Hate is like poison

The thing about me is simple.  I speak my mind.  Some people may talk behind your back, and murmur against you when you’re not there to defend yourself.  However, that’s not me.  If I have a problem with you you’re going to know about it.  With that being said, I also know that there is a time and place and age to let things go.

I could spend my entire life agonizing over something or someone who I feel has wrong me, been a back biter, or or out and out I don’t like.  That’s not going to solve any problems though.  It’s like drinking poison and hoping the other person you’re mad at gets sick.  Venom and hate are only going to drag you down.  So what do I have to do?  I can have hard feelings, but that won’t do anything.  Kindness and forgiveness is what our life should be about.

I’ve known a lot of people who have chased the almighty dollar, and they may have all the material possessions in the world, some of those things may even bring them joy, but what fun is a massive boat if you don’t have anyone to share it with?  I guess the point I’m trying to make here is that life is too short (I know really bad cliche) to have so much anger.  Do what makes you happy.  Sure not everyone is going to have a job that they jump for joy when they get up in the morning, but that doesn’t have to suck the life and happiness  out of us.  Go outside and take a walk through the park, take your kids fishing, read a book, do service and good for others.  These are all things that can bring us true happiness.  I’m not saying not to provide for your family or buy nice things.  In fact if you have the means then do so, but make sure you have someone in your life to share all the awesome things with.  This world is a lot more fun when you have a travel partner.

Pre-school

I attended my sons pre-school graduation today.  It seems odd that there is a graduation for ever level that a child advances in school now, but that’s neither here nor there.  I don’t remember much about the time that I went to pre-school but I always remember the book orders that we could do.  This was way before the internet and getting a book in the mail from one of those orders was always the most exciting part of school for me.

My sons school also did the book orders, and he was always ecstatic when a new Sponge Bob book came in the mail.  It’s the little things like this that make being an author so much fun.  I hope there’s someone out there who is excited to get my book in the mail, or download it on their tablet.  Being able to take someone to a place they’ve never been before while they’re reading my book is the only reason I write.  I’ve never been to London, but I can imagine I’m there when I’m reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows.  I hope that my son is in Bikini Bottom when he’s trying to read his new Sponge Bob books. Have an awesome day.  Until next time


LA Clippers WTF?

It’s not very often that a team can lose a series when they’re up 3 games to 1.  That’s exactly what the Los Angeles Clippers managed to do.  Not only that but they managed to blow game 2 as well.  This could’ve been a sweep from the Clippers, but instead, they’re sitting at home today.

A lot of questions have to be raised.  Should they trade Blake Griffin?  Should they fire Doc Rivers?  I don’t think they should do either of those things, but I know some fans will be shouting from the roof tops for changes.  With so much money tied up to their stars, it will be hard to add anything of significance this off-season.   The Cap is expected to jump way up for the 2017 season, so my unsolicited advice is, make a few minor tweeks, and see if you can cash in when the salary jumps and you can make your moves.

Remember the Stockton and Malone led Jazz.  Patience will pay off if you let it.  PS couldn’t have happened to a nicer group of guys.

Marketing a book

When I decided to write my book Tortured Blues, I never realized how much fun and stress it would cause me.  I know those two things usually don’t go hand in hand, but for me they did.  The creating something from nothing aspect and imagining somebody grabbing my book on a beach and reading it as the waves crashed down made the entire experience of writing so much fun.

The stressful part is marketing and selling the book.  I read a bunch of websites on how to get onto the  amazon best seller list, I subscribed to emails from people who claim they made best sellers, and I bought books on how to market your self published book.  All of the research and struggles has led to not many downloads or sells.  That’s life.  Nobody has it easy, so I’m going to keep plugging along.  This is just the beginning in a marathon not a sprint.

Roseann my awesome wife, and my three children are the reason that I keep going.  Love you guys.

Writing a book. Pretty cool!

Recently I decided to publish my book Tortured Blues. I spent countless hours writing, editing, and proofreading. It took time away from doing other things I enjoy. Coaching football, hunting, and fishing. I’d never let it take time away fro my wife and kids because they are really what this life is all about. In the middle of writing my book, i decided that this was actually pretty cool. I recently talked to my Brother in law whom I respect more than anyone in my family, and he wondered how I had the patience to finish a book. I really didn’t have an answer for him other than I legitimately enjoyed the process. This is one of my passions in life, and there isn’t anyway around it. So for those of you who want to cross writing a book off of your bucket list, I would suggest that you better enjoy reading and writing. If not, then the frustration of editing or writers block will drive you insane. Thank you all
Blair Redd