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From: "Tuukka Virtaperko" <mail@tuuk...>
Sent: Friday, January 20, 2012 1:43 PM
Subject: Re: [MD] SOPA and PIPA
> in addition, I have already published a work, and it's on sale. But it's
> in Finnish. And I didn't self-publish that one. Well, I self-published an
> edition of 100 books, but then a publisher got interested and made an
> edition of 500 books. This all happened last year.
All of the stuff I've published was in magazines, which are good for a month
and then go away. I did a couple of video scripts that were produced, but
they were essentially industrial, and therefore an exercise in frustration
and excellent lessons in dealing with stuff I don't want to deal with. I
haven't even tried to get published for over 10 years now. The magazine
stuff was fun, but it was mostly fiction, which is what I like to do. The
magazine that I was being published in most often decided they didn't want
to do fiction any more, so that went away. That's about when I stopped
trying to be published. I'm living on disability right now too, for mental
problems, (major depression) and an being "rehabilitated" by the state.
i.e. they're paying for my college. I'm working on a Master's degree in
Counseling. I spent a lot of years listening to people so I could do
dialogue, and found that people really respond when you actually take the
time to listen to them. I can get paid (hopefully enough to live on) with
the degree, and I like the idea of helping people, so it should work out
okay. I like it and I seem to be pretty good at it, so I'm going to do it.
I don't know if I'll ever get back to writing like I used to. The fire is
mostly gone. A lot of that happened after I took the anti-depressants for a
year or so. I'm not taking them any more, but the creative stuff is a lot
more difficult now. Before, people would ask me where I got my ideas, and
my reply was, "How do you get them to stop?" Now, I have to work for them.
I do a blog now and then, but it's not something I feel driven to do. If
you're interested, it's at: