Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Gaming with a Purpose-The Humble Double Fine Bundle.

A new Humble Bundle is out folks! For those of you who don't know what the 'Humble Bundle' is it is a collection of indie games that are available at a 'name your own price' rate. In most cases, buying each of these games separately at retail price can amount to somewhere around sixty dollars. With the Humble Bundle name your own price feature you can pay as little as $1.00. Of course, they do give you incentive to spend more. For example, during this humble bundle if you spend at least $7.50 you would receive the game 'Brutal Legend' as a bonus along with three other games included in the bundle.

The best part? Part (or all if you decide, but we'll get to that shortly) goes to charities like The American Red Cross. With intuitive price sliders, you can decide how much goes to charity, how much goes to the indie developers, and how much goes to Humble Bundle Inc. As far as I understand it, it is the developers themselves that decide whether or not to have their game hosted on the Humble Bundle site. This is incredibly admirable considering the amount of time, effort, and money these indie developers put into their games.

If you're a gamer, chances are you're going to buy video games sooner rather than later. Consider giving the Humble Bundle a chance. Your money will go towards helping others AND you'll get to play some pretty cool games!

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Charles Ramsey: An ordinary Hero

Wow. I found this inspiring. Amanda Berry's decade long captivity is ended when one man hears a desperate cry for help and responds. I hope and pray that if I ever see someone in need that I will be as brave as Mr. Ramsey.

Hats off to you Charles.

As always, check out my new novel!: Memoir of Earth

The World Race

A very good friend of mine will soon be embarking on a great adventure. Ben Boynton will be participating in the World Race this year. The World Race is an intense Missions Trip that takes its missionaries to 11 different countries in the span of 11 months. While overseas, Ben and his team will be spreading the Gospel and aiding the people's physical and spiritual needs. I know God will do great things on this trip. It's my sincere hope that we aid them here in the U.S. with prayer and, if possible, financial aid.

I have known Ben for my whole life and can say he has a heart for people. Regardless of who you are or where you've been, Ben is one of those guys that will come along side you and be your friend, no questions asked. I truly believe that God is sending him on this trip and will use him to bless everyone he comes in contact with. Please consider lending him your support in some way, shape, or form! 

What you can do to Help

Financial Support: Ben is currently trying to raise money to participate in this fantastic mission. Any bit of support you can provide is welcome, whether it be 50 cents or 50 dollars.

Follow and Share his Blog: The more people that know about his trip means more prayers and support! He'll be chronicling his adventures in his blog so I know for for a fact it will be a good read.

Prayer: Pray! Pray! Pray! Every single prayer makes a difference! Pray for his safe travel, his support raising, and peace of mind. It's no small thing to do what he is doing. He is taking a big step of faith and I know our prayers will be one of the fuels that keeps him going.

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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Don't be afraid of Failure, be afraid of Complacency.

Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure...than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory or defeat.-Theodore Roosevelt

I'm not afraid of failure, I'm afraid of complacency. Wouldn't it be terrible to come to the end of your life and think "I didn't take any risk and lived the safest life possible. I didn't accomplish much, but hey, at least I never felt the taste of defeat." 

I'm not going to lie, there have been moments in my life where I have been among the 'poor spirits' that Theodore Roosevelt spoke of. But I'm also a dreamer, and if dreamers do not take risks somewhere down the line, then we are doomed to a mundane life filled with musings over what could have been. 

I am not saying go do crazy and foolish things simply for the sake of risk taking. What I am saying is do not let the fear of failure keep you from reaching your full potential. There is always a chance of failure when attempting to do anything worthwhile. When defeat knocks you flat on your face, clench your fists, grit your teeth and stand up. Look failure in the eye and yell; 'I'm not done yet!' Then charge back into the fray.

What's the fear of failure holding you back from? What dreams are being kept from becoming a reality? What are the things you wish to protect and shield but turn a blind eye because you might look bad? It's my hope that each day we will take a step forward in combating the fear of failure. Each failure will make you a little bit stronger and a little bit wiser...if you let it. Failure is not an obstacle to success, it is merely a rite of passage that all men and women must face on the road to accomplishing something extraordinary.

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Friday, April 26, 2013

Endings only mark new Beginnings.

It's been a long road. After two years of hard work and help from some very good friends my very first novel has been published. To me, this first step is only the prologue to a much more fantastic story. Join me, and we can embark on this adventure together. I'm going to be honest, I have no idea whether this will end in success or failure. But hey, a good story is usually an unpredictable one.

Coming to the end of this process has made me realize two things. 1) Endings can be painful, whether good or bad. When the credits roll up on the screen of a good movie and we wish those beloved characters goodbye there is, at least for me, a sense of loss. After going on such an amazing journey with these characters we must wish them well and go our separate ways. But this brings me to my second point...2) Endings mark new beginnings. Life is not like a movie. As people, we will face countless endings in our lives, whether they be the completion of a project, loss of a close relationship, or completing a long sought after goal. Whether good or bad, we will face endings, but these endings only open up gateways to new stories full of even more intrigue. I am not saying that the pain of a bad ending is any less real. The heartbreak and agony we are forced to face in our every day lives is foreboding. But despite this, we carry on towards bigger and better things. Behind each ending is a new beginning. Never forget, no matter who you are or where you've been, you have a unique story. When facing an ending there is only one thing we can do; Push towards a new beginning.

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