Writing for G-POP
by Ismael Manzano
Reluctant—that’s what I was when my wife approached me to write reviews on a semi-weekly basis for her new e-zine. It wasn’t that I didn’t like the idea of an e-zine that focuses on arts and entertainment and all things popular, I just didn’t think I could do it. I didn’t think I had anything to say or that anyone would want to hear it if I did. (I still don’t, but I have at least four people telling me differently, so I’ll defer to their wisdom). I told her I’d think about it and went about my business.
The urge to actually write a review came about a week or so after their site first went up. I’d just finish reading Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz, and I loved it so much I wanted to yap about to anyone who would listen. Problem was, no one was listening. So I jotted some things down, then some more things, then a few more things, and finally I added a couple of opinions and before I knew it, I had a review. I put it through the test of giving it to my wife and her co-creators at G-pop and they all seemed to love it…That’s when I showed them the two other reviews that I’d written about the last two books I’d read and a rant. When it rains it pours, as the saying goes. Before my first article was posted I had four reviews, two rants and a short story all waiting in the bank to be featured on the site.
They had, quite literally, created a monster. I was hooked—addicted, even a little obsessed for a week or so. I started writing reviews about anything I could think of, old movies, new movies, books, games, and various rants about just about anything. Some of these things I discarded, but others are in the works and will be appearing on G-pop.net any time now. I found it rewarding and fun, and, as an aspiring writer, the practice was well appreciated. Though it sometimes can be difficult, coming up with things to write about and getting through books at the speed required, I can’t seem to stop myself. I enjoy it too much. And the exposure I’m getting is invaluable.
The only problem is, I’m afraid I’ll run out things to write about eventually. I knew this was an obstacle last week when, after finishing up another book and having read through an old issue of Fantasy & Science Fiction magazine, I found myself racking my brain for a new rant or observation to write about. Nothing came to mind. Or should I say, nothing good came to mind. I ping-ponged between forcing myself to write something or simply waiting for inspiration to hit me. Some of the ideas I came up with were funny at best, pathetic at worst.
Don’t think so? Well how would you like to have to read a featured article called, “Cow’s Milk: Nutritious Necessity or Just Plain Urine?” How about, “I named my chair Betty II: Quirky or Just Plain Weird?”, “Paint Drying: The New National Pass-time?”, or “Male Nipples: God’s Decoration.”
All in all, my experience with G-Pop has been stellar. For all those out there who are writers, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I say that there is no greater feeling than having your work appreciated by people you consider to be your artistic equals. It’s been a great ride so far and I hope to continue it for a long while.
So if anyone reading this has a hankering for the written word, try writing an article once in a while, do a review, get your thoughts down on paper; it’s great practice—exercise for the soul—and it can help open up avenues you might never have found otherwise. I have a feeling it’ll do the same for me very soon.
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