One of the new things I’ve added to my creative toolbox, in 2018, is photography. I received a quality camera (an early Christmas present I actually got in October) and found a renewed interest in capturing life on film. This is my attempt to diversify and innovate–which is vital to any kind of success in our digital world.
So, in addition to my writing, please check out my photos (like the one below) on DeviantArt.
On this day, in 1969, mankind set foot (or feet) on our celestial neighbor–and nightlight–the Moon.
One of the most important laws went into effect on this day–in 1964.
On April 13, 1844, New York’s The Sun added an extra page to their paper. The page claimed that a popular balloonist, named Monck Mason, had flown across the Atlantic Ocean in just 74 hours–a historical first.
Named Victoria, the balloon had departed from England and was headed for Paris, when one of the propellers malfunctioned. The balloon drifted off course–and ended up in South Carolina. Word quickly spread and readers were excited to get a copy of the paper for themselves. They even showed up to the newspaper’s office to get copies.
But, unknown to the enthusiastic crowd, the story was actually a hoax–perpetrated by Edgar Allan Poe. The hoax was revealed two days later but, by then, The Sun had already made quite a bit of money.
Poe later wrote that, “I never witnessed more intense excitement to get possession of a newspaper.” He seemed surprised that people were so easily manipulated by false news. He even stood on The Sun’s steps to inform the crowd that the story was a hoax. But, most of the readers ignored him while they were snatching up copies of the paper.
The world is crrrrraaazzy.
As a result, I’ve made my humor book–The Little Things DO Suck!–only 99c for awhile. Maybe it can help ease some of the anxiety many of us are feeling these days.
It is available on a bunch of ebook seller websites. Just click on the annoyed cat below.
Prolific writer–and self-described agnostic mythic–Robert Anton Wilson was born on this day, in 1932.
“Only the madman is absolutely sure.”
Horror Maestro, John Carpenter, was born on this day–in 1948.