In 1985, I got my first byline and writing paycheck for an article in Autoduel Quarterly, a magazine published by Steve Jackson Games for their game Car Wars.
The feature I wrote was a travel guide for Boulder, Colorado in a dystopic, “Mad Max” future. I shoveled in a bunch of insider jokes and references, gave a shout-out to my friends at the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, and put together a piece that was certainly readable, if not brilliant.
But while writing that article, I did one thing of which I am not at all proud. (more…)