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Theodore is really Theodora (feminine name of Greek origin -- meaning gift from
God; see signature line). She has three children under the age of five
(expecting another!) and one husband. She also has a well-paying full-time job,
a Master's degree in tech. comm., over five years of experience in the medical,
automotive, and software industries. She is a member of STC, but hates to take
even more time away from her children to attend the STC meetings. Besides all
of the above, she doesn't believe in schmoozing, in relationships made for the
purpose of obtaining some benefit. Rather, she believes in unconditional
relationships. And she would rather stand on her own two feet, than on the
shoulders of others.
I guess this all boils down to the idea, which ran through here before, that
some people have a life, and are not married to their jobs. As, I said before,
my five-figure income will not be my consolation on my death bed. My husband
and my children will. Some of us, professional tech. writers, just have
different priorities in life.
Do you feel that you have to balance work and family?
Do you feel pressured by others to devote your every breath to your profession
in order to be seen as a 'professional'?
Off the podium.
(Our affluence has merely convinced us that possession, rather than decency or merit, should be our prime and ultimate goal.)