Here is a quote that nicely characterizes my point of view:
"Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self."
- Cyril Connolly
As long as I'm in quotation mode, here is one more I really like:
"We succeed in enterprises which demand the positive qualities we possess, but we excel in those which can also make use of our defects."
- Alexis de Tocqueville
Geez, I wonder if I can find an "enterprise" where I can succeed by distracting myself and everyone else, have a lot of fun doing so, and end up making a great big but somehow beautiful mess..................