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  •  At the Risk of Being a Bit Contrarian (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, JamieG from Md

    Working on spec is cheaper than paying off a student loan. And it can be the only chance a non-credentialed or 'inadequately'-credentialed person has of showing what he or she can do. It's somewhat like playing a big-jackpot lottery: very poor odds of winning, but a very nice payout if it should happen.

    In fact, were there a guaranteed income for all adult citizens, whether they work full-time or not, a largely volunteer and incentive based economy might make sense. Perhaps some sort of civilian reserve corps.

    In the meantime, I'll keep posting my Tuesday at 8 PM online novel here at dkos. Providing free content for a site owner that, as far I know, has never read a single chapter of, "Sherlock Holmes in Space -- The Knower." I know he's never given me a tip or a rec, much less a paycheck like the Front Pagers get. But that's OK. There are a few loyal readers that make writing it worthwhile. And they've said they'll give it a read when I start a new series. Keeping their interest in the new series (a political satire of sorts) will be my incentive to persevere. If nothing else, it's a pretty good way to index and back-up my work.

    And I'm not the only person on dkos that does this sort of thing. The listings on the right-hand side of the site are proof of that. Perhaps some of us are like Don Marquise's Archy the cockroach who said - via typing - "expression is the need of my soul."

    best,

    john

    Strange that a harp of thousand strings should keep in tune so long

    by jabney on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 06:02:49 PM PST

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