It’s been quite some time since I received an advance reading copy of “The 30 Second Commute, a non-fiction comedy about writing and working from home,” by Stephanie Dickison. Honestly, it’s been more than a year. How the time passed so quickly and the book sat in the “to be read” pile is beyond me. Well, actually (again: honestly!) I don’t normally reading advance copies. No offense, but the normally contain errors and exclude changes or edits that I’d like to know about.
About two weeks ago I was looking for something to read and noticed the book sitting on my desk. I grabbed it and read a few pages. I was immediately drawn in. I had a misconceived notion that I wouldn’t be interested in a book that talked about my life (more about that in a minute*). I thought I would be jealous, judgmental and feel jilted – those things added to my putting off reading the book – and I’m happy to say I didn’t feel any of those things … although I’m embarrassed to admit that I thought I would.
*Dickison’s book is “a comic narrative about the real life of a full-time writer. Stephanie Dickison had been successfully publishing features and articles for over a decade while working a full-time job, but in December 2005, she left the secure world of a “real job” to tackle completing a manuscript that was close to five years old and to take on freelance writing full time.”
I found her writing to be engaging, comedic and true to life. It’s probably the first non-fiction book I’ve read about someone’s life and job that has kept me engaged from the first page to the last. It could be because our paths are similar. We write similar things thus making her life and feelings totally understandable. Only another writer (said with my nose stuck up in the air) would understand the humor and whatnot behind another writer’s life.
It was fun to read about the horror of Stephanie rewinding and playing back a taped interview (that was done on a new recorder!) to only hear hissing. Yup, not a voice could be heard. What made it fun is that I.have.so.been.there. Definitely not fun, but a camaraderie bonding experience if there ever was one. I do wonder how she survived that. …
The 30 Second Commute is a book that all freelance writers – or contracted creative types for that matter – will enjoy. My only regret is that I didn’t read it sooner.
Disclosure: I received a copy of Stephanie Dickison’s book to facilitate my review, which in no way influenced my opinions – those are my own. No other compensation was received. More information can be found in my complete disclosure policy.