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The sun sets on another day...

If you don't read often or have not read 29000 sunsets before I should warn you I am a movie nut. I have seen more movies than most. Tonight, as the sun set and the snow fell, I watched the new "Jumanji: The Next Level.

I know, this is a fun movie. It is more fun than most because of Dwayne Johnson and his ever surprising flexibility. There are twists and turns and a series of adventures and misadventures that people can only be excited about, well, at least I was excited about it. Unlike critics who look for plot holes and perilous participles, I usually look for two strange things: an escape for a while from the increasingly odd world we live in; and heart.

The escape delivers in so many ways. Action that can only be described as pure fun, and characters that still deliver after the first two movies in the series. I was impressed by everyone, and I enjoyed the quips and conversations that built the movie. Want explosions? Punches? Excitement? Well, here it is. No it is not the James Bond, Mission Impossible Jack Reacher, John Wick style we are used to, it is clean fun with realistically unrealistic action packed into a fun story.

More important was heart. This movie uncovers friendship and those powerful emotions at the core of it in many interactions, and then gives us the final word on life, getting old is a gift. On this, 8 days before Christmas I can say with certainty that getting old is a gift, and this movie was as well. Worth the fun, worth the beginning, the middle, and the end. So what if some of it was predictable, it was fun. It will make you smile, laugh , and be happy to be alive, and yes, it may make you tear up a little, but it is good all the way.

So as the sun set s on another day, Smile and laugh. 8 days left and we have a gift. Our 29000 sunsets are not over, we have today, let's live it and be happy, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and live it to the end...


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The sun sets on another day...

There are nine days until Christmas. I think we should sing a song about those special times we could all use, a special song that will take us to the mental place we need to be. I am torn between White Christmas and Kokomo.

It probably isn't fair that it is cold outside, and that I am feeling a bit frigid right now. If I look at it one way the palm trees and good times will surely win. If I look at it the other, well, White Christmas and having a white Christmas is top notch. So the question is, where are you? Are you ready for some serious fully stuff that covers us all in twinkling little snowflakes? Or are you ready for some serious sunshine, palm trees and coconuts (Lime in or lime out)

In the end it is up to you, but with 9 days left to go, just think for a moment how wonderful life is either way.

So as the sun sets on another day, whether you love the snow and the spirit of Christmas or the sun and surf and the spirit of Christmas, keep the spirit of Christmas inside you every day, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, and be you...

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The sun sets on another day...

You are being watched. Maybe it is Santa, maybe not, but you are being watched. (We need some fun music here).

As I was going through some pictures on a card I had not pulled in I came across this gem. This Peregrine falcon decided to try to run through a huge window where I work. When it did it rang its bell, literally, and gave a lot of people an opportunity to get close while it regained its senses. I know it felt pretty silly running into glass, but sometimes you just don't see it coming.

Christmas is only 10 days away and I can honestly say a lot of people didn't see it coming. They are rushing around and trying to find that one perfect gift that will slide right in and make the world a slightly better place. Sounds fun huh? Well, maybe they should open their eyes before they hit that big pane of glass.

All I'm saying is sometimes people need to pay attention to what someone really wants, sometimes people need to just pay attention.

I know I have had that problem quite a few times in my life. I have been so engaged at getting the perfect thing that I have missed the signs of what I should have bought. I have been so sure that I missed what was truly important. I have no words.

So as the sun sets on another day, open your eyes and listen, open your ears and see. Pay attention and know what people are looking for, and make it real for them. Hey, and if you hit a pane of glass, shake it off, take a few minutes to clear your mind, and keep on flying, no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love to the moon and back, 143...


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The sun sets on another day...

Sunset was lost in the clouds again but I enjoyed the occasional crack and the slivers of light as they made their way to the ground. Even in the darkest times sometimes you get lucky and get a sliver of light.

Today I spent the day at an author Fair. I enjoy author fairs because authors spend their time turning their imagination into someone else's escape, get away, or enlightenment. I said to many people today "thank you for being here at this author fair where the imagination of an author is turned into a reality for each of you".

As I talked to all those different people I considered changes to my approach to my books. Often I try to explain pieces of the story without giving the story away too much. Telling someone that my books are about an ex assassin just trying to retire sounds a lot like many other books and many other movies. They are not. So I tried several times today to start by saying my books are about some very well trained and disciplined people that are put in complex situations and have to find ways of overcoming them. I'm not sure if this is the best approach but I got people to talk.

In several discussions (Just random, no particular time) I have discussed shows like The Walking Dead. People who have not seen that show assume the show is about zombies. you know the zombie takeover of the world and people try to kill them or get eaten. In actuality that show is about a series of survivors that are put in a very complex situations and find ways to overcome them.

I will modify my way of approaching describing my books based on today. I'm sure as I begin another series I will have to modify the way I approach that as well because books are about a story that the reader wants to be a part of but they are a;so about characters and the development of those characters into people that readers can relate with.

My characters are not based on any person in particular. I get that question a lot. My characters are instead based on the type of people I think could do well and achieve results in the situations my story creates. I have the planner thinker Alex. the strong fighter who is pushing for action in Rachel. The conflicted fighter it wants to take it easy and make a laugh out of everything in Jim. The positive yet naive follower in Ronnie. The loving girlfriend who is the Spitfire on her own in Abby. The complex killer with no conscience or remorse but mountains of passion and love for Abby in Michael. These characters and many more align themselves for positive results and face negativity all the time.

Yes I have been talking a lot about my writing. It is not about my writing that I need to focus but instead about how people deal with complexities. I met people today that were shy introverts or amazing extroverts. No one is bad as me though. I met people that were engaged and I met people that were disengaged with the world around them. The more I discussed random thoughts with people the more I realized that authored books are merely an expression of life and that no two were exactly alike. Instead people were a powerful motivator. Perhaps people put in situations become just like characters in a book driven by more and empowered by everything. Perhaps books are often a shadowy reflection of the world around us. It is something to consider.

So as the sun sets on another day, I stand In awe at all the characters that live before me. Not in my books but all around and I learn from each and every one of them. I am hopeful that as I pay attention and as I learn that at some point I will see more fun characters and make their essence real in my novels and my writing. I hope if you read my books did you enjoy them but more I hope that everyday you see the people around you and are at least a little amazed at all that is before us. See people and engage and become a part of this wonderful world no matter what.

Sleep sweet, love life, keep on reading...