In my opinion of course… 🙂
It has been one year since I started to write my Fish Out of Water column for the Dolphin Talk Paper out of Seadrift, Texas.
So for the upcoming column I wrote about how it felt to be kind of thrown into the fire of reporting right around this time last year.
Here is a little preview of the column:
“It was a cloudy day that threatened to drop rain out of the sky, and little drops could be seen on the folding chairs lined up in the middle of Main Street, which was blocked off to vehicle traffic for the dedication.
I had spent the day before at Wal-Mart of all places, trying desperately to find a shirt that looked professional. I was not out of my depth, but I was definitely about to take on another aspect of the craft of writing, head on.
As I approached the building, I saw the little white cat decoration on the front of the Johnstone Building, which I took as a good omen as for a guy I am a total cat nut(seriously, I have statues).”
“Recently I was talking to a friend I have known for years who is a visual artist. We were chatting about the kind of things people probably think artsy people talk about when eventually we touched on how some people can turn their talent into power trips. I quickly related this to how I felt about reporting for the paper. Although it was fun to be able to walk up to people and interview them and arrange and take photos to appear alongside the text, it was never a power trip to be able to do so. Rather it was one of the best feelings in the universe, to be doing what you loved and being respected for it to boot. To a man who at times in his past thought he would never be able to get anything out there due to a past of troubles, it was like a dream.
So I enjoyed every little problem, every little odd quote that you had to fit in to have a news piece but you had no idea how, every deadline looming (tomorrow) and every opportunity to make each article and column my own, to try and find a voice that would hopefully hold reader’s interest, as well as entertain and inform.”
I will try and remember to place a URL in this spot to the rest of the column once it is published.
I am making this blog page the one stop shop for all of my writing related posts and information as well as a kind of online resume as I try to pick up some more writing jobs.
The old website still exists, and I have the feeling I will be doing something with it in time…
This post is part of the Absolute Write Water Cooler’s February Blog chain, which can be seen here. The prompt this month was Second Chances, which lead me to imagine the short little scene that plays out below.
Enjoy, and let me know what you think in the comments and by sharing the posts around your favorite social networks if you like it!
The bus shook slightly as it took the turn and Robert’s stomach did a turn with it, rolling and gurgling at the motion. Some days were still like this, an endless struggle between himself and his body. He clinched even tighter to the manilla envelope between his fingers, wishing he had not taken a seat by the back of the bus near the wheel wells.
Ultimate Regeneration: The Incredible Resurrection Of Doctor Who is now available for all Kindle readers and apps. This means you can now take this book, now in it’s second edition, anywhere you want to!
Take it to the beach!
Take it to Work and get in trouble with your boss!
Take it on a first date and make conversation!
Take it to parties and wear it as a hat!
OK, I went a bit too far there but indeed the second printing of the popular Doctor Who book Ultimate Regeneration is now on Kindle for your reading pleasure.
Over 300 pages in length and featuring material spanning almost six years of the BBC television program Doctor Who, Ultimate Regeneration is the brain child of Kasterborous editor Christian Cawley and even has some contributions by some guy named Thomas Willam Spychalski in it, whoever he may be.
Buy a copy in any format today and let me know what you think!
Some of my contributions to this book are as follows:
- Review of the Doctor Who episode Age of Steel from 2006
- The Boomerang Bride: Article on Catherine Tate Returning To Doctor Who as companionDonna Noble
- Review of the Doctor Who Episode The Doctor’s Daughter from 2008
- Review of the Doctor Who episode Turn Left from 2008
- The Lone Doctor: Article on the Doctor and the times he has spent traveling through time and space alone without a companion at his side
- National Treasure: Article on Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott on Doctor Who and his popularity in the role
I have a nemesis.
It can stop me from working longer than a couple of hours at my desk, it stops progress on both The Severe Storm & Weather Phobia website as well as my personal writing site. It halts me doing long involved posts for Cult Britannia and even worse scares me away from doing any kind of fiction writing as its powers are too strong to resist.
But my greatest enemy in writing well and often is not writer’s block, not a fear of rejection by editors or webmasters, not even the horrors that are editing and proofreading.
No my enemy is a cheap twenty-dollar ‘student chair’ from Wal-Mart that kills my back and my left knee and allows for no leaning back while deep in thought (Bad enough I can’t smoke cigars at my desk!) or long sessions trying to beat Castlevania: Lament Of Innocence on the PS2 either (Which perhaps is not a bad thing?).
I have come across a small dilemma recently.
I am very proud to be the current main news writer and co-editor of Cult Britannia, as well as trying to take on other things, such as branching into short fiction.
However, as time goes on I find myself constantly falling behind, due mostly to the fact that I have to hold down a regular forty hour a week job besides the writing and I also have to have some kind of life, even though that life consists mainly of reading various things and hanging out at the Amityville Horror Truth Board.