Friday, April 16, 2021

To the Ends of the Earth

It was a rather interesting day at my day job yesterday.  In fact, it was a day I will never forget.  My artist buddy offered me a first draft of my Wilson cover.  He hit it out of the park.  A charismatic couple walked in to sign up at my day job.  I asked my usual questions to find out about them.  The husband shared he was in the army.  "What was your job?"  I asked.

"Chaplain,"  he replied.  "And now I'm a minister."

I decided to share the artwork with the couple because of the spiritual aspects of my book.  The wife surprised me when she told me she is also a minister.  That was only the beginning.  
"Can we pray over this artwork?"  She asked.  My hair began raising.  It was as if some kind of electricity was going through my body.  The prayer was bold.  The wife closed the prayer by asking God to bring this project all the way to the ends of the earth.  Wow!  That's about as charismatic as a day can get.  It was the best kind of feedback I can get about the artwork.  All I can say is this project takes my breath away.  It consumes me.  I'm captivated by what's ahead.  Have a great day.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Full Speed Ahead

 The magical forest got an upgrade yesterday.  I found a couple of smoking deals on Amazon.  There is a new external microphone for my MacBook Pro and a light to eliminate the shadows when I create vlog videos.  My artist reports speedy progress on the front covers.  I'm hoping to see the first draft within a week.  

I've been writing about what it's like to venture into the unknown.  The best way I can describe it is that it's like waking up in the jungle and you have no idea what's around you.  My heartbeat accelerates.  My senses awaken.  Adrenaline is pumping through my body.  There is a temptation to turn around but I know what's behind me.  There's nothing new there.  It's better to go full speed ahead.  That's where I am today.  This is how it's going to be for the rest of the year.  Have a great day.  

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Inanimate Characters Participate in My First Zoom Conference Call

Mastering new technology doesn't have to be painful.  I did something yesterday that will help me in my quest to reach more people and the only investment is the time it takes to discover how the new software works.  Take a look at this conference call I hosted with Umbro and Mini Wilson on YouTube.  I was able to put my original MacBook Pro to use as a second work station in my downstairs basement.  My wife appreciates the virtual backgrounds which add an element of privacy to our home.  The next step will be to interview live people.  Have a great day.  If the video does not appear below, click here for the link.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

How to Become the Best Version of Yourself

 I'm the first one to admit I don't have all the answers when it comes to becoming the best version of yourself.  I'm sixty years old and I'm still working on it.  What I can offer today is what mistakes you can avoid when you're attempting to improve your life.  The older I get the more I realize how staying in the game makes a huge impact on who you become.  Something else that helps is having a willingness to grow.  Stay in the moment.  Be open to trying new things that can help you learn.

If you find yourself waking up every day and you're simply repeating everything you did the day before, you won't ever become the best version of yourself that you can be.  You need trials.  You need experiments.  As much as I hate to say this, you need failures.  If you can be willing to try a new approach without fear of failure, you will discover a new you.  Stay at it.  Discard anything that's keeping you frozen in your past.  Have a great day.

Monday, April 12, 2021

It's Magical

Walt Disney started with a mouse.  Other characters joined the party.  His kingdom is magical.  We also have a mouse in our house.  Hans is not famous like Mickey.  He's simply an inanimate character who entertains me while I dream about how to publish all the stories swirling around inside my head.  I'm happy to report that the magical forest I referenced in my first "5 Minutes with Mulligan" YouTube video I published last week is coming to life.  It amazes me how a lingering writer's block issue can be removed in an instant when another creative type comes along and offers a fresh perspective.  

Imagine you've been staring at a problem for what seems like an eternity and you can't see a solution.  For me, the challenge is to find a way to publish Wilson's copyrighted image when the big boys who own the rights to Wilson don't want to budge.  My artist friend listened to my problem.  He flipped the image around 180º and came up with a rough draft showing the backside of Wilson.  Now we're talking.  It's magical.  There is absolutely no way the big boys can come after me as long as I never show Wilson's good side in any of my pictures.  Walt Disney's success came from the people around him.  He never drew Mickey.  He let another artist do the magic.  Never underestimate the value of the magic you can obtain from the people around you.  I'm forever thankful.  Have a great day.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Tell Your Friends About This One

Wilson doesn't belong to me.  He's an orphan seeking his rightful owner.  I'm only here to assist.  I'm a temporary custodian.  It's been a year since I last say Wilson in person.  I'm reaching out to Erin this week to ask her an important question.  She doesn't know what I'm going to ask but it is personal.  I plan to ask her on a recorded Zoom call that will be posted on YouTube.  This will be my second "5 Minutes with Mulligan" conversation.  There are more planned.  This is where I need your help.  In order to maximize fundraising for the sick kids at the local hospital, I need people who are interested in participating in a silent auction.  The item I'm referring to hasn't been created yet.  It will be ready sometime next month which happens to be when we are raising money at my day job.  Up for bid is the original art work for my front cover of Wilson's story.  Highest bidder will own this precious treasure created by an amazing local artist.  Tell your friends about this one.  Come back for progress reports.  Have a great day.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

Front Covers Under Construction

Game on.   I'm no longer a beached whale.  Ironically, I found the solution to my writer's block when I least expected it.  In fact, I wasn't even doing anything.  I was at the part of my morning meditation where you are allowed to go to sleep for 15 minutes.  Sometimes I do.  Other times I feel like I'm half sleeping, half dreaming.  Yesterday I felt like I was on a beach looking out at the ocean.  Suddenly ocean waves were crashing in on me.  Each wave carried an out-of-this-world spark of energy.  I stood up while in the dream state and scurried to scoop up these thoughts like precious seashells.  Somehow, my brain got some type of an upload.  When I came out of my meditation something was different.  The writer's block had been removed.  It was like a patient waking up after an emergency appendectomy.  I was a blind mouse who got his sight restored.  The writer's block was a sand castle that got washed away as the tide rose.

I don't know how creativity works.  If I could bottle up what happened to me yesterday and sell it, I would be a rich hombre.  All I can say is that both writing projects are front and center.  Wilson was mostly on the back burner this last year because of my fear of being sued for showing his copyrighted image on the front cover.  All other avenues had been exhausted including a letter to the CEO of the company that owns the rights to my buddy.  When I came out of my meditation I told my wife something happened during my "galaxy surfing."  I saw things I needed to see.  The first thing I did was open up my Scrivener writing software and create a blank page where I could lay out all my new seashells.  One of them, an idea for the front cover that would be immune to any threat of lawsuit for copyright violations.  I went to my day job early hoping to meet the guy I saw in my dream armed with something I scrawled out on a sheet of paper. He was the first person I met after I got inside the building.  John's eyes lit up when I shared my ideas.  When it was time for lunch he shared a rough draft that made my heart skip a beat.  He invited me to his studio to get started on the other cover.  Both writing projects are moving forward at full speed.  I'm super excited.  By the way, I will be sharing my seashell collection in the next couple of weeks as I get my thoughts sorted out.  Have a great day.