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The Down Side to Working from Home

textUp until the moment I started publishing my books, I was a homemaker, a housewife.  I came and went as my children’s schedules allowed.  I went shopping at will, went to lunch regularly, had my home open to anyone who wanted to stop by.  I met friends for coffee or had friends stop by for lunch and to chat.  I texted and chatted on the phone all day long.  It was great.  I loved it.

Now that all three of my kids are in school, I consider myself working full time.  Unfortunately, I’m working from home and for myself, which means that people still have this idea that I’m always available.  But, that’s not the case.

At 9AM, I turn my cell phone off.  My cell number used to be our main house number, so it’s the first go-to number anyone uses for calling us.  It’s off.  If Kaylee has an emergency and needs to text, she texts Gregg.  Otherwise, she calls the house number.  The only calls I answer on the house number during the day are from Gregg, Kaylee, or one of the schools.  That’s it.

I am unavailable.  I don’t chat online.  I don’t read messages or emails. I don’t even throw in a load of laundry at any point.  I just work.  Non-stop.

I don’t have the kind of job where I can chat on the phone while typing on the computer, or that I can stop in the middle of it and reply to and/or send a text.  The way I write requires no interruption, no pull from the fictional world of my muse back to reality.  Constant interruptions break my muse and make me absolutely unproductive during the day.

So, I go into my office, put the classical symphony radio station on Pandora, plug in my earphones, and work.

But, people have been used to me being accessible for so long, and they don’t understand that interrupting me can throw my entire writing day off.  I think if I packed up work and went to an office every day, there would be more of a “she’s not available” mindset.

The last couple of days, I’ve missed a few texts and people have been kind of upset over it.  Here’s the thing: I’m not available.  Call me, text me, write me, or visit me after 3PM.  I’m good then.  My work day is over and I would LOVE to hear from you.

I also have a standing “coffee” date with a friend every time I finish a book.  We meet after we drop kids off and end up staying at a restaurant until we need to get lunch — catching up, gabbing, not looking at the clock or my computer screen.  It’s wonderful.  But I only do that in between books.
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My Office

I think all of my years in corporate America has my mind conditioned to where I’m more productive and where I’m not. I’ve tried writing at the dining room table, and I’ve tried sitting on my couch and working, but I have always worked best at my desk. That’s one of the reasons that makes it hard to work when it’s just me and the boys. My office is removed from the rooms where they’re more likely to play, and I’m not very comfortable with that.

Here is my desk.

I have a series of resources right at my fingertips. Either for homemaking:

or writing:

I have fun little toys, encouragement, and things to fiddle with when I’m trying to figure out what to write next:

This is not just an office. It’s a room in my basement. Behind me is this:

And I’m right next to the laundry room:

Our dream home will have an office that Gregg and I share on the main floor of our home. But for now, this works for me.  I love the big white board next  to the desk — you can probably see how I was working out some plotting elements for my current work in progress, Song of Retribution.

I’ve contemplated moving my kitchen table out of the kitchen and putting a work space in there, but, honestly, I like this space. I like that I can personalize it with masks from a trip to New Orleans or Corporal Hicks from the movie Aliens. I like that it’s MY space, where I write and blog, and not where I spend a good portion of the rest of my day. I also like that I can hand the boys off to Gregg or Kaylee, shut the basement door, and not be bothered.

Even when all of the kids are in school this year, I will be working down in my office rather than the unoccupied main part of the house. It’s fascinating how my mind clicks into work mode as soon as I sit down in that chair. My dog Nina crawls into the crawl space under the desk and the two of us work quietly together. Sometimes I blog, sometimes I write, but I almost always am working and not playing.

Almost. Heh.
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