Movies, Music, TV, Sports, Photography, Poetry, Billboards…Hey, whatever–we’re open!
Here are a few guidelines…
- Browse around the website and get a feel for the tone. (See below for some samples.)
- Keep it in a kind-hearted spirit. Welcome discussion, but please try to cover both sides of the issue.
- We like to laugh–particularly at ourselves. Many of our posts can drift to the poignant, you’ll find. But generally try to keep it fun, if not funny! Think Andy Rooney, Bill Cosby, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock.
- Stick to a PG-13 rating at the most.
- The “media” part of the formula is pretty wide open. It might be a movie, TV show, photograph, news article, annoying app, amazing podcast, or a favorite children’s drawing. (I’ve used my grandma’s poetry from the 1940’s, for example.) Anything to get the ball rolling.
- 1,000 words or less is a good guideline. We won’t cut you off after that–but some readers might!
- A nice balance of media helps: images, video clips, music–along with your awesome writing!
Right now, we don’t have any sponsors or ads–other than helping writers promote their own books–which we’re glad to do for you!
Here are a few of our posts, to give you a general feel…
- How to Be a Good Defendant by Robert Phillips (archives): A funny take on what lawyers need you not to do, if you’re ever dragged into court.
- Tales from the Michigan Diaspora by Kale Davidoff (archives): A huge hit as Kale dealt with being a Michiganian away from the Great Lake State. It evoked plenty of hits, comments and commiserating from other expatriots.
- More Than Just the Bicentennial Year to Me by Laura Kelly (archives): A sentimental Broadway trip as Laura notices the revival of Pippin taking her memories back to her first trip
- Outlasting the 100 Year Old Tree by Steve Mitzel (archives): I harvested Steve’s great style from a Facebook post. His bittersweet, ironic observations on how his marriage didn’t last as long as a doomed tree was a significant first for our site.
- November 22, 1963: A Seventh Graders Loss of Innocence by Joe Maguire (archives): On the fiftieth anniversary of JFK’s assassination, Joe takes us back to his own story on that day as he and his mother moved to a new neighborhood.
- Thanking Two Men I’d Forgotten to Thank… by Kevin (archives): This one surprised me. Two of my favorite junior high school teachers died within days of one another so I wrote a quick piece on how they influenced me. This is one has had the most hits to date.
- Museum Yard Sale? Detroit’s Deficit and Denial by Kevin: Detroit’s bankruptcy has put the billion dollar collection at the Institute of Arts on the possible auction block. This is a rather sarcastic “What If” scenario that first gave us our in at Huffington Post.
Hope to be reading you soon!