Sunday, July 28, 2013

G Mitchell Baker's Most Emberrassing moment, or is it?

What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?

I often wonder about this … I sit here, asking the question repeatedly and ponder the fact the experience of embarrassment is something I really do not recall much, if any. I ask myself, ‘Is there the type of person who does not experience embarrassment?  Am I that kind of person?’

‘Embarrassment’ can be defined as ‘to cause confusion and shame to; make uncomfortable self-conscious; disconcerted…’

Generally, I do not think I readily accept ‘embarrassment’ and have some kind of way of thinking that changes over to direct the circumstances that renders the situation other than confused or shameful … I try to keep things comfortable without being overly self-conscious…  I somewhat think of ‘embarrassment’ as a backward scenario, while I like to be forward looking … I consider ‘Okay what is the better was to view this?’  I like to turn potential negatives into a pluses by not dwelling on ‘embarrassment’ and getting after what is productive, good about the situation…

Having said as much, I have noticed, when I approach things this way, how many people try to embarrass others.  I think it’s a control tactic for many and when they cannot achieve as much with me, they back off, or back away … Sometimes I think my martial arts training and certain eastern philosophy taught within that context has something to do with my approach…   There is a lot to think about, but I’m going to leave things as they are for now.

G. Mitchell Baker enjoys living out west, from the southwest United States to western Canada. Having practiced law for more than twenty years, Baker enjoys researching and writing projects that draw him into the many genres, to include contemporary fiction, science fiction, and paranormal works of fiction. Also a writer of feature length screenplays, G. Mitchell Baker enjoys adapting his novels to screenplay and, adapting his screenplays to novels.

Baker has been fortunate to compete at the highest levels in sports to include baseball and karate.  This spirit leads to his also striving to compete at the highest levels to entertain his readership. Moreover, it is in this spirit Baker invites you to visit and re-visit his ‘Anything But a Tired Barn', and, to become familiar with his current and ongoing projects.  Please take the time to learn more about G. Mitchell Baker, his projects, and any reasonable offer for original and interesting conversation … as much will not be refused.  












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Thursday, July 18, 2013

How far we have come.

I found a very good example of how far we have come as writers. I dug up one of Charlie's stories from the beginning of our adventure and the difference in the writing between then and now! All I have to say is, wow! I read through the story line and could hear Kim Mutch Emerson in my head asking me questions such as, "who in their right mind would get out of their car to help a werewolf?" "When did they talk about that?" and my favorite one, "Show the action, don't tell it."  Believe me, no disrespect to Kim what so ever meant by these statements. She has helped us tremendously. I have all these voices in my head; Kim’s voice is helping us to write better, Charlie and his voice of telling the story. But I looked back and saw really just how far we have come.

 I encourage all who have been at this for a while to go back to a story they started a while ago and look at it. See how far you have come. I could say also the same about a friend of mine’s artwork. Dan Peyton. His artwork has and is continuing to get better each and every day. He practices it and works at it and it shows. From his first Bark cover to his second the difference is there.  The first cover is good, but the second one is better.

I see friends who have worked very hard and are now enjoying that reward. Melody Anne is at a writers conference in GA. And having the time of her life! She is a writer full time now and is a wonderful writer. I love seeing how far everyone has come and seeing how everyone has grown as writers. Seeing our writings prompted this blog because it finally showed just how far we had come. It’s hard to see your own progress but very easy to see other people and how far they have come. We can often feel like we are stuck in the same spot when actually we have been moving and growing all along.

Dan is having a book launch for his second Bark book and he has so much help this time around. He has friends who are willing to help him and want to see him succeed. I have seen some of the prizes he is going to be offering for it and man are they awesome! I hope that everyone stops by and congratulate him on a job well done. It would mean a lot to him.   

Of all the jobs I have done, I can honestly say I love this one the most. I love the learning, the challenges, the growth we have seen in ourselves and others. This is the one that I stick with and keep working at in hopes of someday doing exactly what Melody Anne and Martin Crosbie and others who have made it. That is being a full time writer and enjoying the benefits of it! So look out world because Charlie and Wendy have set a goal and are going after it!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Bud Hassard

There is someone on facebook who is my inspiration to write this blog today. His name is Bud Hazzard-Hassard. I don't know much about him except from what I have read on his writings and his facebook posts. He wrote a post today that really got me to thinking. He is a minister so yes he is good at what he does. He gets you to thinking.
Bud has lived a life most of us could never dream of. He has served in the armed forces been over seas and been a leader of men. He is married and now with him being a minister he is still a leader. He tends to his flock and now his flock is growing on facebook too. Does he preach at us? no. He talks to us and connects with us. today he mentioned about feelings and how we as artists can't possibly share an emotion we haven't ourselves felt. here is his post.

 "Authors can only emote love when they are filled with love. They can only emote fear when they themselves feel the fear. They can only emote the pain, when they again, feel the pain. Poets or Story Tellers can never touch the emotions, the hearts, of their readers if they themselves are not touched." ~AWH

All artists withdraw from their emotional bank those feelings once experienced in times of joy, pain, fear or love. No more than the theater, that is in acting, is that true; but this truth is not confined to theater. The painter who puts brush to canvas, the singer who belts out a song, a violinist who pours out his/her soul in performance and yes, the writer who reaches into the myriad of former experiences to pour out their hearts via pen and paper. We can not be bankrupt of feelings and expect to emote to others in our writing.

A great writer must be moved by the experiences of others as well. Empathy is the highway of a writer to allow their emotions to be stirred. If a writer is feeling "flat" or "not inspired" then get involved in the lives of others via their stories or their current circumstances. Research for a novelist is not just about facts. It is much more than that. It is about humanity. I've read that a good author is a good people watcher. I purport that a great author is a people empathizer. They not only watch the people and how they behave when emotionally stirred, but they also feel that emotion with the people. Empathy can not be taught, it is something within sensing something felt by others. Only when an artist can be in touch with the emotions of others, can they effectively emote to others.
and he wrote here as well on
Bud Hazzard-Hassard As a minister, I would ask someone who was down in the dumps to assist me in helping others. In the process of refocusing their attention to helping others they find themselves rising above their doldrums. I'm not talking about clinical depression; but rather those times when the weight of our challenges overwhelm us. I would suggest that for the day, they should leave those burdens at the cross of Christ and help me help someone else.

Their problems were still there at the cross when they came back, but somehow, they seemed lighter to carry. is a great place to help others and in doing so, find our load a little lighter to carry.

There is a reason Kim requires that we help others BEFORE we try to promote ourselves.

Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again."
Write ON!! Kodas
His words are there to read and to feel. They get me to thinking. I have empathy for all man kind. Sometimes I get tired though. I have given and given without ever thinking of getting anything back until I myself felt I had nothing left to give.
I pray constantly and daily. Do I get down in the dumps? yes, I fight depression daily. I show a cheerful person and do my best to help make others happy. Bud's words touched me in the same way as a friend's once did. She told me I have two choices in this old life. I can let my past make me bitter or I can put a smile on my face and help make others happy.
I chose to help make others happy. Even though I could be filled with doubts and pain. I give of my time from my heart. Do I always succeed in showing the happy face? No. but I keep trying and pick myself up and go again. There is a bible saying, Give and yea shall receive. I don't know that I believe it for myself. The receiving part. But I have given.
I have seen it happen where someone gives and receives 10 fold. I believe it happens for others and I have seen it happen for others. I look forward to reading Bud's writings because he touches my soul and gets me to thinking. Thank you Bud for your wisdom and your prayers. God certainly knew what he was doing when he touched you to spread his word.
So if you get a chance to meet Mr. Bud Hassard say hi to him and talk to him. He isn't your typical minister. He is a real down to earth person who has lived life. Maybe you do believe in God, maybe not. He will talk to you no matter your faith or religion.
As writers we are often filled with doubts and fears. We wonder if we are good enough if we have what it takes. Are we just wasting our time, money and resources on something that will never happen? I don't know the answer but I do know we are a better person because we do go after our dreams. Just as its better to have loved and lost then never to have loved at all. The same can be said of dreams. It is better to have taken a chance on a dream then never to have tried at all. At the very least we can at least say we tried.