I’m so annoyed. My one publisher is over three months behind in reporting and paying my royalties. Actually, she’s six months behind with part of them. And she’s up and disappeared. I swear, some days it feels like the last thing American society cares about is paying people on time.
Since it’s morning and I’m grumpy in the morning, I’ll expand on another question that’s been bugging me: who are our heroes going to be in the next decade and on?
I look at kids today--no, parents today, so people my age, my generation--and ’selfish’ is the word that comes to mind. Parents seem to care about convenience first, about their kid first, and respecting the order of society seems the last priority.
For example, when I was growing up, if no money for something was around, we didn’t steal money from our bills. Nowadays? People skip paying their bills to go on vacation, buy iPods for their kids, etc. Keeping up with the Jones’ is more important than keeping up with the bills.
I don’t see parents teaching their kids social responsibility. ’Protect the self’ seems the battle cry of this upcoming generation. It’s not their fault, of course. It’s my generation’s fault. Or is it the fault of our parents?
Or maybe the world has to give a reason to inspire a generation to think outside their own little world. Or maybe it’s just the community I live in.
But I swear, something’s wrong when a child thinks it’s funny that his mom doesn’t pay her bills on time.
The very worst thing about being self-employed? The feeling of having to beg for honestly-earned money. That’s why I aspire to make music my hobby one day. I want to do it for the love--not for the money anymore. There’s a big difference. I’ve never written except for money, so writing with the goal of money doesn’t bother me. I don’t know if that makes my love more for music or writing. I suppose it doesn’t matter. They’ll both be part of my life.
So how’s your morning going? Better, I hope?