Introducing the PILOT episode for the Cosmic Cafe Show

Originally posted on Cosmic Cafe Show:

The PILOT Episode for Cosmic Cafe was produced by Eric Brown and the March / April 2014 TV Studio Class at Mid Peninsula Media Center, Palo Alto California.

To learn more about the Mid Peninsula Media Center and their classes, visit: MidPenMedia.org

Thanks to everyone involved including the Teachers, Volunteers and my fellow Class Students.

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Holdfast Print Anthology Call For Submissions

Ray Davis:

If you’re interested in entering some work in anthology, this might be a great opportunity for you.

Originally posted on ShortStops:

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We are excited to announce our call for submissions for our first ever print anthology!

Deadline 15th June 2014

Contact: submissions@holdfastmagazine.com

Holdfast is a free online speculative fiction magazine that explores all things fantastic.

Each issue of Holdfast is centred around a specific theme. For the anthology we are looking for fiction and non-fiction on all four themes from our first year:

Speculating on Speculative Women

Animals, Beasts and Creatures

Objects, Artefacts and Talismans

Diverse Reflections: Seeing Yourself in Speculative Fiction.

It has been an incredibly exciting six months for us at Holdfast. Issues 1&2 are out, and we have been overwhelmed by the support and encouragement that we have received from the speculative community, especially when it comes to our amazing contributors. One thing that has become increasingly clear is that if we want to offer even a small payment, (which, please believe me, is a major priority)…

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How To Turn Negative Emotions Into Your Greatest Advantage


Nicely written article – I enjoyed it. So, here is where this discussion gets people confused. There are people out there who say avoid every negative thought or emotion. That, clearly, is not healthy. The wise teachers and thinkers in the positive thinking movement advocate precisely what this article proposes – turning negativity into something positive.

The overwhelming problem in our negatively-oriented society is that people don’t do that. They dwell and wallow on the negative and they never get out. Worse, this is often conditioning they picked up from watching the people around them – adults when they were children – react negatively to the world.

The goal of positive thinking is not to avoid or pretend negative feelings and thoughts don’t happen. It is shake people lose from their negative thinking/feeling conditioned patterns so that they can see that the possibility to transmute them into something productive even exists.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Funny Dogs

Sometimes a good laugh will keep you positive. Here are our dogs attempting to position themselves for a treat. Hilarious.

Everyday Humanity!

Child watching the fireIn our age of instant and continuous news, we were all immediately made aware of the horrific tornado that hit Moore, OK yesterday. As we sat and watched the images on TV, we just knew that there were struggles for survival, acts of heroism, and the anguish of loss all happening and all within a single camera frame. We find ourselves, very humanly, asking a resounding WHY?

Why do things like this happen? Why did so many young children have to be lost? We all have our suppositions and beliefs, but no real answers to questions like that. In an absence of answers, we are compelled to act – to help in anyway we can. Our most authentic humanity comes out and we all pitch in to do whatever we can – physically help the recovery, send money and supplies, send prayers and well wishes.

In these moments of stunning tragedy our humanity shows up big. We recognize, if only for the briefest of moments, that we humans are all traveling in the same “boat”. We are all subject to death. We are all subject to loss. We are all susceptible to the totally unexpected.

We have an innate sense that we can either lose ourselves in sadness over that fact or we can grasp each moment with zest and a determination to make the most of this precious life – a gift beyond all gifts.

For those closest to this event, the repercussions of this tornado will resonate for years to come. For the rest of us, we will move on in a few days to the next story, the next event, or become again distracted by things happening in our own world.

Here is what I wish for us all. May the surge of humanity we are feeling in this moment carry over into tomorrow. May it carry over into our daily lives. Why must we wait for tragedy to feel it? We lose it in our political, religious, economic, and ethnic differences. We forget it until a tragedy shakes us awake.

Let normal days be filled with our humanity. Let us remember our humanity and that of our adversary in every encounter we have out in the marketplace of ideas.

You Know What They Say About Ideas…

Today’s Affirmation:

Whenever opportunity knocks, I answer!

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Steve Jobs once said, “We are here to put a dent in the Universe. Why else would we be here?

You’d think when someone puts a dent in the Universe, or even really goes for it, that the world would welcome them as conquering heroes. But, it doesn’t always go that way.

Kitty Hawk, North Carolina December 17, 1903: A group of people gathered to ridicule the Wright Brothers for trying to fly. When they pushed their plane out onto the field, people laughed. A few minutes later no one was laughing. A few years later those people were probably telling everyone how they were there when history was made.

Albert Einstein said, “Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition form mediocre minds.

Every time someone upsets the status quo with a game-changing idea, there is a long line of people ready to say, “That will never work.”

Right now there is a company that is getting ready to shake up the world of social media and the way commerce gets done online and off. They believe that the people – you and I – who create the value in the marketplace by sharing products, apps, movies, games, books, etc. with our friends should be rewarded for the the value we bring to the marketplace. Because when you tell someone about Facebook or Angry Birds or a great new movie, your friends tell people and their friends tell people. Your recommendation creates ripples out into the world that generate real world revenue for companies. Rippln believes you should be able to earn income from that activity.

As with the Wright Brothers, the usual crowd of naysayers has gathered ready to declare this idea DOA, but more than 400,000 people in over 200 countries have thought it’s a pretty good idea in the past three weeks since the prelaunch went live.

Right now, Rippln is private and by invitation only. If you’d like an invitation to find out what this is all about, watch this video and then use the form at the bottom to send your request. I will send your FREE invite.

http://startmyripple.soulerflare.org/rippln.html

You can begin playing the Rippln game for free as a FAN, seeing how far your ripples really spread around the world. There is no obligation. This  just may be your Kitty Hawk moment.

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Give Your Dreams Life

Today’s Affirmation:

Today I breathe life into my dreams, rather than my doubts!

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Tomorrow, you think, I’ll live my dreams. Tomorrow, you think, it will be easier and I will have more time. You analyze and allow your inner skeptic and inner critic to convince us that inaction is safer than action. You allow them to convince you that you can have reward without risk.

You forget the wonder, the hope, and the joy you once knew as child. Have you lost your belief? Are you too smart to believe now? Are you too cynical to recognize your dreams knocking?

I don’t believe any of that about you – not for a second! I know the miracle you are and the force of nature you can become for your dreams, if only you would. The “Comfort Zone” is aptly named. It is comfortable, but you will never find your dreams there.

Today do at least one thing that stretches you. Today believe in just one thing that your eyes can’t see yet. Today trust in one thing that your mind can’t prove yet. That’s a dream – unseen, unknown, unprovable until belief and action bring it to life.

Your dreams are waiting for you just on the other side of your willingness to act.

I believe in you. Meet me half way and believe in you too!

Ray

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