(Editor’s Note: This blog post was first published on 13 June 2016.)
Hello, hello, hello, you rock ‘n’ rollers everywhere! It turned out to be a fine day in Pittsburgh, warm (around 75) and sunny. I went for a long walk down through the campus of the University of Pittsburgh and then took a bus back home and I turned on low the classical music station on the radio and assumed my favorite position flat on my back with two fat pillows under my weary head and I delved into the thick book about the French Revolution that I got from the public library yesterday.
Well, it wasn’t long before I was snoring. But all was not lost. I woke up with the germ of an idea for a new blog post.
I’ve been writing (submitting short fiction) for over forty years. I’ve racked up my fair share of rejection notices; but I also made some money. I started out submitting short fiction in my twenties. I didn’t start making money from my writing until I was middle age. And then not only were my flash fiction stories making me money ($30.00 a pop and sometimes published three times a month by a local weekly print rag) they also won me a fellowship and got me into the MFA writing program at the University of Pittsburgh in 2003 when I was in my fifties. But none of that would have happened if I had given up. Oh, I wanted to. I was sick of working dead end jobs just to survive so I could concentrate on my writing. I told myself I was crazy to take the mental abuse from years and years of rejection notices. But I couldn’t give up. For some strange reason I had to think of myself as a writer (no doubt being a Vietnam veteran had something to do with it and writing was helping me to deal with Vietnam) and a writer writes until he or she gets published and makes some money from writing. But if I had given up none of the good things that happened to me because of writing would have happened.
Class, can we say, Perseverance?
Now I’m retired and I’m a blogger. I’ve been blogging several years. I took early retirement so I could blog. I’ve had several blogs and two of them were shut down because I was blogging on a platform that did not allow adult content. Don’t worry about this version of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. The blogging platform I’m on now hosts porn videos, too.
Ha ha ha…
Last year the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette earned $55.00. This year so far its earned $74.00. That’s nothing to brag about. Especially, since I invest around $300.00 every year to keep the site online. I would really like to earn around, oh, $1,000.00 every year from The Gazette. I probably will never earn $1,000 a year from this site. But do you think I’m going to give up. I think you all ready know the answer.
And besides, I’m having too much fun.
Hail to Pitt!
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All photos of Hayley-Marie Coppin were sampled from Egotastic All Stars.