Sunday Levity: A Mother’s Joy

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So today’s Mother’s Day!  I can’t say enough good things about my mom to be honest.  She’s amazing and wonderful and one of the most genuine people I’ve had the privilege to know.  Her patience with people is amazing.  We have quite a few people in our family who are capable of testing one’s patience in a few ways.  She can hang no matter the situation.

And she always had the answers to hard questions!!!

Best of all for me is that she supported from the very beginning when I told her one day back in 2003 that I started writing fantasy and had a passion to be a writer.  She might be my biggest fan yet!!!

While I was never the problem child like Calvin, I know my sister and I tested our mom’s nerves on several occasions.  She’s the best and we have a lot of memories of laughter whether joking or watching movies like What About Bob? and Ferris Bueler’s Day Off.  There has never been a time where we couldn’t talk and have great conversations.  She is the best and lucky to have me as a son.

Sunday Levity: Easters Edition

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I think of two things on Easter: the death and resurrection of Jesus and Nacho Libre.

Enjoy the day in however way you choose!  If you’re the type to spend all day eating glazed ham, mashed potatoes, greens and wondering why we eat the same foods for all three major food and family holidays or just like to relax, then you should appreciate those you’re with.

Call to Action: Watch Nacho Libre and leave a comment with some awesome quotes from the movie!

Sunday Levity: More Writing Rules

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Another worthy list with plenty of good info for writers.  I know these Sunday Levity posts are short but it’s a matter of relaxing and taking the day from a place of rest.  Enjoy and look for the next blog post on Tuesday, which will feature the latest updates for novella 1 of the Ravanguard series, “Dim the Veil”.  I cannot wait to share!

Also, it’s opening day and Go Giants!

Sunday Levity: Word Crimes

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Just another Sunday Levity post today, friends.  I’m a word guy all the way.  The more I learn about writing, the more fun (is that correct usage?) I have taking words and assembling them in a way that entertains and tells a story.  Being a word guy though has its downside.  I struggle with horrible usage and grammar.  We see it a lot these days in our culture and I would love nothing more than to be the word police…but…I cannot.  I told myself years ago I would never be that guy who corrects people (unless you’re Gabe).  Otherwise, it’s not my place, lol.  So, what I do instead is get a little chuckle whenever I come across some truly funny misuses.  Better than that, when I make mistakes (and yes I do it too), I laugh at myself.

So, I’ve attached a little video for you all to enjoy.

Sunday Levity: Funny Signs

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It’s all about laughing today!  Sundays are meant for rest and laughing.  I’m convinced of that.  Take a moment, sip some coffee if you have it and relax.  I decided that these posts on Sunday will be more lighthearted, quick and easy.  The next blog post should be up Tuesday.  I’ll be working with one of my beta readers this afternoon, going from page to page, fixing small things.  I’ll probably write a post on this in the coming days just to share the benefits of editing the book this way.  Enjoy and have an amazing day!


Doesn’t this ring true for us?!  Hahaha!


Kudos for originality!


Makes you think…


This is not me but I know people like this.  Okay…maybe it’s a little me.  Hate’s a very strong word though.  I prefer detest.


I seriously want this for when we have a house.  More because it’s funny…partly true.

Have a great day!  Read a good book!  Spend time with your loved ones!  Just enjoy life!

 

Keeping the Creative Juices Flowing Pt 1

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I thought it would be fun to discuss some of these and share my own methods, experiences, practices.

Let’s start with #21 first.  Listening to music is essential for me.  Ever since I can remember, I’ve listened to music and a wide range of genres over the years.  It would be somewhat embarrassing to list these phases but I will say, I try to be open to all styles, forms and expressions.  My iTunes library is a ridiculous smorgasbord of artists that drives my wife crazy.  One song is the melancholy melodies of Bon Iver and the next is thrashing guitars and drums of A Day to Remember.  We like what we like.  I gravitate towards music.  I can always listen to Cold War Kids, City and Colour and Mumford and Sons, especially when I’m writing.

#40 is next.  Be curious.  This has been my go to lately when I just need unwind.  I will often go to Wikipedia and peruse the “Did you know…” section where there’s tons of random trivia on everything from history to the arts.  Really interesting stuff to be sifted through.  I also listen to a lot of podcasts that focus on movies, sports and politics.  Every day, I seem to hear a name or term that I am unfamiliar with and research.  I love being informed about things so this definitely helps me creatively.

Last, let’s go with #5.  I try to socialize more as I get older.  I’ve never been the center of attention or wanted to be really.  I prefer smaller circles of get togethers and really build relationships one on one.  My wife and I enjoy meeting up with other couples and playing games and just talking.  So many topics are explored and we really open ourselves up to be known and get to know others.  Building relationships with others benefits creativity because to know others is to expand the mind.

Call to Action: Take a look at this list and pick some out that you want to do more.  Share if you want too!  I’d love to hear form all of you.

Sunday Levity: Laughter Prevails

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This short post comes from my simple sitting back and not engaging the world in its full spectrum of divisive positions.  In short, I prefer to observe from a distance for the time being and take solace in the little things that bring me laughter and joy.

I have no intention here other than being honest (very few probably actually care to know my opinion of the current social climate of the nation).  I encourage everyone to be slow to anger and simply take moments throughout your days and go to the things that make you smile.  Laugh a little.  It does the soul good.

May I suggest simply going to Pinterest and typing in “funny”.  Take a few minutes and scroll.  You’ll be glad you did!

Call to action: Even if you don’t feel like it, take my suggestion and run with it!

Sunday Levity: Today’s Topic is Sarcasm

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Good morning to you all!  Well, I need some levity this morning.  Life is good and I can’t complain over anything except I still haven’t taken a shower yet (I’m getting there…)
I needed to relax and laugh and here is the best way I know how.  Here are some good definitions from one of the best Christmas presents:

Burrito: A delicious way to alienate the guests at the party you will soon be attending.

Hippie: Someone God always turns into a corporate executive just to make sure we never lose our sense of irony.

Monopoly: A board game that allows family members the thrill of screwing each other over financially.

No: A word not understood by dogs, children or commissioned salespeople.

Opinionated: Knowing absolutely nothing really loudly.

If you like these few, look for the book below at your physical or online bookstore (probably have more luck at your online one though):