What have I been doing?
I’ve got a few new things over here at Medium as well.
I’ve been working on essays and while I was looking at some calls for submissions etc and I keep running into a few issues.
When editors post their calls and have conversations about it in the comments I wonder if they go back and read them? I saw one call where a person asked about “non-standard” English and there was some banter and an ultimate answer of probably it wouldn’t get published.
What does that mean?
No mixture of Engish and other languages?
As I am delving deeper into the places where my voice goes and how I use language, I see these things and realize that where I want to go does not intersect well with getting paid or landing the big bylines.
I keep promising myself that I will figure out how to write less uh, something. Be more, uh, general or something. So I try that and find that I have nothing to say. Obviously, because I am just not that writer for good or ill.
It is a strange state of affairs.
While I’m writing things I have doubts as to how publishable they are in terms of commercial sales, I’m still pretty happy and writing what the fuck I want to write.
While I’m researching where to try to place that stuff, I feel not as happy and hear the call of my sad little bank account.
Sometimes I am very sure that my ideas are just not palatable to 90% of people and sometimes that gives me pause.
Other times I hunker down and just tell myself- WRITE THAT SHIT.
Today I’m telling myself to write that shit.
Be about that shit.
Do that shit.
All by myself if I have to.
That’s all for today. Tomorrow we’re back in The World and later this week I may or may not geek real hard about some stuff I’ve read recently.