I came across this yesterday and thought it was one of the best pieces on the life of a writer that I have ever read.
In a strange way it made me feel a lot better about the future. Knowing there are plenty of writers out there who still have their day jobs makes me a lot less anxious. I don't know why that should be, exactly. I still have dreams of getting a fabulous advance, quitting my day job, and taking a Lord of the Rings tour of New Zealand. I guess it's just nice to know that even if all that doesn't happen, I can still be successful.