I forgot completely about posting last weekend, and I’ll tell you why: I got a job. No, my writing isn’t now paying me, it’s a real-world job. Well, not-quite-job. It’s actually a vocational rehabilitation program for Vets that I’m in up at the VA. They pay me a little above minimum wage, which is non-taxable, and I work 4 days a week in the mail room there. It’s great to be working again.
This has understandably had an effect on my writing. My focus is shot all to hell right now, because I’m usually tired and can’t decide what to work on even though I’d kinda-sorta chosen something before starting the job. These days, if I don’t have the Scrivener files for at least two projects open at once, there’s something wrong. Usually, I have three or more. I’ll either be working on some aspect of the writing—worldbuilding, plotting, or maybe getting actual words—or reading through some incomplete project that I just had to look at again.
Right now, my life is in flux as I settle into the job and establish new routines. These days, I get home from work around 16:00 and am usually in bed by 20:00, with stuff like housework in between. I’m also usually mentally blasted from work. Not sure why, just that I come home and zone while my fiancee rubs my feet and we chat. I’ll get into chat on Forward Motion too. However, I always have my projects open, ready for me to work on them.
I’m honestly not sure how long it’ll take me to settle into my job, but things have been getting better. Now I actually am able to do a little writing every couple of days, when I’ve rested up a bit. It’s just taking time. Wish it didn’t have to, but I accepted that when I leapt at the opportunity I have to get some work experience under my belt before putting applications in at real jobs again.