My review comparing Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon, H. G. Wells’ The First Men in the Moon, and the short story “The Jameson Satellite” by Neil R. Jones is in this issue of Journey Planet.
My review of Challengers of the Unknown by Ron Goulart is in issue #414 of Drink Tank.
Superheroes! Aliens! Nazis! Brought to you by the color GREEN!
Weekly wrap …
When the idea arrived, I could barely contain my excitement. It was scary but it just felt like a thing I was ready to do. Basically, free write in public every day. The story about my inspiration was the very first Daily Communiqué. Back at my desk after lunch, the voices got to work. You know those voices. The ones that jabber on about how you’re just gonna fail anyway, so why bother. Yeah, I argued with that one all afternoon.
Fortunately, I have a cheering section who told me to “do that thing!” And here we are, at the end of the first week. If my stats are right, people are finding and reading my pieces. Thank you!
Writing about procrastination, was a great reminder to look for ways to remedy my own.
Leadership is one of my favorite topics, mostly because I don’t understand how people can get it so soul-searingly wrong, leaving a trail of destruction behind them.
My favorite piece to write was “20 Questions,” whose inspiration came from several places. Dinner with a friend revealed an interesting tidbit about one of the aforementioned bad leaders. I wondered if I could tell the story by playing the game Questions, and played with the notion of Twenty Questions. All of which proves the point inspiration comes from anywhere.
There’s plenty of inspiration for me in my email and on one of my Pinterest boards, but there’s no plan other than to write something every day. That’s the only rule for The Daily Communiqué. Thanks for coming along on my adventure.
I’m in a hurry today. My editor, Chris Garcia, is patiently waiting for me to get my piece on Alexander Hamilton polished and delivered for publication in his zine, The Drink Tank.
March was unkind to my writing schedule. Three weeks of bleurgh will do that. (That’s a highly technical term for the head cold that won’t go away.) A couple of weeks after starting my new day job, the bleurgh took me out for most of a week. That was followed by a couple of weeks’ worth of more coughing, wheezing, and general yuckiness during which I’d go to work and then straight to bed.
Chris and I were once co-workers. I took great delight in getting completely esoteric with him. My first comment to him was how from a distance he looked like Alan Ginsberg. Chris’ response literally stopped me in my tracks, “I miss Alan.” Encounters like this are not rare with Chris.
After parting from our mutual work place, I asked how I could support his zines. “Words, send me words,” he said. And that was how my adventure there began.
Click on the tag “On Writing” in the pull down menu labelled Categories on the left hand side and you’ll see links to the editions I have pieces in.
So yeah, I’m in a hurry and need to get the piece about Hamilton to Chris.
My 2018 reading wrap up is featured in Drink Tank #409
My byline in The Drink Tank #408 – the John Scalzi issue. What it’s like to form an opinion and then meet the author.