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First, dealing with bureaucracy is my kryptonite. I had to deal with it all day yesterday for some vital issues (the education directorate wanted to relocate me from Jakarta to Palembang). It’s not all resolved up until the time of writing. I needed the earlier half of today to recuperate + got back on my proper two feet. I really hate the feeling of waiting + powerlessness, like you need to change something but it’s beyond your power. Instead, it’s in the hands of some (mostly corrupt) process. So, there you go… Another great project of non-productivity: dealing with (only Indonesian?) bureaucracy.
Second, I learnt this week that there are three types of writers + their writings:
a) Writers who write for a living. They depend on the income they got from writing from day to day basis.
b) Writers, mostly really young, who can’t support themselves by writing alone. They are ambitious on learning to write + willing to find their own voices, in order to be able to position the act + result of writing in their lives.
c) Writers who write for self-actualisation. Most of them are institutionalised + are not dependent on writing in order to eat. The majority of them are in the academia circle.
It’s really silly to just realize this now, but these are the writers we want to invite to write for Karbonjournal.org (that’s changing its URL into jurnalkarbon.net, as we’re no longer striving for being bilingual—the pieces will be in its original version, whether Bahasa or English, we’ll translate them on a case-per-case basis). The division is bringing different financial model + schemes for each type of writers. We are being something unprecedented in our context: not strictly a journal (who don’t pay + sometimes even charge their contributors), nor a fully-fledged mass media (who put a price for every kind of writing there is). We’re celebrating the in-betweens, the uncomfortable, + the misfits.
Meeting people everyday finally bears its fruit this week. Exhale.