Welcome to the Tundra …

Or at least a reasonable facsimile thereof.  The Intergalactic Truck of Hauling and I have rolled more than 350 miles in the last two days through this freezing mess.  People had to be picked up and dropped off – everywhere.  I am fairly certain I have seen at least on Yeti lurking around the house.  Okay, it might have been a neighbor’s cat, but it was dark, I was tired and cold – so in my mind – Yeti.  You get the picture.  I also got around to refilling the bird feeder after knocking all the ice off of it and let’s just say my lovely forest of banana trees is in the “not so much” department.  However, sooner or later, we will thaw out and move on with the weather.

Thanks to everyone listening to the Geek Tank Radio show.  We have achieved true international status with more people listening  in every day and from all over the world.

At Dark Oak Press, we have several new releases in the works.  I will be posting more about them as we get closer to done on the projects.  Happily, I am closing in on being done with the portable (and downloadable) murder mystery party game.  Look for more details on that coming very soon.  Seminar – we got a lot of seminars coming up all over the Mid-South.  Check out the Dark Oak Press Blog for more information.

Sea Monkey Update – the baby brine shrimp are doing fine.  You can almost make them out with the naked eye, but they are in there swimming around living the brine shrimp version of the good life.


The Best Stories

The best stories always come from things not going exactly according to plan.  Now, I do know that occasionally you have to toss a real hissy fit to get people’s attention and/or get something corrected or done.  Sadly, customer service just isn’t what it used to.

With that said, there comes a point at which things are about as good as they are going to get.  Now is the time to start making the best of the situation at hand.  Over this past week, the temperatures have been been way below normal and causing problems all over the place.  Anything from freezing winds on the outside to frozen pipes on the inside.

I was just at ShadowCon in West Memphis, AR this weekend.  The hotel venue had burst pipes and was actually closed until about 4 p.m. on the Friday of the convention.  Bless the hearts of the convention staff, they dove in and pulled to together their event in an hour as people arrived.  While actual experiences will vary, I will remember watching a burlesque show in a pile of friends huddled together for warmth as the performers bravely went on with the show.  There were plenty of hot coffee runs, trips to the con suite, and at least one major raid on a Popeye’s Chicken.  Great conversations were had in the dealer’s room and people you just met become good friends by the end of the event.  Thank you to the staff of ShadowCon for boldly striding forward and putting on the best event possible.

Now, I am back The Desk Of Endless Tasks with a shiny year staring in the face and a renewed commitment to The Amazing Order Of Done.  Just remember, you can’t actually save time, you can only use it wisely.  So off we go …

The Wolf Moon

Our new year rings in under the full Wolf Moon.  It is a clear and very cold night.  While the reality is that tomorrow is not really any different than any other day, mentally, it is the start of a new year.  We get to look forward to the possibilities of of all that stuff we haven’t done from last year.  Currently, I am sitting here at The Desk Of Endless Tasks while the temp outside drops to stupid cold levels.  The Murder To Go game is nearly complete.  Everything about the game itself is done.  Now working on the gloriously painful part, the instructions.  The beta version is out at the readers.  I am now waiting on the questions and comments to roll in.

Hopefully, I will get over working everywhere else 80 hours a week and I will get back to my own projects.  As I am fond of saying, so much mischief, so little time.  So many great ideas populate numerous post-it notes in a pile on the desk.  It would indeed be a banner year if I could turn these ideas into finished works.

2018, I look forward to you with an eye to The Amazing Order Of Done.  You are greeted by a fabulous full moon thus you are rolling in with some fanfare.  Well, with a bit of hard work and a smidge of good luck, this will be a better year for all of us.

An Interesting Year

It has indeed been an interesting year.  As we close in on it’s end, I always ask myself if I want another year of the things I have been doing.  Most years, this means the end of various activities, employments, employees, projects, and associations.  As I ask myself the same question this year, I have already divested myself of the things I did not want to carry forward and actually surrounded myself  with so much that I want to see into the shiny new 2018.  I have a couple of book projects that I should be able to wrap up in the next few months.  Numerous media projects that will finally finish after years of chasing them down.  Geek Tank Radio keeps growing by leaps and bounds.  I am already booked into many of my favorite conventions.  My customer service seminars are booking up and this coming year I am trying to add a portable escape room to the mix.  The Dark Oak Press Writer’s About Town seminars are growing rapidly as more locations and dates keep getting added.  Then there is the Pirate Fight Club.  I can not tell you how proud I am of everyone involved.  It takes amazing people to pick up a stage sword for the first time and commit themselves to the art form.  It is a lot of hard work, but it looks so good when it goes right.  From the side project department, both batches of muscadine wine turned out very well and now sit aging in their bottles.

Midnight approaches yet again as I sit here at the infamous Desk Of Endless Tasks.  She has been very motivational this year and many projects that were merely in the way of progress have been wrapped up.  The Intergalactic Truck Of Hauling has all new seals and it ready for further adventures.  For my next trick in world of wines, I think the next batch will be blackberry.  That just sounds like a lot of fun.  As for now, I and going to wrap up and stare at my new childish wonder, a small tank of brine shrimp.  Yes, sea monkeys, I have always found their tiny little antics to relaxing.  Relax and actually enjoy the Holidays for a change.

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.

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.

Still lots of great projects coming 🙂

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.