Can't Do It All?


As it turns out the title of this post isn’t a question.  I should have ended it with an exclamation mark.  For what may be the first time, I recognized the early symptoms of being overwhelmed  (I haven’t in the past) and took steps to take care of myself.
My plans for this year are ambitious. From podcasting to publishing to fitness to….  Well, let’s just say I’m a Type A who’s had his fair share of winning over the years and really hasn’t known any other way of working other than flat out.

But Mortality Struck

I’ll spare you the details but my reality is that I don’t get sick very often but when I do, I go down. Hard. Dentist to orthodontist to periodontist later, a front tooth has to come out. Bone grafts etc. Only one of two cases like that the surgeon had seen.  Oh happy day!
I went down. No energy, little enthusiasm.

You know the drill, you’ve all had it.

Power Through?

Well, I could power through it or I could simply admit I couldn’t do it all.  In the past, I’d power on through.

Decided WTF

Seriously.  Life is far too short. Life is far too sweet to push through the way I was feeling.
Yes, there were great reasons to push. Yes, I’ve almost always pushed.
But not this time. Took a very deep breath.
And thought about the kinds of things that were important to me. The people that were important and the writing projects I still wanted to do.

Be Kind To Yourself Instead

I decided it would be better to be kind to myself.

  • Two major projects were put on hold.
  • Didn’t do any podcasts.
  • Didn’t write any updates here.
  • Didn’t write any fiction.
  • Felt guilty at first but relaxed into it as the month progressed.

Fiction Is Important To Me And So Are You

Writing is an important part of my writing future and so are you brave few – those early readers who signed up for updates in the fiction writing world.

A measure of how important fiction is to my future is that one of the things I didn’t drop was a course in fiction writing.  I hope  you’ll see a big difference in future stories after this course is done.

Thanks

Thanks for your patience as I get myself back on track and start sharing, writing and podcasting again.

Is There Something You Can Take From This?

I thought about this question quite a bit and whether I’d even say these things here or how I’d frame the thoughts.

I decided to share the post here because I think the message is important enough – be kind to yourself – and that most of us aren’t.
I decided to share it here because the fiction side of my writing has been the one that’s taken the brunt of my self-kindness.

This site is – and will be moving forward – exclusively for fiction and the publishing industry.

But the main question remains. Will you be kind to yourself too when you need to be?
And if not, why not?

As A Postscript

I wrote this part after I’d thought about this post and decided I’d report. Taking time for me produced some interesting results.

  • The world didn’t end
  • I didn’t lose subscribers.
  • I took time to read and think – ending up in a much better sense of what should be done
  • I’m feeling better about myself
  • I took the time to heal physically
  • Nobody wrote me complaints

The only failure was my self-imposed standard of excessive ambition.

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I Invite You To Think About Your Cell Phone


You don’t have to look very far in the news or to think very deeply to understand the world is changing under our feet. The old rules aren’t the new rules. This leads to a great deal of conflict both on the political and the raw-fury physical level (from personal assaults to wars).
Change is now the new constant.
I’m not the first to state this obvious fact.
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You'll Marry A Robot by 2050


I’m slowly but surely winding up again after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  Working to get the words flowing and the systems operating.
The news that’s at the top of my tech feeds was almost all health related this month.  A friend and I were chatting about this and he marveled at how much money was flowing into health and longevity research.

I opined (I’ve always wanted to use that word) 🙂  the tech titans with their mega-millions were discovering the joys of middle age and discovered they were mortal after all.  What’s the point of having gabillions of dollars if you’re going to die and can’t enjoy it.  A whiff of mortality is enough to shake up any person isn’t it.  You’re going to see more and more research aimed at longevity and AI (if you can’t keep your body alive, you may be able to upload your brain into a server and carry on that way) in the future.

 

 Google Software Will Soon Diagnose Disease In Seconds

They’re beginning with two diseases of the eye: macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. Again fascinating stuff. Note this is a video rather than a text article.
Watch it here.

There’s a quick “sniff” test coming for Alzheimer’s.

Apparently one of the first symptoms of this disease is the disappearance of certain fragrances that can no longer be identified. This could be a relatively inexpensive test available at your doctor’s office.
Read more here

Scientists Invent a Device That Can Detect 17 Diseases From Your Breath, Including Cancers

This gizmo will work on your phone, or more likely your physicians phone. But it’s a fascinating use of technology and more importantly thinking.

When you consider the kinds of tech that’s available and how each of these smaller parts can be combined, it’s mind numbing.

“The Na-nose device features a sensor nano-array of carbon nanotubes and tiny gold particles controlled by AI software. This program can analyze human breath samples for special chemical signatures that correspond to various diseases. This works because people exhale over a 100 unique chemicals called volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the team proved that each disease has a very specific chemical signature within a person’s VOC. The scientists used mass spectrometry to figure out a 13-component “breathprint” for each of the 17 diseases in the study. ”
You can read about it here. 
And finally – the seriously-folks-topic of the day….

Would you marry a robot?  Dr. David Levy says by 2050 you might.

Consider for a second what the incredibly fast development on robots is bringing to our lives. Not only are they hollowing out the industrial employment jobs (that will never return btw) but there are those who suggest they’ll dramatically effect our love life.
Dr David Levy has written the book and is pushing our thinking in rather interesting directions. 

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I'm Reading ISIS: Inside The Army of Terror

I’ve finished reading “ISIS: Inside The Army of Terror” by Weiss and Hassan and I must say it was an educational, if dense, bit of reading.
For those who do not understand “tribalism”, and this obviously included many people in different U.S. administrations, it can be a daunting read to understand the various combinations and options.
Think of it as a single, extremely simple spider web. Now put three more webs of the same size and simplicity together to form a square of spider webs – with no top and no bottom.
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Frankly 2016


I hope you had a great time this past few weeks with family and friends.  I know it was quite a change for us as we stayed down South for the first year. (Let’s hear it for Facetime!)  Hung out with some great friends for both Christmas and New Years (must have been because we’re all still talking) 🙂
But now it’s a new year and I’m celebrating already as I sold 3 ebooks. Yeah, I’m not likely to put that in the savings account but I’m clearly celebrating.
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I'm Reading: Steal Like An Artist


I’ve heard about “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon for several years now, and when it popped out at me in the local library, it had to come home. To begin with, the subtitle is “10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative” and that should give you a sense of where the book is headed.
The first reading took me less than an hour and I thought, “So what.” But then I started to think about what he’d written and I reread the book. (The book is very short with lots of pictures).
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