I once became irrationally angry at a man in an over-sized rainbow knit cap who approached me on the street, assumed I was a student and proceeded to ask if I would like to pay $10 to be published in a national magazine.
I let him live, but I was frankly insulted.
I still am, though it's still irrational.
I'm an advocate of the idea that people should be paid for good writing, that good writing is worth paying for and that writers should be paid in general.
Having now read the world's going to shit Jonathan Franzen article in The Guardian, I can understand and agree with his concern about where the publishing industry is headed.
That said, I plan to ride the wave of the apocalypse. I want to live in a world where someone can make a living from writing but I also want to live in a world where someone can do something valuable for free just because they want to and where we can still have fun. (And, for the sake of combining this post with a quick commentary on the Franzen article, where we can not be so serious as to actually judge someone as a human being for using Twitter, for the love of Christ.)
So let's have fun.
This is how this works. Approximate 300 word limit on a theme. You write on the theme, you come up with the theme for the next person who writes. Copy and paste in the comments section. Post as many times as you like, but not twice in a row. Notice I'm talking as if this is really going to take off. If you're a serious writer, use common sense and don't post something here that you're going to want to publish later, but also don't be such a sourpuss as to not do this at all just because you think it's beneath you. Or do. Nobody cares. I'll go first.
I asked my boyfriend to give me a theme. The theme was "Halloween." I complained briefly and then wrote a story. It took me about an hour.