There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. ... Ernest Hemingway
Dear Anonymous Phantom ...
It's ironically sad that you equate money with meaningful art; and from what you've described, human connection and building relationships has no place in your bottomline.
I never grow tired of thanking those here who've helped me grow as a poet, writer, and stroryteller.
I've more than a few times rejoiced in telling of my experiences in getting poems and essays published in SERENDIPITY magazine (Athens, Greece) when a then member of DUP picked up on my work, and that of a kick ass Aussie, I now call my brother.
He came to NYC to visit me, and we checked out jazz and reggae bands in Harlem, and recited our poetry at the world famous Nuyorican. Four months later we were guests of that publisher in Greece at an arts festival in Athens. It was a glorious time filled with laughter, dancing and art.
Those experiences gave me the courage to write more social political pieces about growing up in a community where heroin flowed like water, and also about the violence I saw in my home which led to my father being shot and killed by the police ...
Trust me, I'm asking no one here for fuckn tears on that ... the redemption comes in seeing my oldest daughter work as an AIDS/HIV advocate, and march with those during the Occupy Wall Street movement and march in the protest of the murder of Trevaughn Martin (and yeah I've written on those things too).
The ideas to write on those things came from competitions hosted here on THIS site, or from reading the sparkling work of others HERE!
I wasn't engaged in a race to fatten my bank account, I just enjoy writing about the agonizingly glorious and painful conditions of the human race.
I haven't made enough money from my writing to buy a pack of cigarettes, so it's a good thing I don't fuckn smoke. Nonetheless I wouldn't trade my time with those I've met here for the fortune 🔮 you claim you've made from YouTube.
Next year my studies will take me to Rome, and then I'll spend some time in Paris or Amsterdam retracing some of the steps of Baldwin, Wright and Hemingway, and when I'm there I'll write about it ...
Post it all HERE ...
Just happy to share the joys and pains of life with people worth caring about.
Good luck with your deletion, you'll be missed.