When Desperate Housewives Call Me

It can be difficult to make a living as a writer. That is why I moonlight when I can. Desperate women from all over the Austin area call me to come over and do for them what their husbands can’t or won’t. They pay me well to satisfy the one real need they have for a strong man who knows what he is doing, and they get it without all the bother or commitment of a relationship. It is also a task I usually enjoy preforming, even if it gets hot and sweaty.

That’s right, I fix things. I also remodel kitchens and bathrooms. I worked construction to pay for college and enjoyed it so much I ended up becoming a general contractor. Okay, there was a little more to it than that. For the equivalent in paperwork and cash as a semester at college, I became a licensed contractor, a member of the California Contractors Association and started a business that earned over 60k in the first year of operation.

But that did not leave much time for writing. So twelve years later I’ve reversed priorities. Being a writer is now my primary occupation. If that is what I want to do with my life, then it must come first. I still do some remodeling, but it gets done around my writing schedule. You have to be who you want to be now. Someday starts today if it is to come at all. What are you doing to follow your dreams?

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maxwell Cynn
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 09:24:49

    I hear ya! I would love to ditch the day-job and write full time. Someday. I’m almost fifty – raised two great kids who are now grown. Writing, coding, and scraping some kind of living from my fingers on the keyboard is my early retirement plan. I’m working that way, and hopefully sooner rather than later, I’ll get there.

    Good luck, and all the best in all you do.

    max

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  2. kimmerlyaj
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 10:36:35

    So glad you’re writing these little snippets! And also focusing on your main passion. I did a similar thing–quit my dayjob to prioritize and make time for writing. My brother-in-law sent me a quote from Bukowski that I’ll pass along to you:

    “–you know, I’ve either had a family, a job,
    something has always been in the
    way
    but now
    I’ve sold my house, I’ve found this
    place, a large studio, you should see the space and
    the light.
    for the first time in my life I’m going to have
    a place and the time to
    create.”

    no baby, if you’re going to create
    you’re going to create whether you work
    16 hours a day in a coal mine
    or
    you’re going to create in a small room with 3 children
    while you’re on
    welfare,
    you’re going to create with part of your mind and your body blown
    away,
    you’re going to create blind
    crippled
    demented,
    you’re going to create with a cat crawling up your
    back while
    the whole city trembles in earthquake, bombardment,
    flood and fire.

    baby, air and light and time and space
    have nothing to do with it
    and don’t create anything
    except maybe a longer life to find
    new excuses
    for.”

    Keep it up.
    –AK

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  3. ethanro
    Apr 16, 2011 @ 16:03:55

    The creativity has always happened. The difference is that now I actually complete projects. My new book which is coming soon was begun by someone in their early twenties and finished by someone in their early fourties.

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