Come Out to the National Parks 

Originally posted on The Closet Professor:

The National Park Service is encouraging LGBT Americans to come out and visit the more than 400 parks overseen by the federal agency.  The latest move by the park service to engage the LGBT community is part of the new Find Your Park initiative, launched recently in conjunction with the National Park Foundation.

Gay and lesbian park service employees and lesbian singer Mary Lambert, one of several celebrity centennial ambassadors for the initiative, are helping to spread the inclusive invite as part of the new public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.

I’ve always loved the National Parks, and once considered joining. The National Parks Service as a historian.  When I was a kid, my family would go camping at least once a year at the Gulf Islands National Seashore at Ft. Pickens near Pensacola.  We would also often go…

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Quick Tips on Publishing a NY Times Bestseller

I wanted to share a few takeaways from the pages of Donald Maass’ Writing the Breakout Novel. There is so much good advice in his book. I’m only scratching the surface with the following:

  • Great novels have tension on every page.
  • Great stories involve great events.
  • Breakout novels takes us somewhere else.
  • We read to imagine ourselves as we might be.
  • Key ingredients of a bestseller include plausibility, inherent conflict, originality, and gut emotional appeal.
  • Readers are concerned about a story’s outcome because it could happen to them.
  • Deeps wells of conflict are fundamental to a breakout novel.
  • The reader must sympathize with the protagonist.

What do you think about these tips on writing a NY Times bestseller?

[Donald Maass is a literary agent and novelist. He’s written over seventeen novels as well as several books on writing fiction.]

Five-Scissors for Tim: A Cut Above the Rest

Thank you Bike Book Reviews for a wonderful write up on my book Tim on Broadway. In two separate posts, BBR raved about my novel.

First off, is an interview with author Debbie McGowan, in which she listed Tim on Broadway as a favorite read. A few days later BBR posted their own review, agreeing with Deb, giving it their highest rating. If you’ve read Tim on Broadway, you’ll get a chuckle from their use of grade-school scissors in lieu of stars. Remember the manscaping scene?

kids saftey scissors rating

The Secret To Getting What You Want

“You don’t create what you want, but what you are.”
– Wayne Dyer


Most of my life I’ve been obsessed with the psychology of transformation: how people can go from destitute to millionaire…or from three-hundred pounds to being a health coach.

The quote at the top of this email inspired me to share something with you.

I’ve been fortunate enough to have experienced a wonderful life. But, it wasn’t so easy.

I used to believe that if you wanted something bad enough, you could get it by working hard and being focused.

I was wrong.

There’s more to it.

Much more.

The secret is in Wayne Dyer’s wisdom above, and can be gleaned from the phrase “money goes to money.” The reason this saying is bandied about so often is that it’s true! But, you can profit too.

[Photo credit: Lendingmemo]
[Photo credit: Lendingmemo]
The rich become richer. You become what you are. Negatively, if you’re fat, you’re going to attract more “fatness” into your life.

The hundred-thousand dollar question is, how does one stop attracting the junk they don’t want and start bringing in the good?

Answer: Be what you want.

It’s more than thinking yourself rich, for instance. You can think yourself a millionaire till the end of time. Real change starts with a thought, grows into a feeling…a knowing…and ultimately action.

How do you “be” something when you think—or even know—that you are not?

In my book Marketing Beef, Evan McCormick is stymied by an unsightly birthmark that covers his chest. It’s held him back from experiencing love: he’s fearful of being shirtless. How can he experience intimacy? Without giving away the ending, Evan learns to move past this by changing how who he is.

It starts with a thought and moves to a feeling.

Tim Benton is overweight and down on his luck. Yet he’s motivated to change. And he does so dramatically.

His intentions for a grander life build, compounding interest like Warren Buffet’s bank account.

If you want to experience something other than what you are, be your goal. You attract into your life what you think about and feel deep inside. You receive what you are.

If you know you’re in debt or nearing bankruptcy and you want prosperity, focus and live from the wealth—however meager it may seem—that you do have. There’s much to be grateful for.

Change your perspective, and your perspective will change.

I send you love, happiness, and everlasting wealth…

Sonnet to Winter

Originally posted on The Closet Professor:


Sonnet to Winter
By Emily Chubbuck Judson

Thy brow is girt, thy robe with gems inwove;
And palaces of frost-work, on the eye,
Flash out, and gleam in every gorgeous dye,
The pencil, dipped in glorious things above,
Can bring to earth. Oh, thou art passing fair!
But cold and cheerless as the heart of death,
Without one warm, free pulse, one softening breath,
One soothing whisper for the ear of Care.
Fortune too has her Winter. In the Spring,
We watch the bud of promise; and the flower
Looks out upon us at the Summer hour;
And Autumn days the blessed harvest bring;
Then comes the reign of jewels rare, and gold,
When brows flash light, but hearts grow strangely cold.

About This Poem

Emily Chubbuck Judson was born in Eaton, New York, in 1817. Her books include An Olio of Domestic Verses (1852) and Charles Linn, or, How…

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Find the Right Job that Supports Your Creativity

Many of us struggle to find work that supports our creative nature.

I’ve discovered that the best job search engine is your intuition. And this article (at  is really good at distilling this process into 5-easy steps.

  1. Brainstorm a list.
  2. Don’t over analyze. (My downfall but the article gives good tips on how not to.)
  3. Check in with your core self.
  4. Trust.
  5. Don’t “do” but follow.

An odd process to locate that dream job, huh? But, it all stems from the belief that at our deepest level we know what’s right for us. Why choose to ignore it?


Read the full article here.

The # 1 Tip that Star Artists Use to be a Success

Most of you probably remember Steve Martin as that “wild and crazy guy” from SNL, the father from Parenthood, or the writer of such hits as Shopgirl and An Object of Beauty. Recently, I learned he wrote a memoir describing how he rose to success. His story, while unique, shares a likeliness to many other star actors, famous writers, celebrity artists, and successful entrepreneurs.

“Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
-Steve Martin, actor, writer, and comic.

These words from the performer are profound. Focus on one thing, and be as good as you can at it.

This advice sounds remarkably similar to the Tyler Perry article I shared last week.

Martin and Perry, huge successes in their fields, remind us to be diligent about purpose. Whether you want to be a writer, musician, chef, or stockbroker, be it. Do it. Live it. Breathe it.

Some of us have so many logs in the fire it takes a connection to the Alaskan pipeline to keep it stoked. Some of us feel we have to keep many balls in the air to pay our mortgages, send our kids to college, and meet the deadlines of a demanding world. Some want the right job; others need a job right now.

It all starts with conviction.

Theodore Roosevelt told us, “believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Perry told us the same thing.

If you’re looking to breakout, the advice from these successful people speaks volumes.