Frequently Anticipated Questions
What kind of content will I find here?
-This site will cover anything and everything related to life as an artist in Utica, New York. Look for articles on budgeting, planning your work day, dealing with side jobs, handling freelance clients, coming up with ideas, and anything else you can think of related to the arts. You will also find articles on the issues we deal with in our art work. It's a place for everything you might discuss while sitting around in a cafe in Utica with your fellow artists. You can also find my work and the work of other Utica artists for sale here...again...just like you might find available at a local arts cafe.
Do I have to pay to subscribe to the site?
-No. The articles on the “Articles for Artists” page are free content. Original content is available through the "Writing for and about Local Artists" page.
Are you selling anything here?
-Yes. My novels, and the works of other local artists are available on the pages that list various art forms. This site is not set up for commerce. Clicking on the work will take you to the secure Amazon or Band Camp page to purchase it. The only time I make money from these purchases is if you purchase one of my novels. All money goes directly to the artist, and there is never a fee for being featured on the dedicated sections of the site. Those are the online versions of display walls and cases, bookshelves, a stage, and an announcement board. If you want something offered, just send me an email and we'll work something out at no cost to you.
Can I post to the Facebook page?
-Absolutely. Just join the group at www.facebook.com/groups/ArtistCafeUtica. Feel free to discuss or share anything you wish that is important to artists in the Utica area….and that is pretty much anything!
Are there any rules or limits about posting to the Facebook page?
-As a follower of Jesus Christ, I do not tolerate the promotion of racism, violence, greed, homophobia, or transphobia. (And no, the Bible does not condemn homosexuality as we know it today. They had no concept of what a gay person was when it was written. They did, however, know about loving others and not judging, and that is what the page supports) Discussing these issues is okay, but advocating hate and selfishness is not.
Haven’t I seen you someplace online before?
-I write for and about local artists, so you may have seen my name in a byline on someone else’s website or print newspaper. There is also a woman online who looks exactly like me. I stumbled upon pictures of her while searching for a hair style that would look good on someone with a full figure and red hair. Most of her pics were blocked by my safe search filter, but even I mistook photos of her with straight hair and little to no makeup for pictures of me for a second. But that is not me. The only photos of me online are clean/safe for work.
What is your involvement in the arts?
-I write novels, write for and about Utica artists, and teach writing skills to adults as a career. I sing as a hobby.
Are you going to make this your full-time job?
-This is my full-time job, my day job and career, all in one. Most of my money comes from the "teaching writing" part of my career as a writer. I'm an adjunct writing instructor on the faculty at a university with an online campus. The rest comes from writing for and about other artists and selling copies of my novels.
Don't you have a non-arts day job? I thought I saw you working someplace else...
-Occasionally, I take on a side gig for some extra cash, or as an experiment. But I am an adult writing teacher, arts writer, and novelist professionally.
Are you originally from Utica?
-I wish! I moved here in 2017 to be near the love of my life, my fiance. It has become my hometown. But I am originally from a tiny borough in the Pittsburgh, PA area.
You mention singing. Are you available to sing at events?
-Only if you want your customers or audience to get bored and leave after the first song or two. My voice is good enough for singing to be my hobby, but I have nothing anyone would want to listen to for very long. But go ahead and post to the Facebook group page if you are looking for a professional singer. I certainly know a few of those…and a few in particular I highly recommend.
What types of articles are you available to write?
-I offer writing about artists and the arts to anyone and everyone who wishes to publish it. I am also available to write articles about non-arts related subjects for media outlets owned by artists, or write non-arts related materials such as press releases, columns, and advertising for businesses owned by artists. See "Writing for and About Local Artists" for details and examples.
Anyone who asks me to write for them is assumed to have read and agreed to everything written on the "Policies" page of this website.
You would be great at what I do! I sell a product or service and would love to talk to you about the opportunity. Can I contact you?
-Writing novels, writing for and about local musicians, novelists, poets, and other artists, and teaching writing skills to adults is my passion and my calling. I don't need to start a whole new career in sales. And if I'm looking for a side gig, I will make arrangements for that work. While I have recently removed the site from the "anti-MLM community," it maintains an anti-MLM stance.
I know somebody who needs a reporter/staff writer for their newspaper. Can I give them your name?
-I was a general assignment reporter and then a general feature writer for fifteen years before I moved into arts writing. Being a reporter was never something I enjoyed, and it is not something I wish to return to. Teaching writing, writing for and about local artists, and writing novels is what I am meant to do professionally.
I heard you mentioned on the radio as a sponsor for a Wednesday night Blues show. Are you able to sponsor artists' projects?
-No, that was a special project I felt called to support in that way. It is the only art project I am able to sponsor financially. But I am always happy to have other works included on the site and promoted in the group and on the page on Facebook.
Why do you make such a big deal about being a novelist/arts writer/writing teacher? Why can't you just say you're a novelist, arts writer, and an English teacher?
-I emphasize writing teacher rather than English teacher, because when people hear "English teacher," they automatically think I teach English as a Second Language (ESL). I do not. I can teach creative writing and basic writing skills you need for any workplace. I can't teach you to speak the English language.
But aren't you a polyglot? Will the site feature other languages?
-I wish. Languages and linguistics is a hobby of mine. I used to be able to speak both Spanish and French well enough to have a conversation. But after years of little to no practice, I can do basic things like translate phrases and individual words in movies and order my food in Spanish, and in French I can count. I am currently learning Italian and have a goal of learning Greek as well. All content here will be in English, simply because I cannot write well enough to produce an article in any other language.
What is your ethnic background?
-Hungarian, Russian, Gypsy, Greek, and Italian. And I can claim all of them. If you want to go by family of origin last name, and where large sections of my family settled, then I'm Hungarian. If you want the ones I can trace an ancestor to directly, my great-grandfather on my paternal grandmother's side was Russian, and my paternal grandfather was a Gypsy. Going by the culture of my original hometown/neighborhood and the way I was raised plus some dna, I'm Italian. Going by the largest "chunk" of my dna, I'm Greek.
What are all the comments and references to "librarian style" and "librarian type" on your social media about? Are you a librarian?
-I am not educated or trained in library science or employed at a library, no. But since "writing teacher" is in the same career cluster, I dress in "librarian style" clothing, and I love to hang out in libraries and bookstores, I'm definitely the "librarian" type, and have often been mistaken for an employee when hanging out in the library.