The first time I got a byline for writing a poker article for a print magazine, Bill Clinton was president. The magazine was Poker Digest. A couple years later, Poker Digest ceased to be, and I haven’t been in print since. Until now. In the September 2008 issue of Bluff Magazine that just came out, you can find the last two pages of my book on page 114. The excerpt is called “A Process of Illumination.”
But it’s nothing new, I mean, it’s not new to me. I wrote it a year ago. And lots of people have read it before it appeared in Bluff. What is new, I mean really new, is the stuff I wrote this morning. Words and ideas that I now get to watch every day as they grow, and shift, and bud-off, and die-off, and mutate into something that wants to be a cohesive whole, but won’t be until I send it to my editor Anna, and then she’ll send me back all sorts of wonderful suggestions using track-changes, and then we’ll talk on the phone, and then I’ll go back into the file and add stuff and remove stuff and change stuff, and I’ll print it out and carry it around with me for a few days while I make little marks on it with my red pen, and then I’ll enter those changes into the file, and then I’ll send it to my buddy Alex, and he’ll tell me which parts totally suck, and then I’ll fix that stuff, and then I’ll read it out loud to my wife, and she’ll say just send it in already, and then I’ll send it to a man I am so very pleased to now know and call a friend — we’ve had a couple very long lunches in Vegas, his name is Matthew Parvis and he’s the editor-in-chief of Bluff Magazine — and after he sees it, he might write back and say something like holy cow man, what’s with the run-ons? which I’ll try to explain away as nothing more than caffeine art, and he’ll probably say okay whatever, I’m printing it, your check’s in the mail, and I’ll be like, oh … my … god, I do so love ink.
My first new-article-in-progress for Bluff Magazine is currently titled, “My Under-Over Line at No-Limit.” It’s about certain situations where I drastically underbet the pot on one street followed by a drastic overbet on the next street. I’ll let you know how it turns out. 🙂