Friday, April 1, 2016

April Update - Baseball is Back!

I will get into what lies ahead for the month of April in a moment, but March was an exciting couple of fortnights as well.

It was my first career month in a long time--since probably 2012--that was more writing-related than on-camera related. First, I posted the conclusion to a novella I wrote called The Longest Drive. It's a short-ish story about a professional golfer named Mark Madden who tries to navigate the culture of fame and celebrity after winning the U.S. Open.

I posted the novella in seven parts and you can read it--for FREE--here.

(My baseball novel, 60'6": Balls, Strikes, and Baseball Mortality is also still available and it's practically free--just 10 bucks)

I also had a couple of meetings regarding some scripts I have written over the years. One project is a sitcom and the pitch includes a treatment and the first two episodes. And the other is a feature-length movie.

It remains to be seen what is going to happen with these writing projects, but I hope to have more updates as the year goes on.

To April now. Not only does the MLB season start this month, but April also marks the month of my birth. Last year, I hit a birthday milestone and I celebrated by performing stand-up comedy at Yuk Yuk's Toronto.





Also this month, I have a couple more sports shifts which will luckily coincide with Masters weekend on April 9 and 10. Getting paid to watch some golf--not too shabby! And on April 17, I will be running up the steps of the CN Tower for WWF-Canada. If you can spare a few extra dollars, I would appreciate a donation for a great cause!

Here's my on-air schedule at Global for April (all times local).

Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, and Saskatoon

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, and  Montreal

Thanks for reading and watching!

Monday, March 7, 2016

The Longest Drive: This is the End


Today marks the final installments of The Longest Drive. Here is Part 6 and Part 7. And Parts 1 through 5 can be found here.

I would love to hear your feedback in the comments section or on Twitter (@MikeGArsenault).

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

March Update - Vacation and Writing

I wrote a novella a few months ago about golf. Specifically about a fictional golfer named Mark Madden who wins the U.S. Open and then tries to navigate the trappings of fame and celebrity.

The story is divided into seven parts and I've been posting a new selection every Monday. Yesterday, I posted Part 5. At the same link, you can find Parts 1 through 4 if you've missed anything thus far and need to catch up.

In addition to posting this new piece of fiction last month, I was also able to take a little time off and enjoy a week-long vacation in Puerto Rico. Sun, sand, salt water, pina coladas and, most importantly tennis.

The resort had a tennis centre on the grounds. I brought my racket, the weather was great; all I needed were people to play with.

Enter my new friends from Minnesota.




I ended up playing 10 hours of tennis with these guys over 5 days. And they invited me back to their tournament next year--which I hope to attend if my schedule permits. As a thank you for their hospitality, I gave them a couple of copies of my baseball novel (which are still available for purchase).

With the weather warming up, hopefully I can play tennis here at home over the next few weeks.

Also, be sure to follow me on Twitter and Facebook.

Here's my on-air schedule at Global for March (all times local).

 Wednesday and Thursday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, and 11 p.m. for the Okanagan Valley

Friday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal, and the Okanagan Valley

Saturday and Sunday - 10 p.m. newscast for Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Regina and the Maritimes, 11 p.m. for Toronto, Montreal and the Okanagan Valley

Thanks for reading and watching!

Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Longest Drive: Part 5

 

Three more installments of The Longest Drive remain. Here is Part 5 and if you've missed anything to this point, Parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 can be read here.

Monday, February 22, 2016

The Longest Drive: Part 4


We are past the midway point in The Longest Drive. Here is Part 4 of 7 and, if you want to go back to the beginning, Parts 1, 2, and 3 can be found here.

Monday, February 15, 2016

The Longest Drive: Part 3

 
 

Welcome to a new week! This is Part 3 of The Longest Drive, a 15,000-word novella I've written. If you've missed Parts 1 and 2, you can catch up here.

Monday, February 8, 2016

The Longest Drive: Part 2

 
 
Last week, I posted Part 1 of a 15,000-word novella called The Longest Drive. Today, the exploits of Mark Madden continue with Part 2.
 
Enjoy!