Confessions of a Failed Screenwriter

March 25, 2014 / 0 comments

An old friend posted a photo on his Facebook page. The image was of me, Peter Burke, and Steve Werblun caught in mid-stride into a would-be/might-have-been career in screenplay writing. My first impulse was to smile and reflect on the chaotic and fun days. But it also made me squirm a little. The photo was taken while we…

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Thank you Endeavour

September 21, 2012 / 0 comments

Caught a glimpse of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as it flew very close to my house today. The clip is quite short – but I was able to catch a few nice frames. Sometimes, history comes to you. About: Ray Wyman, Jr is a freelance writer and content creator. Visit LinkedIN or Raywyman.com for more…

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Negotiation, without the Blood (II)

June 13, 2012 / 0 comments

This is Part II, continues from Part I Negotiation through Moderation Ideally, negotiations should result in some form of agreement that functions well with little or no change. And yet, many agreements are often so unworkable that they can only be sorted out through litigation. Why? Let’s start with the old American motto: “moderation in everything.”…

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Negotiation, without the Blood

June 5, 2012 / 0 comments

Part I If you’re in business, you have experienced negotiation. As far as score cards are concerned, I think my track record is better than most. This isn’t as much a boast as it is an honest observation. I have survived as a freelancer because I believe that my negotiating style has proven to be…

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Business Abroad: Can you handle it?

May 13, 2012 / 0 comments

The photo above was taken in 1998. That’s me working our tradeshow booth in Chicago for World Trade Center’s business tourism outreach program. Business Abroad – words that provoke simultaneous mystery, myth and sometimes fear. In most cases, it’s the stereotypes about what’s beyond our borders that does the most damage. During my years at…

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Marketing Budgets: Don’t axe your most valuable asset.

May 5, 2012 / 0 comments

Before you axe your marketing communications program, consider the fact that many large corporations now treat marketing (advertising, promotions, public relations) as asset-building investments and not expense-based cost of doing business. This is likely the reason that savvy managers focus more on retention and not acquisition of new customers. All businesses want to control cost. It’s…

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Writer’s Journey: Plagiarism, Ethics, and Stealing

April 23, 2012 / 1 comment

Some smart guy once said that “familiarity is the breeding ground of all contempt for the law.” Maybe it was Machiavelli. I believe that it also follows that familiarity breeds contempt for civility and social order; courtesy and honor. In our short lifetimes, we have seen people traverse a vast behavioral spectrum – from a…

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You want to hire a SEO, SMM Manager?

June 7, 2011 / 1 comment

You get what you pay for… That’s what the old guy said. Bob Frost – recently plucked from the blog-o-sphere (he lost his website, which was a damn shame, IMO). Old school too. Very old. His favorite class: Latin. I met Bob just before I fell into (his words) the “evil pit”; aka “marketing communications.”…

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The Ache in My Heart is Japanese

March 23, 2011 / 0 comments

I read the stories of Japan’s post March 11 earthquake and tsunami survivors and felt the ache in my heart grow. I can’t stop watching the horrific videos – seawalls inundated by immense bulges of water; boats, cars, homes, building and people swept away out of view. Japan is my second home country. My mother…

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The Revolt of the Masses

January 26, 2011 / 0 comments

PART II: The Kinetics Back in September of last year, I attempted a review of Jose Ortega‘s seminal book La rebelión de las masas, translated The Revolt of the Masses, written during the naïve interval between the World Wars – truly the most tender of our years. Masses was written as a reaction to the…

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God, Darwin and Philosophers

November 10, 2010 / 0 comments

I just watched the 1960 film Inherit the Wind, directed by Stanley Kramer based on a play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee. The story is the fictionalization of the 1925 “Scopes monkey trial” that pitted Darwin’s Theory of Evolution against The Bible. The final scene was the payoff for James Strickling. In that scene,…

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The Revolt of the Masses

September 20, 2010 / 0 comments

Part I: The scary stuff I have an unquenchable thirst for sociographs – especially for any insight on communications, how we communicate, why we bother and (moreover) to what end. Sometimes my journey for information takes me on some pretty wide meanders (read “over thinking”) like John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty, Thomas More Utopia, J.B….

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The Sisyphean Torture of the Unfinished Novel

May 20, 2010 / 0 comments

I don’t know how many journalists I have met who have said, “I’m working on a novel,” but I know at least one. Maybe it’s like being a waiter who aspires to be screenwriter. Some occupations just blend like that. Maybe a journalist is closer to a novelist than a waiter is to a screenwriter…

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Cynical about Political Cynicism

April 29, 2010 / 0 comments

I have grown weary of whiny journalists and pundits who have such a limited understanding of history and narrow appreciation of things in this country that have worked and worked very well. Point One: wholesale political changeover equals waste in terms of training new politicos to do a job that takes (by my own estimation)…

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Why Print Lingers

March 12, 2010 / 0 comments

Print lingers because it still meets the basic marketing paradigm: it serves a useful purpose. I suppose there will come a day when 100 perfect bound pages of 80 pound gloss stock will be as rare as a rotary phone, but it hasn’t happened yet. And if the stats are correct – it’ll be quite a while yet before we will truly say that print is dead.

Coffee Drinkers have Rhythm

March 2, 2010 / 0 comments

“This association does not prove cause and effect,” he says. “These data should be reassuring to people who drink moderate amounts of coffee that their habit is not likely to cause a rhythm disturbance.”

Well Rising

February 14, 2010 / 0 comments

I was rummaging through some notes and rediscovered this wonderfully written poem – quite possibly one of my favorites. It is called ‘The Well Rising‘ by William Stafford; featured by NPR in its coverage of John Felstiner’s book “Can Poetry Save the Earth?” The well rising without sound, the spring on a hillside, the plowshare…

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“Net Zero” for the U.S. Military

January 23, 2010 / 0 comments

This is a headline that stopped me completely: The U.S. Army’s New Solar Power Plant Reflecting on the US Army’s constant need for energy, I think that solar power makes complete sense. But so do fuel cells and wind power! Imagine the tactical advantage of NOT having to truck in tankers of gasoline. Imagine what…

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Make Detroit our new China

January 22, 2010 / 0 comments

OC METRO> UCI’s Policano: Make Detroit our new China. Difficult times breed novel ideas. I like Policano’s idea of sourcing work back to the American industrial center. But not just manufacturing jobs, I think new incentives could drive a whole range of services back in-country with two benefits: ONE: obviously, we get more people back…

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Free-market Reality for the “Creative Class”

January 22, 2010 / 1 comment

The devastating downturn in the writing market has gotten worse. The need for speed has quickened the flight from quality. Writers have seen their pay reduced from $1.00 a word to a paltry 13 cents! And all in the space of the last five years. That’s one of the reasons I have left the journalism…

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