“And what do YOU do?” In defense of writing in my pajamas

Sarahbeth Caplin

That dreaded “What do you do?” question. We’ve all experienced it. Some of us have no problem with it, if our jobs are in well-respected fields that make decent money, therefore allowing no one the opportunity to judge or condemn them. Others of us don’t loathe this question, exactly, but just brace ourselves for a buttload of questions that stem from ignorance or misunderstanding.

My job thrives on this question because despite all the technological advances, word of mouth is still the best form of advertising books. I’ve given away several business cards by answering the “What do you do?” question honestly. But there are generally two types of reactions, I’ve noticed, when I mention I’m a published author…

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About jamesbradfordpate

My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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