I have been a freelance writer for over five years, which is about 4 1/2 years longer than I expected to be able to sustain it when I started. The luxury of being able to make one’s own schedule cannot be over-emphasized—it’s the only civilized way to live. You work as long as you need to, which gives your days a vastly different dynamic than when you have to clock in at 8 and stay until 5, even if there is no compelling reason for you to be there the whole time. I’m not sure I could go back to that life at anything short of gunpoint.
In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain wrote: “Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do.” For me, writing is both work and play. Some of it I am obliged to do, so that has to go to the top of the stack. There are further things I am obliged to do as well: other jobs that take up my time now and then, and the routine errands that make up modern life. Every once in a while, the obligations expand to take up all the time I can find. Not often, fortunately. If they did, I’d no longer be controlling them, they’d be controlling me, and that wouldn’t be qualitatively different from punching a time clock.
But that’s been the case the last few days. Deadlines are closing in and other obligations are piling up—I’ve found myself as busy as a one-legged man at an ass-kicking contest. And there are more asses in need of kicking this week.
I’ve got some stuff in the can over at WNEW.com that will run later this week: Rock 101 Tuesday, This Week in Rock History on Wednesday, and Rock Flashback on Saturday. A new edition of One Day in Your Life is supposed to go up at Popdose on Wednesday also. I hope to have more to say here come the middle of the week, or the end of the week, or while we’re all still young enough to enjoy it, because as long as I am neither incapacitated nor dead, this is going to be my favorite place to play. For now, it would be a good time to visit one or more of the websites and blogs listed on the right-hand side of this page. Or unplug the computer and go outside, because spring is coming.