A few days ago I mentioned a possible new writing opportunity with the promise of later elaborating, if it panned out. I guess you could say it did, and so here I am telling you about it.
Several months back, I began to think about taking the writing thing beyond the borders of The Sound and Fury to see what possibilities might be out there in Cyberspace. And then I did what I always do when I have an idea that might require a bit more than just nifty thoughts; I procrastinated and did nothing at all with the idea.
Over the winter break, however, I began to think about it yet again. I mentioned the idea of freelance writing to my wife, Kelley, and she enthusiastically encouraged me to pursue the possibility. And so I began looking again for markets to start publishing material in. I figured I would stick with the things I normally write about: movies, books--entertainment stuff. But as the 2012 election season got underway, the frequency and vociferousness of my political pontificating became such that my wife felt compelled to encourage me to express my sentiments by writing and sharing them with you all. (So blame her, not me.) In any case, I found merit in what she had to say, and I thought there was an opportunity there for me to expand my horizons while “walking the talk”.
After conceding that I would try my hand at political rhetoric, I was pretty certain that I didn’t want to do a lot of that here. I had already been looking at Examiner.com as a possible starting point for some freelance writing work. After checking them out, and reading what other freelance folk had to say about them, I decided it was as good a starting point as any.
It turned out they had a few political topics available, and after a few weeks deliberation (Yeah, I tend not to make quick decisions. It’s a sickness, really.) I decided on Austin American Government. I applied, filled out forms, wrote a sample piece, jumped through a few hoops, and waited to hear back from them to see if I was cut from the right cloth. Needless to say, they took me in despite the shabby cut of my jib, and now I am quite pleased to introduce you to the new Austin American Government Examiner—me!
I published my first article there last night, and I’m still working out the kinks on my profile picture. But that’s me.
We’ll see how it goes, but The Sound and Fury isn’t going anywhere. I have lofty ambitions of posting here more frequently, albeit in shorter bursts. So for those of you still visiting, please keep doing so. But if you have the time, cruise on over to Examiner.com and say hello. Like, share, disagree, agree…whatever you want. I’d love your input.
As always, thanks for reading.