I posted this as a respose to something on someone else’s LJ, but then realized that it was personal enough that I wanted to replicate it here.
Top 10 reasons why I write “professionally” (whatever that means):
1. I was told to do it by a pervy blue fairy with a New York accent and a penchant for showing up in my shower and distrasting me into forgetting to rinse out my conditioner.
2. Because someday I want to save someone’s life the way Meredith Ann Pierce and Katherine Kurtz saved mine.
3. Because as Alan Moore and Grant Morrison have shown me, it’s one of the most effective ways to do magic in the contemporary world.
4. Because as much as I love Chick-lit, I will not let it become the defining popular literary voice of my generation.
5. Because some of the plots from my dreams are too weird and cool *not* to share.
6. Because I made a deal with a meta-lingual reality hacker, and she’s counting on me to do my part to transform the metaverse.
7. Because I grew up on stories of girls without hands or voices who lived happily ever after because they were obedient and good, and I think that’s bullshit.
8. Because I can’t become a Zapatista, but I can be one of the Army of Dreamers.
9. Because someday I really want to win a prestigious writing award so that I can thank my writing group, Scat Hardcore.
10. Because I can’t not write.
In other news, I just finished a 6k word story set in the Teleidoplex. The working title is “Panopticon in Amber”, although that will probably change. This is my first official Teleidoplex writing (there’s another story called “Intervention” that I wrote after finishing HP Book 7, but that doesn’t count). It is therefore something of a milestone since to this point I’ve just worked on the thematics and world-building.
(goes off to eat granola and contemplate her navel, cause omphaloskepsicism is fun to say!)