Thursday, October 14, 2010

What's Up? I am.


Really. I'm writing two weekly columns for Patch Altadena, an online local news source that's setting up in towns across the country. In some cases, it's pretty much the only news source, in others, my town for example, it's in the company of an already established and very popular site, Altadenablog.com.

In our case, I think we'll complement each other.

So please swing by and check out my initial offerings and leave a word or two. I'm partial to the bloodhound piece, first of all because it's better than the other one, and secondly, I wrote the final line for that one. And you know how I feel about getting in the last word. Also, it has my videos (they're the ones with the orange glow). I call these my Marie Antoinettes, for obvious reasons. But my subjects are very, very charming, even when they're out of frame.

I'm grateful for this opportunity; the site will just get better with time. So will I. In fact, my next week's column is not bad at all.

I'll try to work and play well with others. After all, paid writing jobs don't grow on ...



...hello!



This might be my lucky year.

42 comments:

  1. Wonderful! I was hoping you might do this.

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  2. Love the articles on Altadena Patch, they're about trails, and pets, and all the things I'm interested in. Dan knows his hikes (he used to be the only reporter at the Star-News bar Larry who got the geography right), and your videos are great! The first one started running while I was reading the text, and as the video was below my screen, I thought you were adding sound effects of barking dogs to enhance your stories (not a bad idea).

    Show me that grove with the money....

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  3. Read the article and loved it. So glad you got this gig.

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  4. Congratulation! Between this and your downtown gig, you'll be treating us all to dinner next time around. ;-)

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  5. Can't wait to read your contributions. Congratulations!

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  6. Congrats on the writing work... going now to check it out.

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  7. Thanks, all. I just bought a new vacuum to celebrate. Can I party, or what? (This vacuum is so strong, I think it sucked up Albert.)

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  8. Very nice! Congrats!
    I got paid for my writing once. Yep, somebody paid me to stop...

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  9. Hate for you to live in unsanitary conditions, KB, so I'm glad you're spending your ill-gotten loot wisely!

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  10. Hey, Mr. Altadenablog, I'm a woman of simple pleasures.

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  11. Nice goin'! I read both pieces. Very interesting and casually professional (or professionally casual?).
    Annabelle is something!

    Will you hang on to Altadena Hiker as well?

    And what's your downtown gig? Did I miss that?

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  12. Yay Hiker!!! Don't you just love making a bit of moola doing something you love doing??? Congratulations!!!

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  13. Outstanding! It sounds like a plum position. I'll check it (you) out. Congratulations on the new vacuum cleaner...could it be that there never was an Albert and it was only a very large dust bunny....? Just sayin'...

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  14. Uh-oh. Carolynn, did you sneak down from Canada and visit my house? Thanks Chieftess and Banjo. Oh yeah, I'll be keeping the A Hiker.

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  15. Is there a scandal with the Town Council you need looking into?

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  16. Congratulations

    So what brand of vacuum did you purchase? gives me an idea of the size of the paycheck

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  17. This is a delight! I'm off to read your pieces.

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  18. Okay, I'm back. They're great, Karin, just great. That's no surprise. How exciting to be paid to write, huh? It's the best job ever.

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  19. whoo hoo for paid writing!
    Also, would leave comment but must log in--and somehow that seemed labor intensive--
    congratulations on this venture!

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  20. Hm. Maybe the old adage is wrong. Or maybe you're just lucky! I'll go check out your articles.

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  21. Wonderful. Great idea for a column. Was this your idea?

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  22. Thank you, you're too kind. About the comments, yeah, it's too bad you have to register; I received more than a few emails from folks who preferred not to. And really, comments are half the fun of blogging. I talked to Dan the editor about it, and he'd had such bad experiences w/annonymous comments at the Star News, that he prefers to go this route.

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  23. Hurray, congrats, and the world is a better place because we have more of your musings to read!
    You just made my day!!

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  24. I think Dan's right about registering. If you look at the anonymous comments at the Star-News, it's way out of hand.

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  25. I feel a bit exposed with my comments on Patch. Wanted to comment on a few different stories, but then I'd look like a serial commenter and the only one to boot. Wish I could assume a few nom de plumes.

    PS I stopped a mountain biker yesterday and asked him if he was Dan Abendschein. He had exactly the same little tache and beard in Dan's photo. Poor guy was not Dan, and must have thought I was nuts.

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  26. I’ll stick with this ...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-z-3xuv-3k4

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  27. Oh yeah, the Star News comments I've seen can get pretty outrageous. Someone recently made a bunch of anonymous allegations against me, but they were referring to someone with the same name as me. None of the things applied to me.

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  28. (There are lots of Mr. Earls in these parts, but there's only one Mister Earl).

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  29. Even though I'm not a dog person (glaring fault, I know), I did read both your Patch pieces and they were excellent. You've landed a very cool gig -- and deservedly so as you're a great writer. I'm looking forward to many more articles!

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  30. Thank you for missing my two 'columns'. They are not missing really. If you take either of the two links from Sydney Eye, all the previous blogs become accessible. 'Burying' them like this will enable me to open up a bit more on them, in the confidence that only those who are really interested will dig that deep.

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  31. What's up, Mister Earl, re those nasty anonymous comments against you?!

    I am gonna ck them out now...

    Ok, they were NOT against you, thank god! They were against some guy named actually named Ron R!! So, you're in the clear. You haven't done anything wrong Mister Earl! Your innocence remains intact.

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  32. Anybody can libel anybody in the S-N regardless of facts, and there's very little monitoring. With anonymous commenting, it's rampant and there's no credibility. I stopped reading it ages ago.

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  33. Congratulations! Patch Altadena is one lucky site to have you writing for them. Looking forward to reading all of your columns.

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  34. PAID? YOU GET PAID FOR YOUR *FABULOUSNESS????
    Hot Damn.


    *Pardon if I"ve Palinized the word. I wouldn't be caught dead do that!

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  35. Congratulations! That is amazing!

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  36. I missed this post last week and so I was late to the Pet of the Week feature on Patch. Just read it and watched a couple of AnnaBelle videos. Great stuff! Sounds like your year (recent birthday, right?) is off to a great start and so is Patch with you on board. Congratulations!

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  37. Huge congrats, Karin! They are lucky to have you.

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  38. I love your back yard! In my opinion there should be more veggies and less lawn in backyards.

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  39. Oh, you should see it now, Vanda. Looks like a swamp.

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