I've never been able to really work the Voice. There are some critics who are in there just about every week, and I don't know how they do it, because every pitch I send gets tossed back with a "sorry, the section's full for months." And yet, when I send something on spec, I've got about a 20% chance of seeing it in print. But writing for the Voice is tough, because Chuck's a tough (albeit really, really good) editor; you've gotta bring your A game. So do I wanna sweat that much, mentally, for the possibility of absolutely no reward? Not really, I don't, no. I'm a businessman, not some teenaged lunatic with too much time on his hands. I don't have nearly enough time on my hands.
But sometimes I do bash something out and send it Chuck's way, and it lands in print. Like this week. Here are my thoughts on Trivium's Ascendancy.