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The sun sets on another day...

Today ends the second NanoWrimo I have participated in. I expected more from myself this year and ended up with hitting the goal, but not my goal.

If you don't know what NonaWrimo is, once per year there is a self measured contest to write a novel in a month, or at least 50,000 words. This year I wrote just over, last year I slaughtered it. Next year I will do better.

So what does that mean to you? Maybe nothing. If you have read my books and like them, it means that "Fateful Friend" is getting close. I had stalled, and I rewrote a lot, so it did not go as fast as usually. Why? I have 2 other books in the front of my head right now, actually, 3.

So, for today I will work and hopefully finish Fateful Friend this weekend. I personally think it will be a good slice of fun. Then I will work on "Silent Savior", the fifth book in the series of the Masterson files. I have the story set and for those of you that had written, this book will follow Alan and his amazing dogs. 

Some excitement for me are the other 2 for me to work. I am starting a new series. the first book will be a challenge but I have the plot outlined and a great deal of it will be character study. the book will question: What if you knew you were different than everyone else, and alone. Would you let anyone share that loneliness in the crowd with you? The other book is a completion. Years ago I started a book called Stealth Drive. It was and is a fast paced story about a man coming to terms with himself, and a woman finding out that the world can stretch more than she thought.

I have not been doing as well keeping the Andrew Allen Smith Facebook site fresh, so I will work to do so more effectively.

Of course, I still write here daily. Even though I heard the CDC reduced us to 28,470 sunsets, I think we will rebound. Thanks for reading and being a part each day.

Sleep sweet, love life, and make it work...

(Oh, and it's not the cover, but it is something I have been playing with)

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The sun sets on another day...

Another cold day, another load of snow, and another moment where the sunset is beyond the clouds. No matter, I have it in my heart, in my mind.

I read an article today that really puts a lot of perspective on wit, so I bought the book, and am reading about wit. It is not the first time, I have read dozens of books on verbal engagement, public speaking and the art of verbal warfare, and a few more on puns and of course the fun book "Why didn't I say that?"  All of them give us an opportunity to see the world a little differently and to pay attention to how we approach words.

There is a big but here, and I cannot lie: Some people just don't like to interact verbally with other people.

In the end it is important for you to be you, me to be me, and they to be they. You are great the way you are, and if you want to improve something it  is your choice, but not everyone is willing to get in front of 1000 or 40000 people and speak their mind. The important part is for you to be you. Be that person that is good at what they are good at, and better at what they are great at. Never forget, you are the best you that you can be.

I know I know, short post tonight, but check out books on wit and enjoy your evening.

So as the sun sets on another day, all I can say is for you to be you, and me to be me, and as you be you, doobie doobie do? (Or maybe scooby dooby doo). Just be yourself,a nd if you need a little help, it is out there.

Sleep sweet, love life, and make today a good day no matter what...



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The sun sets on another day...

The sunset was obscured again, making it a very cloudy month! There was a little magic in the clouds as I drove though, and more than just grey sky.

Sometimes, when you are not really seeing anything maybe you should pay more attention to what you are seeing.

I know, this sounds like I am not quite all there, but maybe if we look a little closer, you can journey with me into a place where we can see more. We often are not looking in the right place when we are trying to see. There is a lot that goes on in the world and there is not really a wrong or right way to see it, but maybe we need to pay a little more attention to the blank canvas we think is in front of us. As you take a moment and look at nothing you may find a whole lot of something all around you. You may find that the world is showing you something you may not normally see. It may be that you are too close and can't focus so close up, or maybe you are too far away, and can't see from the distance you are at. Still confused? (Maybe I am)

I know, I am not necessarily focusing well for you. Here is an example: I spoke to someone today who was not seeing past a small piece of a picture. We discussed an issue for some time and they could just not see how I was looking at it. They were seeing only from their perspective. As I spoke to them and explained a larger picture, it clicked for them, and they suddenly saw more. It was not that it was not there all the time, it was just that they did not look. Their attitude changed and we had a very good conversation from that point on.

I have found myself in places where I could not see the bigger picture, and as I opened my eyes, well, the world changed a little for me. This is true with people, places, and things. Take a minute, and step out of your comfort zone and you may find the world is different. Perhaps you are not seeing the whole problem or solution, perhaps you are part of the problem, perhaps you are the solution. Maybe if you opened your eyes you would see life from a perspective that would allow you to laugh more, live more, love more. 

It is a nice thought. All that can be certain is many people never see beyond a small part of themselves, and some people can see a  lot more.

So, as the sun sets on another day, take a minute, widen your perspective, look at the world a little differently, and in the process see a world that is better, and maybe a little worse sometimes, but see the real world, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and smile tonight...

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The sun sets on another day...

So many words have been written. Novels, poems, stories and more. So many words in a simple card, or a complex sonnet. Words are everywhere. They are spoken, laughed, sung, and more, but the ones that mean the most are your words. Those words that come to your mind and that you are willing to share with the world.

I remember a song long ago that said:

Don't worry if it's not good enough, for anyone else to hear, just sing, sing a song...

Parmenides said that nothing comes from nothing "Loosely translated" so perhaps we just need to find our words and write.

So today, as I sit pushing words out of my mind I once again take a minute to write to everyone who reads. Today I write:

Snow is falling, days are short, the light fades from the sky

Winters here, the fire burns, and we all just wonder why

Where Frost wrote:

Whose woods these are I think I know. 
His house is in the village though; 
He will not see me stopping here 
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

and I am sure more wrote far more. I am so fascinated by other writers and the way they write. How different it is from what I do, or how similar, it does not matter, just that they write as well, and in the process we all try to entertain you, the reader, for just a moment.

So as the sun sets on another day, find your words, don't just think them, write them, if not for the world then for you. Find your words and bare a little of your soul. Don't rely on everyone else, you are special, use your words, and in the process make the world a better place.

Sleep sweet, love to the moon and back, and laugh all you can no matter what...