Cary Citizen Editor Wins Humor Writing Contest

Cris Cohen Selects Best Guest Blog Post  

April 19, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Leslie Huffman, Associate Editor of the Cary Citizen, an online newspaper, has won humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen’s guest blog post contest with a 250-piece entitled “My Invisible Car.”

Huffman’s piece is posted on Cohen’s Nothing In Particular blog (criscohen.typepad.com) and she will receive a copy of Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“All of the entries were fun to read, so it was difficult selecting just one,” Cohen said. “I liked the fun spin that Leslie put on the topic of ‘potential vehicular homicide’. She has a slightly warped perspective that I can identify with. I’m sure Leslie will enjoy this coveted literary honor for at least l0 minutes.”

Huffman’s winning entry can be read at: http://criscohen.typepad.com/cris_cohen/2011/04/contest-winner.html

Cohen announced the guest post contest in early April as a way to celebrate the endorsement he received from David Barry for his upcoming book Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.

Cohen’s book, due out this fall, will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns from the years he wrote for several newspapers in his native California and new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary in 2008. Proceeds from sales of the book will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs. Tyrannosaurus Max Press, Cohen’s new small publishing company, will publish the book.

“I want to thank everyone who entered the contest,” said Cohen. “It is really great that people from Maine to Washington state were willing to invest so much effort and creativity into what was essentially a colossal waste of time.”

Cohen intends to announce another contest related to his upcoming book in the near future.

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit his blog at http://criscohen.typepad.com. For more information on Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, go to www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is due out in the fall of 2011.

Cary Blogger Announces Humor Writing Contest

Write A Funny Guest Post and Win Dave Barry’s New Book.

Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen

April 6, 2011 (Cary, NC) —  Humor writer/blogger Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, has announced a humor writing contest to celebrate the fact that his upcoming book, Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, is endorsed by Pulitzer Prize-winning humor columnist Dave Barry. The winner will receive a free copy of Barry’s newest book I’ll Mature When I’m Dead.

“I am still in shock that I got an endorsement from Dave Barry. Almost every day my wife has to snap me out of my delirium with either cold water or electric paddles,” Cohen said. “I am holding the contest as a way to cope with this good fortune and to hopefully avoid further shock treatments.”

Cohen’s blog “Nothing In Particular: An Incomplete Waste of Time” (criscohen.typepad.com) entertains his readers with his wry and often hilarious takes on any number of everyday subjects. The contest is offering others the chance to prove that they’re just as funny – or funnier – than Cohen. Most of the entries will be published on “Nothing In Particular,” but the guest blogger Cohen deems as the funniest of all will be announced on April 15 and will win a copy of Barry’s new book.

Cohen’s contest rules:

  • One entry per person (“even if you have multiple personalities”).
  • Limited to people in the US and Canada (“I can’t afford the cost of shipping to Yemen”).
  • Entry cannot be longer than 250 words
  • Email entry to cris.cohen1@gmail.com
  • The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, April 12, 2011
  • The winner will be announced on the blog and Facebook page on Friday, April 15, 2011
  • Content must be PG-rated.
  • “Have fun!”

Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane will be published in September. It will be a collection of Cohen’s columns from his years as a humor columnist for several newspapers in California and some new ones he’s written since he moved to Cary, NC, in 2008. Proceeds from sales will go to a local baseball league for kids with special needs.

To learn more about the contest and Cris Cohen, go to http://criscohen.typepad.com. To learn more about the book visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, Michele, and Max moved to North Carolina in 2008. His blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

Photographer/Director Allen Weiss Launches New Website, Blog

April 1, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – After working as a director, cameraman and advertising

Allen Weiss

writer for television commercials and print campaigns for two decades, Allen Weiss of Raleigh, NC, has gone back to his roots and reintroduce still photography to his career. As a result, he has launched a new website, Allen Weiss: Works on Film & Paper, at www.allen-weiss.com.

Weiss began his career as a professional photographer in Raleigh and New York. In New York, he studied under and worked for world-renowned portrait photographer Arnold Newman. In the early ‘90s, his career veered into directing and shooting television commercials throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

He was recently inspired to reconsider still photography when Lee Hansley of Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh asked him to mount an exhibition of the North Carolina artists’ portraits that Weiss originally shot in 1988. When the exhibition “Black & White/Color & Light: Photographs by Allen Weiss with Works by His Subjects,” opened in March, he made the decision to “put still photography back in the mix,” he said. (The exhibit runs through April.)

The new website includes a limited sampling of TV commercials and public service announcements, on film and video, that Weiss has shot and directed. The samples range from Southern States and the NC Symphony to the Bank of Belgium. A link to Vimeo lets visitors view more spots.

The site also showcases Weiss’ still photography, including the artists images in the Hansley Gallery show and other photographic portraits (including a rare image of Arnold Newman and Robert Doisneau mugging for the camera together), along with motorsport images he’s shown at L’art et L’automobile in New York City. He will be adding other types of still photography in the future, include architectural and interior design.

The site also features a link to Weiss’ new blog under “news & words.” Among other subjects he intends to cover, he has begun by discussing “the good, the bad, and the downright ugly” among TV commercials, he said. A recent post entitled “Can Doesn’t Equal Should” offers: “Ad folk who think their work will change the world as we know it, and directors who throw hissies on set, need a serious look inward. We’re selling shoes here, ladies and gentlemen. If you want to create art be an artist. Advertising is artistic commerce at its best.”

For more information and to see Weiss’ new website, go to www.allen-weiss.com.

About Allen Weiss:

After 15 years as a professional photographer in Raleigh and New York, Allen Weiss turned his attention towards short films, public service announcements and television commercials, both regionally and internationally. Recently, he launched Allen Weiss: Works on Film & Paper to offer still photography of all varieties, film and video (director, cameraman), and freelance writing/branding. For more information visit www.allen-weiss.com.

 

Humor Writer/Blogger Hires Blueplate PR

Cris Cohen, author of the Nothing In Particular blog.

March 7, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Cris Cohen of Cary, a humor writer and author of the blog Nothing In Particular, has hired Blueplate PR of Raleigh to help him increase readership for his blog and to promote his upcoming book.

A California native who moved to Cary in 2008, Cohen published a weekly humor column in numerous newspapers on the West Coast. Since his move to North Carolina, he’s been writing Nothing In Particular, a blog about anything and everything, always expressed with Cohen’s wry wit.

Now Cohen is planning to publish a collection of columns, old and new, in a book entitled Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane. Proceeds from which will be donated to the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for kids with special needs.

“Cris is without doubt one of the best humor writers I’ve ever read,” said Kim Weiss, principal of Blueplate PR. “He’s the Dave Barry of the Triangle. When people discover Nothing In Particular, they’re hooked. And the book will be a no-brainer after that. His columns are laugh-out-loud funny. The fact that he’s willing to donate proceeds to the Miracle League just makes it that much more appealing. I’m delighted to be involved.”

For more information on Cris Cohen, visit his blog at www.criscohen.typepad.com.

For more information on Blueplate PR, visit www.blueplatepr.com.

 

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris and his wife, Michele, and their son, Max, moved to North Carolina in 2008. His blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

About Blueplate PR:

Blueplate PR is owned and operated by award-winning journalist and former magazine editor Kim Weiss. It is a small and cost-effective “boutique” public relations agency with a fee structure optimized for small businesses, non-profit organizations, and individuals with modest PR budgets. For more information: www.blueplatepr.com.

Cary Writer Plans Humor Book to Raise Funds for The Miracle League of the Triangle

Cris Cohen will donate proceeds to the Triangle baseball league.

Writer/blogger Cris Cohen of Cary.


March 2, 2011 (CARY, NC) – For six years, California native Cris Cohen entertained his readers with his wry and often hilarious takes on any number of everyday subjects, primarily through newspaper columns. His columns were published in various newspapers in California before he and his family (wife Michelle and son Max) moved to Cary, NC, in 2008, where he began writing his equally funny blog Nothing in Particular: An incomplete waste of time.

Now Cohen is planning something for those columns, and a few new ones, that will do more than just make his readers laugh. He’s putting together a collection in a book that he’ll use to raise funds for the Miracle League of the Triangle, a baseball league for children with special needs.

After it’s published in September, proceeds from Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane by Cris Cohen will help kids with special needs and their families in the Triangle area continue to experience joy and community through American’s favorite pastime — baseball.

One of those kids is Cohen’s own son, Max.

“Max’s various physical and mental challenges prohibit him from participating in a lot of fun, regular kid stuff,” Cohen said. “The Miracle League is one of the few places where all of those barriers and limitations are magically wiped away. Max gets to play baseball with his buddies. It’s pretty amazing.”

Local businessmen Robin Rose and Tony Withers began the Miracle League of the Triangle in 2004. They opened their first official season in 2006 with 100 young baseball players. Today, the League has 200 players, or 18 teams, and more than 500 volunteers.

“We’ve gotten a lot from the League,” Cohen said. “It’s a place where Max gets to have some independence, to leave Mom and Dad in the stands and head out to the field. And we have made a lot of great friends, people who understand the challenges of being the parents of a special needs child and can offer advice, support, etc. After receiving all of that, Michele and I wanted to give something back.”

Cohen’s book will also feature original illustrations by Raleigh artist Darla Yancho, including cover art of a goldfish in a bowl wearing a shark fin.

“Darla is one of the few people I know who could create a picture that is worth not just a thousand words but a thousand odd, slightly off-center words,” Cohen said. “The cover she created is fun, funny, and makes you do a double-take. I can only hope my writing lives up to her illustration.”

To help offset the cost of publishing Staying Crazy to Keep From Going Insane, Cohen is offering sponsorship opportunities to anyone who would like to get involved. Sponsorship packages start as low as $35.

“So anyone interested in sponsoring the book and in return getting some promotion for his or her business, website, or hobby that mixes the arts of dancing and taxidermy, should email me at writercris@live.com or visit the Sponsorship page,” he said.

Cohen recently launched a website for the future book at www.stayingcrazy.com and a Facebook page.

For more information on the Miracle League of the Triangle, visit www.miracleleagueofthetriangle.com.

To read Cohen’s ongoing blog “Nothing In Particular,” go to http://criscohen.typepad.com.

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen is the author of the Nothing In Particular blog. Although he was born in Buffalo, NY, Cris grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, Michele, and Max moved to North Carolina in 2008. His blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com.