A New Year & Something “New.”

I feel confident that President Trump CAN “Make America Great Again!” without my help, so I believe I will move on to something else and just enjoy the ride. I am a Gemini, which means that I have to be doing something creative all the time, or I get antsy. Are you like that? Or, are you content with just “LOLing” your friends on Facebook? I’m sorry, I need more than that to stimulate me. Don’t get me wrong. I appreciate all those who request to be my “friend.” (I never request someone to become my “friend” because I don’t feel comfortable imposing on others in that manner. But that’s just me). On, the other hand, I always check those who send me a request, because I feel honored by such an appeal.

So, on to other things. I have now written and published four action/adventure novels and one contemporary novel, and tons of short stories. I have proven to myself (and to my dear, dead mother) that I really am a good legitimate writer/author. She never doubted me. If none of my work ever becomes roaring best-sellers, that is fine with me – I have done my part – I wrote ‘em. Will I write another book? Yeah, quite likely. As long as people enjoy them, I’ll come up with something new every year. Even when I was on TV, telling your grandmother what the weather was going to be, I was also writing stuff for magazines and newspapers. So that kind of creativity never entirely leaves me. I’m always thinking of plots.

But, something else that I enjoy is painting. (No, I don’t paint houses. Not even my own!) I don’t have the inherent or genetic talent to “look” at something and paint a picture of it. However, I am able to “reproduce” paintings from pictures that I have enjoyed looking at in the past. I may take an 8 x 10 picture and reproduce a semblance of it in a 24 x 30 size. I’ll tell you the secret: I take the smaller print and divide it into “squares.” Then, on my larger canvas, I pencil in squares that are the same ratio as those on the small print. Then, whatever is in the small squares, I reproduce that in the larger squares on the bigger canvas. I paint with oils, so the brush strokes are authentic.

They never turn out as exact copies, but they do turn out the way I see them. So, for the New Year, my resolution is to take up painting again. My vision is fading as I age and there are so many things I wish to do before the curtain goes down. BTW, I suggest that you do something “different” for 2017. Why not try something new for a change? You have nothing to lose, and you might learn to love something fresh and innovative. Pick up a new hobby, or revive an old one that you haven’t tried for some years. You can’t stop the “years” from piling up, but you can keep your brain young – and that will make you live longer.

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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1 Response to A New Year & Something “New.”

  1. Bill Ronay says:


    Yep, doing something “different” is a fantastic idea. Have always wanted to go on a DXpedition (of most any type). Well, 2017 is the year. Will do the PJ2T on Curacao the first weekend in March along with a group of ‘seasoned’ folks from the Southeast DX Club. The group did a record number of QSOs last year so this year’s goal is to ‘win again’. Never been a part of the business end of a Worldwide contest. This should prove to be a worthy challenge. Wish me luck…

    Just thought you might want to know of my taking your suggestion…literally.

    Happy New Year!

    Bill KM4LS

    W. R. “Bill” Ronay Arts/Events Consultant (Retired…really!) 2090 Shadow Lake Drive The “Real” Buckhead, GA 30625-2700

    Phone (h/f/o): 706-342-7878 Cell: 706-473-1283

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