Reading some of your older stuff again and I came across this.
I’m sure you’ve heard it plenty, but I just wanted to say it myself:
YOU ARE MOST DEFINITELY A WRITER.
Maybe you just meant this is just a hobby, and not something to which you’re interested in attaching monetary value. I can understand that, as I am the same way.
That has to be what you meant, because I can’t think of any other circumstance under which you could honestly say you are not a writer.
Whether or not you have a desire to put the story of YOU out there for the whole world to pore through with a magnifying glass, I have no idea. But you have the kind of story that inspires and amazes, I think. And you are extremely gifted at creating groups of letters, then words, and sentences, etc., that leap off the screen and plant themselves as vivid moving pictures in our minds. Your voice is strong, but vulnerable. In “Toast”, it only took me two sentences before I felt connected to little girl you, and felt a deep need to protect her. I couldn’t stop reading until I’d read it all, and when I finished, I felt like a junkie who can’t get a fix.
Anyway, I hate to break it to you, but you are most definitely a writer. A damned fine one, at that. :)