reply to post by JiggyPotamus
We're kind of like a dysfunctional family...we may yell at each other and call each other names, when allowed to, lol, but at the end of the
day we are still family. This excludes anyone I don't like btw, like that one guy who never makes any sense.
This last "disclaimer" made my breakfast try to exit via my nose, dude!!
But Yeah, I know..right? That's exactly how it is.
I belong to another "community" (in real life time and space - not online, although they/we have a presence in cyberspace as well), and while it's
membership is more the size of ATS' actual daily member participant count (usually in the hundreds, isn't it? -- I've only looked at those stats a
couple of times) it is very much a dysfunctional family. Actually, I think the definition of "family" itself should include dysfunction, for there
is no perfectly functional family anywhere, of any size, shape, or form.
There are members of that other community that some have decided to treat as "the village idiots", if you will, but
in the end, that "idiot" belongs to us, and if we saw them under attack, we would -- hopefully -- stick together and have their back.
As a matter of fact, just recently one of that commuinty, who was very active years ago but subsequently has been seen only rarely, went missing. Word
was sent out to the entire group...because that's what family is about.
A couple of years ago, one of the more high-profile members was killed in a motor vehicle accident. The turnout for the funeral was enormous. I think
the survivors of the immediate family were shocked. The caravan was miles long going from the service to the burial.
So, here's to all of you, team ATS. I have for my entire cognizant life been a writer. I don't have a blog (well, I started one a few years back and
lost interest after about 10 minutes), I have deactivated my FB account, and I think of ATS as my outlet to the wider world. I have written
screenplays, recently completed a novel, and have uncounted poems, essays, research projects, and editorials. I have served on newsletters as
contributing editor, and I have been published in trade magazines.
Am I earning a living at it? Nope. And while at one time (and yes, still from time to time) I fantasize about becoming a household word and winning
the Pulitzer, I know realistically that fame and fortune don't matter.
If someone is "stealing" my work and putting it out there as their own, on the one hand I'm flattered. On the other, I am reminded to be careful of
what I say, for we should never write anything that we would not be willing to share. Would I like to be compensated for my intellectual propery? Of
course. But money is not really my point.
If my words are of interest to anyone, that's reward enough for me.