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.

 

San Francisco Sponsors Support Cary Writer’s New Book

Cris Cohen’s upcoming humor book will raise money for kids with special needs.

 

March 25, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Humor writer and California native Cris Cohen has lived in Cary, NC, since 2008. But fans of his popular columns that ran in California newspapers for several years haven’t forgotten how much they enjoyed his work. They’re also eager to support his new fundraising effort for kids with special needs.

As a result, Cohen announced this week that TechProse, a technical writing, training and instructional design consulting service, and newspaper copywriter Marilyn Berg Cooper, both of the San Francisco Bay Area, have signed on as official sponsors for Cohen’s upcoming book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.” Proceeds will go to a local baseball league for children with special needs, including his own son, nine-year-old Max.

“I had the pleasure of working with Cris on several projects and always really appreciated his sense of humor,” says Kathy Krumpe, Resource Manager at TechProse. “I’m so pleased that he is writing something that will give us a reason to laugh and at the same time help an organization like the special needs baseball league.”

Entitled “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” the book will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns, some from his California career, others penned in Cary.

“I’ve been looking forward to this take-it-with-you collection of Cris Cohen’s offbeat musings,” said Marilyn Berg Cooper.

Cohen has been seeking sponsors to help defray the cost of self-publishing his book. They’re starting to come in, as are endorsements from the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winner humor writer Dave Barry and Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle.

“I am flattered that these people not only remember me, but have not pressed charges,” said Cohen.

For more information on “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” visit www.stayingcrazy.com and the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stayingcrazy.

Cohen is also the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular,” which can be found at http://criscohen.typepad.com.

 

About Cris Cohen:

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 later this year.

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.