Shannon — you are the best!
You are so lucky, too — I know it doesn’t always feel that way.
So when you described how you were breaking free and had published your first short story, I had a similar experience.
During this time, I won prizes in the Writers of the Future Contest and when I was leaving to go to the workshop and told my spouse I needed to get there on-time and would receive a check for $500, he was already angry I wasn’t at home (before and after my full-time job) cooking, cleaning, and tending to his needs — so he said
“$500 isn’t shit!”
Ya another one of those life’s greatest moments. The SECOND year I won and went to the workshop, it was so agonizing for everyone to have their family members there rooting for them and supporting them. Just really hard.