Note: (We Only Get One Planet) Now is the Moment for Action

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Today alone.

I’ve received 31 emails requesting submission.

I receive an average of 5 to 33 emails every single day.

On busy days I receive up to 50.

Much of what I do revolves around deciding if the story fits or not.

I almost always repeat this every single time.

  1. I receive a story submission email
  2. I review the story
  3. I walk a writer through a thought process to get a single fitting description of the story.
  4. I have the writer connect everything else in the story with that statement.
  5. I review the story and work on it until it fits.

I’m thinking to automate the process.

I’ve been going through all the correspondence we have had together since 2014.

I’m in the middle of preparing a getting started handbook.

In this handbook, you will find questions, answers, and the basics you will need to know before writing for the publication.

It will reach a time when I’ll be publishing stories of only signed up writers.


  1. It will be stories from writers who understand the basics of what fits and what doesn’t.
  2. Their stories will go through a community before getting published.

— Joel


Don’t die of consumption learn by writing
I read. A book per month, two books when I can manage it. There is a delicate balance between reading and putting into action what you have learned. I struggle with this too.


We only get one planet now is our moment for action
I believe humankind has looked at climate change in that same way: as if it were fiction, happening to someone else’s planet as if pretending that climate change wasn’t real would somehow make it go away.


Advice from 30 years old me to 20-year-old me
I still keep this with me for it has a lot of things I want to do shortly and some of the things to avoid.


No matter how abominable your condition may be, try not to blame anything or anybody. The moment that you place blame somewhere, you undermine your resolve to change anything.
— Joseph Brodsky

Hi, I’m Joel. I write this Notes to you every Tuesday. My goal with this simple letter is to present you by way of email. A manageable selection (3 items) of engaging, practical, and personal stories that make your day a little more pleasant. Click here to learn more