Oct 17 2017

So what if I don’t get rich as a writer?

“Don’t be seduced into thinking that that which does not make a profit is without value.”

American playwright and screenwriter, Arthur Miller, was born on this day in 1915 (died 2005).

Well, sure. But could it at least pay the mortgage on the beach house?

There are writers who make their living from the keyboard. And, some of them turn out to be quite wealthy.

I am not one of them.


And, that’s okay.

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I may never be one of them.

And, that’s still okay.


I mean, you know my goal is to figure out a way to do this full time, But even when that happens I know that part of my income will come from my pension and, before you know it, Social Security.

But none of that means that my work isn’t of value.

True, it’s probably more valuable to me than anyone else but you don’t have to be unkind about it.

I’m coming off of a weekend where I got to do a good bit of writing. And I made it through two edits of my script.

It was one of those weekends when I just managed to get a lot done. Mainly because I didn’t have a lot on the agenda. So much so that by Sunday afternoon I was at a bit of a loss as to what I should work on.

Don’t get me wrong, the list is always a mile long, but there were no pressing deadlines, no places that I was required to be.

I found things to do.

But for one brief shining moment, the prospect of not having any deadlines, or rehearsals, or performances that I absolutely had to see was quite refreshing.

Speaking of not having things to do, I have opted to not try Nanowrimo this year. For multiple reasons. Mainly that I don’t have time to spend the full month of November working on a new project. Not until the script is finalized at least.

However, I have decided to add something else to my list. Beginning sometime this week, one of my writing goals will be to crank out a short story every week. I might even post them here. Then again, I might not. It’s an attempt to focus more on that creative aspect of writing that has stagnated just a bit with the focus on the script. So, we’ll see how it goes. And you know that, one way or the other, I’ll write about it.

On a side note, I also cancelled my attendance today at a conference that I determined is not relevant to anything that I actually plan to be doing for the next forty or fifty years.

Not to give you too many details, if you know, you know. But my eyes were already rolling just reading the topic descriptions.

Call me jaded, but just remember how long I’ve been doing this.

Sadly, it wasn’t a retirement seminar.

I digress.

Or maybe not.

I have reached that age where a couple of things happened.

For one, I’ve lost most of my filters. Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot more than I say…or even post…and I can still function in somewhat polite society.

But second, my time is valuable. Don’t waste it. Especially for bull crap.

See? I filtered that one.

But you knew what I meant.

My writing is of value. My time is of value.

And, I’m not willing to waste it. That’s probably a whole ‘nother post. Or book.

Maybe that’s the book that will make me rich.


American singer-songwriter Alan Jackson, was born on this day in 1958.


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Oct 16 2017

I ain’t lion


“Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Mr. Beaver to Susan in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis, published on this day in 1950.

I was first introduced to The Chronicles of Narnia by my college English professor many, many years ago. Each day she would read us a passage from The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the beginning of class.

I have loved Narnia, and C.S. Lewis, as well as that English professor, ever since.

Were we as college students too old to be read to? Nonsense.

Since that time that I first ventured into Narnia I have also loved, and collected lions. True that I put the collection aside for a few years…in those years when I was collecting children and legos…and learning to always wear shoes in the house.

Still, I cherish my collection and, on rare occasions, I will add to it. Such as the photo of the painting you see here. It combines my love of both lions and painting. Don’t laugh. It was the first time I’d seriously taken up a brush in years. I do most of my graphic work online. That’s changing…in my free time…because I miss the canvas.

Lions symbolize many things. There’s the MGM Lion, the Cowardly Lion, and of course, the one on whom Aslan is based…the Lion of Judah.

Here are some things we know about lions and how we might, or might not, share some of those traits. *

  • Lions are protective of territory, family, themselves.
  • Lions are brave. Being brave and courageous doesn’t mean that you’re not scared.
  • Lions are willing to fight when the need arises, but they don’t go around looking for fights. Which means they probably don’t post on Facebook.
  • Lions are hunters. Like me, you’re probably always looking for ways to pull in some extra income or cut corners, or just find that perfect bargain.
  • Lions are part of a pride, or a group. They know where they belong.
  • Lions can be loaners…even introverts if you will…there’s that sense of knowing your pride, your people, but also being okay when it’s time to be along.

I rather think my love of lions may go back further than college. Some time in early grade school (if I recall correctly) I received for Christmas a “Larry the Lion” toy. He talked when you pulled the string. Pretty sure he was from Mattel and pretty sure I first saw him in the Sears Wishbook.

Here he is (or one like him), in a picture. You can purchase him for me on eBay if you’re feeling the need to be a blessing.

No, I don’t need him. We’re not talking about need here.

Hmmm…somewhere in my photos I have pictures of a banner I made of the Lion of Judah. It was for a series of Christmas banners I made for our church in DC. We did six weeks of advent focusing on the names of Christ.

And, if I could find a copy of my college yearbook, junior year (which, coincidentally I edited) you’d find a picture of me in an all campus talent show as the cowardly lion. Two friends portrayed the Scarecrow and the Tin Man. We were pretty darn good.

Casting directors, hit me up.

In reality I don’t need any of the lions in my collection. Except the real one…call him Aslan…call him The Lion of Judah.

Just call him.

Oh, and one more thing…lions sometimes sleep up to twenty hours a day.

It’s good to be king.


English-American actress, singer, and producer, Angela Lansbury, or as we like to call her “Aunt Jessica” was born on this day in 1925.

*Adapted from 6 Characteristics of the Lion to Consider for Your Own Leadership


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