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>"I'm 42 and tired" — Malin Berggren.
>I'm 42. Until the year 2002, when I retired, I worked, hard, since I was 17. Despite some health challenges, I put in 50-hour weeks, and never called in sick. I am wealthy, but I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked to get where I am. Given the economy, there’s no retirement in sight, and I’m tired. Very tired.
>I’m tired of being told that I have to “spread the wealth around” to people who don’t have my work ethic. I’m tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy or stupid to earn it.
>I’m tired of being told that I have to pay more taxes to “keep people in their homes", I’m tired of being told that Islam is a "religion of peace", I’m tired of being told that "Israel is our friend", I’m tired of being told that "everyone is equal", I’m tired of being told that "there are no races", I’m tired of seeing my country being overrun by outsiders while my culture is destroyed.
Awesome writers and poets
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>"He went over with bombs in daylight, under covering fire from a couple of rifles, and scared away the occupants. A pointless feat, since instead of signalling for reinforcements, he sat down in the German trench and began reading a book of poems which he had brought with him. When he went back he did not even report. Colonel Stockwell, then in command, raged at him. The attack on Mametz wood had been delayed for two hours because British patrols were still reported to be out. "British patrols" were Siegfried and his book of poems."
Robert Graves, Goodbye to All That (London: Penguin, 1960), p. 174.
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So /lit/ how many of you make a living off of what you write?
I'm not talking fiction, but copyediting, ghostwriting, proofreading, translating and kindred arts that allow one to earn money by means of penmanship.
Share tips, stories and regrets.
I am a translator myself (European and Asian language) but I sometimes also make some extra money by proofreading manuscripts and writing book reviews for publishing companies (the pay is actually quite decent).
Trying to start working as a copyeditor of sorts but being a non-native English speaker has somewhat hindered this endeavor (the job market in my home country is utterly dismal).