Monthly Archives: September 2015

CONSUMERISM has cost us PERSPECTIVE

We watched Interstellar again this last weekend, and although I don’t think it was a great movie, it wasn’t bad either. It did have a few really great moments, and one of them is stuck in my head today. I guess because it has been an issue with me for years; the idea of our planet dying or being sick really resonates with me, which is after all why I wrote the Irrevocable Series.

The exact scene I am referring to has the grandfather sitting on the porch with Cooper, the main character, and they are talking about how we are a world of consumers. Companies come out with new products every day; new gadgets and devices that make our lives easier or better, or at least claim to. And of course, our role is to buy up and use all of this new technology; to dedicate ourselves to working harder to earn more money to buy more stuff. But what if we stopped doing our part? What if we simply stopped trying to have it all?

Sitting at a stoplight on the way to work this morning, that’s exactly what I was thinking about. We get caught up in the whole cycle, and once we are accustomed to having something, we can’t seem to live without it. We have existed as a species for thousands of years without cellphones, but now that we have them, they are glued to our hands. Leaving home without it is a catastrophe, and a person not owning one means that something must be wrong with them.

So, what would happen if we simply stopped filling our lives with all the junk that is being offered to us? Could we get by with only one television in the house again? What if we only had one phone, and it was attached to the wall in our kitchen, where it belongs, instead of following us around everywhere we go?

I’m working at a junior high for a few more days (I’ve been here five weeks) and I see these kids and how they are severely limited in inter-personal skills. They have a hard time talking to one another and interacting appropriately, and I can’t help thinking about what it was like growing up in a small house with pretty much only one of everything. We had one phone, one bathroom, one television, and we had to share. It taught us perspective, and that everything, every resource, is limited.

I think something has been lost in that; something major. Every one of these kids has their OWN cellphone. They have a television in their rooms. Heck, many of them have their own bathroom at home. They don’t have to share anything in their private lives, and therefore have no idea how to compromise or what the rules for such a need would be. They are clueless what to do when they don’t get their own of whatever it is that they want or need.

Furthermore, they don’t see the value in anything. Cellphones are expensive, yet they throw them down the hall, or across the patio, as if they were a Frisbee. Ninety percent of them have screens that are cracked or broken from ill treatment. And we wonder why we have to replace broken desks, and why they can’t take care of them, when they can’t even take care of something that BELONGS to them. Why would they care about something that isn’t theirs?

I’m shaking my head while I think about it. I truly believe that less is more, and that some of the most valuable things we learn while living at home with our parents and siblings do NOT come from what we get; they come from what we don’t get, and how we handle earning those things. How do we learn to appreciate anything when it can be or will be replaced without consequence? It’s simple; we don’t.

You want to teach your kids about living a long and happy life, stop giving them everything. Let them learn some people skills and what it’s like to be a part of a group with limited resources. That’s what this planet needs – that’s what our society needs. Less is more, money can’t buy happiness, and learning to deal with people is a skill technology will never help to improve or be able to teach.

I’m a Planner!!

Are you one of those people who has a five-year plan? This morning, I had to admit that I am. I know many people like to plan things; a day, a week, maybe even a vacation at some point later in the year; but how far away is too far to think ahead?

I always like to know how I want things to look down the road. It’s ok if things change, and the plan gets altered; just knowing that it is there helps me to be more relaxed and focused. And I’m talking WAY down the road. I have my two year goal or list, the five year ‘where I want to be’ and even a ten year set of activities that I want to take place, and having this ‘decided’ makes me feel better!

Case in point; this morning I was able to finally settle a matter that had been weighing on me as far as my schedule in Nov. of 2016. Yeah – that far away, but it bothered me that I could not get this nailed down. Fortunately, I received some vital input from another party; information that normally might have been heartbreaking. However, since the event that I have been worrying over is still going to take place, in 2017, I can let go of that worry and be at peace with it.

I have been teaching (long term subbing) at a school for one of my friends who had a baby this summer. This was NOT in my plan for this year, but now that I only have one more week, I am happy that I was able to be here for these kids when their regular teacher could not be. The extra income will be nice, even though being here has been a disruption. I had thought that this was the root of the ‘writer’s block’ that I had been experiencing with a particular story that I am working on.

Nope. As soon as I had my plans squared away, the floodgates opened, and I have written ten pages of new text in my journal for the story. Amazing! Gosh I love being a writer, and pouring all of my imagined adventures out for others to share. I can’t wait for you guys to read this one – oh, and you will probably need some tissues.

Mission Accomplished

After months of reworking the interiors of my fifteen titles, I can finally say they are as close to perfect as I can make them!

I want to thank Liz, our NEW fearless leader at Lavish Publishing, for allowing me the opportunity to refurbish them. We gave them all matching fonts, slimmed sizes, and top notch editing (it was good before, but now it’s even better). It was not an easy task, and I learned a great deal about the whole formatting process through the experience. Thank you lady; you have made me one happy author.

On that note, it’s official – my publisher is now under NEW MANAGEMENT! It feels odd, and I’m still having a hard time describing the change that has taken place. I mean, the company is still the same; I’m still with Lavish Publishing, LLC, so it’s not really a new publisher. But, with a new owner comes many changes, both good and bad. All I can say is that I’m excited and hopeful for the future, and I will take the things that are not to my choosing in stride, making the best of it. Overall, I think it’s going to bring good things my way, and our way as a whole.

I can tell you, we will be doing things differently, and there are some growing pains coming. As the changes come, there will be formal announcements made for the new authors that have been signed (squeeee), while others quietly slip away and become self-published or sign with new houses. It’s a little sad, really, and I wish them the best of luck in their new endeavours. I wish we could have all been retained, but apparently that wasn’t meant to be.

As for the new girls – OMG – we are going to have so much FUN working together! Lavish is being transformed, and taking care of the organization and each other will be huge. I love feeling like I am part of a team; love the concept of being like a family, so I will be sharing those girls with you as soon as I am allowed. Plus, I will be sure to announce when Liz is ready to accept new submissions, as some of you guys might like to join us. Oh my God, I can’t wait!!!

Ok – back to my NEW paperbacks… if anyone is interested in picking up a few of my titles, my paperback tab will take you to the order form, or click here >> https://samjacobey.com/paperbacks/. I do pre-orders for signing events, and always give those who do a special gift, plus you are guaranteed the titles you want when we get there. I will be working on my upcoming signings / events page, hopefully this weekend, but I can tell you I will be in Spring, Texas (Houston area) Oct. 24th, if anyone is interested in meeting me there.

Gosh, I feel so accomplished getting this huge project off my plate, and can’t wait to get back to writing those Christmas books that I have in the works!!!

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Where has the time gone?

WOW – today is so special to me… It is the release day of my 15th work, counting the short story that I published. For those of you who have been reading the IRREVOCABLE SERIES – I can’t wait to see how you like the ending, and for those of you who have not, they are all out there, so now is the perfect time to get in there and binge.

It has been a great second year (yes, Life of Recovery first came out two years ago, almost to the day). I realize that I have grown a great deal as a writer over this time. I am so aware of how different my stories feel from one another, both in topic, tone and style, and I like to think of that as a tool that I can use to take you to new and exciting places and make them all the more real.

I also want to thank all of my fans – some of you have been with me since the beginning, and I appreciate you very much. It is your strength that I lean on, and your pleasure that motivates me to put out my best work, accepting nothing less from myself. I hope that you have enjoyed the ones you have read, and that you love the ones to come even more!!!

OK – here is my self-promotion for today’s release… And don’t worry – I have focused on Bailey in this little blurb, but Caleb will be right there with her, in the thick of things, along with the rest of all those crazy preppers down on The Ranch…

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