I've been depressing myself this week reading stories online about people failing their vivas and dying poor in ditches, so this was uplifting. Thanks! (Although then I realised that I am not even a good waitress, so, I'm probably still fucked.)
@HelloTheFuture Thanks, that's really helpful! (Can't think how all my googling missed something called 'Write.com'... doh).
This was really interesting, thanks! Can I ask, how did you get started? I do a bit of (not super legit) paid writing and was looking to get more into the content stuff, but from just browsing around it's hard to know which of the sites that are willing to take inexperienced people are any good or will actually pay.
I really liked the Gould piece, and this chat (the piece about her buying clothes was the first thing I ever read on the Billfold). I think she's being a bit hard on herself- she lived on the money for a while, it didn't come again, she got a job. Could have managed it a bit better, but I don't think she 'blew' it. (Aside: Christ, just read that Hairpin Amy Butcher article, the comments section is the nastiest thing I've ever seen. What a load of horrible people.)
'A week ago, I was at the planetarium, and as they were leaving I sold like 50 boxes. That's when I realized what sells a lot of these- the munchies. After that, I started hitting the NYU dorms around midnight. They call me "Cookie Duuuude".'
I don't understand how Da Vinci Code is anti-Christian. Surely it only works as a thriller if you think being a descendant of Christ is at all important or interesting? (I love this stuff! More Hollywood number-crunching please!)
LRB is the publication I wouldn't give up, but I wouldn't even consider doing it on these grounds. The Mary Beard piece on women's voices on their site now is one of best things I've read about women and women's voices for a very long time. Seems a crude method of picking one's boycotts to say the least.
I don't think that wanting long games is as new as the article suggests. Ocarina of Time reviewers were all wide-eyed with wonder that a game could last 30 hours in '98., so comparing contemporary games to Pong or whatever seems like a bit of a red herring. I suppose it's partly the expectation that if machines now are that much more powerful than they were in the days of the first blockbusters, then they should also be able to physically fit in more game. And I think that's another thing the article doesn't really mention- the difference between a long game and a big game, with a big world to explore. I think that's really what gamers want when they talk about hours, and I think that's the reason comparison to films or books always rings a bit hollow- the best games aren't a straight line.
Iceland is my biggest bad financial decision. I went for six weeks to learn Icelandic, and I got my first (and last) credit card for the trip. Six years later I can't speak any Icelandic and my credit's still fucked. I wish I could do sensible fun trips like this!
@jfruh It's a bit the same in the UK- free if you're a child/pensioner/on benefits, otherwise you pay. Which, isn't terrible, but still a bit odd that you can walk in off the street with an ailment in absolutely any other part of the body (except, again, eyes) and it's completely free.