Okay, first I am pretty insecure about trying to post to this group.
This summer I’ve decided I’m going to get serious about writing and maybe even (gasp) being published. Personally, I cringe when people ask what I’m doing this summer – now that I’m about to graduate from this rather challenging, non-fiction-writing-related program. I dread one of those people reading this post, seeing the picture by my pen name, and knowing my weakness. I dread prospective readers of my works reading this post and thinking – oh, she’s a hack.
I find myself talking about regular, paid work in a loud, confident tone. And then saying in a low tone, also (haha) I am going to work on some fantasy fiction. If I really trust the person I might add – and it might be nice if I made some money from it some day. Not that this will ever happen, of course, but this is not just an idle hobby and it is actually really important to me.
I always wonder what other writers say or have said to family and friends when they ask … so, what you been up to? Especially if you don’t yet have anything concrete to show for it. But maybe even if you do – and you know they might not take it seriously.
In conclusion, if I got anything wrong in this post, I blame Gremlins, who – unlike my irrational fears – are of course real and are in fact out to get us.