Possessor of Paul Newman eyes. Author of the straightforward & strange. “Women zai shuo ba.” Be useful; share what you can; help others always. Doctor of texts.

The story of my stories

rows of standing, old fashioned yellow computer discs

There is no proper and neat way to do this.

So one has to find the “best” way, one’s personal way around it until someone else does find the truly best way.

Of course, others claim to have found the best way…if you understand coding and computer science, which I do not. So, screw them. …

Sixes — The Finale

“Regardless of what’s ‘true,’ or what can be proven so, the aspect of luck (as well as chaos) is what makes life exciting.”

I’ve been trying to find exactly the right words, the right sense of things, to close off this far-too-long discussion of success, searching through that vast wealth of knowledge and wisdom I possess…

That’s alright. You can just call me Master. Or Your Majesty. Or, Oh Blessed One. …

In his final interview with the media, the late Stephen Sondheim, perhaps the greatest songwriter of our generation, said that it wasn’t his talent that brought him success, it was “luck.”

I’ve been trying my best for quite a while, now, to deliver this message to everyone I can. I know so many writers with talent, and so many other creatives. They try so hard at times and are so worthy. But luck passes them by.

My friend J.D. Harms tells me there are over 100,000 people attempting to write “poetry” on this platform. Well, poetry or something like it. Personally, I doubt if it is all “poetry.” There have never been 100,000 poets at any given moment. Many have tried.

But even those good enough and accomplished enough may never see that bit of luck, the type of luck people like Sondheim fell into. That necessary touch of luck.


Why are TikTok and Instagram so popular? Why are they stealing the audience from Facebook?

Because, unfortunately, words are rather boring.

All by themselves, at least.

Which is why so many publishers on this platform so long ago made the drastic mistake of limiting visuals (photographs, graphics) to one only at the top of each story.

Go from one publication to another, research their rules and you’ll see it plain as marshmallows in hot cocoa. Well…before they melt (you don’t let them melt, do you?).

When I came to Medium as an honest-to-gosh writer — but with a background in graphics — these rules simply didn’t make any sense to me. When I saw the difference in remuneration (that’s how much money you earn for those of you who didn’t study Latin) between wordy stories and “picture book” stories…WOWIE!

So, urge your pubs to change!

People always ask: “Who is your favorite poet on Medium?”

I don’t have one, nor have I a favorite poet, generally, a song, movie, book. I have a favorite baseball team…that’s easy! I adore several poets and one whose work I feel a great passion for because of her genuineness.

Alan Asnen

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