The one about survival

You know the question

“If you were on a island what would you want with you…”

And some guy always says a “fork, spork”

Yada yada and a reader wants a book and someone else wants the will to live and it goes on and on…

I would want the guy that discovered you could get milk from almonds.

That’s my kind of survival. I mean, I couldn’t drink it. But that’s not the point.

Think about what kind of person looks at an almond, or rice, or grain and says….you know, I bet I could drink that.

And then someone else yells out

Yeah well, what can you do with this potato…

And bam

That’s where the vices really started.

Seriously though, that’s my kind of thinking

I don’t want to be the guy that’s under it all the time. Unable to get ahead or stay positive.

Let’s plan ahead and set a goal. Let’s get out there and stop complaining and just start focusing on the details. The small things. Our interactions with people.

I like to think it all adds up. Maybe that’s what makes a life or a week.

We live for the weekend

But maybe, just maybe…

Even with all my flare ups getting tossed around like flags at a football game…

Maybe we can have that kind of resilience and really keep moving forward, ultimately making progress in the end.

It’s ok to be down

Just don’t stay there.

Writers Log #22

I’m currently

Spending the week

In a quiet retreat

To write and study Master Class.

I’m hoping to put some really new thoughts

Down…

We will see…

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I don’t think I’m going to ask anything of 2020

I don’t want to make a list against myself or God or the universe…

I’m going to keep the same goals

The details

The consistency

Less processed foods

Less drinking

Gym

Water

Meditate

It’s in the details….

I’ve been writing more

And I’m getting a book published

So I’m working on more manuscripts

I’ve been learning music

So I will probably stay with that…

I’m not going to tell you what to do…

But if you’re not going to give yourself your best

What’s the point

Why love everyone else more

Or expect anything from a year

Or prime ….

Keep it together

And see where you are

How far you’ve come

It might feel the same

But when you look back

You ran it well

Shine a light

It’s the universe pulling you together

It’s there in the growing

You know, you’re going to be fine.

What else is there?

News

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Writer’s Log 22 (libraries)

I spent the afternoon at the Library. I went looking for a James Baldwin book of essays. They didn’t have it. But they did have other books. Lots of other books.

I don’t know if you’ve ever spoken with a librarian, but if you haven’t, you should. We talked about books, buying books, writing books, our favorite book shops, hoarding books.

How we can spend our entire lives lost between the aisles of books.

I always go through the 800s

These are essays and poetry…

The oldest books in the library.

Most have been here so long they aren’t even categorized… some books are plays or letters…some haven’t been checked out since 1970…but they are still here… in this shelter for knowledge and discovery,waiting.

It’s almost national library week

Even if it wasn’t

I would still write about how important I believe libraries are.

They make it so easy to access information…

I wouldn’t be writing if it were not for libraries…

Every Saturday my mother would pack us up and we would go to the grocery store and then to the library. It was the highlight of our week.

We didn’t have a lot of money

And this enabled me to get any book I wanted and sometimes even a movie. And when we lived too far out from a library, there was the bookmobile. A mobile library brought to our community.

When I lived on my own I started using the library again. It makes for an easy budget.

It’s free accessible information.

Libraries have always given us the ability to grow as much as we are willing no matter how we live or where we live.

Ray Bradbury used them

Neil Gaiman used them

Most likely every writer and filmmaker has been influenced in some way by a library.

They are safe havens for the curious and the afraid

The artist afraid to run for the exit but looking out the windows…

If you have never thought of it

Or always wondered about it

Or just wanted to donate

Here’s how Donate

Because everyone deserves the opportunity to access information.

I will never forget my first library card. The power and responsibility I felt.

With this card I could read any book in the building for free.

But I always found books I wasn’t looking for, like thumbing through a dictionary discovering new worlds.

I believe libraries are important

And should have sure funding.

I have a tattoo of a library stamp…to remind me to never forget to be kind or to donate to those magic librarians. They really are our very own Rupert Giles…which gives us a responsibility, doesn’t it?

Writer’s Log 21

I’ve been writing a lot of drafts

And putting manuscripts together

I’ve sent off three so far

Or was it two?

I didn’t even realize I have Archives on here

I started going through them…

It goes as far back as 2011

(Don’t go that far back…for your own sake just go to 2014)

I’m trying to read more

I’m convinced social media is going to crash like a bad marriage…

One day we will try to log in and it will just be a blank sign in screen for some business app.

Everything will be gone and the world will cry together.

In other news

I’m still trying to stay healthy

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It takes courage.

Keep writing

Keep reading

Never stop learning.

Writers Log #20

It’s almost been a year since I started Humira,

It’s been absolutely life changing for me,

I’m able to work 50 hours a week

Work out

Drink an occasional beer or wine or old fashioned …

I don’t have to look for a bathroom (just in case) first thing when I enter someplace new

I can drive to a city without stopping and sit through a musical without having to go to the bathroom.

I have my life back. And honestly I thought it was pretty decent before, but I had never realised just how much of my flare ups I had just come to accept as part of life.

So thanks Humira, and my team of doctors. They have walked with me for this whole journey.

And with this in mind I am able to write about working out as well…in a almost 30 quest to save my knees and recover my abs…

Obligatory gym thing. In this never ending battle against my beer obsession and my quest to recover my abs.

It’s actually an awesome feeling overcoming a goal. I don’t like to think of it as reaching a goal, so much as destroying a goal.

Being able to lift more than I did last week, or run for two more minutes than I did last week.

Own it.