It’s Friday, October 7 and today we give thanks for Christopher Columbus for discovering three-day weekends. Yes, I know, and my American Indian ancestors knew.

History is complicated and we’re not going there today.

Instead I’m offering what may or may not become a regular feature. Here are Five for Friday.

How To Become a PROFITABLE Writing Machine (affiliate link).

Joseph Michael does some great things with writing and Scrivener.

If you’re a writer like me, chances are you’ve suffered from writer’s block.

Joseph Michael IS The Scrivener Coach and on Thursday, October 13th, at 4pm ET, you have a chance to learn why he’s earned that handle.

I’m using Scrivener to write and edit my current novel. Joe’s webinars (and weekly emails) are a big help.

You owe it to yourself to check it out. Here’s the link.

Desmond Tutu, October 7, 1931 – December 26, 2021

God’s dream is that you and I and all of us will realize that we are family, that we are made for togetherness, for goodness, and for compassion.

South African Anglican bishop, theologian, and human rights activist, Desmond Tutu was born on this day in 1931.

How you can help with Hurricane Ian recovery.

It’s going to take a long time for Florida to recover from the destruction brought by Hurricane Ian. Most relief organizations are telling us not to send stuff, but to send money. Stuff has to be shipped and organized and distributed. Money can be applied to resources already on the ground.

Choose your own method, but I’m partial to the Salvation Army. You can read about their work with Hurricane Ian at this link.

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (shameless self promotion)

My current show opens tonight with River City Community Players.

Based on Robert Fulghum’s best-selling books, ALL I REALLY NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED IN KINDERGARTEN (Conceived and Adapted by Ernest Zulia, Music and Lyrics by David Caldwell) takes a funny and heartwarming look at what is profound in everyday life. It’s an evening of theatrical storytelling in revue format, with monologues, dialogues, and multiple voice narration, enhanced through the use of live piano underscoring. The delightful stories feature colorful characters and celebrate our very existence, from the whimsy of childhood to the wisdom of old age.

If you’re in the Richmond area, check it out at this link.

Violent Night (coming soon)

As someone who wears the red suit, I generally don’t like the badass or spooky portrayals of Santa. But Violent Night is coming out this December with David Harbour. I gave the trailer a watch just to see what it was all about.

And you know what? It may not become a holiday favorite, but I’ll watch it.

Have a good weekend. Enjoy all three days if you can.

Thanks, Chris.

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