Or, A word I didn’t know I needed until I found it!
Observe: parergon \pa-RUR-gon\, noun:
1. Work undertaken in addition to one’s principal work.
2. Something that is an accessory to a main work or subject; embellishment.
Is this not the most useful of words for a writer with a day job? And writers in general who find themselves writing things such as short stories about characters or other ephemera not directly used in a novel (such as letters, gossip columns, flashbacks that get whittled down from 3000 words to 300) to use for promotional purposes?
I fully intend to lodge this word firmly into my lexicon of English and use it when I find the opportunity. You might say that is my parergon to writing today….