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Not so ORIGINAL IDEAS…

The process begins.

You’ve invented this incredible story idea and you decide that you must write it.

Maybe it’s about a past experience that you need to share, or a really good idea that is an accumulation of many people’s life experiences. It could be a complete piece of fiction which originated from a childhood fear or the culmination of multiple fears. Your story could be a plot derived from a book you read or a movie you saw and thought, “I could have done that so much better, I would do it this way…”

Regardless of however the story comes into being, you know it’s a good story and the passion to create it begins to build.

In your mind these people come to life. The landscape begins to form, the plot thickens and evolves into something rich and engaging. You can see the entire sketch of this new reality from beginning to end. You know these characters and the occurrences inside and out. The characters become real, you know everything about them; how they look, how they react, how they think.

The story, inside your head, has already happened.  Now you just need to walk the reader through the events one page at a time and acquaint the observer with the tale, carrying them clear through to the blissful ending.

The process continues and you begin to write.

Maybe it happens slowly at first, until you begin to fall in love with one or more of the main characters, then the story unfolds like water pouring from a bucket and at times it happens so fast that it’s hard to keep up with pounding it out on the keyboard fast enough before you lose your train of thought.  Or maybe it’s a fight to find the next step in the plot, or even the next line in the paragraph but it becomes a labor of love which forces the need to finish telling this tale. Either way you are now committed to immortalizing this story.

The creative process is a strange a mysterious place, but oh so wonderful when you become struck by its power.

Then just as you get into the swing or even halfway through the process of crafting out this masterpiece, you discover that something similar already exists. A movie that is being released next month, a new book being promoted by a popular writer or a friend tells you about story written many decades ago and your heart sinks in your chest because it’s ‘your’ original idea.

Someone at some point imagined the same story and beat you to the punch line by telling it first to the vast public ear. This is where a lot of would be very good writers will succumb to the self-doubting process that all creative minded people share. They allow themselves to stumble and fall and let their story die without so much as a brief glimmer of existence because someone else also thought it was such a good idea they were compelled to tell a similar story.

You cannot give up. Know that this is just a hurdle in being a writer.

This is the point where you must forge forward despite the fact that someone else is doing it or has done it. Even if your story line has ‘similar’ features, even though there are a couple of coincidental occurrences, you must remind your inner doubt that your story is still just as unique and individual as you are.

The story of “Romeo and Juliet” has been told thousands, if not tens of thousands, of times throughout literary history. “Beauty and the Beast” has been resurrected in a magnitude of different genres with many different equations mixed into it. The eternal battle between good and evil, the dark and the light, will be retold countless times before and even long after you’re no longer alive to tell your version of the war.

What you need to remember is that you are writing your story. Inside your mind these people, this place, these trials happen from your point of view and no one on the planet can tell it from that vantage better than you can.

As your story continues to progress changes will occur, growth in an unforeseen direction will present itself and your story will come to life in a completely different light.  Even during the editing process the storyline changes and plots twist in new ways that you can’t possibly conceive of at the moment of conception or during the rapture of creation.

The source for your inspiration lives only inside you.

Whatever you decide, don’t stop writing. Finish it, read it through and only then should you decide if you want to or need to change anything.

Never stop moving forward in your journey simply because someone else has walked the path before you.

Good luck and keep writing.

S.J.

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Having Kindle Problems? Fixes for Kindle Common Issues.

As an author selling my books through Amazon for the Kindle and as a Kindle owner I find having problems is paramount to the ease of getting these issues fixed so that I can get back to enjoying my little electronic wonder.

After much frustration and research, the following is what I have been able to glean from a multitude of sources. Hopefully this can assist you with whatever may be ailing your device and turn your ‘problem child’ back into your beloved little Kindle.

Please understand I am not a technician or an expert in Kindles in any way. I understand how to search the internet, ask questions and make a ton of phone calls, so you hopefully wont have to.

One of the most annoying Kindle problems that we suffer on a frequent basis are Kindle battery problems can be as wide as we can imagine. Of course the worst case scenario is to find out a critical error message dealing with battery issues. Before you begin to panic just be sure that there is a good reason for having the power battery depleted. Just to cover any doubts and in spite of having hit the web trying to find a magical solution from websites dealing with Kindle problems, try out this very simple sequence of actions:

Slide the power button and holding it for about 30 seconds.

Release and wait around 20 seconds until the screen begins to flash.

As soon as it does, plugin the power cord and keep it connected for about 2 hours.

Most Kindle battery problems start to appear after to have the device turned off for long periods of time; however there have been Kindle problems dealing with defective batteries.

Kindle problems linked to battery issues can lead to other possible type of problem with Kindle, and that is everything related to the WiFi usage. Sometimes, they are linked and confused with Kindle WiFi problems. First of all, try to turn of the WiFi usage whenever you don’t need it. There have been documented cases in which the battery without WiFi can last no less than two weeks on, while the duration could be a couple of days if the wireless is turned on constantly. This behavior is what tends to confused battery and Kindle WiFi problems, and just to be sure we have reported cases of Kindle 3 WiFi problems. So, proper usage will make to expand the life of your Kindle device and avoid having huge Kindle problems.

Solving Kindle Problems

Let’s move on to another type of Kindle problems, and they are Kindle screen problems. Most of them come from defective devices, which are replaced by Amazon in a few days. Anyway, having frozen and broken screen in painful, most of all because going days without a Kindle after having owning one is not an option for the vast majority of people. Some people have narrowed possible causes of having Kindle problems with screen, for example, putting the Kindle to sleep (by pressing ALT + the text key), you have to wake it up (by pressing ALT + the text key again) prior to it off. If you do it the other way around, as a result, the next time you turn it on, the screen goes funny and you will have to turn it off and turn it back on to get it to work properly. There is also a reset button under the rubber cover that you can press with an opened paperclip. Of course if nothing else seems to work contact Amazon customer support and have your Kindle repaired. The same behavior happens if too much pressure is applied to the device, which can bring even more Kindle problems.

As usual, Kindle problems freeing can be confused or linked to other Kindle problems. Some customers have reported certain relation with the Kindle cover. And in many cases, after the customer reported the problem to Amazon, they promptly replaced the device and the cover quite fast. That is way many people tend to confuse this with Kindle cover problems. In some cases your Kindle will just freeze and no matter what buttons you start to press, nothing may seem to work, until you finally remove the battery, and after a few minutes your Kindle will go off. Replacing the battery and having the Kindle operative once more time can take a short time. So in most cases, once your Kindle freezes, at the very least you will need to make a hard reboot to try to fix this and other Kindle problems.

Kindle Problems Everywhere!

If you wonder whether or not there are Kindle dx problems, you can be sure of it. Any of the Kindle problems addressed in this article can be easily found in the dx version. Not all Kindle dx owners have trouble with their Kindle, but apparently there are a significant number of people who have experienced Kindle dx freezing as well. Amazon has acknowledged the problem, too, and is, in fact, currently working on a solution to this and many other Kindle problems.

You can be sure that there are even Kindle for PC problems, so no platform is exempted of having to deal with hot fixes, one way or another. Kindle for PC problems can be downloading problems, registration problems, or usage problems, in any case, this is the least  of all the Kindle problems.

Contacting Amazon for Fixing Kindle Problems

If you are experiencing any kind of Kindle problems, these are the contact numbers for Amazon technical support:

(These numbers are correct as of 2/2/12)

    For customers inside the US, toll free line is   1-866-321-8851

    For customers outside the US, hotline is   1-206-266-0927       

    For customers in the UK, toll free line is   0800-496-2449.

 In the worst case scenario Amazon will replace very quickly your Kindle, and hopefully you won’t have any more Kindle problems.

ReP: Obvious to you… Amazing to others…

I thought I would share this bit of insight with you this morning.

I feel that most of us ‘creative’ minded people have a ‘doubting demon’ housed in the backs of our consciousnesses, slowly feeding and chipping away on our confidence. This constantly reminds us that we ‘don’t have what it takes’.

Sometimes, throughout the process of creating a piece of art, (no matter what the medium you choose to utilize), without warning and quite uninvited the thoughts occur from deep inside, “I can’t do this. Maybe I’ll try again later. It’s not as good as the other guy. I should just give up.

This constant diet of negative thought makes it very difficult to ‘believe’ in our own work, and to prove to ourselves that it IS good enough to keep pursuing.

Well okay, maybe you don’t have one of these critters dwelling in the dark recesses of your confidence, but I definitely do. Unfortunately I listen to this advice more than I should.

I have discovered that the trick to finishing a project doesn’t have anything to do with the encouragement we receive from family, friends or our peers. It does however have everything to do with the never ending fight within ourselves, against our own self esteem, self perception and how we value ourselves in comparison to what we think of others.

Having listened to my inner doubt one day and avoiding my true desires to write, I found this fantastic piece of advice while stumbling through the vastness of the internet. It struck me so profoundly that I posted a note right over the top of my computer to constantly remind me of its thoughtful and inspiring message.

It has helped me overpower the doubts I fight, sometimes daily, in this quest of mine to write a better story.

So here it is. I truly hope you glean from it everything I did and it can prove as a source of weaponry against your own ‘doubting demon’.

I wish you only good luck in your pursuits, whatever they may be. Follow your dreams, they will lead you to good places.

S.J. Johnson

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VIDEO LINK:

http://www.wimp.com/obviousyou/

Article:

“Any creator of anything knows this feeling:

You experience someone else’s innovative work. It’s beautiful, brilliant, breath-taking. You’re stunned.

Their ideas are unexpected and surprising, but perfect.

You think, “I never would have thought of that. How do they even come up with that? It’s genius!

Afterwards, you think, “My ideas are so obvious. I’ll never be as inventive as that.”

I get this feeling often. Amazing books, music, movies, or even amazing conversations. I’m in awe at how the creator thinks like that. I’m humbled.

But I continue to do my work. I tell my little tales. I share my point of view. Nothing spectacular. Just my ordinary thoughts.

One day someone emailed me and said, “I never would have thought of that. How did you even come up with that? It’s genius!”

Of course I disagreed, and explained why it was nothing special.

But afterwards, I realized something surprisingly profound:

Everybody’s ideas seem obvious to them.

I’ll bet even John Coltrane or Richard Feynman felt that everything they were playing or saying was pretty obvious.

So maybe what’s obvious to me is amazing to someone else?

Hit songwriters, in interviews, often admit that their most successful hit song was one they thought was just stupid, even not worth recording.

We’re clearly a bad judge of our own creations. We should just put it out and let the world decide.

Are you holding back something that seems too obvious to share?”

E=MC²

http://sivers.org/obvious

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Brian Hadley began to recognize that he was losing everything he had been working his whole life to build. He realized he needed to reconnect with his family before it was too late. In hopes of salvaging what is left of their slowly dissolving and parting relationships, he designed what he thought to be the perfect family get away; a road trip to a remote mountain Lodge merely a few hundred miles drive away from their home.
Along the way Brian, his wife Kathy and their three children discover much more than a rekindling of their family bonds with each other as they attempt to escape the deadly and treacherous landscape surrounding them.
Their holiday away to discover each other rapidly becomes a struggle for their very survival when they are suddenly thrust into a wild and unpredictable land filled with unnatural and deadly threats at every turn. A place shrouded in dense unforgiving fog and seemingly determined to destroy them as they endure one torment after another.

The question is no longer will they regain what they have lost from each other, but rather how will they survive, the drive.

Not so ORIGINAL IDEAS…

The process begins.

You’ve invented this incredible story idea and you decide that you must write it.

Maybe it’s about a past experience that you need to share, or a really good idea that is an accumulation of many people’s life experiences. It could be a complete piece of fiction which originated from a childhood fear or the culmination of multiple fears. Your story could be a plot derived from a book you read or a movie you saw and thought, “I could have done that so much better, I would do it this way…”

Regardless of however the story comes into being, you know it’s a good story and the passion to create it begins to build.

In your mind these people come to life. The landscape begins to form, the plot thickens and evolves into something rich and engaging. You can see the entire sketch of this new reality from beginning to end. You know these characters and the occurrences inside and out. The characters become real, you know everything about them; how they look, how they react, how they think.

The story, inside your head, has already happened.  Now you just need to walk the reader through the events one page at a time and acquaint the observer with the tale, carrying them clear through to the blissful ending.

The process continues and you begin to write.

Maybe it happens slowly at first, until you begin to fall in love with one or more of the main characters, then the story unfolds like water pouring from a bucket and at times it happens so fast that it’s hard to keep up with pounding it out on the keyboard fast enough before you lose your train of thought.  Or maybe it’s a fight to find the next step in the plot, or even the next line in the paragraph but it becomes a labor of love which forces the need to finish telling this tale. Either way you are now committed to immortalizing this story.

The creative process is a strange a mysterious place, but oh so wonderful when you become struck by its power.

Then just as you get into the swing or even halfway through the process of crafting out this masterpiece, you discover that something similar already exists. A movie that is being released next month, a new book being promoted by a popular writer or a friend tells you about story written many decades ago and your heart sinks in your chest because it’s ‘your’ original idea.

Someone at some point imagined the same story and beat you to the punch line by telling it first. This is where a lot of would be very good writers will succumb to the self-doubting process that all creative minded people share. They allow themselves to stumble and fall and let their story die without so much as a brief glimmer of existence because someone else also thought it was such a good idea they were compelled to tell a similar story.

You cannot give up. Know that this is just a hurdle in being a writer.

This is the point where you must forge forward despite the fact that someone else is doing it or has done it. Even if your story line has ‘similar’ features, even though there are a couple of coincidental occurrences, you must remind your inner doubt that your story is still just as unique and individual as you are.

The story of “Romeo and Juliet” has been told thousands, if not tens of thousands, of times throughout literary history. “Beauty and the Beast” has been resurrected in a magnitude of different genres with many different equations mixed into it. The eternal battle between good and evil, the dark and the light, will be retold countless times before and even long after you’re no longer alive to tell your version of the war.

What you need to remember is that you are writing your story. Inside your mind these people, this place, these trials happen from your point of view and no one on the planet can tell it from that vantage better than you can.

As your story continues to progress changes will occur, growth in an unforeseen direction will present itself and your story will come to life in a completely different light.  Even during the editing process the storyline changes and plots twist in new ways that you can’t possibly conceive of at the moment of conception or during the rapture of creation.

The source for your inspiration lives only inside you.

Whatever you decide, don’t stop writing. Finish it, read it through and only then should you decide if you want to or need to change anything.

Never stop moving forward in your journey simply because someone else has walked the path before you.

Good luck and keep writing.

S.J.

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Adorable is as adorable does…

Today was going to be packed to the gills with things that all need to be accomplished by yesterday, which in my world means I will probably be consuming massive amounts of caffeine to keep up with the schedule of work I have planned on completing during the next 24 hours.  So I head downstairs to refill my coffee cup for the second time already this morning.

First thing I see as I walk through the living room is the tv playing yet another Christmas cartoon, which is entertaining the furniture, and my four year old grandson who is spending the day with me today is nowhere in sight.

If you have ever been in a situation where you are responsible to care for a four year old, you know all too well that the sudden disappearance of this young inquisitive person is a potential ingredient for big trouble or worse, a big mess.

After a brief game of hide-and-seek with myself looking for him, I find him upstairs in the office that I had just left to fill my cup only moments before. I have absolutely no idea how he could have passed me without my knowledge, I can only assume that some small children possess the ability to materialize at random throughout the house.

He is randomly pushing buttons on the computer printer. I immediately put down my cup and ask him what he’s doing. He replies that he’s busy ‘working’ at something very important and that I should be quiet for just a minute so he can think.

Oops. I hear echoes of myself in his words. These young humans that visit my home are vacuums for all kinds of things that adults have stopped hearing or completely take for granted. Note to self: stop using the phrase, “be quiet for a minute…”

I watch him for a few seconds, as he carefully chooses and debates with himself which of the blinking buttons will help him accomplish his task, and then he turns to me in frustration and asks if I can help.

‘Gladly’, I tell him but I need to know what it is that he’s trying to do. He tells me that he is trying to print some more paper. The paper tray is empty. I have to stop and marvel at the infinite wisdom of this four-year-olds logic, that the printer ‘prints’ his art paper. Of course it does!

He begins explaining that he needs to make a “keep out” sign to put on the playroom door for our dog Tyler. Apparently Tyler has formed an attachment to one of the play toys and he doesn’t want him to chew on it. I tried to explain that Tyler doesn’t know how to read, but he informs me very matter-of-factly that I need to teach him how to read so he can read the sign, stay out of the playroom and stop chewing on the toys.

Yep, more impeccable logic that’s impossible to refute. No problem.

Due to the attention needs of the younger person in the house today, my plans to get a massive mound of work done today have been shot to ‘shine-ola’. I have no idea what that means exactly, but my mother used to use that phrase a lot when I was a child, so now I use it. Yes, I was a vacuum myself once.

So, today has been turned from a very productive ‘work’ day into a necessary play-date with this adorable little boy. After all four year old boys are only four years old for 365 days in their entire lives, then suddenly they’re all grown up and don’t have time for play-dates with their Nana’s any longer.

With his help, I am going to try to teach Tyler how to read the keepout sign that’s being designed while I’m writing this and hopefully my boy will teach me how to silently materialize clear across the house. Maybe we’ll bake some Christmas cookies and play a game of Candyland while we’re at it.

Hope you have a good day too.

S.J.