Growing Pains…Why Are You Asking Me That?

We all go through the frustrations of the silly questions as writers. Do you really make money doing this? What have you written lately? Can I have your books? Well, to answer all of those questions tell me something first, do I bother asking you anything about your personal life or career? Oh, I don’t? Okay. Just checking.

I was a waitress and taught in a charter school before this journey so I’m used to not making money. I worked part time in a public school as well, less money than before. I’m used to being poor. The mere fact I am pursuing my dreams and am happy means more than making millions, which from what I can tell, you don’t make much money either so that question was uncalled for.

I’m not sure why you are asking me what I’ve written lately, I just launched a book. You are on my Facebook page and follow me, no? Well if you’re not then get on it and you can find out all the information pertinent to my career. I prefer not to discuss books and writing with those that are obviously not interested.

You can definitely have my book. Go to Amazon or any other online site that sells e-books or audio books and you are more than welcome to purchase a copy. You seemed concerned earlier about my financial status. If I give all my work away, I will not be able to live. My family buys my work all the time to support me, true friends should be no different (only if they choose to read my work).

You will know when I’m making lots of money when I move into my mansion and you see me on channel five news talking about my summer movie starring the up and coming Hollywood actress.

I have occasional giveaways for readers when they participate in games on my group page. We have fun and engage on Friday Trivia night. They share the events with their friends. But, from your group of questions it looks like you may not be interested in this so I’ll leave it alone. I prefer those that prefer to be truly interested in me and not negative.

Thank you for your concerns but I will be worrying about my finances and work ethic. You worry about buying my books.

I hear this all the time, I’m guessing all authors have frustrations from wacky questions. We need to drown out the words of the (lack of a better term at the moment) ignorant. Most of the time, the questions aren’t meant to be harmful. Most people are curious and want to know what it is like to be an author. Many want to see behind the curtain.

Until you experience the journey, you have no idea what it is like. Sometimes questions are offensive (too harsh?) but we deal with them in a manner that lets others continue asking these absurd questions. If I knew someone in the industry before my first book, I’m sure I would have asked the same questions. Now I see the craziness.

Don’t get me wrong, I have lots of support. But the few that feel the need to go there get in my head at times. I just need to try my best to be polite, make my snarky yet funny comment and move on. Yes, it’s usually snarky. I can’t help my style, I have a bit of a mouth at times. An ‘f’ you with a smile, as some put it.

Let’s face it, we all have dreams and I am struggling but living mine. I wouldn’t want it any other way (okay, the money part could be better). No question will deter me from continuing this journey. I will be the one that changes my destiny, not a couple of questions that are a little negative.

Sure, today was a venting article and probably not the best idea but as a newbie, growing pains come with frustrations and this is what the blog is about, right?

Stay fabulous and no worries. Nothing is constant. Words are white noise when you are doing what you love.

Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. - Og Mandino

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