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Monthly Archives: January 2011
At first, I was ready to dismiss this column as simply another of the many “how I became a freelance writer” screeds that litter the Web (when you have nothing else to write, autobiography is always quick and easy). But Claire Novak, who writes about horse racing, has a point to make: That one doesn’t need to gamble on a sport — even horse racing — in order to understand it.
In third person (a style that irritates me, but never mind), Claire says of herself:
She would never tell a bettor, in spite of his knowledge of how to construct a Pick 3 or a winning Superfecta, to keep racing alive by hopping aboard Uncle Mo and taking him out for a morning spin. She wouldn’t ask a hot walker who didn’t speak English to “do his part” by hosting the New York Racing Association’s televised handicapping show. She wouldn’t tell a track manager that he should go out and put new shoes on a racehorse’s hooves. And she certainly wouldn’t tell a turf writer whose job description did not include handicapping that he or she should start pushing money through the windows in order to fulfill some imaginary, non-existent obligation.
A networking opportunity for Minneapolis freelancers: The Minnesota Magazine Mingle
Hosted by the Loft Literary Center and the Minnesota Magazine and Publishing Association, the event will take place on January 27, 2011 at Open Book in Minneapolis, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
First, my apologies for not writing here for a while. I'll give the excuse I've been giving everyone: What with the holidays, and then going to CES (the Consumer Electronics Show), I'm just beginning to get my breath, look around, and take in all the day-to-day tasks that I've neglected.