Tell the DDN we want to see Mr. Harrison's writing again!
Posted in the Xenia Forum
#1 Aug 11, 2014
Monday, August 11, 2014
To: The Editor
Subject: I am a good-enough essay writer
I am a good-enough writer
Despite my laziness and a lack of self-discipline, I am a good-enough writer; but not good enough to entice the young and the dumb texters and tweeters to become regular newspaper advertisers, subscribers, buyers or readers. I admit that I also waste too much of my writing time online. Most Internet web site and forum fans do not have long attention spans; people who are texting and tweeting are not really writing or reading.
I am sixty-four years old, born on May 12, 1950, with television, the Cold War and our Korean one. Is anybody sick of the sixties and flower child, Vietnam and Cold War nostalgia yet? A sure sign of late middle age is driving and sitting around and thinking and talking about how and where things used to be, and what we and our friends did way back when.
I enjoy reading my daily newspapers with a cup of convenience-store coffee. Since 2007, I have been retired and can no longer be fired, with time to read and write and no excuse not to. Between 2000 and 2010, I was the Buckeye Bureau Chief of East Kentucky Magazine, until it had to be ended like a business.
I write this with my second laptop computer; my fourth desktop is inside my West Carrollton media center. In 2000, my publisher/editor told me to buy my first computer because he was done with transcribing my double-spaced (Smith-Corona word-processed) snail-mailed paper pages. In 1986, VHS recorders/players and tapes, with cable TV and video-clip shows, started taking and wasting my writing time. Some people who I used know started renting and watching pornographic VHS video tapes at home. I still miss using audio cassettes and Floppy-A data disks.
Now, the Internet, digital cameras, cell-phones and video-clip TV shows have encouraged and enabled people to shamelessly seek and create fleeting fame. We need to see some follow-up scenes, when the injured amateur stuntmen and friends are admitted into hospital emergency rooms without medical insurance.
Fame is a pain. I got my first taste of it as soon as my very-first letter to a Dayton Journal Herald editor was published back in 1978. I cussed, fussed and typed it out with misspellings, mistakes and White Out corrections on an IBM Selectric typewriter. Guest columns, commentaries and better essays and letters to editors followed. Thankfully, in 1986, I bought my first spell-checking Smith-Corona Word Processor.
At Northmont Junior High School [1963-64], I did not know that I could and would one day use those typing classes that I had to take. In 1972, I graduated from the US ARMY Southeastern Signal School at Fort Gordon, Georgia. As a 72B-20 Communications Center Specialist aka a teletype tape ape, I went to Belgium and (Prum Post) West Germany to serve with SHAPE. I am an Old Cold Warrior.
Fame is a pain, especially if a published essayist has to pay for his enhanced enlarged legal and ledger-sized essay copies and the snail mailing that follows.
#2 Aug 11, 2014
I'd rather be on vacation than reading your masturbation!
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