Dear friends, I write a lot about self-care here, and it's time to practice what I preach. I've been sick a lot—nothing dire, but cold season has hit my family hard—and having a hard time keeping up with my many responsibilities. I want to be able to write Story Hospital from a place of strength and joy. Until I have the health and wherewithal to do that, I'll be stepping back. Thanks as always for your support of Story Hospital. I hope to be back very soon.
We've all had to deal with tough critics, and sometimes your toughest critic lives in your head.
Your letter sounds like you've almost talked yourself into believing you're ashamed of what you want to write, just because you've had the idea of using a pen name for it.