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All Hail Roxane Gay

Scratch interviewed Roxane Gay and her answers are predictably perfect. Yes to this picture, yaaaas to all of this:

What do you aspire to next in your career?

I would like to win a Pulitzer. But more importantly, I would like to write something worthy of a Pulitzer.

That is a very concrete goal!

I have very concrete goals.

I suppose the flip side of the goal question is, what do you regret? Where do you feel like you fucked up?

I don’t really have any career regrets. I’ve made mistakes, but that’s part of life.

Picture taken from Scratch. Note: you have to create a log-in to read the full interview–do it! Scratch is great and this interview is excellent. 

My Make-up Work Front Cover of Scratch Magazine… Finally!

I started my food project a long time ago now with the lovely Rich Hinton (photographer) And this project got me where I am today- as it got people to recognise me as a serious make-up artist and people got to see the creativity and passion I have for make-up from this project. I have been waiting a long time to get these images published. And finally one of the images from the project made it on front cover of Scratch magazine from the August issue! I am so proud to see my work on this magazine which I have been reading for a few years now, also there is a three page spread on the rest of the project inside the magazine and a little mini interview on me! Thanks for everyone who has supported me so far in this project and I hoping one day this project continues with Rich Hinton. So watch this space!

‘Sea Food' Using a Lobster, Mussels and a Octopus

Photographer: Rich Hinton
Model: Emily Hilton
Make-up, Hair and Nails: Karla Powell Assistant:  Mariana Hilliar Karla X

Thank you Manjula Martin for interviewing me for Scratch Magazine!

“Nia King is a podcaster and writer whose work focuses on the lives and artistic careers of queer and transgender people of color. And there’s plenty of work: King, who is 27 years old, started her writing and publishing career as a teenager when she created zine about growing up mixed-race called Angry Black White Girl. She then published and edited a zine series called Borderlands, also about mixed-race identity. King went on to art school, dropped out, and ended up later getting her BA in Ethnic Studies from Mills College. She later received training in film and video from the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project. She now she does a combination of podcasting, writing, and speaking. Along the way, King has constantly been innovating, figuring out new ways to fund and sustain her work financially.”

Read the rest of the article here.

This Week in Freelancing: Long Hours

Money earned this week: $1,009.13

Pieces written this week: 21 (two of which still need to be finished before Monday)

I put in a lot of hours this week. (Really, I’ve put in a lot of hours this month.) I got some revisions sent back in my direction, I spent a chunk of the weekend doing interviews, and I put a lot of time into this one piece that I can’t tell you much about yet but will be very excited to talk about when it’s published.

Yesterday I worked from 9 to midnight. Yes, if you sneak glances at my Twitter you’ll see that I went for an hour-long walk part-way through, but I’m still saying “I worked from 9 to midnight” because that is what ended up happening. Day doesn’t end until you can turn off your brain.

The day before, I worked from 9 until 11. Tonight, I may work from 9 until 10 (with, I hope, another walk in there, though the rain may keep me indoors). Or I’ll kick a few more of the revisions I need to finish into tomorrow, although I’d really like to spend tomorrow as a true day off.

Did you read Scratch this week? The new quarterly edition of Scratch came out yesterday, and I think it’s my favorite Scratch ever, not just because I’m in it and Manjula Martin wrote nice things about me in her Letter From the Editor.

The big feature this quarter is Manjula’s interview with Austin Kleon (of Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work). There’s a lot in it that I really like, including stuff about marketing vs. sharing that I’m going to write about later (and while we’re on the subject, riffing on other people’s articles is just about my favorite type of writing ever, I’m so glad I live in a world where this writing form exists) and this great quote about why he hates “Do What You Love:”

There’s a selfishness to it. Do what you love implies that the only person you’re responsible for is yourself, but if you have children or a sick spouse or people to take care of …

(This, by the way, is why I hate the book Wishcraft: How to Get What You Really Want. There’s this whole stupid exercise where everyone’s supposed to write down their perfect day, and everyone’s perfect day involves no responsibilities to any other people. Barf.)

The bit of the interview that really devestated me, however, was this part (bold is Manjula, non-bold is Austin):

You and I are both in our thirties, and I feel like the culture of overwork has become accelerated during our lifetime. At a certain stage, I actually did work twenty hours a week, and then I did my zines and whatever art I wanted to do at night. And I actually wasn’t living that much more cheaply in my twenties than I do now. Anecdotally, it’s a common experience among artists and writers I know. It used to be you could do your day job and not have it be your entire life.

What job are you gonna get now that you only work forty hours a week and you don’t have to take any work home, you don’t have to check email on weekends … where are those jobs? Because as far as I can tell, everyone’s so worried about losing it that we go into this culture of overwork and stress.

I remember graduating from college and being so crushed that jobs weren’t like they said, it wasn’t actually this story of Anne Bogart or Marge Piercy or anyone getting a cheapo apartment and some disposable temp job and making art in the evenings. You can still do stuff in the evenings, that idea still works, but you have to be really specific about how you use your time. (And, more than likely, you have to get out of the entry-level job stage and into some knowledge worker job somewhere with a reasonably steady schedule.)

What I mean to say is oh yes, the overwork and the stress. And the story of this summer and this fall has not helped anything. Do you feel like everybody’s screaming? From Ferguson to Gamergate to everything that happened that didn’t get its own single word, not to mention the story of Ebola vs. the American Healthcare System (I’m not worried that we’re all going to catch Ebola, but that doesn’t mean that I like anything about this story).

Anyway. I’m going back to work. I’m thinking about writers’ retreats with people who bring you food in little baskets but I know I have to carve out my own retreat in my own life, doing Gorilla Workouts and watching Leverage with a glass of wine.