Stories and Thoughts of Roger Skibowki

 

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Now is the Time to Build Your Writer’s Platform

Now is the Time to Build Your Writer’s Platform

Photo by SpaceX on Unsplash   This is the process you will need to get your writer’s platform up and running.   Every independent writer needs to have their own writer’s platform.  Your platform is your brand – something that separates you from all the other writers’ noise and allows readers to find your signal. Your brand can…

As a Writers I Consider OneNote My Most Important Tool, and You Should Too.

As a Writers I Consider OneNote My Most Important Tool, and You Should Too.

With the OneNote application I can “Collect Once Read Many Times on Many Devices,”   The collection opportunities comprise typing, talk to text, scan, grab a screenshot, take a photo, draw, or grab sound, there might be other things I’m forgetting. This article is not a how to but a why I use OneNote and…

Fur Kids: Clyde – He is growing up and slowly growing out of puppy hood

Fur Kids: Clyde – He is growing up and slowly growing out of puppy hood

  Photo by Eugene Zaycev on Unsplash   But there are those times I think not fast enough.   There are still those moments when he acts like a puppy, few but some.   Clyde differs from our other fir kids, he’s a foster fur kid.  That means he is on loan for a short period. We are…

Minutes reads: What I learned in 10 years of retiring.

Minutes reads: What I learned in 10 years of retiring.

    Every day became a long continual week end.   Shopping during the day, rarely after 3-4 pm and weekends.   Volunteering because I can.   For me it meant hearing aids. And having reading glasses by the dozen. So you can place them in convenient places. One in each vehicle,  several by the…

5 ways I changed my habits to work smarter and created more time for me

5 ways I changed my habits to work smarter and created more time for me

Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash Doing one, many, or these 5 habit changes will create more time for you to…  (fill in the blank), for me it’s write more.   1. I stopped doing what I can and started doing what I want to do.   Fearlessmotivation.com has a great article about Matthew McConaughey’s Motivational Speech and…

She said “I miss you.”

She said “I miss you.”

Photo by Mayur Gala on Unsplash   Death is final, but our memories live on in time.   Death has no rewinds or do overs.   Robert’s death differed from all the other deaths of friends and family members that I have experienced.  He was my friend for 28 plus years.     How I meet Robert  …

Life Lessons: Life is not always fair – but we survive

Life Lessons: Life is not always fair – but we survive

We all want our lives to be perfect. Photo by Jonathan Hoxmark on Unsplash But the difficult parts of life help us grow and learn.   There were four times in my life that did not seem fair to me – two times they changed the rules without my input.   Two times were from a spouse, and two…

10 years ago I stopped writing goals and that was a mistake.

10 years ago I stopped writing goals and that was a mistake.

Photo by Robert Baker on Unsplash   Well, maybe it was not a real mistake. Having retired 10 years ago and thought I did not have to have a Plan or Goals. What really happened was there was always tomorrow to do whatever did not get accomplished today. I had a very flexible plan in my head with…

I remember: Early Phone technology – landline and cell phones

I remember: Early Phone technology – landline and cell phones

Photo by Donald Edgar on Unsplash Landlines  The first phone I remember at our home was a black rotary phone, the phone came in both wall and desk. The phones originally only appeared in black, shortly after phone came in colors. I recall Red, yellow, blue, green, white, and pink, there may have been others, don’t remember. With…

I remember: Music Delivery Technology

I remember: Music Delivery Technology

Very Early Radios had Vacuum Tubes Photo by VanveenJF on Unsplash Radio I remember the early Tube Radios which were rather large pieces of furniture. Over time, with the invention of the transistor it reduced them to a smaller footprint and even table top devices. And later hand held battery operated music dispensers, and we became Disc Jockeys…

I remember: Computers and other technology

I remember: Computers and other technology

Photo by Alessandro Vallainc on Unsplash   Mainframe Computing to Cloud Computing “There is no such thing as a new idea. It is impossible. We simply take a lot of old ideas and put them into a sort of mental kaleidoscope. We give them a turn and they make new and curious combinations. We keep on turning and making new…

Helping my 94 year old friend setup his new learning tools

Helping my 94 year old friend setup his new learning tools

Photo by JD Mason on Unsplash   What keeps Bob going every day Bob turned 94 in January 2019.  Bob’s obsessed with two things golf and bowling. What keeps Bob going every day, his obsession for getting better at bowling and golf. Bob forgets that he’s 94 and cannot do either like when he was 74. Bob will…

So what is your writer’s  plan Roger?

So what is your writer’s plan Roger?

Photo by Matthew Bennett on Unsplash Glad you asked I have a plan. I’ve had plenty of time to plan one so here’s what I’ve got as of today.  Not that the plan will undergo tweaks and changes, OK it will probably happen. No it will happen, I know myself better than to say otherwise. We all communicate…

Roger Skibowski the Writer 1.0 finally emerged

Roger Skibowski the Writer 1.0 finally emerged

Photo by Dmitry Ratushny on Unsplash   About Roger Skibowski   Hi, I’m Roger Skibowski a Writer.   In the beginning Roger Skibowski is my pen name.  I came up with this name when I was twelve years old, and wanted to be a writer, but I waited.   Some time has passed I lot has happened between…

The Distraction of the Job Search Years

The Distraction of the Job Search Years

Photo by Amy Hirschi on Unsplash I don’t need yet another job Jan 1, 2019 I finally gave up the notion of searching for another Information Technology job. After several years into the retirement adventure I got this spark of interest of returning to the 9 to 5 environment. Not sure why, I even asked myself that question…

June 2017 began my Recalculating Period

June 2017 began my Recalculating Period

Photo by Simon Connellan on Unsplash   What is a recalculating period? There are two concepts that I think best describe what a recalculating period meant. The first one the GPS device and the second one an Albert Einstein saying. One benefit during employment was job related travel. During travel usually meant rental cars in a foreign town or…

What Early retirement looked like for us

What Early retirement looked like for us

Photo by Ruediger Theiselmann on Unsplash     The master Plan When I was younger, I had this notion I wanted to retire by age 50, thinking age 65 was too far away, So at age 57 several events and circumstances made us consider early retirement. Our new master plan was to sell our home and with the equity purchase our…

Moving to the Seattle Area in 1998 from the Bay Area

Moving to the Seattle Area in 1998 from the Bay Area

Photo by Al x on Unsplash I received the call One thing I learned sometime ago, from who I don’t recall, was always to keep your resume current.  The advice was as soon as you start a job update your resume.  This one piece of advice and my actions to take heed has been a blessing for me. …

Growing up in the Bay Area 20 year ago

Growing up in the Bay Area 20 year ago

    Photo by Wilson Ye on Unsplash   When I think of the Bay Area, the Golden Gate Bridge comes to mind. I spent the first 46 years of my life in the Bay Area, the Bay Area was the term I remember from childhood, we lived in the “Bay Area”, even though we lived in Campbell,…