The false spring is upon us. Today the high in Pittsburgh will be around 49 degrees and tomorrow the high will be in the 50s. This morning I went searching for the Pittsburgh City Paper that’s published every Wednesday; but I guess it was too early because the paper, which focuses on local culture and politics, had not been delivered yet to any of the drop boxes that dot my neighborhood. So I picked up a few things at the CVS/Pharmacy (milk, apple juice…) and then walked back to my apartment building. The sun was shinning and the snow was melting.
It even smelled like spring.
The PCP gives me ideas for my daily column. And it’s free.
Only 12 days to go before I order my new computer. I’ve already got it picked out. It’s an Inspiron 3000 Series from Dell. It runs a Windows 8 program, the latest. The Old Soldier is movin’ up in the world. The computer costs $330.
So, I have an IT team (Verizon) for my Internet connection, an IT team (HostGator) for this website that backs up my files and that I purchased my new URL through, I have several talented writers I can depend on for first-class erotic flash fiction and I’ll have a new computer in a couple of weeks. I’m beginning to entertain the thought that the magazine might finally be secure.
Plus the Old Soldier still has the fire in the belly! I love my job.
I’m continuing my study of Edgar Allan Poe and his work. You know he was an editor, too, just like the Old Soldier. There is no doubt in my military mind that the man was a genius, far ahead of his time. His theories and ideas about the short story are still valid today. His work has never been out of print (he lived from 1809 to 1849); and when you consider how much tragedy he had in his life, he is a true inspiration for struggling writers everywhere.
So if you are a struggling writer, don’t despair. First be sure you can maintain yourself, pay the bills. Then keep writing and studying your craft and good things will happen. Next to talent, a writer must have perseverance and resilience. Hemingway is supposed to have said, “A writer has to survive in order to get his work done.” Papa was right…
Too bad this is not the real spring.
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, a blog of art, culture, creative writing and sex.