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What Shall I Write? Personal Letters for All Occasions

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A Dream Scrambling to Survive
1/15/2006 1:01:43 PM
For creative people, it has always been difficult to earn enough money to live, let alone save any of it.

Most of us, as creative people, are scrambling to earn a living, or worse these days, trying to put money away for looming retirement. For creative people, it has always been difficult to earn enough money to live, let alone save any of it. Today's various forms of digital media have not made it much easier to pursue work that is truly satisfying, though the pay can be better for those with technical skills.

In spite of that, employers will still pay close to bottom dollar for skilled workers, as long as they can get away with it. Overall, writers and artists end up temporarily resigned to work that more or less pays the bills, while we do our creative "real work" on the side. I'm now temporarily stuck in such a substitute employment situation. While I did not voluntarily put myself in this place, I am the only one who can drive myself out of this frustration.

Transferring within a corporation is nowhere near as simple as it should be. I was promised a transfer "within a year" at my first US corporation over 35 years ago. It didn't happen, and I ended up walking away. It looks as though the same thing is about to happen again.

I envy the determination, financial know-how, and contacts of a co-worker. He has been expending an enormous amount of personal time and energy into launching a publishing company this past year. Nightmare dealings with printers attempting to rip him off, at home and off-shore, have been a steep learning curve.

Finally, he has sufficient product to get his company's titles into the reading and other programs he has been pursuing. Soon, he will be able to return to his first dream of being a writer. Getting where we want to be can happen for all of us, but we have to drive.



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More Blogs by Shirley Ann Parker
• Welcoming 2012 - Tuesday, January 03, 2012
• One down and two to go - Thursday, November 24, 2011
• Cannot believe the holidays are upon us - Friday, November 11, 2011
• Plumbing Nightmares - Monday, September 26, 2011
• This month it's been marketing - Saturday, August 13, 2011
• Venturing further into e-books - Sunday, July 24, 2011
• And the foreclosures continue - Saturday, July 02, 2011
• A Satisfying Genealogy Conference - Tuesday, June 21, 2011
• Between the Spaces of A Writer's Life - Saturday, June 04, 2011
• Time to Move Forward - Friday, December 10, 2010
• I have lost an entire year but... - Friday, December 10, 2010
• Now here's a situation for you! - Tuesday, April 14, 2009
• Patricia Highsmith Understood - Saturday, July 05, 2008
• This isn't the life I ordered - Sunday, March 02, 2008
• California Wildfires - Saturday, November 10, 2007
• Life as it is lived - Friday, October 05, 2007
• Are you a Notary Public? - Monday, June 04, 2007
• Time is flying by...much too fast! - Sunday, May 20, 2007
• Reminder! The Ballad of Billy Lee - Saturday, December 02, 2006
• To My Reviewers - Friday, November 24, 2006
• The Ballad of Billy Lee - save the date! - Monday, October 09, 2006
• Being lethargic or daydreaming? - Sunday, September 03, 2006
• A Lone Voice Can Make a Difference - Monday, August 14, 2006
• To report or to comment - Thursday, May 25, 2006
• Mallards at a business park? - Sunday, April 30, 2006
• Mobile Home Alert! - Tuesday, April 11, 2006
• Heard about Book Millionaire? - Thursday, April 06, 2006
• Well, the results are in.... - Monday, March 13, 2006
• Pins and Needles Time - Monday, February 20, 2006
• A Little Disappointed with the Writers' Conference - Tuesday, February 07, 2006
•  A Dream Scrambling to Survive - Sunday, January 15, 2006  
• An After-Christmas Sale - Sunday, January 08, 2006
• Happy New Year! - Saturday, December 31, 2005
• It's Over for Another Year - Monday, December 26, 2005
• What Do We Write in December? - Sunday, December 18, 2005


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