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July 12th, 2005


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09:03 am - Waking up, getting to work, and posting something I wrote last night with today in mind.
I managed to get Tina from the airport last night around 6:30, and got her home around 7. I then did some various home improvement projects, trying to make the world livable for Tina again (she "won't live in a construction zone", so I do my best to get it all cleaned up before she gets back, and I consistently fail). That lasted until about nine, when I sat down to write. I was supposed to meet druidkirk and the gang at romandruid's but I never got a call that they were in until about 9:45, so I just got stuff done. It worked out well in the end.

I've been looking through old journal entries and getting them posted or converting them from paper to electronics. I've also been kicking the crap out of ADF stuff for the past week, getting loads done on the Dedicant training pages, the GSP pages, and the Grove Organizer's Handbook and Oak Leaves. I'm setting myself up for a good break, I hope. I think I won't be refilling slots in my schedule as I finish projects. It's about time for a good spring cleaning.

I've been spending a lot of time on my back porch, laptop plugged in and writing. It's heped me get a lot of writing done, including three new stories which will be unveiled in good time.

I was also contacted by a writer for Paramount for a writing sample. That bothers me on some level. I'm not sure what it is, but I don't want to write professionally. I have better things to do with my time. I think I just don't see writing as an "honest living", and think that, in general, people who do it expect society to care about them and give them cash for whatever they do.

Last night might have been a good night for a dip in the hot tub. It's been a while since I was in it last. I don't like using the hot tub when Tina's around because her window looks out into it, and I feel bad if I'm having fun with friends and she's in there trying to sleep.
Current Mood: accomplished
Current Music: "Buttermilk Grove", -JB

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From:jackshoegazer
Date:July 12th, 2005 01:12 pm (UTC)
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As a writer, and one who hopes to do it 'professionally' (in my case, writing books and stories) I want to write my stories and I hope that others find them enjoyable enough that yes, they would be willing to pay to read said stories. I don't expect it, but it would be damned nice and I could give two shits if society cares about me. Hell, I use a pen name so I don't have to deal with society at all :P
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 01:48 pm (UTC)
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I have a general idea about those who make livings through the arts. I think a lot of it has to do with my upbringing, but in general, my experience with artists is one of a group of people who were so damn unhappy and unwilling to get a job at McDonald's to pay their rent that I don't see any form of art as an acceptible way for me to earn a living.

Other people making a living from it is fine. It doesn't affect me.

While this perception is completely wrong, it's not one that I've found overly important to change, as I don't make my living that way.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:July 12th, 2005 02:38 pm (UTC)
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While this perception is completely wrong, it's not one that I've found overly important to change, as I don't make my living that way.

Maybe you ought to. If for no other reason than so you don't keep insulting some of your friends inadvertantly.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:16 pm (UTC)
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It's not an acceptable way for me to earn a living. I could care less how other people do it, in the end.
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From:saffronhare
Date:July 12th, 2005 02:47 pm (UTC)
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Artists are Producers, sugarplum. Pay better attention to your I-E roots, will ya?
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 02:54 pm (UTC)
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Only in a Dumezilian tripartite system, which I'm increasingly unimpressed with.

But I don't dye my hair-itage, which means I never have to worry about my IE Roots. They're all natural.
From:weavingfire
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:09 pm (UTC)
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You rule.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
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*grins* I just do what I'm asked, regarding the ADF stuff.
From:shizukagozen
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
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Oh my gawd, you're like so petty. ;P
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:35 pm (UTC)
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Stop foaming at the mouth, dork. Can't you read the sign?
From:shizukagozen
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:42 pm (UTC)
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I couldn't read the damn sign because it had a picture of Kali claiming she was Vedic while being worshiped by American white girls. DUH. You need to get over yourself, like, seriously.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
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Hang on, I wrote a chant to help you figure it out:

"EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!
EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!
Big antlered guy Ho!
Kali ma gets Jones
Sacred stone returns
EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!
EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!
Oh-el Mike-heavy
Get over Serious
petty mouth foam drips
EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!
EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!
Chants can't be written
age means talent, Nicks
Roots dyed all brunette
EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!
EEEE-aaaah-yo-why!"
From:shizukagozen
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
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Hoooo-boy, if dat don't just clear it all up!! On second thought, it doesn't clear up anything!! I'm taking my ball and going home, and you cannot use any of my work anymore for anything. It's mine, mine, mine!
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
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Unfortunately, the only retort one can make to that is a childish, "Only babies go crying home to mommy!"

Fortunately, it's still remarkably true.
From:shizukagozen
Date:July 12th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)
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Well, of course you'd say that you dirty discordian.
From:ceolnamara
Date:July 12th, 2005 06:02 pm (UTC)
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you silly. money is money.

and you could see about getting that eris movie out ...
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 06:10 pm (UTC)
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Aye, money is money. But there's no sense worrying about it right now :) A submission doesn't mean anything, either.
From:ceolnamara
Date:July 12th, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)
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No, it doesn't.

But, from someone knows- take the opportunities given, do your best, and then turn it down later if you really need to.

That's how I approach stuff. Sometimes.
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From:wishesofastar
Date:July 12th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
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So, why was someone from Paramount contacting you? Where did they hear about you from? As far as writing, other writers should be glad to hear you say you wouldn't do it professionally. It gives someone else a chance to make money at their art because you feel it's somehow "beneath" you. But hey, yeah, enjoy that 9-5 for the rest of your life.
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From:chronarchy
Date:July 12th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC)
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Never said it was beneath me. It's just not honest for me to do it.

Hell if I know why he was contacting me, though it might have had something to do with the Indiana Jones script that got submitted with my name on it. No, it's not available. I don't even have a copy. I'm not even sure how it ends.

If that thing's still around, I'll be shocked.
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From:qorinda
Date:July 12th, 2005 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I have to say I went through similar searching when I was younger, and had aspirations to be a writer. I finally decided that I didn't want to spoil it by making it something I "had" to do to make money. I felt I wouldn't maintain my integrity or something. Although I have made money with both my art and my writing, I don't depend on it to earn a living.

Still, all that changed when I started thinking about the principles of exchanging value for value - and I realized that somtimes assigning a value to something makes it more valuable to the person buying it. Does that make sense?

I also discovered that I don't have to make all my money at the 9-5, although I will admit that there is something comforting about the 9-5 routine (most of the time). There are CREATIVE ways to make money.

Another thing that got me realizing my theories may be a little out of whack (regarding making a living doing creative stuff) was the realization that the software developers at my company are HIGHLY creative, and that is what pays my paycheck. So, does it matter if it's writing or art or software development? Probably not.
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From:smithing_chick
Date:July 12th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
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So, does it matter if it's writing or art or software development? Probably not.

I agree. I'd much rather people paid me to make art then make hamburgers. For one thing, it's a much better potential income (there aren't a whole lot of folks working at a Mickey D's that are actually covering their rent). For another, it's much more satisfying.

Take my Mom. She makes a living but she hates her job. She's bored with it- there's nothing to challenge her. That's a big part of why she's been so supportive of me & my art. She doesn't want any of her kids to end up the same way.

People who spend 10-18 hours a day working aren't lazy.
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From:nontacitare
Date:July 13th, 2005 04:04 am (UTC)
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I think I just don't see writing as an "honest living", and think that, in general, people who do it expect society to care about them and give them cash for whatever they do.

I've sometimes struggled with that issue too, but with my own profession. I teach Spanish for a living. I'm not producing anything - all I'm doing is getting others to talk. Is it right for me to get money when I'm not actually making anything?

Then again, that begs the question: Should anybody receive money for their contributions to society? If so, how do we determine which contributions are valuable, and which aren't? Are teachers as valuable as, say, computer programmers?

If teaching is, in fact, an "honest living," then I don't see why writing isn't. Writing is, ultimately, a form of teaching, and I have tremendous respect for professional writers. It is, in my opinion, a legitimate and valuable profession.

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