You are writing essays, which are defined as "a short piece of writing on a particular subject". Academic pieces with footnotes are generally called articles. And have you read Terry Pratchett? Definitely not academic, and he's known for his footnotes. :) Have you googled "books of essays"? Many many, the vast majority of which are not academic at all. But if you don't like the word "essay", call it "creative non-fiction pieces". (Sorry, the teacher and editor in me came out!)

Regardless of what you call your writings, I enjoy them. And I also appreciate the struggle between creators needing to be paid, and being disabled without 'extra' money.

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Thanks for this. I like that 'essay' means 'to attempt' - much more adventurous. Makes me think of this from Ortega:

"Why write if this too easy activity of pushing a pen across paper is not given a certain bullfighting risk and we do not approach dangerous, agile and two-horned topics?"

What two-horned topics are calling you, I wonder?

Yes, I'm happy with essays, especially if it carries more than an academic valence.

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