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Hobbies are Life

We need hobbies or we go nuts.

Hobbies keep us engaged in something we enjoy. Otherwise, life is just school, school, work, work. We need something that brings a smile and reminds us – there’s more to life than running around from one deadline to the next.

My big hobby is writing.

Writing is therapeutic. It’s a solitary endeavor filled with introspection.

But the thing is, our world is loud and full of advice. Writing advice, particularly publishing advice, can take the fun out of writing. And the noise is constant. So, how do we manage?

Well, we write for ourselves. When we write for ourselves we write with passion and power. Most times, if the passion and power are there, the writing will be relatable to readers.

Five years ago, after many years of writing, I was offered a publishing contract. The mysterious world of publishing opened itself up to my curiosity, and a great new partnership began. I learned a lot about the publishing side of writing, and while beneficial, it took me away from the actual art of writing.

I almost lost myself in this new world of numbers and public relations. I like the public relations side better than the numbers side, but a publisher requires knowledge of both.

When my contract came up for renewal this year, I said: no more. I want to do it on my own, write and publish for myself, particularly since the next book in the series will be out next year.

Hence a new edition of STRANGER OR FRIEND was born, under new cover and with minor additions. A week from today, my newly selfied mystery novel will be out in the world.

Your humble correspondent offers the book trailer above, for what I hope is your enjoyment.

One …

Sometimes, all it takes is one gesture, one word.

Here is to us!

One word can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream;
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald Spring.

One smile can bring a friendship,
One handclasp can lift a soul;
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One cheer can obtain a goal.

One vote can change a Nation,
One sunbeam can lift a room;
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One look can change two lives;
One kiss can make love bloom.

One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer;
One hope can raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.

One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what’s true;
One life can make a difference,
One life is me and you…

One, by Shawnee Kellie © 1980

Photo: O. Pellea

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Brainwashing

Fantasy, Illusion, Sailboat, Sea, Sky, Ocean, Clouds

Yesterday, a friend sent me an email on how all social media information goes public on such and such day. Beware.

I said, Gina, that’s not true. I looked it up. My friend didn’t care. She said, Well, who knows. Just in case. Over the years, I’ve known Gina (not her real name) to be a reasonable person, with a good head on her shoulders. Lately, however, between the pandemic closures, information spinning out of control, and social-media tribalism, she sends me doom and gloom links all the time.

Just in case, she says.

In case what, exactly?

In case rational is irrational, and irrational is rational. Or the world is upside down or downside up.

That, I think, is the idea concocted in the ether of ideas. Spin everything so we no longer know what’s what.

Take a look around, and brainwashing is a real epidemic.

Used to be an ailment mostly affecting teens, or at least that’s how I remember it. Gina is in her fifties.

And is it manipulation or brainwashing? Or both? Is Gina liable to turn into a nut long term, or is this just a phase?

The latter, I hope. Because if not, I’m about to tell her I saw Big Foot. And if it wasn’t Big Foot, well, I’m still inclined to believe so, just in case.

We all have our fears, right? Fear of falling ill, fear of losing someone or something, fear of being forced to alter our lives. Having those fears played into, that’s what leads to brainwashing and/or manipulation.

Gina has a fear of losing her privacy, among other fears. To her, the idea of private chats or private information becoming public brings an unbearable amount of shame (chats may have involved gossip :)). She fears her private information would be used against her. So, when whoever put the claim out there that facebook is going to disregard laws and turn private matters public, she panicked.

Playing into people’s fears is an effective way to alter behavior.

According to the American Psychological Association, “Fear appeals are persuasive messages that emphasize the potential danger and harm that will befall individuals if they do not adopt the messages’ recommendations.” Source.

So, we are pounded directly and subliminally with messages of fear. How we respond varies widely.

I emailed Gina back: Fear not, strong woman, fear not, and shout it from the roof top: (a paraphrased quote).

No answer so far. I don’t know if the message got through, or she just gave up on me.

photo credit: pixabay

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START AGAIN, short stories. Plus my Gift to You

START AGAIN, my short-story collection, is now live, Amazon tells me.

Why, thank you very much.

It was a joy writing the five stories in this collection, each previously published by online magazines.

START AGAIN is about five different women who go through the unpredictable moments that make life extraordinary. 

To celebrate, I am gifting ebook copies between now and September 4th.

Please let me know below where to email the notification for the ebook, if you’d like a copy.

Of course, reviews – if you have the time in this busy world of ours – would be much appreciated.

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