What do you do in "Normal" life?

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  1. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

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    I'm just curious as to how everyone here finds time to read so much. I love reading and any spare moment I have, my nose is in a book. But what do you do for a living? How do you make the cash to buy the books we love?

    Maybe I'll follow in your footsteps as I'm about to graduate. Maybe you're all just amazingly fast readers with large IQ's, though...
     
  2. Aurian

    Aurian Dragon Lady

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    I work in a bank and do a lot of reading to and from work and during my breaks (and in the tub at home!).
     
  3. Seak

    Seak and I like to party.

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    I guess I should add my own...

    I'm currently working full time as a Customer Service Trainer for a health food company, going to school part time, and studying for the LSAT. That leaves so much time for reading. Sadly, that's not true.
     
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    Armoured Crewmen.
     
  5. WyrvenGuard

    WyrvenGuard I Has Good Writing

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    I make backpacks... jk!

    I'm a Corporate Account manager for a large Corporate IT sales company. Glorified title if I've ever heard one. lol
     
  6. wolfbane19

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    Not sure if this thread belongs here or in a different forum...


    I'm a college student with a history major though that's about to change once December rolls around and I graduate.
     
  7. Michigan

    Michigan Registered User

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    Personal Trainer. Work a pretty normal 40 hour week and that gives me a couple hours every night to read.
     
  8. foolofgold

    foolofgold Time to change, Changer.

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    Assistant Manager at a Wal Mart Supercenter. Fun fun. Little time for reading.
     
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  9. Zedar

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    Software engineer here. Get most of my reading done on the bus to/from work, unless I'm really hooked, in which case I'll read whenever I can find a spare moment.
     
  10. algernoninc

    algernoninc Now I'm an axolotl

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    engineering : the dirty hands, machine repair type [maybe that's why i like Modessitt and K J Parker]. but i spend hours on commuting, and i go on field trips with overnight stay [like on oil rigs]. also - i'm single so i have no pressure at home and i make my own priorities [like bathtub reading]. i stumble when it comes to getting the books i like, as they are not easily available, and shipping costs are high. i have hopes to improve here with ebooks for sony reader.
     
  11. Bear

    Bear I eat fish.

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    I work freelance, both doing graphic design (like so) and commercial compositions. Somehow I eek by and manage to pay my bills on those. At times I go on long runs where I have little time to read. Then there are dry spots where I probably have too much time for it. But it all kinda balances out, I think.
     
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    Java Programmer: I play Xbox often and read about an hour before I go to bed and lots on weekends.
     
  13. Tomau

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    I'm a biologist, I work in a constructing company in Environmental protection department.
    I do my readings mostly in train on my way to/from work and by weekends.
     
  14. PeterWilliam

    PeterWilliam Omnibus Prime

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    Lol, I graduated with a history degree. Now, I'm a research associate testing investigational pharmaceuticals in ophthalmology. Really long story.

    In my free time, I'm working on constructing a story of my own, but I obsess over having it perfect, thus it's been ten years and I'm still making notes on paper towels, napkins, backs of envelopes from junk mail, laptop, notebooks, etc. A surgeon once told me that, "perfect is the enemy of good." I think I'm starting to get it, at least in a first-hand sense.
     
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    WyrvenGuard I Has Good Writing

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    Ha, I think that anyone who takes pride in their work would tend to agree with you, I know I do... I've got my piece-of-crap I've been writing for 5 years that I can't convince myself it's good enough to move forward with haha.
     
  16. Miriamele

    Miriamele Witch of the Woods

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    I am a stay-at-home-mom to three, the oldest of which I also teach at home. I used to also work from home but not doing that at the moment. Although I am not doing payed work at the moment, I have very little time for reading at all. This is the reason I haven't been on SFFWorld too much in the past few years.

    When I was younger I used to work as a receptionist in a fairly quiet office and my days would have long stretches with nothing to do, so I used to read many many books at work. It's always nice to get paid to read!

    I really need to find more time for reading, though. It's such a lovely escape when life gets a little to stressful (I won't say boring, my life is never that!).
     
  17. MrBF1V3

    MrBF1V3 aka. Stephen B5 Jones

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    Did someone say normal life? What's that like?

    In the offline world I'm a church facility manager, it's sort of a protestant sexton. Every day is different. We are in the middle of a $250,000 parking lot remodel. I didn't know they made a 500 pound jack hammer. (I only get to watch, the contractor won't let me play with the toys.:() Yesterday I moved a light switch closer to the door. Today I touched up the paint on some decorative (concrete) rockwork--someone had scratched a tick tack toe game into the paint. Meanwhile there is a memorial service later today, and the girl scouts are having a craft workshop tomorrow.

    I read(or write) at lunch and in the evening when I get home, because I get plenty of physical activity at work. I have two kids, one teen and one almost teen, who steal my books, um, I mean, "borrow".

    B5

    Bear, I seem to remember a set of angels you did, do you sell prints?
     
  18. woodge

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    I'm a software developer and most of my reading gets done on the train to/from work. Then there's reading in bed. And sometimes just reading in the evening because most of TV is an inane wasteland. Just saying.
     
  19. sic's mom

    sic's mom I want to be a princess

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    I work in the pits in a major casino in Las Vegas. With the economy the way it is I have had plenty of time lately to read. This industry is getting hit pretty hard right now, we can only hope it will come back around. And it will. There is nothing like watching all the idiots on the weekends get falling down drunk and then lose all their money. And people wonder why I don't drink and gamble:)
     
  20. Soon Lee

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    "Normal" for me is yeast and wine research. Yes, really.

    As for reading, who has time these days, with all the attractions the web has to offer? Seriously though, I'm finding that I have less time to read books than I'd like to, what with "normal" life getting in the way.