Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Q & A with Ben Franklin

On January 12 - 15, I will be performing my one-man play BEN FRANKLIN: AN INGENIOUS LIFE at the John and Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center in Orlando, FL. You can find more information and purchase tickets at http://benfranklin.eventbrite.com

I thought it would be fun to do a Q&A with Ben to get his perspectives on modern American life.

Q: Wondering what you think about our members of Congress?

Ben: Well, I don't know any of them, but if they are the way they were back in my day, I know that when we assemble representatives for the benefit of their joint wisdom, we inevitably invite all their prejudices, their passions, errors of opinion, local interests, and selfish views. How can a perfect product be expected?

Q: I understand that you only had two years of formal education, is that correct.

Ben: Yes, my parents were hoping to fit me for the ministry. It was not a good fit. I learned mostly from reading - every book I could get my hands on.

Q: Do you think education is still important?

Ben: The only thing more expensive than education is ignorance.

Q: When you were flying that kite, weren't you worried you might get electrocuted?

(Franklin gives me a bemused look.)

Ben: Not with the proper precautions. The kite was out there in the storm. I was safely inside a doorway.

Q: Do you have any words of advice?

Ben: Perhaps the words of Alexander Pope, "Blessed is he who expects nothing for he shall never be disappointed." (Franklin laughs) Actually, the best advice I can offer you is, "Well done is better than well said."

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Resolved for the New Year

The new year will soon be upon us. As I have for the last several years on this blog, it is a time for reflection and renewal.

With the recent release of COLD OATH, I now have eight published novels, six in my Brad Frame series and two standalone suspense novels.

I've been mulling my next writing challenges. In 2017, I plan to write a Brad Frame short story, which will probably be in the 15,000 word range. My expectation is to share this story to introduce readers to the Brad Frame character, and hopefully generate more interest in the six novels that are already a part of the series.

I've enjoyed writing the suspense novels, and I'd like to tackle another one in 2017.

In mid-January, I'll be performing my one-man Ben Franklin play in Orlando at the John & Rita Lowndes Shakespeare Center. I plan to seek additional performance opportunities for the play throughout the course of the year.

Maintaining my health is important to me (which means trying to lose a few pounds as well as staying physically active). My mental health is equally important, so I plan to love more and fret less. Life's a Mystery, but as the saying goes, "None of us gets out of here alive," so best to stop stressing about the small stuff (like Facebook posts that make me cringe) and devote my attention to the people and issues in my life that really matter.

Wishing you a happy and healthy 2017!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Holiday Wishes

Whether you're a devoted reader of my blog, an occasional visitor, or stopping by for the first time, I wish you the best this holiday season.

Here is a link to a holiday story I first shared last year. It is my gift to you. www.rayflynt.com/spiritofchristmas.pdf

If you'd like to give me a gift (hint, hint) :-) just share that link with your friends. Hopefully, they'll enjoy the story and it will expose them to my novels. Hey, maybe they'll even buy one of my books as a gift for one of their friends this holiday season.

I look forward to spending the holidays with friends. There are a group of us that rotate among each other's homes for meals during the two week period of Christmas/New Years. It is a fun time!

No matter what holiday you might be celebrating, best wishes to you and your family.