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Do writers write for money? Plus where did all the bohemians go?

Last year almost 8,000 words I've written were published in three separate publications. I know, I know... it's a small amount. Atlantic Monthly publishes a single article with that word count. Among the published pieces include five poems and almost a dozen essays, reviews and articles. Not a bad for someone who is not a full-time writer.

This year, my desire is to double that (i.e. 16,000 to 20,000 words in six publications).

One poem has been published already! A poetry book review and poem will be published in two separate publications. Currently, I'm wrapping up final edits on an essay to be submitted later this week.

Not that I'm complaining, but none of these published works pay (except for publishing credits). Still, I must ask: do writers write for money? Or do they write because destiny dictates it?


On another note:
Thursday night I'll be attending Blind Date with Poetry at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe. Michael Beadle is the featured poet. Blind Date with Poetry begins at 6:30 PM with a thirty-minute open mic (be there by 6 PM if you want to read because the sign up list fills quickly) and concludes with the featured poet reading from his or her work.

There's another open mic. . .
Later that night at Courtyard Gallery & Studio, from 8 to 11 PM hosted by Jarrett Leone. Sign up starts at 7:30pm. For all the beautiful souls who used to attend Beanstreets (before it expired) and Indigenous (before it went the way of the buffalo), Courtyard Open Mic is the place to be.

Last week I heard a preview of the Fringe Arts Festival, a maestro guitarist play a cover of an Arcade Fire and didge players performing their single-note drones.Several poets were in attendance as well.

Afterwards, I was invited to join some of the open mic-ers at Rosetta's Kitchen for food and brew. We sat around a table and discussed various topics from what happened to the poetry scene in Asheville to what's the difference between a language poet and a beat poet to Greenville, South Carolina's growing poetry scene to whether geography and spirituality are connected. I can't speak for the others but I enjoyed the gathering. I just need to remind myself not to drink a heavy porter when I have to work the next morning.

I'd hate to miss the Courtyard Open Mic, but two events in one night are tough for a guy who has to be up at 6 AM. Still, I'll try to be at both events.


And furthermore...
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  1. Blogger Faith | 5:58 PM, January 25, 2006 |  

    Hi there. I like your blog and thought I'd place a link to it on mine.

  2. Anonymous michael | 9:48 PM, January 25, 2006 |  

    In answer to your primary question: Do writers write for money, etc?

    Yes, writers write for money because it is their destiny. Hope that covers it.

    Please send checks to:

    Destined Writer
    322 Maine Ave
    Monoghan, WI

  3. Anonymous jeremy | 2:13 PM, January 26, 2006 |  

    Much of what I write is, to a significant degree, for money, or at least for the potential of money.

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