Wednesday, September 29, 2010

HELP! It's a gift.

My friend Cynthia O'Neal, among many other Friends In Deed of my acquaintance, have suggested that asking for help is as much a gift for the person(s) we are asking assistance of as it is for us.  Now, I realize that I ask for help about as often as Bullwinkle J. Moose attempts to pull a rabbit out of his hat (six times a cartoon show).  It is with pleasure I state with pleasure that my request for assistance requires no more than a little time and a few mouse clicks from you.

Since July,  I have been writing two weekly columns for Palm Springs Guides, a local entertainment web site here in California.  "Movies and More!" was a movie review column.  The other column was a thinly veiled account of my life here in the desert entitled, "As The Corn Pops."  I say "was" because Palm Springs Guides is about to close.

We gathered for a staff dinner last night, most of us knowing there was news our publishers were going to share.  We had no idea it was to tell us we were out of business.  Many of us present at the dinner expressed our gratitude to our publishers for giving us the opportunity to write our stories.  I too, am grateful.  Right now, however, the news is still too new for me to jump into that space of "gratitude."  I am pissed off. I am not going down without a fight.

Apparently, Palm Springs Guides generates very little advertising revenue.  My publishers seem to have more flair for the creative than the practical.  That's not a complaint.  I absolutely relate to that.  I am still 100% positive that "Auntie Mame" and "The Wizard of Oz" are the finest examples of documentary and travelogue film making, ever.

Here's how you can help.  Please visit our site on Wednesday and/or Thursday.  Then go tell everyone you know to visit the site.  The more hits we get, the better it looks when we court potential advertisers.  If you know anyone who works in Marketing and is known to be a "rainmaker", please put that person in touch with me.

Of course, it would be beneficial to me if you visited our site today.  My final two columns will go live on the site at approximately 3:00 PM Eastern Time.

I am aware that there may be other sites/publications I could write for.  I'd prefer to write right were I am.

To paraphrase Rhoda Morgenstern, speaking in the first episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, "I left New York because I couldn't find a place to write.  I'm not leaving Palm Springs for the same reason."

Hands on your mice, everyone.  Please start clicking, here.