Yesterday, for the first time in over three and a half years, I did not put up a new weekly post on my ASK A PUNK advice blog. I have put the blog on what I’m calling ‘active hiatus’ for a while. The reasons for this decision are fully explained in last week’s post… the final one for now. Meanwhile my Another LA Cartoon blog will continue with weekly posts every Thursday morning, and the occasional bonus post every once in a while.
In other news, a quick look at my calendar of upcoming shows (over there in the right-hand column) will tell you that I have several reading/essay shows coming up in the next few weeks. I’m always thrilled to get the chance to tell some of my stories on both new and familiar stages. The more I rework these stories, the better idea I get of how they all fit together (or don’t.) I’m starting to look at ways to put all the stories together into one long form piece, even longer than the original ‘A Punk’s Tale’ one-man show. We’ll see what I come up with. I’ll add the project to the list. ha. While it is always good to have more ideas than time to execute them, it can be frustrating too.
…and speaking of shows, I recently posted a video clip from my latest performance at “Sit n’ Spin” on the Comedy Central Stage at the Hudson (LA) on my page over at Funny or Die. If you have a few minutes click the picture below and go check it out… and vote: “Funny.” Thanks.
As predicted in my last post, 2011 has already proven to be a very different kind of year. I’m not alone in thinking that things have turned a corner (in a good way) both personally and professionally. So far in 2011 I have moved across town to a new, and infinitely better location, I have had more meetings than I had in all of 2010 and I’m basically feeling good and I’m eager to see what comes next.
I have also finally gotten invited back to do the Sit-n-Spin show at the Comedy Central Stage. Since they book months in advance, I don’t have an exact show date yet, but the new producers contacted me and approved one of my submissions. I am thrilled. It is a great show, run by great people, in a great theater. I know it might sound a bit ‘Hollywood-y’ to say that sort of stuff, but in this case it happens to be true.
In other news: I forgot to mention that Ask A Punk turned three years old back in January, a milestone for any blog. Ask A Punk and my LA Cartoon blogs are now both ‘top hits’ in google searches too. Is that really a big deal? I honestly don’t know, but I think it is pretty cool.
Onward people! Strange times call for action!
Not much to report in this quiet pre-dawn monday, but there are some bits of news.
I discovered AFTER returning to Los Angeles that THE TINY SPACESHIP was featured in the Seattle Weekly’s short preview of the festival. That was pretty cool.
It is official – My new cartoon blog ANOTHER LA CARTOON is taking off far faster than my painstakingly nurtured Ask A Punk advice blog has. Even though it still isn’t popping up on search engines as high as I would like, word is spreading and I’m getting good feedback. I’m trying to post once per week, but at the moment I have an additional special & unexpected “Celebrity Edition” up featuring Oliver Stone.
It also seems that my “Tom” or “O’Connor”-themed photos are catching on… people are submitting pics to me now! Here’s a pic that just came in from one of my writer pals…
TINY SPACESHIP is GO !
Very excited about this weekend’s trip to Seattle for the shorts festival… but never fear, before taking off, I have put up a new Ask A Punk post AND I’ve put up the next installment of Another L.A. Cartoon. Interestingly enough, the new “cartoon blog” is taking off, and after just a week on the web it has nearly as many links and readers as Ask A Punk has managed to accumulate in a year… so welcome and thanks to all the new readers.