Greetings! It has been a long time since I last posted. My first book, Arn? Narn. had just come out and there was much cause for celebration. In the ensuing time, I have been quite busy working on a new book. This one is quite a departure from Arn? Narn. in that it is a […]Read More New Book Coming!
A couple of months ago, I sent a guest pitch e-mail for my photo-documentary book Arn? Narn. to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Unlike many others I’ve submitted, someone from his show did respond and for that I give them immense credit. However, they turned me down. OK. I can live […]Read More I’m calling you out, Jon Stewart… you man enough?
So what happens next? Your guess is as good as mine. Maybe even better. Now that the initial push is over, I have to find a way to continue the PR effort. I am open to all suggestions. If as a loyal reader, you have any ideas, send ’em over, I’m game. If I use […]Read More Yes, you in the third row…
It’s a fairly quiet time right now. Arn? Narn. has been out for about a month now and the initial media push is calming down. There’s a radio interview tomorrow and an exhibition/book signing next month. After that, who knows? But the reviews continue to come in and I thought I’d share some with all […]Read More Thank you sir. Please, may I have some more?
It used to be at one time one was not supposed to trust anyone over the age of 30. If you did, you were a traitor to the “cause” (whatever that may have been), you could no longer be trusted, and you were a sellout. A pariah in your own time. So, I have to […]Read More Yes, it’s true, (sob!), I sold out!
Oh, my. Oh, yes. Omigod. That seems to be more and more my response to news these days about my book, Arn? Narn. And at this point, it’s all good. I’m not certain I had any specific expectations about the response the book might receive. Oh, sure, I had hopes, but they’re all too easily […]Read More Oh, myyyy…. with all due respects to George Takei.
Just about thirteen months ago, I began writing this blog about my then upcoming book about disappearing rural Newfoundland entitled Arn? Narn. Two weeks ago, Arn? Narn. was published. It has been an eventful year and it continues even as I write this. Last night I returned from the Southern Festival of Books in Nashville […]Read More Hemingway, Grisham, Shakespeare, and me.
Yesterday I entered the digital age. Now that is not to say I don’t shoot my photography digitally or I don’t know how to surf the internet. I do on both accounts and I think fairly well. To date, my encounters with media for the Arn? Narn. PR push, have been of the more traditional […]Read More Running off at the mouth.
Andy x4. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Andy Warhol‘s galaxy to be specific, he stated that “…in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” By and large, he has been right. He could have amended that to add “in their own galaxy.” All one has to do is […]Read More Andy Warhol was wrong.
For very many years, the Indianapolis 500 race has been started with the famous words, “Gentlemen, start your engines.” In recent years, that has come to include female drivers as well. So, I now say to all my loyal readers (male and female) out in blog land…Gentlepeople, start your engines! The race is on. To […]Read More Gentlemen (women too, of course) start your engines…
Like an impending weather front coming in without any indication of what to expect, there appears to be a schedule forming of where there will be “Bruce” sightings. Unlike Big Foot, rumors of my existence are not exaggerated however unfortunate that may be. These sightings will be book signings, media appearances, readings and such. I […]Read More Oh man, do I really have to take a shower for this?
That wind, a storm almost, came out of the north blowing away all my preconceived notions of isolation and leaving in its trail a yawning, gaping hole of wistfulness, what might have been had I been born there and at another time. But still, I did get to see it, be there, and experience a […]Read More Purple prose…and doubts.
Fame has never really been one of those things for which I’ve lusted. I will admit I do like my work being noticed, reviewed positively, and even purchased for inclusion in art collections. But fame of the Lindsay Lohan variety, ehhh, not so much. That said, I do want my book Arn? Narn. to be […]Read More Matt, Jon, George…can you hear me? Are you out there?
Since I have yet to decide on using a PR agency, I am creating much of the collateral material myself that I’ll need to market Arn? Narn. The video is done and up on YouTube. It will be included and/or linked to any correspondence sent out regarding the book. But it can’t stop there. A […]Read More DIY PR (or Don Draper, eat your heart out!).
As I started to round “Arn? Narn?” into the form of a book, I needed to get an idea of what interest it might generate. Of course, I believed in it, perhaps too much as a the parent of their first-born can be. The reality that it might not have any merit doesn’t enter my […]Read More Dear Mr./Mrs./Ms., Thank you…. The Creativity of Rejection Letters.
It brought her to tears…the fourth note..Read More It brought her to tears…the fourth note.
The printing of the photographs is finally complete. I can now look at these and see if there is any sense to be made of them. Or should I just go ahead and get a job in a shoe store? (citizenbrand.typepad.com) Editing a photography book is like playing with LEGOS (TM – don’t want to […]Read More Let me get this straight: the forks go on the left and the knives and spoons go on the right, right?
After careful and meticulous (I hope) examination, I’ve selected some 200 photographs to print from the several thousand taken in Newfoundland. Having so many to choose from is like deciding which of your children will live and the others, well, you get the picture. In this case, several thousand negatives (most of them!) will never […]Read More Done and done-r.
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Several weeks ago, I had set a goal of reaching a certain number of followers/subscribers to this blog in order to help promote my new photography book. When that goal was reached, I would award a free, signed copy of my book “Arn? Narn.” after its publication to one lucky…
Several weeks ago, I had set a goal of reaching a certain number of followers/subscribers to this blog in order to help promote my new photography book. When that goal was reached, I would award a free, signed copy of my book “Arn? Narn.” after its publication to one lucky subscriber. That goal has been […]Read More We interrupt this blog with breaking news…
This entry is a bit of a departure from all my previous posts. Rather than writing about my experiences in Newfoundland producing the upcoming photography book, “Arn? Narn.”, I have a wonderful update about it to share with all of you. As this is all electronic, there is no postage necessary. But for an illustration, […]Read More And now a word from our sponsor….
Living Planet, St. Johns, NFLD It’s all about the music – the only “weapons” in this picture are musical instruments. Imagine driving around for several thousand miles in silence. You could sing to yourself – that’s an option but one that runs out of novelty real fast. You could also play license plates by yourself […]Read More “If the devil will take her…”
New Year’s Eve in a shanty sounds a lot worse than it really is. Shanty doesn’t have the same connotation in rural Newfoundland as it does in the States. A shanty is the small building/house/cabin on the coast used by fishermen as a residence when going to and coming from the sea. It is for […]Read More Man Cave by the sea.
One of the small pleasures in traveling is watching local television. Usually it’s some buffoonish weatherman trying out material for his audition reel. Other times it can be just the silliness of a marble-mouthed reporter unable to pronounce the name of a perp or a foreign town. That said, I’ve nothing to say about Newfoundland […]Read More “We’re not fulltime stupid.” Really?
There used to be only the Big Three automakers – Ford, GM, and Chrysler. That was it. None of the others that populate our driveways today were in sight back then. Life it seems was much simpler then. This is a Ford. So imagine my surprise when I heard about fjords. I was certain some […]Read More There’s a fjord in your future.
On the western coast of Newfoundland, I drive through such towns as Cow Head, Sally’s Cove, Three Mile Rock, (not to be confused with the atomic town in Pennsylvania), and Spudgels Cove. (Who was Spudgels that he was important enough to have a cove named after him?) Each one of these has it’s own personality […]Read More Lobsters and a screw cap.
Who would have thought that a popular breakfast cereal had anything in common with the Titanic? After all, even a floating case of Rice Krispies would not even be noticed by the mammoth ship as it steamed blissfully and ignorantly by the hapless krispies. It’s not like it was an iceberg or something …right? One […]Read More The 50,000 year old Rice Krispy or Snap, Crackle, Pop, (and Hiss).
Scene from “The Shipping News” There are those who believe that close proximity to fame will allow that very same fame to rub off on them. About all that accrues from these multiple degrees of separation is that one could say so-and-so slept here and well, so did they. What else could explain the countless […]Read More Kevin Spacey slept here.
from Living Planet, St. John’s, Nfld. “Free Newfoundland” is not a coupon or a buy one, get one free deal. It was a light-hearted marketing piece that touched a few nerves. The “Free Newfoundland” (my quotation marks) movement isn’t a movement per se like the the very real separatist group in Quebec. Rather it is […]Read More Free Newfoundland!
During my research, I learned about Cape Spear being the eastern-most part of the North American continent. It’s actually closer to Ireland than to other parts of Canada. I think there is a certain Newfoundland pride in that fact. This is where the sun shines first, (remember 2.5 hours ahead of Central Time), on the […]Read More Ghosts of the Battery.