Friday Morning FYI – 1/20/2017

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

A few weeks ago, I teased potentially having good news related to a short story I’d submitted for inclusion in an anthology. Unfortunately, my story didn’t pass the final cut. I was disappointed, of course, but not two days later I sent my latest novel out to beta readers. While they have it I’ll work on a query letter and craft synopses. That brings us to this week’s FYI:

Perspective is important. Too often we take bumps in the road and blow them up to Mt. Everest, with us standing at the base, looking up, pre-defeated. In truth, life is just as full of little defeats as it is little victories. When one of those defeats darkens your door, accept it’s OK to feel bad and then get back to work. Those little victories are out there waiting for you.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Temporarily suspending Friday Morning FYIs

This Friday I’ll be on a mountain in NH, hopefully with no signal, next Friday I’ll be in Seattle gearing up to hike Mt Rainier, and the following Friday I’ll be in Boston for some haunted fun. Because of this whirlwind coast-to-coast travel (and everything in between) I’m going to temporarily suspend your Friday Morning FYIs. Fear not! FMFYI will return in November. Enjoy my beloved October, everyone 🙂

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 9/30/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

Autumn is here, and that means apple picking, long walks in cool night air, and camping/hiking among the fall foliage (maybe that last one is just a few of us). Hitting a local orchard with my girlfriend last weekend (seriously people, come out to west NJ) I happened upon a gorgeous monarch butterfly down on the grass. I took a few pics, and then not wanting him to get trampled, decided to see if he’d climb onto my hand so I could put him up on a tree. The result was three very cool minutes of communing with that little guy. I think I’ll make that this week’s FYI (yup, no lecture, no wisdom, just some pics):

Butterfly climbs onto my hand Butterfly on my hand  Butterfly on hand

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 9/23/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI (wow! a week late edition) – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

In addition to day job work and working on a novel and various short stories, I’ve decided to get a yoga trainer certification. Being all healthy and stuff, you know. In outlining a one hour class, I encountered a similar issue to one with which many writers struggle : flow. The beginning of the session is easy to construct, as is the end, but the middle… that friggin’ middle… is tough. Let’s make that this week’s (yes, fine, LAST week’s) FYI:

We all know the phrase “Life imitates art,” but no one ever said “Living life is like making art”. Not that I’ve seen, anyway, but it’s true. Things we do are like other things we do, but more often than not we don’t see the similarities, the connections, the bond. If you do something well, pay attention to what you did and how you did it, and that goes double for something you did poorly. Recognizing those patterns may pay off in another aspect of your life.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}

Friday Morning FYI – 9/17/2016

Welcome to your Friday Morning FYI (it’s Saturday and there’s hockey on so WOOT! edition) – my chance to share observations/wisdom/rants in short, easily consumed form.

I have a friend who’s going to deliver a presentation on self-education with a focus on the idea if you want something, you have to motivate yourself to go get it. What a great topic! So great, I think I’ll steal it (remember, writer) for this week’s FYI:

I hear people complain about not-having enough time to do stuff all. The. Time. Forget for a moment how much time they’re wasting complaining rather than doing something productive, the sentiment is just nonsense. If you have something you want, you’ll make it a priority, simple as that. If you want it, go get it! Don’t say you don’t have time to lose weight as you wash down your cream cheese covered bagel with your iced super-giganto caramel macchiato. Don’t say you don’t have time to get a degree when you’re planning to go home and watch five hours of the Real Housewives of What-f*ck-berg. Find time, or admit that thing is not a priority. It’s OK, really. No one’s going to stone you if you don’t ‘finally’ rebuild that old car engine or take-up Tai Chi. It’ll be fine, I promise.

 

Thanks for reading,

{RDj}