Do we have a responsibility to our writing? To our characters? Is writing a responsibility to ourselves, or is it just something that we do? I ask this as I weigh the responsibility I have to write an essay on the fall of Ceausescu by Thursday with my promise to myself that I would get a sample of Acceleration sent out to an agent by next week, and all the editing that’s involved in that. Are those both responsibilities, or is one of them an indulgence? I feel that depends on whether something you want to do can still be a “responsibility” or if it’s something else entirely.