Back in July, when I learned I would be retiring this December (courtesy of budget cuts) and finally able to try writing full time, I decided to jump in with both feet and start a web page and a blog. The web page, as it turned out, required quite a bit of time to set up but has remained pretty static. The blog was easier to get started (I used the templates) but takes a lots more work. In hindsight, I may have been a bit premature. It might have been better to wait until I had actually retired to start this so I wouldn't have the time crunch problem; but then again, I wouldn't have met all the great people I've met through their blogs.
Anyway, just after I got my blog started, I received an e-mail from Mutual of Ohama, of all places, saying they had seen my blog and I seemed a likely candidate to film an Aha Moment video. They just happened to be coming through our town the following week. I had no idea what an Aha Moment was and figured it was some sort of a scam, but I checked it out and it was legit so...what the heck.
They made the video, posted it on the Mutual of Omaha Aha Moment website and sent me the link. Not having anything else to do with it, I stuck it on my blog (upper left hand side) and that was pretty much that. I felt a little self-conscious about the whole thing so I didn't try to call it to anyone's attention and, to be honest, no one has ever mentioned viewing it - so either they haven't or it's so bad, they're keeping kindly quiet. But since I'm coming down the homestretch now and the retirement I talk about in the video is almost at hand, I guess it's time. I invite you to, please, check out my Aha Moment video and let me know what you think.
And - without benefit of cameras rolling - do you have an aha moment, about anything at all, that you can share? Was it a big life changer or just something small?
Countdown to retirement and writing full time: 22 work days to go.
I'm currently enjoying: INDULGENCE IN DEATH by JD Robb (Broke my own rule and put THE WEIGHT OF SILENCE aside in mid-read to "indulge" in the latest Dallas.)
Groaner of the Day: An Indian chief was feeling very sick, so he summoned the medicine man. After a brief examination, the medicine man took out a long, thin strip of elk rawhide and gave it to the chief, telling him to bite off, chew, and swallow one inch of the leather every day. After a month, the medicine man returned to see how the chief was feeling. The chief shrugged and said, "The thong is ended, but the malady lingers on." (Feel free to start a comment petition to ban these.)