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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

The Published Word

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I’ve been hinting at it for some time now and finally I can tell everyone.

I’ve been published.

And while it’s pretty cool, it has me wondering.

But before I get into that, here are the nitty gritty details.

I was originally contacted by Hudson Valley Magazine because they wanted to use photos that I had taken of my burgers from The Brown Bag. Needless to say I was a little flattered that they thought my pictures were good enough to be put in a magazine so I replied and sent what pictures I could find.

What happened next I didn’t expect. I was contacted again by HVM asking if I could write something up to go with the photos. That, I wasn’t too eager to jump on, but I agreed to do it anyways. I figured it would be good publicity for TBB, so why not. I also went back and took a few more pictures, chatted up Terry and Pete a little more and tried my best to make it decent enough.

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When I got home from vacation, I had two copies of the September issue waiting for me. Luckily the windows were closed because the scream I let out would have scared the neighbors. Me! In a magazine! Okay, so not me me, but something of mine was good enough to be in a magazine.

Or was it really?

See, I think that’s my biggest problem. I don’t like the way I write, which aside from my lazy tendencies is most likely the reason behind my slowdown in posts. Even though I had this editor tell me she liked my “voice,” I can’t say the same. My co-workers raved about the piece, but how do I know they’re not just saying that to be nice? I didn’t even let my family know I did this until I posted a picture of the article, where you can see my name. Not saying I’m ashamed… but I anticipate the worst response.

Eh. Happens to everyone though, right? The only cure it to work right through it, which I am trying. Starting with this.

I was thinking of throwing in a Sally Field reference, but that would be showing my age. The fact that I even wrote her name out shows my age, because kids these days don’t know who she is… or who Kurt Cobain is (according to Yahoo), which is pretty sad.

3 comments:

Masticating Monkey said...

Very nice! The picture alone is going to force me to finally get to The Brown Bag.

I'm looking forward to finding the magazine. Hearing that an editor liked your "voice" is always a good thing, particularly if it's a natural one for you. Editors looooove to talk about voice. So run with it--and nothing better for perfecting it than writing and writing.

phairhead said...

Congratulations!

Jon in Albany said...

We like you! We really like you!

Congrats. I'll have to look for your article.

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