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A little good news

Black silk rose with Amiga buttonTraditionally, black roses are symbols of mystery, danger, and drama. Today, the black rose is part of some wonderful news I’d like to share with you.

First, you will soon see me on YouTube as part of Matt Whiteside’s UniWeb Productions interview program. We will be recording next Tuesday, April 16. I will post the link as soon as it is available.

Second, Amiga has a publisher! It will be published by Black Rose Writing and released on November 27. In the meantime, please visit the Black Rose Writing website, subscribe to their newsletter, and check out their other books.

Follow me on Facebook to Twitter for updates, future announcements, and I hope more good news to brighten your day.

Learn to laugh at yourself

I haven’t done in a “forty years ago” post for a while, so here’s one: On this date in 1979, we published our April Fool’s edition of our school paper, the Regent Review. We called it the Reject Review, and we had all sorts of fun making silly articles and cartoons. They were all cleared by our faculty advisor, of course, but that didn’t stop us from sneaking in secret messages. (The previous year, the cartoonist used the shading of a pair of uneven parallel bars to send a vulgar message in Morse code.) I had been doing satirical cartoons and articles since junior high school, so producing them for a wider audience was a big thrill.

I look back at the Reject Review today because it reminds of an important skill many of us lack today, laughing at ourselves.

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Comedy isn’t easy

Image from Pixabay.This post came from a couple of questions. The first was a tweet where someone asked why writers feel that they must always be serious. The second was a question from my wife who asked me, “Why did you find John Belushi so funny?”

The answers to both come from the same issue, comedy is hard to write.

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Speaking to 2,000 people

What is the largest crowd you’ve ever spoken to? The largest audience I’ve ever spoken to in person was around 500 at a Little League opening day.

Whenever I speak to a group of any size, I like to pick someone out in the audience and talk to them for a few seconds. Then I go to another person. And another. This way, I keep eye contact with the audience. People think I’m talking to them personally, and the connection gives me energy. This is why I find public speaking a thrill.

This brings me to Twitter.

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20 things I regret

Selfie at Indie Author Day 2018We like to live without regret. We want to avoid doing stupid things, and we like to think the stupid things we did helped us grow and become better people. I know that if I went back and changed one bad decision or avoided one unfortunate situation, and I might not have the life I enjoy today.

But we all have things we regret doing or not doing. Things we wish we didn’t know about or wished we knew sooner. Here are 20 of the things I regret. Some are small. Some are big. All are things I know I can’t have a do-over. As you read them, think about the things you regret and what you’ve learned from them. Read more »

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