Friday, April 1, 2011

A Writer Employed

photo from lamableu.net
So this girl got a job. It's my first away from the home in nearly nine years.
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I can't speak of the specifics, but I can tell you that it involves the outdoors, a scientific case study and... my nose.
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The most genius part is, tucked around the work itself, there is mucho downtime. During that downtime we can do whatever we choose, and that means I will write! It's a perfect scenario, really, because I'll be earning great money, but won't have to give up the time I put toward my writing.
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when Janna met Sally
I'll schlep my notebooks, pens and pencils, novels and craft books, my laptop and (sometimes) my AlphaSmart 3000. (Who remembers Sally?)
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This experience will be incredibly out of the ordinary for me, and I'm very much looking forward to it. Every day is an adventure waiting to happen, and I expect to be inspired.
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Also, because of the change in my schedule, and the way I'll have to make adjustments with family and household responsibilities, I feel sure I'll be forced into a more balanced life. (I've spoken about the life juggle many times, most recently here.) Does that make sense? I think time away from home will give me healthy space, a more appreciative perspective, and better-defined goals.
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The busier we are, the more we accomplish, right?
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Please keep me in mind! This will be so new for my family and me. But don't worry, they'll be fine, and I will, too. ;) You'll still see me here and on Facebook. I'll still have content at those places you see linked in my sidebar, and I'll be working ever diligently on my current novel-in-progress.
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Stay tuned, too. I may have stories to tell!

23 comments:

Wendy Paine Miller said...

Outdoors and using your nose...sign me up. I'm a nature lover and a major smeller!

Can't wait to hear more.
~ Wendy

Liza said...

I am so intrigued by this job of yours. Congratulations and good luck! I hope you can tell us more about it soon.

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

You know you're gonna have to tell us more eventually, right? It sounds so intriguing--and perfect. Where can I get a job like yours? :)

Written Not With Ink said...

Congrats! Your hints make me want to craft a story surrounding this mysterious new job. (Wait a second, I still have my own WIP to finish...)

Seriously, I can relate because I, too, am thinking of going back to work this fall, after my kids are back in school. I wish you the best on your new endeavor and can't wait to hear the stories you'll have to tell.

Barb

Rhonda Schrock said...

Congratulations, Janna! My husband has a nose a beagle would envy. Seriously. He's happily employed, though, so your position is safe. :)!

Best wishes for a smooth transition.

The Happy Whisk said...

Love my AlphaSmart. I call him Alphie and he is just great. Happy Writing and congrats on the new gig.

ConnieGirl said...

How exciting! Congrats, Janna! Wishing you well at the new job -- and your novel in progress. How far along are you? (sounds like you're having a baby, which, I guess, in a way you are)

Melissa Marsh said...

It sounds fascinating, Janna! More fodder for the writing! Enjoy.
:-)

Linda Hoye said...

Congrats, Janna! Sounds like the perfect thing for you. I look forward to hearing more about it.

Jeanette Levellie said...

Congratulations!

Are you testing bug spray at picnics? Underarm deodorant at outdoor weddings? Fish that washed up on shore after a storm? Please!

When will we know?

Diane said...

Sounds intriguing and like a lot of new opportunities for you. CAn't wait for updates. :O)

Melanie Hooyenga said...

Janna that's great! Congratulations and good luck!

septembermom said...

This sounds very interesting Janna. I know that you'll get so much inspiration in this new job. Congratulations and I wish you the best of luck.

Karen Lange said...

Sounds interesting! Hope you can share more details later. :)

Beth said...

I am excited for you and can't wait for the details! *high five* fellow writer!

Janna Qualman said...

Thanks, everyone!

Michaéle said...

Congrats! You hit the nail on the head when you said the busier you get, the more organized you become. Totally true. Also, something I learned recently, is a thing called Parkinson's Phenomenon. It basically says a task will take as long as the time we have allowed to do it. Which explains why a four-hour workday for me sometimes takes eight when I know I have that long to get it done....gosh, I wish I would have understood this about 10 years ago!

Good luck! Keep us posted! I'm off Facebook until after Lent (some people give up chocolate, I gave up social networking) but I would love to add you when I'm back.

Karen said...

Okay, Janna, what ARE you doing??? Sounds like an ideal job, I think. Can't wait to read more.

Carole said...

I hope your transition goes well. I am trying to decide whether to go back to full time work or stay at home and continue to work on my writing and recording my music compositions - a long term goal I am finally reaching -yay!! Decisions, decisions. Your job is the type I need, I think - one with lots of flexibility:-)

Terri Tiffany said...

You have me so curious! What are you doing? The down time seems wonderful!!

Capri K said...

Congratulations! Good for you!
You get to use your nose, hmmmmmm...

Deb Shucka said...

This sounds so exciting! I wish you the best of luck with the new job and all the changes in your life it will bring with it. Looking forward to hearing more.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"Stay tuned, too. I may have stories to tell!"

You will, too. Sometimes I do my best writing when I'm completely overwhelmed by life. Hope the time works out to fit in thoughts and get them down.