writing letters

So I was thinking about the impending ungodly abomination that Venoco Oil proposes to visit upon my little town, and it occurred to me that I might decide to write a letter to the editor of our local paper about it. Then I remembered Richard Ford's advice to writers. He said, in part:

6. Don't drink and write at the same time.
7. Don't write letters to the editor. (No one cares.)
8. Don't wish ill on your colleagues.
9. Try to think of others' good luck as encouragement to yourself.
10. Don't take any shit if you can possibly help it.

Now I'm not saying you shouldn't write letters to the editor, or drink, or take shit for that matter. I'm sure some of you do those things and are abundantly good at it. But for me, just now, I think it's good advice. Notwithstanding I think he's right that no one cares, my powers of rational rhetoric are not at their peak lately. Maybe I'm a little too pissed off about just how stupid and destructive is the idea of a giant oil derrick on our beautiful coast. And about that whole endemic indifference thing.

Besides, I know from copious experience that if I fiddle around with #7, #10 will become a challenge very soon. I also know a picture's worth a thousand words.

Citizens Against Paredon

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