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I sat around and talked with writers about writing tonight and came to realize that, somewhen in the last year or so, I became a writer. It's what I do to profess my profession: I write. I write regularly and steadily. I'm working towards a novel-length finished product. My first article (short story equivalent) will be in an essay collection by invitation - the woman I was speaking with at the time will be published in an anthology, by invitation as well. I was edifying to realize the parallels. I read about writing, I talk and I worry about writing. I'm not in classes, I'm not teaching, I'm writing. Yes, my broader professional inclinations and long-term permutations may encompass other activities, but for now, writing is what I am doing.


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Jul. 11th, 2004 05:32 pm (UTC)
Darn. I might never be a writer then. I don't drink coffee or regular tea since I have hyper-staining teeth - pure vanity. I have a fruit juice habit instead, but I'm not sure that counts.
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Jul. 11th, 2004 05:52 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Aug. 30th, 2004 11:23 am (UTC)
I peaked out on caffeine my third year of grad school (including emergency room visits). I now can't drink it, despite occasional cheating (green tea is fine ... soda, forget it).

Of course--am I a writer??? Hmmmm.
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