It’s Still Not Noon…

frustration_2Let’s talk about work. My work. My lack of work… the company I work for currently is about to switch data programs and so I haven’t been able to open any orders. Which, as you can imagine, has made my December incredibly boring.

Now, most people are happy to get paid for doing nothing. In fact, I know a great many people who would absolutely love it. Let me explain that the nothing I have been doing has not been in my home. I don’t get to take a nap in the afternoon. And I sit in front of my boss which makes it a little hard to goof off and/or read. The first day that I had nothing to do–not that bad.

The 30th day that I had nothing to do–agony

Yesterday, I scheduled Writing Prompt Tuesday posts until July. July! Over six months worth of prompts… and it wasn’t even noon by the time I finished that.

The new system–the one I mentioned that this company is switching to–goes live on January 5th. So once we close out all the orders by…well… tomorrow… we won’t be able to access the old program anymore. Which means from the 1st to the 5th… I will have even more nothing to do.


tumblr_inline_mzqh3ex1U21rju2ibIn the meantime, I’m super excited for school to start on Jan 20th. I mean sort of. It’s going to be a lot of work. (an ironic change of argument, I know)

I’m taking three classes: Core II: Research Methods for Writers, Writing the Graphic Novel, and Non-Fiction Workshop. Core II, might kill me. I’ve had that professor before. Cool guy. Wrote my letter of recommendation for the grad program. Also assigns all the work in the world within a week. Lives on twitter. Loves Bruce Springsteen.

I’m really looking forward to Writing the Graphic Novel. AND AS AN ADDED BONUS: I’ve been putting up my work on this site in secret! So in about a week you’ll be able to see some of my Creative Writing! (Which I’ll post a link to soooooooooon)

Now, primarily, I write children’s fiction, but there are something things which are adult–and as such contain adult language. But don’t worry-I’ll be using a handy rating system so that if foul language is not your thing, you don’t have to read it or be shocked by it.

Right now. I’m in another nothingness day. Obviously. How else could I post this?

Podcasts are a great way to waste time.

Which I’m trying to do now.


logorobin1The Robins and I actually made a podcast. That I couldn’t get to upload on ANY podcast sites… so it’s currently uploading on YouTube. But I have slow interwebs and so I started it at 7am… it’s probably still going. It’ll be published at 11:06pm on New Year’s Eve (assuming it’s loaded by then). It was a lot of fun for us. I even made up some little awards (The Golden Leonardo). I thought that we would have a lot of silent space on the recording, but we were actually pretty fluid.

It was cool to just talk about our reading and writing year. I mean my year itself had some ups and downs…12371072324_9235e29376_k the lowest point for me was back in February when my dog had a stroke and I had to have her put to sleep. I have had dogs all of my life but Precious’s passing hit me very hard. I still cry sometimes when I think about her. I got her as a birthday present when I turned 13; I’m 27 now. She was the first dog that I trained on my own. I used hand signals with her. She was a very good, very protective dog. Obviously, I still miss her.

How did I get here from having nothing to do during my day?

I keep looking for internships in editing and publishing. Almost all of which are in New York, but I’m willing to commute for the sake of experience. Also working in the field that I want to work in.

ezgifwhasaveI argue with my mom about that all the time.

Mom: I saw that McDonald’s is hiring.
Me: McDonald’s won’t help me get a job in publishing.
Mom: Any job is a job.

Not true by the way. If you have a field you want to enter-you need experience in that field. If you keep taking the retail and service jobs but you want to be a doctor or an actor–you obviously won’t since you won’t have the field experience. But there is that awful circle that we all get caught up in: you need the experience in order to get the experience. I keep looking for entry level positions and I keep reading that I need “5 years experience.”

How is “5 years experience” an entry level position?

But if you didn’t know-that’s why my friends and I started We are having a hard time finding the experience, so we created it. And hopefully that helps us in the long run.

Well this is a long post. So I’ll stop here. See you next year! (I’ve been writing at the end of like every post recently)

By J. M. Tuckerman

J.M.Tuckerman is a neurodivergent writer with a big education. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults, an MA in Writing, and a BA in Writing Arts (specializing in Creative Writing, New Media Writing, and Publication; concentrating in New Media Production), which she somehow managed to earn despite her three very loud and large dogs. Jessica was lucky enough to intern at Quirk Books and Picador, USA while earning her master’s degrees. Her service dog, Ringo, is very proud of all that she has accomplished and hopes to be on a back cover of a published book with her very soon. An avid reader, writer, and lover of young adult and middle-grade literature, Jessica’s bookshelf is overflowing with hardbacks, paperbacks, and a million half-filled notebooks. She is a proud fur-mommy to two lab/st-bernard littermates, a retriever-mix service dog, and one orange little hobgoblin cat, all of whom have made very audible appearances on the Booked All Night podcast.

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