or public schools! Especially when you read in The Author about the new figures from ALCS (Authors Licensing and Collecting Society) survey concerning author earnings. Apparently: 'since 2005, professional writers' average earnings have fallen 42% in real terms...' and 'the median annual earnings figure for all writers, professional or not, shows a fall of 50% since 2005.'
It is not a level playing field out there; publishers don't always have their writers best interests at heart. But then if it's what drives you...there really is no choice.
As to the real world...I am very proud of all of those protesting about our leaders apparently suicidal rush to mass destruction. Do they really think they can hide in their bunkers and citadels as the world burns and ices over?
And there really is no choice for writers, like everyone else they just have to keep going; keep writing; hoping that someone may notice all the scribbling going on. MsLexia magazine current issue reminds us that: the 'Masculine Ethic' was alive and well - when their issue 13 came out - and told us that the vast majority of Booker prize winning texts were in third person, had a male protagonist and contained references to sex, exteriors, violence, work and tools. Anyone fancy doing some more checking??
And now...back to the writing pad!!