My writing process is changing. That, or I’m raising my expectations for what I demand from myself as a writer. Between the challenge of writing new material and editor Kristy Rock’s criteria that all submissions remain positive, it’s been a new kind of endurance contest. ‘Cosmopolitan Cop Out’ is a perfect example of this. I actually started writing this essay from scratch….three different times. I think another component of this is that I’ve written so many essays for so many years that I can picture about a thousand different directions, slants or angles to every theme before I start writing it. Whatever the case may be, I’m pretty happy with the way ‘Cosmo’ turned out. It’s a rumination on spending time in the ACTUAL city of Buffalo, along with a recognition that those of us in the suburbs identify with the city even though we don’t actually live in the city. I’ll shut up and let you read it for yourself, though:
Cosmopolitan Cop Out
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It’s a damned busy week for this guy! The new rant dropped today, there’s a new webisode of Big Words I Know By Heart rolling out this Wednesday on ‘the YouTubes’, The Clarence Sun will be running an interview with Yours Truly that editor Alicia Greco conducted and on Sunday I’ll be doing a Reading & Signing at Milkie’s On Elmwood from 2-4 p.m. Whew! You’ll hear more from me as the week plays out. I hope you like the new rant!