Thursday, April 27, 2006

What Is Success?


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What is success?

How do you describe the word success?

What would it take for you to feel successful?I thought it would be interesting to see what everyone thinks on this.

Of course it would help get the discussion moving if I posted my feelings on it, so here I go...I've known several people who thought that they weren't successful until they earned so much money a year, owned a certain make car (Jaguar or BMW for instance), owned a vacation home, or a big boat. I always looked at these guys and asked them why they thought that money and items were success and they really didn't have an answer. That always bothered me. It made me sad and I felt like they were missing out on the joys of real success.

I live on a beach, where lots of millionaires vacation each year, and I see these so called successful people every day. They have a lot of money coming in, they have the second house on the beach, they have the boat, they have the car, and they look around and say they still want more, but than they also have the mortgages, the bank loans, the lease, and the sky rocketing property taxes. They have the "things" but they also have the debt and stress that comes with them. They tell people that at last they are successful, but than they are sad and depressed and end up with counseling bills on top of everything else, cause they need counseling to find out, why if they are so "successful" why than are they not also happy?

These same summer folks often look at me and my family...5 people and 200+ pets, living in a cabin just under 700 square feet, on an income of less than $20,000 a year, and with a car that gets towed home several times a year cause it's so old and beat up. They often ask us, how we can live like this and be happy. Why aren't we stressed out like they are? Why aren't we striving to be "successful" like them?

My answer is always the same. What is success? Is it money? Is it big houses and fancy cars? No. It is a family that loves you. It is having a job that allows you to stay home with your family, even if it doesn't make you rich. It is taking care of animals that were abandoned by their previous owners and knowing that they are now happy and safe. It is being able to walk to the beach each day and see the sunrise or the sunset, even if our house is the smallest one in town. It's going to the movies with our children and talking about why we liked it on the drive home. It's the weekly pizza nights, when we sit around talking and laughing in a tiny local pizza parlor, where we are so regular that they save our seats and know what to order without our seeing the menu.

No, success can not be counted in dollars and cents; success is counted in hours and minutes, laughter and tears...success in when you have a family that loves you, that you enjoy spending time with, and no amount of money can ever buy that.






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Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Somethings to Think about ...


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Somethings to Think about ...

I just wrote this on another forum a couple of days ago, where we were comparing differant people meanings of the word success; I think it applies here as well, so here it is...I've known several people who thought that they weren't successful until they earned so much money a year, owned a certain make car (Jaguar or BMW for instance), owned a vacation home, or a big boat. I always looked at these guys and asked them why they thought that money and items were success and they really didn't have an answer. That always bothered me. It made me sad and I felt like they were missing out on the joys of real success.

I live on a beach, where lots of millionaires vacation each year, and I see these so called successful people every day. They have a lot of money coming in, they have the second house on the beach, they have the boat, they have the car, and they look around and say they still want more, but than they also have the mortages, the bank loans, the lease, and the sky rocketing property taxes. They have the "things" but they also have the debt and stress that comes with them. They tell people that at last they are successful, but than they are sad and depressed and end up with counseling bills on top of everything else, cause they need counseling to find out, why if they are so "successful" why than are they not also happy?

These same summer folks often look at me and my family...5 people and 200+ pets, living in a cabin just under 700 squ feet, on an income of less than $20,000 a year, and with a car that gets towed home several times a year cause it's so old and beat up. They often ask us, how we can live like this and be happy. Why aren't we stressed out like they are? Why aren't we striving to be "successful" like them?

My answer is always the same. What is success? Is it money? Is it big houses and fancy cars? No. It is a family that loves you. It is haveing a job that alows ou to stay home with your family, even if it doesn't make you rich. It is taking care of animals that were abandoned by their previose owners and knowing that they are now happy and safe. It is being able to walk to the beach each day and see the sunrise or the sunset, even if our house is the smallest one in town. It's going to the movies with our children and talking about why we liked it on the drive home. It's the weekly pzza nights, when we sit around talking and laughing in a tiny local pizza parlor, where we are so regular that they save our seats and know what to order without our seeing the menu.

No, success can not be counted in dollars and cents; success is counted in hours and minutes, laughter and tears...success in when you have a family that loves you, that you enjoy spending time with, and no amount of money can ever buy that.






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Sunday, April 23, 2006

Writing: When & Why


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When did you first start writing?

What do you enjoy most about writing?

What is it that compeles you to write?

I wrote my first book in 1978, and haven't stopped since... I like writing scifi/horror/romance... I don't know if I'm more addicted to my characters or to the act of writing!



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Garden growers?


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Seeing how planting season is almost here (the ground has finally thawed so it can be tilled) I was wondering how many posters here are getting ready to start planting? Once growing season is here we grow most all our own food, everything from corn and peas to carrots and potatoes, to tomatos and squash and all things in between.

apples are so hard to grew, they require more care than vegies...ours usually get used for hen feed cause they get full of worms ( we only have 4 apple trees, so not much ever comes of them anyways...we usually end up going to the local orchards to pick our apples there rather than grew them...Macs are what most of the growers in the area havewe don't have any regular cherries, our winters are too long and our summers too cold for pie cherries, but wild choke cherries grow along the brook, we don't have to do anything to them at all, but the cherries are very sour, not sweet like regular cherries. I also have a perrenial flower garden...the prize center piece being a white rose bush over 100 years old and belived to be nearly 200 years old, that belonged to my great-grandmother, Rose Ricker.Anyone else here got gardens?



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What books do you like?


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I like books by my fave authors:Keith Laumer
Douglas Adams
Sir A.C. Doyle
H.G.Wells
Edgar Allan Poe
Dr. Suess
J.K.Rowlings
Stephen King
Charles Dickins
Little Golden Books

lots of asst. Sci-Fi and Horror stuff

What books do you like?



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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Types of Narration


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Types of Narration:I could describe for you the meaning of each narration style, but than you may or may not understand. So I have instead written each of the following using the style itself, so that you can see how each style is used. Some styles are similar, for example, both the second person account and the choose your own adventure are written using second person account, however, the format is slightly different.

Most every book you read is written using the third person account. It is the easiest to write and the easiest to read, it is used in both fiction and nonfiction stories.

Also common, is the first person account. This style is used most often in books were the main character is a child, teen, or young adult. True romance stories are often written in this style. The first person account is used in both fiction and nonfiction stories.

A monolog is a type of first person account, usually seen in script writing for comic books and movies. A monolog is a long wordy style that uses a ton of unnecessary words, and often has the character arguing with their own inner conscience. This style is commonly used when the villain is the main character. It is also used by nearly every villain in super hero comic books as a way of speaking.

The most difficult and rarely used style is the second person account. Most every book written in this style is a mystery novel, as this is the perfect genre for second person accounts, though other genres sometimes use it as well. The reader is the main character…the narrator of this story has no name, no age, no gender, no personality, or any other identifiable traits written into the story. By doing this the reader is able to take on the identity of the main character. The secondary characters, the plot, and the scenes are vividly described to make up for not describing the main character. Physical scenes, emotions, and sub conscious thoughts a described with crystal clarity. The reader must feel everything the main character feels, smell everything the main character smells, taste, hear, and touch everything the main character does. It’s a grueling style to write, too difficult for the average writer to pull of convincingly, but when well written the second person account can be the most enjoyable style writing for the reader. Common types to use this style are: Choose Your Own Adventure, Murder Mysteries, Role Playing Novels, and Role Playing Games.
First Person Account:When I write in first person account, I am telling you the story like it is, the way I saw it happen. I’m telling you this because this is how it affected my family, and me and the world has a right to know what happened to us.

Second Person Account:You are sitting at your desk ready to write. You are a very good writer, you know this, but you can’t understand why writing a second person account is so difficult. You decide to call one of your writing buddies to ask. The phone rings. No one answers. You hang up the receiver and decide to move on to a different writing style.

Third Person Account:When Harry writes a book, this is the style he uses most often, because it is the easiest style in which to write. He had tried writing in other styles, because many of his friends had told him that he should. However after much trial and error Harry, decided that third person had proved to be the easiest format for him to write, and so this the one he uses for almost every book he writes now.

The Personal Record:Dear Readers, I do not know when or how you will come by this, my diary, in which I am keeping this account of my life. I’m sure you will soon learn, because a terrible injustice has been done, that I have to hide this book from those who would seek to destroy it. I must write down these events so that when I am gone the world my learn from my mistakes. Please dear reader, do not make the same mistakes I made.

The Monolog:You dare ask ME! ME! The great overlord of all life! Me! Your captor! Me, the almighty one! Me! The ultimate life form! You dare ask me, why I write using this style! The impotence! The audacity! The ignorance! You fool! Must I explain everything to your puny incompetent brain? I write like this because it is part of my master plan to destroy the world!

BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

Soon, I shall control the universe! It’ll be mine, mine I tell you! Mine! MINE! All mine! Mwa_HAHAHAhahah...ha...ha... heh... heh... heh…eh?

Wait...could it be that this is wrong? Could there be another way for me to gain control of the universe without violence? Should I find another way? What am I saying? I love violence! And you! YOU! You incompetent little worm! You shall be my first victim!

BWaHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAhahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

Choose Your Own Adventure/Choose Your Fate:It was a dark and stormy night. You see the lightening flash! You shudder as the thunder clatters outside your window. You are tired and want desperately to go to bed, but your report is due by morning, so you must continue to type away. You must not be bothered by the sounds around you.

Suddenly you hear a crash outside your window...

1) If you think it was just a falling limb, than keep on typing to the next page.

2) If you think it was a car accident than grab your raincoat and turn to page 10 to go outside and find out.

3) If you think is was a ghost in your attic, than get a flashlight and turn to page 33.





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Sunday, April 09, 2006

Life, the Universe, and Everything...Don't Panic


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This board new, just started, so still getting things moved around. Any suggestions?Life, the Universe, and Everything...Don't Panic





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