I have been quiet happy with Vocal.Media for the past year and some months I’ve been writing with them. I was really, REALLY, grateful when I discovered them and that gratitude has only expanded from there simply because they LISTEN to their creators and partnered with a secure company (Stripe) that makes sure payments go through safely. Investing in their Founding Member program is worth it. Not only does Vocal.Media push me to trust in my content as a way of making a living as a writer, but I also got myself out of that horrible habit so many of us go through; where we’re half-dreaming.
Half-dreaming is where you’re investing only halfway into your dream. You’re only investing in the dream if it’s completely safe. Is it important to be practical when it comes to fulfilling your dream? Yes. Is waiting until everything is “completely” and “perfectly” safe practical? Honestly…no. It’s not. I’m not saying it’s impossible, but it can be very time consuming to just wait until every duck is in a row while the waters are rocky and you’re about to drown in your own self-loathing because you haven’t been able to live the life you want yet. I was telling myself to wait over and over again when new opportunities with Vocal came up or if a new article idea came up. I kept telling myself to “wait” because everything needed to be just right, completely safe. It’s just…ugh. I’m over it.
Anyway, I wanted to announce that. More articles are coming soon. I aspire for my articles to be of higher quality so new and older audiences can enjoy. Hell, even I have to go back and read my articles sometimes because I forget some important things…
Lastly, a big thanks to everyone who reads, who listens, and who sends love and good energy my way. I have so much gratitude for you. I hope that shows when I reply to comments and kind words.
All right, I disappeared for a bit again. I had a busy week and needed a few days to myself. Now to say a few things.
Many thanks to the feedback on my article on Stoker’s Dracula and the Epistolary Narrative. I have the utmost gratitude for those who are sharing it and taking the analysis to heart. If you’d like to share it with fellow writer friends on Facebook, go on ahead and follow Authentikei afterwards.
Yesterday, I did a sketch on the computer and I’m pretty stoked about it. I plan to follow through (if I can get through the dreaded lineart phase…) and make an art page…because why not?
Today, I worked on my horror short story. I really want to start publishing these stories because they’re related to the fantasy world of my novel series. Just because the novel isn’t ready yet doesn’t mean I can’t start sharing my world with others. I’ll make a more thorough post about short story writing another time because I learned something very interesting about my writing mentality while working.
To end on the update, I wanted to talk about my mission statement a bit because these past few days have been a “contemplation coma”. I never stop thinking about…everything and desperately need the platform to express myself and thanks to those of you who have supported my work and followed me, I know I’m not the only one. So I’ve decided, my long term goal will be to make Authentikei a non-profit for my fellow artistic philosophers. I do have a mission and a vision, but the business plan is a work in progress. Not only is this project motivated by my own experiences and my fellow thinkers, but I really am tired of those who feel a strong connection to the humanities and social sciences degrading themselves because it’s not “a career path that makes good money” or whatever people are saying nowadays to put down the studies that value human nature and existentialism. I know America is in such a strange economic crisis (I call it strange because it seems more complicated than it should be…) and I’m not proposing that I have the solution to all of our financial problems, but this is a time we need to support ourselves more than ever.
I believe that’s why we have more websites promoting “patron” programs. Having patrons was a common way to make some money in the past and it’s making a comeback. I’m hoping the platform I create encourages reciprocal support, but not just through finance; support also reinforces us to circulate our work and develop the bravery to express our personal philosophies and have healthy discourse with those who agree, disagree, or are indifferent. Too many of us feel like we’re not being heard or that we don’t have enough of [blank] to do what we love and resolve the internal or external turmoil in life (which is probably why so many of us scream at each other via social media). This patron way of thinking is encouraging us to take a moment to listen and invest some time to really listen to someone then decide from there whether or not we want to invest even more. I just think it’s cool to encourage that kind of unity. The rat race needs to be cancelled so we can be cooperative, authentic, and functional rather than competitive. We’re not there yet, but we’re working towards it. I hope as I continue to express my inner truth and manifest funding through my creativity, that I will be able to give back and support those who need it. I mean receiving and giving back is a thing that already happens! It just doesn’t seem like that…we’re too caught up in our misery…and that’s why I support artistic expression with philosophy. Yes, it’s good that we can be there for each other, but even in a perfect world, dealing with our internal problems is our responsibility.
More to come…
Oh and…I’m wondering about making a paranormal page. Would that be too much? I’m just such a nerd for paranormal instances. Yeah…I can figure out how to infuse the paranormal with philosophy and I bet I’m not alone in that (this is probably how metaphysics came to be even though they are quite different, lol).
You need to remind others and yourself that you have the ability and the resources to do great things and enjoy life. Pursue your joy, damn it! This is a hard thing to do because this isn’t what many of us are raised to do or learn. Just as fear alerts you to what you find dangerous, joy alerts you to what sparks excitement in your life.
I had to get that out because I’m sick of us limiting ourselves, damn it. If you’re tired of humanity being self-destructive, then stop self-destructing!
I’m not trying to make this sound like an easy thing. I’m choosing to contribute to the forces that encourage the accessibility to possibility.
You know what brought me a little joy today? Recycling my candle jars and putting herbs in them! And then sharing that with others! Boom! Because being a witch makes me joyful.
Become your joy. It is possible. This isn’t forced positivity; it’s anti-self-depreciation. I’m not going to tolerate self-destructive behavior on this platform.
Just created it. Click here to view. It’s nothing fancy; I’m just glad it exists. The more articles I write, the more accessible I want them to be. Do you mind going to the page and making sure the “Read more…” button works?
First of all, that sounds like a cool title for…something.
Second, synchronicities are nothing new for me. I really don’t care who thinks it’s all just coincidental silliness. I care more about the signs themselves. Numbers are more direct, but words, phrases, or pictures are a bit obscure. I’ve been getting signs about London and the UK since March.
Let’s discuss what a synchronicity is in general real quick. I recently found a post that sums up what most of us see when we first run into them:
Like I said on the post, this has been happening to me for five years. Numbers I’m used to, but when it’s a word, specifically a location, that often means I’m going to be heading there or should be trying to get there as soon as I can. It first happened with Seattle, which significantly changed my life (that’s for another blog post). So what’s happening in London or the UK in general? No idea AND I have no idea how I’d get there.
So I do kind of wonder if maybe it’s a person or a company? But it’s gotta be the city, right? I’d love to go. Don’t know how it’ll happen, but maybe I’ll manifest the funds and accessibility to get there.
Just wanted to share this experience. Synchronicity is a strange phenomena that few understand because “coincidence” is more convenient. Why can’t coincidence be meaningful?