Friday, June 29, 2012

It's okay ... I'm not REALLY working

by Lorna Barrett / Lorraine Bartlett / L.L. Bartlett

A few days ago, I got a call from my brother.  Someone he worked with had bought a copy of The Walled Flower and wanted it autographed, and could I do it?  Of course!

So I walked down the street to my mother's house, where he happened to be visiting, and he handed me the book, which I signed.  (He then criticized my handwriting, saying he couldn't read it.  Oddly enough, when he called, I'd been transcribing a new scene for my Work In Progress and thought the same thing.  I really must try not to write so fast ... except, I worry I'll lose my train of thought.  Um ... like now.)

My brother seemed rather amused and ... well, shocked ... that anyone would want MY autograph.  To him, writing isn't a job. I don't punch a clock, and I don't collect a regular paycheck, and I'm home fooling around on the computer all day. That's not work.

His point of view is not unique.  Every full-time writer I know will tell you how their work time is not valued by friends and family.  How people think they can disrupt your work with a telephone call or request for a favor or to run an errand and not understand how it can destroy the entire writing day because we're not really working ... but again I digress.

I handed him one of my goody bags, which I'd brought for him to give his work pal.  He looked at it, dismissed it, and immediately passed it to my sister-in-law.  "Wow, this looks nice," she said.  "What's this button?"  I explained it was for my Jeff Resnick series.

"Who's Jeff Resnick?" my brother asked.

I sighed.  "He's the main character in my first mystery series. Remember, the first book I had publishedTHE ONE I DEDICATED TO YOU?"

"Not really."

*Much Heavier Sigh*

I walked back home and resumed my keyboarding, thankful I'd already written the words so that this interruption didn't upset the muse.

What an odd job to have.  To think about make-believe people, with complicated lives, and jobs, and relationships, and ... a lot of times, devising ways to kill people.

You know what?  In spite of the disruptions, this has got to be one of the best jobs in the world.  But ... don't tell that to my brother.

BTW:  Just a reminder that the latest Booktown Mystery will be available on Tuesday.  It's Murder On The Half Shelf, and I'm proud to say it's racking up some pretty awesome reviews. (Our own Dru Ann Love reviewed it just today on her blog Dru's Book Musings.)  I hope you'll give it a try.

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But wait... there's more!

FOUND--AUTHOR SWAG:  Speaking of goody bags, while cleaning out the Cozy Chicks' office supply room, we came across two more Malice goody bags.  How can you get one?  Write a review of more than one or two sentences for our cookbook. THE COZY CHICKS KITCHEN, and post it on either Amazon or Barnes & Noble (both is better), and we'll send you Cozy Chicks swag.  (Which includes bookmarks from all the Chicks, plus a bonus recipe card and an incredibly cute teapot cookie cutter.)

How can you miss?

P.S.  Did you buy the cookbook and wish you could have it signed?  Guess what?  We've got free bookplates  signed by all the contributing Chicks! To get yours, just write to us, give us your snail mail address, and we'll send you one (plus a few Cozy Chicks bookmarks).  Our email address is: cozychicks(at)gmail(dot)com -- Please put BOOKPLATE in the subject header.  Thanks!