The Big Twitter Pitch Contest (A Publishing Update), Upcoming Podcast Stuff, & Whatever Else I Wanna Talk About!

@TallonWrites tweet from #pitmad in March 2021

Let’s start with the Twitter stuff, since I put it first in the title.

Twitter Story Pitch Contest…

#pitmad is what the cool kids call it. And the uncool adults. Like me. Anyway, it’s this Twitter thing for writers that happens quarterly. (That’s once every 3 months, dumb-dumb.) Basically everyone who ever wrote a book–no matter how good or awful–wants to get a literary agent, so they all pitch their manuscripts on a tweet and see what happens. More or less. Mine looked like this:

My #pitmad pitch
No love from the people I needed the love from. Shoot.

I got some retweets (which is what you want), but no likes from agents (which is what you really want). I spent too much time on my phone yesterday because of it. Lost time I’ll never get back. That’s kind of how I feel about it at this moment, having not gotten the interest I was hoping for.

It’s part of being a writer–the rejection–but it still sucks. Not like a kick in the gut, but like when you’re a kid and you keep asking if you’re there yet. That’s how I feel. The book is done, actual writers have read it and said, “You gotta try to get this published.” But, so far, to no avail. So I’m a little salty, I guess.

Now, if I had gotten an offer, or at least someone’s attention, sure, I’d be like, “It was awesome, guys!” But that’s not what happened. And that’s fine. Everyone’s path is different, and all that shit.

If You’d Like to Read My Book…

Moving forward, if anyone reading this would like to read my manuscript, I can email you a word.doc or Drive link, or whatever. I’d like more people I don’t know (IRL) to read it, ya know? Get feedback from someone you don’t have to carpool with and have that uncomfortable moment:

“Did you read my book?”

“Oh…yeah.”

“What did you think?”

“It was…very…uh…imaginative.”

HAHAHAHAHA! You can simply say, “Wasn’t for me, homie,” and I will not be offended. You can give me simple feedback, or notes on character development/authenticity, plot holes, or anything that makes you go, I’m not sure what you’re trying to do here….

There’s a (slightly) better description of my book Switchers on my website. If you want to read all, or even some–I’ll take notes on the first few pages, for sure!!!–then email me and I’ll be happy to reply with as much of it as you’d like to read. No commitments. If you don’t end up reading it, you don’t have to worry about angry follow ups from me. I’m happy when someone reads it, I don’t really care too much if they don’t–for whatever reason.

OK, I’m done with that.

Podcast Stuff from the Host of Creative Ops (AKA: Me!)

If you listen to Creative Ops then, first of all: Thank You.

If you don’t, then all you really need to know is that it’s a podcast for creative people, by creative people. I talked to an award winning cannabis farmer, an Academy Award winning visual effects artist, musicians, novelists, painters, a festival organizer, business owners, and more.

Check out my new sponsor: IRIE Kitchen!

Upcoming Guests:

  • Surf Magazine veteran photographer/cinematographer
  • A metal drummer who played in a Final Fantasy tribute band
  • A professional painter/enterprenuer
  • The poet laureate of Grand Rapids, MI
  • a few others who I’ll mention as we get closer to the summer!

Here’s the last few episodes:

Ep.92 | Inside the Box, But off the Wall (Science-Backed Ways to Boost Creativity) Creative Ops

I'm talking about how to boost your creativity in the new year! (And the annoying start to my year that slowed the podcast to a crawl in January.) I'm coming at you with some quality CREATIVITY BOOSTING stuff. No matter who you are or your creative outlet, I hope you find this useful. (Or at the very least entertaining. (Or at the very most, both!)) LINKS and SHOUT-OUTS: Threads Podcast: Life Unfiltered is a great podcast and Jason got me into podcasting! Nick Nortier, @oldgrowthcreative on Instagram, is a talented artist and also bought my truck. Heather the librarian in Grandville, for letting me use a room to co-host… The TRBM podcast, which I guess I'll be co-hosting semi-regularly for an unspecified amount of time… The MINDFULNESS article I wrote back in the dizzay. Take a look…at my book! ***credible sources I used to prove to you weirdos I didn't make this stuff up: entrepreneur.com; ideas.ted.com; GCU.edu
  1. Ep.92 | Inside the Box, But off the Wall (Science-Backed Ways to Boost Creativity)
  2. Ep.91 | Jason Demmon: music, creativity, cancer, & cannabis
  3. 2022 Wrap-Up & Updates (And a New Song!)
  4. Ep.90 | Marcel ”Fable” Price – A Shameful Showing from the Kent County Commissioners Board
  5. Ep.89 | Mallory Shotwell – Founder and Director of CULTIVATE on local art, community, ”making it”, & marketing
  6. Ep.88 | The End of Creative Ops(?) – w/ commentary by his holiness, Kirk Ross
  7. Ep.87 | Brennen Matthews – Author of ”Miles to Go: An African Family in Search of America Along Route 66”
  8. Ep.86 | Josh Adams is funny as f–k!
  9. Ep.85 | Andrea Shaner – How to Be on TV!
  10. Ep.84 | Brandon Dante Copeland does EVERYTHING!

Random…

A Tale of Two Coffee Shops

I went to two different coffee shops last week. The End.

Kiddiiiiiinnng…. The first one was a local shop. I went in, talked to the manager, and found out: he’s super creative. He makes animations, sculpts, makes woodcuts. And he’s planning on quitting his job soon to do creative shit full time. So. Cool. Makes me glad to see people gettin it! Gives me hope too, I suppose.

I went into a different coffee shop (a big chain…) and had a different experience. I ordered a coffee (duh) and tried to pay with a $100 bill. Why? Because I’m a baller, my life is dope, and I do dope shit. That’s why. Ahem…

So I hand it out and she says, “We don’t take anything over $20.”

So apparently, corporate coffee doesn’t accept American money. I thought, Must be so they have to keep less change on hand, so I asked, Why the policy?

“Someone ripped off one of the stores with a fake-hundred once, so now we don’t take them.”

Apparently no one told them people counterfeit smaller bills too.

Dumb.

I’m Smarter Than My Dad!

He’s always been a smart cookie, my dad. To the point that it was sometimes frustrating to stay in a conversation with him. But now that he’s in his 70s, we have conversation bits like this:

“I got a new sponsor for the podcast, dad.”

“Who is it?”

IRIE Kitchen. They make organic Caribbean street food.”

“Like what?”

“They had a fried fish sandwich special last weekend.”

“I don’t think of seafood when I think Caribbean food. But I guess those island are close to water.”

Yes, dad. Islands are usually close to water. Glad to see you’re staying sharp.

(Don’t worry, he won’t read this, LOL. (And he’s doing fine.))

Abbity-abbity-abbity…That’s All, Folks

Little old school Looney Tunes throwback.

That’s it, kiddies! I got blogs to write so I can get money for coffee. Speaking of which, if you’d like to support my writing and/or podcasting, I need drink money. Buy me a coffee?

Let me know if you wanna read my book. If you like the podcast, rate it and share it with a super hip, cool friend, maaaaaan.

Later!

-CT

Christopher Tallon

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