To date, my royalties off my first two books have paid my electric bill, bought a few pair of jeans, and paid for a very nice night out on the town. According to my husband, I have a nice hobby going on here...
Let us look at the definition of career, shall we! Okay, it goes something like this, ‘a. A chosen pursuit; a profession or occupation.
b. The general course or progression of one's working life or one's professional achievements:
c. Doing what one does as a permanent occupation or lifework:
Line c. confuses me just a bit, although I do plan to write permanently or until death do we part, so to speak…
Now, let us look at the definition of hobby. It goes something like this,
a. A diversion that occupies one's time and thoughts (usually pleasantly) b. An activity or interest pursued outside one's regular occupation and engaged in primarily for pleasure.
In the category of ‘What are the most important things in your life’, I would answer directly below God, my husband, my children, and grandchildren comes writing. I have always loved storytelling, creating unique characters, and then placing them in an atmosphere of supernatural terror...
I may never be on the New York Bestseller List or win an award for my writing (not saying it wouldn't be nice) either way, I'm satisfied in knowing with the books I have managed to get published, I'll be leaving a legacy to my family, friends and to the devoted fans of my work.
Well, what the hey, it doesn’t matter if you have a career in writing or you consider your writing a hobby. You can be sure of one thing, if writing is in your blood, if you’re passionate about expressing your creative endeavors with pen and paper, you’re a bona-fide writer!
Do I take the time to write as often as I should? Uh, no! Am I going to change that? Uh, yes! When I first began to write, I skipped meals, ignored phone calls, spent about an hour a week watching tv, and focused totally on the project at hand. I have to admit – wouldn’t hurt for me to skip a couple of meals!
If I had to live off my royalties to survive - much less live an extravagant lifestyle, well it ain’t happening! But like I always say…never say never!)
My bona-fide literary work includes, Hollowing Screams - Mortal Abomination - Behind the Red Door - Thorns of an Innocent Soul)
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