This magazine felt like meeting some friends of friends who turned out to be exceptionally good company. I knew nothing of chip sets and the musical culture surrounding them, now I am intrigued! The short fiction was compelling and well written, the non-fiction was clear, engaging, and actually information I could use. Also, the art is some of the best I’ve seen in an indie periodical that wasn’t strictly photography. My compliments to the illustrative team. I have recommended this to friends, and I am happy to recommend it to strangers as well.
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Star Trek Into Darkness Spoiler Alert: Benedict Cumberbatch has been brought on for the sequel to play a whale from 1985.
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Another writing advice article from Old Hedgy Times.
Art by Jim Gallo Article by Sarah McDaniel Dyer
Drugs are fun. What? I’m sorry, were you expecting a D.A.R.E. commercial? They are fun; that’s why people do them. They’re also dangerous and not for everyone, and not to be taken all willy-nilly. Most people cannot get away with having a serious drug habit and keeping a job, but in some creative circles drug addiction is treated like a badge of honor. How many of you have that Hunter S. Thompson magnet with the quote about insanity and drug use on your fridge? I know I do. It’s an odd moment when you realize almost all of your artistic idols needed some rehab and a hug. Most young artists go through a phase (or twelve) where they want to be just like their creative hero. When that means moving to the ass end of Brooklyn and writing shitty poetry until you get good that’s fine, but when that means seeking out opium so you can write the missing ending to “Kubla Khan” you may want to rethink how you talk to your muse.
[I wrote an article on making the decision to self-publish—or not!—for this month’s edition of Old Hedgy Times. You can read the whole article here, and if you like it, I hope you’ll head over to Amazon and pick up a copy of the whole magazine for your Kindle. It’s got three more writing advice articles, one of them by me.]
Let me tell you a story about an author. An author named Bilbo Baggins. I’m using him, here, to represent many of you on the outset of your journey to a literary career. Bilbo is a skilled writer, who has honed his ability to communicate with words and has just finished the manuscript for his first novel, There and Back Again, A Hobbit’s Tale. I am assuming that you are like Bilbo, in that your book is good and your skills are honed. If that’s not true, I’ll tell you right here that you need to get good before this article can help you. This article is about what you do after you get to the point of being able to tell a good story on paper. Shall we?