And yet more good news!
Had a Xmas card from Jean Graham yesterday, and she wrote: "I should have 3 or 4 stories coming out in anthologies next year. Two will be in a book called, "Vampires & Werewolves & Monsters, Oh My!", due out next summer. Be really interesting to see the cover on that book!
The writers are having great Xmas news with all those sales.
And now I find out that James Goldsborough, who for years has written a weekly Opinion political (Dem) column for the San Diego Union-Tribune (U-T as it's commonly known) paper, has been asked to hook up with a new online paper, "VoiceofSanDiego.com". Background on the "Voice": A year or so ago, the city's favorite columnist, Neil Morgan, lost his job at the U-T, and so, with Barbara Bry, a former writer for the LA Times, and one other guy whose name I forget, have combined to produce the "Voice". The "Voice" isn't going to rev up till sometime in January, but I wasted no time getting on their email subscriber list.
Both Goldsborough and Morgan's leaving the U-T caused subscriptions to that newspaper to be cancelled and angry letters from the readers to be sent to the editor. Not that the U-T paid any attention, of course. Bet they'll pay attention now. :)) The U-T has a website: www.signonsandiego.com and they'll be going up against the "Voice". The U-T, a Copley paper, is a Repub paper. The "Voice" is Dem. Shit's gonna hit the fan in this town. I look forward to it. Hah!
Some years ago, I wrote a column for "Writers West" mag. Column consisted of notes on what writers (published and not yet published) here were writing or selling or doing. I'm thinking that if I'm not careful, I'll find myself doing the same thing here. Not my intention, really, but it's my opinion and belief that writers are important for civilizations, and the more of them, the better.
One of the problems (?) with writers is that they pull up the shades and invite the public to take a look at what's trying to be hidden. And then they think about that...on paper...and that causes readers to start thinking and one thing leads to another. Good example from another writer's email last night:
"But you gotta love it. I heard this morning that George II wasn't
going "to let people take risky chances." They'd have a list from
which they can select investments. Now think about it. If there's a list, how come he knows what's on it, and no one else knows? The man who helps us handle our meager resources doesn't know, so he helps us spread it out to hedge our bets. Ray Luchia doesn't know -- he suggests three buckets, and only one is the market, and he doesn't name any specifics, even narrow ones.
P.T. Barnum (sp) was right -- there's a sucker born every minute, and it appears they're all Rs. Of course, if they, themselves, don't move their prodigious accounts into George II's narrow range, I can't call them suckers, for they see through it all. No, they'd be bastards, worse, but the words are too harsh even for this audience, because they're promulgating the myth, knowing it's a myth, to the sorry minds on the other end of their microphones, ready, of course, to tell the investors they're slothful and immoral because when it comes time to retire and their investments in George II's narrow range failed them, they'll have to take from the public trough, and you know what Rs think of such people. George, though, won't face the doggy cookies and cardboard retirement because you know the dollars he got from his daddy won't go into that silly narrow range. But what the hell -- by then he'll be gone and those still around, if there is an 'around,' will blame whomever is in office. Ain't it grand?"
It's no wonder dictators lock up all the writers in jail as soon as they take over. Sheesh!