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posted by [personal profile] mouseworks at 02:21pm on 03/05/2011
From inside my life, I was an adjunct composition teach at a couple of third tier schools, a published writer whose top advances were never over US $20,000, someone who had various lower level jobs in New York publishing (who stupidly turned down a chance to be a PR person for Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux), a reporter for a weekly newspaper in rural Virginia, and a technical writer/glorified copy editor for two defense contractors in the DC area.

From outside my life, to at least to one person, apparently this sounded so glamorous I have to have made it up. If I were lying, I'd have invented much more status. One of the smartest editors in science fiction told me that if I moved to Nicaragua, I'd disappear (the reality to counter all the fantasies of moving here to become a writer). I moved here anyway (pattern of how I manage advice should be apparent, and this is a man I respect tremendously).

I've come to be happy enough with my decision. Social Security gives me the financial independence that writing only gave me for two years. I have to ask myself whether what I wanted was the financial independence or being paid to write, and then, whether, with the financial independence, I'll put the right amount of energy into writing. And do I care?

People may find that they are happier with less success, less pressure to be successful, and money going further, and more hassles.

Some of you will be sure that Nicaragua needs you, and the solutions for why Nicaragua is as it appears to be are problems for which you can provide the solutions because your home culture obvious solved them.

Me, I listen to Spanish as if it were music, and I talk to my friends all over the world by the net and face to face here. Living in Jinotega works for me in ways that surprise me. I still smile when I walk through the central park.

It's all more complex on the inside. Nobody can really explain it, and it will be different kinds of complex for different people.

People who talk about The Nicaraguans aren't really here.

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