Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. - Carl Sandburg
Ain't no money in poetry, 'cause that set the poet free. Well I've had all the freedom I can stand. - Guy Clark
My old high school guidance counselor, at least two different college academic advisors, and more well-intended but reductive thinking givers of advice have regurgitated in my general direction that statement often attributed to the father of the pedantic fortune cookie fortune, Confucius.
This statement is, of course, complete and utter bullshit; but it sounds good when intoned in the ear drums of tween, teen, and college age (and older) "lost" kids who haven't chosen a path to tax-paying socially defined success. The caveat is, of course, that whatever job it is that you love, make sure it's something reputable and reductive so that when people ask you what kind of work you do, your answer doesn't challenge their basic assumptions about the nature of the life, the universe, and everything.
Of course, everyone likes a writer. Everyone likes a musician. But when either a writer or a musician has the temerity to expect to do what they love* for a living, we are told that's all really cool and all but shouldn't you just love DOING it? Isn't art for its own sake enough?
Art for art's sake is a nice argument for the wealthy class. But it doesn't address the truth that for most of us to create art for its own sake, we have to spend eight or more hours a day NOT CREATING ART and doing something we don't love -- and really, in most cases, don't really like.
But, I still continue to look a jobby-job** in order to do my part for the Parsons/Hay household. As I look for stable work in this "recovered" economy*** I keep running up against the same issues:
There are more people looking for work than there are jobs for which they are qualified. I've applied for work that I'm absolutely qualified for and did not get a call back. It's not personal. There are a lot of people out there with similar qualifications, and a lot of them just out of college who will work for less in the name of getting experience.
There are plenty of unskilled jobs; but employers have no motivation to hire people with skills and trades to fill them. I'm no snob. All work is noble and deserves respect. But when I apply for those kinds of jobs, I never get a call back, either. Common sense dictates that an employer sees my work experience in the classroom and as a freelance journalist and is inclined to NOT hire me to be a cashier because they assume I won't stick around.
The industries I've worked in the before (writing and teaching) thrive on low morale, low pay, and a disheartening work environment.
So when I'm not looking for work that I know I will neither love nor like enough, I spend my days down in the basement, writing, podcasting, and looking for ways to use my various talents to earn a little scratch.^ As such, I'm making a few changes to my blog that will hopefully enable me to help keep the lights on and food on the table.
If you are a regular reader, you will notice a few changes.
First, I'm using Mail Chimp to set up an email contact list. This is for blog updates and information about my projects ONLY. I will not sell your emails or contact information to any third party.
I still have a link to my work published on Amazon at the bottom of each post. E-books and actual books are available.
I've set up an account through patreon.com
for readers to become patrons. It's crowd source funding that allows
anyone to set up monthly payments at different levels. Each level
carries it's own level of rewards, included secure and dedicated content
for some sponsors. If you read the blog and like it, please
consider giving $2.50 a month to help me keep the lights on. It's about
the price of a cup of coffee -- less if you are a complicated coffee
One of the perks of that dedicated content is that you'll get the first whispers about my new projects... including the new podcast that it currently in pre-production.
Thanks for reading.
______________________________________________________________________ *To create art, sometimes you hate it. But mostly, you love it. ** A "career" is a jobby-job with retirement benefits. *** Obama: savior of underpaying, unskilled jobs everywhere. ^ My goal is to make a living with my art, not a killing. I want to live, not work to death.
If you like what you're reading here, I also have work for sale on my Amazon Author Page. Thanks for reading!