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March 12, 2007

Majikthise fundraiser: Day 1

I have been "drug free" for nearly six months: It has been half a year since I swore off pharmaceutical copywriting for good and dove full-time to blogging and other freelance writing! I cut way back on pharma after Katrina, but I was still "chipping," doing the odd copywriting assignment to supplement my blogging/writing income. I knew that if I was serious, I was going to have to go cold turkey and kick my pharma habit once and for all.

So, last October, I quit for good. Since then, my freelance career has been off to a great start. The blog has continued to grow and thrive. I've published in Salon, TIME, The New York Press, AlterNet, Chelsea Now, and other outlets. I also recently joined This Modern World as a co-blogger. It's an exhilarating time, but I'm just barely keeping my head above water.

Over the next year, I hope to take the blog-based reporting side of things to a new level. My goal is to raise the blog's profile and improve my equipment enough that Majikthise will eventually become self-sustaining through advertising. I hope to spend at least part of the presidential campaign on various buses. I'd like to go to New Hampshire. I hope to get credentialed for the DNC and the RNC. This kind of coverage is going to be expensive. I don't have institutional support for most of the reporting I do, so your contributions are extremely important.

This year I hope to do some equipment upgrades in order to deliver better quality content. My slow camera lenses are really getting to be an impediment. The presidential election only rolls around every four years, and I'd love to be able to record it with an f/2.8 lens. So, like everything to do with elections, fund raising will have to start early.

I'll be making another exciting announcement shortly. In order to prepare for that series of projects, I'm going to need to take some Spanish lessons and a driving refresher course. So, that's why this week will be Pledge Week at Majikthise. As usual, I'll be taking requests for post topics. I'll be accepting requests for both photographs and prose. Please leave your requests in the comments below AND send me an email through the link on the upper left column. Depending on the volume of requests and the rest of the news cycle, it may take a while to accommodate everyone. Don't hesitate to email to check on the status of your request.

Thank so much for your support. You can make a donation by clicking the PayPal button below:

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Comments

How about photos of New York's new governor and/or an interview?

Do you think it's about time to take that "analytic philosophy" out of your blog description? ;)

Congrats on your successes--I can only hope that other analytically trained philosophers (I am one) will be able to follow you in communicating to the world outside of academia.

I have read you for quite some time and hope that this takes off very large for you.

It would be great for you to be "the
preeminent"

Lindsay,
Your success will be much more than just success for you. It will show something about how to tell this nation about itself in the early going of the 21st century. It will give a bit of hope to many who would research more and write more if only they could afford to.

I do not and will not have anything to do with paypal until "update your paypal info or we will suspend your account" spam stops flooding most of my in-boxes. [What would I do if I actually had a paypal account?]
You are a good writer, a fair and smart person and,as I said, a good cause so could you suggest alternatives to paypall?

BTW, I pay for my NYT access, so don't worry that I might consider this charity...News that people refuse to pay for winds up going quiet or being news only sponsors will pay for and the process heads towards Fox Land. PBS/NPR is not yet a failed model.

I request something about neuroscience and legal issues. Best of luck with the drive.

spanish and driving lessons? uhh...

I've sent a rather nominal amount, I'm afraid, but nonetheless something. Good luck Lindsay.

Ms. Beyerstein:

You are doing very good work. Congratulations.

I gave Jesus' General what was left in my $50 PayPal account from selling some of my pottery bottles on E-Bay. If you put up a U.S. mail address, p.o. box. or whatever, I will send a check.

Or ... if anyone here goes to www.dougwatts.com and buys a nice phat print of one of my or my brother Timmy's photos I will give Ms. Beyerstein the whole amount as a donation. Name you price, Ms. Beyerstein gets the $$$.

Thanks and cheers,

Douglas Watts

Your article about Amanda Marcotte is the main reason I'm kicking in, though I do stop by from time to time.

I request an article about the prominence/importance of the issue of climate change in the campaigns of the democratic presidential candidates.

In return for my piddling "donation", which is actually payment-in-far-less-than-full for value I have already received from this blog, I would like a story on the habit you kicked: pharma copywriting, and ghosting of journal articles in particular. How common is it? Who is paying the ghostwriters/copywriters, and how much? Where are the articles ending up? What kind of research goes into them -- are you given data, or lists of references to use, or what? How much (or little) disclosure as to real authorship is the norm? And so on.

This would be a lot of work, but I suspect you could find a home for such a piece in Salon or similar. In any case, the request is by no means a demand.

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