Monday, August 31, 2015

Announcement: The Ed Greenwood Group

I am very excited to announce I'm an official member of  The Ed Greenwood Group (TEGG) as a part of his Sessorium of Creatives!

There is absolutely no way I can express my gratitude at this amazing opportunity.  Ed Greenwood is the creator of the AD&D Forgotten Realms campaign setting and the author of almost 300 novels. As I am both an avid tabletop gamer and fantasy aficionado, he has indirectly influenced my writing and creativity for more than twenty-five years.

TEGG is a venture by Mr. Greenwood to create a publishing group where the members work together creating content for new stories, games and merchandise based on 15 new settings designed by this renowned world builder. The publication schedule covers the next ten years with 250 new novels set to be released.  This upcoming October 2015, Mr. Greenwood is set to kick off the publication schedule with his novel, "Your World Is Doomed" set in one of his amazing new horror campaign settings, Hellmaw.

Among the many new projects, I will be working on three novels, the first of which will be published in 2017 which will be set in the Hellmaw campaign setting as well.  As Mr. Greenwood launches his new website to the public this coming October, I will be able to provide more information about what I'm working on for my readers.

I am very excited about the work the Sessorium of Creatives is working on and I am truly grateful to apprentice under Mr. Greenwood who has inspired me for so long.  My TEGG profile is available to the public if you want to check it out!


Sunday, August 23, 2015

Food for Thought

Creatives who dwell on criticism are searching for validation of their self-worthiness, but the ones who create for the pleasure of doing so measure their successes through the gratification of completing their projects to their own satisfaction.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Updates to come

I've been feeling a little under the weather this past month, so I haven't been updating. That doesn't mean I haven't been doing anything, though.

Next week, I will update what I've been working on.  There are some things in the works my readers will be excited to hear about.


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Presentation, Attitude and Losing Self-Control

Even Batman has had a fanboy or fangirl squee moment...

This is what I needed to remind myself when the overwhelming urge of awe and inspiration strikes me.  Nothing feels so exhilarating and self-deprecating than a momentary loss of composure due to the unexpected excitement of engaging an influence, an inspiration.

It's only natural and it is only human. We strive to be the best of ourselves and sometimes we super-impose all of those notions onto others. Oftentimes, we call them heroes, mentors and idols.

Get it out of your system, even if you haven't had your coffee yet, like I did this morning. In some cases, your behavior can be expected.

Focus on the moment, let it inspire you.  Never feel ashamed. Use that as a motivation, an opportunity. Your presentation will be improved by your disposition, your attitude about how you process the experience.

My daughters struggle to keep their poise and face palm themselves after the fact. I told them to never deny their happiness no matter how silly it may feel.  Those are the moments of life where memories that will outlast time are made.  Legendary, the stuffs of immortality, snapshots in time that should be savored.

Now, I need coffee and reflection.  This is a great day!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Save Your Pennies and Your Dollars Will Take Care of Themselves

Advice for kids: Save Your Pennies!
Over the last few weeks, I've been speaking with my children about saving money and planning for the future.

When I was around 10-years-old, I remember my Uncle George telling me about an elderly woman who was in the same store as he who was buying a ring.  She was dressed nicely and wore expensive jewelry, so she was well to do according to my uncle's assessment.

The price tag on her jewelry purchase was $399.99.  When the clerk entered the amount into the cash register as $400 even, she stopped him because the price was wrong.

Uncle George was confused as to why she would object to rounding up to the next penny. He felt embarrassed not only for the cashier but also the woman who was squabbling over a single penny.  My uncle reached into his pocket and offered the lady some change, attempting to make peace about the situation.

"You don't understand, sir," the elderly lady explain. "I have the money, more than enough change of my own to cover the price.  This isn't about principle or feelings. This is about business. I didn't come in here all willy nilly to buy a ring on impulse. I have been eyeing this ring for more than six months. I knew the price and I planned accordingly."

"Yes ma'am, I can understand that," my uncle replied. "I didn't mean to offend you. I just wanted to hand you some change in case you are short."

"No sir, you didn't offend me," the elderly lady smiled in reply. "I'm trying to help you.  Here you are offering to give away your loose change to help a stranger out who doesn't need it.  I have what I have because I know the secret to wealth."

"There's a secret?" my uncle inquired.

"If you save your pennies, your dollars will take care of themselves," the elderly lady answered with a grin.

After the cashier corrected the price and the lady left the store with her purchase, Uncle George reflected on what she meant. The answer seems simple on the surface, every one hundred pennies saved is a dollar, so if you save every penny you can at every opportunity, it will add up to more over time.

As I explained this to my kids, I took it a step further. When your mind is set to thrifty mode because you are watching your pennies, it allows you to save even more money that you can invest into products of quality that will not simply break after having them for a month. Replacing stuff that wears out quickly will cost you more in the long run always.

Also, if you are watching your pennies, it will help eliminate impulse buying and thus buyers remorse. Buyers remorse will cause depression and people tend to spend money when they feel unhappy.  After a while, they can become addicted to impulse buying and the cycle of having to spend more wasteful money leading to more buyers remorse.

I wish I would have had the opportunity to have sat down with this woman. Her simple five-minute exchange with my uncle not only changed his life but those he shared the wisdom she imparted to him, like myself.