Inspiration For You
by Randy Mitchell
Ever since Al Gore invented the internet (Ha Ha), the personal information we all share through our computers keyboards has exploded like the worlds arsenal of nuclear bombs firing off at once. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube, etc have each grown at such an astonishing rate that oftentimes these websites periodically shut down for a while trying to catch up with their increased demand. We all frequently post, like, befriend, tweet and whatever else in an attempt to share and promote our opinions and viewpoints, each vying for that coveted piece of the super information highway. And there are us bloggers--the ones who really try displaying our inner emotions. According to Wikipedia, as of February 2011 there are more than 156 million public blogs in existence, each filled with ideas, comments, promotions, pictures, videos, and anything else the authors feel might just draw some attention. My friends, that's a bunch of fingers dancing along some plastic letter and space buttons!
When I started my social media campaign to promote my book and website, I knew absolutely nothing about how to proceed. I worked with someone who specializes in just this sort of thing, and off we went into the wild blue yonder spreading the word, that I, an unknown personality, had a story to tell and product to sell. Along the way, because I've been pretty lucky, my readership has steadily grown. The blogs I write, usually every week, are now read by hundreds of people on a routine basis scattered across several websites. I know, because we all have the unique ability of seeing these numbers as they happen. It's been lots of fun doing this, and has given me the opportunity to try something I never thought of before--the successful creation of a new, part-time career. And let me take this opportunity to say how much I've appreciated each and every one of you for your support.
I would venture to guess that virtually every person reading this also has more than one social media account. It doesn't matter where, because the fact that you have them says something on its own. You see, when you hit that "create account" button a magical thing happened: you opened your life up to the whole world to notice. Shortly afterward, you started searching for people to connect with. At first, they were those you knew personally: family members, best friends, old college and high school classmates, co-workers, etc. Then, you started getting friends and follower requests from those you've never even met. Perhaps they saw your profile picture and thought you were attractive, liked your info page, or were a friend-of-a friend. Or more than likely they were looking for a professional connection. No matter the reason, suddenly and miraculously, you glance at your network numbers one day and notice you've added hundreds of people knowing very little about them, not to mention, never meeting them personally.
Like so many, I read other writers blogs. I really enjoy the creativity which goes behind each and every one. There's tons of gifted talent online, and you don't need to walk inside Barnes & Noble and buy the latest bestseller to find it. It's out here, and at everyone's fingertips. Sometimes, I find myself reading the comments underneath different articles. Most are appreciative and congratulatory, some are often negative and critical. Which draws to mind: Who are these people, really: the writers and those who post? What do they actually think? What are their true beliefs? Are they only writing what looks good or popular to say, therefore appearing socially and politically correct? If you met them in person, would you actually enjoy being around them or bolt for the door screaming to yourself, "Whoa, not exactly what I expected!"
Ever since I started participating in social media, I've had lots of personal exchanges from those I connect with, and it's been great. Two which come to mind are one who's a mega-bestselling author and another that had their book made into a movie. I asked for, and they followed through with some wonderful advice. They graciously gave me their time and counsel without ever even meeting them, although I would jump at the chance.
The people we all meet through social media can be priceless, but we should all guard against replacing them with real relationships, therefore substituting bonafide flesh and blood for focused words on a screen--it kind of goes along with my opinions on replacing personal communication with texting and e-mailing, it just isn't the same. I for one would love to have a huge party someday with each and every friend, follower, fellow blogger, and whoever else I'm connected to on the internet. To spend time with them, place a hand-in-hand, watch their mannerisms, and listen to the tone of their voices as they speak. It would be an amazing adventure to actually see and sense what brought us all together inside Al Gore's super creation (once again, Ha Ha).
Now log on and let's connect, I'd love to meet you!
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Inspirational Writer and Author of
"Sons In The Clouds"
As a writer and avid movie fan, I love the powerful energy behind words. Words capture and cling to people in a dramatic, poignant way - and live deep inside us all. It doesn't matter if those words are written or spoken; all of us have tales yearning to be shared with each other.
A few years ago, I drove past my childhood home in Texas: a nostalgic place where tender childhood memories still reside deep inside me. I remember those hot Texas summer nights hanging out with my sister, friends, spirited pets and my girlfriend who lived across the street. This happy snapshot transported me back in time to endless, steamy nights as we watched July 4th fireworks, ate homemade ice cream on the front porch, and cooled off at the local lake.
My childhood feels like it happened just yesterday -- innocent moments taken from my carefree youth. These memories comforted me and carried me to a place where I longed to stay – a peaceful haven where I could escape my hectic ‘adult’ life. These idyllic, cherished memories were the inspiration for my first novel, "Sons In The Clouds". My long-time career as a pilot and love of aviation are seen through my main characters, Andy and Wade, who serve as Navy pilots in the Vietnam War.
"Sons In The Clouds" exposes emotional drama that showcases the vulnerable fragility of human nature. The belief in God serves as the problem-solver -- a pathway to the truth -- a light to be used when the problems of man cannot be solved, and becomes a way to expose weaknesses in those appearing to be strong. I breathe life into my characters in believable, exceptionally REAL ways. A strong theme interwoven throughout the pages is that “love conquers all” – as seen through the unfaltering, devoted commitment between my male characters and the women they leave behind.
My female characters show courage and strength in the face of adversity. Despite the fact that she doesn’t know whether her husband is alive or dead behind enemy lines, Rebecca (Andy’s wife) remains strong and never falters in her devotion to Andy.
Rebecca’s character represents war-time brides (both past and present). I wanted to show the strength, love and courage of these brave women whose loved ones were sent off to the Vietnam War. They faced harrowing fear on a daily basis, and relied on their faith and love to get them through their darkest days–- hoping and praying that their husbands returned home safely.
Most inspirational fiction readers today aren’t interested in G-rated books. "Sons In The Clouds" is a modern inspirational story that encompass spiritual themes where faith and love triumph over the brutal ugliness of war. My characters instill a hope-filled message to my readers long after the last page is read.
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For media inquiries about Randy Mitchell and "Sons In The Clouds", please visit www.theinspirationalwriter.com or email Mitchellrandy1@msn.com.
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