The Amazing Order of Done

This past week which. by the way was the living embodiment of the the great Monty Python skit “The Spanish Inquisition” except they did not bring the “Comfy Chair”, has reminded me to get back to my deeper, darker business beliefs.  As a founding member of The Amazing Order of Done, I have been repeating to myself all week the basic mantra – Do Not Confuse Effort With Results.

Sometimes, getting so overwhelmed by what all you have to get done,  you drop all the trappings of “trying” or “attempting”.  All you have time for is the most streamlined way of getting to a solution.  The simple beauty of no-holds-barred brutality of just plain and simple getting a task done.  I have noticed that a lot of the trappings of normal society have been sneaking back into my personal processes.  If you are truly honest with yourself, you will have to admit that many of the things we are actually sub-consciously doing many steps due to “Legacy” processes.

desk2mousepadLegacy process – the best example I can give of how entrenched this can be comes from many years ago when I was an instructor at a technology teaching facility.  Because of our location all Saturday classes began at 8 am.  During the week, classes began at 9 am.  I taught numerous Saturday classes so the timing was no big deal to me, but the clients could get a bit testy about having to be up that early on a weekend.  A few months later, the entire facility moved into it’s own building.  Not long after the move, the general manager (GM) came to me and asked if I could do a Saturday class.  I said no problem and that I would see the class at 9 am.  The GM said no – class started at 8.  I asked him why and he responded that “They turn off the air at 4 pm.”  I said,”No, class started at 9.  The GM looked at me like I was an idiot.  Then I asked, “Who turns off the air in here.  We own the building and the thermostat.  Are you going to sneak in here of Sat and turn of the electricity?  The look on the GM’s face was beyond priceless when if hit him that he had mentally transferred the legacy way of doing business with the old location and our new building.  I told me to let those poor people sleep in a bit.

So, review how you do things and see if there are any “Legacy Methods” holding you back.

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Truly Endless

desk2mousepadIn spite of a couple of dedicated days at the black leather enhanced Desk of Endless Tasks, the tasks are proving to be more endless than usual.  I am indeed making progress and I do have the odd habit of starting with the most time consuming tasks first.  That way, it feels like you are picking speed as you pick off the tasks.  I also have a lovely sign over my desk that states, “Do not Confuse Effort With Results”.  Sometimes you just need to be reminded to just reach the “Done” status.  There are lots of tasks that sometimes you just have to pick a stop point.  Otherwise, I would keep messing with it for days.

Even my poor Intergalactic Truck Of Hauling has needed new seals and a new battery.  The poor old dear just needed to be shown a little love to keep it up and ready to dash to the rescue at a moments notice.  Well, with an active Pirate Fight Club, anything can and will happen.  Speaking of the PFC, everyone is doing so very well.  If you get a chance to see us in action, please show up and show us a bit of support.  It is an amazing amount of fun.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVu3BG3z-1I&t=404s

Still lots of great projects coming 🙂

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Slowly I typed …

It is wonderful to be at The Desk of Endless Tasks again.  I am afraid there has been a delay in operations after the MCFC convention due to con crud induced coma.

MCFC at the Guest House was a wonderful time for me.  The Living Cartoon was a lot of fun.  I saw lots of old fans and met some great new ones.  There was plenty of mirth, mayhem, and madness to go around.  We even got a chance to play test the new murder mystery game and it was blast.

Then I got home.  I was mostly okay through pirate sword class on Tuesday, but I seemed to fail to wake up Wednesday, or Thursday, or Friday.  I think I might have been a little tired.  Saturday and Sunday were only slightly better.  Happily, today has been mostly functional.  So, hundreds of emails and messages have now been plowed through.  I have even caught up on the bills.

Even though I have been method acting Rip Van Winkle, The Desk of Endless Tasks has been backing up with lots of new and wonderful projects.  Tomorrow, there shall be a shift in the gravitational center of the almighty desk and there shall be productivity.

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and a brand new pair of Battle Axes

It is amazing what can make you smile.  Currently, a favorable turn of events has gifted me with a couple of extra days to prep for the MCFC convention in Memphis this weekend.  This year, my main role besides being a generally entertaining pain in the neck to Brandon in programming is to be the voice of the arch villain The Diaper Destroyer in this year’s living cartoon.  I am looking forward to playing a character that looks like the Sith version of Captain Underpants.

The Desk of Endless Tasks and I have some very big plans for this week.  I am going to be a bit vague, but more books and video are on the way.

I love being a writer and a performer.  It means you can have the weirdest assortment of junk in your truck and you have a nearly reasonable story as to why the stuff is there.  For instance, I do commercial building repair so it is  perfectly reasonable for me to have Joker 101 kit of duct tape, rope, moving blankets, drop cloths, crowbars, et al …  I teach stage sword fighting so I need the assortment of unbreakable, painted to look real, polycarbonate swords and battle axes.  The full sized papisan cushion is for prat falls in acting.  The electronics testing equipment is for when I work on computer systems for clients.  The infrared camcorders are for when I go out on a paranormal or cryptid investigation.  The machetes are for when I do any land clearing work.  The extra large nitrile hospital gloves are for when my client is a medical facility.  Everyone has a can of WD40.  The mini compressors are for when people get flats on the job sites.   The wood chisels are for hanging doors the right way.  The portable propane torch is for loosening stuck metal nuts.  The fishing pole with line is for the rare chance I might get to sneak off.

See, all perfectly explainable.  I am merely a well-rounded person with lots of interests and not an international double naught man of mystery …..

Upcoming Appearances:

November 17th to 19th – MCFC – The Convention!
http://www.memphiscfc.com/

Seminars:

Dec 21st – National College/Tech Ed – Instilling Humor in Your Writing
Even the darkest of themes can use a little humor. How does humor and horror go together? The humorous laugh versus the nervous titter? Do readers and authors laugh at the same thing? Why have humor? Does the humor flow naturally or do you have to work it in to change the scene?

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Under the fog and full moon …

Friday night, under a full moon, with full fog, and lightning in the background, I attended the Malice in Memphis (www.maliceinmemphis.com) writer’s group retreat at a lovely location in a private park surrounded by deep woods.  Sometimes the real world hands you better props that anything you can write.  Thank you to the entire MIM group for an incredible evening of Q&A and a very spirited discussion of  scripting and elevator pitches.  Their latest book is Elmwood: Stories To Die For.  They take real historical locations and add murder most foul.  Let’s just say that lunch out with these good people is quite the experience.

This morning, I had the privilege of being a panelist for the Desoto Writers Alliance at the Southaven, MS Library for a mini-conference on publishing.  These are the types of events that restore your faith in the publishing business.  Lots of people with great questions.  Seeing so many people eager to dive into the business makes you look forward to what they will produce.  The best part of the day was learning how many genres were represented in the audience.  As long as there are novices willing to learn, we will always have new books to look forward to.

I am also going to reveal my secret project over the last few weeks.  I have been working on a a solve the murder mystery game.  I am happy to report that I believe I have the system worked out and the game will be played for fabulous prizes at the upcoming MCFC convention (www.memphiscfc.com).

Upcoming Appearances:

 

November 17th to 19th – MCFC – The Convention!
http://www.memphiscfc.com/

Seminars:

Dec 21st – National College/Tech Ed – Instilling Humor in Your Writing
Even the darkest of themes can use a little humor. How does humor and horror go together? The humorous laugh versus the nervous titter? Do readers and authors laugh at the same thing? Why have humor? Does the humor flow naturally or do you have to work it in to change the scene?

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Darkness has fallen ..

Darkness has fallen on my day, thank goodness.  Once it gets dark, it is time to slip into The Chair and pull up to The Desk of Endless Tasks.  Mentally, the shackles slip on and the Riding Crop of Productivity is now at the ready to spur on that which needs to be done.  While most of my cohorts are out at one event or another this weekend, I am home with no voice and a cough.  While I might not be getting into much mischief this weekend, I am moving a lot of work across this desk and that makes her happy.  And let’s face it, a cranky desk is a bad thing.

My friends at Malice in Memphis are having a good month.  Their new book Elmwood: Stories To Die For (http://www.darkoakpress.com/elmwood.html) is doing very well and their annual retreat is coming up.  Hopefully they will solve my murder.

Saturday, I get to be a panelist for the Desoto Writer’s Alliance.  I love events like this.  We answer questions and, most importantly, meet new people with an interest in the business.

The seminars are growing.  If can sneak out and attend, please do, they are very informative and a lot of fun.

The Pirate Fight Club is progressing.  New recruits are getting in lots of sword time.  I can’t wait until they start scripting their own scenarios.

MCFC (http://memphiscfc.com/) is just right around the corner.  It is going to be an amazing event this year with the new venue.  I am most excited about the expanded theatre for the Living Cartoon.  I have been warned to bring the voices, we are going big this year.

For my next trick tonight, I am writing up a portable Murder Mystery to be played for fabulous prizes in an hour.  You versus a room full of suspects and detectives.  Think of it as a Clue RPG.

Upcoming Appearances:

November 3rd – Malice in Memphis
http://www.maliceinmemphis.com/ 
If I understand the invitation correctly – I am the guest of honor in the murder mystery.  So, does that mean I am a detective or the murder victim?

November 4 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Desoto Writers Alliance at the Southaven, MS Library for a mini-conference on publishing.

November 17th to 19th – MCFC – The Convention!
http://www.memphiscfc.com/

Seminars:

Nov 16th – National College/Tech Ed – Finding Your Voice – I Didn’t Know I Lost It
What is voice in writing and how to find yours; the difference between voice & style.  Writer’s Block has you stalled – try these tips to breakout of the box.

Dec 21st – National College/Tech Ed – Instilling Humor in Your Writing
Even the darkest of themes can use a little humor. How does humor and horror go together? The humorous laugh versus the nervous titter? Do readers and authors laugh at the same thing? Why have humor? Does the humor flow naturally or do you have to work it in to change the scene?

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The Midnight Hour

It is the midnight hour here at the The Desk of Endless Tasks.  She has had me coding all evening.  It has been a while and it is always nice to to clean up old mistakes no one caught  or bothered to mention so I am going with no one caught them.  With a quiet afternoon, it is amazing how much work you can actually get done.

Pirate fight club is now training a few new actors.  Give us a few weeks and the next show will be even more amazing.  The bonus here is that I get to buy new stage weapons.  I have to admit that the new polycarbonate castings are amazing and a blast to play with.  There will soon be additional acting classes like voice overs, cartoons, and action acting.

In a recent filming expedition, I got to be the guest of honor in a murder mystery.  Literally, I was Mr. Body.  Let’s just say that my demise was imaginative and my last moments on the mortal realm border on abuse of a corpse, but I wasn’t quite dead yet …

Happily, Geek Tank Radio (http://www.geektankradio.com) continues to grow across the country.  Every week, our insanity spread a bit farther.  This last week, mail came in from Canada.  Good Day to our northern fans.  If you haven’t caught the show lately, dive in a give it a listen.  If nothing else, you can feel better that you are not us 🙂

Upcoming Appearances:

November 3rd – Malice in Memphis
http://www.maliceinmemphis.com/ 
If I understand the invitation correctly – I am the guest of honor in the murder mystery.  So, does that mean I am a detective or the murder victim?

November 4 10:30 am to 1:00 pm
Desoto Writers Alliance at the Southaven, MS Library for a mini-conference on publishing.

November 17th to 19th – MCFC – The Convention!
http://www.memphiscfc.com/

Seminars:

Nov 16th – National College/Tech Ed – Finding Your Voice – I Didn’t Know I Lost It
What is voice in writing and how to find yours; the difference between voice & style.  Writer’s Block has you stalled – try these tips to breakout of the box.

Dec 21st – National College/Tech Ed – Instilling Humor in Your Writing
Even the darkest of themes can use a little humor. How does humor and horror go together? The humorous laugh versus the nervous titter? Do readers and authors laugh at the same thing? Why have humor? Does the humor flow naturally or do you have to work it in to change the scene?

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http://www.cafepress.com/gtrmerchandise