Friday, May 25, 2012

What Would Your Three Wishes Be?

This week I find myself running around, clamoring for more time. Time to sleep, eat, do laundry, market my book, blog, meet up with friends, pay my bills…but who isn’t trying to find more time to do this kind of stuff right?

Every week I think I have a great handle on my day planner as I cruise right into Wednesday with full-steam-ahead productivity. But then somehow, every Friday, I’m left with big circles next to all the stuff I didn’t finish. It makes me wonder - what did I do to fill my week?

Most weeks the loss of hours can be attributed to me forgetting to factor how much time it really takes to shower, vacuum, clean the kitchen, make dinner, eat lunch, exercise, etc.

Sometimes I really enjoy working from home because I can focus and dive in with no issue. Other weeks I let myself get distracted by all that life stuff and work seems like a distant memory.

My how nice it would be to have a fairy godmother. Actually, scratch that. Forget a fairy godmother, I want a genie.

What's the difference anyway?

A fairy godmother plinks her magic wand down on you once then runs around smiling and fluttering and singing to you all night.

She distracts you from the fact that there are restrictions on time to live your dream with pretty lights and falling glitter.

And we all know how I feel about glitter!

But a genie…

A genie makes it clear there’s a straight up business proposition on the table –
1) the genie is under your control
2) you will get a total of three wishes for releasing the genie 3) after those wishes are wished you're done

There’s no confusion about the process; three wishes, end of story.

Lately I’ve been contemplating what my three wishes might be if I happened to stumble across a genie. Money aside, this 3 wish thing is really loaded isn't it?

Because of course I'd want a big pile of expendable income but not just a big pile of money sitting in front of me – boom you’re rich!

My first wish would be that I could turn my novel writing career into a paying one. A really well paying one that supports my family. A sudden snowball of sales would naturally deposit that money in my bank account as I work on my second, third, and so on, plus years' worth of royalty checks.

Wishing to be rich enough to never have to work again? Nope. No thanks. The money sure would be nice of course, but I love my job so even without a genie's influence I fully intend to keep doing it forever.

As for the other two wishes, I'll have to get back to the genie on that one. After wish 1 is fulfilled I'm not sure what else I could ever ask for that could be as awesome!

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Judi FitzPatrick said...


Maine-y-ac said...

awww, great wishes

lettersfromlaunna said...

I love the idea of a Genie too... I also would wish to be able to sustain myself with my own talent, that way I would have the money I needed by doing what I love... who knows:) Good luck in being a money making author, I know I enjoy reading anything you write Jenn :)

Insomniac #4 said...

An agent...definitely! It's hard work to self-publish, but then you have to self-promote, too. Gah!

My three wishes would be:
1. Enough time to write peacefully. I have ADD, so I need total concentration to do anything more than watch TV or surf the web. 90 minutes a day, five days a week would be ideal, but with my current family situation it's practically impossible.
2. Expert knowledge on how to write. I would love it if all the technical rules of writing were hardwired into my DNA, so that all I had to worry about was the creative stuff: who does/says what, what goes where, etc. How can I find enough time to learn the craft when I barely have enough time to develop my story?
3. Financial stability. It would be soooo easy to ask the genie for $100,000,000,000... but I don't want to be greedy. Money changes people, corrupts them. And when you have money everyone who knows you has their hand out. Screw that! Just give me enough to buy a decent car, put my kids through college, and pay the bills without needing a 9-5.

Sounds a lot like your wish, huh? :)

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

UGH!!! Stupid internet just wiped out my entire was long & I don't remember it now.

Suffice to say there was something about a deserted island with all the supplies I'd need to write & edit 2 manuscripts while still eating & drinking water, access to a couple signal flares, etc. Something about how it is similar to the concept of "Lost" but with writing...and then there was the thanking of all of you for basically being my genies :-)

And now I'm posting before it happens again!

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

You know what would be awesome, Chris? If all us bloggy/internet friends who are writers could get together for a week at some remote beach cabin with our laptops & no internet access. Someday I'm going to put together a retreat for those of us who have too much to do, no money, and no time to write. Seriously, I think all of our creative minds in one place would be like the best brainstorming and writing session ever. I'm putting this out there right now. The minute I get rich & famous I'm totally organizing this. Stay tuned...