While I occasionally have vivid fantasies about being a full-time writer and spending my days hunched over my computer in my pajamas, I actually like my day job. Most of the time, anyway.
I run an art house movie theatre, but it's so much more than just a movie theatre.
This week alone we have a live children's theatre show, a French film festival, a funeral and a public lecture from an Icelandic economist. Not to mention our permanent bookings like the Film Society and Opera Society.
So every day is different. There's always something new and exciting to look forward to, and different challenges associated with every event. I get to meet fascinating people and get exposed to new ideas all the time. And these things all fuel my writing.
For a very recent example, the idea for Stumped came to me after we hosted the premiere of Scarlet Road and I had a chance to speak to the subject of the documentary. Until that moment it would never have crossed my mind to write a book about sex and disability. But after meeting Rachel, the idea wouldn't leave me alone.
So while some days I bitch and moan about not having enough time to write, and hate crawling out of bed at 5:30am to do it, I don't think I'd be the writer I am without the stimulation I get from working outside my own room.
What's your day job? Do you like it?