Do you ever ask yourself why? Why do you write? For some it's about earning an income (or should that be 'trying' to earn an income?), for others it's the pure pleasure of seeing their work in print and many write simply to please themselves. And if you can't please yourself then why bother?
Handsome Hubby is the Indoor Writer's trusted proofreader. As a research engineer his logical approach and attention to detail makes him ideal to pick up the howlers she leaves for him to find (all deliberate of course ...). Rarely does he comment on content and she's learned not to ask for feedback. If he adds any remark after reading then usually this is a good omen ie 'that made me laugh', or 'I liked that one' descend like rainy blessings after a drought. If a story is remarked on it tends to be successful (often first time out) - so he's a good benchmark. Last week he proofread a new short story and returned it quickly, with very few findings. Nothing was said. Several hours later he turned to the Indoor Writer and whispered: 'I think that was the best story you've written. It was simply wonderful.'