War and Vegetables: A Chronicle of the Last Gas Station is Available

corporatism-rigged-economy-war-vegetables-Preface: The devastation left in the wake of corporatism in much of the world was a war zone Even in the US it seemed like a war zone. The rights of individuals, their properties, communities, and small businesses were under attack, not mere metaphor in some cases. Solutions, some so simple, were suppressed in favor of archaic, toxic, and inefficient technologies Politicians enabled these policies and the results, and they worked a TV like a dancer’s prop, feigning opposition There were so many of us, and so few of them. Somehow they made us feel powerless. Perhaps it was the weaponry the constant trauma of fear porn, and the fake food, all helped along by the too slowly dissipating apparitions of TV projection. Regardless, it was a con. The Millenials were next, with the Public Record in the palms of their hands. www.war&veggies.com

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My book is now in the Premium Catalogue at Smashwords, which means I can officially stop calling myself a Writer and start calling myself an Author… if I feel like it. It might be a little pretentious. You get the point though. I wrote a book, a long book. Seventy Two Thousand plus words.

Here’s a list of ways people all over the world can get my book. If they find clicking the link above to be too easy.

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John Lennon, purposefulness and consciousness in decision making

I derived the title for my first book War and Vegetables from an interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, where the interviewer was asking them questions about youth culture, and what, if any good they thought they could bring to the youth of their era. At some point during the third revision I was searching the internet for music, just trying to relax an overstimulated mind and maybe find some inspiration. I was listening to Beatles songs that are somewhat rare, like demos and outtakes.

 

My first thought about the poignancy of the interview in relation to the themes in my book was that it was serendipitous and some kind of cosmic coincidence. I realized that this is always a theme, in and for any generation. Many people try to be conscious about what’s important, and what, if any good they might do. There is nothing serendipitous about it. We all think too much, and wouldn’t it be a lovely world if we could all settle our heads with more music and humor, and other good things. The original, working title for this book was ‘Stellar Gas’.

You can find the entire, very much worth the listen Lennon and McCartney interview here: http://j.mp/rr-w-v

Also on Soundcloud

This is an excerpt:

Interviewer: Let’s stick to the young people, and to the areas that you think are most fruitful to try to help in. I mean, again, I asked before where you thought young people were going and you said maybe there’ll be a reaction to what they have now. How does this relate to the real world, as you see it, to issues of war and peace and family and country?
John Lennon: All issues are relative. So it relates like that. It’s all just relative to each other… War… and vegetables… It’s all just relative, you know. So there’s relativity and absolute, and that’s how it relates.
Paul McCartney: That’s great Johnny.
Interviewer: That’s kind of hard though, for some people, to interpret you.
John Lennon: Well, if they can’t interpret it, maybe they will later, or come to their own conclusions, but that’s the way I think it is.

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Nanowrimo2013: Not finishing Nanowrimo 2013 would feel goofy

so far, 33183 words.

It’s cool when you are getting something done that you have been working on for a while and it is finally coming together. I wondered about the word count, as I started writing I was not sure how long this book will be. I realize now it will be at least 80K words. I can’t imagine it taking less.

I really thought I was more behind in Nanowrimo 2013, but then I realized I update my word count after midnight, so I am not as far back as I thought. There is going to have to be some catch up writing again this weekend, but the story is getting nice. I have some rewrite to do later on today, and that will actually add words, and I have discovered the magic of the bridge chapter. What a bonus.

what not finishing nanowrimo 2013 will feel like

what not finishing nanowrimo 2013 would feel like

Nonowrimo 2013: My sessions are getting longer, which means I’m getting stronger. As I approach my second wind, I’m less and less a slogger

I will break 30K today. 29384 so far.

My sessions are getting longer, which means I’m getting stronger.

As I approach my second wind, I’m less and less a slogger.

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they’re a big hit, kid.

Weird how rhymes happen. Sorry about that. More of the interior novella yesterday and setting up the romance of one of the dual protagonists.

There is no loss for material and I can see my writing sessions naturally progressing from 1200-1500 words into the 1800-2000 range. That includes reviewing the previous day of writing and making corrections and adjustments, which usually leads to an increase.

 

 

 

Nanowrimo: Feel the burn, feel it! Gimme 30,000 more! (I can feel it)

So far it’s 19541 words

I really can feel it.It burns in a good way. Today taking some notes I came up with some directions that are going to give me the kind of distance I want to have.  Then I read this pap talk from Jeff Vandermeer, and that really eased any concerns I was having. I do some of the things he is suggesting, and i will go ahead and try some of the things I have never done.

In yesterday’s session we got into some really cool metrics on how to raise funds for a regional food system. Tackling a subject like this in a fiction novel is fun for me, because it gives life to ideas in a couple of different ways. Ways that I have seen with my eyes while dong different grass-roots things, and ways I would like to see, best case scenario.

In my mythology, Lentils represent possibility and optimism. Lentilism. ☮

In my mythology, Lentils represent possibility and optimism. Lentilism. ☮

Nanowrimo: Numbers and logistics can add a dimension to a story, and also attract a whole range of readers? Maybe?

16603 words so far, sneaking up on where I need to be but will still require a double session soon.

Since this is a story about, among subjects like a person finding their bearings in life, love, family, community, it is also about a business. There are some numbers involved, logistics, costs and agreements. That’s another set of readers I might be able to entertain.

I had not thought about it, but this is something that might attract readers I was not expecting. Albeit, one of the dual protagonist team is flunking out of business school. Alongside that this whole town is preparing itself to make it through some tough economic times.

Then, there I was lying in bed, thinking about the book after my writing session and I committed myself to the premise of my next book. I’m not even a quarter of the way through this one, I don’t think, and I am already thinking about the next one. Then, I go to the Nanorimo website and the pep-talk is by Bella Andre and guess what she is writing about?

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Nanowrimo: Some things about long writing sessions and daytime writing sessions. I have my brain spasms at night

Nanowrimo 2013 Word count, 13546:

There are people who really thrive in long writing sessions. Others get paid big bucks to sit in a room and write and rewrite scripts and it requires that they work long hours. It must be nice, I guess. Considering some of the lousy stuff out there, some people think it is more about who you know than what you know or whether your material is any good. Well that is not as much true as you think.

So much of it has to do with your ability to organize your time and pack the most into your day possible. It’s like any business, it is a numbers game, and the more you can write in a shorter time, the more likely you will have -something- that you can use for income. Sometimes people get lucky and get some kind of break so their material gets out there and produced, but generally people who get work do so because they work a lot.

So even though it is true, and universally understood that there is some crap coming out of Hollywood, cut a little slack, because those people work pretty hard to get to material that is worth something. Can you imagine the giant piles of stinky garbage the people who buy scripts have to go through to find something worth doing for their studios? Yeah, no thanks. They deserve the money they make to tolerate that.

As for me, at least for now, I have this luxury of being able to have short sessions. I only like to write 1000-1500 words a day, and I like to write at night, when I am tired. My mind is more lucid when I’m tired. It also helps if I have a little ganja, but I sadly do not have any. Sometimes I have some ganj for a couple of days a week for my sessions and that helps keep things loose and lubricated up there, as long as I don’t over do it and as long as I don’t do it every day.

I’m falling a little behind on my trajectory for nanowrimo. I am going to have a double session to make up for it, but I will not do it all at once. I will space it out so I have two sessions in one day.

Yesterday’s session got into the characters evaluating some information they received from the dad of one of the dual protagonists. Some of what they heard seemed contradictory, but he was not able to complete his thoughts when he gave them, and he will continue later to clear things up.

i have my brain spasms at night

i have my brain spasms at night

Nanowrimo: I won’t get the two-week doldrums because I am writing for two

Nanowrimo 2013 Word count: 12377

So, about those doldrums, the two-week doldrums that the nanos warn against. I it’s not possible for me to get them. The reason is I’m writing for two.

One of the characters in my book is a writer, for anyone not catching on, I have to write his material too, because a part of this book is some of his writing, some prose, some poetry, one or two vignettes, and guess what else, a short novel. So yeah, this whole doldrums thing is outside the realm of possibility, because if I get tired of the main story, which is not even very likely, I can just switch over to this “other personality” and get busy with his material.

In the recent session I finally got into the fun stuff. It is a part of the story that I love the most, where the old school business guy kind of schools the young kids about business and the approach to making adjustments to meet the new situation in the country. There is more of this in the book, but I am glad I finally cracked that scenario.

And, guess what else. They eat Bison burgers.

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NaNoWriMo day six, almost a whole week! wow

Ok, I am way into it now. Totally getting it done. After today it will be my first full week of writing.

Word count is at 10100 right now.

Today’s writing introduced the dad of one of the dual protagonists. We are getting ready to get into some of the more fun, business aspects of things now because he is getting ready to expound on the purpose of business, what he learned about the energy industry, and from that experience, and the adjustments society is getting ready to make going into the future.

At Nanowrimo they talk about the two-week doldrums.. I am not sure if that is a problem for me, and if I remember I will explain why in tomorrow’s post and word count update.

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I was offered the opportunity to get a free Micro Touch Razor if I wrote a review, and here is my honest review for the Micro Touch

I tried this razor, you might have seen it on TV, it is called the “Micro Touch Razor“. I thought it was interesting, I was allowed to have one as a promotion in exchange for writing an honest review, and this is my honest review. As in, what I really think.

What I know now, that I did not know before I used the Micro Touch is multi-blade razors are a SCAM. Just think about all that plastic in the landfills from disposable razors. That kind of thing really bothers me. It’s just something they do to get you to buy more things and it is awful because it fills up the landfills. I probably have a pickup-truck full of plastic razors just from myself in the landfills and I am just one guy. So think about one pick up truck for 10 million different guys, just from my generation. That’s ten million pick-up trucks full of scammy plastic razors all in the landfills for no good reason. How terrifying.

So let’s talk about the shave. I remember that my dad had something like this. It worked the exact same way. You turn the bottom and the blade carriage opens and there is a blade in there. I used to play with it because it was fun and mechanical and interesting, because little kids like that stuff. This one is actually nicer than my dad’s because he is really cheap, but don’t tell him I said that. The other thing that is noticeably different than my dad’s is the blades. These blades are so much thinner than may dad’s blades were. Then I opened the package with all the blades they give you, I think I have enough blades for at least a year, and I have to shave a lot because I am really manly, they gave me 24 blades. I noticed how thin the packages with each blade are. I  am going to be really straight with you here, Micro-Touch blade that is wrapped inside the outer paper envelope is thinner than the paper. I could not believe it. I think that is a part of the success of this product.

It’s the thinness of the blade. That’s how you get a close shave, not with a lot of blades, but with one, super sharp, super THIN blade. That’s the deal with the Micro Touch. So now when I am shaving, you know how it goes right? I’m standing up there in the bathroom, looking in the mirror, and I have this kick-ass, macho 50’s looking razor, like when men were men, and this gorgeous woman comes up and puts her arms around my shoulders and then takes her hand and strokes my face and squeezes her cheek against mine. There is this little bit of shaving cream that gets on her face and I don’t tell her about it because it’s funny and cute, and then.. well, you know what happens.

I am not some kind of hawker, I had a chance to test this thing out if I promised to write a review, and this is “what is”, it’s my honest thoughts about this razor. I won’t be using a different razor than this one. If I lose it, I will buy another one, and if I am getting on a plane where they won’t let you take razors and metal things because of the paranoia conditioning, then I will get one of the new waxed cardboard disposable razors for my trip and have them sent to where I am going, and I will wish I have my Micro Touch with me.

Micro Touch website product shotI’m not even getting paid to link to their website, that’s how good t is.

Downline and MLM businesses

I have never been one for the MLM networking, but I am a good programmer and site builder, and I now have the knowledge to build a matrix/ downline type website. If there is someone who has ever wanted to have your own, and has all the connects and networks to promote in, then you can contact me and I will consider building you one.

I know the difference between and honest business and a Ponzi scheme, so don’t waste my time with silliness.business puzzle

Writers who don’t need editors

Have you ever seen a book that had a typo, or some kind of grammatical mistake and you noticed it? You probably have, and you remember it. That is why writers need Editors. Seriously, don’t kid yourself. I am never satisfied with my work, not even the work on my blog. I would never think about putting anything out for serious release without getting some outside help.

A colleague was telling me about a recent discussion he was having with some fellow writers and some of them were ridiculing the idea of having an Editor. I do not know them, they might have had a bad experience or something, but really, they are kidding themselves.

Any serious writer has at least 2 sets of eyeballs besides their own look at their work before they release anything serious. (link)

poere over you work and have someone else do it too

There is a difference between Editing and proofing. All Editors proof, but proofing is not Editing.

Proofing is raw-checking something, without software. Poring over the material word by word and correcting spelling,  punctuation, spacing and grammar. There is no real Editing. It is simply taking the text as it is and making those types of fixes, with no changes of structure or formatting of any kind. Proofing can happen before or after the edit.. sometimes both! Sometimes a second person proofs or finishes, after the Editor does the edit.

Editing is deeper. Editing includes deconstruction where necessary, flow, adjusting syntax and looking for ways to increase the efficiency of the read. Many great thinkers and visionaries simply cannot write in a way that the average reader can follow them, so they need help breaking down long thoughts and sentences into shorter ones, and usually a little bit of help determining paragraph breaks. Also, the writing of most people is “patchy”, it may change in pattern based on the mood they are in, how tired they are, whether they missed that cup of coffee, or any range of influences. Consistency is important, and so is the quality of having that “tumbling” effect where one sentence leads to the next and does not let the reader off the pages without regret, and the impatience of wanting to get back to it as soon as possible. A good Editor can locate those moments in a writer’s style and help make sure there is that sort of consistency and flow as much as possible.

Sometimes writers with vivid imaginations really do not know how to form an honest sentence. It does not mean they do not have thoughts, or that they can’t think well, it can be that they are just not adept with organizing their thoughts all the time. There is nothing wrong with admitting this and getting some help.

Finally, a good Editor does something important when they edit. They are a boon to Publishers because they pre-format the work by getting it into the correct page style for the type of work it is. All a good formatter has to do now is tweak the page formatting and the kerning (the character spacing) to make the work flow from page to page and to make it easier on the readers eyes. The more work you do for the publisher, the more likely they are to choose you.. and an Editor wants you to be chosen, because then you will become their repeat business, as your Publisher becomes repeat business for you.

Any serious writer has at least 2 sets of eyeballs besides their own look at their work before they release anything serious. (link)

Some notes about caretaking: the commodification of time

Most of the physical work that needs to be done has to do with critter control.

There are many feral cats, many rodents, lots of skunks, many Deer, and the occasional Bear. The evidence and damage from Bears usually comes early in the Spring when they are waking up.  Then we never see them again all summer.

I have never needed to use poison for the skunks, although there were times I came close to making that call because it was getting to be too much.  Skunks do not get the message that they are not welcome, unless you do something that deters them. Throw a couple of rocks at the cats and they remember to steer clear of the front and the porch.

A light connected to the timer, pointed to shine under the front deck will keep he skunks away.  They are nocturnal and do not like light very much. When there is a skunk outside walking near the house, it smells like it is inside. Use a yellow bug light in the fixture that is shining under the porch to attract fewer bugs.  If you do not do this, you will learn your lesson… fair warning.

Keeping the garbage under control is also very important, and frankly, probably the most important thing

The smell of the garbage attracts critters, again, critter control. The smell also wafts around into the screen door and under the eaves into Apt. 2.

Check the garbage twice per day. Once in the afternoon to be sure that a tenant has not just thrown garbage in there without using the cans, which they do all the time.  Also, you might have to break down cardboard and open the bags they use and crush the plastic bottles so all the trash will fit. You can ask the tenants to do this but very few of them do it, and even the ones who do usually give up on that after a couple of weeks. I usually separate the cardboard and burn it every two weeks. This helps be sure I am leaving enough room to get everyone’s garbage into the cans in front of the house. You have to do this because of critter control. If you put plain garbage bags out there without cans and the cover on the cans, the crows, the feral cats, and the rodents will make you pay… every time. You will be cleaning up the garbage they spread all over the road, EVERY TIME. There is no reason for me to make this up. What would be the point?  Summer is rife with life around here and they love stinky garbage.

Also check it at night, before retiring. Make sure it is locked down.  You can tell the tenants to remember but you are the only one who can make yourself remember. You have to be sure that the garbage bin stays locked down and tight at night, because cats get in there and scare the heck out of you when they jump out, thankfully I never got scratched. It takes a long time to train people about keeping the garbage bin pin in place, but cats know instinctively how to get in there without being trained… And they come every night as part of their routine hunting and gathering to see if they can get in. 11:30-11:45, every night I hear noise by the bin, cats. If the cats get in there, you may not know it right away, or at all. But pretty much assume that if you do not lock it down over night that they have been in there.

You will know if Bears have been in there because they just take the whole bags to the other side of the hot-tub room and dump everything out, so once every couple of days check on the other side of the hot tub room for garbage. If there are Bears around, that is where they hang out, in the lot next door to the hot tub room, it does not happen very often, but if you walk around over there, along the property line, you will see Bear feces from time to time, again, usually only early in the season. Although this year, 2012, there were quite a few Bear sightings. Sometimes the garbage that gets dumped out over there isn’t even from here, it’s from some other place. So be sure to check that area because the tenants will not tell you, they don’t care, they’ll let garbage sit over there for weeks and not tell you, it’s not their job, they don’t have to, and they are not going to.  If they leave their garbage out, and it gets strewn around by critters, they will not clean it up; at least don’t assume they will. This might seem like some kind of easy job but you are a Hotel Groundskeeper as much as anything else. You have to clean up after them, and they know it, and you will do it. I GUARANTEE you will be cleaning up the messes of other people so it does not look like you live in a ghetto, GUARANTEED.

The garbage truck comes Tuesday, by anywhere from 9 am-10:30 am. I get the cans out there by 8:30 and if I have bags, I keep them in the bin and run them out to the truck so the birds and other critters don’t get into them.

Make sure the Hot Tub House stays locked

People store their things in there, there is a decommissioned Winter hot tub, and on top of that, there is a phone. The hot tub house has been broken into in the past; I have had to fix the door, probably just because someone knows there is a phone in there and wanted to use it. You have to take this seriously. Not just because it’s private property, but because the other line of that phone number belongs to the owner, and the caretaker lives on site. If someone is using that phone for crimes, they can get traced back to that line, and the caretaker could become a suspect in something. TAKE KEEPING THE HOT TUB ROOM LOCKED SERIOUSLY. There is a lot of poverty and weirdness that goes with that around here. Yes, there are wingnuts and tweakers and bored kids who are future criminals, just like anywhere else.

Lawn mowing

The best timing for mowing the lawn is about every 10-14 days.  In June and July it can get pretty long in 10 days and it doesn’t look great, but ten days is the pollen cycle for the insects and I like to keep them busy and not kill them off. I never use chemicals on the lawn for anything, or fertilizer. I have noticed that even if the lawn is short, the tenants have rarely used it for anything.  I have never mowed the lawn more than 5 times an entire Summer, once in June, twice in July, and once or twice in August. 

Mow the front all the way to the street on both sides, and next to the Building. Mow the back, and make a path the width of two lawnmowers all the way to the back road where the big stone is, the guy who lives across that road is weird and possessive about mowing all the way to the road because he owns that part that is overgrown, and there is no need to spend money on his lawn. The property markers are all obvious back there. But a path to the road is nice. There is a triangular area next to the property where the tree is that is not all this property, but mow it anyway, it provides clearance from the wild animals, and there is a nice shade tree back there, just do it. Then make a path from the other side of the french drain, around the pine tree, along the side of the hot tub house. Make that 1.5 – 2 width of a lawn mower. Now you have a clear path all the way around the property to walk around and see everything you need to see for security and maintenance and what not.

In front of the building, right in the driveway in front of the rock garden and also next to the empty lot is a bounty of chamomile. There are other edibles too, but they are more obscure. When you get up in the AM and there is dew, and it smells sweet and sleepy out there, that is fresh, raw organic chamomile. It’s a very nice thing to smell, and to keep around. It peaks for about 5 days in late June I think. Don’t mow that!! Pick it and store it and give it away. This year it was SUPER heavy, so it probably will be from now on.

 Weeds

I planted mustard in the rock garden this year and it completely ended any serious weed problem. Mustard outgrows weeds, it takes up their root space and it repels many insects. This is not the invasive wild mustard, this is non-threatening, good old fashioned Mustard Greens. It is not the prettiest thing in life, but you can eat it and it keeps it all low maintenance. Between that and all the other edibles out here you never have to buy salad from the store unless you want to.

 Wasps and Hornets

You have to walk around regularly and check for wasp and hornet nests. They are everywhere and we do use chemical sprays on those. The tenants will wait until it is really bad before they say anything.  Walk around and look under the eaves and under the decking and stairwells at least once a week, but twice a week in August when it is really dry.

 

Grilling

Grilling is permitted on the decks, but the decks are really dry. I always tell the tenants and remind them to keep a bucket or pot of water near their grills at all times when they are using it. Hardly anyone grills, but when they do I remind them.  I have never had to tell anyone twice about that. The image of a wood framed-building burning down is sticky.  Be vivid and descriptive about how quickly dry wood burns when you remind them.

Lights

The security lights are on a timer. You have to adjust it based on the time of year. It changes fast between Winter and Spring, and Autumn and Winter, especially with Daylight Savings Time. It’s really nice to have that light out there. It makes the place more secure, and it keeps a lot of critters away. It is easy to lose track of setting the timer as the seasons change. The lights on the hot tub house are motion sensor lights. Those are nice too. It might be nice to hook up another light on the other side of the building in the front. It would be easy to do with a cord connected to the T connector that is coming out of the bottom of the timer, or do it proper with some Romex coming from the outlet box.

 

Fire pit

The fire pit is the real deal. It is not a joke and it exceeds the building and fire codes around here.  It is the nicest fire pit around here for miles and I am very proud of it.  (link). Keep the bottom clear with a shovel. The bottom is concrete with some rock drainage, when you are scraping concrete with the shovel that is the bottom.  Use it for burning refuse or having a nice fire. It is deep, so if you want to have a warming fire in the evening, fill the bottom with rocks. The reason it’s not filled with rocks is for burning refuse. Refuse needs to have a deep fire to be safe.  A warming fire should be shallower so it radiates. If you start a real honest fire in there in the evening, and let the coals smolder all night… which is fine because it is deep, the ground all around the pit will be a thermal mass. The ground will still be warm and you will have embers 24 hours later. That thing is no joke. If it was lined with ceramic it would be a proper cook oven… for sure. I do not recommend cooking in there now though. The concrete and blocks could leech toxins into food. Cooking above it would be fine, but not in it. A cook spit would be perfect for this, and incredible. (Picture of a really nice cook spit)

Yesterday’s post about how really, really good you are

Today’s post is my 26th NaBloPoMo post

Black Friday is for Stupid People who Suck

Oh my gosh, how awful. I have not watched the news today but I wonder how many people got trampled. What a lot of embarrassing weirdness about our “culture”.

They are not relevant until they wait in line overnight to buy shit they don’t need, with borrowed fake money that they don’t really have, from some offshore private bank, owned by people who have utter contempt for us. Then, the day after the day they are supposed to be thankful for Family, they abandon them to buy them garbage, so all they can afford to feed them is genetically mutated food. America, you are a giant clown in space

Shop till you drop, or till you drop someone else.

What if our lives were about something really good instead?

Americans used to -make things- and disseminate them all over the world through business, and I’m not talking about weapons.The nature of Human life is to create.

Do you realize Santa hates you if you don’t conform?Santa hates you and he's a fat bastardHe took a really cool season, with all kinds of cool stories, and turned it into an expensive fiasco that helps prop up the lying media and the war machine.

Hanging around the house with Family all day telling cool stories with really great values should be enough. How wonderful. That sounds really lovely.
peace cost less Peace is cheaper than Santa

This was yesterday’s post about Thanksgiving. It was a nice day

Today’s post is my 22nd NaBloPoMo post

Monopoly, Twister and Life

Only 44% of eligible voters voted for the Double Party.

I have to make a post for NaBloPoMo. I am just doing stream of consciousness and a tired mind can come up with some stuff you don’t even realize is happening.

I have never played Backgammon, Poker or Ucher.

I have played Monopoly, Twister, and Life.

Don’t think that your risk is insured with the future.

Of people who work to build lives that you trifle.

Fiscal Cliff.  Rock FACE.

BANKER.

Fakery/ fiat

Fraudsters disINTEREST

What are -you- doing?

Here are two brief books to help you avoid getting tricked again and to help you understand how to deal with the way you are beginning to realize what has happened and how it is making you feel:

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The People from the Mountain and the People from the Valley

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The High School of Life

Larry had a dirty mind, a beautiful dirty mind

Larry had a dirty mind and a good brain

Larry Fisher. Larry Fisher was a Chef at a restaurant where I worked. Larry familiarized me with a concept about life, which as far as I know, he initiated. “The High School of Life”. “It’s the High School of Life Rob”.

Larry asked everyone, every day, several times a day, whether there was life after High School. I think Larry was convinced that life indeed ended after High School, and that everything after High School was some kind of transcended, or possibly distended extension of High School. Poor thing. Larry was easily one of the funniest and smartest people I knew up to that point, and without a doubt one of the most memorable since. After all I am writing about him 25 years later, and he is the only person whose actual name I am using in this essay (Get it? essay.. High School.. Ok). He was matriculating his High School career with grace and humor. I was at that Restaurant right after I had pretty much put the cap on my baseball efforts. This thing about Larry could go on longer, but some things are not for the Public Way.

When I was a kid the only thing I ever thought about doing when I grew up is baseball. I was weird for baseball. I had rituals and routines and habits and drills and all that. 1000 swings at imaginary baseballs every single day, wrist rollers, hand-eye coordination exercises, just every single device and technique I could learn. Listening to the creepy, nosy lady next-door complain about me minding my own business in my Dad’s back yard swinging my baseball bat over and over and over. “He’ll be out there all day long swinging that stupid baseball bat”. I could not imagine how cool it would be to actually, one day, get a paycheck for doing this thing I got lost in every chance I could. That all changed when I reached the point when I was actually playing 9 inning games, 5 or 6 days per week. I was not getting paid, not yet, but I was playing as much baseball as some guys who were getting paid, and some of the players on my team and on opposing teams were getting paychecks, they had contracts.

It was one of those rare moments in life where you are climbing a rock face, you are all by yourself, you can see the sweat dripping off your arms, and you are pulling your eye level to that point where you can just barely see over the peak of that rock at the very top and kind of get a feel for what a future on the other side of that will look like and what it will feel like to set the next set of goals. There are two things about playing 9 innings of baseball, every single day when you are in your early 20’s. 1. It’s really, seriously, very difficult even when you are young, especially when you have a day job. 2. You realize that you are looking down a road in life that you’ve always thought you wanted to take, just as you are also that point in your life where so many other things in life are opening up to you.

Here’s the thing about my situation. I was an unsigned player. I never got paid, I was not quite good enough, according to the business offices, to get paid. I was however, good enough to pay with paid players on certain types of teams. Basically, I was recognized, or “approved”. Today, the common term for a guy like this is “unsigned free-agent”. I was respected enough that the teams could trust their players with me. They knew I was not going to get them hurt, and that I was not going to make mistakes. Just the insurance on even a low-level minor leaguer or something is an investment. It’s money, it’s business. They have strict rules about anything having to do with your safety.

there is nothing in life except baseball

weird for baseball

That’s really important, there is a big difference between mistakes and errors. Everyone makes errors. You boot it, or some part of your body has a memory lapse and the ball slips out of your hand, or just some other thing happens that is the result of a physical malfunction. But not everyone makes mistakes. I never made mistakes. A mistake is when you do the wrong thing, and when you do the wrong thing, that’s when people are at risk. If another player is expecting you to do the task that is expected in a given situation, and it is the correct task, and it is what is expected by everyone out there, and then you do something else, people may not be ready to adjust, and that is when crazy stuff happens.

It also costs more games than errors. For sure, 100%. Doing the wrong thing the right way, is 100% worse than doing the right thing the wrong way. It is possible to look really beautiful and athletic and artistic while doing the wrong thing and costing a run or costing a game. It is also possible to look ridiculous while doing the right thing the wrong way. The latter is far more acceptable. It’s better to look stupid doing the right thing wrong, than to look brilliant doing the wrong thing right. I never made mistakes, I rarely made errors, and I had the tools. I just did not have the grind in me to be able to play 9 innings a game, every day.

By the end of games I would be thinking about other things, and wondering what other things I could be doing, and if I might be missing something in life by being on a ball field all the time. When you have thoughts like that, it’s time to make a decision.

I was out there pretty much by myself. I had a cool boss who understood my schedule needs, yes of course I had a day job, and some of the guys I played with didn’t because they had contracts. It was a difficult and very competitive situation and it was more than I could do alone. When you see those ballplayers on TV talking about their families and how they could not have done it without them, it’s the truth. You can’t make it out there on your own. It’s nothing personal, but it’s basically your tough luck if you don’t have a support network like a family.

Well, what in the world is the point, and what does this have to do with the “High School of Life”? Lots, it has a lot to do with it because it reminds me of “the talk”. Basically, you have to be good enough. “The talk” is what you get when you meet a scout who is going to introduce to you to the game; to the Association, which are terms used for the MLB.

“It’s not because somebody knows somebody or because you can afford it, or because someone from the Lodge made a phone call, or gave some sorry excuse for a Coach 50$ to play you, it’s because you’re good enough to be here, and the moment you are not good enough to be here, you are not going to be here.” This is the Private Sector, it’s not the Public High School where some tenured, bitter loser is making decisions, you need to make sure that every single time you get off the field with those people, you forget everything they tell you and remember everything you know.” You’re a ballplayer, and they are working in the Public Sector because they are not good enough to be around guys like you.” They wanted to be you but they couldn’t hack it. “You have to remember to forget everything they tell you, and remember to remember who you are and what we tell you.”

That is the talk. That is the talk I got. There are variations of the talk, for different situations, but essentially, that’s it in a nutshell. It’s a business talk. It’s a Private Sector vs. Public Sector talk.

Aaaaand it’s true. That is why Larry Fisher was so smart, because he knew. He knew that some people graduated and some people didn’t. Some people are actually capable and competent, and some people are dependent and political. It’s true. I can tell you with complete confidence that the guys playing in the show are all there because they are good enough to be there. It is super hard to get to where they are. If there were better players, they would be there. That’s why scouts go all over the Planet, looking for the best players from almost every continent. Because it’s a BUSINESS, it is money and resources. They invest so much money and they are not going to waste it being political or picking favorites or being racist, or whatever, they’re just not.

“If you can play, we’ll find you.”

I am doing a blog post per day all month, hopefully. Inspired by NaPoBloMo. This will be a good motivation for me to format some more ebooks. This is post #16

Thoughts are Things – Napoleon Hill

Think and Grow Rich is a nice encapsulation of how our thoughts affect the way we attract the type of life that we want.Even if you are not infatuated with money, these are some good things to understand.

If you would like a free copy, just click this link.

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The Broken Window Fallacy: Creating problems where none exist

   Click here for an excellent video describing

The Broken Window Fallacy” 

spending money you not not have, to fix a problem that does not exist creates more problemsoh, they love to create problems to solve

Good MORNING!! Why my vote means more than yours

image of an election ballot, with more names than just the Republican and Democrat Parties, but also the Greens, the Libertarians, the Constution Party, and even Rosann Barr's Peace and Freedom Party

The Democrats have at least figured out not to waste money on me by sending me their junk mail.. I wish the Republicans would.. [corny trumpet sound effects: waaahh waaahh wahhh waaaaaahhh]. Every day I leave a note for the mail clown not to leave me political mail, and every day he does not read it. What am I going to do with that bozo?

I am pretty happy to see more people getting off the two-party bandwagon. It is not  easy, but it seems like people are finally figuring out that we are going to have to make a break from this. The thing is, as long as things are kind of difficult right now, we are getting accustomed to difficulty, then why not just make the break? And as long as we are having to fix everything, let’s just start right from scratch.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all. It makes sense that it’s in the morning, BECAUSE  YOU WAKE UP .. thank you very much

It is a really nice day here in Michigan where I am located. It’s hard for me to remember right now that our Govt. has ended Habeas Corpus, passed indefinite detention (and that they are using it), that “innocent until proven guilty” is a thing of the past. Our government, more than ever, for the last 12 years has accelerated the process toward becoming an arbitrary, lawless institution ruled by the whims of egoists. There are two completely different sets of laws for the fierce minority of 560 or so that we elect to rule us, than for the voluminous mass of 350 million who have become their subjects. Why do we tolerate them again?  Personally, I find it essentially irrational to be loyal to people who lie to me and treat me like shit. So do you.  Stop hitting yourself.

Look, at this point, it does not matter very much which non-two-party candidate you vote for. Just do it. You know you want to. Don’t fall for the games.

You know you want to. Follow your heart.

I am  writing-in a Candidate, not only because I really love the idea behind the Prime Law Amendment to the Constitution that she promotes, but because Michigan would not cooperate with her attempt to get on the ballot. Another “small government” Republican waving the broken magic wand of bureaucracy, and creating problems where none exist.

And don’t talk some crazy shit to me about how it is a “wasted vote”.  It’s my vote, it’s not your vote. People did not die for my right to vote so you could berate me because I will not vote for candidates who do not believe in the essential rights of Individuals, who unilaterally strike down Habeas Corpus and the right of innocence until proven guilty, and who have zero interest in self-determination for all people, but rather super-determination for a permanent, essentially non-elected ruling class.   MY VOTE MEANS MORE THAN YOURS if you are the one supporting that.

Secrets for creative minds: Boring business people and the reasons you really don’t know why you need them even though you think you know


If more Artists new these secrets, they could manage themselves, get a lot more exposure and only hire a manager when they absolutely need to. More importantly, they could hire accountants.

By Robert Run (2,148 Words)

Are you more intelligent and more creative than them? Then why do you need them? Are they more intelligent? Were it not for them would you have anywhere to sell your writing, art, music, anywhere to perform, would anyone think you were really very interesting at all? You need to be more like them. They not only have the discipline and self-respect to crunch the numbers and create systems for you to function in, but they have the creativity to convince people to pay attention to you. If it were not for these “boring business drones” and their ability to promote and sell your “creativity”, no one would really think anything you had to share was worth much, at all. They do the same thing you do, only in a different way. They are not only business people, but they are also artists.

They actually use both hemispheres of their brains in ways that you do not. They can not only do their jobs, but if they’d realize it, they could do yours too, and cut you right out of the equation. Seriously, you should freak out a little bit about this and get your act more together, try to learn from this. They do the same thing you do, only in a different way. (Worth the repetition)

The last thing they want is for you to understand this, because then you might not need them as much. And you would get to keep more of your own money instead of giving it to them. Why not take what they know and make it a part of your daily schedule? You can do it, for sure. It is a lot of what you do anyway, so understand that it’s just a different process for what you do all day as an artist anyway.

Is linguistic dogma killing you?

How about not getting hung up on language, and not being offended by synonyms? Is it really worth cutting so many people off from what you create or provide just because there are certain words you hate? Why not open yourself up to more and more people? What if you are really providing something useful that could help change everything?

I remember a meeting I was in once. It was for a local food co-op in the neighborhood where I lived at that time. Somehow these people pulled this place off, but they certainly did not do it with the quickness or efficacy they could have due to their very bizarre dogma about the use of language. I remember sitting in that meeting, listening, trying to get a feel for things and seeing if there was going to be a way for me to be useful. Someone brought up the importance of Public Relations and Marketing, and how they wanted to be involved in that aspect of the business. The person who brought that up got shot down by the rude authoritarian who was running the meeting because they used the word “marketing”. “Please refrain from using words like marketing and public relations, we are not capitalists and this is not a business, it’s a cooperative, that’s what co-op means”. Now, first of all, yes they are marketers, and yes they have good public relations, because they have been in business for quite some time now. You can call what you do whatever you want. Call it “outreach”, call it “promotions”, call it “relationship building” or “communications”, but you have a reputation and you have to get the word out as well as get feedback. That is marketing and public relations in any language. Yes, they are capitalists, and yes they are business people. Yes, they are.

Have fun with semantics and pretend you are not a business if it makes you feel better, but whichever model you use for your business, it is a business model even if the structure you choose is a co-op. And whatever you call “communications” you are communicating to the MARKET, genius. It’s one of the oldest words in the history of written language.

That co-op is alive and well and all the people running it make the decisions, including the weird lady who elbowed the neighbor out of the meeting by controlling the semantics, and she makes a decent living, too. Sounds like a successful capital enterprise to me. Good for them, although when I am back in that neck of the woods I shop somewhere else, where the owners do not snap at their neighbors for using synonyms. My choice, thank you free enterprise. Who knows what kind of excellent opportunities were cut off from that group due to such petty closed-mindedness? On the other hand, what this proves is that the people at that co-op are very competitive and territorial people and that is why they have been successful. Even though they decided to limit their audience, they made it. They know their market and they took care of business. They chose not to cast a broad net. That works for them and they are happy with it.

The point is that if you want broad success, don’t do that to yourself, and don’t kid yourself about what you are and what you do to thrive. The world of doing things in an economy is a market. It’s not a bad word. There are some pretty good entrepreneurs out there who have such vivid imaginations that they fancy themselves communists or something. The world is a weird place full of people with all sorts of delusions; don’t let bizarre thinking limit your success, it’s easy to have marginal success, because most people are marginal.

Blaming business for greed is like blaming blood for mosquitoes

You see these people holding up signs that say “capitalism failed” and whatnot. It’s true to an extent, since big business has co-opted the governments, and uses them to control and centralize the economy there have been many many problems. Large centralized economies fail every single time. There are not really any examples of debt-free, entrepreneur friendly free-enterprise economies left in the world. If the right wing is not screwing it up, the left wing is.

Many of the people out there “in the struggle”, preaching the end of free-enterprise and capitalism are just as greedy opportunistic as the wall streeters and central banks who pulled the rug out from under the economy. The biggest problem they have is that they are not the ones who performed the ‘coup. Believe it. Their problem is not that there was a ‘coup, their problem is that they were not the ones who did it.

“What does this have to do with my art?” you ask. Well, a lot, because it helps you identify what you can control, and that is your business, both literally and figuratively, you get to mind your business.

How many times have you said “I could do so much better if I could afford to pay someone to do all the things I hate”? Well, this sounds weird, but sometimes you are doing things you love when you do things you hate, and you do the things you hate as you do the things you love.

  • “I love writing my poems and stories, but I hate writing sales letters.”
  • “I love being social and going to parties with people but I hate making phone calls and talking to industry people.”
  • “I love rehearsing and collaborating with fellow artists, but I hate business meetings.”

“It’s not the same thing” you say? Yes it is. It is to your brain. To your brain, physical actions are physical actions, because your brain is a physical organ. Your mind on the other hand has all sorts of imaginary constructs implanted in it to keep you from succeeding.

Can you see the point here? Have you ever considered that a CD cover is really just a business brochure? Have you ever realized that passing out flyers for your band’s next show is a marketing campaign? Am I taking the joy out of it for you? Guess what, if you don’t face this pretty soon you’ll have to get out of your creative activity, because things need to run. If you are not reminding people that you exist, they forget you. Go bag groceries.

You may as well learn how to do these things efficiently. Here’s the good part, why would you let a boring business person book your life when you can do it with flare and artistry that is unique to you? This way you may be able to save up enough cash to pay someone to be your assistant or your accountant, NOT your manager.

Let me ask you this, Artist: Do you realize that while all these people out there are having all this turbulence and struggle, stirring things up, pulling out rugs, panicking, preaching, and with all the perception preening by the masters of media that you have been a productive, genuine, creative person who is actually seeking to add value to the world rather than make hay from the destruction of values? Now, who do you think, honestly, can do a better job booking your life than you? You need tools.

TOOLS to trick your brain: Group your physical actions, because your brain does not know the difference between art and business, those definitions are constructs, but physical actions are physical actions, and the brain is a physical organ.

  • The best time to write the copy for promotional material is right after you have finished writing your song lyrics for your latest tune, finished your latest chapter, or wrote your best jokes. Keep your writing with your writing, which includes emails. Writing is a physical activity.
  • The best times to have in-person meetings or make phone calls on behalf of your projects are right after your rehearsals and collaboration sessions. Keep your social activity grouped together as much as you can. Singing with a group, collaborating, phone calls and meetings are social, physical activities. It’s all the same to your brain.
  • If you are in visual arts, then it follows to create your promotional graphics at the tail end of a long creative session. Creating graphics is a physical activity, regardless of whether it is in the realm of arts or business.

The point being made here is that the human brain likes to focus on one physical activity at a time, because the human brain is a physical organ. So see your daily actions as physical activities and design your schedule accordingly as much as you can… especially putting your promotional activity directly following your creative activity, so your brain is at its best as you do these things. Your brain does not know the difference between business actions and artistic actions, the brain is an organ, and it is not your mind. Your mind makes a distinction between these things, not your brain.

Just like physical actions, thoughts need to be organized well.

It helps to have one place to keep everything. All your work, whether it is your art or your promotional material (are we seeing less of a difference?), it needs a place to be organized, and it needs a place to be showcased. You should be able to control it all from one place and make whichever materials you desire public, private, semi-private, collaborative, or whatever you want. Social media is more important now, but at the same time, it can be fairly incomplete, and designed toward a short attention span. The good things in life take a little more work than that.

You “need a place to go”. You need a place to put your materials, to organize your materials and showcase your materials. Regardless of the function of those materials, you need a place to keep them, work on them and share them. One of the things about ebookary.com that makes it different is that it can work for more people than the short attention spans of viewers and web surfers, in terms of their flitting around the web sharing links and then forgetting them as fast.

For people who have more functional brains than that, and are intelligent and organized, and have a plan, ebookary.com is a very useful tool. It is not only a place for short attention spans, but it is also a place for people like you who have actual thoughts. Organize your thoughts. Organize your effort, describe it, store it, and showcase it. Read the about page to learn more. If you have thoughts, you’ll like it.

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