Tuesday, May 15, 2012


I've been at my new job for almost three months. It's comfortable now, but not near as busy as I thought it would be. Not that that's a complaint, mind you.

My boss does not work in this city. Nor this state. She works in Tennessee, where most of the work is at (apparently). I've told her I'm ready for more work, the man who interviewed/hired me (we'll call him Mr. B) has done the same. Repeatedly. Like, every day. Still, I sit with not much to do (maybe an hour or two's worth of work spread out over eight).

I'm afraid with his insistent bugging, they might realize they don't need me. I don't want that. My husband thinks I should tell the guy not to worry. That I'm okay with the lack of work (I think Mr. B thinks he's doing me a favor, and he would be if I cared!!). I don't know if I want to go that far. Just in case they don't realize what I am doing.

It's because of my lack of work that I'm able to write Book #5. See…what people see is not a bored person, but a person sitting at her desk thinking about the next scene – playing scenarios around in her head.

Yep, I put the book away when work comes in (it's what I'm paid to do), but when there's no work, I write because I just can't hide reading a book, you know? At least writing makes me look busy.

Well, most of the time.

I don't know how I find these jobs. I had the same problem at my last place of employment (except the work they gave me to do I hated, and then add the commute and it became miserable). But there, I was out in the open and probably got caught writing more often then I realized. Here, I'm in an office, so it's not as noticeable. And if they notice and let me go? I'll deal with it.

But this time it's not for a lack of looking for more work (where it was at my last job). I enjoy accounting and don't mind working on spreadsheets and databases (payroll and people are another issue – yuck). We'll see if the workload picks up now that my boss is back from her vacation. Because I really do want to keep the job (sort of, kind of – I want the paycheck).

In other news… I went and saw Dark Shadows on Saturday. A little disappointed. Not because it wasn't good, it was okay, but because I thought it would be more comedic.

I actually read three books in one week. Haven't done that in a long time. Those Stephanie Plum books are a definite fast read – and enjoyable, too. I'm stopping at number 3 for now. Basically, because my husband is on number 4 and also because I want to read some of Lori Foster's work. I'm going to her convention next month (for the second time) and feel I should at least get to know her through her writing!

Plus, I miss the romances. I need a recharge!

Have a Happy Tuesday!


Anne Gallagher said...

My kind of job where you can get paid to work and then get paid to write. I know how you feel though. I've quit jobs like that.

I remember the old Dark Shadows from tv. I dont' think the movie could do it justice. Not that it was supposed to or anything, but I don't want it to taint my memories I guess.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Anne - The movie didn't discredit what I remember of the series. It was strange how I remembered all the characters' names, though (me and my lousy memory, that is). I guess I expected more of a spoof, and it wasn't that at all.

The Happy Whisk said...

Hope things pan out
for you. Sounds like
it's a bit boring
on your end.

But good to hear
that you are writing.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Thanks, Whisk. Yep, it does feel good to write again. I'll be glad when I get past the beginning, though. Those are always hard (I keep changing my mind about things!).

The Happy Whisk said...

Do you hold on to the changes you make, as in put them aside? Or do you delete them?

I'd say I probably fall in the middle, doing both depending.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Whisk - I have a fresh document each day - dated even (makes it easier to find the latest), so if I make a change and hate it, I have the original to go back to. I don't get rid of ANYTHING!

But I find with the beginning, if I change it, it's because the older version wasn't working. But you never know...