I know it may come as a shocker that a SciFi geek, such as myself, might have an issue with a holiday about love (oh, I’ll get to that). But I absolutely loathe Valentine’s Day. I am not so sure when it started, but I think it came about after college. …
I have a big problem with people seeing any art as merely a "hobby". Art is a part of an artist's very being.
It's sad that, for many people, money seems to be the basis of valuing art. Using that criteria, Van Gogh must not have been much of an artist while he lived because he sold only one painting in his lifetime.
I still get people telling me that I'm no more than a "hobbyist" artist because I don't make enough off my art to make a living off my art alone. To be quite honest, considering all that I've accomplished so far, it's absurd to call me a mere "hobbyist".
I've experienced what you said about social media friends not following links or just plain ignoring you. I had one fellow artist on Facebook say he blocked me for a while due, in part, to all of my brags and promotional posts.
In that respect, I think it's even harder to get people to check out written works than it is to get people to check out visual art. I seem to have an even harder time getting my social media friends to read my stories.
I also know all about getting bashed for your technique. I get that with both my writing and my drawing! Not everyone appreciates my style. There will ALWAYS be people out there who don't care for the art an artist creates. It happens.
This year will be my NaNoWriMo year!
- Plasma FrequencyEditor-in-Chief, 2012 - presentChief Editor and Owner of Plasma Frequency, a magazine of Speculative Fiction that publishes bi-monthly.
Richard is an author of Speculative Fiction who lives in California. He fits his writing time around being a father of three young boys and a husband to his beautiful wife. He has been published in Cygnus Journal of Speculative Fiction and Liquid Imagination. He has since released two novels and has multiple more in various stages of progress. For more information on Richard Flores IV, you can find him online at http://floresfactor.com/. You can also find him on Twitter @Richard_Flores4