“Psychologists have found out a little bit about the personalities of writers. They are individualists, skeptics, taboo-breakers, mockers, loners; they are undependable, likely to be behind on their rent; they keep irregular hours and have strange friends. Professional writers, like criminals, really live outside society: they have no regular jobs, they come and go as they please, they live by their wits.”
–Damon Knight, in the introduction to Creating Short Fiction
The difference is which do you to want to meet in a dark alley less? :)
Oh, John Ringo, No?