I’ve been thinking a lot about what to do with myself regarding the writing since the book was published. Ever since I can remember I’ve wanted to tell stories. I used to recount fairy tales to my classmates when I was still in primary school and I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t writing down scenarios on any scrap of paper I could lay my hands on.
I trained as a journalist because it was the only way I could think of to earn my keep while doing what I loved. Somewhere along the road I started to love the chase and the feeling of being there as the news happened. But writing is still my first love.
I took the decision over Christmas to concentrate on freelance work to allow me more time to write (it might seem like a contradiction but journalism isn’t the best profession if you want to write, fiction at any rate, it’s too time consuming).
I’ll still be covering major trials – like the Brian McBarron sentence on Monday – but the rest of time the idea is that I’ll be working on the novel. The problem with that is that, for the moment anyway, working on the novel doesn’t exactly pay the rent.
In the current economic climate I’m probably totally crazy to be taking this route now and if things don’t work out financially I’ll be back taking every shift I can. So far though, things are ticking over but even so I’ve suddenly started thinking thrifty as if my life depended on it.
When I was younger and broke I was pretty good at making my weekly money stretch to a pretty good standard of living. I’m remembering a lot of those old tricks now – it’s amazing how self enforced privation sharpens the mind!
The scary thing is how much money I’m used to spending in just day to day living. It’s a habit I think a lot of us have fallen into over the last few years; the take away coffees, lunches out, spending money on convenience rather than value. Dublin’s not exactly the cheapest of cities but we haven’t exactly made it difficult for the various vultures out there to fleece us rotten.
Well, in my new spirit of frugality I’ve decided enough is enough. I don’t intend to cut back too much, after all things haven’t got that bad yet, but there are some things that are simply no brainers. My plan is to save money but not to feel deprived and from my initial investigative forays that shouldn’t be too difficult.
I’m thinking about running a series of posts detailing some of the savings I have. It’s a bit of departure from what I usually write here but since my plan has always been to use this blog to detail my professional life and, as a freelance in this scary world we now find ourselves in, money becomes part and parcel of that life.
That’s the plan anyway. The first post in the series should be ready in a week or so. Watch this space.