Monday, February 4, 2008

Notable & Prideful: Henry Is Now an "Official Writer"

"Hey, I'm officially a writer. Recently I posted a Q&A with Cristina Khuly who made the film "Shoot Down" here at Babalu. I was contacted by Orlando Weekly and asked if I'd sell them the piece. 25 bucks baby. But now I guess I can say I sold something I wrote."Henry "Economist" Gómez, "Hey, I'm Officially a Writer," Babalú, February 4, 2008

That's how William Faulkner started and for the same pay.


An interesting exchange ensued at Babalú between "The Economist" and Fantomas, which underscores what I have noted lately, that Fantomas scourges the Babalunians with my whip, and they, in turn, make him the butt of their frustrations:

Felicidades Escritor de mi parte. But Somebody will have a field day mañana with this bit of news.
Posted by: Abajofidel, February 4, 2008 01:33 AM

Do you think I honestly care what such an asshole thinks? Do you write on your blog based on what other people think?
Posted by: Henry "Economist" Gomez at February 4, 2008 01:37 AM

Come to think of it, I know the answer to that question. It's yes. Otherwise you wouldn't be so quick to come tell me every time jerky says something about me. I'm sure what he may say about you bothers you. A mi me roza.
Posted by: Henry "Economist" Gomez, February 4, 2008 01:40 AM

Have I mentioned a name tocayo?... Enjoy your success. Easy, tranquilo. What he says about me, ya tu sabes I play with it
Posted by: Abajofidel, February 4, 2008 02:05 AM

From this exchange we may deduce the following:

1). Henry "honestly cares what such an asshole thinks."

2). Fantomas knows he cares and torments him with everything I write about him.

3). Henry now writes with a view to what I may say about what he writes. I am, as it were, his "thought check."

4). Henry denies it but affirms everything in his denial.

5). Fantomas thinks he's the cat.


#3 adds his two cents:

C'mon Henry, you know that Abajo is a two-faced boot-licker playing both sides of the field. He comes here saying very guapo things, and then over there he can't wait to stick his head up his master's ass.
Posted by: George L. Moneo at February 4, 2008 07:57 AM


Fantomas said...
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Manuel A.Tellechea said...

Dejate de cosa que yo no tormento a nadie.

Do not stir it.

My days over there are numbered it seems. I really can't afford not to be there.
fantomas, 2/04/2008 8:41 AM

Just in case you are tempted to delete this comment.

Fantomas said...

En el calendario chino soy Caballo not cat

In the Mayan calendar they talk about 2012 as the end of time

will Cuba be free before that

With whom Obama, Hilary or Big Cain?..

Fantomas said...


Dont you ever tempt a un Caballo chino

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


Now, what would a "caballo chino" be (in)conspicuous for?

Fantomas said...

# 3

so out of touch with reality

God have mercy on him..Bless him

Verdad Profesor?

Vana said...

Have you noticed that at Babalunia Fantomas uses the abajofidel moniker, guess he hopes they don't realize is

As for Henry the writer, $25.00? and now he's a writer, please, writing comes from the heart and soul flows through your pen, I have not read a thing from him that flows, noy yet anyway.

Fantomas said...

Have you noticed that at Babalunia Fantomas uses the abajofidel moniker, guess he hopes they don't realize is



Vana said...

Bueno fanto ten los cojones de usar fantomas en Babalunia..

Carlos Miller said...

A message to Henry. Congratulations on getting published, but in the future, please demand more than $25 because you're bringing the market down for those of us who do make a living at writing.

I would tell Henry this myself if I didn't have to register on Babaulu before I could make a comment.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


I didn't know that any publication still paid contributors $25.00 for an article or even an interview. I think even John-Boy made more at the height of the Depression.

I suppose we should be grateful they didn't pay him in green stamps.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...

P.S.: Don't worry about registering at Babalú. Henry will read your comment here, or else fantomas will apprise him of it.

Fantomas said...

or else fantomas will apprise him of it.

dont stir the shit mira que ya apesta as it is

Carlos Miller said...


Nowadays, publications will first tell you that they can't afford to pay for your words or photos.

And many people are just so happy to get published, they give their work away.

But if you look at what publications charge for ads, then you know they're not losing money.

So you have just to tell them that your work is worth more than the few measly dollars they want to give you.

And if they refuse to buy it, then it's their loss.

Just recently, I was talking to a guy who operates a website that runs reviews of restaurants, clubs and venues in Miami, NY, Toronto and Montreal.

He's got some major international companies advertising on his site.

But the guy wanted to pay me $50 to review a restaurant or a club, which might as well be $25 because I would spend that much on food or beverage in order to properly review the place.

So I told him I would do it for a minimum $100, which is still very low considering I will not get reimbursed for my expenses.

He never got back to me.

If I'm going to write for free, I'm going to do it for myself on my blog, not for anybody else so they can profit.

Carlos Miller said...

Oh yeah, and this guy expected the reviews to be around 400 words.

Manuel A.Tellechea said...


They would have to pay me far more than $100.00 for me to limit the review to 400 words. For $100 a 1000-word restaurant review is the best I could do.

Expansiveness is cheap; concision is dear.