I have been looking at Blogging for money sites aka Freelance Bloggers and writers where people pay for content. I was surprised to find legitimate ones out there and was momentarily interested. I like being artistic but it's rather frustrating that starving comes along with it. So I made some goals (which is rather pointless as I am a horrid goal keeper, perhaps even worse than the Brazilian goal keeper) and decided that I should write informative and educational blog samples, query blogs and market myself as a freelance blogger. This goal did not fill me with excitement but rather with a sense of dread for a few reasons.
First and foremost - I am already doing all of that for my books. It's fun but time consuming and exhausting and I wasn't sure if I wanted to split focus.
Second - How many more social media sites do I really need to get on? I'm getting ready to delve into the Google + world. I already feel like I am suffering from technologically induced multiple personality disorder as it is. Thank God I am not still doing photography and dog training along with writing.
Third - Several years ago I was a research freak, I was on Dailykos and you did NOT post anything on there without backing up what you said. I would spend hours composing, linking, pursuing multiple websites etc. There was an adrenaline rush when I hit post as I stood at the ready to defend to the death, or at least to the few hours that my post would be visible, my information, my reasoning and my very soul. it was fun but eventually wore thin. I have lost a bit of interest in current events and such and enjoy being in my own little worlds.
So, as I was on my yoga mat, under the ceiling fan, waiting for the sweat that I worked up simply breathing during the summer in Arizona to dry I realized that I don't really want to go back into research mode unless it is for a story. When I read one of my most recent reviews where a reader explained how Honor Bound could be used to help teens deal with feeling different I had that moment. That moment that you see actors, writers, singers or other famous people get at Comic Con or other fan appearances where someone tells them how their story or character helped them, or called to them or simply made them laugh during a tough time, it was that moment where someone told me something I wrote could make a difference. It was a damn good feeling. I would like more of those feelings, so I am going to stick with writing stories.
They may not all have grand life lessons in them but, if nothing else, hopefully they help people escape from the world around them for a few hours and have a good time. In the end, I think that is one of the most important things art can do, get you out of your world and take you someplace else. There's nothing quite like it.
On that note : I have a short story, a story for my mom, Testament (aka my six year novel), Without Wings with friend Spidey, and a Zombie Apocalypse with a twist to write.