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Friday, October 25, 2013

Busy morning promoting I'm Not Here to Inspire You

          It was a busy morning of working to promote the book. I enjoyed answering some great questions from freelance writer Zachary Fenell, who has written for The Mobility Resource and worked with Handicap This! Productions. Hopefully, we’ll get some mutual benefits from his article / review of the book being published soon. I also got an e-mail from the Rocky Run YMCA offering to hold a book signing. This is the second offer I've had for a book signing event. It gets a little complicated with the book being self-published, but hopefully we can work something out in the near future.

          Finally, we had another stop on “The #INHTIY Book Tour” thanks to Tom Gibson posting the below picture of us this week at Tommy’s Pizza on West Chester Pike. Tom wrote, “Not often you see me post on Facebook but it is a must that I share this. I am lucky to have a great friend named Robby Quinn that recently wrote a book. It’s about his journey through life with cerebral palsy. . . . I am so proud of him and so lucky to have him as a friend. Well done Rob!!” Apparently, I will never out grow childhood friends calling me Robby, but Tom is a great guy and I certainly appreciate the post!

           Remember, join the tour by posting a picture with the book in a favorite or famous spot and tag me on Facebook or Twitter. My thanks to Tom!
Tom, holding the book, with Rob outside of Tommy's Restaurant

Monday, October 14, 2013

“The #INHTIY Book Tour” Reaches Denver

          “The #INHTIY Book Tour” has made it Denver, Colorado! Many thanks to Machelle Ashby Miller and her family! Machelle offered some kind words in a private message, but I think that I can share that she was giving the book to her kids to read—learning someone has shared a book with another person, I think, is as good of a compliment as a writer can get.  Join the tour by tagging me on Facebook or Twitter in a picture of your own with the book in a famous and/or favorite place.  
A collage of pictures from Denver with readers holding the book at the airport, a store, and there's a picture of the the football stadium, skyline, and a somewhat hidden picture

Video introduction for I’m Not Here to Inspire You for The Ellen Degeneres Show

          While I was doing my video introduction for I’m Not Here to Inspire You, I couldn’t resist continuing my campaign to get on The Ellen Degeneres Show. Here’s my video for Ellen:


Sunday, October 6, 2013

I’m Not Here to Inspire You gets some press

          Sunday’s Delaware County Daily Times ran an article on my book. Many thanks to the paper, and especially photographer Eric Hartline, who managed to take a very nice picture of me—no easy task!

Article from the newspaper; I am pictured at my desk holding a copy of I'm Not Here to Inspire You

          Read the article here.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Quick Thoughts on Ironside, Michael J. Fox Show

After weeks of hype, I looked forward to seeing two characters with disabilities in prime time this fall in Ironside and The Michael J. Fox Show. After seeing each pilot episode, I thought the drama far outdid the comedy. It wasn’t that the police show dazzled, but the situation comedy came up small.

Ironside’s premier was pretty good despite some questionable accessibility issues. The main character, whose name gives the show its title, seems to have a lot of people to do the leg work—no pun intended, I swear—for him, and I’m not sure how well that will play out. He seemed to get around the city a little too easily, and the one scene where he saw a gun under a sofa cushion because of his eye level being in a wheelchair was totally overplayed. Overall though, the character seemed very strong and the focus on the typical crime drama story, which carries every TV lineup these days, will hopefully keep the show on the air long enough for the character to develop. It was also good to see the character involved with a woman without any doubt that they are having sex.

Maybe my expectations for the Fox show were too high, but it had a weak start. Bottom line, the comedy just wasn’t funny. I kind of excused the pilot because there was a need to introduce the character and his Parkinson’s disease. There were some fairly predictable cracks about the disability, but nothing that deserved more than a guffaw.

NBC ran two episodes of the show on its first night, and the second one was where disappointment started to settle in. Not only wasn’t it offering any real laughs, the premise was downright awkward. The Fox character, whose married with two children, became infatuated with the new upstairs neighbor. It may sound hypocritical after what I said about Ironside, but the awkwardness had nothing to do with the disability. The adulation eventually played out right in front of his wife. I’m never big on the word dude. In fact, I only know one person who can use it and not sound like an idiot. But it was the ultimate dude moment—as in, “Dude, you’re wife is right there. What the hell are ya doing?”

I really do hope Fox bounces back with a strong episode this week. We need good, realistic characters with disabilities in prime time. It’s a little disappointing to me that both characters became disabled later in life as opposed to being born with a disability. I think the two experiences have some major differences, and I hope to see the latter eventually appear on television. It’s not that I have any problem with the former, and those stories certainly need to be told as well.

But I’m glad to see these two characters on the air and hope they last awhile. My guess is Ironside has a better chance of making that happen based on what I’ve seen so far on.
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