Sunday, April 13, 2014

Greatness

Once upon a time, people were recognized -- and achieved some measure of greatness -- by their actions and deeds. The fame created by your greatness determined how well known you were.

These days that's not the case. The media has created greatness for people who have done nothing and do nothing worthy of that greatness, or who have been born into a famous family, or have won some made up "reality" show.

I suppose I'm showing my age here, but this sort of thing makes me sick. And it is not sour grapes. I do not aspire to greatness. But I am tried of hearing about this one or that one and find nothing worthy watching on cable because it is full of crap.

TV can enlighten and educate but only if we use that way, to paraphrase a famous journalist. We aren't doing that as much as we should and in an age hungry for information and content, we are inventing it where we shouldn't and ignoring real content that we shouldn't.

Keep writing everyone.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Showtime

This Tuesday, April 8, at 7pm, I and five other writers will be speaking at the Thomas Crane Library in Quincy MA about their works. It has been a long road to get here and I still have last-minute details to take care of. What I've discovered is that promoting one's work is a lot like selling cars which surprises me because car salesman is a job I would not want on a regular basis. Ironic.

On the other hand, I've networked and made connections like I would for any job and I even got to be interviewed by my local TV station, which is not something that happens to car salesmen. The video of the interview came out well and can be seen at http://www.qatv.org/videoclip/2014/ATL_April2014_LAP.

There are other differences too, I think, the main one being I have to go after readers; car salesmen do not. People walk into car showrooms. And since I will have to perform on Tuesday, I am busy preparing for the presentation I will give.

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Keep writing everyone.