I have a very special announcement to make today, dear readers.
You can get your very own personalized poem or short story from stan.me/mejpiazza. Written by yours truly.
A website was recently released called Stan.me. It's a place where creators can share their work, and where people can buy that work. What's more, you can sell (and buy) custom things.
Why would you want a personalized poem or short story, you ask? There's a million reasons. Father's Day is right around the corner. Give me a few details about your dad, and I'll have the perfect gift for you. Baby shower? Get them an acrostic poem with the baby's name. Anniversary? Love poem. Literature class assignment you don't understand? I'll give you an example of a villanelle, just so long as you promise not to turn it in. Plagiarism is wrong, kids.
There are even more opportunities for short stories. Your kids want another bedtime story, and your brain is racked and exhausted. You're the DM for Dungeons and Dragons and you need something to set the vibe. You spot a writing prompt on Instagram and you'd love to read a story based on that prompt, but you don't feel like writing it.
I'm going to take the rest of this blog post to be honest with y'all. I'm tired. I started writing books when I was ten years old. Ten years ago this December. I'm not sure what's scarier--the fact that I'll be 20, or that I'll have officially spent half of my life writing. The good news is, I've got two self-published novels and two rough drafts to show for it. The bad news is, unless a five-star review can feed me for a month, I don't see a way I'll be able to make a living off writing.
If you know me, you know that I hate asking for help. Apparently, when I was taken Algebra I, I only asked for help twice. The entire school year. But if politicians can ask for a person's financial support with a clean conscience, I know I can, too. Right now, I'd be extremely grateful if I could pay my $10/month gym payments solely off writing revenue. I've made $46 this year selling blogs. That covers my gym fees through April. And that's better than I anticipated, really.
So whether you want a poem or a short story, or if you just want to support your favorite author, hop on over to stan.me. You won't regret it.
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.