I have been overwhelmed by the positive response and lovely comments that I’ve gotten for my funny/romantic essay (that was in Saturday’s newspaper.)
…for all the talk about “print is dead” I can tell you it has been a long while since something I’ve written has gotten this much attention so quickly. Newspapers (both in print and online) still have an important place in our media landscape.
…it is also nice to be reminded that people still do like stories with a happy ending.
I ended my previous post by saying that I sensed some positive changes were on the way. Turns out I was right. I don’t want to turn this post into a brag or, worse yet – a “humble brag” but I think it is good to mention it when things start going well/better – if nothing else, it is a form of gratitude.
I’m in the final back & forth edits for a short piece that should be appearing soon in the Los Angeles Times – assuming it and I survive the editing process. Sure, it’ll be in the “online edition” for all the world to see – and which I plan to shamelessly self-promote, but it will also be in the print edition. I don’t care how old or young you are, there IS something special about walking to the end of your driveway, picking up a major metropolitan newspaper, opening it and seeing your name in a “by line.” …and of course, on the slim chance that it doesn’t get published, I can always come back and edit this paragraph out.
I have finished the redesign of the Ask A Punk website. It isn’t a major overhaul and there haven’t been a ton of bells/whistles added but, since I do it all myself, it is still a bit of an accomplishment. I have delayed putting up the new posts and gearing up the necessary self-promoting etc. because I will also be putting out my first “eBook.” at the same time. I have turned the 1st year of Ask A Punk posts into an ebook that I’ll be giving away for free (at first) on every reading device known to man… and since I am doing that all by myself too, there has been a bit of a learning curve and several technical hurdles to overcome, but it all seems to be coming together now.
My weekly “LA Cartoon” is slowly starting to get some notice too.
Work. Paying work that involves a lot of thinking and the typing of funny things also appears to be in my near future again. and I should be teaching a new improv class soon. …and both of those things always makes me feel better.
…now if the Red Sox could only start winning.