Quick Update

So, if I have learned anything over the course of the most recent holiday season, I have learned some things:

Time is a construct, and if you don’t pay attention to it, it’ll slip through your mental fingers. This is not a bad thing, to be honest. I think we could all do with a bit more not knowing, or caring, what day it is.

This was a good weekend to hang out with loved ones and watch a few movies that I hadn’t seen before, and to re-appreciate some ones that I had.

“You get what you pay for” is a good thing to keep in mind when buying wine.

Billy Idol had been originally cast to play the part of the T-1000 in Terminator 2. I’m still trying to wrap my head around that.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: November 25th.

Welcome, everyone to the Thanksgiving installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I am thankful for:

Thing #1: Music. I need Music like I need to breathe.

Thing #2: My Family and Friends. I owe you all debts that I can never repay.

Thing #3: That 2021 turned out the way it did for me- It could have been much worse.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Castles in the Snow by Seven Kingdoms.

Thing #5: The Writing Community – Y’All are the best.

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What am  I reading this week?

Grave Destiny by Kalayna Price

Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

I have made a conscious (Hey, I spelled that right on the first try–Don’t laugh) decision to scramble less. You’d think this was simpler than it sounds, but it took some work to get off the ground, and more work in the way of being aware of your schedule to maintain.

The benefits have been enormous – and breaking the *LONG-ESTABLISHED* habit of trying to cram in as much as I can into every day, every day has been (and continues to be) a lot of work.

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Rest is Not a Reward

You’ve earned a rest.

How often have you heard that? How often have you said this to yourself, like rest is some kind of reward?

It’s a natural part of our vocabulary. We’re conditioned to believe that we can’t rest until we’ve done enough work.

But here’s the thing:

We’re working all the time.

Here’s the other thing:

“Enough” is a massively sliding scale – and it never ends.

That’s not me being cynical. That’s a fact. There’s always something else to do, but I think we can lose sight of the idea that Rest isn’t a Reward – it’s a crucial part of the cycle.

You can’t work all the time. Even the sharpest of blades will dull with use and need to be sharpened. We need care and maintenance – though we’re conditioned to downplay that part of it.

Downplayed or not, the Rest is just as important – if not even more important – than the work.

So take the time you need. Put your feet up. Refill the well.

Rest.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: November 18th.

Welcome, everyone to the Penultimate November installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: Singing out loud can make you happier.

Thing #2: There is no such thing as a guilty pleasure – I’m pretty sure I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating.

Thing #3: We got our first snow of the season on Sunday. I’ve got mixed feelings about that.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Don’t Stop Believing by Journey

Thing #5: There are times where I have absolutely no idea how people who don’t keep lists can function – this is usually after I’ve forgotten something – but not always.

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What am  I reading this week?

Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel

Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Loads of Rugby to watch as the Autumn Nations series rolls on. We’re also in that phase of the year when the days have been mild and enjoyable. Of course it’s also getting darker sooner which, this year, has been more of a shock to the system.

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Time Pebbles

Happy Sunday Readers!

Today I’d like to talk a little bit about Time.

Now I’m not going to get into the nuts and bolts of it – there’s too much Math involved and if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time (Thanks, for that) you’ll know that Math and I have a shaky relationship.

What I’d like to talk about are three states, or conditions of time that you and I can experience.

The first state is called Time Affluence – or the state where you’ve got all the time you need to do what you need to do. Alright, quit laughing. I’ve heard this actually exists. Even if it is a myth, for something nonexistent, I am working *so* hard to achieve it.

The second state is Time Famine. This is pretty much what it says on the tin. You don’t have the time you need – you’re starving for time and I feel this so hard.

If you were to look at the two states as being on the opposite ends of a sliding scale, you and I would fall somewhere in between and our spot on the scale seems to change daily.

This is a high level view, but what I’d like to show you is on a more granular level.

Come on over. Look closer…

Closer…

See those?

Those are Time Pebbles.

Time Pebbles are very tiny bits of Time. Small enough to recognize, but too small to do anything with – or so it appears. These are times like when you’re queued up for something, or waiting for a meal to finish in the microwave, or on hold, at a stoplight, or any one of a myriad other bits of Time you encounter while moving from one larger thing to another.

Time Pebbles are valuable. For starters, they’re all yours – little bits of Time Affluence.

What are they good for? All sorts of stuff but, more importantly, the things you do with those Time Pebbles can be good for you.

Stopped for a minute? Look for a #DailyDelight

Waiting in line? Breathe and concentrate on one thing you’re grateful for – one thing that makes you happy.

You could do character work, or plotting, or brainstorming, you could even be writing – Pick up a notepad app, or use a service like Google Drive instead of scrolling through Twitter, or checking your email (again).

You could be reading during that time. Maybe squeezing in a Language lesson, or something like that.

See where I’m going with this? If you’re aware of Time Pebbles, you can use them for doing stuff.

And I don’t mean to imply from the above that you’ve *got* to be doing something during these times.

Maybe you could use a break. Breathe, focus on the moment, bring yourself into the present. All of these things can help improve your overall happiness.

Believe me, this is easier said than done, and I’m working on training myself into not going straight into Twitter – not to take anything away from Twitter, but it doesn’t have to be the only place you drop your time pebbles in.

Who knows, maybe a ripple caused by tossing a Pebble in the Stream, could turn into a Wave later on.

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: November 11th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: Sometimes you need to write an idea down.

Thing #2: It’s worth the time to take a minute, go outside, and pick up what Mother Nature is laying down.

Thing #3: Every Sunrise is different. Try and catch as many as you can.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Neverending by Seven Kingdoms.

Thing #5: For the first time – Ever – the Welsh Rugby Union is offering professional contracts for some of its Women’s players.

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What am  I reading this week?

Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Loads of Rugby to watch as the Autumn Nations series rolls on. We’re also in that phase of the year when the days have been mild and enjoyable. Of course it’s also getting darker sooner which, this year, has been more of a shock to the system.

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Trials

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Chasing the Light

See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Are You Ready for some Fun?

Happy Sunday, Readers.

Today I’d like to talk about something fun. Or, more precisely, about fun itself.

Its a funny little word, fun (See what I did there?). We use it a lot, for a variety of things and, for myself at least, I hadn’t really thought about what “Fun” is.

What does it mean to have fun?

Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary defines “Fun” as Follows:

Someone or something that is amusing or enjoyable.

An enjoyable or amusing time

The feeling of being amused or entertained.

Amusing, entertaining, enjoyable.

I confess that I’ve used those words interchangeably for “Fun.” I also find it interesting that the one word used in all three definitions – amusing – is, for me, the word I’d be least likely to use. Again, for me, it doesn’t have the emotional “weight” for “Fun.”

However you look at it, though each definition is based on a description of something else. If you didn’t know what the word “Amusing” meant, the definition of “Fun” falls apart.

What, then, is “Fun?”

Author’s note: This is written from my perspective, and any examples are plucked from fields of my own tending. Your Mileage may vary and that’s ok. Don’t yuck anyone else’s yum, m’kay?

I think that “Fun” – wherever you find it can be either physically, or mentally engaging. It can, in fact, be both.

“Fun” doesn’t necessarily have to be “Funny.”

“Fun” is more than the sum of it’s descriptors. Something can be entertaining, but not Fun.

One of the most fundamental (That was unintentional) aspect of “Fun” involves a feeling of engagement so profound that you lose track of elements beyond the present.

When you’re having Fun you’re utterly present in the moment. Everything outside the immediate moment – even Time – vanishes into the background.

I’ve described this feeling while writing as being “In the Zone.” There this state you reach when everything just falls away and it’s you and the words – and perhaps it’s not coincidence that the word amusement is associated so heavily with Fun. Whether or not you believe The Muse exists, The Zone is something that finds you.

It’s the same thing with Fun. You don’t just flip a switch and you’re having Fun. You start out amused, perhaps, then entertained. Then somewhere along the way, you engage utterly, and I don’t think this is a conscious decision.

When I think back to the times I had “Fun” the experiences are wide ranging. I have had Fun writing, dancing, walking, listening to music, reading, singing karaoke.

They have been activities both active and passive.

Fun is where it finds you and I think that we are so much the better for it when it lets us go.

This week, I’d like you to take a moment and think about the times you had Fun. What were you doing? The answers might surprise you.

Then I invite you to join me in making space for more Fun activities in your life. 

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: November 4th.

Welcome, everyone to the First November installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: No two sunsets are the same. Watch as many as you can.

Thing #2: Today, every day in fact, is a blank page.

Thing #3: There is always something new.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? The Last Tale by Warrior Path – a band I didn’t know existed prior to Monday, so case in point for Thing # 3

Thing #5: Working smarter beats working harder every time. Nothing against hard work.

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What am  I reading this week?

Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Its getting cooler. Time is coming where I’ll want to hunker down, but maybe, just maybe, I can get one more weekend of grilling in…

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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When the Internet Goes “Plooey”

So my internet connection has been kind of wonky for the past few days to the point where I’m not sure I’d stay connected for the duration of a longer post.

On the up side, though, today is a perfect day to get outside and go for a walk – which is what I’m about to go and do.

Maybe later, I’ll be able to watch England Women’s Rugby take on New Zealand’s Black Ferns.

Keep your fingers crossed for my connection!

Thanks for reading. Be safe out there. Be Excellent to Each other – and yourself.

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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Five-Thing Thursday: October 28th.

Welcome, everyone to another installment of Five Thing Thursday and…

Here are Five Things I want you to Know:

Thing #1: Have a happy and safe Spooky Season day!!

Thing #2: If you’re prepping for NaNoWriMo – I wish you the best of luck

Thing #3: If, like me, you’re giving NaNo a pass this year, that’s ok too.

Thing #4: What’s playing on the Mental Jukebox right now? Symphony of Pain by Accept

Thing #5: Take the time this week to engage in something that takes you into “The Zone” It’s worth the effort.

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What am  I reading this week?

Crossroads of Twilight by Robert Jordan

Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson

Assassin’s Orbit by John Appel

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Loads of rain over the weekend, which kept me inside and wrapped up in warm, comfy clothes. Not so much relaxing, despite that. Seemed like the weekend just kinda evaporated. Going to try and be a bit more present this weekend.

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If you’ve read, and enjoyed any of my books, please consider leaving a review:

Weird Wild West

Trials

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Chasing the Light

See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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