Originally Posted by frahse
First you have to hold up your end at work. Second, you shouldn't be obviously spending a lot of time or making a lot of money at your "side line" or then it is considered competitive with your job, and also leads both to curiosity and jealousy, Third you should, whether you consider it "acting unhinged' or a "personal force-field" or just diversionary tactics, do it with a flourish or what I would call "hiding in plain sight." "Sleight of hand."
Many employment contracts (in the UK, at least - don't know if it's the same elsewhere) specifically prohibit you from having any other form of paid employment. If that's the case, it's always best to be open about it and tell your employers that you are writing (or whatever else it is you're doing).