On International Women’s Day 2017, I participated in A Day Without Women. It was supposed to be a general strike, but it supposed a lot of privilege on the part of the strikers. There were millions of women who couldn’t take a day off. I’m a freelance writer and editor, so I worked extra hours early in the week so I could strike that day.
But there weren’t any good events in my city, which was weird, because I live in Portland, Oregon. This is our jam. But I only found one sad afternoon-long speaking event that sounded like a snooze-fest. I decided to devote my striking day to seeking out women in automotive occupations, especially engineers, and boosting them. I tweeted about some women, I offered to volunteer with a university that holds seminars for women students in automotive engineering, and I reached out to a woman who runs an excellent automotive website for membership in our local professional organization.
And then it was lunchtime.
That was not a full day of striking. I continued searching and Googling and ran out of women to boost. It is a small cohort.
I got bored enough to take steps to move my own long-simmering plans ahead. I registered Practical Fox as a business in the state of Oregon. PF is essentially a vanity publisher. I have a nonfiction paper, a revamp of a previously published book, a historical fiction trilogy, a fantasy book for middle-grade readers, and more that I want to publish over the next couple of years. I also want to own the means of my own production, which seems an appropriate goal to realize during a general strike. I put the work and the money into these projects, and I get the rewards (however great or small they may be) in the end.
So from boredom was born a publishing schedule that, in addition to my paying freelance work, will keep me very busy through October and mildly busy thereafter. Boredom will not be an issue for a long while.