I very rarely talk about my day job. I talk so little about it that few of you even know I HAVE a day job, and that’s just fine with me.
You see, when I think of my favorite authors sitting at their desks hunched over their word processors, I see that typical romantic portrait of writers and have a hard time imagining them punching a time clock in some factory, or typing up a deposition for their boss or sliding a plate of sausage and eggs in front of a truck driver at Moe’s Highway Diner.
So I figure that when readers read a Robert Gregory Browne thriller, they don’t really want to think about him filling out a time card every month. Knowing that he has a day job kind of kills things. I mean, after all, how good can the guy be if he needs another job to get by?
But like most writers, I lead a dual life. By day, I produce and edit videos for an educational institution, and by night I write thrillers with a supernatural twist.
At least some writers have cool day jobs. Lawyers, newspaper reporters, doctors, private investigators, television producers. Editing educational videos, however, is not a cool job. I’ve been doing double duty for almost five years now and, frankly, it is finally taking its toll.
But I’ve been very fortunate on the writing front lately, and I’m happy to announce that, starting in December, I’m joining the ranks of my fulltime writer friends. From then on my days will be fully dedicated to writing.
What a concept. A writer who writes full time.
There have been times I’ve wondered if it would ever happen. Now I realize that I wouldn’t be able to survive mentally and physically if it didn’t.
After almost five years of working two time-consuming jobs, I’ll finally get my life back. I’ll be able to watch some movies. Catch up on some TV shows. Maybe even talk to my wife once in awhile. And sleep? Oh, Lord, I can’t wait.
When my buddy Brett went full time, he talked about it here. I was glad to hear he was making the leap, but I was also envious as hell. At the time I probably COULD have joined him, but I stayed prisoner to the psychological pull of that steady paycheck and that nice health insurance plan.
Going full time is still a scary proposition, but I really have no choice at this point. I’m too goddamn busy not to.
So I hope you’ll help me celebrate this change in my life. I’m finally at a point where I can do what I really love to do and make a comfortable living at it.
Here’s hoping it lasts.
And here’s hoping that all of you writers out there who dream of joining me will see that dream come true very soon.
You deserve it.