For the past 15 months or so, I’ve been diligently writing, recounting my experiences photographing in Newfoundland, and getting Arn? Narn. ready for publication. Add in the PR aspect of letting the world know about it and then acting on the results of said PR and it’s easy to see that it has consumed a large amount of my time. Thankfully, I’ve been able to do a lot of it in evenings and on weekends. Throw in lunchtimes too. The good news is that my work doesn’t appear to have suffered from these extra-curricular activities.
But now, this has moved into wholly new territory. If you’ve been reading this blog, then you know I write this blog. No one else. So, when a request comes in to do a guest blog piece, I’m starting to feel like a hired gun. I know this is all part of the deal, but it is a little weird.
This morning while channel surfing and having my coffee, I came across an old black and white TV show from the sixties called Have Gun, Will Travel. Starring Richard Boone, it told the tales of a black-clad gunslinger for hire. The title of the show was the slogan on his business card which was also adorned with the knight piece from a chess game. This one character might have been solely responsible for actors and/or stars having only one name such as Cher and that ilk: his being Paladin. That name comes from the paladins, being the foremost warriors of King Charlemagne‘s court. He was a knight. And he was for hire.
And that’s sort of how I feel when I have to write a guest post for a reviewer’s blog. It’s all part of the new way books are marketed. I can’t merely re-post a piece from this blog or the search engines will banish all parties involved to a fate worse than Prodigy. (Look it up.) So, I have to write something new. For anyone reading this who also blogs, you know that’s not the easiest thing to do. As I wrote in a previous post, it’s our wish to keep it fresh. This is a great test of our ability to write and attempt not to repeat ourselves. and attempt not to repeat our selves. Yeah, right.
I liken these posts to the “Director’s Cut” versions of films. “You know, this is the film I really wanted to make.” Or, “I felt as if there were too many unanswered questions.” Or, “It really needed the resolution in the second act, you know.” That kind of stuff. Expand, expound, and expect people to like it. Yeah, OK. But don’t get on me too hard if it seems a little familiar.
So going forward, I have a new occupation and my new card will say “Have blog, will travel.” Why not?