Have you been offered big money?
Yeah, [companies] have wanted to give me contracts or whatever... which is all legit, as long as it follows certain sets of guidelines. If I wanted to just take someone’s money, I could have done it several times over. I wouldn’t be very wealthy. It wasn’t a fabulous amount of money, but I could have gotten enough money to get myself a car from just saying, “Yeah, sure, I’ll write this article, or I’ll promote it.” I never promoted myself. I’ve never made it a point to try to solicit anyone to give me money, but I’m sure if I hustled more, if I was more self-promotional, I’m sure I could have roped somebody else into it and said, “Hey, look, I can write about your company,” and scammed someone of money.
Have you ever found yourself at odds with other editors? Oh yeah, constantly. When I first started, I would get into conflicts with editors who had different political opinions about topics related to the Western Sahara. Sometimes, it came from a clash of values. I would have that happen with editors from Morocco, who were writing about Western Sahara regularly. I don’t write as much about it [anymore], so it doesn’t come up as much.
I think also, just in general as a person, I’ve matured and chilled out more. Another example of conflicts [editors] will get into on a regular basis are how certain things are to be addressed and styled, written and formatted. For instance, the way that you Romanize or Latinize Hindi terms, Sanskrit terms, or Chinese terms. There are different ways of Romanizing Chinese, or Arabic, or any other non-Latin script. Someone can write an article on Muammar Gaddafi, and there are literally 80 different ways to write his name; Mohammar, Muammar, Quaddafi or Gaddafi. There could be these extremely arcane, very small, narrow issues.