Sunday, November 20, 2011

Love What You Do

I was greatly saddened by the death of Andy Rooney. Not that I always agreed with the man, but because he spent a lifetime doing something that he clearly loved. I also feel very fortunately to have a job (writing) that I love and see myself doing until I'm 93 (God willing).

I know not everyone is so fortunate to have a job that they are passionate about. I also have a day job and while I enjoy it, the day to day is not something that gets my heart pounding with excitement. :)

Have you ever met someone who talks to you about what they do and you get sooooo pumped up just listening to them you're ready to go back to school and switch careers? Something like this guy:

I was a teacher before I did a little shuffle step into another career, but this guy makes me want to go back. :)

I love writing about characters who are passionate about what they do. The Longs in my Long Shots series love their business. The put everything they have into the store and it becomes an extension of who they are.

What about you? Have you ever been so passionate about something that you want to scream it from the roof tops?

About Christine d'Abo

Christine has been writing and publishing romance for over four years now. She is published with Ellora's Cave, Carina Press, Cleis Press, Samhain Publishing, and Berkley.

Christine's Upcoming Release
Pulled Long - Long Shots book 3 from Carina Press

For months, coffee shop owner Ian Long has fantasized about a customer he knows only as “Blue Eyes.” Until he learns Blue Eyes is in the midst of a divorce—the last thing Ian wants is to be the rebound experiment of a straight guy. Giving in to lust, he invites the man into the cafĂ© after hours and they indulge in a little exhibitionist play, but Ian is unwilling to get involved.

But when he’s forced to see Jeff again to return his briefcase, Ian finally agrees to go out on a date. Dinner quickly becomes an erotic encounter in a special room at the sex club Mavericks, and Ian realizes Jeff satisfies desires he didn’t even know he had. The more he gets to know Jeff as a person, the harder it is to resist falling for him.

Jeff makes it clear he’s interested in more than just sex. He wants to go public with their relationship in more ways than one. But can Ian open his heart, when he fears it will be broken?


Tina Donahue said...

I found my passion with writing. :)
Great post, Christine

anny cook said...

Ooooh. I must go get this. Great post!

Tim Smith said...

Christine, I liked your post and you're right - if you don't attack life with passion, why do it? I've had numerous careers - teacher, restaurant manager, human services case manager, photographer, writer - and I've always had one rule - when it stops being fun, I'll find something else to do.

jean hart stewart said...

My writing consumes my time and my thoughts, so I feel very fortunate. Great post and blurb.

Adele Dubois said...

I also love what I do.

Confucius said it first:

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."


Fiona McGier said...

Gosh, I hate both of my jobs. I've been subbing for 8 years in high schools, would kill for a teaching job...the kids love me and turn to me for advice and help with their writing...but let just one kid or teacher not like me and complain, and I'm summarily bounced from the district without even a chance to face my accuser or the accusations.
I got a retail job at night because subbing pays minimum wage...so does my retail job. If all 4 of my kids were done with college I'd try to write full-time, or only work one job.

Sometimes you can't follow your passion. Sigh.