Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Hallway commute …

There are so many good reasons to love working from a home office. There are an equal number of bad reasons to not love working from a home office. Depending on the day and the project one will outweigh the other. One plus of a home office lifestyle is the near clothing optional benefit of the job and no big budget required to be fashion ready every morning, but what is a benefit to you is not always one to your friends or house mate who might come to wish that you remember to shower and dress on a regular basis. No rush hour traffic another plus as you wander your way down the hall in your fuzzy robe and slippers with a coffee in hand to arrive at the office, but again the down fall is that the more you stay in the more you hate to tackle traffic or long drives and totally see how being a recluse shut in is not all that bad, and maybe that is not a good thing.
Even though you deal with people all day, virtual people and virtual colleagues it does get to feel much like having a string of imaginary friends and again not necessarily a socially healthy trait and offers little to connect with face to face later when cocktailing with real humans after hours. Your pets will love you home all day but again not always a plus for you as you tend to come to like them better than humans over time and can communicate on a pet-mind-meld level better than vocally to most.
home office perks
One would think that being a professional communicator, a word wizard of sorts, would make you a vibrant chatty social being but the downside is that you have quiet isolation all day and the more you write the less you want to speak. An introverted writer becomes almost a self-fulfilling oxymoron and one quickly imagines in those all too quiet times of desperate word block and harsh self discipline how writer angst can arrive in the form of wanting to have their ashes fired out of a cannon when all is passed, Hunter S Thompson style.
 Lots of alone time to think can be a blessing and a curse all at the same time. Solitary confinement is a form of punishment in some (prison) circles but for a writer it is a welcomed fact of life most days and a horrible cruel fate on others. I tend to like it when I have no real schedule and merrily follow inspiration but give me the pressure of a deadline and I quickly resent that I am alone in my office trying to self-brainstorm to come up with a good idea.
There are no celebrated little perks such as casual Friday or pizza day, although there is often a waft of microwave popcorn in the air.  No little office antics or shenanigans and no sleeping with the boss rumors. Little interaction makes for a tad bit of crazy making some days and singing out loud or skipping to the laundry room are just some of the small pleasures you incorporate into your work day office-party of one. Knocking off early to catch happy hour can also have its downfalls and a total new writer-appreciation of the alcohol genius of Hemmingway.
The juxtaposition of the free flowing words and no one to listen seems a cruel hoax on a writer isolated from the buzz of the world they seclude themselves away from to write about. Just know in your isolated writer lifestyle that you are not alone.
Write always,