Being Moody

Opinionated Man:

I am sure MANY OF US can share your thoughts on this post. I am sorry to hear you can never “shine” in front of those that obviously mattered to you. At some point though you will have to accept your own successes and accomplishments as “good enough” for you. Nice post and hopefully you don’t mind me rebooting it. -OM
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Originally posted on Insomnia, Nightmares and General Madness:

Being ill and possessed of a somewhat foul temper today, I’m being reflective and somewhat bitter. Being grumpy about family issues, primarily. As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve been writing for almost thirty years now, beginning with bad Mario Bros. fanfic at the age of 6 on a purloined typewriter from my dad’s closet and progressing to D&D knockoff fiction before finding something resembling my own style, voice and subject matter. That’s fairly common knowledge. Also fairly common knowledge is that I’m a trifle manic depressive, suffer extensively from “I’m never good enough” logic and a lack of self-esteem.

One of the roots of those, at least as it pertains to my writing, is my parents. I know, everyone’s got an axe to grind in that department, and I typically have little to no sympathy for those who blame all their life’s troubles on “Mommy didn’t love me enough, waaaaaaaah.” But…

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Stop Treating Other Writers as Your Competition

Opinionated Man:

Well written! We are all here to pursue our dreams, but that does not mean we are all in competition with one another. Nicely said and I hope you don’t mind the reblog. -OM
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Originally posted on Courtney Herz:

There’s a trend that I’ve noticed, and I feel it needs attention. In cyberspace as in social space, it seems that writers like to consider other writers their competition. While this might initially make some amount of sense on the surface when it comes to writers within one’s own genre, it makes little to no sense when looking at writers in other genres. However, I’m here to tell you that no matter what genre the fellow writer across from you or next to you or on the next Amazon listing as you writes in, they are not your competition.

Ready for me to prove my point by asking one simple question?


Name one person you know who exclusively reads books from one author.

I’ll wait.

No, seriously, take your time.

Nobody? No takers? Nobody you know ONLY reads books from ONE single author?

Wow. Shocker.

Now, tell me how…

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Me & WP – One Year Now!

Opinionated Man:

Congrats on the one year anniversary! On to another year! -OM
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Originally posted on Just something I was thinking about . . .:


Hi Blog Buds! I have been missing you :-)

I’ve been trying to catch up here and there the last few weeks – which might I add have absolutely flown by!! Finally getting over the crud that was going around, and trying to get it together to end this semi-crappy year and move on to a new year, and hopefully some wonderful new adventures and opportunities. I say semi-crappy because in the scheme of things, it could’ve been much worse.

My philosophy in life, generally, is if by the end of the day no one has died, no one is terminally ill and no one is scarred for life, it’s been a damn good day – or at least it wasn’t as bad as it may have seemed.

So, though I have spent the last year “job free” against my will, and we have really pillaged our “retirement” savings, which…

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Christian persecution in America

Opinionated Man:

8%! Holy shit Batman this country is going to hell! -OM
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Originally posted on Mindful Digressions:

Christian persecutionI’ve seen an awful lot of blog posts lately where Christians here in the United States are complaining about being persecuted. Or they’re whining about how mean and nasty atheists are being toward Christians.

Maybe it’s the time of year. After all, Christmas is bearing down on us. In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s just 10 days away.

In the midst of all this talk of Christian persecution and how cruel atheists are to Christians, I took a look at the numbers and it made me wonder if it’s all much ado about nothing.

Depending upon which survey you look at, the percent of Americans who identify themselves as Christian ranges from to 83% (ABCNEWS/Beliefnet) to almost 80% (Pew Research) to 75% (Gallup).

But only 1.6% (Pew) to 2.4% (Gallop) of Americans identify themselves as atheists. Around 3% call themselves agnostic. And anywhere from 13% to 20%, depending upon the poll, are not aligned with any…

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Rebel without a clue.

Opinionated Man:

Nice photo of “Panda”… although as the official representative of Pandas World Wide, I regret to inform you they are offended by the misrepresentation of their name and would request/demand you change your “dog’s” name to something more generic like “Bear.” Comply immediately. Thank you. -OM
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Originally posted on mojoshawn:

I finally pulled the trigger and purchased a DSLR camera.  It’s a Canon Rebel and I found it for a great price.  However, right now I feel like a caveman with an iPad.  Here’s the first picture I took with it.  Of course, it’s one of Panda.

As usual, give me the "raspberry".

As usual, giving me the “raspberry”.

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My Blog is Six Months Old Today

Opinionated Man:

Congrats on the half year mark! Another milestone down and more to come. Blog on! -OM
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Originally posted on Not Another Tall Blog:

My blog is six months old today! Not a lot, I know, but it is a teeny weeny milestone for me… so I can’t help feeling (just a tad!) excited. I could just keep my excitement to myself – or share it with  you: my followers.

With close to 8,000 hits on the blog, I am proud to have 379 blog followers, 129 followers of my blog’s Facebook page and 103 Twitter followers.


I’d like to sincerely thank you all!! Please, keep reading my posts and commenting! I love to read your comments, as this is when my articles really come to life.

A huge ‘thank you’ to my talented guests, too! Your interviews are something I really enjoyed doing – and hope to do again when you have some news and updates to share!

For those of my readers who are new to my blog – please do check out…

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