Monthly Archives: July 2016

Falling Off the Thought-Train

There is a common human disease, which I have decided has nothing to do with age, gender, religion, race, country of birth, country of residence, or financial status. As for many humans, this disease disturbs and frustrates me and so I have given a bit of thought to the phenomenon.  Here is what I’ve come up with so far.


Arriving in a room, or moving to a new location in a room, or leaving your house & not remembering why you made “the move.”

Possible Reasons:

  1. Sleep walking
  2. Short attention span
  3. Short-term memory issue
  4. Day-dreaming
  5. Not focused
  6. Interrupted on way to new location

Actual Reason:

  1. When you are engaged in Task One, idea for Task Two pops into Mind
  2. Mind determines where Task Two must be completed
  3. Mind gives limbs signal when to move—immediately, when current task is complete, or at particular time—and where to go to complete Task Two
  4. Idea for Task Three pops into Mind, but limbs are on the move or scheduled to move to Task Two location
  5. Alarm clock for scheduled move to Task Two occurs and limbs move as ordered
  6. Body arrives at Task Two location, but Mind has already sent details of Task Two to Archives & is clueless upon arrival—Mind essentially got off the Task Two Thought-Train too soon


  1. Stand in middle of new location—frozen in place so Mind can search Archives for any recent task associated with new location
  2. When search fails—as it usually does—return to previous location (if you can remember where that was) and stand frozen in place until Mind reviews previous task which lead to the idea for Task Two coming into Mind
  3. If step 3 is successful, go to location for Task Two and complete task
  4. If step 3 fails, forget about Task One and Task Two and proceed to Task Three—assuming Mind is still on Task Three Thought-Train

Please note there are no prescription or over-the-counter medications or group therapies which can prevent or cure this disease. A glass of Chardonnay, however, makes it more tolerable.

Writer’s Conferences: Ten Reasons to Attend

Hundreds of conferences for writers are held each year in the United States. If you aspire to a career in writing or simply want to expand your expertise in the field, you must consider attending.

Expending the funds—including conference fees and travel—to go to any conference must be weighed against what will be gained.

Here are ten potential benefits to evaluate, in no particular order.

  1. Learning new skills/techniques for writing
  2. Learning about publishing processes—traditional, small press, and self-publishing
  3. Selling your writing products
  4. Pitching your products to a publisher/editor/agent
  5. Speaking to other writers—sharing experiences, difficulties, successes, & questions
  6. Making professional contacts
  7. Participating as a speaker—discussing your products or writing/publishing experiences
  8. Entering your unpublished products in contests
  9. Taking a break from your normal life-activities
  10. Visiting cities/states away from your home