Monday, March 24, 2008
Check out the this month's issue of National Geographic to see my very first published article!! (Career plan: 1. Debut at the biggest magazine in the world. 2. Proceed downhill.) I wrote a riveting one-page story about the history of chewing gum that appears in the front section of the magazine. Buy a copy if you can--let's show 'em the ol' Daddy Likey sales bump!
There is a small caveat to this Greatest News of My Life. Apparently, different areas of the country receive slightly different versions of National Geographic. Apparently, some of these versions are slightly shorter than the others, as in, a small chunk of of the front section has been omitted. Apparently, my story is sometimes in this omitted chunk. And apparently, Oregon received a hell of a lot of these Winona-free versions, meaning that, before I had a chance to update them, my friends and family roughed up the staff at several bookstores, accusing them of censorship for ripping the best gum article EVER (their words, not mine) out of every single copy on the shelves. I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the employees of Powell's, Borders, Barnes&Noble, etc., etc., etc...
Luckily I received a complete copy that I've been carrying around and constantly dropping open in public places to reveal my article, then feigning surprise and squealing, "What's that? Who wrote that? Oh, I DID! Eeeeeeepp!"
Yep, it's poise and professionalism all the way.
UPDATE: I've now heard from many readers in many different places that aren't Oregon who have indeed found my article, and this is giving me even more great excitement! Perhaps Oregon has a specific but little known moratorium on gum articles? I'll have to check on that. In any case, thanks so much for all the support--you guys are seriously the best.