My Big Brindle Heart: A Love Story

This article says a lot about human nature, love, and man’s best friend.

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” — Laozi

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As I sit down to write this, tears fill in my eyes, not because I’m sad or offset by an empty page, but because that’s what love does. It raws and humbles us, leaving even the most gregarious of writers speechless. Other times, though we may struggle to find the proper words, it compels us to speak up.

Before I met Zoe, the deaf American bulldog who wriggled her way into my heart, I thought my life was pretty swell. After overcoming a severe eating disorder and a marriage I now hesitate to call one, I was fulfilling my dream of living and working as an actor in Los Angeles. I’d recently moved in with my then boyfriend (let’s call him Clyde), who seemed beyond wonderful to most everyone who knew him. People…

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Day 1 of 90 (Novel In Progress)

This seems like quite a project!

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The first day is always the most exciting, and terrifying. If you viewed my page titled ‘The Plan’, you’ve seen that I intend to explore a method by Alan Watt (which he developed from the L.A. Writer’s Lab).

I read the first part of the book and came to the daily exercises. Bam! I hit the brakes. I’m not going to read a bunch of writing exercises without doing them. How tedious would that be? Yet, the program starts with six exercises that are each five minutes in duration. (No problem, I say.) Followed by ninety minutes free writing in the story world.

Two hours a day is quite a commitment, considering the program does not have you actually writing the novel until day twenty-nine or thereabouts.

Time to make a decision.

Tic, toc. Tic, toc.

Why not.

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Smart Phon App / PC Double Login

Apparently, you cannot be logged into your WordPress phone app and make edits on the computer. This makes sense. I am slapping my head saying “Duh!”

Once upon a time (five minutes ago) and a land not so far away (here) I tried to published a blog post on this WordPress site. Over and over I published it. But it just never showed up online now matter how many times I check , rechecked, and banged my head on my desk.

Then I remembered that I had started the post on my smart phone app. So, in a moment of rare brilliance, I logged off the phone app. I made corrections for the tenth time and hit the “publish” button. The result became Let’s Be Clear, a blog article by yours truly.

Let’s Be Clear

Welcome to the second article on Focus. Let’s start with crafting an operational definition.

A person can focus on a specific task, object, or thought. A quick dictionary search might reveal ‘concentration’ is a better word for what I am discussing.

Concentration: The exclusive attention to one object, close mental application.  (Dictionary.com)

For my purposes, close mental application is what I’m looking for. A well-developed ability to be in the moment without distraction should prove beneficial for writers, artists, students, and others attempting to master a skill. The ability to skillfully use ‘close mental application’ is a critical tool for soldiers, firefighters, and law enforcement officials.

If used correctly, focus (close mental application) is the essence of Situational Awareness. The caveat for public protectors is that each individual must also avoid tunnel vision. The ideal is to be focused on the situation / environment, rather than a single aspect of the incident.

I’ve also focused on long term goals. Sticking to a major project is an underrated skill. Many people want to write a novel or learn a musical instrument, but fail to commit to daily work and delayed gratification. In later aspect, I will consider Long Term Focus in more detail.

What are some things that might help Immediate Focus? Check out the Happy Neuron Blog (Brainfitnessforlife.com) for some basic tips. Seven are listed on the blog. I will discuss one and mention two.

Start your day with a healthy breakfast and don’t be so serious. Laugh when you can. That will likely be the best part of your day, don’t you think?

That is good advice, as the other suggestions on the Happy Neuron Blog. The item that caught my interest, however, is the assertion that humans are programed for a break every two hours. It doesn’t have to be much. A short walk, a bit of humor, things like that.

I like the idea of a short break every couple of hours, because modern life is go, go, go, hey everyone let’s multi-task to maximize productivity. Look at me, I can do it all as long as I consume energy drinks. Watch out for the sugar crash…

My personal take-away tip: stop multi-tasking. Decide in advance. I will focus on reading this book. Or, I will now give my kids all of my attention. Maybe, I am going to enjoy this movie without checking my Facebook page.

In future articles, I will discuss using a timer to maximize Immediate Focus.

Thank you for visiting www.moonsayswhat.wordpress.com

Scott Moon earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree of Public Administration at Wichita State University. He writes fiction, practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and plays in a rock band during his free time. Dragon Badge, Dragon Attack, and Enemy of Man are speculative fiction novels available for sale through Amazon and other online retailers.

 

A New Hope (of learning WordPress)

My wife is a big fan of Lisa Leake’s 100 Days of Real Food blog. Recently, we have adopted a plant based diet, and while Leake’s blog doesn’t focus on vegan meals, much of the information is useful. We have really enjoyed the healthy food ideas from 100 Days.

Yesterday, my wife told me Lisa Leake’s husband, Jason, has created a new site called Pro Blog School to share the lessons he learned helping with his wife’s incredibly successful blog. That caught my attention.

I checked it out, left comments, and received prompt replies with good information. I’ll keep following this one.

All of this made me rethink my abandonment of WordPress. With great enthusiasm, I am once again learning WordPress.

Where to start?

I’ve used blogs and You Tube videos, but since I like reading, I decided on WordPress to Go, by Sarah McHarry as the first step in my new journey.

Thoughts:

Thus far, WordPress to Go has been easy to follow. She uses Hostgator, which I looked into so I could follow along and build a blog as she suggests. However, I’m not sure which domain name I want. I think I’ll read the book first, do the lessons that don’t require a Hostgator domain, and then decide how much money I want to spend.

At this point in my blogging career, I’m very careful about how much I invest. Despite all the internet gurus claiming that blogging is a fast way to riches, I’ve not found this to be the case. Call me a careful novice with a budget and you wouldn’t be wrong.

Hostgator offers three levels of hosting. The Baby (baby alligator I presume) allows the ability to host multiple domains (I think) on one account. The price doesn’t seem bad at all: $7.97 a month or $95.64 a year. (The rates go down for longer contracts.) However, by the time I decided I needed Domain Privacy Protection, $9.95 a year, SiteLock, $1.25 a month, and Site Back-up $19.95 a year, I was going to spend about $153 just to try out my new skills.

I should note there are coupon codes that make it a bit cheaper. Also, I’m assume these prices will vary.

I think the price of hosting a blog and purchasing a domain name is probably well worth it, I’m just not ready to spend it right now. I also think GoDaddy, Weebly, and other web hosting services are similar as far as cost goes.

Stay Tuned

I will be working my way through WordPress to Go and sharing my own thoughts. Please don’t expect too much direct information from the book. This will be more like a running book review mixed with my own trials and travails in the world of blogging.

Thanks for visiting https://moonsayswhat.wordpress.com

My primary blog (on Blogger) is http://www.scottmoonblog.com

Feel free to stop by!

Me? Nonfiction?

I write fiction. Always have, always will. Heck, I’m even blogging a novel (Zombies at Long Range) http://moonblogsanovel.blogspot.com

Here’s a little know fact about your’s truly; I love motivational books. Peter Drucker, John Maxwell, Steven Covey, and Anthony Robins to name a few. (Note: none of these links are affiliate links. I chose them for the descriptive value, though them seem awfully monetized. Such is life.) Each author /  motivational speaker provides useful tools people can use.

I’d like to contribute something like that, if on a lesser extent.

Lightning Strikes

I was greedily listening to Getting Things Done, by David Allen, when it happened. The exciting promise of this excellent book on personal organization and time management had drawn not only my complete attention, by my imagination as well. The revelation that projects can’t be managed but actions to accomplish tasks can really excited me.

I began making a list in my head, eagerly anticipating the moment I would stop the car and type the list into Wunderlist (a great app by the way). Inspiration is a beautiful thing, so what’s the problem.

The problem is that I was half-listening to the audio book. One second I was absorbing information like micronutrients from a vegetable juicer, the next I was was listening to the book, planning multiple projects, and reminding myself to add each to my most recent to-do list.

I promptly skipped the audio book back two minutes and listened again. The nagging suspicion that I had missed something proved entirely correct.

For several months I had been brainstorming for a nonfiction blog-to-book project that would really mean something and held my interest.

My Personal Mission

I will quest for the secret of Focus on a small events and large. I will read books, watch videos, attend classes, interview people, and learn all that I can to develop expert skills.

Focus, the ability to get the most out of the moment, to learn skills, process information, or enjoy family time, is a noun I’d like to make my personal verb.

I want to set out the target and blast it with a laser. (Not that I have anything against the target / goal. I’m just smacking around words here. Laser intense focus, it may be the secret to everything.)

Scott Moon earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree of Public Administration at Wichita State University. He writes fiction, practices Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, and plays in a rock band during his free time. Dragon Badge, Dragon Attack, and Enemy of Man are speculative fiction novels available for sale through Amazon and other online retailers.

Audio Book Version of Dragon Badge

Dragon Badge is now available through audible.com

Narrated by Reece Allan Morse

Michael Prim does what any good cop would do upon discovering a soul reaving sorcerer is hunting on his beat, he goes to war, even as hellhounds and Rashfellen warriors come after him. He gets a little help from his friends—a tough as nails veteran and a zombie like prostitute who holds a soul trapped in a magical jar. At the end, only Michael’s most hated enemy, the gang member who murdered his partner, can stand against Travass Isegurad and his demons, but Michael will have justice no matter the price.

Lessons Learned From My Blonde Joke-Free Year

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Language both reflects and shapes our culture, and our use of it can profoundly affect our lives. When I decided to trash my blonde card one year ago, I did so on principle. I’d realized that the “humor” is damaging, and not laugh-worthy at all. While I felt optimistic about the shift, I didn’t anticipate was how deeply its effects would run for me personally. Here are some of the takeaways the venture provided.

1. Blonde “humor” was hurting me. For years, I thought little of it when I jokingly blamed my hair color for mistakes and oversights: “I found my lost keys in the freezer. I’m such a blonde!”  (Even typing that just now felt uncomfortable.) Rather than the truth, that I’m a daydreaming creative who has better things to ponder than key storage, or simply laugh at the humanness of it all, I told myself and anyone in…

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The Butler: How A Little Gumption Can Change the World

I see a lot of potential character development in this blog. Definitely worth a read. And, I will have to watch The Butler now.

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It can also land you some seriously awesome candy…

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Have you see Lee Daniels’ The Butler? If not, I highly recommend it. While many movies quickly blur into the background of our busy lives, The Butler is one I doubt I’ll forget. Multiple film websites describe it as “the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades…from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.” I would’ve described it differently. What struck me most about the mostly true story wasn’t the impact history-in-the-making had on one man and his kin, but the impact one person can have on the world.

From childhood on, the main character Cecil Gaines (played by Forest Whitaker) makes bold decisions to better his life and his family’s. Over time, these decisions, paired with his primo integrity and work ethic…

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