These are adults who are allowed to drive cars, rear children, and carry guns. There now, Jana, aren't you sorry you asked?

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    1. Well, that's just lovely, Liz. Good grief, if an adult does something like that at a library, somebody should revoke their "grown-up" card. Or at least their library card. If it was a contest, you won!

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  2. Unfortunately cleaning toilets is a natural part of life... I’ve done it at every job I’ve had. Or maybe it’s just that I have been willing to because it needed done. I think one of the most glamorous aspects of what we do is when people are in awe of us because we bear that ethereal title “writer” (which is especially funny because we know just how unglamorous it is! ;-)

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    1. Yes, I've had jobs where I've had to clean the toilet, too. It was never a requirement, but if I wanted to use the toilet, I'd prefer it be clean!

      I agree that sometimes people are in awe of writers, probably the same way I'd be in awe of a famous actor. I wonder if an actor's life is as unglamorous as a writer's? I'll bet Meryl Streep doesn't clean her own toilets!

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  3. And on a side note, I think we should all wear tiaras while doing our “glamorous “ tasks! Lol!

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    1. Oh, I forgot about the tiara! Yes, I absolutely need one!

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    2. Oh, yes! The whole toilet-cleaning thing would be a lot better if I were wearing a tiara! Great thinking, Ava!

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