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I've jumped into writing

Postby Ed Draves » Thu Aug 17, 2006 8:55 pm

Hello all,
I've started writing a column for a website called restaurantbiz.net. About 15 years ago, I worked at Fay's Drugstore with the guy who runs the site and when he approached I jumped at the chance. I'd love for you all to read it and offer an honest opinion. This is my 1st attempt at professional writing. It's a startup website so I don't know where it will lead but who knows?
http://restaurantbiz.net/wine/
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby James Roscoe » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:20 pm

I love the last sentence. It's soooo true! Nice start. Keep up the good work.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:28 pm

Great stuff Ed. On the old WLDG, was there not a writers forum thingy??
I love writing (Nah not you Doris!!) and do a monthly column on birding for the Edmonton Senior newspaper. No payment just participate and educate, just like here really!!
Post some articles eh when you have time?
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Ed Draves » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:29 pm

Thank you. The last sentanced was acually added by my wife, who proofread the article for me. She put it in as a joke and I liked it and added the (and husbands) part.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Ed Draves » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:32 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Great stuff Ed. On the old WLDG, was there not a writers forum thingy??
I love writing (Nah not you Doris!!) and do a monthly column on birding for the Edmonton Senior newspaper. No payment just participate and educate, just like here really!!
Post some articles eh when you have time?

Thanks, It's great being part of this community and putting wine thoughts up. I'm not getting paid at restaurant biz either just doing it for the practice and to help out an old friend.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Robin Garr » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:41 pm

Congratulations, Ed, for a neat writing gig and a job well done. You have a skill that doesn't come naturally to all writers, and that's expressing yourself in a clear, conversational way without getting overly formal. I hope you'll post links to your future columns here, too.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Ed Draves » Thu Aug 17, 2006 9:48 pm

Thanks for the compliment, it means a lot to me and for letting me post the link here. I'll happily let you know when my next piece is up.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Bob Parsons Alberta » Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:03 pm

Maybe I should post my birding articles too. LOL. Keep going, you will have fun!!
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby James Roscoe » Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:24 pm

Bob Parsons Alberta. wrote:Maybe I should post my birding articles too. LOL. Keep going, you will have fun!!


Bob, I'll bet there are interested birders here. don't sell yourself short. It would be fun to read them in the Friends Forum. Cheers!
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Victorwine » Thu Aug 17, 2006 10:52 pm

Congratulations Ed! Job well done, nice article and so true.

Salute
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Thomas » Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:36 pm

Ed,

I liked it. It's approachable, friendly, and right off the bat makes people know not to be afraid of potential snobby wine people.

I can make some suggestions about the writing, if you like, but we could do that offline.

I also wondered if you have had your gathering yet at the wine and culinary center in Canandaigua. Tonight was my last of the summer classes there, and Steve Gauterry (sp) showed up.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Bob Ross » Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:47 am

Interesting publication, Ed. My very best wishes on your new career.

I loved the final sentence -- Janet liked too -- perhaps just a bit too much? :-)

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Where Will It Lead????

Postby TomHill » Fri Aug 18, 2006 10:19 am

Where wil it lead??? I'll tell you...big $$$'s and all the chicks lusting for your body (of knowledge, of course).
Nicely done article, Ed. Breezy and not too serious. But the important point is to tap into that wealth of knowledge (some/most) sommeliers have.
And thanks for not using the term "Somm". Hate it!!
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Steve Guattery » Fri Aug 18, 2006 5:41 pm

Ed,

Congratulations on getting the column assignment. I enjoyed your first column, and look forward to reading more.

Thomas wrote:I also wondered if you have had your gathering yet at the wine and culinary center in Canandaigua. Tonight was my last of the summer classes there, and Steve Gauterry (sp) showed up.

Thomas,

I enjoyed meeting you and I really enjoyed the class, which was both informative and entertaining. I'm only sorry I wasn't in town for the earlier sessions. Highly recommended to anyone who has a chance to take it in the future.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Thomas » Fri Aug 18, 2006 7:16 pm

Same here Steve. Anyone who understands the relationship between acid/sugar and the "dry" wine belief system is a friend of mine ;)

I particularly liked that you did not introduce yourself until later in the program; helped me not to feel self-conscious about having someone with a lot of wine knowledge judging what I think I know about the subject.

We are talking about doing a few different wine programs, one might be a hands-on winemaking class. If we do that one, I might call upon Howie for one of the classes--put his wine next to some commercial stuff as a show and tell kind of thing, if he would be interested.
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Re: I've jumped into writing

Postby Howie Hart » Fri Aug 18, 2006 9:22 pm

Thomas wrote:We are talking about doing a few different wine programs, one might be a hands-on winemaking class. If we do that one, I might call upon Howie for one of the classes--put his wine next to some commercial stuff as a show and tell kind of thing, if he would be interested.

I would be honored, but my plate is getting full - MOCOOL next week, my son's wedding 1st weekend in October (note to self - start riddling the magnums of '04 bubbly). However, I am planning a trip to the FL in mid-October to score some Vignoles. :wink:
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