Big news, friends and neighbors. The fine folks over at The Museum of Americana, a terrific online literary journal, have published my blog post “On the Trail of Jack London” in the nonfiction section of their latest issue.
I’m very excited to be a part of this journal, and particularly this issue (along with my old friend/classmate/softball teammate Chris Fadden). It’s a solid journal and I’m flattered as hell they took my work. I hope you enjoy rooting around over there as much as I do.
I also want to take a moment on this, the (almost) six month anniversary of restarting this blog, to thank all of you for following along. Since I decided to throw myself down the rabbit hole of blogging back in mid-June, nearly 1,100 of you have decided to come along for the ride. It’s still a thrill every time I get a comment from someone who is enjoying my work, or a follow from someone who’s interested in seeing what happens next.
I’m trying to look at the last six months as a very good start to a full-time writing life. I got a huge boost from the folks at WordPress (thank you, Ben Huberman) for throwing my piece about my old neighborhood up on their “Freshly Pressed” series. Two publications and over a thousand new followers is an excellent launching pad.
But I want to take this a lot further, and that’s going to mean embracing technology.
Me with an iPhone. I look this confused a lot these days.
Due to the fact that I am an old bastard who, four years ago, gave up having a cell phone (for a while, anyway), this is going to take some learning. I’ve made do so far with a cheap camera, no video, and a cell phone that I’m pretty sure was part of Apple’s Cro-Magnon rollout. But it’s time for me to embrace the future like all the other kids who are doing the travel writing these days. There are good stories out there, but that ain’t worth a damn if you can’ find the right way to tell them.
All this to say, I’ll be looking to expand the content in the next six months, which should include audio, video, and better quality photos. As well as links to things like Twitter, Instagram, and possibly even (gag…power through it, Nick) Facebook. I imagine I’ll make a lot of mistakes as I learn my way around these tools, but I doubt it’ll hurt too much to make them.
So, if you’re following, please stay tuned. And if you’re looking at this page for the first time, please follow along. This format has, quite unexpectedly, been a godsend for me as a writer. I haven’t been this excited about turning out new work in years.
And if you want to go see the piece in Museum of Americana, it’s right here.
Thanks everybody. More soon…
P.S.—I’ve had a number of people tell me they signed up for the blog via email, but aren’t receiving updates. If you sign, WordPress will send you a confirmation email, and you will be signed up ONLY when you respond to the confirmation. So go sign up. Ya heard?