That Work Intrusion

Work is work.

I’m not going to bash it because it pays the bills. And I work with some pretty good people too, so what is there to really complain about, right?  The only problem is that it’s just not the same as waking up inspired with all kinds of ideas and having the time to type them into the Great American Novel.  Thinking of which… What would currently be considered to be the great American novel?  Moby Dick?  Definitely incredibly overrated. The Great Gatsby?  I wouldn’t argue with that choice. The Grapes of Wrath?  Wow…I’ve got a story from 10th grade about that one that still makes me shudder when I think about Steinbeck. How about anything by Mark Twain?  You can’t go wrong there, can you?  What do you think?  Any thoughts?  I’ve got to work on getting my novels on that list, but work just seems to have a way of getting in the way…

I actually changed jobs recently.  And that’s a definite positive since my last boss had the same managerial style as the Skipper on Gilligan’s Island – expect someone else to do all the work, smack ’em over the head every day and hope it knocks something loose and keeps them down, all so that they don’t realize that she doesn’t have a clue what she’s doing. I mean, do you really think it was Gilligan’s idea to take that little ship out on the ocean when there was a hurricane on the radar?

But writing is far better than the cubicle life. Creating characters is more rewarding than sitting through meetings.  Developing character conflict in fiction is a fun, positive experience, while keeping co-workers from bickering, back-stabbing and generally acting like a bunch of 3-year-olds is emotionally draining.  And, when you’re at work and find out about a deadline that no one had told you about and a regular day turns into a 12-hour mess, time to be creative is taken away.  So, as a result, it’s easy to get a bit detached from the story that you’ve been working on.  After all, I love the characters in my current novel, but I just don’t feel like I’ve gotten the chance to sit down and talk to them in a while.  Who knows how bored they’re getting as they just hang around waiting for something to do.  And, on top of that, I’m sure there are other interesting characters just waiting to be met.  But where does the time go?

Yet here I am, eating lunch at my desk, getting away from reports and spreadsheets, doing some blogging and taking some time to think about those characters and their half-finished stories.  So I guess there really is time for everything if we just work to fit it in.

But that’s for later.  Right now it’s time to go back to work…

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2 thoughts on “That Work Intrusion

  1. tamara

    Hey Boss, uhhh , woops I mean Drew!! So glad to see your writing !!!! I have enjoyed ALL so far , but most enjoy this one the BEST!!! I am familiar with that work kind of setting you talk about, and your being wayyyy to nice to the manager , THE HEAD NUT!! , I might add , the name GILLIGAN ?? That’s good , but i think more fitting would be THE TERMINATOR!! someone who isn’t happy until they try to destroy anything in there path to actually in all seriousness go NOWHERE! I am finally glad your doing what obviously you do best, your writing. I for one, have never been a reader, but have found myself drawn into the stories you are telling here and look forward to see what else you come up with! GOOD LUCK !!

    1. Hobbs777 Post author

      Thanks Tammy!!
      I’m so glad to be motivated again and moving on to better things! Thanks for the kind words and I hope to keep you entertained and reading!!


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