A writer's life

Dateline: Tue 26 Jun 2012

Abe Aamidor, a tireless veteran features writer for both the Indianapolis News and the Indy Star, took a buyout a few years ago, but he hardly retired.

Already a published author -- check out Amazon.com to see his list of accomplishments, which includes "At the Crossroads," co-written with former Star biz reporter Ted Evanoff, about the auto industry -- he's successfully veered off into fiction.

In May, he sent an email here, saying his first story has been published in "Amoskeag: The Journal of Southern New Hampshire University." It's called "Delivery" and the setting is Kokomo, Ind. The story appears in the Spring 2012 issue. Sorry to say, the mag is available only in print. (Well, how about that? Apologizing for paper....sad day).

And now, the Chicago Quarterly Review will publish in 2013 his piece "My Stupid Life Dot Com" Says Abe:

"I am moving forward with writing more fiction. This is what  I wanted to do before I got involved with New Journalism at the (Chicago) Reader in the 1970s, then daily newspaper journlism."

Since I know so many former reporters, including myself, who have unpublished stories and books up our sleeves, I asked Abe on behalf of all of us what is routine is like: does he discipline himself to write daily? When? Etc. His response:

"I don't write every day, but the plan always is to write unless something comes up,which often does. But I write or do some research most days. I do have a non-fiction project going so I'm doing research on that on many days. For fiction, I have a file of story ideas, some more developed than others. I have begun stories and invested effort in them only to abandon them in time - it happens a lot. Sometimes the writing just takes over, though, and I let the writing take me wherever it's taking me. Yet I'll look at something I've written a few days, or a few weeks later, and I'll wonder what was I thinking! I just don't have a rule yet on how to do this thing called writing. I do spend more time editing, culling, cleaning up, revising and so on than I used to. It's like an aging but savvy pitcher in baseball - he may not have the stuff he had when he was younger, but he makes better choices in his selections."

Gotta love the sports metaphors. One of Abe's books, published in 2003, is "Real Sports Reaporting."

Thanks for the update. It's always good to hear about a colleague who is making it. Also, one more piece of Abe advice: write what you know. In his own words:

"Common advice in fiction writing is to use settings you know, which will add credibility and accuracy to the work. I learned a little about Kokomo and the auto workers who live there in co-authoring my 2010 book on the car industry with Ted Evanoff. The story is set in the present time when an elederly gentleman receives a mysterious package (the "Delivery") containing a pair of ice skates from his youth growing up in Kokomo. That was when his father was a middle class salaried employee in the industry, but a friend was the son of an hourly wage line worker at Chrysler. The two friends had shared the skates in their youths, then one moved away and they never saw each other again. The delivery, which arrives with no note of explanation, brings back a lot of memories.
It's an homage to a simpler, truer time."






hendy [Member] said:

Sounds like an interesting book. Good for Abe!

2012-06-26 12:37:44

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

The auto book was just fascinating.

Here's to the writers. May their tribe multiply.

2012-06-27 07:23:47

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