It’s Thanksgiving in the United States! What are you thankful for this year? I made a list of four things I’m especially thankful for, including my girlfriend and my parents (who’ve supported me through every crazy venture) and the fact that I have people interested in my creative work. Also, TWITTER PIE!
That’s right, it’s PITCH WARS 2013, and I am sending around a query and five sample pages to four would-be mentors in hope of a partnership that yields fame, fortune, and world domination. Next year, it will be me licking a sledgehammer nude on MTV! Or, you know, just a book deal would be nice.
After the hours I’ve spent reading mentor bios, it occurred to me that a would-be mentor might appreciate a similar opportunity to learn a few things about me. So I put together a little list of my own.
First, an introduction: As you can probably tell from the header, my name is Christopher Keelty. My Pitch Wars project is a 95,000-word science fiction novel (for adults) featuring superheroes and LGBT themes in a future setting. I write adult speculative fiction, usually science fiction or fantasy but sometimes tip-toeing into horror or paranormal. With that background, I present….
The Top Eight Reasons I Should Be Your Pitch Wars Mentee
8. I’m easy to collaborate with. Over thirteen years of collaborative writing in a business environment, you have to get there. I’m entirely capable of hearing criticism of my work, even if it’s sometimes harsh, without throwing a temper tantrum or declaring that YOU ARE A GATEKEEPER AND I SHALL NOW SELF-PUBLISH MY PERFECT MASTERPIECE.
Late tonight I’ll be in Long Island City at City Harvest‘s Food Rescue Facility, helping pack up 200,000 pounds of food for distribution to hungry people around New York City.
Today is the first annual “Repackathon,” in which hundreds of volunteers will spend 24 straight hours preparing donated food to go to area food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and other emergency food distribution sites.
A shocking number of New Yorkers–roughly twenty percent of the population–live in poverty, and almost a third rely on emergency food programs at some point each year. This holiday season will be especially rough following cuts to the federal SNAP program (aka “Food Stamps) that took effect on November 1.
Night owl that I am, I’ll be working the 9 PM to midnight shift. I’ll try to post photos, but they probably won’t show up here because WordPress is tough to update on a cell phone. For that you’ll have to follow me on Twitter or Instagram.
The United States is more divided, politically, than we have been since the Civil War–so say several recent studies. The question is: Why? I think it’s because Americans get our news from a record number of sources–and many of them aren’t nearly as interested in journalism as they are in revenue from advertisers. So what can we do to make things better?
Liz ran the Philly marathon Sunday morning. I did not–though it didn’t stop me from eating a whole pint of ice cream Saturday night! After a series of lousy marathon experiences (getting sick and having to drop out of Boston 2012, injuring herself in Harrisburg, almost being blown up in Boston 2013) she had a terrific day and posted another PR–her third in three visits to the big Philly race. Today’s was 3:05:27, good for another trip to Boston in 2015.
I put together a little video highlight real of the race, which was pretty fun. My favorite part is the line of guys peeing between the UPS trucks, but there are some other entertaining moments too–like the young girls holding a sign encouraging their dad to not poop his pants.
Worth a reminder: If you’re a runner looking for a coach in the NYC area (or for virtual coaching anywhere in the world) Liz is not only a very fast runner but also a hell of a trainer. Check her out at Coach Corky Runs.