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Just Do It

In Being Human, Integrity & Freedom on February 13, 2018 at 10:28 pm

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.

Walt Disney

 

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

Will Rogers

 

There are two ways to slide easily through life: To believe everything or to doubt everything; both ways save us from thinking.

Alfred Korzybksi

 

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.

George Bernard Shaw

 

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.

Douglas Adams

Reprise: To Potential Employers on Behalf of Part-time Writers

In Being Human, Commentary, Integrity & Freedom, Politics & Government, Spirit on February 13, 2018 at 8:59 pm

For the vast majority of authors, writing is necessarily just a part-time gig. This means we have to balance professional identity and writer identity in some way without compromising either. So, on occasion, I feel compelled to re-share the following thoughts.

I made a conscious choice to write this blog under my own name, because I think very hard before I speak, in person and on paper. But no matter how carefully one words an essay, if it is worth thinking about, there will be readers with a different opinion — and those people may interpret the article personally but judge the writer professionally, even if one has nothing to do with the other.  That’s the risk we take when we write.

A web search is a fact of the background check these days. So, beyond rehashing every interview, part-time writers also have to wonder about the effect their public writing will have on their “real-world” careers. I can’t speak for everyone else, but for me, below are a few things I would want potential employers to keep in mind:

  • When I write about the voices in my head, it’s okay; I’m just referring to my characters.
  • My cats write my blog sometimes, but don’t worry; they refuse to go to meetings in my place.
  • My characters’ actions don’t always represent what I would do in the same situation. In fact, they are often just the opposite: I think of something I would never do or say and let my characters try it and see what happens.
  • Just because one of my characters advocates it, it doesn’t mean I advocate it. See previous bullet.
  • My essays are just one perspective at a point in time, a snippet designed to provoke thought and conversation; they are not my entire world view set in stone.
  • If you disagree with the viewpoints or beliefs in my essays, it doesn’t mean we can’t work together. Half of your best teammates probably share my point of view but have just never said it aloud in your presence. Diversity of thought is the best antidote for groupthink.
  • I write under my real name to be accountable to everything I say. So you can rest assured I will also conduct myself with accountability and integrity in your organization.
  • If you ask me in an interview what is the biggest risk I have taken, I will tell you it is writing my books and exposing myself to public judgment. Is it worth it? Yes.

Don’t be the New Coke

In Politics & Government on October 20, 2016 at 8:30 am

coolerRemember 20 years ago when Pepsi did that taste test and beat Coke? And remember how Coke panicked: O!M!G! We HAVE to abandon EVERYTHING because we taste AWFUL. Then came the New Coke — the colossal failure of the decade, hated by millions.

Why did this happen? Because Coke let Pepsi frame the issue. For months the only thing that seemed to matter was what soda tasted like in isolation, drunk from a Dixie cup on the sidewalk. Of course, what Coke eventually realized in the most expensive way possible is that context mattered more: Which one goes better with a pizza? Which one calls to mind breezy summer days on the porch with grandpa? Which one might taste vile but will leave you with a bottle that doubles as a vase and later can be sold on ebay?

As people start voting in the U.S. elections this year, I hope this history lesson comes to mind. Consider the contexts that matter to YOU, what function YOU need served, and vote accordingly. You don’t have to convince anyone else of your reasons; they will have reasons of their own. This is why voting is still done in private, despite our current culture of over-sharing.

It boils down to this: Your ingredients for making this decision are unique to you. Don’t change your formula based only on someone else’s taste test. Don’t be the New Coke.

Secret City: Kiki

In Announcements on June 4, 2016 at 9:44 pm

The Mischievous Angel dolls will be making their debut at the Secret City Festival on June 10-11 in Oak Ridge, TN!

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Postcard Shorts

In Uncategorized on April 17, 2016 at 11:48 am

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I just realized that I neglected to share with you all this interesting site that features stories that fit on a postcard. “Polar Opposites” was picked up at the link below, and you can click on  “Read a Story”  at the site for a random sampling of other stories by a variety of writers.

Source: Postcard Shorts: Stories that fit on a postcard

Secret City Festival

In Announcements on March 15, 2016 at 10:49 pm

I’m looking forward to being at the StoryInside booth at the Secret City Festival in June! The retirees at Home Sweet Home a.k.a. The Sweat Shop are leather tooling and crocheting away on the handmade crafts that will incorporate short stories and bring them life. Pictures coming soon…

http://www.secretcityfestival.com/

Cover Wars: Vote for your favorite book cover!

In Announcements on March 2, 2015 at 8:40 pm

Uncertainty Principles is in the running for March’s Cover Wars! Vote at this link, if you are so inclined:

http://www.masqueradecrew.com/2015/03/a-dozen-lovely-covers-for-marchs-cover.html

The Newest Reindeer?

In Original Fiction on November 30, 2014 at 8:29 pm
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Picture copyright kav777/Fotolia

The year all the reindeer came down with the flu,
Maurice was excited; he knew what to do!
He’d longed for this chance to prove all he was worth,
But Santa ignored him, to everyone’s mirth.

Maurice had fine antlers and four solid hoofs,
Immune to the flu, he could climb all the roofs.
Yet the sleigh was hitched up to Canadian geese,
And Dumbo, and Rocky — everyone but Maurice.

Prancer and pals made Maurice feel ashamed
When he thought he could play in their Reindeer Games.
And Rudolph, well he was the worst of the pack,
Telling Maurice to go home and never come back.

But the Clauses had always been nice, so he thought.
Oh, this turn of events had Maurice quite distraught.
He did not understand, the poor little guy,
So he hid in a snow bank and had a good cry.

Mrs. Claus found him there, fed him cookies and milk.
“You simply must find some friends of your ilk.
Now I’ll tell you once more, so you’ll stop asking why–
You are a moose, and moose cannot fly.”

Maurice then realized what she said was quite true
But flying was all that he wanted to do.
He bemoaned his bad luck for the way he was born
And he dreaded to wake on that holiday morn.

But the crisp, white day dawned despite all of his dread
And he woke to ten moose crowding onto his bed.
“We missed you!” they cried.
“Where on earth have you been?
Moose Games were no fun without you to help win.”

“So you left us behind to go join the reindeer…
You’re forgiven. It’s Christmas.
We’re glad you’re now here.”
Maurice felt his soul shining bright without doubt,
And he smiled at the way that this day had turned out.

He knew now that he had judged Rudolph all wrong;
That red-nosed reindeer meant
Home is where we Belong.

His heart lifted up, and he looked to the sky.
Then Maurice finally knew what it felt like to fly.

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This story originated with the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge.

When I Wish You Merry Christmas

In Being Human, Original Fiction, Spirit on November 22, 2014 at 7:29 pm

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When I wish you Merry Christmas
I’m remembering all the love
That I’ve been blessed with through the years—
from here on earth or up above.

I wish you joy and hope and peace
and all that swells your soul
And that you’ll recognize your blessings, too
and feel you’ve been made whole.

I wish you Merry Christmas
from the memories of my youth;
I hope you will be heartened
by a special memory, too.

I wish you silent moments
like a walk through falling snow
Or light that bathes your whole hometown
and warms you in its glow.

I wish your spirit to find purpose,
and if purpose has been found,
Then I hope you’ll find a voice
that spreads your gifts to all around.

May your focus always land
on what brings cheer into your heart
And look past the petty other things
that dampen your true spark.

I hope you’ll find a home
where you forever will belong
Where any broken places in you
will be healed and come back strong.

But if your strength has all been drained this year
or nothing feels like home
I wish renewal through your winter.
Please know you’re not alone.

I pray that you’ll believe
in something greater than this life
And feel the peace of knowing
there is solace past the strife.

I wish your soul much deeper
than just happy holidays
So when I wish you Merry Christmas
this is all I mean to say.

© Krista Tibbs
Author of The Neurology of Angels

Book Videos: Uncertainty Principles and The Neurology of Angels

In Being Human, Original Fiction, Politics & Government, Science, Spirit on November 21, 2014 at 11:28 pm

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