4 Days Left in the Corporate World

I’m winding down my corporate persona, and I have a lot of loose ends to tie up before I turn in my badge and kiss my quarterly restricted stock options good-bye.  I promised the folks in charge I wouldn’t leave them hanging, and I aim to deliver on that promise.  That means my activity around here may be a bit spotty and decidedly panicked in tone.

For those cubicled comrades that I’m leaving behind, I give you this “Good-Bye” song.

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What is a writer worth? (Repost… because I’m lazy like that.)

The typical scene after a writer cashes his first royalty check.

So what does a blogger do when he runs out of things to say?  He reposts old blog entries.  This is from February 12, 2008, the day John Scalzi shook my world and actually announced how much money he made as writer.  Totally insane and undeniably educational!

Ever wonder what a working writer makes? Wonder no more. John Scalzi, winner of the John W. Campbell Award and a Hugo Award nominee, gives a very revealing look into the finances of a working writer. Along with letting you peer into his wallet, he also gives you some salient advice on how to manage your money and stay out of credit hell. Here’s an excerpt:

It’s possible to make a good amount of money as a writer. Most writers don’t. You should assume, strictly for business purposes, that you won’t, or at the very least, won’t for a very long time. It’s not all about you, it’s also about the market. Don’t get defensive. The median personal income in the US in 2005 was $28,500. You have a lot of company in the bottom half.

It’s a long article (or posting or whatever you call a blog entry), but it is well worth the read. John is a very successful writer. The key to his success is beyond being an exceptional novelist he is also a gun for hire. By his own admission, he will write most anything as long as the money is good. Click here to read the entire post, and I would also make it a habit to visit John’s blog on a regular basis. He’s got a lot to say and most of it is worth listening to.

If you’ve never read any of Scalzi’s books, I recommend Old Man’s War. It’s a military sci-fi novel, but the writing is good enough to make it enjoyable even if you’re not into that particular genre.

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An oldie (almost) but a goodie viral video

I’m swimming in rewrites today so here’s a gorilla video to keep you entertained. This is a variation of the 2007 viral video campaign by Cadbury.  The original was done with Phil Collins song, In the Air.  I guess Phil objected and they pulled the video, but some other artists (music and video) put their own spin on it.  This is the Sean Kingston sampling version of In the Air. 

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