Rethinking the Job Culture is now on Medium – with a new look!

Announcement - Now on MediumNow that my patronage is growing on Patreon (thank you SO much!) which is giving me a little more time to write (yay!), I’ve decided to migrate a few of my readers’ favorite posts from this blog over to a new platform I’m very impressed with: Medium.

I particularly love Medium’s built-in responsive design features.  Just the other day I was lamenting the fact that my WordPress blogs look so dated, and was wondering when I’d manage to fit in enough time to sit down and redesign them according to principles of responsive design.  Medium to the rescue!

If you’re on Medium, please follow Rethinking the Job Culture there, and if you appreciate the writings I’ve posted there, please recommend them to others by clicking the little heart at the bottom of the articles.  It helps them get seen by new audiences, and lets me know people are reading them.

This WordPress blog will remain online indefinitely as an archive of my early work, but my focus has now shifted to Patreon and Medium.  Patrons will be first to see all of my new published work, as always, including On The Leisure Track when it is finished.  I recently posted the chapter titles from the book on Patreon publicly; chapter summaries will follow as soon as they are polished up.

Comments are allowed on both Patreon and Medium, so if you have something to say about my work, please comment over there.  Thank you!

D. JoAnne Swanson on Patreon

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T-shirt logo from my former project

Greetings, folks!  I’m excited to announce that I’ve just launched a Patreon account, and I’ve set it up entirely on a gift model.  Great news: I am in communication with a publisher who is interested in On The Leisure Track, my half-finished book manuscript.  It’s a personal narrative about decolonizing time and the process of unlearning the internalized capitalist work ethic.  With your support, I will be able to finish writing it!

The revised and improved version of my essay “Is Nothing Sacred? On ‘Doing Nothing’ and Leisure as Resistance,” which is a condensed version of one of the chapters from On The Leisure Track, is also in the works.  And that’s just a start!  Patrons will have access to all writings I release before they are available to the public.

If you’re interested in my writing, I encourage you to give the page a read whether or not you’re interested in becoming a patron, as it features some musings about the role of play and leisure in my work, plus links to many of my recent published writings.

I’ve also included links to a few of the people whose work has inspired mine, such as Francis Weller, Charles Eisenstein, Matt Cardin, and Alley Valkyrie, whose brilliant piece “Poverty, Worth, and the Hovering Ghost of Calvin” is a must-read.

Thank you so much for your support!

A Few Words of Gratitude

Today I got a sudden spike in traffic via Facebook, and also received some very kind and supportive notes from new readers, so I assume someone out there in Facebook-land decided to publicise my work – thank you very much, anonymous publiciser!  Since I haven’t posted here in awhile, I thought I would take a moment to confirm publicly that yes, I am still kickin’, and yes, I am still working on the book manuscript whenever I can.  I am still struggling and scraping by; I’m doing my best to juggle the demands of freelance gigs, the manuscript, volunteer work, job-hunting (yes, indeed) and various other responsibilities.  But I haven’t lost heart!

I’m still keeping up the Facebook page associated with this site on a fairly regular basis by posting interesting links; updates there are far more frequent for now.  Readers of this blog are invited to comment on anything I post there.

Thank you kindly to those of you who have shared personal stories with me, offered words of encouragement and small donations, and taken the time to let me know that you enjoyed reading the first chapter of On The Leisure Track and are looking forward to reading the rest of the book.  You are helping to keep my spirits up during a difficult time, and I am so grateful for your support.

Quick update about On The Leisure Track

Greetings, friends of Rethinking the Job Culture.   Earlier this year, I announced that I hoped to have my finished book, On the Leisure Track: Radical Alternatives to Conventional Employment, available for you by the end of the year.

Unfortunately, however, the book is still unfinished and its release has been postponed indefinitely.  I am still working on it whenever I can, but it is very slow going.

2011 has been a difficult year of uphill financial struggles for me, as it has for so many of us. Even with all the sacrifices I’ve made, I have neither the funds nor the social structure to support even a very modest life as a writer in the USA, so I’ve been forced to postpone work on some of my projects in order to focus on making money.  (Funny, isn’t it, how my life in microcosm is a perfect example of why this book needs to be written?)  By no means am I giving up on the book, however.  It will be completed whenever I am able to complete it.  News, when I have it, will be posted here first.

In the meantime, I will continue to post on this blog occasionally.  I will also post quotations, links to thought-provoking articles, and other small tidbits on the Facebook page associated with this site.  Please share the link to it if you like my work and want to help me promote it.

Once again, thank you kindly for your support, your patience, and your interest in my work!

On the Leisure Track: Creating Radical Alternatives to Conventional Employment

At long last, I have posted Chapter One of my in-progress book manuscript.  I will refrain from commenting at length – for now, at least – about the inherent irony in the fact that it takes an astonishing amount of work to write a book about leisure and rethinking the job culture!

Thank you to everyone whose support, forbearance, friendship, and encouragement has sustained me over the years I have struggled while working on this manuscript and recovering from my divorce.  Without a doubt writing it has been a labour of love, even when it has been most difficult.  I am grateful for the opportunity to do work I love.

When the manuscript is finished and professionally edited, I will be self-publishing it, and will post an announcement.  I’m aiming for an end-of-2011 release, though I cannot guarantee it.

If you like my work, please pass it on, and thank you for reading!

Rethinking the Job Culture on Facebook

In addition to this blog, I also maintain a Facebook page for Rethinking the Job Culture.  The Facebook page is updated more frequently, and I sometimes post things there that I won’t be posting here.  If you’re on Facebook, please “like” it.  Thanks for your support!