I just wrote an article on current and future water issues in the metropolitan areas of the Southwestern United States. I may never submit it to a magazine; in fact, maybe no one else will ever read it, but I still needed to write it. If I am going to write about the desert I need to understand about the most pressing issue in those regions: Water. Even in small towns like Amboy it’s an issue and in Phoenix and Los Angeles it is even a bigger challenge. So, I wrote it and maybe in researching it I learned a little more. Maybe the idea of water issues in the Southwest has been beaten to death but I still felt the need to write on it. I have no idea what I was expecting to create but I feel I’m just covering the same stuff lots of other people have already covered.
The title of the article is Living in a Mirage. You look at those cities the people who ran them a hundred of so years ago and you see all these grandiose plans and dreams. They were visionaries, they truly were, but not all visions should be played out. Obviously that’s a loaded thing to say–think of the cultural impact Los Angeles has had on this country or Las Vegas. Phoenix is just a vast city. In those three areas there are over twenty million people–what is going to happen to those people in the coming decades? It fascinates me and makes me a little scared for them, a little scared for all of us because it affects all of us. Los Angeles depends on water from Northern California which is where the majority of my loved ones live. I also have friends in Phoenix. Maybe you know people in one of those three cities; when you consider the total population the odds are good.
I have a couple of leads on magazines that might be a good fit for what I write. My method is to check out what articles they’ve published and either see if it is naturally a good match or if I can alter my own style to fit them. I need to publish more articles, build my resume and my “brand,” and get more paying gigs. I am also looking for places to publish fiction. Will that screw things up? Will it confuse people if I do both fiction and non-fiction? In my heart I believe I can do it. I mean, I believe in fate and that if the drive to do things is strong enough it is our destiny. So, I go with it; I travel the empires of my mind and if I see something good along the way, I pick it up and bring it home.