Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Still Don't Think of Myself as One

This past weekend, my family and I went to my spouse's aunt and uncle's 40th anniversary/renewing of vows.  While there, I met a lot of family I'd never met before.  As is customary, they asked what I do.  Without hesitation, I told them about my two part-time jobs.  When I finished, the aunt chimed in and said, "Don't forget the most important one, you're a published author."

It took me back for a second.  Why hadn't I thought about adding that to my list of jobs?  After all, that was the most interesting and the one the family was most curious about.  I love talking about my writing, so why didn't I bring it up?

I think the biggest reason I didn't mention that "job" was because it's not really a job.  I don't make a living writing.  My evil day jobs pay my bills.  Until writing becomes profitable, it will always be a hobby.  But that doesn't mean I'm going to stop doing it.  Writing is also a passion.

It got me thinking about how I view and classify myself.  Perhaps one of the first steps I need to take is taking my writing seriously.  Yes, I am a published writer.  So what if it doesn't pay the bills?  It's still an accomplishment and something I enjoy doing.  There's no shame in letting people know I have books out there.  Heck, I might even find new fans along the way.  So, my new goal is to try and define myself through my work and my writing.  We shall see how it goes.

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