This morning I was adding some pages to my new magazine, “The Thinkers’ Chess Box” and all of a sudden an INNOVATIVE idea popped into my bean. I thought you might be interested in using this testing ground.
For those who might remember our SQUARES magazine (around 2005) it’s kind of a version of that. It was popular for a start up chess publication over 500 subscribers!
One of the articles I wrote in “The BOX” this time was about Chess Villains. People in chess who were just a total pain-in-the-ass. In spades, super qualified.
Originally I was thinking of using Real Characters we have read about and “known” and “loathed.”
But, here’s the good part, in an effort to expand subscriptions I’ve decided to use the topic of the day–FAKE NEWS. Authors get to make up their characters and their vilifying attributes. Get wild, preposterous, and proliferating.
The thing about “making up a character” is that you might discover you have a talent for writing be it exaggeration, fantasy, or, real talent for writing!
Some, I have discovered, don’t have much faith in themselves and so lead lives of quiet desperation! (I wonder who said that first?)
For you I have excerpted the following from the magazine:
“A NEW TWIST TO VILLAINS
Yesterday I was reading up on some old references people had given me while I was out looking for a job that paid better than being an editor and a publisher, and I found a couple good ones.
To highlight I had kind of forgotten about Bob Long’s past but others hadn’t.
One called the work we did as “innovative!” That was refreshing, when did you read that in any of the chess journals? Perhaps Frank Brady’s CHESS WORLD many years ago.
At that time I didn’t think being innovative was that hard, it just took nerve and a “feeling” that there had to be better ways of doing things. By that I mean better ways of running events, publishing things, ratings, advertising, and so on.
I was constantly amazed at how many wanted to run for national (and in some cases, local) office. After they left office you couldn’t even tell they had been there.
So, in one of my “innovative” and “weaker” moments I decided to make a change to the chess villains appeoach.
In general (the litigious are exceptions) people are afraid of sticking their neck out during a controversy and choosing a side. Thus, let’s make the chess villains “fake news.” That is, made up villains with names like “Shifty,” “Snark,” or “Sneaky.”
Disreputable, unworthies, lowlifes. Everyone, no matter how charitable probably knows at least one they could use as a template! It could be a director, a player, or the Club Clod.
It would give you a chance to spread your theatrical wings, your writing craft, and add some amusement to a subject (chess) where we are constantly misunderstood to be duffers, old guys who take forever to move, or people who never take a bath (unfortunately I was around an Expert who smelled like he had fallen into an unflushed toilet! No wonder my fiancee went to the mall!)
If you like to exaggerate, lose your mind, or your grip, give it a shot. It’s to be all made up so you don’t need to worry about offending anyone.
Pick a target and aim your arrows. If it’s good, we can probably use it!”
The magazine will be 24 pages and sell for $100 for 4 issues. However, if you get payment to me (email@example.com) before Sept. 16, 2018 you can get it on SALE with a $25 discount, or, in effect, $18.75 per issue! We know that most chess players are cheap but here is a chance to show that YOU are different and have a funny bone. $75 for 96 pages with a chance to resubscribe at the end of the 4 issues for the same rate.
If you think that $75 is too much for any kind of a chess publication you don’t need to write and tell me about it, I have been dealing with people who think like that for more than 40 years!
We take Visa, MC, and Discover. Also PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org), checks, and if you drop by (1524 LeClaire St., Davenport, IA 52803) even CASH. No Green Stamps however.
The first two issues will be done to make sure we have a second issue while we are working on the third. Kind of a novel idea isn’t it? Have we published chess magazines before? Somewhere around 13-14 of them! Still have back issues of SQUARES for $10 each, printed.
What else? I guess that’s enough for now. Drop Bob Long a line at: email@example.com
PHONE: 563-271-6657. Let’s keep the conversation short.