Odilia Rivera Santos
I have decided to start my own little Twitter revolution by promoting the work of individual artists with the hashtags #occupy Christmas and #decorporatize Christmas. There are a lot of artists in the world who are juggling three or four gigs to be able to make art. It would be nice if people considered buying gifts directly from the individual who made a product as opposed to purchasing items from a large department store, which has always seemed a tad impersonal.
There is nothing original or exciting about receiving a pair of pajamas or a tie from a catalog.
If you follow my tweets, I will be posting info on artists who are alive and working and hoping to earn more from their art than the day job. There is enough abundance for everyone to succeed; now, we need to be more mindful and consider where we place our money and trace a direct line between our pocket and where that money travels and how our purchases affect our community and the world.
I am working on a collection of essays about work entitled Work Chronicles to be published as an e-book on Smashwords in November; in the meantime, you can check out my creative nonfiction essays Latinalogue Puerto Rican Nonfiction Part I and Latinalogue Puerto Rican Nonfiction Part II: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/69697
Writers, be careful not to die of exposure.