A couple of months ago I received an unsolicited email from the editorial coordinator at MSFocus. She had been reading my blog posts and liked one in particular. She asked if I would agree to have it published in their Men and MS column. I asked how much the gig would pay. She responded, "Nothing." I said, "Deal."
Over the years I have considered submitting pieces to various magazines for publication. But that might require some initiative on my part, so it just hasn’t happened. Or perhaps the problem is that making such an effort might either necessitate or compel an emotional investment in the quality of my writing. If I was to be emotionally invested in the quality of my writing, and it was to be rejected, then I would be sad. I don’t want to be sad. I’ll probably just sit back and let them find me again, like they did this time.
If this is your first visit to Enjoying the Ride, having read my piece in MSFocus, I welcome you. You’ll find this blog to be a roughly equal mixture of thoughtful contemplation and utter drivel. Some days I dabble in the profound, and other days I wallow in the profane. It’s a crapshoot.
If you’d like to get a flavor for this blog by reading just a few choice articles, instead of the roughly 300 that I have posted here, check some of these out:
To meet my incredible mother, who was a quadriplegic, click here.
If you need reality checks on your hopes and dreams, click here and here (hint: you probably do).I have also thrown together a few YouTube videos. Most of them feature my amazing iBot wheelchair, but some videos address other subjects. My YouTube channel can be found here.
For instructions on how to select the ideal life partner, based on my personal experience, click here.
Being disabled can be wrought with indignities. For a few examples that all occurred in one weekend, click here.
Sometimes I write about earlier memories, before MS, like here.
Other times I wax philosophical, like I did here and here.
I’m not above offering unsolicited advice, like here, here, here, and here.
Once in a while I post about how I have maintained the pursuit of certain passions, like here.
I came up with lists of the 10 worst aspects of having MS, and the 10 best.
I made one attempt at poetry. I promise I won’t do it again (yet I’m obviously proud of myself since I included it here).
If you enjoy this content, feel free to share the link www.enjoyingtheride.com with others. I hope to see you here again soon.