It's been said that writers and artists cannot fail, that just becoming one is a success, and while I believe that's true to a certain extent, I fear the sentiment originated with an underwriter somewhere justifying the denial of a bank loan to some anguished starving artist.
The truth is we are just like everyone else, trying to earn a living through the work we do. There are options for how to do that, but clambering over, through, under, around and whatever other actions are required of the old-fashioned apparatus of traditional publishing may alter the purpose of art, which is not only to provide for livelihoods, but to enrich all life.
Like a well hidden in the desert, it makes possible the sustenance of any who are fortunate enough to come across it. It's with the love and support of others that artists are able to excavate, turn, shape and cleave their way through all that sand and grit and occasional despair to furnish the well with the possibilities it provides, for living, for learning, or for the greatest pursuit of all, pleasure and entertainment.
My goal with The Revelate (formerly Without Envy) is to provide first-hand, evidence-based, and scientific proof that it is possible to cut through the bullshit of what we're taught about life and living and thrive as our fullest, most authentically audacious selves. It is also to entertain, to be transparent with my own experiences and empathetic to those of others, and at the risk of shocking someone else or being seen differently, help us all sort through the heaping piles of bad information out there and better measure what matters in life.
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