Recaffeinated Mondays: I’m So Vain


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I’m so vain, I probably think this blog  is about me.

In fact, I’ve probably written this post, or one very similar, before.

On the one hand, I’d like for my creative work, writing and design mostly, to replace my day job so that I don’t have to keep moving the retirement date.

But you should remember that I ignore the posts about copy writing because I don’t want to do that. I also ignore the emails about writing my best selling book in the weekend and “we can show you how for $499.”

Still, I’d like my stuff to be seen. Strange words, I know, for a self-declared introvert. But you can see it from a distance.

I’d also like to feel l?ike I’m not entirely wasting my time.

Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the thirty-five or so bucks I get from CafePress every few months, and the occasional royalties from Clean Dry Socks: Diary of a Doughboy, don’t hurt either.

But neither will pay the mortgage. Or buy a full tank.

Not to mention that Publishers Clearing House keeps taunting me with directions to my house, but they’ll never be the Sugar Daddy they promise to be.

I also have neither an agent nor a publicist. In other words, if I don’t talk about my work, who ?will?

What I’m trying to do then promote my work across the social media platforms. The other week I wrote myself a note that all of my social media should point, directly or indirectly, to my writing, design, and theatre work, which includes Santa.

I’ve been doing that, but it takes a lot of time.

Having said that, I invite you to follow me on this blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Gab, GETTR. Mewe, Parler, Tumbler, and Pinterest. And if I ever figure out the widget in the sidebar, you an follow me on Goodreads.

See what I mean? It takes a lot of time. But, lest you think I’m active on all of those platforms, I am not other than sharing links back to this blog.

Just like The 100 Day Project takes a lot of time. I have second-guessed my decision to participate, but I’m not quitting. So, I point each post back to the blog.

No one is going to do this but me. Well, unless I pay them and that sort of isn’t the point.

I am then forced to ask myself if this is necessary.

True, the traffic on the blog has picked up a bit, and I’m getting decent attention on Facebook.

I talked a lot over the last year about giving stuff up in order to take care of the important things. I have successfully managed to just fill up my to-do list with other things.

For example, working on The 100 Day Project has prompted the idea for another book.

Available at Mugshots
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I’m not working on it yet, but I’m making notes.

The good news is that I enjoy all of the things I’m working on. I just need to find the proper balance so that I’m not ignoring the essentials.

Maybe I’ll never make it “big.” Maybe I’ll never hit the best seller list, or have my own art show or line of products.

Or maybe I will.

What I know is, if it happens, I’ll have to be the one to tell you about it.

American singer-songwriter and actress, Reba McEntire, was born on this day in 1955.



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Daily Caller
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I wrote this in 2017: Monumental Matters
If only people had listened to me then.


1515 – Teresa of Ávila, Spanish nun and saint (d. 1582)
1760 – Thomas Clarkson, English activist (d. 1846)
1914 – Edmund Muskie, American lieutenant, lawyer, and politician, 58th US Secretary of State (d. 1996)
1944 – Ken Howard, American actor (d. 2016)
1948 – Dianne Wiest, American actress
1986 – Lady Gaga, American singer-songwriter and actress


The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.

Numbers 6:24-26


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