Recently I made the decision to shape up and get writing. A wise woman gave me a little advice about another writing issue. The conversation with her seemed to push me back towards my original goal back in March, which was to publish and sell my writing. (You don’t need to say, “Duh,” I already did.)
I’ve been close to my goals before. I’ve sold articles online and I wrote a paid weekly homeschooling column, until they went bust. I would not let them off the hook for my last $260 check, either. They had already posted my writing on their site, therefore they needed to follow through on our contract. I remained pleasant, but persistent, and they did finally pay me.
The sites that I used to sell articles to (that are still online), no longer pay writers. Oh, they do still get writers to submit, but they don’t pay them. Here’s my thought on that: nope. If I was working with a group of writers who were collaborating to build a reputable site that would eventually bring in revenue, okay. But any site with advertising, or other income-generating products, needs to pay their writers.
I may seem pretty adamant, but wait until you see this video clip of Harlan Ellis talking about professional writing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mj5IV23g-fE. I am so mild. Link courtesy of Jill Swenson and Elaine Mansfield.
MURPHY AND THE UNIVERSE
Murphy’s Law was the overriding theme in my office yesterday afternoon. Yes, if it could possibly go wrong, it did! Someone must have whispered in Murphy’s ear, “Hey, that Patti woman, who thinks she is a writer, is gearing up to do some actual work. Wanna go mess things up for her?”
First, I ran out of paper. I had to text my friend, and then I had to walk over (“Sorry, I can’t stay, printer keeps trying to print with no ink, gotta run!”) and get the ream of paper that I had left there. No sooner had I reloaded the paper, than the red flippin’ flashing light started screaming at me (visually). Ink out. Okay, I was prepared and had a new cartridge right here…I turned my chair around and thwack! There went my nice hot fresh cup of coffee, all over the rug, chair and my lap blanket. I’m okay. I’m okay.
I see this whole incident as another nag from the universe to get me to switch to tea. And, yes, I have been accused of over-thinking things a bit. Once the mess was cleaned up, (by me, not the universe or Murphy), I set back to my task. New paper, new ink and I was ready to get the manuscript printed so I could do my pen and paper edit. To me, pen and paper vs computer editing, is like the difference between reading a REAL book, and reading a thin little computerized bookish thingy (that is so NOT a book). I have to do at least one edit with pen and paper, preferably the first edit, or I just don’t feel good about myself.
Murphy wasn’t done with me yet. The message on my computer (love these things!) said that my printer was offline. I won’t bore you with all 25 minutes of the steps I took to try and solve the problem, because none of them worked anyway. Finally, I performed the (if all else fails) tried and true solution to engines, brains and other complicated systems; I rebooted both pieces of can’t-live-with, can’t-live-without office equipment.
Back in business. Let that be a lesson. It was for me. A lesson that I have learned over and over again, while never once trying the simple procedure of rebooting as a FIRST step!
Now, what was I doing in the first place? I don’t know. I decided that I would just write a new post… Don’t be silly, I knew what I was doing. While I wrote this post, I listened to the soothing (cla clump cla clump cla clump) sounds of pages being printed.
Off to edit. I will check in later.
Oh, wait! Hang on, I forgot something. Did you notice the big white on blue heart up there ^ ? I used the template from an author website that I’ve been building. I’m trying this out for a logo for all my artistic endeavors. This is only a photo of a printed one, so it is darker and not as crisp as the one I have been working with on a paint program (that I have no idea how to use). I hope to use it for a book cover for the memoir if I self-publish, and as a logo on my children’s books (so optimistic). Also for business cards, bookmarks or whatever other promo items I end up needing. Please be honest and let me know what you think…don’t make me have to do a poll…