It's funny how art mimics life, or how life mimics art. The hero of my book has compulsions that seem to border on anger. And it's no surprise my compulsions border on anger. Artists have issues. One of the best ways to work them out is to put it into art. Do you work at the US Mint?
I was waiting for a free table at my favorite place to write, Borders. And I overheard a high school student asking a grad student about working in the financial sector. The grad student had financial looking books on the long table. He said that if you worked for this certain company doing this certain kind of trade, you’d make a lot of money.
Something inside me wanted to jump up, slap the grad student across the face, and take the high school student, shake him, and tell him to follow his passions.
If that’d happened, then I’d be writing this post in jail.
The more important question was why did I react this way. And why do I react this way when I hear people say, “Do this and you’ll make lots of money.” Or the more infamous, “I’ve created a system that will create fast, easy money, bring you girls from all over the world. See this car I’m driving? Would you like to drive this car?” Then in faint, white fine print ‘Results may vary. Results not typical.' The kind of fine print that not even Sherlock Holmes could find.
As I was waiting for a table, I checked through my unread emails and came across a newsletter from Michael Neill. Check him out. He’s awesome. He wrote about the difference between earning money and making money.
Aren’t those two the same?
The only people in America that make money are the people who work in the US Mint. The rest of us earn money.
The earning part is where most people don’t understand.
I was talking to a friend yesterday and he’s helping his close friend produce some videos. My friend said he knew how to get free actors. We laughed because actors would work for free just to get their faces and names out there. But these actors are on to something. They’re putting the work in, serving others, with the hope that it’ll pay them back.
To start a fire in a fireplace, you must give it wood. This wood is the service you give before you can get heat, the payback. Life is full of dualities. Giving and receiving are two sides of the same coin, the yin and yang, complete opposites that work with each other.
Will I make money from my books? No. Unless I use the pages to print money. But that would be a big no no.
My job as a writer is to write the best book that I can write, to write the story given to me, and have fun doing it. I've put my soul into it. As the fame photographer Rodney Lough has said, art is the language of the soul. Everything else follows.