Wednesday, August 12, 2015

I'm moving!

I'm moving!
This is my formal announcement: starting next Monday (August 17, 2015), I will blog on my author site, I will no longer post new items on this site, however I will continue to hold this site for archival purposes.

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End of an Era

It's been five years since I began this blog and a lot has happened. I declared my intention to be a writer. I screwed up - a lot. I got better. I published a ton of books. I mastered many skills and continue to research, read, and try new things. And I keep getting better because of this.

I am proud of what I have accomplished, and I feel it is time to graduate from my hobbyist beginnings into a more professional and streamlined approach. So come over to the site, check out all the goodies there, in addition to the blog, and sign up for my newsletter to get all the latest (as well as periodic subscriber only goodies).

Thanks for sticking with me and sending good thoughts on this next phase of my professional journey.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Bucket List

Sailing adventure options...
This is a short list of things I'd still like to do and haven't done. Some of them I could live without, but mostly I see these as things that I have to do at some point during my life. I left off my specific professional goals relating to books and speaking because I'd rather not publicize them at this point. I keep them on my mind daily, unlike these, which sort of simmer in the background.

So in no particular order, my current bucket list:
  • Japan - more cultural less urban (Shinto temples especially)
  • China - especially the Forbidden City and the Great Wall
  • Go to a Steelers game (in Pittsburgh would be ideal, but I would cross it off at an away game).
  • Italy - mostly for the high art areas (Venice, Florence, and Rome especially).
  • Cosplay Khloe Alwell at a comic convention.
  • France - mostly for high art, but local little known wine and artisan cheese pairings would be great.
  • Ireland - because, my people.
  • Greece - the Islands for fun as well as ancient sites for interest.
  • The Explorer Club - just to tour, I don't need to join.
  • Visit "the Farm" (Ina Mae's place)
  • Montreal - because it's supposed to be fantastic.
  • New Orleans - but not during Mardi Gras.
  • Yellow Stone - because overwhelming natural beauty.
  • Hawaii - same as above.
  • Raise a garden successfully
  • Own a successful small brick & mortar business
  • Raise some animals successfully (chickens, rabbits, and or goats/sheep)
  • Build an off-grid sustainable structure (work/studio, tiny house, and or main house).
  • Start and run a non-profit - education, mediation, or arts based
  • Go on a couple sailing trip - stopping in interesting ports.
  • Cross continental train trip (for the stories)
 What's on your list? Leave a comment below!

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