Sunday, July 23, 2017

General Dump - to do

hoping today but hard to obligations of a quasi social nature -

fb/cl post sale ads
vacuum
demo steamer
violin
80s octo
write 80s update email
write bro
look at livescription & answer
ID 4 more to sub
sub (online if available, in post otherwise)
TF questions
clean kitchen
blog quilt (other comp)
video dwld (other comp)


general

solve problem
learn joomla
find salvation army for stuff
aff mktg 1 hr/day
weekly sub
violin ongoing - Bach for actual performance
DL sundays
$ update 1x/wk
create systems
optimize space
eliminate extra
sell repurposed nightstands

more later

Saturday, July 22, 2017

starting again, one way or another



http://www.all-story.com/submissions.cgi

sending this out in the mail

other news

1) the Chicken Soup thing I submitted did get accepted :) 

2) two things I submitted re art (free) also

I will update this more in a serious way by the end of the weekend


process:

1) AA art sub (paid or unpaid)

2) JH paid wtg sub & pitch - IE https://theestablishment.co/pitch-us-b0788d803a0b

3) JH unpaid sub (truth out, etc, old SERMCAP wtg, w/ Patreon link

4) AA paid wtg sub (if time, etc, maybe list of topics) IE this one http://ed2010.com/job/freelance-wellness-writer/


I have to look at the whole process and see if i want to start over or continue where I left off. Technically we want to collect 99 rejections so as soon as something comes in (IE chicken soup) I have to add more.

Prob add more because i started this in october and thus have till oct 2017 to do this

Going to keep a proper tally again:
when subbed, I put SUB in bold, then when accepted, removed off list & put on ACCEPTED list/blog; when rejected, remove SUB and leave on list

rejected list (goal is 99 by Oct)

1. Chicken SOup JH teacher inspiration
2. online fiction 
3. fiction PRINT (15K words)* 
4. poetry PRINT  
5. nonfiction PRINT (15k words)*
6. binge
7. travel poem
8. james hurst 1
9. james hurst 2
10. new york encounter
11. glamour mag
12. furious gazelle 
13. Porkbelly Press - Chapbook Cover Artwork
14. IMAGE journal JH
15. SUB - Zoetrope JUly 23 JH
16. SUB - Diverse Writers grant
17. SUB - Diverse Worlds grant

as can be seen, 99 - 14 = 85 more to go

accepted list:

1. Chicken Soup AA
2. Art 1 AA
3. Art 2 AA


my goal is to sub to 5 things by the end of the  weeekend

UPDATE - to this on 7.29.2017 http://speculativeliterature.org/grants/slf-diverse-writers-and-diverse-worlds-grants/ - 2 grants (added above)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Copying this verbatim

nothing like a big life transition in every way (living situation, work, etc) to make you drop balls. So I massively dropped this one.

But this article reminded me of all the places for where it is worthwhile to submit to

from Columbia Journalism Review http://www.cjr.org/business_of_news/freelance-journalists-best-gigs.php?Daily

"Mel Magazine
What it is: The LA-based publication aimed at men focuses on culture and lifestyle topics including health, sex, and relationships. Launched by Dollar Shave Club in 2015, some of its recent content includes training advice for men who don’t have free time, and a case against those who mock the font Comic Sans. Mel Magazine has a detailed outline on how to pitch them, along with contact information.
What they pay: According to Who Pays Writers, a website where writers can anonymously report rates, the only reported rate for the publication is 50-cents per word for a 3,000-word, heavily reported piece.
What freelancers say: The editors are truly invested in making stories the best they can be, Tonya Riley tells CJR. “[Executive Editor Zak Stone] has been really good at helping me reframe my stories,” she says. Now working on her 10th story for Mel, Riley (bylines include Mic and Fusion) says her editor takes the time to work through stories with her–taking them from the idea stage to the bigger picture.
For Riley, good pay and great editing are top priorities, so she says freelancers should keep that in mind when weighing the benefits of an opportunity. “People shouldn’t be discouraged from working with them just because they are a smaller name because you really get quality editing, and also the pay is very above average for most digital rates.”
Elon Green, who also has freelanced for CJR, and writer Devon Maloney credited Mel with taking on ambitious stories, regardless of whether they have a timely news peg. “I was given a lot of freedom to explore topics other outlets might not have taken a risk on,” says Maloney.
Pacific Standard
What it is: Created and owned by the nonprofit Miller-McCune Center for Research, Media, and Public Policy, Pacific Standard sets out to dive into some of the problems plaguing society while highlighting the people who have offered solutions. The publication is based in Santa Barbara, California. Pacific Standard Editor in Chief Nicholas Jackson prides himself on having a good relationship with freelancers. He tweeted earlier this month about the importance of paying promptly and valuing writers. Pacific Standard posts guidelines for writers on its website.
What they pay: Average rate is 50 cents per word, with one person reporting making $1.33 per word, according to Who Pays Writers.
What freelancers say: Alissa Greenberg, a freelancer who has written for The AtlanticTime, and Roads and Kingdoms, tells CJR that Pacific Standard was her best overall experience. Greenberg worked with culture editor Katie Kilkenny on a piece about the history of the Black West—which will appear in the March/April issue. Greenberg says Kilkenny was always responsive and available to offer feedback along the way. “It was very collaborative in a way that made me feel like I had the power to shape the story, but I was supported if I was unsure which way to go,” she says. “I understood why my editor was making the changes that she was making and there was room for me to push back and explain this is why I think we should save this or keep it this way.”

It's important to me that we pay fast and fair (& don't ask freelancers to invoice us). & that the editor-writer relationship is a good one.


Los Angeles Times
What it is: The daily newspaper of Southern California has 1.4 million print readers daily, and 39 million monthly web visitors. As a newspaper that has science, auto, travel, and opinion sections, there are a wide range of possibilities for the types of stories freelancers could pitch the paper. Contact information for all the staff is available on The LA Times’ directory page, along with a few guidelines on how to pitch the paper for certain sections, such as travel.
What they pay: Twenty cents per word for an opinion piece in 2015 is the last reported figure for the newspaper. A review of other years suggests the paper pays a higher word rate for stories that require reporting. In 2014, a freelancer received 53 cents per word for a roughly 1,500-word profile.
What freelancers say: Mythili Sampathkumar, who focuses on science reporting, worked as a stringer for the paper while she was at the United Nations climate talks in Morocco. Sampathkumar (bylines include ThinkProgress and The UN Dispatch) says she most valued the feedback she received and the respect editors gave her. “Alex Zavis (a foreign desk editor) really helped me to write for more of a general audience and was always available to answer questions, but understood that I had some expertise too.”

Quartz
What it is: Created in 2012, the digital only outlet has a stated goal of shaping content for apps, mobile, and tablets, often featuring quirky stories including theories on what the next Star Wars movie title means and Snapchat’s struggle with fake news. “The Complete guide to writing for Quartz Ideas” is available on its website.
What they pay: Rates ranged from seven cents to 33-cents per word, with most reporting they received payment in one month’s time.
What freelancers say: Freelancers who spoke with CJR most appreciated the responsiveness of Quartz’s editors. It made the editing smoother and the overall process much faster. “It was the kind of feedback I like to receive, which is first more general notes from an editor, and then a chance for me to alter the story to be more along the lines of what they are asking for, rather than an editor going in there and just hacking away at it,” one freelancer tells CJR. Another writer, Lydia Namubiru, agrees that the editors made the experience worthwhile. Namubiru, a journalist based in Uganda, says Quartz’s Africa Editor, Yinka Adegoke, is wonderful to work with. “He’s invested in the story and he wants it to come out right. His editing is very detailed and also he’s hands off,” she says. “He tries to make me do the story that I say I will do, and he trusts me to know what’s going on.”

The Guardian
What it is: The Guardian is considered a global publication with verticals specific to the UK, US, and Australia. US features editor Jessica Reed wrote a post on what she looks for in pitches, and there is a separate writeup available for those interested in pitching the opinion section.
What they pay: Who Pays Writers pegs the average pay rate at 38 cents per word.
What freelancers say: Freelancers say there are two main reasons they enjoy working with The Guardian. The first is the editing experience. Second is exposure. The Guardian US attracts about 120 million page views per month. Green notes that writers have to weigh the overall benefits they will get out of the experience. “There is always a calculation that everybody makes—well at least I make it—and I think either you are writing a piece because you love the publication, or you love the editor, or the money is really good,” says Green.“There are publications that don’t pay a lot of money and have flat rates for everybody on the web, but those could be the few publications that I’d still write for because the editing is so good or because it’s a very big platform.”

The New Yorker
What it is: The New Yorker is often thought of as the creme of the crop among magazines. Google “How to freelance for the New Yorker,” and there are a handful of articles offering advice and personal stories on what worked. Here’s a rundown of how to contact various sections of the magazine.
What they pay: As far as rates go, most freelancers turn to The New Yorker for the byline than the money. Rates of 17 to 20 cents per word for pieces 1,500 words or longer were reported in 2016.
What freelancers say: Despite The New Yorker’s long historyfreelancers appreciated the fact their unique voice was never lost in the editing process. Additionally, those who wrote for print or web respect the attention and engagement they received from editors. Jacob Kushner, who has freelanced for 10 years with a focus on human rights (bylines include include Pacific Standard and Vicemagazine), says engagement with the editor is his highest priority when freelancing. “It’s not just about having good editors, there are good editors everywhere. But often you have editors that just don’t have time,” says Kushner. “If your editor can’t give you the time of day, much less improve your reporting and writing, you’re not going to get better.”"

Friday, January 6, 2017

Labyrinth


Watching The Labyrinth with a group of like minded folks (David Bowie aficionados) - it spooks me how much this movie for me is an allegory of my own inner neuroses/where i went wrong in life/what 'was stolen' from me/etc. Hard to explain. One day I'll haveto write it all out if only for me.


I"d thought about this a few weeks ago and written notes earlier but for now wanted to jot down some notes/references


it's a big task so will continue later

Questions:

Why does Goblin King want the baby?

Why does love mean taking baby away from her?

WHat if she went for it, baby exchange for magic powers/Mrs Goblin King, what would that look like?

Other readings:

Dedalus Myth

http://www.greekmythology.com/Myths/Mortals/Daedalus/daedalus.html

Characters:

Toby/the brother - the vocation, that which requires responsibility, work, humility, inconvenience, subsuming personal short-term desires

Sarah - the ego, the self, the immature self who just wants 'cake and roses' all the time, narcissism, the sense of a 'special destiny'

Jareth/Goblin King - the narcissist fantasy/delusion, the narcissist promise seemingly come true
can also BE YOUR CALLING if it maeks you an unbalanced person (IE Richard Pryor, etc) offers you glory, 'loves you', but at a great price
can also be the UNrequited Fantasy Love a la Natalie Lue

the Goblins - all the psychological traumas, demons, garbage, etc

Hoggle - practical advice

the Worm - to me this silly, humble creature is unexpected inspiration, or 'that little voice' that CAN save you from stagnation/maybe the subconscious

The Doors - the decisions we must make in life with limited info, which sometimes seem fraught

Timeline:

opening - practicing the play "

11ish - "the Goblin King is in love with me" IE narcissistic fantasy/solipsism or
OR alternate interpretation, being blessed/cursed by 'the Muse'

12:03 - "I wish the Goblins would come and take you away... right now" said by the narcissist/immature ego to The One THing that matters in her life

15:03 - "go back to your room play with your toys and your toys and your costumes, forget about the baby ..... [gift that shows you your dreams] this is not a figt for an ordinary girl who takes care of a screaming baby ... if you want this, you can forget about the baby"

the baby (IE the life purpose) lies in the Goblin City, so far away, looks miles away 
IE seems impenetrable, far off, guarded by unknown horrors

18ish - "it's further than you think, time is short"

20:22 - S: "its hopeless asking you anything
H: "not if you ask the right question
and the right question was the most direct one 

IE go for what you want, define it, say it, etc

H: left or right?
S: they both look the same
.....
H: you know your problem? you take too much for granted

24:30ish - Labyrinth seemingly goes on forever, never turns, never changes, never switches, and DEFINITELY deosn't seem to be leading anywhere useful (IE the centre, the castle)
IE when we are mired in our problems everything looks the same, nothing seems to change, there does not seem to be any kind of opening, or solution - and sometimes the harder you work, the more you grind yourself into the ground bc you;r'e doing the same old crap due to same old thinking

26ish - "you're not looking right, it's full of openings, there's one right there//// try to walk through it

THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS WHAT THEY SEEM, so you can't TAKE ANYTHING FOR GRANTED"

27ISH - "DON'T GO THAT WAY... if she'd kept going that way she woulda gone to the castle" IE the limits of others' advice, that they mislead either bc
a) gthey don't know where you're going
b) their path in life is not yours

29 - DANCE MAGIC DANCE
meanwhile, the creatures hide the path to the castle from her, by switching the lipstick mark

34ish - "it keeps changing!!! someone's changing my stuff!!! IT'S NOT FAIR"

IE classic 'WHo moved My Cheese" stuff

36ish - doors, what is truth? what is lies? how do we know? It's used for bags all the time

38 - "since I'm pointed that way I guess I'll go down"
IE is this the best way to make decisions, inertia?

39 - "she should not have gotten as far as the oubliette she should've given up by now"
OUBLIETTE = FORGET
"It's a place to put ppl to forget about them"

43 - "don't pay attention to them, you get a lot of false alarms in the Labyrinth, especially as you get closer"

40:36pm stopped in earnest


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Catt Avery so i have been reading so much on situationist and surrealist and the avant garde and they had this thing about the labyrinth and the derive.
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Katie Mulligan plus you can't ever really have too much jareth no matter how hard you try
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Catt Avery its the parable of the fukboi artist boyfriend
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Catt Avery like dont do it grrrl
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Catt Avery like the situationist were awful they pretty much lived off of their wives and lovers
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Katie Mulligan when ur bf is prettier than u will ever be
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Catt Avery and their motto was "never work"
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Catt Avery much prettier
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Catt Avery they though that the ultimate city was where robots did all the work and everyone just sort of wandered around like a giant labyrinth. BUT NO ONE TALKED ABOUT WHO WOULD TAKE CARE OF THE BABAIES. LIKE be an adult.
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Catt Avery like its heroic and its about there being a lot of dimensions to life that you do not see or that you cannot access if you remain in an infantile state where the ego is overly dominant
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Catt Avery or as i like to think of it growing your brains frontal lobe better
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Catt Avery doubly brilliant bevause making the movie allowed him to send more time with his son and adjust himself to be a better dad and i think even learn how to swim
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