Decisions, Decisions

I was curious. Did you know there are free online college level courses for writing? I searched it, there are dozens of links. Problem is, I’m not sure which one to take. Still, it’s sort of nice to have a choice. Online classes would give me the flexibility to do the work when I’m able, instead of having to show up in a classroom at a specific time. Makes me wonder if there are other types of classes I should be looking into, as well?


Success Through Adversity

If a person grows up with adversity, are they more likely to be successful as an adult?

Conversely, if a person has an easy childhood, are they more likely to fail as an adult?

I’ve been thinking about how some folks have horrible childhoods and grow up to not let anything stand in their way. Of course, I can also find examples of people who give up easily as adults, regardless of how their childhood was. I can also find examples of failed adults who had easy lives as children and successful adults who didn’t want for anything as a child.

So what exactly is it that drives a person to succeed as an adult? Is it just determination? Or maybe determination and luck?

Does growing up in poverty or abuse incline a person to be able to think outside the box more?

Does growing up happy mean you’re less likely to seek your own answers?

Does none of it matter and you will either succeed or fail depending on the opportunities presented to you and your willingness to take a risk?

How it all started

It’s embarrassing now, but back in 1976, there was a show call “The Hardy Boys Adventures” on TV. It starred Shawn Cassidy and Parker Stevenson. Yes, they were cute. Yes, my friends and I all had major crushes on them. Of course, we started writing fan fiction, back before it was called fan fiction. Back then, we would never have dreamed of publishing our stories because they were a direct rip-off of something already copyrighted. I still have that story.

Shows came, and went, some inspired other stories. Eventually, I started making up my own stuff. Usually under 10,000 words, nothing major. I met a bunch of artists when I made my first website (no longer there- the web company went under) We started forums and decided the best way to challenge ourselves was to try challenging each other to create works based on themes. Those forums are gone, now, as are most of the artists that were present. They didn’t die, they just sort of drifted away.

Then blogging became more popular. My circle of influences became larger. I love that the internet is a place where you can interact with people from anywhere in the world. It broadens the possibilities. So, now, I still write offline, but my online activities help to bring a wider experience than I would have had if the internet hadn’t become a part of my life. I hadn’t realized until a few days ago that I had been a closet writer for so long. It was just something there that I didn’t think about very much until  someone asked the question.

It was a busy, hot, rainy day…

The rain was warm. It’s rare for raindrops to be warm, but they were. They mixed nicely with the light breeze that urged the thunderstorms along. The sun peeked between cloudbursts, sending “god rays” down under a perfect rainbow.

Okay, that’s about as literary as I can get at 3:00am.

I saw a real live entlebucker sennenhund (lesser Swiss mountain dog for Americans)in town today. This is notable because there are only about 800 of them in the whole country, so to find a new one I didn’t already know was sort of amazing, and he was such a sweetie!

Meanwhile, I have tried to stop planing and start writing at least something on each of the stories crowding my head at the moment. I need to get something written or I will end up with one story all confused and jumbled together, which would defy genres and become the first horror- science fiction-space opera- our town- detective-fantasy novel in history. Somehow, I don’t think that would quite have the impact I was hoping each individual story would have on their own.


So I need to sleep and try again tomorrow, but I didn’t want to leave people hanging by the knot at the end of the rope. 🙂



Oh, The paperback version of the book is live now, but it will take 2-3 days for it to be linked on Amazon.