Monthly Archives: December 2013

WordPress Is Having A Barbara Walters And Oprah Winfrey End Of Year Special

thADXQKG83Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow

Tomorrow is the first day of a brand new year. Tomorrow you get to become anyone in the world that you wish. Who are you? You can choose to by anyone, alive today or someone gone long ago. If you decide to stay “you” share your rationale.

thN25PK0Q5Today’s Daily Prompt comes right out of Barbara Walters’ and Oprah Winfrey’s wastepaper basket.

This is one of those Barbara Walters type of questions. The question that brings you to tears because she is so aware of how fragile, lonely, and misunderstood you are.

It is the Oprah type question that allows you express yourself as you have never been able (violins and children‘s chorus in background).

“If you were a tree in the forest what type of tree would you be?”

“Tell us about the first memory of your mother?”

“Who was the major influence in your life?”

“What’s your favorite ice cream?”

“If you could be anyone else for a day who would you be?”

Barbara and Oprah really understand me. Crap! Barbara and Oprah understand life better than anybody! (sarcasm)

The truth is that celebrities gleefully wait for those moments, those questions. They are like serial killers who leave clues and can’t wait to get caught so they can tell others how clever they are and what motivates them.

Serial killers live for fame and they don‘t care how they get it.

There is probably a strong connection between serial killers and those who thrive on fame. Now before you get your undies wedged, I’m not saying that Oprah, Barbara, Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian, Miley Cyrus, Chris Brown, Kanye West, and the like (those who do anything thing for attention and publicity) are serial killers, but they have something in common. They will go to extremes to have fame, power, and wealth.

They will use the death of someone close to them or pretend they were close to someone and exploit that person’s death to bring attention to themselves. A person’s death becomes a platform for them to show how caring they are.

Years ago a dear friend who was friends to the very wealthy and powerful made and interesting statement to me. I asked him what famous and powerful people do you know?

“They people I know are so rich and powerful that nobody knows they are rich and powerful,” my friend said. “You would not recognize their names. They are so powerful they keep their names out of the limelight. Anyone can make a fool of themselves in public and get on the front page, but people I know can make a fool of themselves and keep it off the front page. Now that’s‘ real power.”

I’m like everybody, I’d like to have better looks and a little more money, but I do okay with what I got and who I am. And if I had that I’d want more.

Here’s the ultimate Winfrey and Walters question: “If you were the handsomest, richest, most powerful, and most famous person in the world could I sit at your right hand?”

Blogger Who Want to be Somebody Else for a Day

  1. North Acton Tube Wisdom | As I please
  2. My blogging year – 2013 in review | Sue’s Trifles
  3. Tomorrow I will be ME! | I am Shira
  4. King Arthur | alienorajt
  5. Change Is Hard | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  6. The Old Me Is The New Me | The Ambitious Drifter
  7. Turn the Light on | A Teacher’s Blog from Land’s End
  8. I Just Want To Be Me: Daily Post | Just Visiting This Planet
  9. Three Wishes… | Kate Murray
  10. Daily Prompt: A Brand New Me, Effective Tomorrow | Melissa Holden
  11. daily prompt: a brand new you,effective tomorrow | aimanss…
  12. Living reality. | Hope* the happy hugger
  13. A New Mentality for a New Year | Lewis Cave
  14. WordPress Is Having A Barbara Walters And Oprah Winfrey End Of Year Special | The Jittery Goat
  15. A Single Organism.
  16. DP Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Sabethville
  17. Freedom I am after thee | dandelionsinwind
  18. Daily Prompt To Motivate You into 2014 | Misifusa’s Blog
  19. 242. Metamorphosis | Barely Right of Center
  20. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Incidents of a Dysfunctional Spraffer
  21. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  22. A Brand New You -Effective Tomorrow | The River Mom
  23. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Nicole Sloan’s Books
  24. EFFECTIVE TOMORROW | hastywords
  25. The Hybrid Evolution | johnny ojanpera
  26. The Power of Change | meanderedwanderings
  27. Who could ask for anything more? | Life is great
  28. A Brand New Me? | suzie81’s Blog
  30. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Awl and Scribe
  31. Let’s do the MetaMorphing Warp again! | An Upturned Soul
  32. A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | The Story of a Guy
  33. Evolution | Pixie Polly
  34. Metamorphosis | Destino
  35. Be Who You Are | Retrofocus
  36. I want to be a better Me | Reinvention of Mama
  37. A New Me? | Flowers and Breezes
  38. Shedding the Past | Nicola Kirk
  39. A Brand New Me! | A Crazy Chef
  40. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Metamorphosis
  41. Quoting Popeye | My Author-itis
  42. A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Geek Ergo Sum
  43. Daily Prompt: New Year, New You | On Thick Ice – The Spurious Imaginings of Reality
  44. Captured just in time. | The Land Slide Photography
  45. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | Basically Beyond Basic
  46. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow « Mama Bear Musings
  47. A Pup’s Resolutions… | Haiku By Ku
  48. Butterfly Journal | Through the Peacock’s Eyes
  49. 2013 Intentions – Metamorphosis Daily Prompt | Linda Long Writes!
  50. You Say You Want a Resolution? | Thoughts & Theories
  51. 2014 New Beginnings, A Brand New You | medicinalmeadows
  52. Pee Here Now and Tomorrow, Too/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  53. Plain Ol’ Me | A mom’s blog
  54. Surfer Rob is one singular sensation | Rob’s Surf Report
  55. The Daily : A Brand New You | Patty Ryan Lee
  56. Looking Back | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  57. The Past, The Present, The Future | andthatgotmethinking
  58. Too Many Sweaters: New Years Resolution | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  59. A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow | The Nameless One
  60. Celebrate Recovery First NLR | lifewithgreeneyes
  61. Daily Prompt Challenge ~ Transformation | soletusknow
  62. I’m magic, I’m me. | 61 Musings
  63. oh 2013 and the importance of having a clean ass | FamousFeline
  64. I am not that girl anymore | not4faintheartsblog
  65. Metamorphosis | Everyday Jetsam
  66. Daily Prompt: A Brand New You, Effective Tomorrow (Hitler’s Publicist, Yoko Ono, A Native) | The Uncustomary Housewife


Filed under Daily Prompt, Essays

Bore Me With How Clever You Are: The Story Of Clever Carl

There is no way to make building a pole barn interesting or seem clever, but Carl sure tried.

There is no way to make building a pole barn interesting or seem clever, but Carl sure tried.

Daily Prompt: Brainwave

What’s the best idea you’ve ever had? Regale us with every detail of the idea — the idea itself, where it came to you, and the problem it solved.

This is difficult because I’ve never thought of myself as particularly bright or clever.

Ideas are always subjective and only become successful if carried out properly. So the idea may be good but the implementation terrible.

Perhaps the best idea I ever had in a technical and industrial sense was clustering machines into cells. One part could move from a raw forging to a machined product ready for the next operation in less than 15 minutes rather than several days.

That’s about it. I really don’t think we like hearing about how smart another person is, especially if it comes from that person.

Clever Carl

Years ago in the shop I worked with Stan. Stan and I would go get a coffee every morning at about 8:00. Carl tagged along.

Every morning it was the same old thing. Carl was building a pole barn; not a particularly challenging undertaking, but he made it sound like the construction of a nuclear power plant.

Every morning he told us in great length and detail about the previous night’s work. There was always a problem and he cleverly solved it.

We tried avoiding Carl. We didn’t want to hear how clever he was.

One morning as he started to regale us with his cleverness I said matter of fact to Stan, “Did you hear Bob is going to build a pole barn”

Stan was confused, but played along. “Yeah, I overheard him talking about it to someone the other day.”

Well, Carl, upon hearing that, had to find Bob right away and tell him how clever he was and pass on his cleverness to Bob on how to properly build a pole barn. Such knowledge can’t be kept from humanity.

There was only one problem; Bob was not building a pole barn.

Later that day Bob found me. I smiled at him.

“You turned Carl loose on me, didn‘t you?” Bob said. “I told him I wasn‘t building a pole barn, but that didn‘t phase him the least, he had to tell me in great detail how to get started. That was clever.”

A week later Stan, Carl, and two other guys car-poled.

The second morning Stan was late and furious. Everyone else in their car arrived for work on time.

“Stan,” I said. “Why are you late.”

Stan turned red. “Last night, all the way home, all Carl talks about is that pole barn and how smart he is. I get out of the car. The car goes on. The next morning I get picked up and Carl starts with the same inch and half metal screws he left off with. We drove for a mile and I said, “‘That’s it! I can’t take it anymore. Let me out.’” I got out walked back home, got my car, and drove to work in peace.”

Nobody really wants to hear how clever you are.


Filed under Daily Prompt, Short Stories

Where Does Boise State Go From Here?

Change Is Good Even If You Think It’s Bad

Change is good.

Change is good.

A lot of success in sports is chemistry. You can have top notch players and the best coaches available and still not perform well. You have all the right ingredients, but they just don’t work well together.

At the same time the chemistry that once worked can begin to show signs of growing stale. Likely Chris Petersen sensed that happening to him and the program at Boise State. Even though there is a lot of love and respect for Chris Petersen it is good he’s gone. A program that thrives on freshness can’t thrive on old formulas.

Sometimes a charismatic coach can come in with great flare and promise. I think of Notre Dame, the oyster of college coaching jobs. They get the best recruits every year and millions of revenue are pumped into their program every year. Charlie Wies came with great promise as did Tyrone Willingham and Bob Davie; all great coaches in charge of a program with great players.

There were grand expectations. Though those coaches left with winning records they did not meet up to expectations.

I’m not so quick to have a coronation ceremony for Bryan Harsin. Sure, he ran a good offensive unit at Boise in the past, but that was as an offensive coordinator. He’s now a head coach.

I hope he goes undefeated every year, but being this is his first year we must be willing to live with perhaps the same type of season we had this year. Let’s not set the bar so high that he is doomed to fail.

Good programs don’t rebuild, they reload. There has to be a constant flow of above average recruits to feed the beast. Emerging programs take two steps forward and at times are forced to take one step back.

This year was by no means a step back. It was a step to the side. The program has been moving headlong for so long it must take time to reassess. It must settle into the Mountain West Conference and not just pass through it whether that will be to an expanded PAC or even an offer from the Big 12. One thing is certain those conferences are interested in stable programs with big attendance records.

At present if either of those conferences were to expand Boise State would have the smallest attendance of any present school and one of the smaller facilities. At present Boise State’s attendance is the best in the Mountain West averaging around 35,000 per game. That will keep BSU in the Mountain West.

The question remains, has the program gone as far as it can go? Can the current Bronco Stadium be expanded and ‘if you build it will they come?’

The Next Step Is Marketing

Blue turf was a marketing stroke of genius.

Blue turf was a marketing stroke of genius.

If I were a member or president of a large conference it would be important to know if a school could sustain a large attendance the years that the program does not do well. Can Boise do that? We really don’t know.

Boise does not have a large market. The closest large market is Salt Lake City, by no means a large market. Draw a circle 100 miles from any successful college program and what do you have? People, millions of them.

Boise State’s best hope is marketing, national marketing. Good marketing will bring TV and media revenue. If you can’t get enough people to the stadium because you are in an out-of-the-way sparsely populated area TV and national recognition and branding is

Someday you'll see guys like this walking down Broadway

Someday you’ll see guys like this walking down Broadway

the only option.

Boise State needs to continue to have a winning program, but the next big step will be marketing. The blue turf was shear genius. Everybody knows it.

I think Boise State ought to have a store on Times Square, The Miracle Mile, and Rodeo Drive. Once Bronco ware appears on SNL, Oprah is seen with a Bronco handbag, and the Kardashians wear Bronco blue lipstick and eyeliner Boise State will have to turn away recruits. I’d fly in a guest celebrity for every home game and they’d sit with the Bronco Elvises. In fact the Bronco Elvises would be performing at halftime.

Suddenly it will be cool to be a Bronco fan (it already is).

I know, those suggestions are a little bizarre, but so was blue Astroturf, in fact, so was Astroturf.

Boise State’s next step is marketing the brand beyond the borders of Idaho.

Bryan Harsin is only a cog in the wheel.


Filed under Boise, Sports

We Need Dumb Teachers To Get Smart Kids

Personally I think you can learn a lot from dodge ball; like put down your stupid x-box, get off your lazy butt, and move around.

Personally I think you can learn a lot from dodge ball; like put down your stupid x-box, get off your lazy butt, and move around.

Daily Prompt: The New School

You get to redesign school as we know it from the ground up. Will you do away with reading, writing, and arithmetic? What skills and knowledge will your school focus on imparting to young minds?

Sports teaches us that the best athletes make the worst coaches. There are exceptions, but generally the assumption is nearly a rule.

Billy Martin, an average baseball player but great coach and manager, invited the great Mickey Mantle to spring training. Mantle by far was one of the most gifted athletes in baseball history. Martin ordered Mantle, “Look, don’t try to teach them anything, because you’ll screw them up. You know how to play, but don’t know what it’s like to teach or work on something.”

That said if starting a school from the ground up I’d tell all the smart people (all those in the upper crust scholastically) to find a job in the private sector where you can get fired for not performing.

I would want people to teach who understand the learning process; what it means to study and work and how to motivate people to do it.

Reading is more than knowing what letters form a word and what words form sentences. Reading is being able to understand thoughts in abstract and conveyed into practical use, values, and knowledge.

Writing is not simply knowing what letter form words and what words form sentences. Writing is the ability to take a practical idea, value, event, or task and arrange it in a logical sequence of words for others to understand.

Arithmetic is just not combining numbers but teaches the value, relationship, and differences in things. It gives a numerical value to things and gives a picture of how they compare with others. It teaches how to reason and think logically and deductively.

From those three things you can go to a store, purchase an item, go home, and assemble it, before some can have a store’s location typed into their GPS.

No, I’m not anti technology. I just think brains need to be stimulated by something other than video games.

I think baseball is the best game for hand/eye coordination and not dumb thumb games.

I think there’s something to be said about having a soccer ball smashed against the side of your face in a spirited game of dodge ball. It tells let’s you know there’s something to work on.

I don’t like coed sports. When tackling someone I want the drive them into the ground. When being tackled I want to feel it. If I have aggressiveness and meanness in me I don’t want to take it out on a girl. The only thing that should be coed is dancing. By the way that’s something you can teach in school. Done properly, you can learn how to hold a girl respectfully and the beauty of gracefully moving together. It’s a life lesson not a primal mating ritual.

I’d change one thing drastically, if a kid is a total screw-up in school, don’t send him to the school psychologists; send the parents. And send the bill to the parents.

Yeah, I know, who am I? How could I compare with all those Harvard, Princeton, and Yale educators. That’s basically from where all our ideas about education come.

I going to tell you what has happened. Take school lunches. When I was a kid and you went through the cafeteria line and got cornbread smothered in ham and beans, an apple, a tossed salad a slice of sheet cake, and a carton of milk. All the sudden it was determined at Harvard, Princeton, and Yale that students need choices. So it was Cheetos, corn chips, or potato chips, a strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, or cinnamon and brown sugar Pop Tarts, Coke, Pepsi, or Dr. Pepper, Pizza or hamburger, French fries or tater tots, green beans or Gummy Bears.

And educationally what is being offered is the intellectual equivalent, by teachers whose only skill is how to open a bag of chips and crack a can. (Before you have a hissy fit there are many fine teachers who can rip open a bag of chips with their teeth and use a can opener if the tab breaks.)

Blogger Who Are New School

  1. School’s Out Forever! | alienorajt
  2. That One thing I wish to be taught to children (particularly in the philippines) | 365 days of defiance
  3. Best Days? (an idea for a book) | Kate Murray
  4. How to raise naughty children (and why all good parents should consider doing so). | Cogito Ergo Mum
  5. Daily Prompt: The New School | From Slacker To Scribe
  6. A Salute to Teachers and the Art and the Love of Learning | meanderedwanderings
  7. S. Thomas Summers | Jesse James Takes the Gun
  8. Killing Creativity | 61 Musings
  9. A new school | Sue’s Trifles
  10. We Need Dumb Teachers To Get Smart Kids | The Jittery Goat
  11. Redesigning School: My Viewpoint on a Herculean Task | Eyes Through The Glass – A Blog About Asperger’s
  12. The new school – inspired by the Daily Prompt | Kicking On
  13. creation does not stop at conception | peacefulblessedstar
  14. Footie Smoochie | Retrofocus
  15. The Lurker’s List | School
  16. Daily Prompt: The New School “Old School New School” | Dancing with the Wise Women
  17. School. Thou art banished | rightclickontheworld
  18. Daily Prompt: The New School | Awl and Scribe
  19. JED’s Playhouse
  20. School time at the playhouse | JED’s Playhouse
  21. Getting Back to The Root | My Play Nook
  22. Daily Prompt: The New School | Nicole Sloan’s Books
  23. Daily Prompt: The New School | Basically Beyond Basic
  24. The Next Generation School | iPrattle
  25. The schoolyard | not4faintheartsblog
  26. Daily Prompt: The New School | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  27. 239. New School | Barely Right of Center
  28. Daily Prompt: The New School | Heron There & Everywhere
  29. The New School | The Nameless One
  30. The New School | Lead us from the Unreal to the Real
  31. Basics | Flowers and Breezes
  32. Daily Prompt: The New School | I really just pretend to know stuff
  33. The New School Called: Reality Horizons | The Political and Social Chaos Blog
  34. Daily Prompt: Skilled | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  35. A Meandering Look at My Ideal of Education/Daily Prompt | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  36. Epistemology | vic briggs
  37. Education Means Enlightened hearts, Not Straight A’s ! | Shadows Of The Divine
  38. A Post About School!? But it’s Christmas! | Baby Gates Down
  39. The New School | Geek Ergo Sum


Filed under Daily Prompt, Essays

A Novel About Finding Treasure And What To Do With It

Looking for and finding treasure; a human fantasy.

Looking for and finding treasure; a human fantasy.

Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner!

You’ve just won $1 billion dollars in the local lottery. You do not have to pay tax on your winnings. How will you spend the money?

My last novel, Galapagos Man, is based on such a premise.

Alex Thurston and his son AJ sail the coast of California, Baja, and visit Panama on their way to the Galapagos Islands. They do so to recover treasure buried by Alex decades earlier.

The treasure becomes a white elephant of sorts. Nefarious organizations are searching for it and know that Alex may know where it is. If it falls into their hands it will only be used to further their aims. Turning it over to the government is equally risky. Along with the treasure are documents that would expose and ruin high-ranking, powerful, and prominent officials, leaders, and families.

On the quest for the treasure old loves are found and new relationships forged. The treasure has little value unless used wisely. That is the question the main characters ponder and struggle with and eventually come up with a solution.

Here is an excerpt from Galapagos Man. It is early in their quest and the treasure has not yet been recovered. After a few day at sea they decide to go ashore at a secluded village on the Baja coast.

The dory was launched and AJ putted to shore. They pulled the dory onto the beach and looked around the village. The most prominent building was a bright yellow adobe building with the a green letter sign – ‘cervasa.’

The village had about twenty-five other adobe buildings and wooden shacks. There were a few old cars and pickup tucks. A couple of dogs barked in the distance. Alex and AJ moved closer to the cantina they heard chickens cackle from a wooden building on the opposite side of a dirt road from the cantina. A few old dories lined the beach close to the village.

AJ mused quietly, “Anybody home?”

“Kind of strange, isn’t it” AJ said.

“When things get strange beer is the answer,” Alex said and ushered Alex to the cantina.

Inside it was dark except of a light bulb hanging above the bar. The bar was two long planks attached side by side and supported by three fifty-five gallon metal drums. There were four square tables.

“There’s not even a Mexican sleeping under a sombrero in the corner,” AJ said.

They sat at the bar. It had eight stools. Behind the counter was a shelf of liquor. Beneath the shelf was a refrigerated Coke cooler.

“Hola!” Alex said and paused “Hola!”

A round woman entered through a door on the side of the room.

“¡Buenos días, Mi amigos!” she said smiling.

“Lo siento, no hablo español,” Alex said.

“Ci,” she said. “I speak English, a little.”

“Can we have two beers?” Alex said.

“Ci, two beers,” she said. “Only one kind.”

“That’s fine,” Alex said.

She pulled two bottles of beer from the cooler.

“Do you serve food?” Alex said.

“Ci,” she smiled. “Best food in town.” She chuckled with her hand over her mouth and her belly shook. “No place else.”

“We have chicken fajita with beans and rice,” she said. “Fresh chicken, killed early before sun come up and cook all morning.”

“You can never get enough of fresh killed chicken,” AJ said. “That’s what I’m having.”

“Me too,” Alex said.

She brought them two plates of chicken fajitas.

After two bites. Alex said to the woman. “If we pay you for the plates can we have two more to go.”

“I have paper plates,” she said. “I put them on that, okay?” She brought two more meals on paper plates with another paper plate on each as a cover. “How will that be?”

“That will be fine,” Alex said.

They finished the meal.

“Do you want paid in pesos or dollars?” AJ said.

“Oh, dollars,” she said.

AJ tossed two twenties on the bar.

“Too much, senor,” she said.

“No you take it,” AJ said. The food and service is great.

Alex and AJ started to raise from their stools.

“Oh no, senors,” she said nervously. “Have more beer.” She turned and bent over the cooler.

“Something’s wrong,” Alex whispered to AJ.

“Let’s go,” AJ said.

“Oh no,” she said. “More beer. Free. On the house.”

They grabbed the plates and rushed out the door. They squinted at The Consuelo anchored off shore. A small boat approached her.

“That’s why she wants us to stay,” Alex said.

They ran to the dory and launched into the surf. By time they pulled along side four men were standing on the deck. The were yelling at Alex and AJ in Spanish and motioning to leave.

“No comprendo,” One man was saying. “No comprendo.”

Alex pulled the .45 from his pants and fired three shots into the air. “Comprendo now!”

The men fell silent and slowly moved from The Consuelo to their boat. Alex and AJ climbed aboard.

AJ reached in his pocket and pulled out his billfold. He emptied the cash and handed it to the man in the boat closest him. Alex shoved their boat away with his foot.

He turned to AJ. “Let’s hoist the dory on board.”

As they secured the dory to the bow Alex said, “Some men are thieves because they are bad, some are thieves because they are desperate. They weren’t going to get rich over us. They were looking just to get by. They had no weapons. They meant no harm, but they are thieves. A little money gave them a little dignity and maybe keep them from talking. Now, let’s get out of here.”

In time The Consuelo was back to sea about twenty-five miles off the coast of Baja sailing south southeast.

Million Dollar Bloggers

  1. Billion Gold Coins | 365 days of defiance
  2. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner! | George and Nigel
  3. A Billion in the Bank | As I please
  4. Geek Ergo Sum
  5. What is a biscuit? | littlegirlstory
  6. DP Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner | Sabethville
  7. It’s MY Billion Dollars |
  8. Depends on when you ask I guess… | thoughtsofrkh
  9. Daily Prompt: You’re A Winner! | From Slacker To Scribe
  10. A Novel About Finding Treasure And What To Do With It | The Jittery Goat
  11. A Billion Dollars of Fun | 61 Musings
  12. Daily Prompt Challenge – Rich | soletusknow
  13. 238. Billionaire | Barely Right of Center
  14. A Dream Come True | Flowers and Breezes
  15. Daily Prompt Challenge | Jottings and Writings
  16. Getting Rich and the Tribble Epidemic | Rob’s Surf Report
  17. Daily Prompt: You’re A Winner!!! | Nicole Sloan’s Books
  18. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  19. If I Had a Billion Dollars… | Traci’s Space
  20. daily prompt: you’re a winner | aimanss…
  21. Mega-Jackpot Crazy Town | PROOF OF GOD! …and other tragedies.
  22. My Other Blog | Daily Prompt: You’re A Winner!
  23. money cannot buy | sarahscapes
  24. Give it away? | A mom’s blog
  25. My Irresponsible use of 1 Billion Dollars | TechnoTom
  26. A Rich Life… | Haiku By Ku
  27. windfall | peacefulblessedstar
  28. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner! | lifebeinggirly
  29. Diner’s Dilemma | Harmless Propaganda
  30. DP Challenge Accepted ~ “Yes, We All Are Winners, Money Or Not”! | Just A Recovery Author Learning To Be A Better Writer
  31. DP Challenge Accepted ~ We All Are Winners Money Or Not! | Just A Recovery Author Learning To Be A Better Writer
  32. Daily Prompt: Billion Dollar Winner | Breathe.
  33. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner! | Tillie’s
  34. Daily Prompt: The One Billion Dollar Question | One Starving Activist
  35. One billion dollars and me.. !! | life at random outlook
  36. Wish list ! | Dreams to Reality !
  37. That’s How We Rolls | Retrofocus
  38. When Money Killed Him | Shadows Of The Divine
  39. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner! | Basically Beyond Basic
  40. RICH!! Share the Wealth! | The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel
  41. Money Can’t Buy It / Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner! | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  42. S. Thomas Summers | Writing and the Tree of Expression (Not Self-Expression)
  43. Some people are… | The Nameless One
  44. Daily Prompt – You’re a Winner! | Joe’s Musings
  45. Daily Prompt: You’re a Winner! | janetkenrick
  46. “Who wants to be a billionaire? I don’t” | Life is great
  47. The Lottery and the Gospel | meanderedwanderings
  48. You’re a Winner! What would you do? | The Christian Gazette


Filed under Daily Prompt, My Books

Overcoming Writer’s Block; Waiting For The Bolt Of Lightning

thBLSKC47KDaily Prompt: Moment of Clarity

Tell us about a time you’d been trying to solve a knotty problem — maybe it was an interpersonal problem, a life problem, a big ol’ problem — and you had a moment of clarity when the solution appeared to you, as though you were struck by lightening.

Writer’s block can be a problem for some. Everyone has their own way of dealing with it.

Some will walk away and do something completely unrelated to what they are writing. Others my have mental exercises that put them back on the track. Some may pick up something to read hoping that will trigger an idea. Some try whisky.

They all work and some never work. Each writer must find their own way.

For a fiction writer it is often getting from point A to point B. Sometimes an unusual twist is written in the story. It was so intriguing it could not be left out, but it takes you down a dead-end street. If it takes you someplace you can’t get out, leave it out. But don’t discard the twist. Pull it out some other time. Don’t waste it. Write another story around that discarded twist.

I liken writer’s block to painting yourself into a corner.

When that happens to me, I write my frustration into the character or event placed in the corner. That can be the needed conflict or dilemma that adds a layer to the story not envisioned.

If you write a character into a dead-end simply say:

“Toby was out of ideas and had nowhere to turn. (This is the point in the story where writer’s block occurs. So you wait for that spark of creative genius or bolt of lightning. So create one.) A bolt of lightning struck him dead. Toby’s problems were now over.”

Come on now, that’s better than Toby dieing of old age. If that’s not what you wanted at least it started you thinking. Are you willing to accept anything short of that?

Writing anything will open possibilities to new things. It keeps you moving forward.

Writing is as much a grand adventure as reading. Often a story will start out one way and end another.

The key to writer’s block, at least for me, keep writing.

If you paint yourself in a corner. Simply turn around, paint a window, and what is seen beyond. Maybe by the time you’re done the floor will be dry. Or you could just curl up in the corner and die.

Bloggers With Clarity 

  1. Moment of Clarity Haiku; Friday, December 27, 2013 |
  2. Moment of Clarity | Momma Said There’d Be Days Like This
  3. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity | Awl and Scribe
  4. The Best Book I’ve Ever Read | Sued51’s Blog
  5. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity – Awestruck by the Christmas Lights | littlegirlstory
  6. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity | confusingdaze
  7. The Ghost of Christmas future | overdoneit
  8. Strengthen your mindset and you build self-confidence | Feel & Rebuild Your Self Confidence
  9. S. Thomas Summers | Daily Prompt: Awestruck
  10. daily prompt: moment of clarity | aimans…..
  11. Daily Prompt: Awestruck | Better Than Reality
  12. Overcoming Writer’s Block; Waiting For The Bolt Of Lightning | The Jittery Goat
  13. Clarity | Dancing with the Wise Women
  14. Free Fall | Finale to an Entrance
  15. Eureka! I Got It! | meanderedwanderings
  16. Moment of Clarity | Nicole Sloan’s Books
  17. Knotty problems | A mom’s blog
  18. Moment of Clarity: In Examination Time | life at random outlook
  19. What to Eat? | Flowers and Breezes
  20. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  21. Idea ‘Ting!’ | Retrofocus
  22. Moment of Despair to Clarity | Hope* the happy hugger
  23. Clarity | Bullet holes in the wall
  24. While Taking A Photograph -A Moment Of Clarity | Shadows Of The Divine
  25. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity | Basically Beyond Basic
  26. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity « Mama Bear Musings
  27. Daily Prompt Challenge – “Awestruck” | soletusknow
  28. SAVING MYSELF | hastywords
  29. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity, or Not? | Buzzy Beez Giftz
  30. Daily Prompt: Like Sand Through the Hourglass | One Starving Activist
  31. Wandering Graduate | Moment of Clarity
  32. A Memory from the Kitchen Years | As I please
  33. Being Struck By Lightning Helped Lighten Their Loads
  34. The ONE ! | Dreams to Reality !
  35. A moment of clarity in the pursuit of happyness | The Nameless One
  36. Going to College is a Choice | Saskia Bünte + UnCollege = Gap Year
  37. Sleeping for Clarity – Lipstick and Lithium – Bipolar/Beauty Blog
  38. “Eureka”! I’m Addicted And Need HELP! | Just A Recovery Author Learning To Be A Better Writer
  39. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity | Making Life an Art
  40. Moment of Clarity | Geek Ergo Sum
  41. Piloting the Space Shuttle: A Moment of Clarity | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  42. Piloting the Space Shuttle: A Moment of Clarity | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  43. Daily Prompt: Moment of Clarity: Home is Where… | New Orleans New Girl
  44. Moment of clarity… coming soon to a theater/life near you. | The Birds Inside My Head…
  45. The Script | johnny ojanpera
  46. THINKING CLEARLY? THINK AGAIN | Emotional Fitness
  47. Striking Clarity | Muddy River Muse


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Onondaga, Michigan: The Jittery Goat Travel Log – Places I’ve Been

Onondaga, Michigan

Onondaga, Michigan

While a resident of south/central Michigan the TV station I most watched was WLIX Channel 10, Lansing/Jackson/Onondaga. What! Onondaga, where’s that?

Well, it’s between Lansing and Jackson and the location WLIX’s TV tower. So I suppose to be assured of police protection and to keep high school students from draping toilet paper from the tower, WLIX agreed to name Onondaga as one of its broadcast locations.

What can be said about Onondaga?

Well, it has a really tall TV transmitting tower that seems out of place.

Likely it is one of those places that people go to be alone. I’ve heard more lonely hearts stories emanate from the bar in Onondaga than from any honky-tonk in Nashville. I’m surprised someone hasn’t written a love-lost country song from Onondaga by now.

It’s one of those out of the way places where out of the way people go to be out of the way. It’s where bikers go to be alone

It’s sort of a town that time has forgotten, but bikers will remember.

An Onondaga Conversation

I stopped at the gas station in Onondaga one day. I went inside and got a coffee. A biker pulled up next to my car while I was inside. He was a big guy, tattoos, scars, and beard. He nodded at me in a friendly way.

I thought a little conversation with my coffee would be good.

“Sure are a lot of bikers who pass through here,” I said.

“You got a problem with that?” he said.

“I’m just trying to make conversation,” I said.

“Starting a conversation is saying ‘sure is a nice day,’” he said.

“Okay,” I said. “Sure is a nice day.”

“You got a problem with that?” He said.

So if you ever go to Onondaga, Michigan start your conversation by saying, “I don’t have any problems and I don’t want any, but you guys sure have a nice TV tower just west of town. Is that why so many bikers hang-out here?”

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