Monday, April 22, 2013

Happy News



My piece concerning the manhunt in Watertown, in connection with the Boston Marathon bombings, has been published. The Boston Globe bought it, and you can go here to read it. As you might suspect, anything nice you have to say about it would be appreciated.

Thanks for all of your kind words and encouragement over the past few days. MY WIFE and I surely do know who our friends are - YOU.

Soon, with more better stuff.


44 comments:

Tabor said...

Hurray! But your were too hard on yourself. I am sure you know that free-lance articles are very specific to an audience/editor regarding style and subject. I am so glad that you feel your talent has been applauded...we all knew you were a great writer, but we don't count because we don't pay to read your ideas. Of course depression is a wicked god and takes over sometimes. Now I want you to kick him out the door and take a nice walk...without that cigarette.

Jackie said...

So happy to read that your piece was published in the Globe. My heart did a flippover "Yay!" when I read this blogpost. I'm posting this from my iPhone in a theatre while previews are running. I will go to the Globe and read and comment for SURE when I'm home this evening.
Just wanted to let you know how proud I am of you and for you.
J.

messymimi said...

Congratulations! You captured the tension and relief of the situation as it unfolded.

(not necessarily your) Uncle Skip, said...

Keep the faith!

joeh said...

Ta da!!

Michelle H. said...

See! And you doubted yourself. Stick that negativity in a sock and bury it. People want to read what you write.

Along These Lines ... said...

Well done. I've had many rejections but you can't turn them into dejections. You gotta move on and keep trying. I’ve had a couple of features in the Boston Globe over the years, but it’s getting harder to get newspapers to pay for freelance work. The Christian Science Monitor still pays for personal (non-religious) stories, you might try them too.

Juli said...

YEAH!

Chris said...

AWESOME! I'm gonna go over there and read it right now. Real proud of you, my friend.

Also, I bought the Red Sox hat for the OC Marathon, and inscribed it with the initials MR, KC, and LL for the three who died in Boston.

E-mail me your address again, Jim, and post-race the hat is yours.

Chris said...

Okay, I read it. Very well done, Jim, concise, riveting, and to the point. I can't imagine the stress you and the Mrs. went through.

As I watched the scene unfold from 3000 miles away, I couldn't help but feel a ton of respect for the people of Boston and the surrounding area. I think cheering in the streets would've been awkward if the suspect had been killed (I'm not a fan of blood-lust), but since he was taken alive, the celebration seemed to be -- to my eyes and ears -- pride and relief rather than vengeance.

Hell, in L.A., the locals probably would've celebrated by blowing up cars and looting. Or maybe I'm just being cynical.

Jill akaSHE said...

Congrats! It will certainly be an event you will never, ever forget!

Quirkyloon said...

That was an awesome article. You penned the "palpable" relief perfectly. Thank-you Sir Suldog.

Jackie said...

Read your article at the Globe. I am able to log in at Boston Herald, but couldn't comment at the Globe. Doesn't stop me from commenting here (ad nauseum.) :)
Again, I want to restate how happy and proud I am that your article is published, that you and Your Wife are safe and resting now after the ordeals that you went through this past week. Sending you lots of hugs and smiles.
Love,
J.

Joan said...

Happy, happy and happy!

Lowandslow said...

Outstanding. Kudos Jim. Reading this, I felt like I was right there with you. I felt like I actually witnessed history. ;)

S

lailani said...

Very good! Congratulations and keep writing!

Lil said...

Yes!!!

Daryl said...

i wanted to leave a comment on the Globe's site but it involves subscribing to the Globe ... not that i dont think you are worth the cost of a subscription but .... its an excellent piece you write good ... xo

IT (aka Ivan Toblog) said...

I read your post yesterday
Holy $#!+
That was really pretty good stuff, if maybe a little disorganized
Hieronymus Bosch has nothing on you
I'm glad you're feeling better now
You're right the USA chant is over the top, except at Olympic team sports and the World Cup

SueAnn Lommler said...

I enjoyed your piece very much. Well written and a touch of humor. Well done
HUGS
SueAnn

Maggie May said...

That is excellent news! So pleased because you did a wonderful account of the happenings.
Maggie x

Nuts in May

Jane said...

Thank you for providing the perspective that CNN could not...calmly, insightfully, and without a bunch of breathless arm waving. Congrats on publication!

Anonymous said...

Congrats! Great Piece, very well written.
Debra D.

Shammickite said...

I read your article and it's a good one, captures exactly what went on in the voice of someone who actually went through it. Hope you got paid for it!

Thimbelle said...

I couldn't be more proud of you if I tried! :)
(((hugs)))

Babs said...

Being on the inside makes the difference and I felt like I was there while reading. Great job.

I didn't realize how close you were to all of this, I'm glad you and yours are safe. I hope this never happens again anywhere. I also hope they make an example out of the survivor.
This whole situation is an education with many facets, to be sure.

The Geezers said...

Very nice piece. Congratulations on getting it accepted.

rhea said...

Nice!!!

Pearl said...

Well done!

Pearl

Anonymous said...

NOT THE ABOVE ANONYMOUS _ C/M

I'm so very proud of you and happy that you and YOUR WIFE are safe. I'm glad the Globe had the good sense to take your piece and publish it. I also tried to leave a comment but found that I would have to subscribe. BUMMER!!!!!!

Bear Walker said...

Great article Jim. You seem to be able to put the tension and relief in words - that's talent.
as a side: my aunt and uncle live on Franklin St. Gun shots in their house, house swarmed by feds and cops and shootings! Who would've ever thought this would come to Watertown?. But listening to them tell us what it was like and reading your article is surreal. To be honest, I'm surprised there weren't civilians injured in crossfire shootings. Glad you and YOUR WIFE were safe and sound and stayed indoors that Friday night.

Great article and I hope there are many more.

Judi FitzPatrick said...

Wonderful article, Jim. I shared it yesterday in hopes that many others, who don't read your blog, will be tempted to do so!

Peace, Judi

Hilary said...

Wonderful news. I'm not at all surprised despite how difficult it is for even the very good writers (of which you are certainly one) to get published.

It's a terrific piece. This is a fact whether circumstance were right for a news source to buy it from you or not.

What others do or don't do should never be one of the measures of your own success. One of my definitions of success is how those around you feel after spending time with you (even virtually). You have always succeeded in giving me a bit brighter outlook, a feeling of gratitude that I "know" you, much joy for the laughter you so frequently evoke, and a deep admiration for the devotion you feel toward those you love. In this corner of the universe, you most certainly add to the enjoyment of life. That, to me, makes you a grand success.

Congrats on selling the piece, Jim. Bigger congrats on being the open, honest and loveable person that you are.

Barbara said...

Awesome! (Although, I'm really not surprised.) I'm off to read it...

Barbara said...

Jim, that was a wonderful piece. I especially loved the last line. Perfect!

Ruby said...

Your article was great Jim. It expressed the relief and the situation very well. Congrats!

reasonscheerful123 said...

Well done Jim. So glad those guys were caught. All the very best to you and your Wife. xx

Clare said...

Excellent, Sul, just excellent.
I'm sorry I am so late in reading/commenting, but I have an excuse. (Don't I always?) We were (sorta) involved in the drama, too. Our newborn nephew, born the day before, was at Mass General NICU on the day of the bombings, entubated and in distress. Amid all the work that needed to be done there, the hospital staff still took excellent care of him, and he was well enough to leave for home on the day after the creep was captured thanks in no small part to the wonderful work by Mass Police/Fire/Emergency Personnel and all the heroes involved.
Now, in addition to thanking them for HIS safety, is with extreme joy that I thank them for yours!
Sincerely,
Oh So Very Sincerely,
xoxoxo, me

John Gray said...

Belated best wishes x

Rob-bear said...

I read that piece on the Boston Lock-down a few days ago, but it took me a while to put the pieces together and realize you were the writer. Great piece; well done.

Peace and joy!
Bears Noting

Marilyn said...

Excellent! Wonderful! Congratulations! Well Done!

Progress Lighting said...

Very nice writing of yours with touch of humor. Keep believing.

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Very well written. Very much your strong voice. I've shared the link with my friends & family as I think everyone (whether still in Boston or not) will take comfort in the final outcome.

3GKnight said...

That's just nuts...and well written. Glad you could sell it. I wonder how well Wyomingites would stand up to a lockdown. We'd all just sit on our front porches, rifles across our laps, hoping the guy swings by for a chat.