Five-Thing Thursday: September 29th.

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: Surprisingly, the Welsh village of Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch has the second longest name in the world. This is technically shortened by the fact that “LL” and “CH” are counted as individual characters.

Thing #2: If you look, you will find one thing EVERY DAY that brings you joy. It’s worth the effort.

Thing #3: Ok. The longest place name it the world is: Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapiki-maungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitnatahu. It’s in New Zealand. I can pronounce more of the Welsh name.

Thing #4: Playing on the mental Jukebox right now: The Best is Yet to Come by Accept

Thing #5: Taking the time and effort (yes effort) to find, and then go and do, something new is totally worth it!

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What am  I reading this week?

Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Reading and (mostly) staying on a regular sleep schedule

Oh, and Rings of Power. Go put it in your eyes.

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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Your Time Will Come

I have a confession to make.

If you know me at all, I’m sure that what I am about to say will come as a shock. I’ll do my best to keep it brief and to the point.

I’m a morning person.

Yes, you read that right.

A morning person.

After years of trying to deny it, and of trying to figure out how to work around it, I’ve finally come to accept the fact that I get the most writing done early in the morning.

At least this is the case while I’ve still got a day job, but I think it’ll persist even after I’ve retired. Part of it stems from my tendency to let the real world in when the rest of the family is awake. What about writing late at night, after everyone has gone to bed, you ask? I’ve considered that but, mentally, I bounce off that idea. Hard. Even typing it out just now had me feeling this kind of aversion, so no, probably not going to happen.

Now this is not to say that I Can’t write at other times during the day. That’s what noise cancelling headphones are for. What I’m saying is that I’ve found that I’m more likely to drift into that creative space – The Zone – where its just me and the work during the wee hours of the morning. The house, the room, heck even the music playing, falls off the map, and I’ll glance up to find that an hour has gone by without me noticing.

That’s the magic space.

This is just me talking. Your Prime Time may – and probably is – be different from mine. And that’s ok. There’s no one, Right way to write. What matters here is that you find out when your time comes. Once you know that, you can make a plan to be there, working.

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: September 22nd

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: Add a variety of color to your life. I almost grabbed my Essential Oil diffuser rather than my water bottle.

Thing #2: There’s brain weasels, and there’s your intuition trying to get through.

Thing #3: The North Remembers.

Thing #4: Playing on the mental Jukebox right now: Diamond Handed by Seven Kingdoms

Thing #5: I lost time to the Work earlier this week. Felt damned good.

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What am  I reading this week?

Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Three Words: Elder Scrolls Online

And music. Ok, that’s 5 words, but rules are meant to be broken.

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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The Size of Your Comfort Zone

I did something unusual this past week.

I went out.

With people.

To a place where other people were.

Now, two years ago this wouldn’t have been any kind of a big deal. You might also argue that, since I’ve also been working in the office for at least half of that time, that I’ve already been doing this.

But you’d be wrong.

My days had been pretty much one big pattern:

Go to work, come home – maybe stopping by the store if needed – Rinse, repeat.

The weekends were much the same bunch of not going anywhere.

So when the opportunity/invitation arose, the knee-jerk reaction was a solid Nope – which I kept silently to myself. After a few moments of thought about why this reaction was so vehement and immediate, I came to realize that I wasn’t comfortable with the idea.

I hadn’t always been that way. Much like an underused muscle, my comfort zone had shrunk, contracted with disuse.

Now I realize that for some of you, what I’d done is an unacceptable risk. And that’s ok – well, it’s not ok that this is now the world we live in – but your own response to it is perfectly fine.

What I’m advocating for is taking a few moments this coming week to look at your routine and, within your tolerances, trying something new – including stretching those tolerances if you feel comfortable with the attempt.

It’s been said that variety is the spice of life and, for me, most of the spices had been set back in the cabinet and were slowly gathering dust.

And I’d never even realized it.

What had become comfortable to me had shrunk to a much smaller space.

It’s time to start stretching those emotional muscles again. Limber myself up.

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: September 15th

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: Sometimes, your comfort zone will constrict, edging out even some stuff that you like doing.

Thing #2: The sunset? Totally worth it. Go on, take a look.

Thing #3: Whatever it is. You can get it…but you gotta do the work.

Thing #4: Playing on the mental Jukebox right now: Nothing but a Good Time by Poison

Thing #5: Sometimes, the work feels clunky…but other times, it sings. And that makes the clunky days worth it.

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What am  I reading this week?

Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Three Words: Elder Scrolls Online

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See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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And Some Days Just get Away from You

It’s rainy and, for a day where I’d planned to do a whole bunch of nothing, I didn’t get any of it done.

By way of apology, please have a picture of the world’s longest scarf.

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Five-Thing Thursday: September 8th

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: A display of skill is a joy to behold.

Thing #2: Loneliness is an actual medical condition. It has physiological impacts.

Thing #3: Some of the leaves on some of the trees are just beginning to turn. Autumn is coming – and I’m pretty excited about that.

Thing #4: Playing on the mental Jukebox right now: Strife by Trivium

Thing #5: I don’t know if any of you need to hear this, but I certainly do (again): You cannot cheat Morpheus. They will collect one way or the other, so get your sleep.

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What am  I reading this week?

Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

Three Words: Elder Scrolls Online

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

Weird Wild West

Trials

Predators in Petticoats

Chasing the Light

See you on Sunday!

Until then…

Be safe. Be Excellent to each other.

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One More Thing…

Let me just do this one last thing, then I can…

If you’re anything like me, you have either said–or more likely thought–the above line, followed by words like “Rest” or “Do that thing I really enjoy.”

Not just this month, or even this week, but sometime within the last 24 hours.

We’re all busy and, as the saying goes, usage will expand to meet capacity. Meaning that the more stuff we can get done, the more stuff there will be to do.

Here’s the thing–not the one more “Thing” that the title is referring to–but The Thing to realize is:

There will always be One more thing. Your To Do list will always have one more thing on it.

You will never be done.

Now that previous line can hit pretty hard. It hit me hard, even as I typed it–and I know what’s coming next. Take a moment, to process that thought. It’s a truth that’s tough to take in. You ready to go on? Ok. Here we go.

Realizing that you will never reach the end of your “To Do” list is freeing.

It’s a good thing.

First, and foremost, it means that you can let go off all of the pressure to DO ALL the Things.

You can’t.

It also means that you can forgive yourself for not succeeding at an impossible task.

You can (and should).

Finally it means that, since you know you’re not going to get it all done, you can start giving weight to the things you can get done. Make deliberate choices on what to spend your time on.

Self Care is on that list. Typically, it’s down by the bottom. Typically, we say to ourselves that once we get everything else taken care of–finally–we can start taking care of ourselves.

With the shift in mindset from doing all the things, to doing the things that matter you can start giving it the consideration it deserves.

Right now, some of you are thinking, “So what you’re telling me, is that all the stuff like housework, the day job, and anything I don’t particularly like to do, I can just let slide off the plate.”

Um…No.

Let’s take housework. Assuming that it’s not something you really enjoy doing, there will eventually reach a point where getting those dishes done, is important.

There’s a sliding scale involved here. Additionally, what I might find important, you might not give as much weight to. In the previous example, I used dishes deliberately. Having a clean kitchen is very important to me. So much so, that you can use the cleanliness level of my kitchen as a pretty accurate barometer of how I’m doing mentally.

Take a bit of time this week to look at what you’re spending your time on, think about what you’d like to be spending it on, and make some decisions about what is truly important to do right now.

Then go do that. The rest can wait.

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: September 1st.

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: Nothing provides firewood like a good storm blowing through.

Thing #2: There will always be one more thing to do. Coming to accept that you can’t do all of them – AND – putting taking some time for yourself as a priority are both good ideas.

Thing #3: And sometimes, life will prevent that, though even just a few minutes to stop, recenter, and breathe is valuable – and, truth be told, there’s always more than just a few minutes.

Thing #4: Playing on the mental Jukebox right now: Angels by Helloween

Thing #5: This week has been something of a struggle. So, if you’re like me and in need of a reminder: All you can do is all you can do. And that changes from day to day. Once you’ve done that, no amount of pressure (neither external NOR internal) will squeeze another drop out of you. And that’s ok. Tomorrow is another day.

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What am  I reading this week?

Thieftaker by D. B. Jackson

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

How have I been relaxing and refilling the well?

It’s been a struggle this week. I’ve been finding down time when I can get it, but it’s been in bits and pieces. I’m hoping I can reset over the long 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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A Little Does a Lot

I’d like to be able to write 2000 words a day.

This isn’t any knock against anyone who is currently doing so, it’s just not how my life is arranged at the minute. Could I write 2000 words a day, certainly – well, I’m pretty sure I could do it – but that would require neglecting things that I’m not in a position to neglect. There’s the day job, for instance, that is still a necessary thing.

I do what I can, when I can, and that practice has held me in good stead for a while now. The trick is to come to terms with the idea that you probably won’t ever have all the time you want to dedicate to a certain thing.

Rather than not doing anything, I’ve been getting a little bit done here and there and that adds up.

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

I’ll see you on Thursday.

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