Loved and appreciated the honesty of this piece and all the quirkiness that abounds throughout. (Coleridge and that GoFundMe analogy was esp hilarious ...) I think Poe would be thrilled that you are interpreting his life this way. Also? Too many literary types are labelled "insane" when it may just have been a completely understandable response to the extremely tragic cards they were dealt in life. Regardless - thank you!

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May 29, 2021Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

Even when you’re cataloguing the (many!) difficulties of creating art, and telling the hard truths, it still comes across as empathetic and encouraging. This was a joy to read.

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May 30, 2021Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

Cat, you give me inspiration to write, but keep my day job, :(

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Nov 28, 2022Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

Done. This is so much exactly what I've been thinking.

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Jul 1, 2022Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

A good thing about writing is that it hangs around, so here I am, reading and appreciating your post 13 months after it was written. As an art, writing's more like sculpture than dance. Another good thing is that going up against difficult odds inspires others, which is a way to help out. Yet another good thing is that writing is too much fun to give up anyway (at least for those of us with this particularly weird idea of fun). If Seneca is right about finding one thing each day that makes you smarter, wiser, better, writing is a good way to do it. Write on, I say, write on!

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Almost a year late to this one, but it is so, so brilliant.

I openly admit the only reason I have the opportunity to write at this point in my life is because I was lucky in Corporate America and, more importantly, married super well. As a full-time stay-at-home-dad and wannabe novelist I'd have no path forward without my wife's financial support (not sure she's happy about this).

The irony is: I could make a lot more money in the corporate world, but then I'd have no chance to write and do the things I really enjoy. Such is the game.

Also, I too loathe the terms "late-stage capitalism" and all its derivatives.

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Sep 7, 2021Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

Hello, excuse me, you forgot the $125 you paid me to line-edit your proposal!! My contribution!! Very proud!!

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Jun 1, 2021Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

this is so fascinating!! thank you for doing all of the math for us and also just being an incredibly talented and hilarious writer! glad you shared this on study hall :)

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Interesting! And all this time I've been reading proposals and helping writers when I could have been charging them. More fool is me.

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May 31, 2021Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

Six & a third novels in and you've corroborated all I've learned in a dozen years. Thnx.

Fortunately, I've got 'day' money to supplement the MEAGER $$ from articles/essays/short stories published now and again.

Poe's "Nevermore" may not apply - I'll need to read your take on him and annotate his collected works on my shelf.

With appreciation,


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Oct 26, 2023Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

I thoroughly enjoyed this piece!

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Apr 10, 2023Liked by Catherine Baab-Muguira

Valuable article :)

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