Susan's comment on my last post got me thinking.
Every so often you still hear the cliche: Those who can't, teach.
I know so many accomplished writers who teach not because they need the money but because they enjoy teaching or they feel teaching allows them to give something back.
Sure, teaching can be a drag. But after an all-day class like the one I taught today at UC-Irvine, I remember how much fun teaching can be. I have such respect for my students who could have been doing so many other things on this beautiful summer day but they chose to be sitting under florescent lights progressing their writing. There was gobs of talent in the classroom today, so much so that I felt invigorated.
This goes for all of my students. I'm lucky I get to help them along their path.