What a Way to Make a Living

I’m pretty sure Rebecca O’Connor and I would be great friends if we knew each other.  The sentence quoted below is enough to make me think so (she’s a tequila advocate, people!–go Rebecca) but the sentiments she expresses in her post makes me positive it’s true.

I read this post right after my morning walk with my dog, Sophie where I was conversing with myself about my future.  It’s been almost a year since I decided to go part time at work so that I could concentrate on my writing.  The part time work has dwindled down to next to nothing, and some weeks is nothing.  Freelance writing is not going to support me in the foreseeable future. Without a college degree or technical knowledge which would make me an expert in some field, it could be years before that would be possible. If ever.  There are a lot of people out there vying for writing jobs who are willing to do it for next to nothing.  “Next to nothing” does not pay the electric bill.

As for the income potential of my novel Painted Black, unless I’m lucky–and I’ve never been very lucky–a first novel is more about establishing the foundation of a career rather than earning a living.  I don’t expect to see any measurable income made from the book this year.  Maybe not ever.  The income potential lies in getting book two out.  And three, and….  If I’m a very good girl and live long enough, I may actually see royalty checks one day.

So why am I still doing it?  Because I’m mad at myself for not doing it earlier in my life when I had more time to build a reputation.  Because I love not having a full time job to go to.  Because I love my characters and the message I’m trying to convey. Because this is what I want to do with my life, damn it, and I’m tired of being too timid to go for it.

And if that means I may find myself forfeiting my mortgage or selling most of my worldly possessions, then all I have to say is, “Hi, Mom.  Is the guest room ready yet?”

So now you are thinking, “Okay, Little Miss Glass-Is-Pretty-Much-Empty-So-Bring-Me-Some-Tequila. So what do you say to someone insane enough to walk away from her day job to write for a living?”

via A Letter to My Friends and Family | Rebecca K. O’Connor.

Art Inspires

I love knowing creative people. They give me such a shot in the arm, even when their creations are something I couldn’t do in a million years. My friend Andrew Dyrdahl is a créateur magnifique and I know if I could afford the journal he’s selling below, I would be also.

I wonder if rubbing his head would help instead.Or maybe twirling his curly beard with my finger.

Click the link below to see the journal, or go to TwsitedRoot Studio or www.houseofdyrdahl.com to see some of his other genius creations.

This is a one of a kind hand-made Journal with a Steampunk flair. The materials used to create this journal have been carefully chosen for their high quality and unique appearance — perfect for the discriminating adventurer, inventor, scientist or aristocrat!

The metal cover for this book is nickel silver sheet metal that has been hand cut and is embellished with found objects and hand stamped lettering. The covers were then torched to age the appearance and create a multi-colored effect. The journal pages are all hand torn Fabriano Artistico Italian hot press watercolor paper (300g).

This is a very unique, rustic journal — perfect for the creative journaler. The pages are a heavy weight, suitable to write, draw, paint or mount keepsakes from your adventures.

The journal pages are hand-stitched in signatures to a brown leather spine with waxed poly cord. The book contains 8 signatures of 12 pages each (counting both sides of the paper) – for a total of 96 pages and it includes hand torn endpapers with a leaf pattern.

The ornamentation on this book is attached with hand-made and commercial rivets. The journal has a title stamped on a brass plate and riveted to the cover that states, “Splendiferous Creations.” The back cover is stamped with my last name and the year.

The size of the journal is 6-1/2” high x 4-1/2” wide x 1-1/4” thick. The page size is 6” x 4”. This journal is a nice size for writing and drawing and it is still small enough to throw into your bag and take anywhere.

via Hand Crafted Metal Cover Steampunk Journal by TwistedRootStudio.