If We Were Having Coffee 1

coffeeIf we were having coffee, it would be made from freshly-ground whole beans.

I’d tell you that even though I only quit smoking 12 hours ago, I’m already feeling the need to claw at my face. But I’m hoping to stick it out because I’ve promised my wife a picnic on the moon. That means I have to stick around until space travel gets inexpensive enough for there to be greenspace on the moon.

I’d tell you I have an amazing grandson who’s six. He pretends to be a dog and communicates in “woofs,” sometimes for an hour at a stretch. One woof means no. Two woofs is yes, and three, “I love you.” Four woofs means “I’m hungry.” I can’t remember what five woofs means at the moment, but too many woofs to count means “I hate you,” and nice puppies don’t say that. The woofs can also be used for counting.

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© Gene’O 2014. Do not use without permission.

You’d be surprised at the complexity of the conversations that can be had with that very simple code.

© Gene'O 2014. Do not use without permission.

© Gene’O 2014. Do not use without permission.

I’d tell you it’s been too long since I wrote any fiction, and I’ve set a deadline for starting that back up, even if it means these blogs I’ve worked seven months to get off the ground have to post five days a week instead of every day.

I’d tell you, too, that the social media network my friends and I have built over the last six months means a lot to me. It impresses the hell out of me, not because of its size, but because of the number of people who like or share our work, and take the time to stop by and comment often. I’d tell you I feel like I’m not keeping my end up sometimes and that I’m trying to figure out how to find the time to like and comment on more blogs.

I’d tell you this little blog is never far from my mind, despite the fact that my attention is elsewhere most of the time.

(Note – I haven’t decided for sure that this will post here every Saturday. I may move it around. But I it fits here, and I’m sure this is the best place for the first installment.)

Anyone know how to use StumbleUpon?

Not a writing post today – more a personal one. Earlier this week, I published a post about my plans to add a few features to my blogs over the summer. Once that’s up and running, and it may take all summer to get it done, I’ll start thinking about improving my ability to network with people online.

At the moment, I pretty much live on WordPress and Twitter, because that’s where I get the most, and best, engagement. I haven’t left Facebook or Google Plus permanently, I’ve just stepped away from them to focus on the blogs and the Twitter accounts. That’s why you haven’t been seeing +1s from me on G+ or fanpage likes on Facebook lately. I’ll get back to those in time.

We tried out nine different networks during the first few months because we were experimenting and trying to figure out what works best for us. We learned what we needed to know from the experiments, but they ate up a lot of time when I could have been writing. Now, I’ve shifted gears and changed my approach. Going forward, my plan is to focus on stockpiling content and really interacting with people on WP and Twitter until we get far enough ahead for me to truly use a third network.

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Weekend Edition – Blissfully Immature plus Writing Tips and Good Reads

Great advice.

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I won’t grow up.

peter pan shadowThough Father Time tells me I’m, as they say, “over the hill,” I decided long ago that I would never be a grown up … not entirely, at least. Though the years stack up against my intention, I’m not afraid. “Young at heart” is something no clock or calendar can steal from you. That is all I want – not changeless beauty or undying vitality, but only to be forever possessed of a pliable and open mind, a mind that can see and believe in magic, a mind that perceives truth instead of accepting assumptions.

I recently listened to another episode of The James Altucher Show via podcast. The guest this time was Stephen Dubner, co-author with Steven D. Levitt of the New York Times bestseller, Freakonomics. The duo’s latest book, Think Like a Freak was the subject of the Althucher interview which included some…

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Rebuilding a Culture of Readers

Thought-provoking article here. I’ve always been a voracious reader, and it’s something I learned as a child. I also never saw a computer until I was 11 or 12. Sometimes I wonder how different I’d be if I’d been born after personal computers became ubiquitous.


Many of you have heard about the study recently released by Common Sense Media that shows US kids and teens are reading less proficiently, less often, and less for pleasure than the same age groups did 30 years ago.   If you’d like to see more details (and you should), please check out the summary article here or the full report PDF file here.

OK, so are you totally shocked?

No, of course not.  You kinda suspected that kids were reading less, right? I mean, there’s streaming video and social media; smart phones and Nintendo DS to distract them. Kids and teens 30 years ago  didn’t have that.

30 years ago, I was seven. If I was lucky, I watched Electric Company with my brother and sister after school and Dallas when Grandma was babysitting. (Sorry to rat you out, Grandma.) Otherwise, I played outside, secretly destroyed Barbies with my brother’s G.I…

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