by Vicki Delany
Do you remember way back in the 50s and 60s when they told us that the “housewife” of the future wouldn’t have to do any housework because her robot maid would do it all? What happened to that anyway?
I guess it went the way of so much leisure time we wouldn’t know what do to with it all.
Now that I’ve reached the pinnacle of my writing career and making so much money (well that’s what the question of the week assumes, isn’ it?) that I can hire an assistant, I have to decide what I want him or her to do.
None of my writing. I am not James Patterson. I want to WRITE the books I sell under my name. Same goes for my blog posts here at 7 Criminal Minds and other places I guest at.
None of my personal promotion. I love giving talks in libraries or to book clubs and meeting readers in stores.
None of my facebooking or tweeting. Same as writing the books: if it has my name on it, I want to be the one to have said it.
Lining up appearances? That would be nice. I like doing book singings but hate organizing them.
Okay, so my assistant can organize my public appearances.
That’ll take about one week a year. Then what?
Doing my housework? Gardening? Washing the car?
Now we’re getting somewhere. I’d love not to have to do all that pesky stuff. I’ll hire an assistant to do it for me.
Except… I might be the only 7 Minder that has had a maid. I lived in South Africa for many years. Almost every middle-class household in South Africa has at least one servant. Houses come with servants’ quarters. I didn’t really like having a maid, believe it or not. Maybe I’m too Canadian, but it was like an intrusion in my privacy to have someone in my house all the time.
So maybe, I don’t want a maid after all.
I’ll use my massive royalties to get a maid just like the Jetsons had. A robot, something I can switch off when it’s finished for the day, or yell at and not worry about their feelings.
Maybe it’ll have some good plot ideas too.
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