We get up and play the motions we are accustom to. For most, it starts with getting the coffee pot brewing and then it may be the shower. Whatever our pattern is, usually there is a little hiccup. Maybe you spilled your coffee on your white dress shirt, or the shoelace broke when you were rushing out of the door. We yell, curse and move on. How about something more serious? A drunk driver plows into you while you are driving down the interstate. Now, you are left paralyzed from the waist down. Something this horrific takes a lot more time to just ... move on.
I'm bringing this up because listening to others' stories is eye opening. On Saturday May 23rd, my neighbor and friend threw a great birthday party for her husband. A few of the other neighbors helped pull this shindig together and we were having a great time. Fun, companionship who could ask for more? The kicker ... while we were all having fun one of our other neighbors was living another day in her nightmare. Her husband-boyfriend- whatever the hell he is, had too much to drink and got physical with her. He almost broke her wrists and then locked her in her place so she couldn't leave. We all heard about this little occurrence the next day, after the fact. I felt horrible that this poor woman was locked up and none of us were aware. I could rant and rave about how this piece of crap male should have never laid a hand on her, but that would literally take all day.
For what reason I have no idea, my neighbor lady has been out and about prancing around like nothing ever happened. Her jerk of a man still sharing a place with her.
My title of this blurb is perseverance.We find our will to keep going no matter what comes our way. We're resilient and persistent forging ahead day by day. We all have an adversity we need to get through, over, or maybe under. If you need to grab someone's hand to help you - do it. Find your perseverance, but you don't have to be complacent
Traveling for jobs, has landed me and my lovely family in a forty foot Allegro Bus. Some might find it crazy, and wonder how anyone could possibly live in such a confined space, but it's working out great! Don't get me wrong it comes with some unique challenges. I definitely can't say I have a huge luxurious walk-in closet. In fact, I've had to downsize a significant amount. That whole downsizing thing doesn't quite end with just clothing; let me see ... books (thank goodness for Ereaders), dishes, food, large art work, shoes oh and so much more. We maximize our space and our limited storage to its fullest capacity. I have a lot of stuff.
Don't be scared though! Even with having to pack away some of my precious items, there are so many benefits! For starters, I have to clean often to keep up on things, but it only takes me ten minutes to clean my entire house. How many people can say that? I still have the luxury of steaming hot showers, my amazing Bunn coffee pot that spits my coffee out in a matter of seconds, my fluffy pillow-top mattress, and did I mention ... my house is on wheels? I can move it to where ever my little heart desires.
Honestly, right now-I would have to say I love where I'm at. Nestled in a quiet little park, I have a river in my back yard ... literally my back yard. I walk out of the door and see the water rolling over rocks, winding its way gently to the ocean somewhere. It's my own piece of heaven.
I'd also like to add that some of the other fellow RV'ers are absolutely wonderful. We have made some great new friends, and I look forward to my evenings when a group of us sit out in our backyards barbequing, enjoying a nice frosty beverage, great conversations and companionship. Who needs anything more than that?
We don't need the big and fancy to feel complete. We just need to find our own personal happy place. Having friends, family, feeling safe and enjoying the beauty around me ... I feel more content now than I have in a long time. Cheers to the simple things!
Skimming through Amazon.com, I noticed a book being represented as a novel. However, when I started looking at it closely it was only 25 pages long. (I got in the habit of looking at lengths after I was disappointed in a story I was reading, when it ended only 30 minutes after reading). So needless to say, I was baffled. I enjoy a quick story, but when someone calls it by a name that it is not I believe it's misrepresented.
This happens more often than we think and not just in the book industry. Fancy titles and names give the consumer high hopes, and then left disappointed when they find out the service or item they purchased is just mediocre. We need to be aware of these glamorous jargons that entice us. Dig in and do a little more research.
The age of advertising has gotten down right cutthroat. Everyone is searching out that mighty dollar. We don't have to fork it over though until, we are comfortable with where we are spending it.
If you want to buy a 25 page short story go for it, but don't get upset when you were expecting more because you had believed you were getting something else. Do your research!
I have friends and family telling me to blog on a daily basis. Blog? What the hell am I supposed to blog about? I am not that interesting and unless you want tips from a 20 year veteran in the hair world, I feel like my knowledge might not go much further than that. Hang on though ... I can endlessly babble. I do have that gift of gab.
This morning falling into the daily routine, I (like always) was watching the morning news on CNN.
A group of people driven by religious faith is trying to take over the world. Bikers are shooting up Waco, Texas, killing 9. Amtrak derails and kills 7. It is absolutely depressing starting out the day watching the morning news. There are no; today is going to be a great day, we found the cure for cancer, no one will be without food ever again, or "Breaking News" there was no murders across the country today.
How has humanity disintegrated so far into this? Is being human not to be humane to others? This selfish behavior, that seems to be rampant everywhere, I'm afraid is not getting any better. How can we break this cycle? I'm sure we all have our own opinions on the matter, some might not even think of it as a problem- it is a problem. I have no answers on how to fix the world, maybe that Zombie Apocalypse will happen and do some much needed cleansing. However, I can say this ... try being human. Let someone go ahead of you in line, open a door for someone, say your please and thank you's and remember we are all here sharing this world for only a limited time. Make your time shine and be remembered as that amazing, sincere, caring, giving soul.
Anyone wanting to throw in some discussion feel free I'd love to hear your comments. Until next time, take heed.
Good ole pen and paper has never failed me in the past, but now in this century... it feels obsolete. Technology has soared ahead leaving some of us in the dust. I'm the one left coughing in that dust. It's a struggle trying to wrap my mind around how important it is to get involved in this new electronic world.
Social Media has become a major player in the book world for advertising your product and yourself for that matter. So... for a new Author, and someone who is terrible with technology, it has been unbearably difficult. Most of my days I'm either searching "how to's", or asking my children (somehow they always seem to know how all of this stuff works).
Everyday I am learning something new, but by the time I learn a new trick I am already 5 steps behind. How the heck does this all seem to change faster than light speed? Well I guess in the meantime, I will do my best to try to keep up. I hope that my simple website, Facebook pages and Twitter account keep me afloat to keep everyone posted on the stories I am writing.
Speaking of stories, Broken Again is being pieced together more and more everyday. If you haven't read the first book "Never Again", it's a must to get your copy today! Treva's vacation to visit her brother turns * hot * hot * hot * when she meets Sexy and insatiable, Ronin Hollister. Their story will continue in the second book of The Fate Intertwined series, "Broken Again".
You can get your copy of the first book by going to the books section on my website! Happy reading on this beautiful Saturday.
I really started writing heavily about three years ago. I have been working on a few different genres, but I was super stoked when, Never again flew forward and finally got to the point of publishing. I started with scribbles and to be honest I had a lot of doubters. Doubt in myself and doubt by friends and family. I think those doubts made me push myself even harder. I was going to prove everyone wrong ... and low and behold I have a published novel.
Now, here I am seeing my story grow and spread. No it hasn't hit a NYT best seller list, but it's growing. I not once have felt like I failed either. I get up and check my multiple social media accounts, check my sales, check my website, and god knows what else. Every single morning and evening-even if I haven't sold millions of copies while I slept- seeing the hits of views daily is so inspiring. In the back of my mind, I run through the list of nonbelievers as I see my numbers slowly growing higher and higher.
I can be bold. I have the willpower to push forward. Everyday I make the slight improvements I need to make, and I just keep reminding myself the pyramids were not built in one night. Everything great takes time and soon ... watch out world... my name will be known. I will rock your worlds.
Thank you world for reading
Some exciting news! Today you can get the first novel in the Fate Intertwined series, "Never Again" for only .99 cents on Kindle.
Don't wait too long though - tomorrow the price goes up to $1.99 and then it will be back to it's normal price of $2.99. Just click on the link and it will take you right there.
Happy reading everyone
Author RJ Heaton
Writing leads to so many endless possibilities. Let's see what worlds we can build today.