This is the third installment of an entry I made to my private blog from March 23, 2005, about the first article I ever wrote for publication.:

Bad Writing vs. Good Writing.

As you will recall, I told you about my psychotic episodes of trying to write an article for Iron Horse magazine. I also told you that at one point the writing wasn’t going well. I knew it, so did the editor and he let me know it. It was because I was playing head games with myself. When I finally said, “To hell with the fear”, I focused and totally immersed myself in the task. I sent it in and this was the editor’s response:

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From: “Jeff”
To: “Werner”
Subject: like comparing apples to oranges…Werner

–WHAT the FUCK happened?!?!

This story is about 1,000 times better than the first version you handed in! VERRRRY good reporting, I must say! Kudos to you!

I haven’t actually tackled editing it yet, but gave it a thorough read-through and did some polishing up on your grammar, etc. Everything looks pretty good. Might have some questions for you to answer over the next few days, but that’s par for the course as I pick apart each story, so fret not.

If I make it past our Apr. 15 ship date, we are def. going out for drinks!

congratulations again,
Jeff,
Editor In Chief
Iron Horse Magazine

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As you can imagine that first line scared the shit out of me, but the rest of it made me so happy that I barely slept last night. I am working with Jeff, to be sure that we make the June issue – so he can buy me those drinks!

I want to do this again. You get to make new acquaintances and learn new things. Once I got past the fear of doing the interviews (three of them), I really started to enjoy it. It’s fun asking direct questions and getting people talking about their passions.

I hope by June I will be able to let you know that the magazine, with my article in it, is on the newsstands. I think I’m more excited that I am finally going to be a published writer, with my first clip, than I am about being paid for it …

… NAH!

That’s just screwy!