As John and Stephanie have suggested in their blog posts this week, we at DGLM have been slightly beset by mid-year doldrums. Maybe it’s because it’s a quiet time of year and we’re all either desperate to get away on vacation or sad that vacation is fading in the rearview mirror. Maybe it’s because we’ve come all the away around from complaining bitterly about the cold to whining about the relentless heat and humidity. Or maybe it’s because rejection is a downer and we agent types get rejected more than math geeks at a cheerleader convention. Whatever the causes I think we’ve all been a little less joie-filled than usual and we’ve noticed that our clients are also exhibiting more signs of existential pain than is normal even for some of the more extreme nutcases among them (and I say that with love).
So, as therapy, I decided to look at the things that make me happy about what I do. In no particular order here are my top 10 (for the moment):
1. I work with supremely talented people who make me laugh, cry and grind my teeth (sometimes all within the same conversation).
2. I am engaged daily in a world of ideas. Nothing is too un-PC, too scandalous, or too weird for us to consider in the kind of intellectually lively environment that makes my banker friends jealous.
3. I can justify my addiction to tabloids and thoroughly embarrassing knowledge of what the Kardashians are up to as being “part of my job.”
4. I get to read for a living.
6. I learn fascinating things about science, art, history, politics, etc., almost every day—courtesy of our brilliant clients.
7. I wear jeans to work on Wednesday or any other day.
8. I get to see my name printed in the acknowledgments of books.
9. I like my colleagues.
10. I like that, directly and indirectly, what we do has the power to influence minds, shape opinions, and occasionally change the world.
There, I feel better. How about you guys? What’s on your list of what makes you happy about being writers (despite the frustrations, rejections, and setbacks)?