While you sleep I watch and write.
When I first moved to Eugene I searched for work for a month or two before finding a night shift position at a group home for teenagers. I wasn’t sure about staying up all night five days per week but let’s face it: I’m no stranger to the night.
It turned out the position suited me well. My job involved insuring the safety of our clientele–and when it comes to wayward teens I am a claws out, karate-chopping mother-hen-type gal (I remember what it was like to be in their shoes, many having been abandoned by their parents and experiencing unimaginable amounts of helplessness).
After being laid-off (surprise!) in November I sulked for nearly three months, writing a bit at first but losing my momentum as it seems writing and life and work all go hand-in-hand (I’ve heard many writer’s attest to this). Then, last week, in some crazy twist of fate, in a “the more things change the more things stay the same” kind-of-way, I was rehired. I will sit at the same desk, I will walk the same grounds at three a.m. admiring the same moon and all its phases and I will cook breakfast at the end of my shift in the same kitchen for the same people.
I am ecstatic. I’d recommend that any writer consider the night shift. In between bed-checks and garbage-taking-out and pots of coffee: there is writing. There is quiet. There is time and space and somehow, money too. Graveyard work + Writer’s dreams = Happy camper.
Foot note: This position is only temporary. In March my boyfriend and I are moving to a small-town south of Portland, so that I can pursue my writing dreams “in the big city”–only we’ll be living in a little house on a farm. Cause that’s how I do.
10 thoughts on “I’m a Night-Creature Again (Warning: Life Rant)”
I can’t wait to read what comes out of that little house. Not to mention the proximity to Powell’s Books!!!
Please tell me you’re moving to Sutherlin.
That’s outside of Roseburg, right? Nope, moving to a lovely little place called Molalla. Do you live in Sutherlin? Nice area ❤ Oregon
P.S. Supposedly you live in the Bay Area (just so you know)
It’s near Roseburg, yeah. I lived in several Oregon towns as a kid and Sutherlin was one of them. I’m not familiar with Molalla, though. Small and quiet, I presume?
Great 🙂 Oregon is wonderful, I’m a fan of California too! Molalla is small and quiet, yes…aside from the sky divers…lol. Random but true.
That is random. Ha.
Hi there night owl, friend/co worker/co blogger:)
Hi!! This is so cool! Hope you’ll start posting again soon, but I understand you have a lot on your plate little miss 🙂
Thanks for all the cleaning you did this week, you rock!