Writers write for all sorts of reasons, but the general public always seems to want to create a simple dichotomy between writers who write for money and writers who write for the love of writing. Of course, then they generally sneer at the former and laugh at the latter.
As with most things, all is not as simple as it might appear to those who glibly gloss over subjects, rather than giving them any serious thought. Even with minimal thought (I like to think I'm efficient, n
Tis the shopping season, which immediately precedes the giving season, so I suspect that many of you clicking onto this blog are expecting me to flog my own inventory or give you a list of gadgets (Kindles, Nooks, and pocket recorders), gewgaws (T-shirts with writerly references, brass brads for screenplay submissions, and fancy journals), and books (dictionaries, historical timelines, and ... is there another word for thesaurus?) to tuck in the mail or post under the tree fo