Hola!! It's B. A. Binns again here with the Genre-Istas for August. (Where has the time gone?)
There’s an ancient cliché – Man works from sun to sun but a woman’ work is never done.
Try being a writer.
A woman writer.
I blogged once about the perils of being your own boss. Before I became a full-time author I had a few bossy bosses, the Jean-Luc Picard “make-it-so” kind. (Harry, if you read this I don’t mean you.)
Now that I’m in charge of me, I have the worst boss possible. I rarely pay myself. Lets be real, most of us lower-level authors earn way below minimum wage. Worse yet, I don’t seem to believe in giving myself a vacation. I rarely even take Sundays off.
Last Sunday was an exception. The end of July brought the end to editing a book I’ve been working on for years. I started it in 2009, out it aside to work on and complete three other novels and a set of short stories, and finally brought out of mothballs earlier this year. Now, with Labor Day approaching, not only have I sent my newest novel, BEING GOD (ISBN 978-0-9881821-0-3) out to the editor, I have finished my newest book, an adult romance titled THE LAST LOGAN so it's about to go out to my agent.
I took a day off.
Went to the movies to watch, of all things, Magic Mike. I swear I didn’t know it was about a group of hard-working male strippers until I was inside and saw Matthew McConaughey in ALL his magnificent glory. But it's more than just beefcake, at heart it’s a story about a guy working like ten different jobs to make his dream come true: his own custom furniture making business. He truely works hard for his money. It's a great girls night out film, and I spent most of the movie rooting for him to achieve his goal. Then rooting for him to grow up and realize there's a more important goal right in front of him.
It was like a real vacation.But now, back to my own work.
Did I mention that writing was also a life of solitude?
Tell me what you guys do on your vacations. If I finish my next project in the foreseeable future, I could use some ideas.
And feel free to visit with me on my website, babinns.com or my personal blog, barbarabinns.com.