Fascinating Fact

Bad news for vanilla ice cream fans:

Vanilla now costs more than silver!

Ice Cream Pricier Than Silver

Sources: BBC, Yahoo Finance

With Love,

Russ

 

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A Little Magic Every Hour

These images are of a beautiful and magical clock featuring glittering Swarovski crystals my Beloved gave to me for my office. At the top of each hour it briefly plays a classic song and the numbers dance, creating various shares and patterns. I love it. It’s an hourly brief meditation, a reminder for me to take time to experience beauty, relax, and enjoy the moment.  That’s magic to me.

With love,

Russ

 

 

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One of Those Moments

It happened again. I was working in my new office for the first time this morning doing something I love for my investment Clients and myself when a chorus of bird songs caused me to stop and listen through my open windows at their “It’s great-to-be-alive message.” I don’t speak bird, and can’t swear that’s what they were singing, but their songs are so delightful that I’ll bet my interpretation is fairly close.

I looked up to see my tiny grove of redwood trees swaying to the timeless rhythm of the wind’s caress. The invisible visitor even took a moment to say hello with a gentle kiss to my face.

The redwoods proudly sported the lighter green needles of new growth which contrasted so handsomely against their darker more experienced brethren.

I felt the pleasant warmth of our faithful dog Sadie as she lay at my bare feet, her black coat gently tickling my toes.

I was engulfed with immense gratitude to be able to experience it all in my office while I did what I love without having or needing a boss or commute. I know that many people dream of retirement and I can understand why, but as for me, I’ve been retired, and this is so much better.

In that moment, as  I simmered in those thoughts, I asked myself how much money it would take to get me to give it all up and go back to work in a regular office with a boss and a commute doing something I didn’t love. I couldn’t think of a large enough number.

May your days be filled with blessings.

With Love,

Russ

 

 

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The Power of Using Beta Readers

I just finished writing an unedited draft of a story of action and suspense titled “Blood Oaths” and sent it to my beta readers last night. I’ve already received helpful feedback that will help me enhance my story. One of the beta readers suggested that I provide a more detailed description of the man mentioned in the first sentence of the story, perhaps providing hints about him and his past. Her feedback inspired me to turn this sentence:
“The man was in his early forties.”
into this:
“Jacob Makepeace was in his early forties, and though his face wore the wrinkles of a man aged beyond his years, its pallor hinted of someone long denied sunlight.”
That, my friends, is why I love getting feedback from the kind, generous, and talented people who volunteer their time to read my stories before they’re published and provide specific feedback. I’m blessed and honored as a writer and as a person to have them in my life. If you’re one of them, thank you!
With love,
Russ
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The Shot Rang Out

The Shot Rang Out an anthology of 500-word western stories featuring my yarn “Mary’s Medicine” has just been released as a paperback! Fifty-one western authors accepted best-selling author Scott Harris’ invitation to write precisely 500-word stories that included these sentences exactly in this order:

“The shot rang out. I heard her scream at the same time the bottle crashed to the floor.”

It was such a fun project that I’ve already accepted Scott’s invitation to include more of my work in his next two multiple-author collaborations.

I enjoyed reading these widely varied tales crafted from the minds of so many writers based on the same eighteen words, and believe some of you will too.

The Shot Rang Out

With Love,

Russ

 

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I Love Every Aspect of this Story

Strangers meet on a subway. A forty-year-old father struggling with math problems he hasn’t seen for thirty years so he can help his young son do better in school. Seated next to him is a man who used to be a math teacher and offers to help. Across the aisle is a woman who takes it all in, is touched, and shares the moment with the world.

A Special Moment on a Subway

Sources: CBS News New York, Leo @ Not All News is Bad

With Love,

Russ

 

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Modern Mouse Write Up

Not Just Any Kids’ Books

You and your kiddos will love these whimsical adventures.
Russ Towne (Campbell, CA)
Russ Towne wrote his first children’s book in 2013 at the announcement of his first grandchild. Since then, he’s amassed a written collection of over 30 books! You’ll find a variety of wonderful themes in his books, such as acceptance, friendship, empowerment, and strength in our uniqueness.
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