Yesterday I was meeting some family for lunch and they kept me waiting for an hour. I think it’s symptomatic of them not taking my writing seriously; not viewing it as a proper job. Part of the blame lies with me because I refer to days when I don’t have to do my paid job as days off, when in fact they are days when I have to write. I’m trying to redress this issue by saying, “Yes, I’m writing such-and-such” when people ask me if I’m working on a particular day. (Of course, what they mean is, am I doing my paid job?)
What blows me away is the complete injustice of it. Nobody in their right mind would expect me to take two hours away from an office job for lunch. Why should anyone think it is reasonable to keep me away from writing for two hours? Especially when the first of those hours is spent wandering around the shops, getting more and more annoyed with each minute that ticks by, waiting for the phone to ring.