A Luminous Halo

"Life is not a series of gig lamps symmetrically arranged; life is a luminous halo, a semi-transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end." --Virginia Woolf

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Location: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States

Smith ’69, Purdue ’75. Anarchist; agnostic. Writer. Steward of the Pascal Emory house, an 1871 Second-Empire Victorian; of Sylvie, a 1974 Mercedes-Benz 450SL; and of Taz, a purebred Cockador who sets the standard for her breed. Happy enough for the present in Massachusetts, but always looking East.

Saturday, April 29, 2006

"by Cicily Corbett"

Today I sent off my article on conservatorship, along with an invoice, as instructed. I was being paid by the word--$1.50 a word, to be exact--so I took the word count off of MS Word and did the math. I fretted for a moment over the fact that my byline had been included in the word count, even though it wasn't perhaps technically part of the article. And then I decided I was overthinking things. And as I look back on this project, that was the sweetest part of all...$4.50 just for writing "by Cicily Corbett" under the title. Every week, I have to fight the local paper just to keep my byline in--it's the first thing they try to lop off if they're looking to save space. And they certainly don't pay me for it.

Feels like a turning point of sorts.