Hey gang - so a lot of companies launch their Cyber Monday deals today. I’d actually like to think that my books are always reasonably priced, but in case you were looking for additional savings for any books
because yay! reading…
Yes, I’m posting before Thanksgiving. #dealwithit
The holidays are about to take over and whether or not you want to buy into the craziness, let’s face it, it’s fun to give things to people you care about. Here is a list of suggestions for the band geek in your life:
1. DCI, anything. In fact, how about the DCI 2013 World Championships DVD?
Holy balls, how did I know how expensive this was? Maybe instead of the DVD, how about an IOU for tickets to some 2014 event?
2. On the same topic, why not get your friends souvies from their favorites corps. That way, it’s like two gifts in one – supporting a corps and making your friend happy.
3. Have a friend who likes to read? There is a lot of great stuff out there, including…my books! I’m actually happy to announce that The Line Anthology (as well as the 4 of the Line series books, Confessions of a Teenage Band Geek and Major Pain) is now available for digital download (and very reasonably priced).
Obvious self promotion is obvious.
4. Even MOAR books! Not for the Faint of Heart (by Spike Van Wert), Building the Green Machine (Colt Foutz), and for some humor, Band Nerds Poetry From The 13th Chair Trombone Player, The Marching Band Nerds Handbook (both by DJ Corchin).
5. Have a friend auditioning for a corps? Instead of a lame gift certificate, why not give them money specifically dedicated to their tour or audition fund? It’s a personal gift that will mean a lot. (Or, hey, have some extra airline miles - think about donating them so your friend can travel).
6. Don’t have a lot of money? Who does? How about getting the address of one of your virtual friends and sending them an actual card? In the mail. Burn them a CD. Use stickers. Make someone’s day for the cost of a stamp… Useful in the kitchen? Try baking! You can show someone you care for them in the thought behind the gift.
7. Anything from the Tone Deaf store.
8. A subscription to Halftime Magazine.
9. Check out Etsy for any number of original jewelry / artwork / one of a kind music stuff.
10. Some gear from Lot Riot.
11. Know a good photographer? I know a few! ;) Have a great image of you, your section, or your band from this season? Why not print and frame it?
Also, if you can tell me where to find this pencil, I would be super excited:
So, what am I missing? What would you like to receive this holiday season?
Or, things that I never thought would happen. In a quick calculation, that means I’ve posted nearly 5 pictures (videos or ramblings like this one) every day since I started this blog in March 2011. At the time, Marching Arts Photos was a means to connect my audience with my books. The thing is, it’s evolved into so much more.
In the beginning, I used to watch for each like and reblog…hoping any of my posts would break 10 or 20. Even though the photos I now post regularly go over 100 (and sometimes even 2,000 - I’m looking at you #hashtag), it is a good feeling to know that what I’m putting up is also stuff you enjoy.
And I still obsessively watch the numbers.
Over the past two years, I’ve watched some of you make the move from high school band to college band (and become music majors and band directors - oh my!), from high school to DCI, from DCI to WGI and it’s been awesome.
I’ve connected with truly fantastic photographers.
So, while 5,000 posts may be evidence that I am addicted to Tumblr - that’s okay, because it’s my very favorite form of social media. The marching band ‘fandom’ is the best!
TL;DR - Here’s to 5,000 more posts!
And to my 5434 followers, now is the time to let me know - what do you want more of? Less of?
Happy Labor Day! Fee free to download Major Pain by (me) Courtney Brandt now through September 2nd. Already read it? Consider supporting me as an author by downloading the newly created Line anthology (that’s my whole marching series in one book) or my recently released contemporary novel, Room 702, on sale this weekend for only 99 cents!
Or, just reblog, because that helps too.