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What Makes a Professional?
by Ed Matlack
Friday, February 13, 2004
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Are professionals the only ones allowed to make a "stink" & not have their works removed, from an otherwise wonderful site...are we all not here just to have fun, as that is what writing is, isn't it?

What Makes a Professional?


Is it being published?

Even if it is self-published?


Is it the fact that someone has a big head?

Especially on their shoulders, not in their pants?


Is it because they live off their writings?

From what I have seen of some, they must starve…


Of late, I understand, from others I read & comment upon,

That the professionals on this site, have been desirous of,

Losing the “amateur’s”, making them the only ones that post,

Their works of “art” in the writing field here,

I have no problem with that to be honest, but,

I do have a problem with big-headed, in print authors,

Who, at one time, were also, amateur’s,

Forgetting that fact, and trying to push others off this site…


Could it be because, those same big-headed authors, see,

That some of the amateur’s of today, will be,

The professionals of tomorrow, pushing them to the rear of the line,

And getting the laurels that they, the professionals, now get,

Whether deserved or not, just because, again, they are now professionals?


I may not be too intelligent herein, or anywhere for that matter,

But if I see this, cannot the powers that be also realize this?

And just let go all this inter-denominational (with regards writers) bickering,

And allow all of us to have fun, as writing is just that,

Even though some have forgotten that fact…



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Reviewed by Susan Sparks (Reader) 2/13/2004
I write for fun--just because I'm not getting paid doesn't mean I don't belong on this site. This is the way I express my creativity.
Someday you'll be a famous philosopher.
Reviewed by Cynthia Borris 2/13/2004
Lori, you are funny! Thanks for lightening the day.

Reviewed by Jeff Mason 2/13/2004
Good ponderings. -- Jeff
Reviewed by Lori Moore 2/13/2004
You mean there are actually professionals here. Oh damn, now I've probably offended someone.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 2/13/2004
Good points and questions. What the devil has stirred this all up?
Reviewed by Lisa Hilbers 2/13/2004
Amen! Lisa
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