Saturday, January 12, 2013

The Journey Of A Thousand Miles...


... begins with a column on the op-ed page of the Boston Herald.

I sold a piece, and it appears there today.

You could go buy a copy of the paper. It only costs a buck, and it's full of all sorts of wonderful things aside from my writing - comic strips, puzzles, local and international news, sports, obituaries, lottery results - and, after reading, it is swell to use as something upon which to place your boots the next time they're all wet after you shovel the snow.

If you can't buy the hard copy, you can read my piece at the Herald website.

READ IT HERE

No matter which way you read it, please tell the editor what you think of it.

Well, let me qualify that. If you like it, please say that you consider me the modern day equivalent of... oh, I don't know; perhaps Felix Morley. If you hate it? Shhhhhhhhhhhhh!

It's a start. Now all I have to do is sell 9,999 more of these things and I'll have the means to retire quite comfortably, thank you.

Soon, with more better stuff.

40 comments:

sandyland said...

I so love it and your daith and bigger than life embrace of what is good and pure and just plain fun !! Three cheers for me!! whoops

sandyland said...

faith latency issues my brain and computer

Craig said...

Well, I had to log in or register in order to leave a comment at the Herald, so I'll tell you here. . .

Whatever you eventually end up doing, I hope you remember us little people, back where it all began. . .

And look, feel free to delete the spam; I won't mind looking a little foolish. But it looks like somebody just used you comment-space to test their random-word generator. Pretty hilarious, actually. . .

Tabor said...

Applause on your sale!! I am awed by writers and always will be. I will go read it now.

Uncle Skip, said...

If the Herald has more stuff like that... I might even subscribe.
Our local has to scrape the bottom of the barrel for some of the crap they publish.
I won't even comment on the letters to the editor.

Lowandslow said...

You really do have considerable writing talent Jim. Hope you get many more paying gigs like this! :)

S

Daryl E said...

i registered/logged in and left my comment as a 'letter to the editor' ... only for you!!!!!! xo

Carolina said...

Yay! Well deserved! Congratulations :-)

Jackie said...

Been there (Boston Herald.)
Did that.
Proud of you. (I was proud of you before your termination.)(Gee...that words sounds so final. It's not; I know that you know that.)
Continued success to you and continued prayers for you and Your Wife.
Hugs,
J.

Buck Pennington said...

I might have been a lil over the top with my comment. It's all true, though. Well, mebbe not the part about Morley.

Jeni said...

Well, I registered for the BH because, you should know I would never let the opportunity to expound my opinions go untouched. However, apparently I did something wrong while registering because I can't log in to comment there. It asks for my user name AND password -however, when I registered, it never asked for me to state a password so I don't have one and of course, without a password, we are nothing! But I will say this to you here and now, how proud I am of you, your writings (all of 'em, even the really goofy ones or all those that are all sports related) and too, I'm actually very pleased that the BH had the good sense to purchase one of your writings! You do some really terrific stuff and should be given a good large audience who can view it and judge for themselves then too about your many talents. Hope this is the start of a new career for you and if so, it is something I am confident you can handle easily with poise, good information and also, lots of humor. Peace!

lime said...

congrats on being able to turn the indignity of hearing your own hold message at unemployment into something that earned you a few bucks. that's the spirit!

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I enjoyed the article very much. The irony is something else. Wishing you much success in finding a job! You obviously have talent. :)

OldAFSarge said...

Classic Suldog. Loved it!

Jeff Laws said...

I always said that it was okay to talk to yourself as long as you don't answer. Had that been your voice that you had to answer, that would be considered crazy in my book. Lol

Unemployment sucks, I hope it gets better for you and you can keep supplementing your income with your writing.

Stephen Hayes said...

Glad to see that you're finding a way to benefit from your unfortunate situation. You mentioned that you had several job pokers in the fire. Have any of them heated up?

Hilary said...

I fully expected to hear some news like this. I hope to hear it time and time again. I did leave a comment for you.

Bruce Coltin said...

Jim, the article was perfectly written. Who would have thought that you could handle the space constraints so well? Reading it was like watching a boxer throw a perfect punch with no wasted motion. Well done!

Juli said...

Sweet! We buy the Herald every day! Now to go see if I can rescue it from the recycle bin.... :)

messymimi said...

Great piece, and if i got your paper every day, i'd read every word you write.

Susan said...

Hi it's me, Pouty. I went all the way from AZ to the Herald. Great article! Funny and sad.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Hi Jim, Sorry about losing your job. That's stinks. But you wrote a great column and I left a glowing comment. Hope it helps.
jj

Suldog said...

Stephen - Aside from selling this piece of writing, I've had a couple of conversations concerning an opportunity to do fact-checking for another publication. They seem to like me, so...

Three Hundred Sixty Five said...

Buena suerte, Suldog! (Yes, I'm forced to take a language class this semester. And here I am, unashamedly using you as practice...)

Lora said...

You should have gotten a link in the email you used to register. When you click that link it logs you in one time and then allows you to reset your password :)

Lora said...

I registered for the site and left a comment, so I must really love you because I hate registering to post comments! :) Hope this is just the beginning of lots of better and brighter things for you!!

Absolut Ruiness said...

Way to to go Sully!

Shrinky said...

Aw shit, my jaw just hit the floor. I'm so sorry Sully, I know I've been out of the loop for a while, but I had NO IDEA you'd been laid off, and that sucks, big time (hugs). Sheesh, trust you to turn such a crappy situation into a good excuse to make us all laugh - I've just signed up to the Boston Herald (and am off to trot back in to leave a comment), your article is nothing short of brilliant, hon, even if I did feel a bit guilty as I laughed!

The Good Cook said...

I had to do a lot of scrolling in order to leave this comment. Hope you are as impressed with that as I am with your writing!

The Good Cook said...

ps. excellent article.

Kat said...

Congratulations!!! That is so exciting! And you are getting fabulous reviews too I see. Does not surprise me one bit. Hooray! :)

Chris@Knucklehead! said...

Love it, and I'm glad you're getting paid to do what you've been doing here for free. Said the man to his wife when she became a prostitute. I don't why my mind gets sidetracked like that.

Jackie said...

P.S. Love the line above your list of blog members. You keep changing it, and I notice (as I'm sure your fellow blogger have.)
Such a clever guy.
Checking back in again, 'cause I can.
Continued prayers for you and Your Wife.
J.

Jackie said...

*bloggers*

notactuallygod said...

Isn't it ironic?
Dontcha think?
-that you are now the Alannis Morrisette of the blogosphere!

silly rabbit said...

Loved it! Couldn't leave my comment though. My antique lap top keeps shutting down when I try.
Now I can honestly say that I know two writers who actually get paid for their efforts! Thank you for making me look good. Yay!
In all seriousness... wonderful. I am so happy for you!

Shammickite said...

Hey Jim, I read the BH article but as I don't want the BH to know anything about me, I'll leave my comment here, not there. Great stuff, write more, I larfed out loud when I read it. Hope all those people in Boston appreciate you as much as I do.

Momma Bigler said...

I may always be a day (or more) late and definitely at least a dollar (probably much more) short, but eventually I get her done.

I even registered.

Now that's loyalty from someone who has never lived in Boston, never plans to live in Boston.

But hey.

I like you.

*smile*

Good luck and I hope they request you or hire you PERMANENTLY!

Barbara Shallue said...

Congratulations!! I foresee a beautiful, successful future here! Off to read it!

The Geezers said...

Nice article. I'm in publishing myself, and it's a scary field these days.