A Comment about Staking Your Claim
I think of a friend whose work is so different from others at the program, but in a very very good way. And she doesn't care either. She is confident in her poetry, but that doesn't make her anymore confident in her place in the world of. It's a struggle, whether you can say why you're doing what you're doing or not. However, if you can say "whatever it is that makes you so certain that this is wrong, you need not share that with me; I know what I'm doing because..." and then stake your claim, you're better off. They - the naysayers - are less vicious when called out, I think.