March 10, 2003

By Michael Strickland

Writing Kept Me From Writing

Those of you who check in on this column on a daily basis noticed that today's edition was terribly tardy. In fact, as I write this, I should technically call it "yesterday's edition." Most rational people would just write the day off (no pun intended) and skip it, rather than stay up so late to compose an article. However, I made a promise to myself to write something every day of this year, so until that vow becomes veritably impossible to keep, I'll stick to it.

Besides, what kept me from writing was writing. The stated goal of this daily column is to jumpstart my creativity and generate some material, and that's exactly what I was doing all day. Facing a Tuesday deadline for a writing assignment, I warmed up the warp drive and jumped in the time machine to explore strange new worlds.

I met Neil R. Jones' character Professor Jameson, in one of whose stories the term "astronaut" was first used in science fiction. I journeyed to the center of the earth with Pat Boone and James Mason, courtesy of Jules Verne. I meted out instant justice with comic book superhero Judge Dredd on the streets of Mega-City One. I "just imagined" Maureen O'Sullivan in a science fiction musical—yes, you read that right, a science fiction musical. And I helped the astronauts onboard the Discovery resuscitate and rehabilitate the HAL 9000 in the year 2010.

What job could be more ideal for a writer with a passion for science fiction and a head full of trivial knowledge than writing science fiction trivia questions? That's exactly what I spent my Monday doing. I would have posted this article sooner, but I was off exploring other worlds, other times, other dimensions.

Now you can say, "My friend/brother/son went to Jupiter, and all I got was this lousy article."

[Editor's Note: You can see my sci fi trivia in action on the NTN Network in sports bars and restaurants across America. My questions appear in "The Sci-Files" game that plays every week at 8:00 p.m. Pacific. Check the NTN site for locations and game times in other time zones.]


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What is "The Daily Strick"?

I have long called myself a writer, but too often I don't do what a writer must do daily: write. So you, dear reader, are the beneficiary of my resolution to make a positive change in at least one area of my life. Every single day of this new year, I will write something, anything, and post it here. It is my intention to use this daily exercise to jump-start my too-long-dormant creative energies, and perhaps generate some worthwhile material this year. Hopefully you will find at least an occasional amusement or insight in my daily musings.

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