Working two jobs

“Next time I do this, I’m going to have to find a day job that isn’t this similar to my hobby,” I said as I took a three-minute break from writing. Even with the break-reminding program I have on my system, a full day of working at the computer was still tiring–and I had nearly half a section to go.

“This isn’t a hobby,” W pointed out as he massaged my shoulders. “It’s more like a second job.”

He’s got a point there. Because I want to meet some goal dates, I put schedule pressure on myself. It’s work. I do a little bit of it even when I’m not in the mood for it, and I consciously work on getting into the right mood for it. And hey, I’m thrilled about my progress. =) I can almost feel my writing muscles getting stronger.

I’m settling into a good rhythm for writing. For example, this section took me 2 hours and 19 minutes to write. Just enough time between a post-dinner break (take a shower, read a book, chat a little, look at Your Personal Penguin (so cute!)) and bedtime.

Getting speech recognition to the point where I can trust it would be nice, too, so that I can give my hands a rest. =)

Must remember to write about non-Emacs, non-writing topics sometime, or I’ll bore all my friends!

  • http://debianletters.blogspot.com/ virens

    Sacha, I am truly understand you: blogging is real time-consuming thing, so now I currently posting only once a week. How you even do so many tasks at once?

    But don’t give up. Just turn back and see how much you have done. One more effort… :-) We trust that you can do it!

  • http://sachachua.com Sacha Chua

    virens: Thanks for the encouragement! =)

    Blogging is fun. Blogging is something I’d do in my spare time, or at least the time that would have been spare time if my book didn’t take up practically all of it. ;)

    Writing a book, on the other hand, involves trying to make sense while explaining something AND paying attention to finicky style guides. It’s good for me, though, so I’m treating it like eating vegetables. Eating vegetables can be fun when you get used to it.

    Fortunately, W-’s taking care of all the little things, like buying groceries…