...in the bleakest publishing environment ever?
I know what you mean, Sari. This is exactly the reason I ended up as director of a college writing program, which is 75 % administrative. (And why finishing my book has taken as long as it has!) And now, academia, which used to be a reliable way for writers to make a consistent living, is no longer quite so hospitable to anyone in the arts and humanities. But writing still matters. Your book matters. And I can’t wait until it comes out.
That's what I did -- got a day job, wrote essays and worked on this book on the side. On the one hand, I love that my work is free from market forces, on the other hand, it's hard on many days not to beat myself up for the 2 decades between books.
This really spoke to me. I discourage students from teaching college to support their writing while also encouraging them to find a decent 9-5 day job that doesn’t use the same energy. And I remind them there’s a lot freedom in not making writing their career. I wish I’d known and accepted that earlier.