A little soul searching, a few changes

As 2020 rolls into its second month (already!), I have to reflect on January and see if anything was really different for me.

I made a decision after stuffing myself full of ham at Christmas and then watching Game Changers on Netflix, that I would see what it would be like to cut out all meat and dairy.

I’m really not all that surprised that I lost 11 pounds in a little over a month. I’m sure increasing my three mile runs to four didn’t hurt either. It really hasn’t been too hard. I wouldn’t say I went full vegan. I decided pescatarian was a good fit for me, so I do eat fish once in awhile.

My wife and I have to decided to make a concerted effort to get out of debt. Doing it on our own has been like treading water, so we’ll be taking the Dave Ramsey class, Financial Peace University. I listen to his podcast, so I know we’ll be sacrificing some things for awhile, but I’m eager to see what we can learn.

My book, The First Two Seasons (available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble), has been slowly selling. I haven’t been aggressively marketing the book like I should. I need to change that.

For those who purchased the book, I thank you so much. I also want to express my gratitude to followers of my blog. Believe me, I see who you are and I appreciate those who took a little extra time to support me.

Till next time, may God bless you and keep you safe.

A learning experience

As a first time author, I shouldn’t have expected perfection. But I did. Anyone who self publishes a book knows that although your book is edited, it ultimately goes to the author for any final corrections.

I skimmed over the final product, but not thoroughly. Now that I’m reading the paperback version, I’ve found four errors in the first 135 pages. The errors were minor, but it is far too expensive to correct them now.

I don’t know if I’m a perfectionist but it is something I strive for. I fell a little short, which disappointed me, but my wife (my biggest supporter) helped put things in perspective for me.

I think it’s a pretty entertaining story. It’s been a learning experience. The next book (the sequel is nearly finished) will be better. And I will achieve perfection.

Excerpt from The First Two Seasons (pages 5-6)

Willie and B. J. resided in York City, a town of about fifty thousand people, with two high schools, located in the heart of the San Juan Valley. York City High was the smaller school, consisting of about one thousand students. They were the original school, established in 1939, at the start of World War II. As the town continued to grow, the need for a second high school spurred the construction of El Dorado High in 1972, on the north side of town. York City High was considered the superior school for education. El Dorado High, located in a more affluent part of town, had better facilities and had enjoyed far more recent athletic success than their counterpart. Their enrollment had also continued to grow, in direct correlation to the housing developments on the north side. Nearly two thousand students attended the school.

The First Page

“Be happy, young man, while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth. Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.”    Ecclesiastes 11:9

This was the first page of my book, The First Two Seasons. I chose this verse because it applied to the main characters in the story, Willie and B. J., two high school seniors, who, like the majority of us, made some irresponsible decisions and didn’t always treat people with kindness.

Essentially, what the verse conveys is, “Go ahead, youngster, chase all the worldly desires of your heart and have fun, but know that God will bring you into judgment for all these things.”

As a youth, I was raised in the church. I didn’t smoke or drink, but I’ll admit I wasn’t always the best person. I had the attitude that my whole life is ahead of me, I have time to repent and be a good person and a good Christian when I’m older. I’ll eat whatever I want for now. I can eat healthy when I’m older. Unfortunately, when you grow up with that mindset, you grow into a young adult who makes unwise, unscrupulous, unhealthy decisions.

Most of us mature and outgrow this mentality. If you’re fortunate, you didn’t make mistakes that negatively altered the course of your future.

The verse that follows (Ecc. 11:10, New Living Translation) states, “So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless.”

Regardless of your religious views, we can probably all agree that during our youth we worried about things that seem so trivial now, or events we feared may happen, but never did.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 captures the essence of what the story is about; adolescents living their life with little concern about the repercussions of their actions.

If you could go back and talk to your high school self, what is one thing you would tell yourself?

 

 

Always Strive to Succeed

Follow your Dreams

As you may have noticed, my blog has undergone a major renovation, as well as a name change. There are many reasons for this.

For one, I was struggling to find my niche in the blogosphere and it started feeling like an exercise in futility.

More importantly, as I pursued my dream of publishing my first book (with a sequel already in the works), I realized I was wasting my time trying to cover a myriad of subjects in the sports world, rather than focusing in on a specific subject.

I was fortunate to retire at an age that I could start a second career. While writing isn’t a career for me, it is more than a hobby. It is a passion.

Moving forward, I hope to meet and network with other writers who share my passion. But whatever happens, I get to do what I love, and that truly is a blessing.

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Sentimental Saturday: Back to the Future

It’s kind of late so I’ll keep it short and sweet.

Tonight we went to see Back to the Future at our local Fox Theater. I love that they play movies from the ’80’s. Apparently, so do a lot of people, because there was a decent turnout.

Click below to see:

Back to the Future scene

The last time I saw this movie in a theater was the summer of ’85 when I worked at the rec center the summer before my senior year. So, I watched it with a bunch of little kids. But I got paid to watch it.

I’ve seen it a few times since then. I bought the trilogy and watched all three more than once.

Who remembers Billy Zane as one of Biff’s buddies? Or Malachi from Children of the Corn making an appearance?

It was fun. As I get older, the more sentimental I get. That must be part of growing older. I’m certainly biased, but I believe some of the best movies came out of the decade of the 1980’s. Some would argue the music was better too. But that’s a discussion for another day.

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