Thus, from that June until Feb 2013, I put my head down and began working as a writer, publisher, publicist and anything else I needed to be to raise my writing profile. My efforts have been moderately successful and continue, but in late Feb, an opportunity arose which offered me half-time work as a project manager, a guaranteed income, and, being of a practical nature, I decided that splitting my time between a salaried job and writing was a fair compromise to allow me to continue pursuing my dream long term.
So, it's a win/win situation and, before I go on, I want to say that I feel extremely lucky that this opportunity came along.
However, since announcing this to friends and family, I have been irked by a certain response which, although not universal when it did arise, made me want to throw things. Some of my friends congratulated me on getting a proper job and that attitude got to me. I have been working incredibly hard, sometimes upwards of 15 hours a day to write, edit, format, publish, publicise and network my books and I consider myself a writing professional with two years of experience running my own publishing company. Just because the returns are modest in monetary terms and I cannot yet earn a living wage with my writing does not mean it is any less a career and worthy of being called a proper job.
I am proud of the skills I have developed as a project manager. Even if I say so myself, I'm good at it and I can put some of those skills to use in the writing business as well as IT. Those skills also, at the moment, bring in my major income. However, that does not mean I see them as better, or more important than the skills I have and will always continue to develop as a writer. I do not assess my success by how much money each set of skills is worth.
As far as I am concerned, I have two jobs that demand equal time and effort from me regardless of which one pays the most, because that is what I have committed to. One is a long term goal, the other is short term practicality, but each is as valid as the other.
Money is not everything and I think we should stop judging worthiness by how much income something can generate.
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