Category Archives: What’s the World Coming To?

Writing for Money

In direct defiance of my stated rules (which can be found here), this post isn’t particularly timely. Everything I’m going to talk about happened awhile ago – some of it quite a few years ago. It’s still on my mind, though; I thought of it just a few moments ago while working on some housecleaning chores, and I had some new insights that I thought merited an essay. After all, these are my rules, and I know them like a pro, so I can break them like an artist.

I’ve been thinking lately – I’m not entirely sure why – about the phenomenon of crowdfunding, especially as it relates to writing. I’ve contributed to several crowdfunded writing projects that have “made it,” and I’ve pledged to several others that have not. I have no doubt I’ll do it again; these crowdfunding projects are often the only way I get to read cool stuff that I want to read.

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Positively Speaking

This may not be much of a revelation, but I am a person of strong opinions. There are some things I like (pizza, books, the Chicago Cubs), and there are some things I don’t like (onions, getting up early, country music). If I’m asked for my opinion, I am not one to mince words or shy away. At the same time, I try to word most of my opinions as positively as I can. I try to say, “I don’t really care for that,” rather than, “I don’t like that,” or “That really sucks.”

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Silver and Gold Friendships

My Auntie Ruth used to have a plaque on the wall in her apartment – I think it was in her kitchen, but I’m not sure – that said, “Make new friends and keep the old. One is silver and the other gold.” I haven’t been in my Auntie Ruth’s kitchen in years (nor will I ever again – she passed away in 2002), but that plaque has been on my mind a lot lately, for a lot of reasons.

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The New Millennium: Era of the Nosy Conscience

The last thing I ever want to be accused of is nosiness for its own sake. Although I am frequently nosy, my nosiness is always based on a genuine caring about people and their lives, and a genuine curiosity about everything. I am not a busybody, and I do not gossip. Despite my insatiable curiosity about people, I strive to never ever make judgements – I’m a real “live and let live” kind of person. So, for example, if I was to find out that a friend of mine was cheating on her boyfriend*, I would urge her to do the honorable thing and just break up with him, but I would never spread the story along to someone else, because it’s none of my business as to what goes on in someone else’s relationship.

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