Monthly Archives: June 2011

A great day off

A “pretty” day really isn’t a good time for a day off.  Really, the best day for a great day off is one like I’ve had today, a day that begins and ends and even in the middle has rain. Not a torrential, wind-blasting, get-off-the-patio rain.  Just a straightforward, steady and committed rain.  Toss in… Read more »

If only a picture were worth a thousand words

I’m in the midst of designing my book trailers, or more exactly creating “mock-ups” of the trailers by using PowerPoint to simulate the eventual video as a slideshow. I’ve tried to keep the videos simple for two reasons.  First, because simplicity is a cornerstone to effective communication; less is more (unlike my blog posts).  The… Read more »

Easier said than done

I have a long-running debate with myself over something and I’d like to share it with you.  Maybe you can help me answer the question or maybe you even wrestle with it yourself. Is it better to set ambitious goals you can’t meet or practical goals you can achieve? During my time in Corporate America,… Read more »

Fantasy life

Incredibly, it looks like the immovable object and irresistible force that is the NFL may actually be finding a way to agree with each other, making a football season this year more likely.  And if football is back on, then expect tens of millions of distracted workers over the next 5 months because fantasy football… Read more »

Hooking up to a trailer

Apparently, a new wave is sweeping the market when it comes to promoting books.  Everyone, from publishers to individual authors, is creating video previews about their books, similar to movies.  Appropriately enough, they are called book trailers. So I says to myself, I says, I should probably look into this newfangled idea.  How hard can… Read more »

Showered in thought

In my salad days, I used to look at showers as the necessary obligation between dirty and clean.  My goal was to finish as quickly as possible, since it was taking up valuable time I could be using to get dirty again.  My Grandma would often look at me and send me back into the… Read more »

Father’s Day, part 2 – Dad

Dad. A lot of life, memories and stories invested in that word.  Not all of it was positive, for sure.  My endless attempts to meet up to his lofty expectations led to developing a perfectionist complex that’s taken decades for me to (mostly) unwind.  And his occasional dips into worry over my ability to choose… Read more »

Father’s Day, part 1 – Grandpa

I was going to begin this post with a digression about how I dedicated an entire week of my blog to Moms but only two days to Dads, but then I realized trying to capture my Grandpa in a single post was going to be long enough, so I leave the digression up to any… Read more »

The trouble with being human

I really need to not eat Doritos just before sitting down to type these blogs… The NBA finals have ended and my local team came up short.  As you regular readers know, I’ve been following (and even rooting for) this much maligned team due primarily to the fact that I think the nationwide antipathy to… Read more »

What’s in a name?

I was at a baseball game with a friend this weekend and a former co-worker and his wife came down the same row to sit a few seats away.  He said hi, calling me by name and I said hi as well…but totally unable to recall his name. This is a recurring problem for me,… Read more »