"A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything..."
Last night, I was out with a group of girlfriends from work -- we went to a local dinner theater to see "Grease." Very fun, good food, good performances, nice camraderie. But during the conversation, one of the women turned to me and asked, "So I hear you're writing a book?"
I said, "Actually, yes, and I'm really excited because I have two that will be published sometime later this year."
"Really?" She turned away and that was that.
I wasn't really sure how to take that response, though I thought since I actually work and socialize with her on a regular basis, she might have a little more to say. Maybe I was expecting too much.
Disinterest? Jealousy? I dunno. But I didn't expect her to turn her back without another word.
Anyone else have similar responses from non-writers in your world? Are people excited for your successes, or mildly courteous while they change the subject? Do they want to know more, or do they dismiss your "hobby"? It's an interesting dynamic.
To wrap up this train of thought, here's a terrific interview with Stephen King after he won the National Book Award in 2003.
I suppose when it comes down to it, the support of those people most important in our lives is all we really need, right?