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I got to thinking about the point in every freelancer's life where he has to decide whether he wants to A, have a social life, and do art in his spare time, or B, do art, and have a social life in his spare time. It has always seemed to me that if you have any hope of making a living as an artist writer, musician, whatever you absolutely must learn to tell people to leave you alone, and to mean it, and to eject them from your life if they don't respect that. This is necessary not because your job is more important than anyone else's it isn't but because a great many people will think of you as not having a job. 'Oh, how wonderful you can work whenever you want to!' Well, yes, to a point, but generally 'whenever you want to' had better be most of the time, or else you won't have a roof over your head. Poppy Z. Brite

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I

got

to

thinking

about

the

point

in

every

freelancer

s

life

where

he

has

to

decide

whether

he

wants

to

A



have

a

social

life



and

do

art

in

his

spare

time



or

B



do

art



and

have

a

social

life

in

his

spare

time



It

has

always

seemed

to

me

that

if

you

have

any

hope

of

making

a

living

as

an

artist



writer



musician



whatever



you

absolutely

must

learn

to

tell

people

to

leave

you

alone



and

to

mean

it



and

to

eject

them

from

your

life

if

they

don

t

respect

that



This

is

necessary

not

because

your

job

is

more

important

than

anyone

else

s



it

isn

t



but

because

a

great

many

people

will

think

of

you

as

not

having

a

job





Oh



how

wonderful



you

can

work

whenever

you

want

to





Well



yes



to

a

point



but

generally



whenever

you

want

to



had

better

be

most

of

the

time



or

else

you

won

t

have

a

roof

over

your

head



Poppy

Z



Brite



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