I never told people that I'm a writer or an aspiring writer until a few months ago. However, if any of you are writers or know writers, you know that writing takes up a huge amount of time. So when people ask you to come out and join them for drinks or dinner and you're constantly saying, "I'm busy", they either think you have a boyfriend (and try to encourage you to bring him along) or they think you're up to something suspicious. For me, it's usually the latter. And then people pry, and so hopelessly you tell them, and the look of bewilderment on their faces is priceless.
Not only do I write fantasy (www.staurosisland.com), I like to draw pictures that go along with my stories. See the one above. This means that I need even more time than most writers . . . which brings me to my current philosophical dilemma of what is a job? And what do you call a career and what do you refer to as just a hobby? Is a career a type of daily habit you put yourself through for monetary gain and material satisfaction while a hobby is a regular habit you look forward to for spiritual gain and soul satisfaction?
This isn't the first time I've been grappling with the question of what is a job? In fact, I wrote about it in this blog three years ago: http://bit.ly/1tIDGXR
I believe the answer lies in a balance of something in between: a career needs to be a daily habit that you look forward to for both monetary gain and soul satisfaction.
Now, there will be people out there who would argue that monetary gain is soul satisfaction. To them, I would say, "Find a hobby."