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by S.E. Shepherd
May 3, 2002

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The PO Needs YOU!_S.E. Shepherd-Help fill the void. As much fun as I have writing for the PO, I am distressed that our contributor list seems to comprise of mainly about 4 or 5 people. From time to time, several of the PO staff have written pieces urging others to contribute. This is my attempt.

Often I have people come up to me and say “S.E.,” (because they think they know me on a first name basis), “How does one write an article for the Partial Observer?” Or at least they would, if people came up to me. Actually the vast majority of people that come up to me are asking for spare change, but that is off the subject. So how does one write an article for the PO, you may be asking if you’re still reading this article, and not looking to see if there are any new “Dear Jon” letters. The answer is simple; write.

But I can’t write with the wit of S.E. Shepherd, the knowledge of James Leroy Wilson, the insight of Dear Jon or the prose of Mark D. Johnson, I hear you say. Nonsense! All you do is pick a subject and write!

Doesn’t my article have to be about something? No! Look I’ve filled nearly an entire piece writing about absolutely nothing. And while most readers gave up shortly after the title, you’re still reading it! This is the “Seinfeld” of writing!

If you do want to write about “something,” then pick something you’re interested and write about it. It doesn’t have to be profound. Write about how Kraft © Macaroni & Cheese claims to be the “cheesiest,” but isn’t (actually that may be my next article, so don’t.). You’re only requirement is that the article be 300 words long. According to the “Word Count” feature on my program I reached 300 words six words ago. See how simple it is!

While seeing my own words in print helps inflate my ego and gives me an air of self-importance, I really enjoy reading what other people have to say too. If you can’t stretch your ideas to 300 words, drop it off in the FORUMS section on this website. The Webmaster and I would love to see new stuff contributed daily, though we’ll settle for what we can get.

Well, now that I’ve exhausted this idea, what should I write about next? Hmmm…about that Macaroni & Cheese stuff….

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