So I’m now over two months into my new full-time job. If you’re unaware, I’m back in the LASIK saddle, albeit at a different clinic. After having been unemployed for over a year, the fact that I’m making (more than) decent money again is fantastic. Never will I have to choose either soup OR salad; I can afford both now. I can also buy new shoes instead of those bread bags I’ve been using.
Reminder: I actually need to buy new shoes.
But one thing has been lacking lately, and it came up during Justin’s birthday party. People were mentioning to me that I was publishing way fewer Moments of Seyfried, and so forth. Now, no one was angrily confronting me about this (the night was still young, though), but I told them it was due to the simple fact that I was working and just had less time to find new pictures of m’lady and post them.
Now, this is not simply about pictures of Amanda Seyfried. Those are certainly important, but there is a further problem I have yet to conquer now that I’m employed, and that is the problem of latent creativity.
Now, I didn’t blow myself away with the amount of creative stuff I did(n’t) do while I was jobless. Looking back, I could have written a script or three, read more, made a short film about our cat. But, what I did do, I was happy with. And I had the time to expound on subjects; this is why my review of It’s Complicated ran over 1600 words. What else was I doing? And that’s not even factoring in working on “The Room Responds.”
I’d love to continue doing that, but I’m just so friggin’ exhausted. And even if not physically, I certainly am mentally. I get home after nine or ten hours away, and I can barely think of a concept good enough to write about. Also, I’m not following current events as well as during that time, so topics don’t jump out at me as often as they used to.
I want to write more, and even read more (I just bought a Kindle, so let’s see if that helps), but many days I don’t even feel like it. So I pose this question to all of you reading: how do you do it? How CAN you do it? How do you slot in a full-time, often busy job, family responsibilities, and still carve out enough time to make a dent in your creative wish list?
Of course, I could just write about hot chicks killing robot samurai. Worked for Zack Snyder (except it kinda didn’t).