Monday, August 09, 2010

Monday Random....

Just a couple random thoughts, as I wander through the morning, and look headlong at a 52 hour schedule where I'm gonna be working 33-35 hours of that stretch....

I've been writing, lately. That's important. I have a project. But, there's something more. Call it a fear of a career of working 60 hours a week, where there's not much time for much else. Call it a fear of not being able to take days off when I need them for the next 30 years. My lazy ass has been deluding myself about being a writer for the past dozen or more years. So, I've been setting a couple hours a day to write. And considering there are days where 2 hours, after work, commuting, and need to get at least five hours of sleep make anything else scarce.

I don't know if writing will be a way out of that situation, where my time doesn't feel like my time at all, but at the very least, I can take some solace in the process. When I'm writing, and it's going well, and especially when I have a finished product, there's a sense that I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing. The trick, I think, is to find somebody to pay me for my drivel. (The first person who says something about "monetizing the blog" gets punched in the throat, though. That's a rant for another day....)

I don't mean to turn it into a rant about work. Suffice it to say, time's short, and I'm a little tired of bullshitting myself about being a writer, being afraid of failure and all that shit. I may not be around the old blogamathing, as much, is all I'm saying. I'll still be around. It's just a thing where my other writing has to take priority.

But anyway, with a nod to Elisson and Sheila's road trip, here's what I listened to this morning, while I wrote:

1. "The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)" Ryan Bingham
2. "Kyle's Mom is a Bitch" Eric Cartman
3. "Every Little Thing About You" The Mavericks
4. "The Boxer" Simon and Garfunkel
5. "Feb 14" Drive-By Truckers
6. "Worker's Song" Dropkick Murphys
7. "Good Times" Finger Eleven
8. "Maybe Tonight" Nicole Atkins
9. "The Man in Me" Rodney Crowell
10. "Paradise City" Guns & Roses
11. "Yes to Booty" Elizabeth Cook
12. "Stand by Me" John Lennon
13. "Startin' to Hate Country" the Asylum Street Spankers
14. "Heading for the Light" The Travelling Wilburys
15. "Hey Mr. Postman" Henry Phillips
16. "El Camino" Elizabeth Cook
17. "Lucky Ball & Chain" They Might Be Giants
18. "Love at First Feel" AC/DC
19. "Here Comes the Rain" The Mavericks

4 Comments:

Blogger Teresa said...

Having met a couple of authors (I'm friends with one of them on Facebook) who have made writing careers, I will tell you that they look at it like a job. There are set writing hours and they are very self disciplined about their work.

Having read some of the bits you've put out on the blog, you have a terrific gift for writing. I know it when I see it - because I don't have it. LOL.

Whether or not you can get to the publishing level depends somewhat on finding out how get someone to pay attention to your writing and of course like most other things - luck. *sigh*

And no, monetizing the blog is not the way to do it at all. I totally agree with you there!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Sora Ryu said...

I'm a writer too. Music always helps.

10:44 PM  
Blogger T. Church said...

I admire those that can write and listen to music... I must have total solitude except on those rare occasions, or when of course I am reviewing a CD or something to that effect... Tommy you do have a knack for writing, and I admire your tenacity. I know that your job doesn't allow for any shortcuts in life, so it's good on one hand to see you working on your novel, though on the other I sure do miss your daily reads here. However it works out, I'm rooting for ya. And that being said, I really need to get me some Travelling Willburys.

2:12 AM  
Blogger Tommy said...

You can't ever go wrong with the Wilburys.

9:22 AM  

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