I’ve previously written about New Orleans’ iconic shotgun houses. Today, a suggestion from my buddy Wayne Hurlbert has me thinking of another very New Orleans architectural feature, the courtyard. Many homes in the French Quarter show only their shutters to the sidewalk, the houses built around a central courtyard. Many of the courtyards in the French Quarter have become well known as restaurants and night clubs, such as the Court of Two Sisters or Pat O’Brien’s.
Given my latest vacation from blogging, I suppose I could just go ahead and write the eulogy for the blogging every day plan. I recently went to the pharmacy and got my Seroquel– which I had been out of for a couple of weeks. Always when I go off of it and then start back on Seroquel it knocks me out. I sleep for a good long time, then wake up tired. I’m afraid I just haven’t had the mental energy to write these blog posts the last several days. Yet this morning, I seem to be forcing myself to soldier along and it appears I will post on this last Friday in September. And who knows that I might wake up tomorrow feeling energetic and ready to write and then I will have posted two days in a row and will be starting back in with the post every day routine. On the other hand, I have lately found myself looking forward to the end of the calendar year. I suspect I may decide not to challenge myself to post every day again next year.
A long, long time ago, in my freshman year at Louisiana State University– Baton Rouge, I took a couple of economics courses. I seem to recall that I earned decent grades in these courses, and I remember the Law of Supply and Demand. Yet I confess that economics at times confuses me. I certainly see the laws of supply and demand at work in depressing the wages of freelance writers. The global competition brought on by the Internet has us in a situation where writers in high wage/high cost of living countries simply can not compete with folks who can afford to work for a great deal less, and live as well on that income as we would on much higher pay. And yet I read that J. K. Rowling, who became a billionaire from writing the Harry Potter books has a new novel out, and am reminded that in some instances at least, writing can still pay handsomely. I suppose I just have to keep knocking out good copy and hope that some day I ascend to Ms. Rowling’s level of compensation for it.