A lot of beauty and wisdom in this video

Video link: http://nyti.ms/1s0fcv2

(Hat tip, @cjmorris)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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‘Mexican Heat’ is “Tom Clancy on steroids,” says Author Mark Allen

Mexican Heat,” my second Nick Woods book, got reviewed by Author (and friend) Mark Allen.

Mark Allen’s review of Mexican Heat

Take a look if you get a moment, and I hope everyone has a great weekend!

(Oh! And I should say that “Mexican Heat”and “Sold Out” have been selling amazing of late, spending much of the week with BOTH of them in the Top 100 of Amazon’s political thriller genre, with the likes of Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, and David Baldacci.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Small successes lead to big ones

My friend Erin Darby wrote a nice piece about “small successes leading to big ones.”

I love how she’s able to avoid getting distracted by the long-term goal of big money or publishing her first book, and able to just focus on the step she’s currently on.

Good stuff. Check it out if you get a moment.

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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Best tweets of the week, 9/12/14

As my regular readers know, I’m always trying to combat the cynicism that mostly consumes our country (and world?).

And Twitter, for all its faults, provides a decent daily nourishment if you know where to look. And since most of you probably aren’t on Twitter, I thought I’d share some pretty good Tweets from the past week. (As well as just a few that may be newsworthy, but something you didn’t see.)

Hope they encourage you or make you think, as well!

[ ] “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” — Plato (From @BetterManProj)

[ ] Poll: Strikes in Iraq, Syria supported: stripes.com/1.302150 (From @starsandstripes)

[ ] Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do. — John R. Wooden (From @MuscleProdigy)

[ ] Barnes & Noble climbing back out of the abyss as book sales stabilize. pwne.ws/YwtQ3b (From @PublishersWkly)

[ ] Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any better! (From @InkyJohnson)

[ ] What U.S. airstrikes in Iraq look like, mapped by region. pic.twitter.com/AiBmbtpBWl (From @DanLamothe)

[ ] Our worst fault is our preoccupation with the faults of others. — Kahlil Gibran (From @mindfuleveryday)

[ ] “Don’t go through life, grow through life.” — Eric Butterworth (From @GreatestQuotes)

[ ] The World’s Top-Earning Authors: Veronica Roth, John Green and Gillian Flynn join ranking — ow.ly/BiAvR (From Forbes)

[ ] “As our own peace of mind grows, so the atmosphere around us becomes more peaceful.” (From @DalaiLamaPosts)

[ ] “A good book is all-consuming: part of it becomes you, and part of you becomes it.” — Wisława Szymborska (From @i_Author)

[ ] “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” — Mark Twain (From @BetterManProj)

[ ]  “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” — Socrates (From @AncientWisdoms)

[ ] “He is able who thinks he is able.” — Buddha (From @TrainingMindful)

[ ]  “Great works are performed, not by strength, but perseverance.” — Samuel Johnson (From @GreatestQuotes)

[ ] “Life is what you make it, always has been, always will be.” — Grandma Moses (From @Dakota_Meyer)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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The music industry has 99 problems. And they are…

I had no idea the music industry was struggling this bad. I mean, I knew I was pretty bad, but this is really bad…

The music industry has 99 problems. And they are…

Love to hear your thoughts on the matter, and make sure you’re supporting whatever groups you’re big fans of. (Hat tip, The Passive Voice.)

Keep the faith,

Stan R. Mitchell

Oak Ridge, Tenn.

About me: I’m an action fiction author with books similar to Vince Flynn, Stephen Hunter, and Tom Clancy. I’m also a prior infantry Marine with Combat Action Ribbon, and a guy who spent 10+ years in the newspaper business. Please consider subscribing to my blog — I mostly post about things that either motivate you, inspire you, or make you laugh.

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