Thursday, November 8, 2007

Yay! Articles! Yay!

While I have been frequently meditating on the "I'm a failure" theme recently (odd that grad school would do that, huh), a minor success this month was my first article in SWAT magazine.

Now, if I could just sell 8 more articles, that'd be enough for a semester's tuition...


Unknown said...

What's this failure crap, John?

No, you haven't conquered the world or cured cancer. Got news for you-on the course you've chosen, you're not going to.

Have you done your duty? Yes. And more.

Are you a successful friend? I'd say so.

Things might be difficult for you right, but take a realistic assessment of your situation. You've got a lot on your plate and there are so many hours in a day.

You're a long way from being any kind of a failure.

What have you failed at? You must have activities you have failed at that you didn't let me know about.

I don't know of any failures of yours in the ten years I've known you. I know of goals not reached...yet...but I know of no failures.

Tam said...

Hey, I wish I could write.

J.R.Shirley said...

Byron, thanks, man. Remembering the great friends I have keeps me going.

Tamara, that has to be one of the most ironic things I've ever heard...

phlegmfatale said...

Congratulations on your article! And many more!

Matt G said...

I really can't put my reaction to your "failure" statement any better than our friend Byron, John.

You're a good man, and you're getting toward the goals you seek the right way. Guess what? Goals worth achieving take time. If they were easy and/or quick, then everyone would be multi-degreed professionals with houses on hills, etc.

You are on your way.

Now, as to articles: I'm very jealous! Which issues do they come out in?

Dad and I've been kicking around the idea of a collumn to run by Denny, but it's just talk, so far.

Expect a call soon.

J.R.Shirley said...

Thanks, Phlegm.

Matt, the Dec issue of SWAT, showing up on stands about now, has the article.

Unknown said...

Hey, you wrote something, and someone thought it good enough to pay you for it.

If you've ever gotten a check for your written work, and you cashed it and used the money to fill the fridge and get a tank of gas, then you're a writer, whether you call yourself one or not.

Well-written article, by the way. Who did the pictures?

J.R.Shirley said...

Oh-thanks. I had a fellow soldiers take the shots.