Help Wanted

Regular readers at The Long Shot may have taken note on Feb. 6 that my usual Week in Geek post did not materialize. So firstly, sincere apologies to anyone who looks forward to that for Northeast Ohio, national and global news and commentary about technology, science and pop culture.

Several other life demands have me scrambling around and the fourth dimension was not in my favor.

The spike in my busy-ness has created an opportunity for you to step in and maybe score yourself some loot for the effort!

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Sharp-eyed readers might have caught some of the instances when I’ve appealed to other writers to Take a Shot and add their own content to The Long Shot. Over time, a couple of people have done so, and in one case their work has become one of the most-viewed items in the archives here.

During this particularly hectic period for me, i’d like to redouble my efforts to expand and include content from anyone else who has something to say about the things they geek out about. i hope a few people are inspired to follow the link and create content of their own to share.

If you are unsure what to write about, i can help you there – items cross my desk pretty often that i simply can’t cover. So if you’re into the same sorts of things as me, let me know and i’ll point you in a direction.

Or, write about whatever topics interest you. If you need help developing some ideas, drop me a line and i’ll do what i can – there are tons of stories everywhere waiting to be told. Previews, reviews, commentary or enterprising stories engage you and your readers and help discover more about the world around us.

Need help with editing? i’m a grammar, punctuation and style nerd and i’d be happy to help there too.

And once your work is ready, getting the word out will be my pleasure. Always be hustling!

Need an incentive?

The first six writers to create great content can choose from a grab bag of geeky loot! The Long Shot (and by extension, me) doesn’t make any money off this blog. My compensation comes in the form of reader interaction, audience growth and personal improvement, and i hope you will be able to say the same. And if things ever take off, well…you can say you were there in the early days.

i’m looking for thoughtful, well-written pieces that show initiative and passion for the subject matter. To start this incentive, the first selected piece will get their choice of items from those pictured below, and so on until all six have been awarded.

The first batch of items comes from Loot Crate, which sends subscribers a monthly package of exclusive themed geeky goodies. In the future, more Loot Crate exclusives may become available. There’s also several unique shops near where i live so you never know what might be in later grab bags.

8-bit themed sunglasses that you will not find anywhere else. Retro stuff is cool right?

8-bit themed sunglasses that you will not find anywhere else. Retro stuff is cool right?

This innocuous-looking cartridge replica is actually an anthropomorphic figure with pop-on legs and arms that wields a classic 8-bit Ninendo gun. Tell me you don't want that defending your desk.

This innocuous-looking cartridge replica is actually an anthropomorphic figure with pop-on legs and arms that wields a classic 8-bit Ninendo gun. Tell me you don’t want that defending your desk.

Each page of this comic book notebook has pre-drawn comic panels, so you can create your own epic comic book.

Each page of this comic book notebook has pre-drawn comic panels, so you can create your own epic comic book.

Widely considered the best item in the crate, inside this box is a skinny tie featuring a Space Invaders pattern of row upon row of alien swarms.

Widely considered the best item in the crate, inside this box is a skinny tie featuring a Space Invaders pattern of row upon row of alien swarms.

An exclusive, variant cover issue of Marvel Comics' Star Wars #1 that sold a million copies. This cover features Han Solo and Chewbacca. Exclusive comic book variant cover. Even better if your piece is Star Wars related.

An exclusive, variant cover issue of Marvel Comics’ Star Wars #1 that sold a million copies. This cover features Han Solo and Chewbacca. Exclusive comic book variant cover. Even better if your piece is Star Wars related.

T-shirt featuring a blueprint design of everyone's favorite robotic lions that combine to form a giant sword-wielding robot. This medium-sized Voltron t-shirt can be yours!

T-shirt featuring a blueprint design of everyone’s favorite robotic lions that combine to form a giant sword-wielding robot. This medium-sized Voltron t-shirt can be yours!

Pretty nifty stuff, amiright?

Now get out there and get some stories! Even if these items get snatched up, i sincerely hope that writers out there will take a shot on some ideas and see what comes about. i started this blog a few years ago without much direction or experience as a way to get extra practice while studying journalism in college. Since then, it’s given me opportunities to interview some really great people, discover exciting things happening in my hometown and build some credibility along with a portfolio of work, some of which has been published elsewhere.

i hope that other writers out there will get inspired to find stories and get in touch with interesting people behind the things they love, and i’d be honored to provide the space for you to share your work.

Feel free to fill out the form or shoot me an email to get started. If you have that desire to be a writer like i have since childhood, now is as good a time as any to take a shot.

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