When I moved back to full-time parish work I gave up the two days a week I had spent freelancing as a writer for the previous four years. I kept a couple of minor contracts to 'keep my hand in' but by and large saw my writing as a hobby from now on.
At my licensing the Bishop, much to my surprise, said he'd heard that I was a feelance writer and encouraged me to carry on.
Seemed a bit weird encouraging someone at the start of their employment to do another job too. Still I took it as a blessing to do some occasional work and in fact I find the two disciplines do inform each other. I'm a better writer for being a clergyman and having some things to write about; I'm a better clergyman for writing reflections on what I do.
Today is the first full day I've set aside for writing in six months and I've done some 11-14s material. It was hard to crank up the typing speed again but I managed 4000 words which is OK. I could do 5000 when on a roll.
My neck is stiff, one sick visit was crammed in on the way to the shops (sorry Matt - will do longer next week) and I'm tired. Have the evening off. OK then, thanks.