If you know me, and I think a lot of you do by now, you know that I’m normally not one for confrontation in my writing. There’s a reason why I don’t write a lot of political pieces and I tend to stay neutral on a lot of controversial topics. I like to entertain when I can. I write a lot on sports because it’s something I enjoy, so when I hear somebody like ESPN’s Michael Wilbon say the things he said recently about people like me, I wasn’t going to just let it go. After clearing it with my editor at Sports Mockery, one of the many websites I write on sports for, I wrote my response and I personally invite you to check it out. I will warn you that it’s a little lengthy, but believe me, it needed to be. I’ve got your “mother’s basement” right here, Mike.
Over the past week, I’ve been updating both of my websites, including discussing the website I created for a local award-winning author, which you can read HERE, and adding a new podcast page to this site, which you can read about HERE, but this is a topic I’ve been meaning to get to for a while as well, and since I’m battling the flu and all of the original content I attempted to create today was absolute trash, I figured this is the perfect time to fill you in on one of my latest writing gigs.
Just short of four weeks ago, I accepted a position as a writer for a great website out of Chicago called Sports Mockery. If you’re a friend of mine on Facebook or follow the LukeNorris.net page, you’ve undoubtedly run into the work that I’ve been doing for this site in my first month. If you haven’t seen any of it yet, I invite you to join the 113,022 other people that have read my work over the past four weeks, at least that’s what the number was about an hour ago.
As you can see from the screenshot at the top of this post, Sports Mockery is Chicago-based in nature, focusing in on the Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs, White Sox, and Fire. I’m working with some very talented and creative people here, and what’s great is that we all help one another. Ideas are thrown around a private chat room, we claim what we want as long as we can get it done in a timely manner, or come up with an idea we think would entertain people, and we go to work, and I must say that I’m digging it thus far. The guys that run the site have been nothing but helpful in getting me started and helping me out with the formatting, and I was a fan of the site before I started working there, so I highly recommend that if you’re into Chicago sports that you check them out at www.sportsmockery.com. You can also download their app on iTunes or for your Android device, follow them on Twitter (@sportsmockery) and “like” the Facebook page. A lot of the articles are funny, some are shocking, and some are done in a journalistic style, which makes for a great mix of Chicago sports news and rumors, which just happens to be their tagline. See how I just slid that right in there. But seriously, I’m having a blast working with these guys so far, and I look forward to getting some more great content out there soon.
If you’re looking for my work at Sports Mockery, you can go to my personal page on the site HERE, and for all the latest updates about what I’m doing, continue to check back with this site, follow me on Twitter (@THElukenorris), “like” my page on Facebook, and check out every single piece of work I’ve ever done at LukeNorris.net. As always, I thank you for your continued support and I’ll be checking back in soon.
I apologize for being away from this site for a few weeks, but honestly, things have been hectic lately, and some of that isn’t such a bad thing, but I’ll be updating you on a few more things as the week progresses, but today, I want to put the focus on a big project that’s been finished for a while, almost a month actually. Now, when I say finished, it’s not really finished, but again, that’s not such a bad thing, and I’ll explain as I go on.
When I started this freelancing thing full-time, I knew I’d be going in a lot of different directions, especially at the start. I search for the right websites and jobs to tackle, and some I love doing, some I like doing, and some I absolutely despise, and those are the ones that you don’t ever see. This is where I’m writing product descriptions and researching for other people and menial tasks that aren’t that riveting to discuss. It’s not ideal, but people pay money for that. Am I going to throw those updates on here or on my other website? No, because there’s certainly no point to doing that right now. The people that need to see it are the ones that see it, but I’m not going to waste your day with that. Most of you probably didn’t even know I was doing things like that until right now. No, it’s not overly interesting work, but I knew going into this that I’d have to do some things like that at the start until things take off for me, and things are starting to move in the right direction, but this is the reality of where I’m at right now. I’m sure some of you may think that just because I work from home and write some sports articles or some entertainment articles and things of that nature and get paid a little money for it, I must be living the dream. No, it’s not at that point yet, and it may never be, but overall, I am enjoying what I do, and as I said before, I’ll bring you some more updates as the week goes on. I didn’t even intend to write this much on that subject today, but I wanted you to be aware that I am doing some different things than what I had intended, and this particular project I took on was an absolute blast.
This website is both an experiment and “in progress.” A much published and recognized author, Cinda is pleased to have the opportunity to branch out in new directions.
As to poetry, “Planting” was included in the national PBS Special “Grow Old Along With Me” (Maryland Public Broadcasting/Leonardo’s Children), featuring Richard Kylie and Julie Harris. Her work—poetry, short stories, memoirs– has been included in many anthologies, including the more than six-million-copies-sold best seller,When I Am An Old Woman, I Shall Wear Purple. Both published and unpublished work are included on the website—but much is published and credited on the Credits Page. All is finished and has often been included in juried works, public presentations, workshops, and more will be added as collections are printed and in demand.
As an author, Cinda has received awards and grants from many, including the Peoria Area Arts Council/Illinois Arts Council, Lannan Foundation, Writers Live at the Library/Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest Fund, Writer’s Digest, among many others. She received her M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona in Tucson, and her B.A. in English from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.
Now living with her husband and animal friends in Peoria, Cinda Thompson is a native of far Southern Illinois, whose ancestors immigrated from Kentucky, Tennessee, and beyond. She has taught all age groups, and worked for years in the textbook publishing industry. Cinda has held many “lesser jobs.” She came of age when becoming “a hippie” was the norm, and civil rights, as well as the war in Vietnam, wasthe biggest issue on “the table.” This was true locally and nationally.
A family history rich in coal mining, union organizing, as well as the student revolution and feminism inform Cinda’s work, as does the changing life of the family. She is interested in the lives of women and men, the power of relationships, and the spiritual journey of each individual. Cinda believes that the personal is political and vice-versa.
This is the “About” page for Living the Revolution, a website dedicated to the writing of Cinda Thompson. She is an extremely talented award-winning author and poet. She also happens to be my aunt.
Nearly a year ago, I helped her start her own blog, Diabetes: A Life Sentence?, which chronicles her 50+ year journey as a Type 1 diabetic. In starting this blog, she hoped to raise awareness about this terrible disease by writing on her experiences over the years. When she came to me to help her get this things started, I was happy to help out. It’s not the easiest thing in the world to create a website, and at this point, I’d only created this website, but I wanted to help. I knew she would bring some amazing insight and I wanted to be a part of it. She laid out what she wanted and soon after, type1ct.com went live. Since its inception, the site has done quite well, and I still stay involved with it, getting the new posts out when she’s ready to put out some new material.
It was a few months later that I created another website for myself, LukeNorris.net, which is my professional website that not only serves as a place where people looking for writing services can go to find out about what it is I can do for them, but it also serves as sort of a house for my body of work, my own personal cloud if you will. Every single thing I’ve ever written is on that site in the “Recent Work” section, including all of the pieces I’ve written for this site. Well, Cinda seemed to love that concept, and came to me with a new idea. She’s been writing for decades and decades, but has never really had a “web presence” as she puts it, and was looking to expand her reach, so we got to work.
Having designed a few websites now, I took a lot of time thinking about how I wanted this to look. I’ll be honest, Cinda is not a fancy person, so I wanted something simple, but I also wanted it to look elegant. This didn’t need to be flashy at all, so I tinkered around a bit, but finally ended up with the look you’ll see on the website, and I’m really happy with how it turned out. I added a few pictures, and a sidebar with a little “About the Author” kind of thing, but the real content is inside. Sure, you can have a nice-looking website, but if the material isn’t there, then you have nothing. Obviously, this is where the heart of the website is. Off and on, I spent nearly a month adding the content that Cinda has spent years and years creating. From her beautiful poetry to her wonderful short stories to her powerful memoirs, we sat side by side going over each and every piece together, and it was absolutely amazing.
From a technical standpoint, this really was a lot of work. It’s not just copy and paste and you’re done. The spacing has to be just right. The look has to be just right. The font has to be just right. There’s a lot that goes into something like this, and I spent a lot of time putting this together, but she seems to be pleased with it. From a personal standpoint, it was an extremely rewarding experience. Did I get paid to do this? Of course I did. Things like this are what I do to put food on the table for my children and a roof over their head. Did she get a family discount? Of course she did. But that’s not even the point here. For one, I found that putting together something like this is just one more thing that I’ve found that I enjoy doing. We started with nothing and now there’s this amazing place to go to read some outstanding pieces of writing. Beyond even that, I got to spend time with her as we edited and published these things together. I got to read some work of hers that I didn’t even know existed until recently, and I can’t stress enough how great her writing is. By doing this, I realize that I’ve got some work to do to get on her level, but I’m so honored to know that she thought enough of me to put this project in my hands. Somebody that was featured in an anthology that sold millions of copies is asking my opinion on her work, and that kind of experience has no monetary value whatsoever. We have different styles, but at the end of the day, we are both writers, and I’m truly lucky to have her to learn from.
With all of that being said, the real point here is to go and check out the website. Once again, it’s called Living the Revolution, and you can find it at www.cindathompsonwriting.com. If you’re a real reader, then you will absolutely love what you find there. I’ve always been a big fan of poetry, and I can attest that it is fantastic. The memoirs are truly outstanding, and the short stories are written about the real things in life. As you read these things, you’ll understand what I’m talking about, and trust me, all you’ll want to do at the end of each piece is start the next one, and after a lot of time and effort, you can now do that with just a simple click.
I had a busy Sunday night, writing articles on two of my favorite sports in the world.
This first article discusses Sunday’s PGA TOUR Championship, as Jordan Spieth became the youngest to ever win this particular tournament. Not only did he take that title, he won the FedExCup, got back to number one in the world rankings, and set some records in the process. Check out the day he had and take a look back at a season for the ages by clicking on the link below.
As soon as I finished that up, I got right back to work to prepare for the final week of the Major League Baseball regular season. There’s only two divisions that have been decided, but even those teams can’t rest as they’re fighting for seeding. The article below contains breakdowns for every division and both wild card races, including magic numbers, schedules for each and every contender, and much more. Have a look.
Check out my latest sports article as I break down the biggest week in recent history for the Chicago Cubs.
The PGA Tour took this week off, but after Rickie Fowler’s win last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship, he put himself in a great spot for next week’s BMW Championship from Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, IL. Find out who made the top 70 by clicking the link below.
It was another busy weekend in the sports world. Baseball races continue to heat up all over the country, and we all know that I’ll be covering that at length as the playoffs get closer. But for today’s purposes, I’ll focus in on two lists that had some buzz on Sunday.
The Associated Press released its preseason poll on Sunday, and for the first time in history, there was a unanimous number one. Find out who that was, as well as the rest of the top 25, in the link below. There’s also two different voting options for you.
On the other side of the spectrum is the happenings in the golf world. After 43 grueling events, the field is finally set for the FedEx Cup Playoffs on the PGA Tour. See who’s in the field after a fun weekend at the Wyndam Championship.
Stay tuned for more articles that are certainly on the way. As always, you can get updates here, but if you’re looking for even more of my work, you can find it at LukeNorris.net and can also get constant updates by following me on Twitter @THElukenorris. You’ll be seeing more very soon.