• Challenge,  motivation,  On Writing

    Heinlein’s Rules

    Just Finished Recording the Last Week… Heinlein’s Rules workshop was an eye-opener again for me. By teaching the rules this way, talking about aspects of each rule for six weeks, I could start to see the beauty in the simplicity of the rules and why they boil this incredibly complex business down to such a simple foundation. And why Heinlein called them “Business Rules.” They really are business rules. And motivational rules. And thinning-the-herd rules. I was so lucky to stumble on them in the fall of 1981 and decide to just do them without missing starting January 1st 1982. Over 40 years ago… (yikes) I would have been thinned…

  • Challenge,  motivation

    An Amazing Attitude

    Athlete on American Ninja Warrior… Kris and I both watch the show, not only for the amazing athletic feats, but the incredible stories. One story this year was a 16 year-old girl named Katie Bone. Now Katie Bone is a nationally ranked rock climber, and she has had type one diabetes since she was eleven. She wears insulin pumps on the back of her arms. The night she ran the Ninja first stage course, up until her, no one, not even major pros, had made it through the 5th obstacle and I was telling Kris I thought it was too tough, no one would make it. And then along came…

  • Challenge,  motivation,  running

    Running Pictures

    Motivational Monday… Since in the Motivational Monday videos tomorrow, I talk about my running and how just not stopping is the key in running and writing, I figured for Sunday I would post some running pictures I promised last Monday. So here they are. All copyright Rock and Role Marathon except the last one. First one about a mile after the start. I’m still running fine. Damn this was crazy fun. Second picture is somewhere in the middle of the miles…Pretty much everyone around me was walking. Third picture is nearing the finish of the 13 miles… I’m back running again, if you call it that… Picture just after the…

  • Challenge,  motivation,  Recommended Reading

    Something Added to Motivational Mondays

    Three Learning and Motivational Videos Every Monday Morning… And the first ones are about to go up, since it is now early Monday morning. For those signed up, they are in the first quarter, of course, even though this is still December. But on a whim, I added something more for most every Monday. A pithy, motivational quote in a 4th video. Sometimes it might have something to do with the three other videos. Sometimes not. This first one not so much. But a good one to focus on for the new year. So the first Motivational Monday is today. I will finish and post this blog, then go make…

  • Challenge,  Fun Stuff,  motivation

    Motivation Monday Starts in a Week…

    First Three Videos on Monday 20th… Kris and I at lunch today got talking about the first two extra Motivation Mondays we are doing in December before the new year starts. And we figured they would be perfect for some motivational and helpful videos on how to get ready for the new year. So we came up with six videos for the first two Motivation Mondays, all of it focused on how to help get started into the new year in a fun way with the writing and publishing. Topics like Time Control, Preparing Your Office, Setting Schedules and a bunch more. As I said, over the year I’m going…