I work for a magazine that was once solely traditional print but now the paper mag is one part of it: The centerpiece of content delivery across many mediums.
I’ve collaborated on a hardcover photo essay book, contributed to the first two Pulp Fly ebooks and done some work for websites and paper pubs as well. Some of the paper ones are dead now but some of the websites are too¹.
Writers as a group tend to swing on a pendulum between inspired and despair, and also to complain a lot about the way things aren’t.²
But it’s not such a bad thing that there are a million ways to get words out there if you want to, whether things get sorted out the way you want them to go in this transition or not. As Stephen King says at 2:52 of this clip, “The future’s gonna be what the future’s gonna be.”
As for today, I’m going to look for inspiration from the past.
¹Most of that work is lost to the wind except for the ones I boxed up for posterity that my kids will throw out one day.
²My all-time favorite excerpt on writers and writing is this one from Charles Bukowski.