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1/26/2018

Follow-on Career is... #mfrwauthor

Many of the prompts in the 52 posts in 52 weeks challenge dare the participating authors to reveal something personal about themselves. This week I am supposed to reveal what I would do if I couldn't be a writer. That topic has been on my mind a lot recently. Several authors I know quite writing last year or at the start of this one. Among the reasons they give are the ways sales sites discriminate, the gaming of their systems, constant algorithm changes that reduce your opportunities, and the top two reasons given are the small return on ebooks and pirates stealing more than we make.




So what would be the follow-on career of choice. At first I pulled out a couple of old dreams -- starship officer, interstellar explorer, or time traveler. Even with today's technology, none of those are feasible. So I'll go in another direction.
Without writing, I'd need another creative outlet. Beadwork, crocheting, knitting, and cross-stitch embroidery would provide that. I've dabbled with photography over the years. I would love to do it professionally, but my talents lie elsewhere so I would just do it to decorate my office and as an excuse to explore the outdoors.

I would miss the research I do for my writing. A follow-on career as an archaeologist would handle that need as well as my interest in history. If you've read my posts from last year's challenge, I've been involved with historical museums in various capacities. I've donned period costumes to give tours, coordinated events, and managed the museum and its collections. And of course, wrote material for the organization such as interpretive programs and documentaries. And been involved with a few archaeological digs.

While I hope it won't be necessary for many, many years, for my first choice as a follow-on career if I could no longer write. Drum roll, please....



I'd be a Reader.

For more on what I do now when I'm not writing, here's a post on my hobbies from last year's challenge. And be sure to check out the posts of the other authors who have challenged themselves to reveal their inner selves and their writing lives.

~till next time, Helen



Pixies sprinkled magic dust on the links. So here's some alternatives to try.
Valerie Ullmer
Linda McLaughlin

14 comments:

  1. I wanted to be an Archaeologist when I was a teenager. Working at a museum sounds awesome! And, of course, being a reader is delightful, too!

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    1. With ground-penetrating radar, satellite imagery, and metal detectors, today's archaeology combines history and tecnnology. Makes for interesting work, especially when research is verified by finds. thanks for stopping by.

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    2. My minor in college was archeaology! I worked a couple of digsites in the hot humid Missouri summers, then moved towards forensic archaeology and decided it wasn't for me. IF the job opening for Time Lord pops up anywhere, anywhere at all please let me know! I'll be the first in line for that position!

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    3. I soooo wanted to be an archaeologist and find that Lost City, lol! But then Raiders of the Lost Ark arrived in theaters....I had no desire to be chased by poison darts!

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    4. The indigenous natives were bad enough but then there are the snakes. Don't like snakes. I think we need to get all the MFRW writers together for a fun excursion. A lot of us have an interest in history.

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  2. The pirating thing is scary. I saw a thread in the PAN forum on RWA about a site that was problematic for this reason. That sort of thing is very disheartening along with everything else you mentioned. Makes it very hard to keep going some days.

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    1. I just got my W2 from KDP....I sold 8 books less than last year. Print-wise, if you count the 5 books I donated, sales were the same. Otherwise, 5 less than last year. Hoping those numbers go UP next year.

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    2. I'm not betting on the numbers going up with the way zon stacks the deck. My numbers are 1 print sold, 10 ebooks, 64,000 DCMA notices and 24,000 confirmed downloads. And that was with two new releases this year.

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  3. Working in a museum sounds awesome. It ties in with my love of history.

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  4. You made a great point about missing the research part of writing. Oh, the places you'd see as an archaeologist.

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  5. I once had dreams of being an archeologist, too, but then I realized it often meant travel to hot dusty or exceedingly humid locations, and decided it wasn't for me. Professional time traveler sounds good to me know, as long as I don't ponder the details of what that would mean.

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  6. Being a reader sounds great :) I don't have nearly the time that I used to now that I'm writing. It's sad to hear that some of your writer friends gave up writing. It is hard to persevere in this business.

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    1. it does give you pause when someone with over 20 books and who with a major publisher still can't make a profit. Deciding to continue is a daily struggle. You can handle health issues, family caregiving, but when you see tens of thousands of pirated copies of your books, that is the straw that breaks the camels back.

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  7. Great post. I love beading too. I had to give up cross stitch with my nerves and siezures it left me too shaky and I cant remember where I am.

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