Monday, November 13, 2017

Good Luck!

Many friends have wished me luck with my newly released children's book
'The Snow Lord and the Spring Fairy'.
I appreciate their good wishes,
and decided to look into this thing
we call 'luck'.
 I wanted to see if there was any way
to get more of it or simply enhance my own.
It seems everyone has heard of luck,
believes in luck, hopes for better luck,
but no one has ever been able to prove that luck really even exists.
  Apparently there are degrees of luck, 
and some kinds are better than others.  
There's good luck, bad luck, potluck, blind luck, 
sheer luck and no luck at all.
  I’ll tell you what I have learned so far…   
Some people are just ‘born lucky’ 
or always seem to have 'beginners luck’.  
Occasionally it's easy to see just how lucky
you are as in ‘sheer luck’, 
but sometimes you can't see it at all 
as in ‘blind luck’.  
There's the macho brand as in ‘hard luck’ 
and ‘tough luck’, 

or the directional kind 
as in ‘down on his luck’.  
There's artistic luck, like ‘luck of the draw’ 
or the culinary variety as in ‘pot luck’.  
Some people enjoy action luck, 
where you ‘press your luck’, or ‘push your luck’, 
or have sportsman's luck 

like a ‘run of bad luck’ or a ‘stroke of luck’.  
There's present tense luck as in 

“this is your lucky day” 
and future tense luck as in “better luck tomorrow”.  
There's possessive luck like ‘my luck’, 
‘your luck’ and ‘our luck’.
It’s been speculated 

that luck may have a will of it's own...  
"as luck would have it", or “if luck is on my side”.   
If you're curious, you can always ‘try your luck’, 
and if no one believes you deserve 

your good fortune
they will say you have ‘dumb luck’ or ‘pure luck’.
Don't get too confident though. 
You may have been born lucky 

but there may come a time
when you ‘run out of luck’.

     Yes ... Luck has always been a politically correct, 
equal opportunity, all occasion greeting.  
We wish other people “good luck” when they give birth or adopt a child, 

go on a blind date or get married, 
get sent to prison or go off to college, 
get fired or get promoted, 
land a new job or finally retire, 
move away or move in, 
buy a lottery ticket or a bingo card, 
go off to war or try white water rafting, 
enter a convent or get placed in a nursing home, 
try out for High School track 
or attempt to break a record 
on the US Olympic Team.
It doesn't matter whether you are coming up to bat in Little League Baseball or The World Series … 
we all wish you “Good luck!”  
So … 
in the celebratory words of Clint Eastwood…

“Are you feeling … lucky?” 

In any event...
Wish me luck!
Better yet... say a prayer for me!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Shhh! Sneak Preview!

If Santa is good to me this year, my brand new children's book,
'The Snow Lord and the Spring Fairy' 
will be out in time for Christmas!
It will be sold on Amazon.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to various groups dedicated to saving our precious rainforests.
If your school library would like to have a free copy or you know a child between the ages of 5 and 12 who would enjoy this book
but can't afford it, write to me.
I'll see what I can do.
I always wanted to be one of Santa's elves!

Here's a sneak preview:

After the Paradise Prince lost his princess
in a tragic accident,
he couldn’t bear to live on their beautiful, 
tropical island anymore.
Grief-stricken, he moved to the most desolate place on earth
– the Antarctic.
Now known as the Snow Lord, he lives in an ice castle
 with his only friend,
an albatross named Riley.
Evolet, the Spring Fairy, knew her flowers couldn’t survive
in the Snow Lord’s icy domain, 
but she planted them anyway.
Now she’s his captive – confined to a cage.
She must find a way to escape 
or there won’t be any flowers this spring. How?
She’ll have to rely on the same plucky optimism 
that got her into this mess.