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                   "Do what you love, the money will follow."
                                                                                       - Marsha Sinetar

I've been striving for over 25 years as a writer and photographer under this axiom, and I'm asking YOU to please finally help make it come true.

As the author of "Stroll Through Disneyland" I'm proud to be a feature columnist for MiceChat, and to always do my very best to bring the history of our beloved Disneyland to life for my readers. While you may enjoy one of my columns in 10 minutes, each one takes 20 hours to prepare, write, illustrate, and post.

While many today obtain most (or all) of their art for free ("downloading" movies or music) I'm asking you to pledge $1 a month (or more if you will) in return for the enjoyment you receive from my "Stroll Through Disneyland" column on MiceChat or my travel and food blog at www.eatingtourists.net.

Pledge $1, $8 or $15 per month and receive exclusive Patron Rewards at each pledge level!

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                                                                   Art is work! 
Read on if you want to know where the 20 hours go, and why I want you                                                                   to pledge $1 :)

The creative process of publishing a column (for me at least) goes like this:

Define original concept for the column.
- I strive to write with a specific audience in mind. For "Stroll Through Disneyland" this is the dedicated Disney fan base. For EatingTourists.net it is the more general travel and food enthusiast, though there is obviously some overlap. We'll use a single post for MiceChat to illustrate the process here.

Hand write a rough framework for the column.
- For MiceChat, this would include some historical reference to Disneyland, and a personal connection from my own experience with the park. Also perhaps something regarding Disneyana related to the subject matter of the column.

Write first draft.
- This tends to be a "stream of consciousness" draft devoted to getting as many ideas onto "paper" (or computer as the case may be) as possible. NO attention is given to typos, grammar, spelling etc. It is strictly a "spilling" of the mind.

Multiple draft revisions and refining follow.
- During this phase, the flow of the column is addressed, with attention paid to informing while hopefully entertaining and touching the heart of the reader at the same time. Disneyland is an emotional topic for me, and I want the reader to feel that and hopefully be emotional as well while reading.

Research and fact checking.
- I have a very large library of Disneyland reference books, and between these and online research, I check and confirm to the best of my ability all facts and information presented in the column. This is time consuming. While I might blithely refer to the opening date of a given attraction in a column, I rarely know this without research, and data often conflicts in different sources.

Proofreading.
- I for one am horrified by the state of the English language of late, and while this may be "old-school" I work very hard to make sure that spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all correct. I typically default to American English due to the size of the US audience. While I don't pretend perfection, I hope to be a cut above the modern blogger that spells "lose" as "loose" because he or she doesn't actually know the difference.

Editing.
         "I'm sorry I've written such a long letter, but I didn't have time to write a shorter one."

- This quote (or one like it) has been attributed to so many writers over the centuries, that like many word and phrase origins, it's pretty near impossible to tell for sure who wrote it first. That said, it encapsulates a great truism about writing. Editing takes time, and shorter is often better. This is the part of the writing process in which the unnecessary is removed. It is painful for any writer and is akin to killing one's babies. (This is why editors are so useful in the publishing world. They don't love the babies (words) like the writer did, and don't mind removing them). However, it is through this "cutting" that a better column is finally created.

Proofreading aloud.
- I've found it nearly impossible to proof my own writing by simply reading it, as my mind somehow fails to see the mistakes. My ears however can catch those same mistakes, so I do much of my final proofing by reading the column aloud.

Writing is more or less finished at this point. Now for the photos.
- Fortunately, I have a very large body of photos to draw on that I (or Vicky) have taken while visiting the park. Illustrating a column using historical photos however is much more difficult and is a minefield of copyright issues. One must obtain photos from legitimate Disney sources, or obtain permission from other sources. Lining up the the pictures can take many hours.

Preparing/modifying photos.
- Once obtained/chosen, photos often need work to made useful. They may need exposure adjustment, cropping, color correction, etc. It is a rare photo that doesn't need some work before going into the column.

Watermarking.
- Final versions of the photos are nowhere near final. They must now be watermarked with a MiceChat logo as well as a photo credit or copyright watermark. Each photo requires at least two watermarks, and these will also depend upon the background of the photo as this affects the visibility of the watermarks.

Posting/Assembling the column.
- "Final" text is pasted into the WordPress site for MiceChat. Then the final watermarked photos are uploaded to the MiceChat library. Photos are then inserted in the text as appropriate, and captions are added to each.

Preview for publication.
- The column is then previewed without making it "live" (published for the public). This allows any formatting errors to be discovered and corrected, and often shines new light on changes that might improve the overall flow of the column for the final audience. These changes are then made and the column is previewed again. This happens over and over until (hopefully) all problems are identified and corrected.

Submission for review and publication.
- Once I'm happy with all elements of the column, it is submitted for review and publication. It is out of my hands at this point, and I wait for it to appear on the site, and hope that it will be well received. I only learn of my success or failure when the comments from readers start to appear. It is my hope that each column enriches the life of each reader in some way.

Then it's time to start on the next column....

Does that sound like it's worth a dollar to you? Please show your support with a pledge, and I'll continue to strive to bring you the best that Disneyland has to offer :)






Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You'll receive my personal email address along with my invitation to contact me with any questions or comments you might have, or just to say hi! For much less than the price of a cup of coffee, your pledge of $1 will keep the rich history and memories of the Disneyland of yesteryear coming. 
Pledge $8 or more per month
only 24 left
Receive a full resolution copy of any one of my photos (you may request one photo for each month your support continues) from any post of mine at MiceChat or EatingTourists.net (licensed for private/personal non-commercial use and offer includes only photos I have taken).
Pledge $15 or more per month
only 10 left
Are you interested in becoming a writer or learning more about the creative process? Pledge $15 and receive multiple draft versions of any one column per month from "Stroll Through Disneyland" - Columns take hours of work and a great deal of research and editing. See a final work evolve and gain insight to the creative process.
                             
                   "Do what you love, the money will follow."
                                                                                       - Marsha Sinetar

I've been striving for over 25 years as a writer and photographer under this axiom, and I'm asking YOU to please finally help make it come true.

As the author of "Stroll Through Disneyland" I'm proud to be a feature columnist for MiceChat, and to always do my very best to bring the history of our beloved Disneyland to life for my readers. While you may enjoy one of my columns in 10 minutes, each one takes 20 hours to prepare, write, illustrate, and post.

While many today obtain most (or all) of their art for free ("downloading" movies or music) I'm asking you to pledge $1 a month (or more if you will) in return for the enjoyment you receive from my "Stroll Through Disneyland" column on MiceChat or my travel and food blog at www.eatingtourists.net.

Pledge $1, $8 or $15 per month and receive exclusive Patron Rewards at each pledge level!

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                   Art is work! 
Read on if you want to know where the 20 hours go, and why I want you                                                                   to pledge $1 :)

The creative process of publishing a column (for me at least) goes like this:

Define original concept for the column.
- I strive to write with a specific audience in mind. For "Stroll Through Disneyland" this is the dedicated Disney fan base. For EatingTourists.net it is the more general travel and food enthusiast, though there is obviously some overlap. We'll use a single post for MiceChat to illustrate the process here.

Hand write a rough framework for the column.
- For MiceChat, this would include some historical reference to Disneyland, and a personal connection from my own experience with the park. Also perhaps something regarding Disneyana related to the subject matter of the column.

Write first draft.
- This tends to be a "stream of consciousness" draft devoted to getting as many ideas onto "paper" (or computer as the case may be) as possible. NO attention is given to typos, grammar, spelling etc. It is strictly a "spilling" of the mind.

Multiple draft revisions and refining follow.
- During this phase, the flow of the column is addressed, with attention paid to informing while hopefully entertaining and touching the heart of the reader at the same time. Disneyland is an emotional topic for me, and I want the reader to feel that and hopefully be emotional as well while reading.

Research and fact checking.
- I have a very large library of Disneyland reference books, and between these and online research, I check and confirm to the best of my ability all facts and information presented in the column. This is time consuming. While I might blithely refer to the opening date of a given attraction in a column, I rarely know this without research, and data often conflicts in different sources.

Proofreading.
- I for one am horrified by the state of the English language of late, and while this may be "old-school" I work very hard to make sure that spelling, grammar, and punctuation are all correct. I typically default to American English due to the size of the US audience. While I don't pretend perfection, I hope to be a cut above the modern blogger that spells "lose" as "loose" because he or she doesn't actually know the difference.

Editing.
         "I'm sorry I've written such a long letter, but I didn't have time to write a shorter one."

- This quote (or one like it) has been attributed to so many writers over the centuries, that like many word and phrase origins, it's pretty near impossible to tell for sure who wrote it first. That said, it encapsulates a great truism about writing. Editing takes time, and shorter is often better. This is the part of the writing process in which the unnecessary is removed. It is painful for any writer and is akin to killing one's babies. (This is why editors are so useful in the publishing world. They don't love the babies (words) like the writer did, and don't mind removing them). However, it is through this "cutting" that a better column is finally created.

Proofreading aloud.
- I've found it nearly impossible to proof my own writing by simply reading it, as my mind somehow fails to see the mistakes. My ears however can catch those same mistakes, so I do much of my final proofing by reading the column aloud.

Writing is more or less finished at this point. Now for the photos.
- Fortunately, I have a very large body of photos to draw on that I (or Vicky) have taken while visiting the park. Illustrating a column using historical photos however is much more difficult and is a minefield of copyright issues. One must obtain photos from legitimate Disney sources, or obtain permission from other sources. Lining up the the pictures can take many hours.

Preparing/modifying photos.
- Once obtained/chosen, photos often need work to made useful. They may need exposure adjustment, cropping, color correction, etc. It is a rare photo that doesn't need some work before going into the column.

Watermarking.
- Final versions of the photos are nowhere near final. They must now be watermarked with a MiceChat logo as well as a photo credit or copyright watermark. Each photo requires at least two watermarks, and these will also depend upon the background of the photo as this affects the visibility of the watermarks.

Posting/Assembling the column.
- "Final" text is pasted into the WordPress site for MiceChat. Then the final watermarked photos are uploaded to the MiceChat library. Photos are then inserted in the text as appropriate, and captions are added to each.

Preview for publication.
- The column is then previewed without making it "live" (published for the public). This allows any formatting errors to be discovered and corrected, and often shines new light on changes that might improve the overall flow of the column for the final audience. These changes are then made and the column is previewed again. This happens over and over until (hopefully) all problems are identified and corrected.

Submission for review and publication.
- Once I'm happy with all elements of the column, it is submitted for review and publication. It is out of my hands at this point, and I wait for it to appear on the site, and hope that it will be well received. I only learn of my success or failure when the comments from readers start to appear. It is my hope that each column enriches the life of each reader in some way.

Then it's time to start on the next column....

Does that sound like it's worth a dollar to you? Please show your support with a pledge, and I'll continue to strive to bring you the best that Disneyland has to offer :)






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Tiers
Pledge $1 or more per month
You'll receive my personal email address along with my invitation to contact me with any questions or comments you might have, or just to say hi! For much less than the price of a cup of coffee, your pledge of $1 will keep the rich history and memories of the Disneyland of yesteryear coming. 
Pledge $8 or more per month
only 24 left
Receive a full resolution copy of any one of my photos (you may request one photo for each month your support continues) from any post of mine at MiceChat or EatingTourists.net (licensed for private/personal non-commercial use and offer includes only photos I have taken).
Pledge $15 or more per month
only 10 left
Are you interested in becoming a writer or learning more about the creative process? Pledge $15 and receive multiple draft versions of any one column per month from "Stroll Through Disneyland" - Columns take hours of work and a great deal of research and editing. See a final work evolve and gain insight to the creative process.