For a day following one that ended on such a high note, today is filled with sobering thoughts.

Good stuff, but sobering.

I’ve mentioned I utilize a white board to track various tasks.

I mentioned in a post yesterday the task list is rather lengthy now.

This morning I added a new task to the very top

Tune the Dial

What does this mean?  Unlike the t-shirt in my store it is not about avoiding negativity.

Though that is wise.  

Rather, it’s about the opposite.  Focus on the positive.

Specifically a person or a situation that will put a smile in your heart when you think on it.

The idea to take such deliberate action came as part of a post-mortem analysis of the previous winter.  It was, due to a variety of circumstances, a low point in my life.  

Fortunately, months of introspection revealed it is unlikely the stars will line up in such a way again.


That isn’t to say I can be heedless of the fact some of my own vulnerabilities make it so if I’m not careful I could wind up in a smiliar place.

It was one of those where stress led to a behavior to address the stress but ended up bringing different stress which led to…

It was for this reason I spent months dissecting everything that took place including my role in any of it.

How did my actions contribute to my own suffering?

Once I finished that I identified actions I could take to avoid getting sucked into such a place again. I further considered how I might raise my energy vibration back to what it was prior to the chaos.  One idea I toyed with was starting every morning by thinking of someone or something that put a smile in my heart.

To achieve the higher vibration I needed to refocus my attention.

I had to Tune the Dial.

What gave me the idea was that I’d noted whenever I composed an email to a certain friend I felt absolutely fantastic.

Energized and ready to face the day!

I decided to test and see if I felt that way even if I didn’t write to this friend but simply thought of them.  

It worked!

I went through other evaluations in order to gauge how various events affected me.

Including interactions with other people.

I periodically tried the morning email thought to see if it consistently got me smiling.

It does.

Wanting to be thorough in my efforts to see how various events affect me I spent the past few days doing a number of tests, including reading headlines.

I discovered that my interactions with people affect me far more than what I read in the headlines, regardless of whether or not those headlines are negative and/or upsetting.

I alluded to this in Under Siege: Tools and Strategies for Dealing with the Pillars of EMF Sensitivity in the section on Esoteric EMFs.

I considered activities that bring joy.

  • Conversations with Family
  • Philosophical conversations with others who love to stretch their minds
  • Conversations with people pursuing their dreams or who have achieved them
  • Writing
  • Thinking of Fans**
  • Music
  • Walking

I considered there are some activities I haven’t done in a long time but knowing they brought happiness determined I would reengage.

Specifically a workout routine I did for decades, a combination of stretches and weight lifting.

I determined I got the best response by making a point each morning to think of someone or something that makes me smile.

I may write a message to them I don’t intend to send just to get that frequency tuned correctly.

I also determined it is in my best interest to make changes in how I handle situations that bring me down.

Especially interactions with people who drain me rather than juice me up.

I decided that each time I think of individual(s) who have caused grief or in some way drained me I will automatically send them thoughts of love and happiness.

I used a modified Silva technique to program myself to do as much.

I am getting good results.

Felt as if the weight of the world tumbled from my shoulders.

I am determined to make Tuning the Dial to bring in positive energy a habit.


**Thinking of the people who stop by to visit my websites and who subscribe brings such a smile to my heart!  Thinking how people are enjoying the stories I write brings joy.


For a day that started out with such creative promise boy did it fizzle.

It all started last night. 

Shortly after getting into bed I decided if I didn’t make a note of the blog idea I thought up while brushing my teeth I would probably forget it.  

I gave brief consideration as to whether to put it in a laptop file or write it on a sticky note.  The sticky notes won.

When I saw the two notes this morning after waking from the best sleep I’ve had in two weeks I smiled and thanked myself for following through.  I then set the sticky notes where I could see them, the idea being I’d write that post soon.

That was over six hours ago.

Best Intentions

Confident it would be a productive day I sipped espresso and fired up Free Cell, the idea being to mentally run through a few scenes for Hollow Shelter.

The Port Gallatan work I’ll be publishing weeks from now.

That activity – sans blog post – turned into hours of playing Free Cell.  

A waste, right?


 I mentally wrote several chapters for the new book while playing that mindless repetitive game and that’s in addition to the 21 pages I wrote in MS Word the day before yesterday and 8 yesterday.

8 that were in addition to going back through the original 21 and filling in plot details.

I knew the time spent writing scenes in my mind was time well spent.

Pure gold.

It was also long overdue.

I’ve been immersed in nonfiction for the past 9 months.

The fact I knocked out 21 pages in three hours on the first day I set to work told me more than anything I’m back in the groove for fiction.

Thank God.  It’s more fun and less stressful.

I wasn’t concerned that after several hours I still wasn’t putting fingers to keyboard.  After all, I’ve written a 200 page novel in 3 weeks and 3 full-length novels in 3 months.

When the creative juju flows it flows.


When lunch came and went and I still couldn’t get my fingers to keyboard I started to think maybe I needed to motivate myself.

  • Look at the white board
  • Look at the sticky notes
  • Look at the manuscript in progress

Nothing worked.

I debated just not worrying about it.

I’ve gone pedal to the keyboard metal enough to know I can kick it out.  I’d make my deadline no problem.

There was just one little problem.

Brightly Colored Prodding

About a year ago I purchased a pack of brightly colored sticky notes.

Bet you can see where this is going…

The ones I wrote the blog post notes on are a rather bright orange.


Even as my eyes defocused while clicking digital cards and my mind wrote scenes between characters the neon orange whispered I’m still waiting…

I picked them up – read my notes – decided the post could wait.

Er that post.

Frustrated I wasn’t doing a better job taking advantage of a good night’s sleep and a productive Free Cell Chapter writing session I decided to write something.


So I could feel I’d accomplished something.


Those mental scenes are a double-edged sword.  

Yes I got work done but until they are in the manuscript?  They’re in my head.

I couldn’t get myself to do anything.

Not even something.

The Big Guns

I decided to listen to music but it felt kind of – no pun intended – hollow.  

I usually use it as a reward after a full days’ writing.

I’ll admit, I was hoping maybe the music would get the motivation progressing from thinking to typing.  Thankfully, it worked.

The how is a bit ironic.  

I’ve mentioned deciding what to write next after a project is finished can be a bit of work and that I have other manuscripts partially done that I could have chosen as low hanging fruit to follow Under Siege

  • Colony
  • Metatron’s Army
  • Dragon Core
  • Port Gallatan

Each of them has at least one book at least 1/3 finished.

Many are 1/2 done.

Why?  My mind needs a pressure release valve when I’m deep in a project so I’ll take hours and type until the creative stress is relieved after which I save whatever I wrote and go back to the main project.

Sometimes those files end up getting deleted.  Other times, as in the case of Hollow Shelter, they move around the country for 28 years before getting published.

I selected a play list with Black Lab’s Learn To Crawl before eventually switching to a different list so I could listen to Duran Duran’s Do You Believe In Shame?

Tequila Sunrise is one of my all-time favorite movies!

The moment I heard the opening notes I knew I had the first song for the as yet uncreated Hollow Shelter playlist.

Next thing I know I’m fingers to keyboard.

And so it goes.

Hollow Shelter will be available late summer/early autumn 2022

Stay tuned


I’ve decided which fiction project to work on and it didn’t even take shower time to figure it out!

Shower time: Where some of my best thinking is done and many problems are solved.

All I had to do was win a few dozen rounds of Free Cell, sans the tunes.

I often listen to music while playing rounds of Free Cell when working out plot challenges.

Today’s challenge was a little different.  Typically once I finish a project my mind immediately starts work on the next one and it’s usually what I’d call low hanging fruit.

A project that is already started.

For weeks I assumed the next project would be Compass Rose which is a Colony book that is half finished but when it came to doing it I felt ambivalent.

I’ve had a Port Gallatan project – one that keeps getting delayed – in my mind as well.

Weirdly enough, however, now that I have the time to work on it I find myself less than enthused and while some might think that, combined with the fact it keeps getting delayed, it’s not a book of my heart.

That’s not it.

I can come up with an idea and put it on the back burner for years if not decades.

The Awakening Series was created in the early 90s while I was in the Corporate Black Hole.  I typed out the basics, saved them on 3 1/2 inch floppy, moved them around the country with me, got married, had kids, moved around the country some more, turned my focus to nonfiction EMF stuff, wrote and published the Awakening Series in between publishing the Metatron’s Army Series.

When a book is in my heart and soul?  It stays there.

The idea of doing a Gallatan book, however, intrigued me to the point that while playing rounds of the mindless game I decided to slide a different one in front of the one I was thinking of doing. 

This book that I will start this afternoon was also conceived in the early 90s and was originally going to be part of the Awakening Series.  However, after ending that series I decided to just set it asisde until I figured out what to do with it.

I considered doing it as a single title.

Utility to the Rescue

I was watching the furnace guy work on the oil furnace at the house we were renting when I came up with a plan.  I’d just finished Adjudication and was wondering what to do next.  When a rather startling display of electricity via arc’ing happened while he was working on it I had the answer.

Metatron’s Legacy.

I was impressed. He never flinched.

He told me he’d been expecting the like and it told him where the problem was.

It was while writing Legacy that, relaxed because I had a project I loved to work on, I got the idea for that other book.

Port Gallatan.  

As I had a number of stories from those early 90s I decided to move them west.

It was easier than I would have thought because the original location east is similar with mountains, forests, and ocean.

Port In a Storm was published not long after and though I’ve done other works since, I’m finally circling back to complete that book of my heart from the 90s. I don’t have a working title yet but I anticipate this book to be available for purchase late summer/early autumn 2022.

Stay tuned

Now it’s time for the think tank known as the shower.


Enjoying a bit of sun and posting to announce that Under Siege: Tools and Strategies for Dealing with the Pillars of EMF Sensitivity is available on kindle.

Other versions including Pdf will be available within days.  

In the days running up to the final sprint a couple of things came to my attention.  Each is related – ironically – to something I wrote about in this book.


The first is a screenshot my mom sent me.  She knows I’ve written about tequila as part of the cure for Calcium toxicity.

See Ignoring the Rules: An Intriguing Approach to Calcium Toxicity for details.

It’s also part of the overall cure for EMF Sensitivity.

I write about the role of calcium in EMF Sensitivity in this book as well as Calcium: The Old Man Mineral and Its Role in EMF Sensitivity.

The second “coincidence” was an article I saw.  The headline made me smile because it’s something I write about in this book.

In the section discussing Atmospheric EMFs.

 I never held with the overly generic chemical imbalance diagnosis.

Doctor speak for “We have no idea what’s wrong.”

It’s far too broad and generally inaccurate.

The timing of these bits of data made me smile as I took it as a thumbs up from the universe.

My relationship with which I write about in the Esoteric section of this book.

And Now?

I’m taking a bit of time to decide which project I’m going to work on next.

It will be fiction. That is a certainty.

I did redo the FixEMF app content, turned it over to the coder.

I anticipate the updated version – complete with a new look and new content – to be available in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.


Listening to a bit of Fleetwood Mac and considering I might finally be finished with this project.

My obligation to the project.

The landing page for Under Siege: Tools and Strategies for Dealing with EMF Sensitivity is up. 

I’ve got a bit of mental cleanup then it’s on to the next project.

While staff and e publishers churn the thing out to the ether.

Mental cleanup:  A bit of Space Dust IPA as I look at evening skies that are – for a change – clear blue.

And listen to more Fleetwood Mac

And dream about a long distant – thank you Covid – reward trip for 20 plus books published.