It doesn’t matter if you’re an athlete, a writer, a musician, or a juggler, there comes a time in skill development that you reach what’s called the “OK Plateau.” This is when you get to a point where you’re content at what you can do and then plane out with going further. Some skilled people can stay at this plateau forever. But how do you move past this point to attain the status of an “expert”?
There’s been a recent ruling in the New Orleans courts that now bans smoking in bars and casinos. There are lot of people that support this measure but these are the people who have no principals and disregard the rights of private business owners who should be able to set their own rules within the confines of the law. These smoking ban laws have been metastasizing throughout the country and only serves to grant the government more power into our personal lives. If we have a smoking band now you can bet that a decibel cap on live music is next.
I don’t believe in karma. And by that I mean I don’t believe in any supernatural or mystical force that has any say or hand into the operation of people’s lives. I believe in science and facts. Basically, I think karma–as a mystical claim–is absolute bullshit; however, I do like to use the word “karma” to stand in for a very real life occurrence. In the second and last part of the Mystic Myth I want to examine “karma” and how the concept can be taken as a very real thing.
I’m not a superstitious person at all. I don’t believe in karma, jinxes, or good luck. And by that I mean that I don’t believe in any mystical force that imposes itself upon the real world. However, I do believe in the self-fulfilling prophecy that would lead someone into believing in the power of the jinx. This is all about how to muck yourself out of an opportunity or how you can damage the details out of a goal.
Today I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve recently signed a deal with Charon Coin Press for the inclusion of one of my short stories in their upcoming “State of Horror” books.
Yesterday I was recording some ideas in my home studio and, of course, my guitar jack went out on me. When I work in my studio I routinely go back and forth from bass to guitar. Plug in, unplug, plug in, unplug: over and over. Well, I only have one electric guitar and it’s seen better days. I’ve had to re-solder this input jack on several occasions already. What happens is you plug in to your guitar and there’s a bit of play in the cord which will allow the 1/4″ plug to move around. This can eventually knock a wire off the connection. Often times you can just pull the jack out and reattach the wire if you have enough cable. But the time has finally come where I ran out of excess wire. So, yesterday I not only had to re-solder the input jack but I had to replace the wires for it all together.