There was never any money in the career I picked.
To be honest money never thrived in the “Arts,” numerous great artists that hold the status of “Icon” were famous after their death. They were homeless, unpublished, and unrecognizable. During their life it didn’t stop them from doing what they love, painting on a canvas, writing stories in novels, creating photographs…
Are we in the age of realists instead of surrealists? I don’t care that my pursuit in wanting to do art for the rest of my life won’t get me a foreign high class car, 6 bedroom house in the country, swanky townhouse in soho, or a closet with high end fashion. If I wanted those things then I would have went to college with those intentions.
I’m okay with living modestly, with having very few possessions but my camera, laptop, and an eye for photographs. If doing something that I love, that I TRULY love means I will have to sacrifice the “American Dream” and take hold of my own that comes with a limited bank account, I’ll accept it with a smile. Becoming something or doing something meaningful doesn’t have a price tag, neither does happiness.
I’m happy with my choice, it’s about time you respected that.
PZ: Amen.via brain-food
“If you do not breathe through writing, if you do not cry out in writing, or sing in writing, then don’t write, because our culture has no use for it.”- Anais Nin
Eight rules for writing a short story, by Kurt Vonnegut
- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them—in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.