Saturday, October 29, 2011

Variety is the Spice of Life

Variety is Good

November 1st marks the start of "Adopt an Indie" month, an entire month of celebrating independently published books and their authors. I'm proud to say that Blue Hill will be one of the featured selections for the event and that I'll be contributing an opening blog post to get things started on Tuesday.

With all due respect to Stephen King and everyone else sitting at the big table, indie authors are an enthusiastic and hungry lot and they've got some big ideas. Like the independent filmmakers and musicians that came before them, indie authors are determined to tell their stories. New technology has transformed the publishing industry and the dust hasn't even begun to settle.

"Independent" is sometimes described as "out of the mainstream." Indie artists have provided variety to audiences that wouldn't have been possible otherwise. If you enjoy a change of pace and are looking for something a little different than usual, remember the artists who are bucking the system and bringing some variety to the party. They're the indies and they believe that variety is the spice of life.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Dogs Are Cool

"I strive to be the person my dog thinks I am."
(author unknown)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Good Friends, Good Times

Jacques O'Lantern

One more important point on recreating yourself (October 1, 2011 blog post): Recreation is necessary, travel is often revitalizing, and good food and drink can refresh a weary soul. But there's one thing that I'm certain I can't live without and that's the company of family and good friends.

The House of Tystad has been fortunate enough to have spent some time lately enjoying some of our favorite things with some of our favorite people. The weekly schedule has been tight, but the weekends are reserved for enjoying relationships with people who renew our spirit. I owe a lot to family and the friends I've known through the years and I make a point to savor the moments we get to spend together.

Seasons come and seasons go, but if you don't get out there and carve a pumpkin with the family or hoist a glass with your friends once in a while you may one day regret not doing it. Enjoy your weekend.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Indie Books and Indie Authors

Blue Hill is a Featured Selection for Adopt an Indie Month

I've got some terrific news on how you can learn more about Blue Hill and participate in an event like nothing that's ever been seen before. Get ready to read some great books and meet some great people who love reading as much as you and I do.

In case you haven't heard, there's a revolution going on in the publishing world and the indies have taken over the asylum. Independent authors are now bypassing the traditional avenues to publication and their readers have responded loudly and clearly. Without the layers of corporate control between them, authors and readers are forging relationships that didn't exist before.

One of the best examples of this is events like "Adopt an Indie" month, taking place on-line during the month of November. "Adopt an Indie" month will bring together authors, readers, and bloggers for free books, interviews, live Q&A sessions, and more.

If you'd like to participate, visit "Adopt an Indie" month and put in your request for a free book that you'd like to read and discuss. There's a limit on the availability of each book, so if Blue Hill is all taken please consider another title. Even if you bypass the free books, you'll still be able to participate in the event all through the month of November.

Join me in celebrating indie books and indie authors during "Adopt an Indie" month.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Recreating Yourself

I've written on this blog before about the benefits a person can get from riding a motorcycle. I just came in from a ride on some city streets and country roads and I feel entirely different than I did a couple of hours ago. In fact, I feel brand new.

A close friend once clued me in to what recreation is all about. It's not just simply fun and games. He explained that it's actually re-creation and it's vital to the health of every human being. So when a person finds a form of recreation that they really love and they engage in it totally and fully, they're recreating themselves over and over again. It's re-creation.

My wish is that you can be fortunate enough to find what you truly love in this world and enjoy it not only as recreation, but also as re-creation. Life is short, so let's enjoy it.