An excerpt from “Working the Double Shift” by Emily St. John Mandel:
I’ve made sandwiches and cocktails and uncountable lattés, put price stickers on wine glasses, supervised the unloading of trucks at 7am on Montreal winter mornings, sold everything from clothing to furniture to vases in three cities, run errands for architects, scheduled meetings, designed and coded websites, written reports and managed offices; all the strangely varied occupations that a person accumulates when the primary objective is not to establish a career, per se, but just to pay the rent while they’re working on a novel.
Jane says: Preach, ESJM, preach. Writing while working full-time is an impediment. Such an impediment that I started a blog about it.