Brief Update

Nothing too exciting here today. Just checking in. Still looking for writing work if anyone knows anyone.

I’m still here. Everything is fine for the most part. Not too sure why my clothes dryer just started beeping. I can only hope it’s paranormal, but probably something more mundane and prosaic.

I’m going over a full month of being my own boss, working from home. I’m sort of a house husband/ homemaker at the moment when I’m not writing or sleeping. If you don’t think taking care of four boys is full time work, please come hang out with me sometime. Heh heh heh heh…

The kids started school yesterday for which I am eternally grateful. I’m so happy to finally have some time during the day to myself. I also get a lot more done during the day and again at night after everyone goes to bed. What a relief!

I’m not allowed to say why for fear it might get back to certain people, but I took a PTSD survey today. The results actually make me think that just maybe I’ve had a couple of things that counted as trauma in the last year and a half. Kinda makes me shudder and snuggle up to my cats a little more. Therapy. Am I right?

We tried to move furniture the other day and these two had to get into the act.

Gonna keep this update somewhat brief. I have several things on the horizon for this blog and possibly a newsletter. I’m also still looking and available for writing jobs if anyone is looking for some help.

I’m planning to do another deep dive into the local Reptilian presence around Des Moines here if anyone has any tips on places to look. I just want to make contact, not start any drama. Honestly, as much as I’ve heard about the supposed agenda, I’d much rather find out for myself if they’re sinister or terribly misunderstood. Same goes for the Mantid beings, the Grays, and so on… For all we really know, the Men In Black (not the movie) are misrepresented.

I’m also rewriting a couple of old articles I wrote for the workplace in more generic terms as not to offend anyone specific. Gotta have everything sanitized for our protection in this day and age, I guess. How’s your hand sanitizer supply now that we’re out of lockdown? I still have some left.

I don’t usually say, “aliens,” but the sentiment remains true.

Until later, stay safe and I will see you again very soon.

If anyone needs a writer, I’m still here.

Please Hire Me

I’m looking for work, like nothing I’ve ever done before. Please let me know if you need help. Looking to work from home, maybe do some writing.

Bitmoji image of me that says Please Hire me?
This is a fairly straightforward article today.

This is the most honest and impassioned plea I can put forward.

What can I do for you?
– Web Design
– Copy writing
– Research
– Promote your business or services
– Write reviews of your book, product or service.
– Anything else online within reason and legality.
– Heck, if you live close enough, I’ll walk your dog.

If you have suggestions for other enterprises, I’m all ears, within reason. I’m pretty flexible as long as there’s some sort of legitimate, real pay attached to it. Extremely reasonable rates.

I’m ready for a change.

This wouldn’t be my blog if I wasn’t going somewhere with this.

Sure, I have a résumé. I’ll even send it to you if you’re a potential employer and you want to see it badly enough. BUT, it doesn’t say much about me in the context of what I’m moving into.

It won’t tell you that I have a highly creative mind. My résumé doesn’t speak to my passions or what I truly enjoy doing. Why not? Because I’ve almost never gotten to branch out that far in the past. All that document really shows is the human doing, not the human being. I’m more than just a sum of my pieces and parts.

That man on my résumé was pre-spirituality, pre-personal development, pre-light-code-activation, and not the guy I am today. Yay, I worked all these jobs that don’t represent who I am now- who I’ve become. I love that guy to pieces, but he’s evolving. I’m here and I’m ready for something more.

This poor ole blog gets used to vent a lot of stuff.

If you’re here from somewhere else in interweb land, I write about a lot of stuff. Sometimes I get a little heated, emotional, or even triggered. I maybe don’t always use all the proper punctuation, grammar, or spelling. I do use a lot of Bitmoji art, Pexels royalty-free images and pictures of my cats. I work with what I’ve got. My blog, like me, is evolving every day. I learn as I go and build on what came before.

What I need right now more than money:

A very close friend of mine once reminded me that money is not a value in life. (Thanks, Laura!!!) Yeah, it buys awesome stuff that makes me smile. It puts my kids through school and pays for vacations. I mean, yay money, but right now I need something more.

I’m looking for things that bring me joy. I want to do work that I’m passionate about. I want to do something that matters. Sure, I could flip burgers or sell magazines over the phone, but that’s not my thing. If it’s your thing, great. But I’m looking to make more of a difference.

I have a few of close friends and family along with about 500 bunnies I met on the Internet.

I’m not perfect. My biggest hurdle at the moment is that I don’t have any references. I am literally a WYSIWYG human right now. In other words, if you hire me, you’re hiring me on good faith that I will do the best I can for you. That’s tough, but I have to start somewhere.

I have met some wonderful friends on Instagram and even YouTube, but unfortunately, years of being nocturnal have taken their toll. The number of people I keep in touch with out in the “real” world are very few and far between. Certainly no one I’ve worked with even recently can vouch for me, nor would I ask. I’m not the same person I was twenty years ago, five years ago, even last year at this time. Please get to know me in the now, not the then.

Really.

Thank you if you made it this far. I appreciate your support wholeheartedly. I can’t do it without you. Take care. See you next time.

My Cure for Writer’s Block

Put in 20 minutes of writing every day and you will be amazed at the ideas, creativity and workflow that come with it. You can write literally anything for 20 minutes and that practice will do wonders!

This is actually old advice from one of my many Journalism profs over the years. It’s very simple. Write for at least 20 minutes every day. It doesn’t matter what or where as long as you’re putting words to page somewhere.

Admittedly, it’s not always on my blog here. You can start a journal. You can type out straight gibberish in your word processing program of choice. (Did I mention I recently really got into an app called Scrivener? Loving it!) You can see how many times you can write your name on a piece of paper in 20 minutes. As long as it’s something to get your creative juices going. You can write a poem, type out random thoughts as they go by, or even dip into what’s called automatic writing.

Many, many LoA enthusiasts recommend you keep some sort of journal. I have a regular spiral bound $.99 US College Ruled Notebook I used for mine for years. It’s got notes on top of notes in it along with things written on half sheets of typing paper that I paperclipped into it and sticky notes on many pages. When ideas come to me at work, I don’t hesitate to write on whatever is handy.

My journal has turned into sort of a written vision board. I have several pages from doing 55×5 method. This is where you very specifically write down your intention in present form as gratitude for already having it. I think it works beautifully for figuring out what it truly is that you desire the most. I’m still working on my $2.6M USD, but I have found a lot of joyful moments in the middle that have manifested themselves okay.

I know at the start of my day or when I finally get a chance to sit down and write those first 20 minutes are pretty valuable for unloading whatever has been on my mind. I type pretty fast, and so I can dump a lot of energy onto my keyboard pretty fast. I even have one for my phone and tablet that I carry around for when my laptop is not around.

As an aside, y’all kids have it easy. When I was growing up, I learned to type on a manual typewriter, then an electric typewriter, then a word processor, then finally a desktop computer. Which, back in the day a desktop computer literally took up your whole desktop. Nowadays, our phones make those old PCs look pretty sad in terms of memory and processing power. Take your Pokemon Go app for granted. Back in the day, we had to lug around a typewriter in a suitcase and there was no backspace/delete key.

This is where another invaluable tool comes in handy. Since I started wearing cargo pants every day, I carry a notebook in one of my pockets. It’s handy when you’re stuck in line at a restaurant or just need to make a quick note to yourself. Do you know how many awesome ideas flow through at the oddest times when you don’t have anything handy? It used to happen to me a lot, until I started carrying a notebook around again. I would say “reporter’s notebook,” but since I’m not a reporter it’s kinda… anyway. You get the idea.

When you’re writing as a sort of exercise every day, it doesn’t have to be perfect. Put words down, even if it’s literally just stream of thought. This is why I so often tell people I never get bored. Not only that, I never truly suffer from “writer’s block.” I might pause to think occasionally and maybe battle the distraction monster that is my phone. (Social media is like a black hole when it comes to time sinks.) But if you write for at least 20 minutes per day on something, anything, you can usually write yourself out of a funk pretty fast. Or go back and look at the other stuff you’ve written down and dredge for ideas whether it’s for an article, blog post, term paper, novel or whatever you’re doing.

In closing I should probably mention I don’t time myself. Maybe it’s because I’ve been at this in one form or another for 30+ years or because I have kind of an innate sense of linear time. (Bleh! for those who know me.) Early on, you might set a timer for 10, 15, 20 or longer minutes. 20 minutes seems to be a good stopping point for people with busy lives. The point of the whole exercise is just to write especially if you’re feeling stuck in any way.

Happy Writing. Publius.

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