Playing Hooky (Day 100)

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When you work for yourself, nobody expects you to be in your office at a specific time.

When you often work on spec (no pay until the finished product is accepted for publication), there are days when you wonder if you have the stamina to keep creating without knowing whether or not a paycheck will ever come your way.

When every project you approach takes significantly more time than anybody expects, including yourself, it is not unusual to feel frequently overwhelmed and unsure how to balance life and work.

When you are not making money (or much money) for your work, there are times when others, even those close to you, believe that you can fit your work in anytime and therefore should tend to their project or their errand or their dinner because it is pressing and you’re not exactly making a living doing your work.

I love what I do. I have dreams to continue doing it for as long as I am able.

But some days, when all of the realities of my not being in a traditional work situation become too much, there is only one thing to do.

Play hooky.

I’m off to the movies with my daughters, one who has a day off work, one who returned home after a final exam.

Here’s the best advice I can give: If you play hooky to go see a movie (Aloha), read the reviews first. Just because the cast is full of great comic actors like Emma Stone and Alec Baldwin and Bill Murray and the screenplay and production is done by Cameron Crowe, the producer of Almost Famous and Jerry Maguire, it does not mean the movie is worth watching.

It definitely does not mean the movie is worth watching. 🙂


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