The Daily Post Prompt of the Day: Entertain

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When you work from home, you must become adept at entertaining your own brain. It can be difficult to stay engaged with your work and with your life…especially if you’re not used to the extra responsibility. There’s no real line between home and work when you work where you live. So, you have to learn how to entertain yourself (and your children) throughout the day.

How do you entertain yourself?

Apparently, I’m Not a Real Writer

I am involved on writing groups on Facebook. I try to answer questions for people who want to get into professional writing. I responded to a thread yesterday in re whether being a professional writer was as hard as any other industry.

After giving my two cents, another respondent told me that I wasn’t a “real” writer because I am not published (in the sense of creative writing). Keep in mind that I’ve never heard of this person. They weren’t a professional writer. They hadn’t been published (traditionally) for creative writing.

They said my reasoning was “flawed” because I refuse to admit that the only REAL writing is creative writing. Because according to that person, “statistics” (that they never gave) show that no one makes writing in anything other than creative writing.

I laughed and told this person that even my 17 year old knew how to make money churning out content and that I was very sorry they had struggled so much in a lucrative market. I also said I’d just be over here sitting on the couch.




Say It With Me, Kids!


Say it with me, kids:

  1. Lack of planning by current, previous, or tentative clients does not constitute an emergency on my part. There was an on again / off again client, a small digital media company, that I worked with a few times. They paid and seemingly dropped off the face of the earth. I’d get an occasional, “Are you available? I have all these new clients and we need content!” I would say yes and we’d exchange a couple of emails to lay-out the framework. I’d ask when they wanted to get started (because I always get a “go ahead” in writing). Crickets. Okay, fine. So I’d leave it alone. Rinse and repeat the same behavior about every six weeks. Today, I received not one but two emails from the same small digital media company. The second message was essentially asking why I hadn’t immediately responded. Well, frankly, lack of planning (let alone execution) on the part of others isn’t an emergency on my part. And I have other clients. Monday is my absolute busiest day (not including Tuesday because Tuesday is short since Baby Bull has speech).
  2. Failure to plan is planning to fail. How many times have you heard me say that on the podcast or even read it here on the blog? I do not and will not drop or modify my schedule because other people can’t get their shit together. I rarely jump through hoops.

So, that’s my Monday (except I am only about 1/3 done with my day, if that).