Good day to you, O readers. You might be expecting a usual Why Do I Work Here Wednesday blog post, but today is going to be a little different. I'm not quite sure where to start on this topic, so why don't I just take the advice of the esteemed Lewis Carroll, and begin at the beginning, go on until I reach the end, and then stop.
The beginning is my day job, which, as most of you know, is that of an administrative assistant at the financial services firm I am pleased to call Glass Bathroom Bank. The managers and employees I support are mostly very nice people, who like me a lot, and for the most part I like them. The work is not terribly difficult, well within my capabilities, and the pay and benefits are pretty good.
However, over the last few months, the stress of being out in public, coupled with office-style fluorescent lights, has started to trigger the light-sensitive migraines hereditary in my family more and more often, until they're pretty much happening every day I'm at the office. I can do a fair bit of my work from home, and fortunately my boss is very understanding and is allowing me to take most of my afternoons and one full day a week from home, but that's not ideal for the people I support.
Obviously, if you're reading this blog, you know that I would love to make my living by selling my writing. Sadly, there are an awful lot of other people who can say the same thing, and a limited number of people out there who will pay money for writing. I've also been dealing with some writer's block, emotional issues, the whole nine yards, but the biggest problem is simply that my work, right now, doesn't sell.
I've been thinking of taking a step which might be seen by some as a very smart, career-advancing move, and by others as selling out or giving in to a monopoly. I've been thinking of writing a piece which I will release solely through Kindle, and therefore be able to take advantage of such things as the Kindle Unlimited and Kindle Lending Library programs.
One of the biggest reasons that I'm not sure I want to do this, O readers, is you. I know there are some of you who either won't or can't purchase books through Amazon, and I don't want to write something that you can't read. But I also don't want to have to keep on working a job that makes me sick and miserable just to pay my bills, and I think it's possible that taking advantage of some of the Kindle-exclusive functions might make it more likely that I can start paying my bills with my writing instead. Besides, to be perfectly honest, Amazon already accounts for the vast majority of my sales.
So, I suppose that's the end of it. I'm thinking of doing this, and my Lenten devotion this year is going to be writing the work that I will release this way, if I decide to do so. Just my usual AnneNoWriLent, which, if I keep up the pace of 1667 words per day, would put me at right about 75,000 words come Easter. I would appreciate your thoughts on the subject, O readers, though obviously I will make my own decision. Thanks, as always, for reading.