Poor Housekeeping Is Part of the Plan
Posted on 27 July 2012
Apparently I’ve talked about my new living arrangements a bit too much here, because now I’m getting offers for contributed blog posts that revolve around buying a new home. So far, these requests have been more professional and less irritating than the general, spammy, “I will write a blog post on absolutely any topic that you request, just link to my stuff for sale plz thnx” requests I otherwise receive. But still, it reminds me that perhaps I need to focus less on the house and more on my writing.
You do understand that I’m now going to follow that realization with a house-related post, right?
First, many thanks to my fellow blogging friend who sent me the memoir Building a Home with My Husband, which apparently has been re-released with the improved title The House on Teacher’s Lane. This book makes me so relieved that Peter and I bought the house we did instead of the total disaster house that needed major renovations. It would have been a good investment once it was fixed up, but the fact that we both work full time and don’t really know anything about renovations made our plan look misguided at best. In any case, many thanks to Josey for sending a literary housewarming gift!
Finally, I love this interview with author Bonnie Jo Campbell about how she put off a kitchen renovation for decades so she could write. I could definitely learn a lesson or two from her. “…I never took the time to improve my kitchen, because I wanted to keep my focus on my writing,” she said. “And it paid off.”
I also love her advice for writers to live below their means and to not worry about housekeeping so much:
“I always tell my students that if they are serious about writing that they should live in a very modest house and try to keep expenses low so that they don’t have to work themselves too hard to pay the mortgage. They think I’m kidding, but I’m not. It’s very hard to make time to write in any case, and so if there’s a way to spend less time earning a living, then follow that way. I also am honest when I say that my poor housekeeping is part of the plan. I can have a clean, well-kept house or I can get books written, not both.”
Do you keep a clean house?