As most of you know, I am not yet so successful a writer that I can pay a Northern Virginia mortgage with the royalties. I continue my Clark Kent job, handling media relations for the Defense Department. For years I’ve used my lunch hour to work on my writing, but lately my professional world has become chaotic thanks to a shifting mission and personnel turnovers that force me to spend more and more time training new folks.

One thing I haven’t been able to train them to understand is that, despite the fact that I’m sitting at my office computer, I am not actually at work during my lunch hour. When one of them bursts in, derailing my train of thought, I often consider the fact that I DO have a laser printer in my office. Now if I could only figure out how to set a laser printer to stun...

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Comment by Austin S. Camacho on July 4, 2008 at 3:39am
EXCELLENT! I think I'll try that one. :-)

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