Monday, August 28, 2006

Visit Cargoria, Write Yourself a Paycheck

I'm a fairly decent writer. I've sold a fair-size pile of short stories and had one novel published. But the problem with being a writer of fiction these days is that there's just no way to make decent money, largely (I think) because Stephen King and J.K. Rowling have pretty much sucked up all available publisher funds.


As you can imagine, I get pretty depressed about this. I was on the brink of quitting fiction writing all together and looking for a real job when I heard about what sounds like a decent opportunity to get paid serious money for making things up. The opportunity that got me all atwitter is Cargoria -- an online story that will be written by regular folks and that will, ultimately, pay some lucky writer one million dollars. Let me say that again: one million dollars.


Do you have any idea how many of these blog entries I'd have to sell to earn a million dollars? Well, I'm no math major, but it'd have to be in the dozens, at least.


The beginning of the story is up on the Web site, along with some cool graphics and a place where you can enter your e-mail address to be notified when the whole thing gets up and running. It says that if you want to write part of the story, you have to challenge other writers in a game called "Mohanci." I have no idea what this is, but I hope it's not too violent. As exciting as the idea of genre authors battling it out for the right to write might sound (I can hear the original Star Trek fight music even now), I'm a total wimp. I guess I'll just have to wait for the game to get going to see what the deal is.


What I'd like you to do is to take a look at www.cargoria.com when you have a chance and consider signing up. True, I'm going to do my best to win the $1,000,000, but it'll look a lot better if I have some competition.


So thank you, Cargoria, for rejuvenating my will to write fiction and saving my literary life. Truly, even though you are still waiting to officially open your doors, you have saved this writer's life.

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