I’ve been neglecting my blog this week.
I finally finished that Dollhouse essay. I kept thinking I was done, but then would mull over it more, and come up with more ideas. I’m glad though. Some of it was weak, and I think I was able to improve it.
Basically, I compare the Dollhouse to a corporation, not too much of a stretch since it’s part of an actual corporation, Rossum. I liken the dolls to corporate workers, and write about the truth-teller in the workplace – like Tom Cruise in The Firm. I do some comparison with Metropolis, which I’d never seen before so I took some time to watch it. Luckily I found a bunch of clips on YouTube, rescored with modern music. It was very interesting.
There’s another contest deadline on February 15 that I’m going to try and enter. This means writing like crazy all weekend.
I got my first official writing assignment. I pitched an idea to this online women’s magazine, and they liked it! I couldn’t believe it. I’d never pitched an idea before, but as I was reading their stuff, I had a visceral reaction to one of their pieces. Plus I’ve had this idea for a while, and it all just clicked. They’re paying me a bit of dough and I’ll have a contract and everything, Yay, I’m a real person!
I’m totally losing interest in writing those dinky web articles. What’s annoying is that I’ll pick a topic, do some research, and find the almost same exact topic already written on the very site I’m writing for. For instance, my topic will be, “The Advantages and Disadvantages of Laptops” (I just made that up), and I’ll find, “The Advantages of Laptops” already written. Wtf?
I’m not sure how they come up with these topics. I suspect they’re based on key word searches, hence the slight, almost indiscernible differences.
The one good thing about them is that they pay on time, though the amount is so small. All the time I put into these dinky articles, I could be writing higher quality, possibly more lucrative essays, and doing research on where to submit.