This Is My 100th Article With BAS!
This is kind of surreal for me, but I’m happy to say that this is my 100th article for Broke Ass Stuart. Well, technically it’s like the 98th, but I’ve edited and rewritten a ton of stuff for contributors that have submitted articles to me via Bay Area Memes and other platforms, so, if you count that, I’m way over 100. I’ve written so much shit it’s hard to fathom. Between BAS, The Bold Italic and SFGate, I’ve written something close to 150 professionally published pieces. Not all of them are great. There are times where I write well and times where I just shit something out because I have a deadline. When you’ve written as much as me, you understand that inspiration isn’t some on demand commodity, it ebbs and flows.
Still, I’m incredibly happy and privileged to be given the opportunity to write consistently.
Buddhists believe that life is inherently suffering. I’m not a Buddhist, but I think there’s some honesty to this assessment of the human condition. I think as a way to distract from life’s unanswered questions, mysteries and arbitrary pain, we participate in certain practices or disciplines to provide a semblance of meaning in our lives.
For me, it turned out to be writing.
When I was younger I really wanted to draw. I loved watching cartoons. I had so many thoughts and feelings about the world that I wanted to express, but I didn’t have the tools to do so. I used to fantasize about creating a show on Cartoon Network or my very own comic book. I would spend hours with art instruction books trying to improve, but no matter how hard I tried to learn to draw, I just couldn’t get it right. I sucked.
Eventually I discovered writing, and something clicked. I wrote poems and short stories and while I didn’t share them with anyone back then, it made me feel good.
I eventually started writing articles and after a while I created Bay Area Memes to build an audience to trick people into reading my writing. And to my surprise, it kinda worked.
At least I’m honest.
I wrote a book that’s been available for about a year now. It’s sold pretty well for an indie title. And I want to share it with as many people as possible. I know Amazon sucks, but I’m happy to announce that the ebook version of Don’t Drown on Dry Ground is now only 99 cents on Amazon.
You can buy the physical copy of my book from several different online retailers, but we don’t make much money on it as it is, so we can’t really feasibly lower the price on that.
If you don’t want to support it because it’s through Amazon, I totally get it.
I’m just happy you’re reading my writing and laughing at my memes either way.