George what was the first book you remember picking and reading by yourself.
It was a kid's book on The Johnstown Flood. I remember that it was horrifying.
Ah, never read it but something to remember I'm sure. What was an exhibition you attended that made you say damn that was good?
Recently, it was the New York Public Library's exhibition on the Stonewall Inn uprising in June of 1969. Lots of photos and publications from the era, 25 cent underground magazines, photos of the writers, photographers, and editors, all working for almost nothing, financially.To see these underground newspapers and magazines as framed documentation around the initial struggles for LGBTQ rights, it was a humbling statement about how real revolutions occur and the power of a free press.
Pen, pencil or phone which one do you reach for when you need to write something down?
Always a soft-gel pen.
Easy enough. What advice would you give someone who is just starting to send their work out to journals?
Plan for acceptance, do everything required, but expect rejection, to protect your ego and so that you'll be pleasantly surprised if and when you are accepted, and eventually you will be. You never really know if your work didn't measure up, the editors were overwhelmed for that day or that issue, or it just wasn't the right day to open your submission for whatever reason. For a creative, getting accepted is a war of attrition, not a sprint or a single bullet, so just keep sending volleys of submissions over the wall, and keep writing, or shooting new photos in my case. I think some editors regard tenacity as a favorable trait, at least that's the positive delusion that I choose to work under.
George has been published in Midwestern Gothic, Gravel, Foliate Oak, After Hours, Hoosier Lit, Gulf Stream Magazine, 3Elements, Stoneboat, Occulum, the Gnu Journal, Iliinot Review and Darkside Magazine. You can keep up with George on @steincapitalmgmt or at http://georgelstein.com