Yes, indeed, boys and girls this is the third Friday in a row that we are all staring at the same four walls, same sad faces, and yes, the blank page on our latest work in progress.
In my last blog post, I mentioned that mental health should be addressed. We, as a nation, much less as a people, are not meant to be in a cage. I get it, it is a beautiful cage, and just maybe you were one of those who continue to buy all the toilette paper leaving the shelves bare for the rest of us.
On some fundamental level, those basic necessities seem to live deep in our psyche. If I were a betting person, I would guess it has something to do with our tribal mentality or herd mentality. You might be asking yourself, TW, what the hell does that have to do with anything?
Great question, not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV. But here is my take on the great TP fiasco of 2020.
For ‘us’ to be acceptable to the herd, we need to fit in. If I had to guess, I would also say that is why people wear jeans instead of other kinds of slacks or pants. They are certainly not the most comfortable or stylish attire around, but yet we all have multiple pairs.
Taking that herd metaphor further, I would also guess that is why tattoos and piercings are more prevalent today. I about threw up in my mouth when I saw the governor of New York with nipple piercings under his polo shirt. ‘Hey, look at how cool I am; I got nipple piercings or how about this TAT, yeah that baby cost me plenty.’
Toilette paper is an extension of this in that; we dare not ‘stink.’ In the most basic primordial instincts, we want to make sure that we can be around others and not have an odor to us.
If we did, we might be shunned by the herd. This is just my educated guess on the matter, but it is the only one that makes sense.
I say this in that there was no mass e-mail telling people to go buy all the TP. Did this happen in your country too? Please let me know.
Years ago, I read this excellent book called ‘Dress for Success.’ One of the take-aways of the book was this “Fads are for fools.”
I am very comfortable in my own skin, and you will never see me with tats or any other tribal marks indicating which herd I belong to. I doubt that if you ask people with massive amounts of ink that they could articulate why they did it. ‘It looks cool, or I like the art,’ is just a superficial answer and not the real reason. Fitting in is more than likely the real reason if they were honest with themselves.
If you sport such a piece of art and wish to elucidate on the reasoning behind it, feel free. To me, the phycology behind this action fascinates me. I see some people well into their golden years getting tats for the first time in their lives. ‘That’ is trying to hang on to their youth by doing things that the youth are doing. ‘See, I am still cool.’
“No, not really, desperate is probably the real answer, or maybe afraid of facing your mortality.”
As the title suggests, this is the third Friday, which means as of Saturday, it will be three weeks of social distancing.
I am a hugger, and this is killing me; so that you know.
Here is my challenge to you. Call and or facetime, skype, etc. those that you know. Start with family and then call the family that you pick, those would be friends. Take the time to catch up with even the people that you know that you hardly ever speak with. No not on Facebook, actually call them.
We have become reclusive using text and Facebook as poor substitutions for being ‘social.’
Nature abhors a vacuum. If you are like me, stuck in your house, there is a vacuum in your life, what will fill it? Instead of coping by using negative emotions, or worse, substances, do it through interaction with friends and family. The odds are excellent that they, too, are suffering the same bit of cabin fever. Turn a negative into a positive.
Much love, and hang in there. Feel free to comment. Many of you have, and I love to hear from you. –Best -TW
Once you read this if you agree you probably should forward, tell friends or repost it. If you don’t agree, that’s ok… Tell me why. Keep your emotions in check, and we can visit.
It is painfully clear to thinking people that Al Gore or Barack Obama do not believe in Climate change.
If Al truly did, he would not be jetting all over the globe in his private jet. If our past president did, he would not have just purchased a house worth 15 million right on the coast of Martha’s Vineyard. Yes, if climate change is real, his home will be underwater in less than twelve years according to AOC.
TW, that is hardly conclusive proof there is no climate change.
Consider this. The rover on mars has recently reported to us that Mars is undergoing climate change! Yes, boys and girls, there are methane spikes on Mars, which means its climate is changing! Could our flatulent cows affect Mars? Is there flatulent life on mars? Are there vast cities and populations on Mars living underground pumping Co2 into the atmosphere? Could it be that Martians have thriving cities just under the surface driving gas-guzzling ‘MONSTER’ trucks to their own place of employment creating the elusive Uranium P238 explosive space modulator? Will Bug Bunny save the day! Is there a rabbit season on MARS?
Probably none of those things.
If the earth and mars are experiencing global warming, there must be a systemic reason. Hmmm, let’s think. Why hasn’t the media put this together? Is it because it does not fit into the narrative? What do Mars and the Earth have in common?
Greenhouse gas and stupid politicians? No…
Chicken Little holding a rock claiming the sky is falling. No
Critical Thinking skills? Yes… The rover is a drone and does not think. We here on the earth are for a large part useful idiots for the elites.
Who are they? Chemical companies are one of them. Bought and paid for politicians are another.
How about the Sun? Yes, we have a winner! How could the sun play such a vital role in global warming?
This link will take you to a NASA web site that shows you what is going on with the sun right now.
“Gees TW what does the sun have to do with global warming?”
This is where we might use some of that critical thinking. If the burner on your stove is turned to med vs. high, what effect will that have on the water you are boiling to make your deviled eggs?
C’mon, football jocks with active concussions can answer this one. It will take longer to bring the water up to boiling.
What if…the sun was not on a high? What if the sun was not putting out all of the energy that it does, as it is right now?
“C’mon TW it is the sun, it is always on high. PFFFT!”
“No my friends it is not always on high. The sun goes through cycles every eleven years or so. During that real cold winter we had when Al Gore screamed about global warming, the sun was actively going through its period of sunspot activity. It was in fact not on ‘high.’ If Al had used some real scientist instead of bought and paid for fabricated data, he would have been yelling about global cooling. More would have believed him as it was damned cold that winter.
Currently, if you follow that link, you will see that there are no active sunspots. The sun is in fact on high, which is why Mars is also experiencing climate change. Methane will indeed be released, when it gets warm, and that is why the rover is detecting it.
Look at this picture to get an idea of how massive these sunspots are. Yes, they are much cooler areas of the sun ‘translated’ they are millions of square miles of ‘dead spots’ not putting out energy or heat.
Why so many alarmists?
There is money to be made by controlling the sheep. People are not in the know or care about such things as sunspots. They care about making the rent, buying shoes for the kids, and having enough money to buy beer for the football game. Oversimplified I realize but folks, when the Romans were feeding Christians to the lions, that was the distraction they needed to take control of everything!
Yes, that sounds cynical, but this recent media ploy using that sixteen-year-old girl to push a fake narrative is yet but another stunt of the elite. She managed to get the attention of the world by sailing from her country to ours. Wow, she must be a climate expert! Her parents were stupid enough to allow their daughter to do a dangerous stunt for publicity!
I don’t care how good of a sailor my child was, I would never allow her to do what they did. I digress. She is easy to manipulate. Even the fabricated death stare toward Trump was rehearsed! Sorry, I don’t buy the legitimacy of the story. It was a media stunt to nudge the masses. Did it work? Did you sell your SUV and buy an $80K Tesla? It still takes fossil fuels to charge that thing and…those batteries when they need to be replaced will need to be disposed of somewhere…but where?
I think one of the important stories that went unreported was the Freon debacle.
The facts are that most kids go through the school looking for the path of least resistance. How can I cheat my way through the system? I just need that piece of paper so I can get my corner office and begin to make the big bucks. I know this as fact, as I have interviewed too many of them. Talk about privilege.
Read my novel Diamond Joe to see how I feel about that.
Instead of using it as the opportunity to become educated, they used it to get a leg up on those of you who could not afford it. They just had the silver spoon, and you didn’t. As a hiring manager, I always hired those with good work ethics over the most educated.
The Freon debacle was a ploy by the chemical companies to make more profit.
The CFC’s and all those ozone-depleting things that they came up with are in fact too heavy to make it up to the ozone layer to do the damage they claim it is doing. However, how many of you bothered to research it, or knew that was even a thing?
Freon, which used to be about a dollar a pound and very efficient, now is selling for over $100 a pound.
The replacement gas, which is like the ‘safe radiation’ at the airport, (another lie) works at much higher pressures. This means there will be breakdowns that are more frequent and more costly repairs. Since these gasses work at much higher pressures that means that the compressor must work harder…Does that mean it takes more juice to make the compressor go? No, our government would never do that to us…Pfffft!
Now canned air is $8 a can because of the chemicals in the can. Wait, the ozone-destroying chemicals are still in the can, and we can still buy them, they just went from $1 to $8? Yep!
They are planning to use all that extra money to create a massive bubble over the South Pole to protect the ozone….yeah right. The chemical companies became more prosperous, you got poorer, and the politicians got more money to use for their campaigns and expensive vacations under the guise of being ambassadors to France or Bora Bora.
I want to know where in the hell is the consumer protection agency? Were they bought and paid for too?
Wait TW, you have not explained how we have this hole in the ozone over the South Pole. Are you sure, you know what you are talking about?
Hmm, you got me…no…you didn’t… What do we know about ozone? We know that it is heavier than air. Why do you suppose the hole is over the pole and not say, over India or China, which, happen to be the largest polluters on the planet Earth?
Doesn’t it make sense to you that these holes in the atmosphere would be over the areas of the pollutants?
Below you will see a picture of the north pole of Jupiter. To my knowledge, there has never been a can of hairspray or a bottle of Freon 22 on the planet. If you look at the picture, you will see a hexagonal hole. Theories abound why hexagonal but, my point is the heavier gasses move away from the pole because of centrifugal force.
Now, if we look at our own poles and we talk about ozone holes. Ozone is heavier than the other gasses, and yes, we have a planetary rotation so, what do you think could be the possible reason for the hole. Do you really believe it is hairspray and Freon?
Below you will see a chart of the stock valuation of A chemical company. When they announced that F 22 would be banned in the US in 2020, take a look at their stock price.
If you notice around 2010 when they made this decision look at their stock price.
In just a few short months, that F 22 system that you might still have, will be costly to maintain if you have a slow leak.
I fully expect along with these laws making it illegal to import the Freon, that it will become unlawful to sell said Freon if you just happen to have bought some. When the elite can no longer line their pockets, they will stop the little person from doing it…trust me.
Here is the five million dollar question, will all countries make F22 illegal or just make it illegal for countries who can afford to pay extra for crap that is not as efficient as 12 or 22???
Hell No! More Paris climate accord to cripple the US so other countries can get a leg up.
What can you do?
The first thing is to know when you are being manipulated. If your emotions are tweaked someone is pulling on your puppet strings. They are the masters at getting useful idiots to do their bidding. Some ass wipe becomes emotionally triggered and goes and kills some people. ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste…” A disarmed society is a compliant society. Don’t fall for it.
Secondly, you will need a library card, as the internet is not a good source of information. Those that control social media are bought and paid for by the elites if they are not themselves the elites.
Thirdly become active in your local government. Don’t let the bastards win.
Don’t take my word on what I am saying, go check it out yourself. Critical thinking skills around the world are lost, and I don’t know why. Could video games, and other distractions by screens make us complacent and rather stupid? Is there so much noise from the media that we have just tuned out?
The Bush-era ban on incandescent bulbs was just recently overturned. How many of you rushed out and purchased those curly fluorescent bulbs at $12 apiece? You know the ones with mercury in them. Did you realize that the money you spent on those bulbs would not offset the cost of running a lamp that cost two bits? Did you know that some of those bulbs set houses on fire? Yea..probably not.
Question everything. The media in this country or any country it seems is not your friend. Journalism is dead. The free press is supposed to inform you the people of things like this. The free press is supposed to be objective and report the facts, not make them up.
Stalin who killed millions of his own people is quoted as saying that the written word is one of the most useful weapons there are. Had there been a 24-hour news cycle I am sure he would have said cable news.
Lastly, follow the money. Much like Hansel and Greta’s breadcrumbs, follow the money.
My novel Presidential Assassins in a great read full of conspiracy theories. One must wonder how many of them are fact vs theory. Alex Jones would be proud. LOL
Your freedoms and religious liberties are one election away. Keep that in mind as you are emotionally triggered by innuendo and falshoods.
Critical thinking needs to be taught. I don’t know how we turn this ship around if we don’t start thinking.
I hope you enjoyed the blog and I look forward to writing about something else of value soon enough. Maybe I will just give you a good recipe for chicken soup. Much Love -TW
‘But Fortunately’ Should not be in a writers tool box.
AHHH! This story could be so much better. Netflix, hire a consultant from NASA, would you? Hire Michelle Thaller, she could assist you in making this a little more believable.
After yesterday, I wrote about the miserable failure of this series and then I slept on it. Things like this trouble me. Much like working for someone else, I will give no less than my best, and I expect my employees to do the same.
Today I watched a few more episodes during my lunch and dinner break.
I must say that they seriously need to hire a technical advisor, as anyone with a brain in their heads would know better than to do the stupid shit that they do. Not only are there mistakes like this but also while they are supposed to be on the other ship, the camera clearly pans past stuff that is from the ship she is on.
Oh, we have a contagion, we must all step into the airlock and be jettisoned into space.
Nevertheless, fortunately, we discover a cure at the very last second.
However, unfortunately, there is not a source of gamma radiation strong enough on this star.
But, Fortunately, there is Gamma radiation on another star, so we are all saved but…We are now all sterile. Oh no!
We are all going to die because we are drinking recycled urine and the food is running out, but fortunately, there is a moon in the goldilocks zone, which has all the stuff of life.
Oh isn’t this flower pretty let me inhale its alien pollen and sit back and chat with my friend.
Oh, let’s suck up thousands of gallons of alien water and just fill up our water supplies on the ship, which makes perfect sense.
I do have an observation that I cannot resist sharing. Who in their right mind designed the engineering area to look like some steampunk submarine engine room complete with gauges from the fifties? Oh and with grease. They are using tools that would actually fit the era of the submarine. Is that the best you can do?
The little girl is still adorable, the witchy boss is hateful, and that reporter is just…hmmmm.
The scene in the bar playing trivia did not fit anywhere. The acting was sophomoric at best. Just possibly, you should consider borrowing some flying sharks.
Ok, I need to say something nice. It is so hard….
I am glad the bitch died. She needed to die a horrible death saving the mission and true to the end, she wants the credit for doing so. Much like the wicked witch of the west she just melted….
Please don’t misunderstand that I am glad the character died, she was a bitch. I loved the actress and I hope they bring her back.
The writers are ‘arcing the characters,’ which I noticed…
The person with the alien bug in his head will probably be the next Dr. Smith, and they should leave his ass on a planet…I digress.
Here is the truth of it. There is barely just enough to entice me to watch episode seven at a future date. This is not the kind of thing that I would binge-watch. If my hands are busy feeding my face, I will watch something.
Note to writers…But Fortunately should not be in your writing. Find other ways to craft your story, where there is not magic beans and happenstance to save their assess. Have them act, as professionals would be a good start. You can still have the drama but gees…if this is what future humanity sends into space, we are screwed and will go the way of the T-Rex.
That is my official post on this series…Lol
If you want a good read my novel Earth’s Tipping point is on KU. It is a shame as it only puts money in Bezos’s pockets but, it is still a good read.
Yes, it is that easy to take a trip to another galaxy and never leave your comfy reading place!
I love Norah Jones, well I love her music… I have no idea what kind of person she is but if her music is any indication of her soul, I would love to know her.
I was thinking of this as I was working on a new novel this evening.
While music resonates with my soul and who I am, my words, thoughts, and imagery are what I offer to you the reader.
As I take you on that mountaintop in Under Roswell or that fantasy in deep space or under the ocean, I invite you to come away with me.
Together we shall travel the depths of the oceans or the skies miles above them. We can learn some secrets of the universe or what lies beneath the sea in Ghost Signal from Colorado Springs.
So come away with me through these novels that I have created.
I try not to let the news of the day affect me or my creative style, but it often does. I see it time and time again as I witness the sheer lunacy of those in charge and the crazies out there rebelling in destructive ways. Movies and novels are a form of escapism, so I offer you a pathway out of the trials and tribulation of life or your particular rut. Come away with me through my words as we travel together saving a race of beings from their short-sightedness. Might we learn something from them that we can use in our world? Come away, and let’s find out!
I received an e-mail asking me if I really meant it when I signed my writings with “Much Love?”
“Of course I do!”
The followers here on WordPress and of course twitter and most importantly the base of readers building worldwide… They have come away with me. What about you?
Out of thirty novels, certainly, you can find one that interests you. Take a journey with me through Scotland in the Girl Nextdoor. This book is full of magic!
Come away with me as we learn that love comes in many shapes and sizes. Diamond Joe is probably my most romantic novel where part of me is in that book. I love reading it again and again as I found parts of myself, my soul within those words. I have put it back on sale through the spring for less than a cup of coffee from Starbucks.
Come away with me and listen to the seabirds calling to you too. There is magic in their cries, can you hear it? Come, lets listen together…
From adventure to Sci-Fi to something slightly tawdry I have tried my hand at it. I did it to attract the many different readers out there that might want to come away with me for a bit. Most of the comments from readers are food for my soul, and I much appreciate them and you.
As time permits, do Come Away with Me… I won’t sing you a song but, I will tell you a bedtime story, or I will entertain you on a rainy day where a comfy chair and hot tea awaits you on our journey to somewhere.
If you are so moved, please invite your readers or friends to come away with us, as we discover what lies behind that wormhole, or perhaps through that door.
If a flying disc landed in front of you what would you do?
I am rather amazed to see actual real footage of UFO’s caught on military aircraft cameras released to the public. This is from 2012.
More and more we are seeing actual footage of alien type anomalies reported and making the news. Is Trump allowing the American people to actually see some of the truth about this subject to grasp how we react? Was the 1947 Roswell crash true? Are we being groomed to allow us to learn the truth or is it all lies and deception?
Will we ever know the truth about Area 51?
It is no secret that I am a huge science fiction fan. It is also no secret that in many of my novels currently selling worldwide, I talk about the danger of being discovered by an alien interloper.
While Hollywood paints this picture of friendly aliens trying to phone home or aliens that are benevolent that want to come and assist us, I fear that the more accurate representation of aliens would be that of Independence Day!
Had someone asked me when Carl Sagan was sending a roadmap to the earth on a golden record out into space complete with our human anatomy on it, I might have dissuaded him.
I found it interesting the other day when Michio Kaku said we do not need to be meeting with any aliens. He said it would be like an intellectual trying to talk with a squirrel.
I disagree “respectfully” with him, however. I think it would be more like an intellectual trying to talk with a cockroach.
The significance is that they would think nothing of squashing a cockroach, and at least a squirrel has some redeeming qualities.
In The Saga of the Starduster, one of my latest novels, I humorously portray what an alien society might make of earth and its population. While my point was on target, I try to always interject humor.
The absolute truth is that we are a people ruled by our emotions. The society that abducts Don has decided to do away with feelings as they are unpredictable and can cause war.
Our petty squabbles on this planet are purposeless. We go to war for what someone else has. From Cain and Able to modern day, we go to war if not literally then certainly figuratively. We get this case of the “by gods” and stop listening to anyone else’s point of view.
No, I fear that the visits, if they are indeed happening are trying to decide just how dangerous we are. Should we be allowed to leave our planet? They might be researching what our natural resources are before deciding what to do with us.
Currently, as we presently are, I would say we have no business greeting other races outside of the human race. Can you imagine the bigotry that we have today on any difference what so ever pushed out into a population of aliens who can travel light years in hours?
Given technology to reach to the stars would be dangerous for advanced civilizations.
Some of the happiest, most well-adjusted people that I know, are people who have very damned little stuff or money. They make do with what they have. Family, friends, enough to eat and nobody messes with them, is what they want.
The better off people are it seems to me the more screwed up that they are. Is that just my perception?
I once met a man in an elevator going to see his oncologist. We were in a clinic in Houston, I was bringing things up to the doctor to sell him. As we waited for the elevator the water from the recent rain shower, we both walked in from the parking lot, dripped off us. There were puddles on the tile floor as we closed our umbrellas and tried to look as though we had just not left a sauna. I was not thrilled with the weather and wished that I was not working that day. I was, in fact, sure that a warm bed with a purring feline and good book would have been a much better use of my time.
Man, was I wrong!
I asked him how he was, and he said… “Every day the good lord lets me wake up and suck air, is a good day!”
I never forgot that bit of wisdom from an old gray-black gentleman. He was wearing a suit to see his doctor, and I was thrilled to meet him. That meeting was the most important meeting of that day and probably that year.
We should all be like that!
I stopped complaining that day. Changed my life. I was there doing my job, and he was there to see how much life he had left. He was happy and cheerful, even in Houston’s miserable hot rain.
In a way, I would like to try and live in an Amish community for a bit. The more that I know about the world that we live in, the less content that I am. Without the smartphone reminding me every few moments about how evil Trump is, or why the Democrats are so great, just possibly I might think for myself.
Why Yahoo news has joined with the likes of Facebook and Google to cast dispersions on the president of the United States is beyond me.
“How can a people this advanced be this damned stupid!”
If you want to take over a country you take over the media. Google, Facebook, and Yahoo are the media that most look at for their news. Ninety-Seven percent of it is negative on Trump! Even with American’s getting fatter paychecks they still trash Trump. Why?
It would be ok if they were balanced but they are not. Every report on the president has a negative spin on it. Triggered much Google?
Stupid might not be the correct adjective. Possibly we are just short-sighted. Our values seem to be turning upside down and for what reason? Who is selling this pack of lies and why?
We can only hope that if we are being visited by aliens from another galaxy or solar system, that they are more intelligent and benevolent than we are.
From what we have seen of them “which is very limited” it would appear that they do not comport with our understanding of physics. Flying at right angles at incredible speeds would not fit our understanding of physics. They have apparently figured out how to manipulate time.
While it appears to us that they are moving at right angles at incredible speeds they are just cruising along in a “different time zone” if you will, and when they need to get away from us they just change the time variable.
Time as we understand it is incorrect. It is not a constant as most of the world believes.
This book is one of my 25 published Novels. It also happens to be one of the most popular among you. Thanks for that! As an author, we can only hope that you will enjoy what we write.
Saga of the Starduster started out as tweets. I was doing two things at one time. Marketing my brand, and writing practice. When we write we try to use as few words as possible to convey an idea.
Saga of the Starduster started out as 140 character tweets. So many folks asked for the story I pulled it and wrote a story. The story you can download is complete and edited pretty well.
So many have already downloaded this novel that I must have done something right. Please support independent authors and read our work. Because we are independent our work is incredibly affordable. For less than a cup of coffee, you can read our stories. With 25 Novels out there I suspect that one day you will be able to say, you were reading me when I was nobody.
Everyone is somebody but, you know what I mean.
What has just transpired is, Sarah has brought Don, his mother and his third-grade teacher to the Starduster. Don had a medical need and Sarah wanted Don.
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These next few lines are from the book, chapter 1955 meets 2016
The women awoke to find themselves nude in the presence of Sarah and her assistants. “Calm yourselves, Patty and Martha, here are some clothes for you to put on.”
“Where is Donny?” Martha asked.
“He is in the next room dressing as well. Clothes are not something we are used to here, so I am afraid that you three might feel out of place.”
“I don’t want Donny seeing his mother this way!” Martha said.
“Donny is Don Martha; he is a grown man. I stopped his aging process at 30. When you look at yourself Martha, you will see that you too are about 30. Patty, I left you at 21. You can choose to age naturally, or I can arrest the process right here.”
“Sarah, I feel different,” Patty said.
“Each of you had some neural pathways created between the two hemispheres of your brains. Your learning ability will be accelerated as well as your IQ.”
“Was there purpose in this?” Martha asked.
“Your race blew themselves up, Martha. We sent Don back to change history. By removing you three, we altered the timeline somehow. ”
“I thought that we were going right back to the second we left?” Patty said.
“The outcome would not work out. Don, instead of contributing to humanity would give them the information that they need to make their atomic weapons stronger than what they were. We saw that Dr. Flint was working with your government and was also working for another superpower as a spy.”
“Does Donald know this?” Patty asked.
“No, not yet. Are you two ready to meet Don, the man?”
The anxiety level of both women shot up, and Sarah could sense it.
“You both might want to sit,” Sarah said. Both sat on the table as Don made an entrance. The 6’2 inch man with wavy hair, chiseled chin, and sharp blue eyes looked at the two women as he could feel their love for him. Embracing the two, Martha started to cry, and Patty was speechless.
Paraphrased, this is probably the question that I get asked the most.
To know what direction you are headed you need what? You need a goal. If I, for instance, wanted to drive to Chicago from Dallas how would that work?
When I was a lot younger and had no deadlines pressing me, I might throw some clothes in a couple of bags, hire someone to watch the house, get into the car and point it north.
I love road trips without real purpose. However, we have stated that we have an end goal of arriving in Chicago.
Heading north as stated earlier would not get me to Chicago but North Dakota or Minnesota if not Canada. Again all great destinations but, missing our goal entirely.
Firstly we must map out our route which even with the technology we have today, there are several possibilities.
There was a time in my life when driving for twelve or thirteen hours straight was no big deal. Now, not so much. I would at least stop halfway. Planning my trip today would include points of interests along the way, and I would indeed drive out of my way to see or visit something along the way. These types of activities often provide fodder for manuscripts.
Let’s face it, if time were a real issue, I would hop on board a plane and be there within hours.
My action plan would include proper clothing for the season, as well as places to stop along the way.
The action plan would indeed include something known as “Time management.”
Writing a term paper or a novel is not much different. With time being the common denominator that we all share, it is also the one thing that we must all guard against wasting.
What do you do with your time?
If you are uncertain about the validity of what I am saying; for a week log every minute of your day. Don’t cheat. Much like writing what you eat to assist you in a diet, try keeping up with what you did during the day. Time management is crucial, and you must be good at it to be successful in life.
I think that sitting in front of the TV being conditioned continuously by whatever you are putting into your head is possibly one of the worst ways of wasting your precious time on this earth. I truly think that it also dulls your senses and might rob you of who you truly are by supplanting what you know for ideas which are just bullshit. Someone’s ideas that are put forth in a way to convince you that your long-held beliefs are false.
That is my opinion, and possibly you have a differing one. We all know people who live through the TV. Cancelling the cable might be not only a good money saver but, you might find you now have time to do other things.
Not only do we have TV and Netflix but, we have the computer or internet, and of course we have our tablets or phones to steal our time. We spend so much time communicating nonsense with countless others, that we don’t communicate with those that we are the closest to.
How do you manage to write so much and work a daytime job?
What little I see of TV in passing makes me shake my head. Hundreds of cable channels to fill and they come up with some of the lamest stuff ever. I am waiting for one of the channels to be of grass growing or paint drying.
Our Culture is changing and in many ways, I don’t think for the better. Morality has taken a hit as our role models now often spend time behind bars for beating their wives or some other criminal offense.
I could go on and write a complete book about narcissist and sycophants but that is outside the scope of this blog post. If you want a role model, my friends, look into the mirror and become that which you seek!
Years ago I was on a cruise to Alaska and we parked by one of the glaciers watching it melt. Yes, if it were not just a glorious day to be outside on the balcony watching ice melt, I would have been pissed. Finally a large chunk of ice “calved” and that was the highlight of the afternoon. The massive ship rocked as the ripple from the tons of ice falling into the abyss reached out to us. Feeling the effect of the displacement of so much water, made the time spent stationary that afternoon, and subsequent sunburn, more tolerable.
Don’t misunderstand me, you must do things in life, especially if you are a writer. You must travel. You must speak with people of all walks of life. I make it a point to learn people’s names and something about them wherever I go. People are what make life worth it to me. You are interesting. Sitting in front of the TV like so many do, getting spoon fed someone’s idea of what is morally acceptable changes the entire audience over time.
The Stepford wives come to mind as so many people around the globe watch things produced in Hollywood. Our values or Hollywood’s values reach far and wide.
In Saga of the Starduster, I have my aliens tune into our TV to see what they are about to deal with. Finding Sharknado on the screen, their first impressions are that the sharks are the apex life forms, and humans are their prey. Not too far from reality except these sharks travel by manipulating vortices and attack bipedal creatures who have chainsaws mounted on their appendages.
When the Ularins tune across a football game, my aliens think that this is some sort of war and the football must be explosive.
If Aliens were listening to our radio and watching our Hollywood version of life, what would they think?
“How do I manage to write so much?”
I try not to waste time, and I scheduled several hours a day to either write or market my books. Having said that I also look for opportunities to go out into the world and be part of it. Watching it through the eyes of some Hollywood producer is not the way I care to figure out who we are as a people and why we are the way that we are.
Time management is key to life in general, not just creating your first or twenty-first novel. Make time for what you are passionate about. If that is writing, don’t let a good idea get lost in the shuffle of the noise in our lives.
You Mom’s and want to be authors, don’t allow your dreams to get cast aside. God invented Bed Times so parents can still live a life. Enforce them while killing the internet and other things that might keep the urchins up and in your face. We had quite times an hour before bedtime which meant they could read. Lights out was strictly enforced. Not only so they got enough sleep, but so we could still have some modicum of life. Phones are taken away at dinner time, and bedtime. There is no excuse to allow a child to take an active screen to bed with them. Like us, they need their sleep.
Laptops and writing worked just as well as reading for me as an author. Just saying.
While many of you are downloading my books, I need many more to follow me here, and on Twitter. I spent way too much time working on my novels and not enough time marketing them. I just knew that once my first book was published, it would sell millions and I would be able to stop the day job. HA!
The sales are enough to give me hope, but not near enough even to let me think about chucking the day job. I have some great ideas that are waiting to come out on paper! Share my work, follow me and tell your friends. Thanks for the follows and of course the purchases!