Progress – November 26, 2018

Last week was a busy week. It was perfect week.

As I said last Monday, my son had come home from college for the holiday. It was great having him home (of course). He hung out with me, he hung out with his brother, we all hung out together — it was a whole holiday hang out party.

While enjoying his company, I finished the audio on For a Good Time, Call Loki and got it uploaded. That meant I also had to design the cover for that edition too. I do hope that in a couple of weeks I can report that the audiobook is available.

Meanwhile, I also started on editing the audio I recorded for Fall’s Confession. I also fixed the errata I found in Fall’s Confession and re-uploaded it.

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Glad to be a creator

This is now the fifth time I’ve started this blog post. The writing is not coming easily today and emotions are getting in the way.

I wish to send my thoughts to Stan Lee’s family and friends. While I never actually had the chance to meet him, my son ran into him several times at conventions. I would like to think that we would’ve gotten along quite well, both of us being creators and all.

I am thankful that I get to be a creator. Even on days when the writing isn’t going well. I know this too will pass. It, more than likely, is actually a stalling period right before a major idea strikes. Pregnant women often talk about how the baby stops moving right before it’s born, as if the child is conserving energy. Well, that didn’t happen with either of mine that I recall, but I know it happens with ideas. Usually there is a short time where I feel lacking all creativity. Then, suddenly, BANG! The story is out of the gate.

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Can happiness be solved like a math equation?

If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you know that I’ve been listening to Solve for Happy by Mo Gawdat for the last couple of weeks. Let me start by saying that I don’t think I’ve ever cried so much by listening to an audiobook before.

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Solve for Happy came about from Mo’s own search to be happy when he found that all the things he’d accomplished and acquired so far during his life left him unfulfilled. He began to pursue his personal quest for happiness analytically like the engineer he is. Not as a psychiatrist, or a self-help guru spouting things that he has yet to experience, but as a scientist seeking his own answer. What he found led him to share his findings with his friends, who reported back with similar results. He started to feel that he was finding the answer and began to fine tune it.

A few days, less than a month before he started writing the book, his son told him to never stop working, that his mission wasn’t finished. Seventeen days before he started writing, his son went in for emergency surgery, a routine appendectomy, and did not survive.

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Tough and thriving

Good news: I didn’t get sick. The OnGuard and Wellness Formula did the trick once again.

Knock on wood that it continues.

Yet, it was pointed out that I may have been what some may call “a little preachy” about my stance on health and wellness. What? No cigarettes? No alcohol? How can a person live?

My answer: how about a lot healthier!

Duh!

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One more than you had yesterday

While I was at FanX, I had someone (Cody) ask if I could say a few words for a podcast for creative entrepreneurs. I laughed as I asked him if he’d read my blog; why sure, I can say a few words! I’ve been cheerleading the creative entrepreneur for years.

Then, of course, the instant fear set in. What would I say? I’m a writer, not a speaker.

It took me a good moment to settle down and get my act together. Then, as Cody and I talked, I was fine as long as I kept my eyes focused on his face. If I looked toward the phone he held to record us, well, things didn’t feel too good. 

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Waiting for the end to come

This may be a little bit of a rant here. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

Why is it that people are so ready to coast to the grave? I feel as if I’m more and more surrounded by people who feel like they are already dead.

Seriously??!!!

If you woke up this morning, you should be grateful for another day. It gives you another chance to create what you want into your life. I swear, there are just some people I want to shake and say, “Tomorrow when you wake up again, do you really want to bemoan that you let another day slip through? Yeah, now you are one day closer to dying. Freaking congratulations to you!”

It’s not how I want to live, so don’t ask me to come join your pity party.

What is it that you want to do? What do you want to create in your life? Why aren’t you doing it? Every day that goes by is one day without you creating. Stop being miserable. Motivate yourself, as Wayne Dyer would say.

A walking dead is not an honorable badge to wear. It’s really no wonder that zombies are a hit right now with so many people actually acting like they are dead and going through the motions of living. Quit eating (symbolic for infecting) other people’s brains with what you are. Get out and live!

And, while you’re at it, quit talking on your cell phone while driving. Seriously!

Motivation

Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.
   Wayne Dyer

Just a little quotation I heard on a day when it really mattered. Thought I’d share in case someone else needed a little reminder too.