"1. An occuptation, activity or interest as stamp collecting or gardening engaged in primarily for pleasure, a pastime."
This gets even better in Merriam Webster's Collegiate Dictionary 10th Edition (ok I need to upgrade)
"A pursuit outside one's regular occupation engaged in especially for relaxation."
Just delicious! The IRS should come up with a more descriptive positive noun for this passion. No wonder artists get no respect when even our goverment determines a negative value to our occupation. And unless we make money and profit we are only doing this as a pastime. One cannot be more present in one's work when they are creating. I do not think I have worked harder at this to not only create a body of work, but by also working in sales, marketing, inventory control, shipping, quality control, publication and research. A pastime? Again Merriam Webster: "something that amuses and serves to make time pass agreeably: Diversion." Amusing indeed!