New Years is coming up. And while some make resolutions to do things differently, a lot don't follow through with them.
Some of the things they plan on changing should be done throughout the year. Like keeping healthy. Trying to keep peace with others is another one--thought it can tend to be hard in today's day and age. But these holidays are a great reminder, if nothing else, of these things which slip our mind during the year.
Weight loss and success are among the top of the resolutions, but forgiveness and being kind are felt greatly during that night when everyone gets together and celebrates another year alive. We all hug. And then it goes back to normal. Work again. We slowly forget.
But it doesn't have to be that way. It's easy to hold animosity today with what's going on in the news and on social media. But unplug from those things, look around at the real world. Remember that we aren't on this planet for very long.
write and edit stories and the YouTube show I do with fellow writer Gary Buller, during my commute to and from work. At lunch I edit some more videos, or edit stories. I listen to music and
podcasts. Maybe here and there I'll check some stats, but for videos I've
posted. Twitter is a love/hate relationship. It gives me agita at times, and there are moments it's cool. Then I realized something. I looked up and saw
just about everyone else looking down, arms twisted up to secure a screen before their
eyes for a constant eye-v (get it? Haha.) But it is like
that. This is mostly not a joke. And I felt strange. Like seeing something for the first time. I've seen
this every day, sure, but now I realized the severity of it all. Something they don't want
you to know, bwa hahahaha. But seriously. At the time the thought past over me fast, but the
residue remained. And the next time I looked up from my phone, I started to realize
and Facebook (and others…
We are here alone. No matter how many people are around us, we are inside our heads and until someone figures out a way to penetrate our thoughts, we will always be alone. Even as we vacate this world.
I enjoy playing my PS4, Call of Duty is one I'm currently playing. It's a bit harder than previous iterations, but I'm getting down the learning curve and getting a better kill to death ratios.
I get on the battleground and go against many others from all around the world, and all other systems (this version of the game can do that).
What I do is jump into a game and shoot, blindly sometimes, and I get some other players on the other team, and I rejoice, and then BAM, I'm a gonner, and then I come back and do it all over again, and again, until the session ends some five to ten minutes later.
I shoot, kill, and then die. I try to get as many as possible. Each time I take down someone on the other team, I propel my team towards an overall win. I do my best. I get better.
Not too long ago I had a scare. I was having anxiety attacks, but didn't know why. I know I am a nervous person, and have some OCD and such, but never did I think it could manifest itself in such a physical way. Well, boy did it. Medication (Which I quit in a week, couldn't take it) and some therapy later (cognitive), I'm okay. Mental issues happen to a lot of people, perhaps just about everyone to certain degrees. And in today's crazy world, it ain't getting any better. So I try to stop myself along the way and, as the saying goes, smell the roses. And I think to a great degree I've been fairly successful. It is crazy how much you realize how much you want to tell others certain things when you think the end is near.
Well, this has been another busy week, but I heard some bad news about another writer a few days ago of his child passing.
This is terrible, and he is in my prayers. All those thoughts I had before came rushing back, along with new ones. This is …
It's been a busy few months. I've been working my rear off, trying to get some writing in. Surprisingly, I've been able to do more than usual. Still not what I want.
But you have to do what you can.
This Thanksgiving, I was given the opportunity to take off Black Friday. Now, being I do a lot of the cooking, having off the next day was a relief. I could rest. And actually enjoy the cooking I did the day before.
But then I realized. I hadn't taken a Black Friday, or any day close to the holidays, off since I started at my place about 14 years ago.
It felt good. Real good.
Sometimes you have to take time and relax. You have to look around and see where you've gotten to in life. Plan things going forward, or just remember the old times. Otherwise, you're just slamming forward and never seeing anything around you.
It's easy to do this when you are working to support yourself (and your family) and working on the side to seek your dreams.
You have to live for now. Things will never be just right. Things will never be perfect. If you keep thinking that you will pass by great opportunities and memories, you will never see those that are right in front of your face.
Holidays will go by with you saying next year will be better, but that may not be how it turns out.
If you keep putting off life, you will never live it.
I grew up around family and friends who said, more or less, things will be different next year. But what if, God forbid, next year doesn't come? What if you're still in the same situation financially, or health-wise--or any other problem, for that matter? What if you miss out one last holiday without someone who doesn't make it to next year?
It's easy to say that, to pass things off until a later date, but when you look back right after the holidays are over, you're usually let down.
You know what you wanted it to be like, but it wasn't, because you had the vision in your head that it w…
It was so good yesterday I think I'll do it a second time around. For my lunch break I went to one of my favorite cafes again.
It's been so busy at work. Going to see what I can get done today. This is a video from yesterday, but the picture is from today. Unfortunately this is one of the dilemmas when you work a day job. Especially a busy one. WCM
Oh man. It's been a while since I've been to my Cafe. You know, the one where I get the leaf that sits atop the caffeine needed to write!
Or at least to stay awake after the onslaught that is my day job. It's cold out today and usually I love it, but it was in the 50s this morning and now I'm the 30s and going into single digits tonight, real-feel. So the heat and coffee feels good right now. But let me get to some work before my lunch is over. Talk soon. WCM
Dunkin' Donuts eggnog latte is okay. It could also be the location where I purchased it, so I have to try another before I make my decision. But Starbucks eggnog latte is still the best I've tasted.
Whole Foods has it, but I was told at the location where I go to that it might not happen this year. Though, again, could just be the worker was misinformed, or didn't want to bother. And theirs is okay, as well, but has proven to be a hit or miss.
Dunkin's is sweet, and Whole Foods could have a taste of being burnt slightly, probably due to the barista steaming the eggnog/milk too much.
Starbucks is just right, most of the time--because you could experience an off-day barista there, as well.
I tended to move away from Starbucks, also, because of price and politics. Though I will say, they have not engaged in it too much as of late.
It seems trivial, but just having the festive feeling during the holidays, no mater what you celebrate, is something that makes the day a littl…
Michael's is getting rid of their Halloween stuff with it so close, but they are also getting ready for the holidays coming up.
Most retail places are usually preparing for the next holiday, but some take it a little further. Maybe I'm strange, but there's something about going into a store in the summer and seeing fall and Halloween stuff start to show up. I know right after the holidays Valentine's will be up soon. And all the hearts. I guess they figure it's for people like me who eat them before haha Well, I'm off to check out what Halloween deals they have. They say 70 percent off. Let's see. WCM
I brought my laptop. Going to see how I attack today.
That's how things get done. I can only imagine myself getting things done. And sometimes I do, but never as much as I want. It makes me feel bad, but I remember at least I'm getting something done. I also feel a force creates certain instances that hold me from doing something until a tid bit of info is remembered, or until I relax and read the story I'm working on in a different way. Maybe I'm afforded a sentence or two that would make the piece a bit more realistic to someone reading it. Whatever the case, I don't think it's wise to self destroy. Always keep the energy going. Never give up. Life is too short to do so. WCM
At lunch and I was working on this week's episode of the YouTube show. Figured I'd test out the updates done to the Blogger app for Android.
I tried to submit a story on my work computer, but it said I was restricted. Just lovely. So I was going to try it from my phone, but am tired so just settled on some editing. I still have ten minutes, so not sure yet what I'll do. So tired. I'm nodding off as I type this. And it wasn't as crazy a day as yesterday. But I can still edit my story, so I'm off. Will be back soon. WCM
Being successful at becoming a published writer can feel daunting at times. Especially when I think about how many writers there are out there chasing the same dream. Or how many openings there are (not many), wherever they may be--like movie scripts, novels, etc. And then how I see writers are sometimes treated.
I've seen where a writer completes a script for a movie, or series, and it's green-lighted to go ahead, and then something happens and they get a whole new team of writers.
And I'm sure there are many other instances or ways this can play out.
Then, on top of that, you have those feelings of inadequacy and such that writers go through when they see other writers who are touted as great and such--or if they've just read another writer they feel blows them out of the water.
And there are many arguments for these situations, similar to Darwin's natural selection and such. But that's not what I'm thinking about here.
There's a whole lot of advice out there. Some is useful. Some can be detrimental. Some people are grateful for a bit of help, while others get offended at friendly tips.
I am of the mind that you take what you dig and pass on that which you don't.
There are many types of advice, but one I see the most I dub Cryptic Advice.
It's like advice which can seem universal, could be like duh! But not so easy to follow. Or a tip that can suggest so many things it's like the originator is purposefully trying to throw you off.
But are they?
If you get too specific you run the risk of coming off as a know-it-all. If you give too little you can appear to be holding back. Maybe so the artist can get ahead while keeping the rest back? Maybe sometimes. But come on. There can be so many interpretations and accusations.
Personally, I feel if someone has achieved something and then shares their experience, it's pretty darn cool. To see how they think, or what led them to their work tha…
Haven't been posting any thoughts on here. Been so busy.
Yup, neglect lol.
Between struggling at work (and it's been very busy there, too) I've been carving (ohhhh spooky word used, get it?) some time to write.
I've been sort of surprised to find the stories I'm working on don't necessarily deal with the more harsh side of horror. I'm interested to see where they end up. But yeah, that's the story and I'm sticking to it.
This is something I'm learning each day. If you stand still, become stagnant, there is a risk of becoming complacent.
Yeah, this has all been said before. I know. But it's the way one moves forward that matters. Constantly learning. Knowing that you can always learn something new. Understanding what type of story it is being written. There are so many moving parts, so many subtle things that can make the story or break it.
Do I know it all? No way! I'm learning as I go.
If you get a rejection, and you know you've learned something new, look that story over. And keep in mind, the story may not be bad, it could just be a situation where they couldn't use that particular subject. Could be one editor wants a certain style, and so on and so forth.
The most important thing is to keep going. The stories are done, now find them a home. I've even seen some who push so consistently they eventually get their stuff published. Stuff that was reje…
Was out and about again, today had to do some food shopping. Ended up going to Trader Joe's. Got a few more pumpkins. My daughter wanted different color gourds. Trader Joe's had them cheaper than Stop N Shop, which had them for .99 cents each.
Pumpkin spice was everywhere. It's funny how many things have the flavor in it. I even picked up this baby pumpkin pie from a local bakery. Now, pumpkin pie I can eat all year round. I can't get enough of it. It just personifies the season.
The biggest deal being coffee places. Starbucks has the pumpkin spice cold brew now--of which I haven't tasted yet. I want to.
I picked up a peppermint mocha coffee creamer, however. I was using the Reese's Peanut Butter cup one, but thought I'd try this. And this company has just gone Non-GMO. So that's a plus. I only like pumpkin spice once, or twice. Then the rest of the season I'm good. Until the eggnog latte comes out. Then it's on. And I can drink that one way mor…