This is so true. I love Annie Dillard's work. I've recently been rereading "Living by Fiction," which I had to read in grad school. One of my favorite lines in the book is her response to someone who asked her, "Do you think I should become a writer?"
"I don't know," she said. "Do you like sentences?"
You've built quite an archive here, Zul. Congratulations. I look forward to catching up with some of the stories I may have missed.