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My side gig might still survive

I just got an e-mail from the middleman of my side-gig saying a client had requested me to be available for their new announcement next week, at the regular rate of $40/page. Since this usually only takes like a half hour or so per page, this is a good hourly wage. I just wish the jobs were a little more frequent than they are, as I seldom get more than one or two of these a month, and sometimes I get none. For the client this is also a bargain, because they don’t have to maintain a jobforce capable of doing this everyday even if they are paying premium rates for each document.

I’m not sure, but I think the people I work for have marketing departments, they’re just not staffed with native speakers of American English, and as I have mentioned the documents I get look to be badly machine translated. So they do the creative part, send it through some algorithm to translate their market-speak to American, and I clean up their poetry to something Americans will understand and if I’m good their customers here will fall for it just like their native customers fall for theirs. I’m not good at advertising copy, but when given something to work from I can do a decent enough job. My NDA prevents me from mentioning even the industries I work for, but I get to cover a bunch of different ones. I’ve never had to do any cosmetics, and now that I wrote that I probably will.

Another thing I’m not sure of is how many other writers are “in the stable” as it were. I mean there are thousands of medium-sized and small companies in that part of the world, but they can’t all be releasing products at the same time so that large numbers of writers like me would be required. But until recently I had a steady stream of projects to do without any big surges that would imply seasonal spikes in product releases or long gaps that would imply quiet phases between seasonal spikes, everything has been sorta steady if sparce, as I wrote earlier they come about once or twice a month. So instead of spending too much time thinking about it I’ll just enjoy the easy work and the small amount of money I get, that basically pays for an occasional fancy takeout or delivery meal. And speaking of which I need to order some fried rice and lo mien this evening from China Harbor so they will still be there when this mess gets back to normal.

Now about what I did yesterday. The local grocery has reserved shopping for us olds and other people who can’t do hand to hand with the Karens over toilet paper and hand sanitizer, so I did another stay up until noon to get Mrs. the Poet things we couldn’t get Saturday, including allergy pills. Well by the time I got done I was exhausted nigh unto collapse. Seriously I was having problems staying on my feet. And while you would think that would result in dropping off quickly into blissful slumber, you would be quite wrong. I was too physically tired to toss and turn, but my mind still wouldn’t shut down and let me sleep so I mentally tossed and turned while my body couldn’t. It. Was. Annoying.

Still working in spite of nothing to work with, or, how to save the world


Another day riding the merry-go-round, getting nowhere and getting nothing done. And it all comes down to no money and nothing I can do to get enough to actually do anything. I could be selling the hell out of my custom tumbrels, except I don’t have the $$ to buy the raw stock I need to build a tumbrel.

I create in two media, the words you are reading now, and moving things like cars, bicycles, and even tumbrels. Words are easy because I pull the whole creation out of my brain and put it in my computer and from there onto the Internets. All the costs of creation have already been covered, with the ongoing costs rolled into other costs that are covered as part of “shelter” subset “cable, phone, and internet”.

But the other creative impulse, building moving things, that takes a lot of capital outlay, and this household just does not have the disposable income needed to fund such things. Really, that’s where capital comes from, people who already have enough money that they can afford to invest in the future instead of trying to not get run over by the present.

And there is how income inequality is killing the economy. The real “Job Creators” are the people inventing new things, or new ways to do old things. But if they don’t have money to build the thing, or change the way of doing the thing, then all the jobs that could be created by the change or new thing die in the non-birth of the new thing or way to do the old thing.

So, you want to grow the economy? Do something that ensures creative people don’t have to ride the survival merry-go-round that goes nowhere except around again. Let creative people create, even though Sturgeon’s Law still applies (90% of Everything is Crap) that 10% will still move Humanity forward. The equation is not good: 10% of everyone are creative, but only 10% of those will create something that will move Humanity in a positive direction, meaning the hope for the 99% depends on 1% of the population, and it isn’t that 1% with all the money. Sure there are people in the economic 1% who got there because they are in the creative 1%, but 90% of the economic 1% did not and are there because they are descended from someone that was part of the creative 1%.

So, the first thing is to restore the Estate Tax to get the Freeloading 90% out of the Economic 1% and make room for the Creative 1%. The point is to make an economy that doesn’t require having been born to the right parents a requirement for security, build security into the basis of the economy. Sure you will get a lot of people sitting around doing pretty much nothing except Consuming what Creators produce, Sturgeon’s Law ensures that, but they are as much a part of the economy as Creators. If you want Creators to flourish, they need Consumers to buy what they create. And if the people who would be the Consumers are too busy chasing survival on the merry-go-round to look up and see what’s there to consume beyond the merry-go-round, they don’t consume. And when people are able to look up from whatever treadmill or merry-go-round they are on, they might even find out they are part of the 10% who can make, or do, things that others would pay for. Which starts the cycle again, creators creating, consumers consuming, and the profits getting recycled back into the economy.

And now that I have solved the world’s problems, ima go check my e-mail.