Greetings, y'all, from Central Texas.
If we're not learning something each and every day, well then, we might as well go to our grave. Never fear. I just made that up and truly don't believe it. But you can be sure if you stop learning, you will get in a rut, become stagnant and boring, and above all else, live in a vacuum.
So, what did I learn this week?
1. First, I learned something that is obvious to most people in the world. If you are disgruntled with the government in any form or fashion, do not fly a plane into a building to get even, killing yourself as well as a few others, destroying a beautiful building, and making your wife and daughter homeless because you also set your own house on fire. (Austin, Texas)
2. Write from the heart. If you follow this tenant, you will at one time or another sell your book, receive a wonderful review, or at least, give yourself a thumbs-up. Do you always need outside approval to validate your talent and ability?
3. You have the option of becoming an Indie Author. Yes, you may have one or more books published in a traditional manner (submit, wait, get a contract, sign, see book published), but you also have options you might not have considered—publish your book yourself. I believe one day brick-and-mortar bookstores will have a section containing only Indie authors and their works. All other venues have done this successfully—Indie Movie Producers and Indie Musicians. (Austin, Texas—for example)
4. Our children, no matter their age, never do what you want them to.
5. A wealth of information and enticing stories may be found as near as your closest Retirement Home. I've become acquainted with an elderly lady who lives down the road in a Retirement Home. She's still mobile, very sharp, and appreciates the fact I pick her up and take her to our women's Bible studies. In discussions with her, I learned: she never married, spent her entire adult years up and down the west coast of Africa, working in U.S. Embassies and facilities as a trouble-shooter and organizer. She tells great stories! And what a life she's led.
6. I absolutely love ice skating in all forms—women, men, couples—and can watch it for hours. I also love speed skating and Apolo Ohno. But I do not like nor appreciate anything with the word "luge or skeleton," as both look too dangerous and downright silly. Sorry.
7. I learned that a few athletes, if they score less than their perceived worth, may whine, complain, object, act goofy, deliberately jump on the Gold Medal stand when he only won the silver, laugh during the national anthem of the Gold Medal winner, and generally act as if he were three years old. I expected him to place his thumb in his mouth. Kudos to all athletes of all nations who act like real champions, whether they win or lose.
8. I learned the thrill, however so slight, of having a fan base of readers who wait for my next book and buy it. Now, I ask you, how much more can we ask?
9. No matter how many problems you may have, someone else will always be worse off. Even though you are allowed to wallow in your misery, remember there are many less fortunate.
10. And last, but not least: Good, loyal friends are worth more than any amount of gold. (okay, I may have to rethink that one.
Have a great day!
Romance…and a little bit o' Texas
TEXAS BLUE-eBook and Print
SHOWDOWN IN SOUTHFORK—eBook
ALL MY HOPES AND DREAMS-eBook and Print
Published by: The Wild Rose Press