The Day the World Changed

Work Together for Peace

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It’s hard to believe September 11, 2001 was 18 years ago. I still remember where I was and what I was doing with a clarity time can’t diminish. My country, for the first time since WW II, was under attack. I remember standing on my brother’s back porch and trembling as the fighter jets flew low over the house. Alone on a small patch of horse property in Greeley, Colorado, I felt isolated and vulnerable in a way I’d never experienced.

The day the world changed was the worse day of my life. It stripped away a nation’s impervious self-image and its innocence. I was forced to find my personal courage and came to realize there was no choice but to carry on in a new world full of danger.

And as a nation, we have carried on. It’s been difficult. Each day in the news, our struggles with hatred, fear, and anger stream across the internet in ugly images of violence.  I, however, have faith in our ability to overcome the current chaos. The world changed in one day with an unspeakable act of violence. We can change it again for the better if we work together.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

But also, Be Patient. Be Loving. Be Encouraging.

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Top Five Ways to Keep Creative Projects Fun

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We live for our art, don’t we? Sharing our work with the world is a way to give back to the community. It can be gloriously fulfilling and at the same time an overwhelming responsibility.  Keeping the joy in our art is important in encouraging our productivity.

Remember: The world needs your art! Don’t let anything stop you from creating – including YOU!

Top Five Ways to Keep Things Fun

  1. Plan Your Events Around a Favorite Holiday: My latest Dark Fantasy Novel – Creed of the Guardian– comes out October 18th. I’m having a blast with Halloween themed gift basket ideas and marketing
  2. Get Your Friends and Family Involved: Great ideas often come during group discussions.
  3. Don’t Take Yourself or Your Project Too Seriously: Art is hard work, but it should also be fun. Don’t suck the joy out of your creativity by taking it too seriously
  4. Plan Well and Finish on Time or Early: It’s a wonderful feeling when you check off all those tasks on the way to completing your creative project. A job well done!
  5. Don’t Forget to Celebrate! Completing that crappy first draft or a preliminary rough sketch is a major accomplishment. It gets you one step closer to a full creative piece of work. Reward yourself with a nice meal or a spa day.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Three Super Quick and Quirky Reads for Your Three-Day Weekend

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Labor Day. It’s the last HOORAH of Summer in the United States. Three days of grabbing the last rays of sun or swimming in the lake before it chills. Don’t forget your reading list this weekend. Need some ideas? How about these three quick and quirky reads?

Three Quick Reads While You’re Lounging

I’m a Pole (And So Can You) by Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert brings is unique and funny perspective to this hilarious book.

Dr. No by Ian Fleming

This quirky James Bond book is a quick read. It expands on the events of Dr. No’s Island where Ursula Andress rises up from the waves in her iconic bikini.

Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

Read about events from the criminal master mind’s point of view. I love this series. It’s clever and unique. I’m also pleased to report Artemis finally gets his own movie. Disney 2020.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Book Baby News Alert!

Creed of the Guardian, Book Three in the Heart of The Warrior Series,

is now available for PRE-ORDER on Amazon.

Dark Fantasy Books

Book Three – COMING October 18th, 2019

Protect the Innocent. Punish the Guilty.

Seth the Ice Lion, now an Apprentice in the Jalora Legion, reluctantly travels aboard ship with his new battalion. Western Beta’s mission seems a dull assignment. Guarding miles of bogs and old ruins should be a simple task, but Seth soon learns nothing is easy for the Bearer of the Lion Ring. The Jalora is the embodiment of Good and the source of Seth’s power. It commands he search North Marsh for a relic capable of saving his homeland from the ravenous appetite of the Jackal invaders. Surrounded by deadly bogs and savage beasts, he must find the relic before the Lion Spirit inside of him takes control of their shared body.

Invaders from across the sea hold a firm grip on Valdeon, but their thirst for blood remains unsated. They lust for the riches of Andara. Using fear and greed as weapons, the Jackal enlist aid from the continent’s unscrupulous mercenaries to prepare for a larger invasion. They build a stronghold – Stone Fang Fortress – in the Bloodtooth Mountains of the north. It is here they prepare to conquer the free world.

Will Seth find this powerful relic before the Jackal swarm invades Andara? Or will his people be enslaved under the iron fist of the Jackal Lord? Seth’s answers hide in the deadly bogs of North Marsh…

Haven’t read the series yet? Check out Books One and Two.

Dark Fantasy Books

Book One of The Heart of The Warrior Series

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Book Two – Heart of the Warrior series

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Keeping Your Cool While Your Hair is on Fire

Is your hair on fire? Relax

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Have you started a new job, project or training program? It’s tough being the newbie isn’t it? The first week is the worst. You stumble around trying to complete tasks to impress your new boss, but you end up feeling awkward and ignorant.

Here are some things to remember while you’re running around with your hair on fire.

Five Things to Remember Your First Week:

  • Everybody was the New Guy Once
  • You are your harshest critic
  • Seek Out the Gurus Who Are Willing to Help You
  • Be Kind to Yourself
  • Take a deep breath. It gets better with each passing day.

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.

Dark Summertime Books from My Reading List

Summer is the perfect time for sprawling on a lounge chair at the beach, by the pool or even on your own patio. And what would leisure time be without a good book? Dull. Dull. Dull.

Vacation reads don’t have to be light and playful like your summer plans. My taste in literature runs toward the dark side. Here are some of the summertime books I’ve read or am planning to read over the sunny season:

Dark Fantasy Books Reading List

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Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz

Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovitch

Fire Season by Steven Blackmore

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick DeWitt

Cabin at The End of The World by Paul Tremblay (This is on my Reading List for August)

Grab a cool beverage, tuck your favorite Dark novel under your arm, and find a comfy spot. Happy reading!

Be Positive. Be Happy. Be Well.