If This Was My Last Day

What five things would I do on my last day?

If this were my last day, what five things would earn a place in those precious hours.

  • I’d take a walk along the road leading to the woods where owls hang out.
  • I’d play with my grandchildren and tell them stories either in person or over the Net.
  • I’d sit on the dock in the afternoon to reflect and record notes about my life.
  • I’d go for a swim and watch the sun go down while sitting on the dock.
  • I would eat unlimited amounts of butterscotch ice cream.

And you? What would you do?

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I Think My Brain Took A Holiday

It’s been 10 months now since we took a speed-run north to shelter against Covid in our Canadian home.

And it’s been a spectacularly unproductive time for me as a writer. I’ve had lots of ideas and lots of time but the motivation to sit for hours and crank out the words just wasn’t there. One peek at the headlines and I was done for the day.

As an aside, I’m a compulsive reader and news junkie and I’m really working to stop “doomscrolling.” Given the worldwide headlines, and the fodder that gave me for stories, I was overwhelmed.

Two weeks ago, my brain “apparently” went into gear and redesigned my writing life. I say “apparently” because warning bells started going off yesterday as I was reviewing some of my book stats. There was something not quite right in my writing universe.

(Ever get that tingling in your back/neck that says, “somethings wrong!” Well, I often have my creative muse do that – but this time it was screaming and banging at the back of my head to get my attention.)

Update: OK – the small child won.

This is now a full bore writer’s blog with every fiction genre included as well as my personal blog. There are some times when I should really listen to my inner child and after trying to “fix” some stuff – I realized it was right.

I can spend my life coding or I can spend it sharing stories and thoughts as simply as possible. One site to rule them all… hmm, nice line – I wonder where I got that idea? 🙂

I Did What?

Seriously, I reorganized my writing life? And I did it when?

Who Was In Charge Last Week?

Turns out the inner-child in me was in charge and decided things needed shaking up. An impish grin filled my mind and all I could do was shake my head, rein in that curious lad and investigate what he’d done in my adult-absence.

  • He’d left my gardening sites and ebooks alone. (Thank goodness for small mercies!)
  • He’d taken this site intending to make it a fiction site.
  • And he started an entirely new site for this blog
  • He started a new website for fantasy fiction but did leave the old one for other fiction.

So while some of his ideas were interesting and had some merit, the adult in me is back in charge.

This is my blog.

I’ll be writing about a wide range of things – from issues for writers, for seniors, and for sharing about whatever happens to get through my new filters. (I had to install new info-filters to weed out all the crap that’s out there.)

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Dear Reader: A Career Change Lands

Frankly, it was about time I took this step.

I’ve been “told” by a certain person I happen to live with, that I’m now retired. And this wasn’t phrased as a suggestion. (Every guy knows that tone of voice.)

To be honest, I never thought I would retire and I’ve spent much of the last year trying to understand exactly what it means to be a writer and be retired at the same time.

Complicating this decision is the fact I have a bucket list of places to go and things to do that would choke that poor proverbial horse.

You’d think a large bucket list that would make it easier to switch wouldn’t you but I seem to have been well indoctrinated in the good old work-ethic of my Scottish mother and grandparents. (Note my dad was no slouch on that front either.)

Covid certainly brought these questions to the forefront. There’s nothing like a world wide pandemic and the thought these 70+ year old bones might not make it to the vaccinations and the new normal (whatever that may be.)

Didn’t This Website Used To Be Fiction?

Well, yes it was for a brief time as I built out a fiction career. This one was to be the fantasy story site. Even fiction writing is on the chopping block at this point as I look to other creative activities.

Author note: two weeks after this was originally posted, I made the decision to walk away from fiction. This may not be a permanent walk-away as I’ve left the ebooks on Amazon but have no intent to write more or update the website.

But before this site was fiction, it was my personal blog and to this it returns.

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