Daniel I. Russell is the author of Entertaining Demons, Samhane, Retard, Come Into Darkness, Critique, The Collector Book 1: Mana Leak, Mother's Boys and the huge collection Tricks, Mischief and Mayhem. Daniel is a HWA active member and represented by the Tobias Literary Agency, NYC. Daniel has also been the vice-president of the Australian Horror Writers' Association, special guest editor of Midnight Echo, associate and technical editor for Necrotic Tissue, and Shadow Awards judge.
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Sunday, March 03, 2013Search Me Sunday
Sundays tend to be awful quiet, so I thought it might be fun to put the call out there for 3 random questions and call it Search Me Sunday. It was either this or Frisk Me Friday...
Anyway, here's what Facebook threw out:
#1 Do you for one second regret leaving C*******?
What's with all the asterisks?
Well, C******* refers to the first legal firm I worked for. You have to agree, after working for a law firm, you get paranoid about being sued!
Anyhoo, to answer the question, NO, I do not regret leaving the first law firm I worked for. Nothing ever seemed good enough or delivered quick enough (and this seemed the go for everyone) and my biggest gripe was how we were all set against each other, like some awful corporate legal version of the Hunger Games.
Not that Legal Costing is all bad. I left to work at Stephensons Solicitors, who are awesome. Big love to the Stevo in Leigh.
I do miss certain people I used to work with, and if you're reading this right now then we're still in touch and yes, this is you I'm talking about!
I have to say that while I never regret leaving, I don't regret the time I spent there. While work days were often harrowing, they were nothing compared to the job I had previously, and my time at C******* opened doors.
#2 Do you struggle with drinking?
Yes and no.
My closest friends would not regard me as an alcoholic...but then those friends are probably English.
See, I struggle now with drink, as I've come from a very social drinkey atmosphere (the UK) to one that isn't, contrary to popular opinion (Australia).
Come Friday night...it's the weekend! Time to take off the tie and go and have a few drinks and generally...you know...beer'o'clock! I don't get that, and I miss it. Going back to #1, we were always down The Shrimper pub come 5pm on a Friday (don't be a wimper, get down The Shrimper!).
See, I can live without booze (now due to prices here in WA I feel guilty for having a few due to the costs and lack of fun) but simply due to my background, it's like it's part of life. I don't know if that's an excuse, but that's just how it feels.
But beer makes me sleepy and stops me writing or reading, so any length of booze free time makes me joyous, as I know the words get down. Tonight ends a clean 15 day run, in which 20K of new novel was written.
#3 Why do we bother?
I think about this...probably more often then most and more often then is deemed healthy. But I have an answer.
Because of hope, and hope is the greatest yet most frustrating of all human emotion.
**I said 3 questions, but this just came in, and it's an easy one so...**
#4 Is there one aspect of England you miss more than anything?
And my friends of course! Army Chris, Wedge and Dollin. Miss you guys (but...you know...in a tough manly Wigan way.)
So that was Search Me Sunday! Think of your three for next week.