Future Me

Today’s post is an appreciation post for someone who I don’t mention all that often: Future Me.

Ok, there’s also an apology that needs to happen because there have been times when I haven’t been all that cool to Future Me, but he always shows up. He picks up the pieces, he’s constantly doing the dishes, and he’s doing his best for Present Me.

So here it is:

I’m sorry that I don’t think about you as often as I should. I’m sorry that you’ve woken up, not getting as much sleep as I know you need.

I’ve been selfish.

And I’m sorry. I’ve been a terrible friend to you. You’ve always been there for me, and I wouldn’t be where I am if not for you.

I need to be better. I will be better. I am committing to keep you in my thoughts like you deserve. I’m committing to you that I’m going to start pulling my own weight.

I will work to become a person you can be proud of.

I love you, Brother.

Now you might be reading this and thinking to yourself, “Wow. Someone had a rough night.” But that’s not the case.

I’ve said before that this blog is as much for me as it is for you, Reader, and this thought about the relationship between Present Me and Future Me has been bubbling around the periphery of my thoughts for some time now.

Today, when the seasons are on the cusp of change, seemed to be a good time to bring them to the front, poke at them, and see what happens.

That’s what this is. This is me recognizing that I haven’t always been as forward thinking as I could have been. It is also me admitting that I’m not perfectly disciplined. There will inevitably be days where Future Me will have to pick up from where Present Me fell short. This is me acknowledging this and, more importantly, accepting that I will fall short of the ideal from time to time.

What I can do, though, is work to keep those days to a minimum. We both deserve that much, and I think we both realize that what really matters is the attempt. The decision to move toward something better – even if it’s a single step – matters, and is worth acknowledging.

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 20th.

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: I know I’ve missed a couple of Sunday posts. Thanks for sticking with me.

Thing #2: Do one thing, every day that makes you happier than you were an hour ago.

Thing #3: Been a couple of calls for snowfall this week. SNOW?? I don’t think I’m ready.

Thing #4: Invincible by Amaranthe.

Thing #5: Future You is pretty susceptible to any knock on effect that Present You generates. Keep Future You in mind.

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What am  I reading this week?

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

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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Five-Thing Thursday: October 13th.

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: Never let anyone tell you that sick days are reserved for physical illness.

Thing #2: The effort involved in finding one thing each day that delights you is vastly outweighed by the boost it gives you.

Thing #3: We’ve officially entered the part of the year where it seems like I’m spending more of my time cleaning my glasses than I do actually wearing them.

Thing #4: On and On by Arch Enemy.

Thing #5: Round Two of The Rugby World Cup kicks off this weekend! Go Red Roses!

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What am  I reading this week?

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

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.

See thing #5

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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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Quick Update

It kinda goes without saying that the turning of the seasons – particularly from Summer into Fall – produces a bit of a disruption in the day to day (or in this case the week to week) schedule.

I’ve got a bit on my plate today, so this’ll be short and sweet. I hope you’re enjoying the new bite to the air. The leaves are turning in my neck of the woods, giving the world a nice splash of color.

Speaking of changes, I’ve been thinking lately about the site design and shaking things up a bit, so watch this space.

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 6th.

Welcome, everyone to another Installment of Five Thing Thursday!

Here are Five Things that I want you to know:

Thing #1: Welcome to Spooky Season!! Don’t be afraid – I’ll take care of all your candy corns.

Thing #2: You’re not a machine. Still, you can lay down the challenge for yourself every day. You may surprise yourself.

Thing #3: I love this time of year when the leaves are just starting to turn.

Thing #4: Playing on the mental Jukebox right now: The Eagle Flies Alone by Arch Enemy.

Thing #5: The Women’s 2021 (It was delayed…two guesses why) kicks off THIS WEEKEND!!!

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What am  I reading this week?

Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker

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.

See thing #5

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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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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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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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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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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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