Catch the Wave – Relationships, Life, the Journey




Do you ever get curious about life and what it throws at you and why? I don’t mean a superficial blur of a thought that passes through your head without as much as a thought. I am talking about stopping and really thinking about what goes on in your life. Good or bad, what were the causes? Were you the reason, part of the reason, none of the reason? Why do seemingly ideal situations sometimes end in failure? Does the universe have a way of disrupting lives, situations, and circumstances to get your attention? Why is it such a challenge to find someone who fits your idea of a match with so many people on the planet?

When you do find that person why does one of you sabotage it? Is it sabotage, or a simple part of the journey? Is it true that true wisdom only comes from pain?

Life is a blur, and many of us can get frustrated always looking for the next wave. Have you thought you caught the perfect wave, only to have it throw you off the board near the end of the run? Now, left searching for our board — scrambling for reason and answers that is, do you get right back up on the board, or enjoy the surf for a while and let the board come to you? I know the answer for me as I write that last sentence, but dammit I don’t want to wait. I want to get back up and give it another go. No matter what the next wave is. One thing I have learned is that no one wave is perfect. They all have their flaws as does the rider of the board. Perhaps the waves keep throwing us because of impatience and not yet learning to enjoy floating through the waves as they crash into the shore. Patience. Dammit, who needs it? Apparently, a lot of us.

Left Hanging

Is it just me, or is text etiquette, or lack thereof, maddening. So someone tells me early in the morning, via text, let’s talk later, then proceeds to not reach out and talk. Was I supposed to be the one reaching out? If I tell someone lets talk later, I make it a point to be the one reaching out. I am trying very hard to not make a big thing out of this but I genuinely don’t get it. This seems not only rude but disingenuous which is worse.

The common courtesy of doing what one says seems lost these days. I am left feeling bad about the

situation, and then worse because I doubt myself and wonder if I am being a ninny, (is that a f’ing word?), or getting worked up over nothing. I am beginning to despise texting. I used to think it was a convenient way to communicate and suppose it still can be for those with clear communication,  but for those with less than genuine and clear communication skills it is insanity.

Serenity now! If you say you are going to do something then do it, or at least give a response that something has come up, changed, whatever, so people aren’t left hanging. Ahhhhhhhhh!

Can you judge a book by its cover?

You can’t judge a book by its cover, or is it you can judge a book by its cover? I know, I know, it’s the latter unless you are a Bo Diddley fan. But I digress. I will admit, I am as guilty as the next person when it comes to browsing for a new book. I won’t even pick up a book that isn’t appealing to me. We have become such visual creatures and with such short attention spans, the cover of a book is more important now than ever, possibly. Don’t you hate those damn qualifiers? Stephen King would have already stopped reading this post I am sure.

Anyhoo, one of the things I have learned in my short Indie author career is the importance of the cover and title. Early on I was asked by someone I trust, and with knowledge in the publishing industry, that my first two novels had horrid titles that told the reader nothing. After clearing the lump in the back of my throat, I listened and then went to my loyal readers. All of them said they loved the titles and the covers. So I, of course, left them alone. Three years later now with anemic sales and the books buried in Indie Author anonymity, I have decided to rethink my stubborn strategy. I learned it is easy for someone who has read a novel and enjoyed it, to understand the title and cover. But to try to get someone to pick it off the shelf, or click on the image online is a different story. I may have been better off with the novel cover I originally created, see image included in this post, than the one I professionally paid for. Since I can’t go back in time, I am off to Kickstarter to launch a campaign for new editions. Let’s hope the new titles and covers give a good representation of what the novels are about. Cheers.


Featured Friday! Mike Walters

91afedb367485dcb5efc57e5a978612a0122cc07__300x0Mike Walters’ debut duology, The Outlaw River Wilde – Book I, and Still Wilde in Outlaw River – Book II, sprung from an idea while watching Ancient Aliens on the History channel. He intertwines his love of Native American culture and a passion for the Pacific Northwest, primarily his birth state of Oregon in the Supernatural SciFi Mystery. Mike sat down one day and started writing. The characters and story came to life as he wrote.

Mike is the Director of Marketing & Product at a Library Software company, Auto-Graphics, Inc. based in Ontario, California. When Mike isn’t working, he can be found bicycling around Southern California, hiking the Claremont Loop, or writing.

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A Born Skeptic Confronts the Extraordinary

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July 12, 2016

Mitch Wilde never believed in aliens—that is, until he was left with no other way to explain the strange events happening around his small Pacific Northwest home. With scattered appearances of ghostly Native American riders, a series of odd break-ins by unknown intruders, and hints that more could be coming, Mitch, along with his cantankerous old neighbor who is becoming a new friend, vows to unravel the mysteries and preserve the comfortable life he has worked so hard to build.

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The Outlaw River Wilde (The Outlaw River Wilde Volume 1) by Mike Walters

91afedb367485dcb5efc57e5a978612a0122cc07__300x0The Pacific Northwest is Under Attack. Ancient Alien Intrigue: Can Mitch Wilde save humanity?
A very impressive debut. Original and impressively well written novel! – Portsmouth BOOK REVIEW

An original and impressively well written novel, “The Outlaw River Wilde” is a deftly crafted and highly entertaining story by an author who will leave his readers looking eagerly toward his next effort. – Midwest Book Review

Mitch Wilde never believed in aliens, that is, until he was left with no other way to explain the strange events happening around his small Pacific Northwest home.

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Still Wilde In Outlaw River (The Outlaw River Wilde Volume 2) by Mike Walters

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Cold Coffee Press Endorses Still Wilde In Outlaw River (The Outlaw River Wilde Volume 2) by Mike Walters by Cold Coffee Press on 9 Jul

Still Wilde In Outlaw River
 (The Outlaw River Wilde Volume 2) 
by Mike Walters

Rescued from a desperate situation, Mitch Wilde finds the stakes raised for him, his loved ones, and his small Oregon Town of Outlaw River. Mitch’s wife Mabey is alone and on the run, fighting for her own survival. Jasper, Mitch’s cantankerous old neighbor and investigative paranormal sleuth, and best friend Jack Jenson, also return in Book Two of Mike Walters’ debut supernatural duology.

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Indie Author Mike Walters Explores the Potential Problems That Outer Space Aliens Could Pose in Book II of His Supernatural Duology

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Jun 06, 2016, 11:48 ET from Mike Walters

LOS ANGELES, June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Mike Walters, exploring a potential threat to earth, announces the release of the second and final book in his Supernatural duology – Still Wilde in Outlaw River.

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Myths, Mysticism, and Adventure

Taken from Lightning Chronicles – A. G. Moye’s anything and everything blog and his works. 
By Mike Walters

“Mulder, it is such a gorgeous day outside. Have you ever entertained the idea of trying to find life on this planet?”

“I have seen the life on this planet, Scully, and that is exactly why I’m looking elsewhere.”Being a close-minded person can choke off possibilities readily available to all of us in the form of Myths, Mysticism, and Adventure. I became a fan of the X-Files when it debuted back in 1993. At the time, I had no idea it would start me down the path of formulating some of my own stories with the ultimate desire of putting them down on paper. Read more “Myths, Mysticism, and Adventure”

Charline Ratcliff Interview

new-picture-21Charline Ratcliff Interviews: Mike Walters, Author of ‘The Outlaw River Wilde’

Charlene Ratcliff: Good Morning Mike! I’m happy to be to feature you, and your book, on my blog today!

Thank you for the opportunity to spend a few minutes with you and answer some questions.

To start out, why don’t you tell us about yourself. As a child, where did you grow up? What was it like? Did you enjoy where you lived? And — what activities did you do for fun? Read more “Charline Ratcliff Interview”