A friend stopped by Thursday night with fried chicken because I was "looking peckish" the last time she saw me. It was super sweet of her, dinner was nice, and it was great to have another adult to talk to since most my dinner time conversation revolves around Junie B. Jones and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid. I enjoy the occasional break from fine literature to talk about adult things, like cars and kids... I may have failed Adult Subjects 101.
What did spark a conversation was a copy of Working Mom magazine sitting on my counter. My friend frowned at it. "I didn't know you worked."
"Well, yes, I write. It's working from home, but still..." I withered.
"That's just a hobby, isn't it? I mean, you're not writing real books."
Everyone as a group now: SIGH
Of course it's not a real book! Silly me. I only wrote those books, and edited them, and shopped them to editors, and sold them. But it's not on dead paper, so I guess I'm just playing pretend. Once more with feeling: SIGH.
For what it's worth, I consider myself a Working Mom. I've debated the title for years now, and I'm finally at the point where I feel that - yes - I work. I devote six to eight hours a day to writing, promoting, researching, and editing for books. Most weeks I have enough hours to call this a full time job.
Granted, I'm not earning anything like minimum wage yet, but I still earn more than I do with my other full time job, Momming.
I don't know if other authors consider themselves working moms (or dads or non-parents) though. I know many authors write 5-8 hours around a full work schedule. I've met authors who held down jobs, went to university, and still managed to write some how. I didn't write in college, not fiction at any rate, my brain was too fried for anything creative.
And I don't think there's a defined point when you switch from being a "hobby writer" to "working author". I know authors who still consider it a hobby after publishing six books, and I know authors who consider themselves full time working authors without having published ever. I support that idea, it shows a drive and determination. But then again... sometimes there's sense behind seeing writing as a casual hobby. Your world won't crash and burn if you don't meet all your hobby goals. If writing, or anything for that matter, is the be all and end all of your world there's a sense of disproportion and imbalance.
Maybe it doesn't matter what you call yourself as long as your happy?
... Did I have a point to this post? Oh, yes... I was working this week and didn't run from zombies. Two weeks in a row slacking! >.< Sorry. I'm failing Able Township here. I'm writing this post Thursday night with every intention of running on Friday. Feel free to poke me on Twitter. If I'm not writing, I'm hanging with the Tweeps as @LianaBrooks.