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Re: [Hemingway-Book-Club] New Meetup: "A Farewell to Arms"

From: JC H.
Sent on: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 8:45 PM
Hi All,

I'm dearly sorry that I missed the meetup. My roommate is a crazy woman who's been shacking up with guys repeatedly, and her boyfriend dumped her, so she's taking it out on us guys - I think she thinks I'm gay or something - the other roommate is. Trying to steal my deposit, too. I may have to move temporarily with family from Jersey - this just totally blind-sided me. I saved up money , did my best to buy nice furniture, make myself a nice environment for work, and then the labor market for writers basically went through a black swan.?

I counted way too much on previous performance to indicate future success. I started doing this piecemeal writing stuff in 2008 after dropping out when my family pretty much shattered itself and I decided to go on my own. It was easy back then to earn a comfy living, but now the market's just saturated (and way too much boiler room stuff), and I have to either focus on the high-quality work or pick up programming or some other stable trade. Freelancing has just come to be a racket, I'm sorry to say, there's no way I will ever be able to start a family unless I create some kind of stable career in which I spend regular daily time outside my apartment. The money's not nearly as important to me right now as just having a stable community of friendly faces. I think I had to step back from the Meetup for a moment to help get myself centered with my therapist - I'm not letting this derail my life.?

Not looking for, you know, sob story sympathy here, I know we're all going through rough times, it's just I struggled and focused to be a writer. It worked out for a while before all the law students and others were struggling with unemployment - easy hours, good pay, relaxed way of life - but now it's all coming unglued for us guys at the margins without parental backing. It used to be that I could count on a lead going to a close - but now it's all confusing. Lots of weirdos like Vaynerchuck running boiler rooms, stupid out-sized budgets... all the "business" networking I've been trying to do has just crowded out my personal life and run me too ragged.?

I tried to get a contract with this lady, but she hemmed and hawed and delayed until I had all my stuff moved in.

Sorry to be nerve racking - I'm getting help. I really like you guys a lot. I made some mis-steps in getting myself re-established and then trying to get myself "out there" - not enough focus on the day-to-day paid work and too much on generating leads that I couldn't close. Plus, the media is all going nuts. 'Cause of the Big Short.??

Looking forward to seeing you all again very much,

JC Hewitt

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 8:04 PM, Ted <[address removed]> wrote:
Announcing a new Meetup for Hemingway Book Club!

What: "A Farewell to Arms"

When: Sunday, April 25,[masked]:00 PM

Boxcar Lounge
168 Avenue B
New York City, NY 10009

Hemingway drew on his own experiences as an ambulance driver in World War I to craft this story of love between an American volunteer and a British nurse on the Italian front.

Published in 1929, following the success of "The Sun Also Rises" and his collection of short stories "Men Without Women", "A Farewell to Arms" cemented his reputation as an important writer.

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