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In the End, Don’t We Really All Want the Same Thing

In the End, Don't We Really All Want the Same Thing

The constant political battle in the United States is exhausting. My wife’s tactic is to get me to turn off the news, it’s just too negative for her. “I figure you will tell me if something happens that I need to know about.” – Wife Smart move on her part, as I put on my…

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What Do You Do When You’re Bored With Your Novel

What Do You Do When You're Bored With Your Novel

I’m about 20,000 words (20k) in on a novel and am a little bored with it. Maybe it’s not boredom. Maybe the problem is I’m excited about another novel series I want to start. Committed vs Being Committed The result is that I’ve stalled in working on my novel. I make up excuses not to…

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Do You Need to Purchase a Genuine College Education

Do You Need to Purchase a Genuine College Education

If you’re going to Hawaii and want to save some money, skip the flight and just drive there. Problem solved? Of course not. It doesn’t make sense. Sometimes obtaining a formal education makes the same amount of sense. Certain employment requires a “ticket” to get there. Others may welcome you on a bicycle with open…

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Do You Need to Sweat and Freeze to Strengthen Your Relationship

Do You Need to Sweat and Freeze to Strengthen Your Relationship

My wife needs a blanket and I need a fan. Our bodies simply disagree on the definition of a comfortable temperature. She’s always cold (just ask her), and I’m always hot (and not like that, though I’m working on it). Evidence Exhibit – Number One Sitting on the sofa at night with our next cued…

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Are You Working in a Winning Creative Environment

Are You Working in a Winning Creative Environment

Every day you sit down to write. Familiar surroundings, sounds, timing, lighting. A drink by your keyboard. Your phone turned off or at least flipped over. Your fingers hover over the keyboard. Your mind ready to work. Everything is familiar. You’ve been successful at writing in this environment before—you’ll be successful at producing another great…

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Are You More Important Than Your Label

Are You More Important Than Your Label

Like it or not, we are all tagged with a number of labels, from work to our personal lives. Too many times, our work labels take emphasis over our personal lives and “define” us to the world—to the point of the world needing a more impressive label of the actual work we’re doing. Industrial Engineer…

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Why You Need to Let Your Kids Punish Themselves

Why You Need to Let Your Kids Punish Themselves

Parents. Yes, you and you. Gather round. I have a little trick for you that’s going to blow your Parenting Mind! In my hand, I’m holding the power to dole out punishment. Closing this hand I say the magic words: waka waka kersplunken hooey! Now, open your hand. Go ahead, check it out. You now…

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Are You Putting in the Parenting to Raise Awesome Kids?

Are You Putting in the Parenting to Raise Awesome Kids

Parenting is hard. – Captain “Rusty” Obvious There’s irony in the saying, “Parenting doesn’t come with a manual.” When in actuality, there are around a gazillion different books out there on parenting. Okay, maybe not a gazillion. It may only be about a bajillion; give or take a baker’s dozen. With all the information available,…

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Choose to Be as Happy as the Happiest Couple Ever

Choose to Be as Happy as the Happiest Couple Ever

Soulmates. Destiny. Made for each other. Once in a lifetime. Sighhhh…HOGWASH. Though I consider myself a romantic, I don’t buy into the above-listed notions. I don’t believe there is only one person out there for you. Do you have the guts to keep reading this…good! Hold on and let’s get to it… [bctt tweet=”Any two…

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How to Work for “The Man” and Pick His Pockets

How to Work for The Man and Pick His Pockets

“Fight the man!” I yell. “But don’t we work for The Man?” my coworker asks. “Yes, yes we do,” I reply, my fist still in the air. “So basically, we’re fighting against ourselves?” he continues to test my reasoning. “That’s right,” I concede and punch him in the arm. I’m not advocating violence, though if…

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