Monday, 4 March 2013

My glamorous new life

That's it then; I've finished the day job and am now a full time writer (for a while at least).

I've pictured several scenarios for this. At one extreme is me lying on a chaise lounge dictating my latest masterpiece to a minion who'll do all that pesky editing, proofreading and promotion while I drink champagne at glitzy book launches and award ceremonies. Unlikely. At the other extreme is me scratching away in a cold dark attic and then eating the manuscripts because I can't afford food.

Just because the first one is unlikely it doesn't mean it can't happen, right? (The picture shows me at the most glamorous event my writing has so far taken me)

In all my imagined versions of life as a writer I do have to actually come up with some stories so I'm going to get on with that straight away. Well, almost straight away.

My lovely husband suggested I might like to spend a couple of nights in London with him first. We'll be staying at this new place along the Thames and he'll buy me new boots, jacket and accessories. Sounds good, eh? I'm sure there can't possibly be a catch ...

When I get back I'm going to look at Gayle's competition list and see which of the 140+ I want to enter.

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  1. Patsy!!!! Oh wow!! Please clone your hubby and send him over here poste haste first class (with cloned spending abilities too! LOL!)!

    But seriously! Oh wow!! What a brilliant event to read! A full time writer! Well I think the writerly world is now a better place with your glamorous self in it full time! Yay!

    P.S. is the minion job going vacant and will said minion be paid in edible manuscripts, preferably chocolate flavoured!?!? :-)

    take care
    x

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    1. Kitty, the moment I need a chocolate eating minion the job will be yours!

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  2. Congratulations! What a galant move and career move. all the best and may your literary imagine now thrive and feed your future! xxx

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  3. I really shouldnt type while I am watching TV!
    I need a copywriter to check my work! "literary imagination should thrive and feed your future successes"

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    1. Thank you, Bird. I'm not totally convinced about the glamour part but there should be plenty for my imagination to get to work on.

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  4. Well, I've been at home near two years now writing and it is far from glamorous, I'm still doing the washing, cooking cleaning and gaderning but I still wouldn't change it back. We are both lucky girls, Patsy. I must a clone of your husband or maybe you have one of mine :-)

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    1. I'm already starting to doubt the glamour part, Paula but I do agree we're lucky to be able to spend lots of time writing.

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  5. Hi Patsy - how brilliant - is that why you got married? - cheeky of me?!

    What a great thought from your hubby - that will be such a wonderful few days away .. London town, new jacket, new boots, accessories to match .. and then some.

    Good luck Mrs Author - I think that's brilliant news ... also remember when you rock through Sussex let me know - and hopefully we can meet .. cheers for now - and I shall be very envious of you and your chocolate eating minion ..... happy times and the sun is out! Cheers Hilary

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    1. Hilary, his being supportive of my writing is one of the many reasons I love him. His shopping abilities aren't such a plus point though, I'm starting to get worried about those boots.

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  6. I'm sure I told you before, but writing is all I do now since being made redundant from my school when it closed down. This was when I decided to do a writing course (having been an English teacher)and here I am now, never regretting for a moment not going back to a 'real' job (as some people like to put it). With all your writing successes, I think this will turn out to be an even better year for you with more time to devote to your writing. Remember I said, "I told you so." when you are reclining on your chaise lounge!

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    1. It's a brilliant opportunity for me, Wendy and I intend to make the most of it. I hope you do get to say you told me so.

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  7. Good luck with what is now your day job. I have downloaded Not a Drop to Drink and look forward to reading it. It seems you picked a good 'un with Gary; thoughtful, romantic, amazing photographer. May he continue to spoil you.

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    1. Hope you enjoy Not a Drop to Drink.

      I did pick a good 'un, didn't I? He's thoughtful all right and gets a kind of glint in the eye when I say how much I'm looking forward to those new boots.

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  8. Congratulations! I hope the champagne is not far off!

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    1. I'm a fiction writer, Michael - I can easily create an excuse to celebrate!

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  9. Very best wishes in your new life, Patsy!

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  10. Wishing you a very happy and successful writing life, Patsy. Congratulations on making the decision. x

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    1. Thanks, Joanna.

      It wasn't entirely my decision as I've been made redundant but I'm hoping for the best.

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  11. Good for you, Patsy! It's a great decision and you obviously have the dedication and talent. Wishing you a very successful career.

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    1. I have plenty of perseverance, Rosemary. That should help.

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  12. Patsy, that's a photo of a full time drinker, not writer! Have fun.

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    1. There's a difference, Frances? Darn, I knew I should have checked the small print ...

      I don't remember having that many glasses at the time, but perhaps the memory loss proves I did?

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  13. What a wonderful new door to open- all the best! And have a great time in London~

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  14. If you do get minions to help you with all of that, let me know. I want some. Congratulations full time writer!

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  15. You'd miss the editing and proofreading after a while. Here's hoping you don't have to resort to eating your MS :-)

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    1. I'm not sure I'd miss the proofreading, Annalisa but I would miss the editing. That's when the story really starts to work.

      There's still food in the fridge at the moment!

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  16. If anyone can do this, you can Patsy! Wish you all the best as you step into your new position as full time writer. :)

    ...oh, and enjoy London!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence, Marion.

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  17. Congratulations on your new and exciting venture into full-time writerdom! Enjoy. :)

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  18. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Write about it!

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  19. Sounds like exciting times ahead. All the best in your writing career!

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  20. Oh wow and WOW again! Hope you are soon going to loads of glitzy writing do's.

    PS Can I come too!

    Wishing you loads of luck and inspiration. Have fun in London!

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    1. 'Course you can come, Suzanne. As soon as 'they' start begging me to attend I'll insist all my writer friends are on the guest list. I wouldn't book the taxi just yet though.

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  21. Now you can write about the tour guide job Patsy without any fear of being rumbled. Good luck, not that you need it, you'll be brilliant. with you new day job.

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    1. Thanks, Suzy. Yes, I'm free to write about anything I like without worrying the boss won't like it.

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  22. Funny! Good luck with the "writer's life" and have a wonderful time in London! :-)

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  23. Oh, you're writing full-time now? Awesome! Hope you have fun in London--it sounds so exciting!

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    1. Yes, full time for 6 months to see how it goes, Heather.

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  24. CONGRATULATIONS! :)

    I can just see you draped across your chaise lounge, sipping champagne!

    Enjoy your break in London. You deserve to be spoilt ;)

    Xx

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    1. I do indeed deserve to be spoilt, Vikki!

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  25. Lots and lots of best wishes Patsy for your writing future. Keep visualising the new glitzy lifestyle and it will soon be with you. Well, you can drink champagne anytime now as a home worker - it helps with the storylines but not necessarily getting the worms down (hic)

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    1. I save the drinking until after the writing, Tracy as I'm a complete lightweight and unable to do anything constructive after a glass of wine.

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  26. How wonderful - everything you do now can be geared to your new profession, including staying in London and going to posh places. Good luck.

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    1. Yes, Maggie - everything I do will be research for my writing!

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  27. Wow! Fabulous news, and a great picture too. The very best wishes to you in your new writerly life. Enjoy London! ;-)

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  28. This is fantastic news. Good for you. Here's to many pages and pages of good writing.

    Cheers and boogie boogie.

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    1. I should be getting loads more writing done ... I won't have a good excuse if I don't will I?

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  29. Oooh London that sounds fab, not to mention the new shoes. :-) Embarking on the life of a full time writer, that sounds so exciting good luck. Enjoy London. x

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