In the June 26th Houston Chronicle there was a great article by Claudia Feldman on offbeat places to visit in the Houston area. (The article can be read by online subscribers)
As much as I liked the piece there was one detail, about a particular location, that was missing. I knew it was missing because I had visited the place in February.
So, I wrote an essay and submitted it to the Outlook letters section (accepts letters of up to 600 words) and sent it in.
When I opened up the Saturday paper I saw something that made my day. My essay had been published!
My very first published piece of work in Houston, my new home city! I feel like I have been officially welcomed to H-Town.
It began this way:
As a writer, walker and bicyclist, looking to explore every nook and cranny of my new home city I enjoyed the article in the June 26th Houston Chronicle, on offbeat places to visit, by Claudia Feldman.
However, there was a bit of important information missing from her mention of Eclectic Menagerie Park. It is understandable, however; even I almost missed it when I visited the place a few months back.
What's the point of having a plot of land filled with creative statues and the only way anyone would know they shouldn't step onto the unfenced property is if they just so happen to walk past one single, solitary, tiny white, no trespassing, sign on a pole? Just because there is no real parking (right-of-way issues it seems) and no sign with the name of the park, or who owns it, if private, is no reason to expect anyone to automatically deduce that this is no ordinary park.
The whole essay, for those who can't read the image above, is here. I hope you read it and let me know what you think.
The first published response to the piece is priceless!