My co-workers are all Japanese, and the weird thing I've noticed about being here is that when I say I'm a writer, I get full marks right off the bat. There's no awkward, "So, like, are you a REAL writer whose sold books?" It's just gasps and, "Wow that's so cool!" I think it's because chasing a dream job is sort of rare in the tiny rural town where I live, so they think it's great that I'm even trying. They rarely ask follow up questions, which is fine by me.