Life in progress

#SoCS – What I’d Do For Some Cash


I’m not going to lie – I published (and will publish again) my book for cash. Considering the only job I’ve had in the last fifteen years is a paper route, what else am I to do? But publishing, and to make cash isn’t why I write. I do that for me and because I can’t not write down the things that are constantly coming into my head. So much of the stuff I see and hear in life, the stuff I feel too, inspires me.

And, of course, the stuff I see other people feel. I’ve wondered why I write romance. I don’t read a lot of it. I’ll often read books about relationships, but I don’t devour Avon’s publications like many do. I think I’ve come up with why I write it though. Psychology and love. Feelings. For me, writing about love is a passion borne of countless fantasies, inspired by some of the greatest love stories ever told. I’ll never write a bodice-ripper, nor anything shallow. I could, but I won’t. Because for me there has to be something deep about a story. Something… something disturbing. Something that will pull on my heartstrings, or make me laugh or cry or cringe. And yeah, sometimes the things I write make me cringe. But I only write them if they are “true.”

In the meantime, there’s the other stuff I do not-for-cash. Being a mother. I think the only reason we stay-at-home moms don’t get paid is because not even the 1% could afford us. Take my today for instance: I’ve dealt with a behaviorally challenged teenager who has beat up the dog, pounded my cell phone on the kitchen table, broken one of his movies, hit me, and then sat on my lap for cuddles when he found out he couldn’t go for a ride on the city bus. I drove the other kid to a movie and back, played “Uno” ’til I was seeing double, and changed a bed because the dog peed on it. And how much money did I make for all this? Same as I have for the last fifteen years.


How much cash do I deserve?

All of it.


But then I don’t ask for much.


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Author: Linda G. Hill

There's a writer in here, clawing her way out.

26 thoughts on “#SoCS – What I’d Do For Some Cash

  1. It’s a tricky thing when you question your work over what you’re paid. I never could get into it. Work should be satisfying and it should sustain life, not become it. But then, I’m one of those bizarre people who never could sit still, and never equated success with money, so what do I know? πŸ˜‰
    I hope your novelette does well, and I’m sure your novel will. πŸ˜€


  2. What a day. Yes you should have all the money (and give a little to the dog)


  3. It is not easy being a mum and dealing with a child with behavioural difficulties is especially difficult I know.
    I take my hat to you Linda and all the other stay at home mum’s. It is bloody hard work with hardly any thanks.
    Good luck with your book, I hope it earns you tons of cash!! πŸ™‚


  4. All your effort should be financially rewarded!! πŸ€‘


  5. Moms are number one. When people would say to me “oh, your wife doesn’t work?” I would just look at them and shake my head. Of course she works!


  6. Linda being a mother is the most important job in the world. No help, no training,no thanks get it wrong and you pay, you pay woo do you pay. But we do it without question we do it for love. You do it well! You also write brilliantly I hope you earn loads of cash!!! ❀


  7. Well said Linda.


  8. Ha! I love this. They couldn’t afford me, either. Ah, motherhood, the second oldest profession.

    I’m so glad you are able to write and I pray you get a windfall.


    • It’s only second because we don’t get paid for it! We deserve to be first!! We’re number one! We’re number one! C’mon, say it with me! We’re number one! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜›
      Thanks, my dear. We all need our escapes, don’t we? And yeah, I’ll be buying a lottery ticket next week. haha.

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