So what’s your dream job?
I don’t mean the job of writing bestsellers in a coffee shop overlooking the Seiné, but the job we threaten to take when the day is too long and the hours too short and we are “sick to here” of all the angst and BS and obstacles.
So after one of “those” days—you know the type. Everything goes south by 10 a.m. and 12 hours later you are still shoveling your way through a dozen emails—my escapist job is to wait tables in a diner somewhere in the Keys.
Slinging hash or pulling beers in a tourist trap would let me meet lots of new people, and give me plenty of writing inspiration. Plus I'd relish the ability to wear flip-flops everyday and never again dig out a pair of sock.
And I’m not alone. When deadlines became too much, a former newspaper editor of mine used to say she was going to restock shelves overnight at Kroger. Another boss occasionally waxed poetic about life as a Wal-Mart greeter.
I’m sure dreaming of escaping to a no-pressure job is fairly common experience, but what I find fascinating is that our escapist jobs rarely stray far from our basic personalities.
My newspaper editor was extremely organized, planned everything to the last detail and could find story notes on anything in less than a minute. She would’ve been a great shelf stocker. And my current boss is probably the friendliest, most outgoing person I know. He’d make an excellent greeter.
In the realm of fiction, my next book (ENTHRALLED) to be released next month by PRP features a chivalrous knight who adheres to the rules with fervor best reserved for martyrs. But when the pressure mounts, he fantasizes about getting drunk, kissing all the girls, and doing very unchivalrous things with the heroine.
Yes, those are extremes, but William is an all-in kind of guy. So whether he obeys the rules or breaks them, he will do both will everything he has.
So… what is your escapist job? If you decide to shuck it all for a new, no-pressure career today, what would it be? Tell us what your hero or heroine would do if they decided to run away from it all?
On Thursday, I’ll draw a name to win a copy of one of my books with PRP, ANAM CARA or TIES THAT BIND.
Keena Kincaid writes historical romances in which passion, magic and treachery collide to create unforgettable stories. You can find out more about her books at: http://prairierosepublications.com