Friday, June 3, 2011

3 Ways to Fake a Writing Career

Here's some of my recent work lately. I really like the spread I got in the Journal of American Whitewater.  Two pages? Four photos? Color? What?! It's good to know I've gotten somewhere since my first print magazine article, when I had to beg the editor to tack on an extra 25 words to my 400 word allotment so the thing could make any sense at all.

I have a new writing gig! I now write two articles a week for Trail's Edge Online Magazine, which features humorous outdoor writing.  My first article is headlining today: Five Ways to Fake a Sponsorship.  I may or may not be an expert on the subject.

And finally, my favorite Soul Pancake for a while. I broached a subject  I've always been timid to touch: How would life be different if you were better looking?


1 comment:

Bryan McLellan said...

With the incredibly complex consequences and relationships between events of my life, I tend not to reflect on "what ifs" sitautions often. For sure, I do much less often than considering "shoulds."

Granting the perils of generalization, what would my life have been like if I had grown up popular or rich? Would I not have learned to appreciate what I have gained through conscious effort at socializing and regular hard-work? Would I be happier?

It is said that ignorance is bliss, and I agree insofar as there have been low points in my life; loss, failure and rejection. It seems I would be better off not having known and not holding the knoweldge and fear of consequences still today.

I suppose, that I've come to appreciate my unique skills and strengths as they've grown with me through those perils. I can't think of anything I would definitively change, likely both from acceptance of myself but also due to the acnowledgment of the circumstances of change are never simple and singular.

I saw "X-Men: First Class" last night, which had a strong and naive "You are beautiful the way you are" sub-story. Consequently, I feel compelled to articulate the same moral story in a much more academic and mature way. I am, however, going to accept failure.

I can only imagine what 'more attractive' would translate to, but I would fear it wouldn't be the beautiful, funny and emotive Melina we all love hearing of.