Ron’s Tip of the Day Don’t Quit

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Don’t Quit.

Don’t Quit!

On Friday I had 4 teeth extracted. They didn’t put me to sleep, because at my age and with my heart issues, they probably wouldn’t be able to bring me back. But the dentist did give me enough shots for my mouth that I was still feeling some numbness three days later (Sunday).

Several things happened since then. I was taking 3 Ibuprofen 3 times a day plus 1 Amoxicillin 3 times a time. On top of that and because of the medicine I slept a lot. Plus, my face looked like I got in a fight with my wife and lost. I hardly went out of the house and even had to stay home during church.

As for work, I hardly worked on my books at all and only worked on a few blogs (spread out over a few days) and put my vlog on YouTube.

But there was one thing I didn’t do; I didn’t quit. I didn’t give up on God. He’s the one Who made it possible for me to have the extractions and saw me through the ordeal.

Nor did I give up on my wife. She’s been there for me and made me proud when she went to church on her own instead of babying me. More important, I know she prays for me.

In addition, I didn’t give up on my writing career. Yes. Because my body was extremely tired, I wasn’t able to spend much time on my books. In fact, none over the weekend. But I didn’t quit.

Sometimes we just got to determine to press on. At first not as much as before but I kept on keeping on.

Tip of the Day: Don’t let health, sales, discouragement, or anything make you quit.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Coronavirus

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Coronavirus.

In the interest of transparency, I am not a doctor, nurse, or in anyway associated with medical degrees or work. But I am concerned about the reporting done on this virus. While it may contain a great deal of facts, it is misleading.

When you turn on TV news or read the newspaper you are hit with the rise in cases and deaths which, in my opinion, creates a false narrative. Yes, the cases and deaths are rising, but is that where the focus should be?

The fact is that it has been weeks since the cases started its new surge, and the death rate, the most important stat, has plummeted. From a high of 5.8% it is now 3.8%. Another fact. Do you remember the body bags in New York? We don’t see them anymore.

Could it change for the worse? Perhaps, but consider this:

This pandemic didn’t go away and then return, it shifted from older folks to younger, more resilient people, such as young adults, teens, and children. The news media either ignores this fact or dismisses it as not relevant.

Any disease is important, so I am not dismissing Covid-19, but the overblown coverage of it is disturbing. While any death is terrible, the death rate due to Covid-19 has been going down since the end of May. Actually, it plunged. Yet the media is still in panic mode and misleading people about the masks (see blog Masks or No Masks). Local media does a better job, but national media is atrocious.

 I think it is time for less urgency and more calmness. Yes, encourage social distancing and wearing of masks, but get off the mandate train. Let’s take a a calmer, saner approach.

Tip of the Day: Be calm. This too shall go away.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Mask or No Mask

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Mask or No Mask.

Watch the video then read on.

When I first published this video, I received a comment that I had it on upside down. Considering that they probably were referring to the piece of flexible metal to conform to the nose, then I did. But my experience has shown that this feature is basically a joke; it didn’t work for me.

Now for additional comments.

The mask debate continues and most writers on the subject emphasize two things: It is like the seat belt controversy and that it saves lives.

Seatbelt controversy: No, it isn’t the same. There are a few arguments being made that are similar, such as our rights. That is a legitimate argument and should be made, especially since we have seen our rights slowly taken away over the last several decades. But seatbelts are a proven safety measure, masks are not.

Saving lives: As referred to above seatbelts save lives. A lot of people were saved by wearing them, yet there have also been cases where the belt was part of the problem. But far more lives have been saved than lost.

But with masks there is no proof. Instead we have studies. But, as shown in the video, we also have evidence of their limitations. If you are not practicing social distancing (maintaining a 6’ separation from others), then masks are ineffective. Moreover, masks don’t protect you, but are meant to protect others.

What Should I Do?

If mandated by government, there’s no choice. But, if not mandated, you do. There’s some protection when done with social distancing and it’s recommended using them. The choice then is yours.

Tip of the Day: Masks may protect others.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Event Writing

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Event Writing.

Have you ever noticed how soon movies come out regarding an event that just occurred? I have. And it has occurred to me that it is probably true of writing as well.

For instance, writing a novel that takes place during the COVID-19 pandemic would be an example of event writing. The novel could be centered on the patient, the doctor, government, the race for a cure, and more.

Such a book, assuming it was well written, might have bestseller promise. The thing is that there is already a promotion campaign of sorts going on. It is called news.

For clarity, I have never written a book based on a current event. On the other hand, current events have inspired me to write books occurring in a different era but perhaps including the event or similar event in that book. It is not that hard to find comparisons in this era to past eras.

But I would argue that just because the topic is current and maybe ‘hot’ it doesn’t mean that you just throw something together. It might sell, but once people discover it is not a well written book the sales might fade or even stop. You always want to put your best efforts into your books.

Tip of the Day: Take a look at Event Writing. It might be just what you need.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Masks

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. Today I am looking at Masks.

Today’s topic is not a writing tip, but rather a living tip.

Do Masks protect You?

According to most doctors, masks are meant to protect others, not you. I’ve heard some people say they wear masks to protect themselves, but that appears to be an unrealistic expectation.

Should Masks be Mandatory?

No. The purpose of masks is to protect other people from getting infected. That is good, but to legally demand you wear a mask is over the top, in my opinion. But if the law or legal authorities require it, then obey the law.

Should Stores Demand Customers Wear Masks?’

Every store has a responsibility to its customers to provide a safe, shopping experience. But not all stores interpret that responsibility in the same way. We live in a free country and the stores have the right to exercise that freedom.

That said, if the customer got sick because a store didn’t require wearing of masks, then the customer has legal recourse. But the burden of proof in my opinion lies with the customer.

Are Masks Effective?

That depends on what you mean by effective. I’ve never heard of any masks being 100% effective. I have heard that some are more effective than others.

Do You Wear a Mask?

Depends on the situation. When in church, no. When out shopping I usually do. I look at it as a risk assessment. If the possibility of getting the virus appears high to me, I wear a mask. But there are exceptions and sometimes I just can’t stand it anymore.

The key is that it is an individual choice. And usually, I practice social distancing.

Tip of the Day: Wearing masks is a personal choice unless government says otherwise.

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Ron’s Tip of the Day Keeping Fit

Welcome to Ron’s Tip of the Day. Throughout the week I will share a tip with you. This is an experiment in microblogging. Let me know how I’m doing. Today I am looking at Keeping Fit.

Do you Exercise?

This blog is not a health seminar. But as an author you want to be as fit as possible. You may be overweight, underweight, or right at your proper weight, but you all need to keep at your best. And exercise is part of the equation (proper diet is the other part).

I’m not talking about going to the gym although that wouldn’t be a bad idea. Nor am I talking about getting to your right weight. I’m talking about increasing your energy level, improving your focus, and just plain feeling better.

What kind of exercise are you talking about?

Before answering that let me be clear: the amount of exercise and the type of exercise will vary individually. You may need to consult your doctor; at the very least you want to be comfortable with the exercise routine you follow.

Depending on age, health, and doctor’s advice here are some ideas:

  • Walking
  • Jogging
  • Pushups
  • Situps

Those are basics that most people could do. If you’re not use to exercising, start with low impact and light reps. Then increase incrementally until you get to a 25-minute workout. Also vary the workout from day to day.

Tip of the Day : Light to medium to heavy exercise can help you maintain or improve your health. Better health means better focus and writing results.

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R Frederick Riddle is the Editor of TR Writing Services providing help to struggling and/or new authors to write and publish their books. In addition, he is best known for Christian Historical and Speculative Fiction. He is also co-founder and Vice President of T&R Independent Books where his books are featured. To reply to any blog you have the option of commenting on a blog and/or sending an email to marketing@tr-indbkstore.com. You may also be interested in his Facebook page at RFrederickRiddlesWorld.