For the last 366 straight weeks I have added some little addition to the total of online published output one time per week, always on a Friday morning. Today I am going to break pattern with an Extra (as they used to describe newspapers in the old movies). This Extra brings breaking news of another writing project I have undertaken.
Before I started writing here, I contributed as author and editor at a website for fans of old cars, Curbside Classic. My fresh output there has dwindled of late (though I am in reruns) but there has been a long-simmering project that has finally gone live.
One of the features of that site is a series we refer to as a COAL, which stands for Cars Of A Lifetime. Quite a few contributors have done their turns, which involves writing a weekly series on the cars they have owned during their lives. I have finally decided to take my turn in the COAL mines.
My series debuted two weeks ago and will run a new episode each Sunday morning. With somewhere around 30 cars under my belt, this series will last into the early part of 2023.
Many readers here are also readers at that site, so this will be old news to them. Some, however, are not, and I thought it might be worth mentioning here. Many may yawn but some may find the series of interest. I have decided that beginning next Friday I will add a link in this site’s weekly edition to the most recent COAL chapter from the previous Sunday. Unfortunately, this idea occurred to me later than it should have, so I have a couple of links to share right now. They are:
Prologue – Variety Is The Spice Of Life (If You Like Oldsmobiles) in which I explore the car choices of my parents which surrounded me during the years I was developing into a hopeless car-nut.
1967 Ford Galaxie 500 Convertible – Chapter 1, In The Beginning is the first of likely my only two-parter, which tells the story of the epic search by a 17 year old kid for the thing he had wanted for his entire life.
These will not be about specifications and details of the cars themselves but about the stories they tell and the parts they played in my life. Think of it as a kind of auto-biography.
Some of you will likely nod politely and say “How nice”, but I hope that others of you will find something fun to read. If you miss a week or three, you can easily catch up on the CC website by clicking on my byline under the title of any episode – that will take you to a page that lists all of my recent stuff there.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming (which will arrive this coming Friday) and which will be about – I’m not sure yet.