|Doré - Angelica Meets the Hermit|
I do want to thank all the people who have supported me, all along--even without any response from me, the comments keep rolling in, the friend requests show up fresh in my inbox each day, and the (mostly) kind and supportive messages are as numerous as ever. It reminds me that I have not only a responsibility to myself, but also to my work, to the conversations I've started that are still going on out there--but it turns out you can't just come back from nowhere, not that easily, and especially not when the reason you left hasn't gotten any better.
We get so used to working for free on the internet--the amount of time and energy people are willing to put into their interests is remarkable, and certainly dwarfs the enthusiasm most people have for any work they're paid to do. Of course, if the internet were just some great communist paradise, that would make sense: everyone contributes knowledge and expertise, and everyone profits by the contributions of others.
It was one thing to create content for a community of like-minded folks, but quite another to do so for a multinational business which treats members as subordinates to be controlled, ignored, and profited from--that's the sort of thing I generally think one should be paid to do, because at least then, even if they're taking advantage of you, you're taking advantage right back--which is exactly what I'm going to try to do.
You may have noticed some changes to my blog--for one, on my List of Suggested Fantasy Books and my List of Suggested Comics, I've provided links to Amazon pages where books and comics can be ordered, and every time one of my readers clicks on one of those links and actually orders something, a small percentage will go to helping me pay bills and buy groceries. Likewise, I hope to soon have my first book up for sale as an ebook, and when it is, you'll be able to purchase it through links here on my blog.
Goodreads and Booklikes, as well as posting up new articles here. If there is any topic you'd like me to write about, please leave a comment or send a message--some of my favorite posts were inspired by questions I've gotten from my followers, including my series on writing women.
Of course, all of this isn't to say I won't take another sabbatical, some day--it is nice to have a break, once in a while--but for the moment, I'm just excited to be back in the game again. Up next, I'm finally going to finish my all-inclusive Guide to Terrible Goodreads Comments.