Dave Duncan

"Eat Well, Stay Fit, Die Anyway"

Better Late Than Never

Thanks to a series of minor emergencies here in Officeland, today’s post is falling quite late and for that I apologize.  Since this afternoon is scheduled to be rife with more minor emergencies, I’ll probably have to keep this brief, or at least minimize the amount of editing I do on it, so it’ll be rant-like and have less cohesion than normal, which isn’t much either.

At 30 years old, I’m still trying to get my head around the idea of working all the time.  It still feels like it’s a short-term solution to the long-term problem of needing money.  Fortunately I still have 30+ years to shake that feeling and come to terms with living in a world where most of my waking hours are spent doing stuff for someone else.

Recently, a friend tried his hardest to convince me that I should strike out on my own and start a business.  Of course, this friend is self-employed (newly, at that) so he thinks it’s the best course for anyone’s career.  Alas, he’s a designer, which lends itself better to self-employment than my particular line of work.  Frankly, I wouldn’t even know what kind of business I would try to start.  Sure, I’d probably go for something having to do with writing, but when it comes to professional business writing, most of that is handled in-house by corporations, so going freelance wouldn’t be very lucrative.  Journalism and news writing make better money but require more specialized writing skills and experience, of which I have little.

I can’t see anyone paying me freelance money to write blog posts, short stories or poems, unless some big business is looking for a freelance poet laureate.  If they are, please contact me.

So, all that is to say that dealing with other people’s minor emergencies will probably always be part of my job description, but at least it includes dental.

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  1. joel October 23rd, 2008 9:51 pm

    “I can’t see anyone paying me freelance money to write blog posts, short stories or poems, unless some big business is looking for a freelance poet laureate. ”

    Well not now! Stop whining and start writing something worth paying for. I overpaid for this blog post.

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