I’ve got at least a dozen irons in the fire right now and they’re all smokin’:
- Matador, of course (the U, contests, pieces on Pennsylvania Wilds, and …);
- A couple of forthcoming feature-length articles for magazines, each in various stages of being edited;
- About six pitches circulating, two of them in stages of reconceptualization as per editors’ requests;
- God knows how many ideas percolating related to upcoming trips to South Carolina, Puerto Rico, and Cuba;
- the iPhone app project;
- and short pieces for USA Today’s online travel section about Caribbean destinations, including St. Thomas, St. Kitts, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
Am I forgetting something?
Anyhow, I’m getting around to a few posts for Cuaderno–the $10,000 lesson I’m going to give you for free; a note about disembodied places (as inspired by the book flap of El Monstruo, a travel writer’s biography on Media Bistro, and a conversation with David and Sarah over email about writers’ relationships with places); and some quick notes on desk research vs. getting off your ass, into a car, and driving to a place (even when you know you’ll spend every penny you’ll be making on the article… and then some).
In the meantime, though, I thought I’d share some cool projects of other people with you. These sparked my interest for various reasons, none of which are necessarily worth blathering on about right now. Let’s just say the world is full of creative people.
- “The Thing, a limited-circulation quarterly that calls itself ‘an object-based publication.'”
- 48HR Magazine… though ridiculously threatened by CBS to cease and desist publication because the name of the magazine is similar to a CBS “investigative journalism” show, you can still view parts of this publication online. Matador Sports editor Adam Roy was one of 70 writers (out of more than 1,500) whose work was selected for inclusion in this first issue.
- “A Theatre in Times Square with Seating Just for One”
And two really wonderful–as usual–pieces from my friend, Elizabeth Eslami:
Found anything worth sharing lately? Leave a link in the comments.