A Day in the Life of The Midnight Novelist

Posted: April 23, 2012 in General
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Most writers lead a double life if they aren’t lucky enough to write full-time. I’m here to talk about that other part of my life – my day job.

In my world, The Evil Day Job doesn’t exist. I’m lucky enough that I really enjoy my job each and every day. Sure, I can’t say that the craziness doesn’t get to me sometimes, but 99 times out of 100, I look forward to going to work each and every morning. How cool is that!?

My day job consists of a 15 minute commute to the house of a family friend. Oddly enough, my mom and my boss met when they both worked at the same doctor’s office. I became friends with my boss’ daughters, and we eventually found out that my boss’ husband used to be friends with my dad when they were younger. I know, small world, right?

This is the name of our soon-to-be website, though the business is filed under ItsAllOurVault.

Well, fast forward about 10 years, and here I am working in the same place I used to visit in order to dance around like an idiot and talk about Harry Potter with just about the only other person who I knew that was as obsessed with it as I was. What do I do there? Oh, a little bit of this and a little bit of that. A typical day consists of:

  1. Arriving in the morning and saying hello to the 3 dogs, 3 puppies, 4 cats, 5 birds, and the mouse.
  2. Looking at old stuff I would normally only find in an antique store.
  3. Writing blogs posts. (Yes, I get paid for this.)
  4. Coming up with crazy ideas that we swear we’ll get to one day.
  5. Finding loose change to add to our road trip fund.

This is the lucky puppy that was adopted by my BFF. His name is Ares. All together now: AWWWW!

This just part of what I do on a daily basis. So, what is my job, you might ask?

Well, my boss sells antiques and collectibles on eBay. I originally began there as just the shipping girl – it was my job to pack up and send out all of the items that our customers bought and paid for. Eventually I learned how to list, and I suddenly became as addicted to online selling as my boss. Now I do a little bit of just about everything and I joke that I’ll become the Vice President when we become a multi-million dollar corporation. The stuff that I come across every day is absolutely incredible, and I can’t say that I’m not extremely lucky work there. Here are the top 5 reasons:

  1. I work out of my boss’ house, which can get crazy, but is SO much better than an office building with windowless cubicles. *shudder*
  2. I am actually friends with my boss and my co-worker, and we all get along perfectly. I never have to worry about being shot down if I’m suggesting ideas or questioning anyone’s sanity. (Someone has to be the voice of reason!)
  3. I get to come into work in my pajamas any day I want.
  4. The animals. ‘Nough said.
  5. A typical Friday in the summer consists of going to yard sales and antique stores to spend someone else’s money (whoo hoo!), followed by being taken out to lunch.

Oooo, shiny!

The best part about my job is the flexibility. I can work from home when I want to, and I can adjust my hours whenever I need to. Taking time off is not a problem at all, and I can always make up the work ahead of time. Better yet, I get to use a lot of my skills as a writer when I list items online and when I write for our blog.

The blog is the real reason why I’m writing this post. I want to show you guys another side of me, another passion that I have. Writing will always be my number one, but this is my second love: vintage and antique items. I don’t have a lot of money to spend on them, so I’m lucky that I get to be surrounded by them each and every day. I’d love for you guys to check out our blog. I’ve got three series that I run on there regularly:

Mondays are dedicated to our “How to Sell” posts. The blog is a way to help struggling eBay sellers who are just starting out and don’t know how to buy and sell inventory for online retail. In these posts, I pick a single topic (ie. costume jewelry) and explain our own process. Hopefully it helps someone to get their foot in the door – I understand how scary it can be to take that leap and start selling.

On Wednesdays I talk about our “Word of the Week.” I pick one word to discuss for that day – all related to antiques and collectibles. There’s a lot of jargon associated with this line of business, and it can get pretty overwhelming. We’re going to make a website soon, and this is my way of slowly putting together a glossary for our site.

And finally, on Fridays, I have our “My Weekly Score” posts. In these posts I pick one thing that we’ve sold that we have made a good profit on. I tell our readers what it is, what we bought it for, and what we eventually sold it for. The purpose of this is to show specific items that sellers can look for – things that they know will sell.

I’ll admit that this post is a bit of shameless self-promotion, but I don’t really expect anything to come from it. I know a lot of you like antiques and collectibles, so hopefully you get five minutes’ entertainment from checking out my other blog. If not, no worries! It isn’t for everyone.

If you are interested, you can follow the blog by visiting it here. Our Twitter and Facebook pages are on that site as well. If you know of anyone else who would be interested in our material, feel free to spread the word. If you’ve got any questions or suggestions, I can take them here or over on the other blog. I run it all by myself, don’t hesitate to drop a comment over there!

This is what I get really excited about: costume jewelry!

Regardless of whether or not you go visit, I’m curious: do you collect anything? Do you remember your parents or grandparents having a collection of some sort? If you don’t have a collection yourself, what is the one item you’d be willing to splurge on just for the sake of looking at it?

  1. Julie Glover says:

    That sounds fascinating, Karen! How cool. The antique/collector business must be full of great finds. I love touring antique stores.

    I also enjoy jobs that have flexibility in their schedule. I’m not good at clock-punching.

    And I am WOWed by the Word of the Week posts. Given my love of language, I’m intrigued to know that there is a whole vocabulary associated with your line of work. Hobnail? Really? (Maybe I could interview you sometime for an Amazing Words Wednesday?)

    Thanks for sharing. Best wishes with both of your jobs.

    • Juliana Haygert says:

      Wow, it sounds so cool! I love antique stuff … very, very antique specially, like Egyptian, Greek, Roman or Chinese LOL
      Thanks for sharing this bit of your life 😉

      • Karen Rought says:

        Juliana, you can NEVER go wrong with those old civilizations. Greek myths and art are what originally got me into art history (which is what my degree is in), but I’m starting to fall for the “newer” items that I come across on a daily basis.

    • Karen Rought says:

      Julie, you better believe I would be up for taking part in one of your Amazing Words Wednesday posts – I love them! Just e-mail me at Roughtkm15@hotmail.com if you want to set something up. I’ve been here for just about 2 years and I’m still completely in awe of everything that I’ve learned in that short amount of time!

  2. I love your day job. It’s no wonder you get excited every day about going to work. I can only imagine all the great story ideas you get just from the old items you find!

  3. S. J. Maylee says:

    you are a very lucky lady, your day job sounds like a blast!! My great grandpa was fascinated by different types of wood. He collected samples from all over. He hung and labeled each piece with such care. My mom and cousins still have his large display cases. Thanks for sharing, I’m going to go check out the blog.

    • Karen Rought says:

      Thank you!! That sounds like such an interesting collection, and one I’ve never heard of before. But I can see why it would be so appealing – all of those different colors and types. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Debra Kristi says:

    Do you ever find yourself shopping when you are at work? 🙂 EBay merchandise can be crazy. Sometimes it’s a deal, sometimes it goes crazy. I used to spend a lot of time on the site selling years ago. I was told this last weekend I need to dust off the old account and list something. It’s not as friendly as it used to be, but I’ll be taking the dive. I know who to call if I need help.

    • Karen Rought says:

      Um, YES. And actually just the other day I bought an old Nintendo game from my boss because it was for the original system and it was Donkey Kong and I just couldn’t pass it up! eBay IS crazy, and there are a lot of things I don’t like about it. But that’s where the buyers are, so that’s where the sellers have to be. If you need ANY help, you know you can ask me!

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