I hear you, your points are very valid. Forgive me for being one of the older members and really not trying to doll out advice. My story I'm a semi adequate singer, tons of stage work, musicals, sang with the opera for years, the money I made barely paid the self employment tax at the end of the year. I have MANY friends who are trying to follow thier bliss, not wanting to sell out or become a corporate drone. In the end it's a lifestyle choice. I work for a fortune 50 company that pays well (well maybe pays ok) have a home, car, blah blah blah. Do I love my job? No. But it becomes a means to an end, it serves a purpose, and I have chosen to live a lifestyle that requires more than the few dollars I made at my passion of singing. If you ave a gift at writing, use it! Continue to write. No one says when you're done at work you can't continue to write. And if you keep at it, odds are you'll have some success. You might not be the next JK Rowling, but if you keep at it there's certainly some satisfaction knowing you're doing what you love. Being a corporate sell out I often question what's the point, what's going to be my legacy when I'm gone (aside from my formidable minimate collection). I can't answer that, though I think that's a lifelong struggle to find the point. Please, keep writing, don't give up.