Tuesday, October 09, 2007

A shameless, but, alas, profitless plug


It's always an ego booster to see your name in print. And I've just had an article published in Remember the Rock Magazine. It's a magazine for fans and former employees of the late lamented Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (better known as the Rock Island Line, or just The Rock).

Titled, "Time Passages: Reflections on the last train home tonight," it's the story of a trip I took in 1978 on one of the Rock Island's last intercity trains. The title, of course, is borrowed from Al Stewart's 1978 hit song, with its refrain, "Buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight." I try to go beyond railroad lore. As my train passes the neighborhoods and suburbs of Chicago and the small towns of Illinois, I reflect on history, literature, and film. For instance, much of the Rock Island line across Illinois followed the Sauk Trail, used by Black Hawk and his followers in the early 19th century.

I'm proud of my work, and I encourage anyone interested to buy a copy. And I can say I won't profit directly from sales. Remember The Rock doesn't pay royalties. I'm hoping, though, that Classic Trains Magazine, which already paid me for two articles, will take notice, publish them, and maybe buy more of my writing.

7 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

For some reason the link didn't work for me. But congrats on getting the piece out there. I'll try the link again at a later time.

steve said...

Charles--I changed the link to the main Remember the Rock site, and it should now work. Thanks.

Lisa said...

Congratulations Steve! I am very happy for you and hope for a chance to read this article. Here's to you!

Rebecca Burgess said...

Ha! That's fantastic. It's always rewarding to see your name in print. Money or not. I look forward to reading it.

Charles Gramlich said...

The link is working now.

steve said...

Charles, Lisa, and Rebecca: Thanks for your congratulations and encouragement.

Sustenance Scout said...

I'll add mine, too, Steve even if they're a little late. I just zipped through your posts from this one on and am amazed yet again by how much I learn with every visit. Congrats and thanks! K.