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You know the old saying, don't overthink this, well, I think I have been guilty of doing just that. Since beginning this new chapter of my life, becoming a published writer, I have studied marketing concepts and listened to many other experts on how you make it as an author. Not so much about actually writing, no more about how to market yourself and your books. I have found that you can listen to, too much advice, then you reach the point of realizing that you are sacrificing why you wanted to write in the first place. I made that mistake. I wanted to follow the formula that all authors are told to follow, website, social media posts, informative newsletter, blah, blah, blah. You end up spending all your time on everything except what is really important, your writing. I want to write great things, interesting things, thought-provoking things, not strive to be a social media darling or spend all my time churning out banal newsletters that have nothing to do with my thoughts or passions.

So, having said all that, I move forward on being a writer first, and a marketeer second, I know, I know, you have to market yourself and your product or you'll never make any money, you'll never be a success. Marketing is important, I agree, but, there are different kinds of success in the world, not just financial. Sure, becoming a rich and famous author would be wonderful, can't argue that, but, there are authors all over the world spending all their time on marketing and social media posts who still sell very few books and are unknown, except to their family and friends. Financial rewards and fame would be nice, but writing well and inspiring, touching, and entertaining others is the most important job an author has, and he should never forget that. I am determined for myself, not to lose that important idea again. I want to write about what is important, I want to write about the thoughts, ideas, and things that entertain and enrich me. Folks, I've made up my mind to do just that. No more newsletters with helpful information and topical stories that have nothing to do with me, or what's on my mind. No, I am going to be writing what moves me, and then share it with the world. I will do social media, a lot actually, but on my terms. I'm a storyteller, a historian, a dreamer of what the future can be, but someone who loves to remember their past, loves to remember the people and events that helped shape it and the world we live in. In the end, everyone has a story to tell, I want to hear yours, and I definitely want you to hear mine.


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  • Andrew Scott Bassett

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Wow, how times have changed in the last thirty years. Remember payphones, beepers, electronic organizers, and couples talking to each other in restaurants instead of staring at their phones. Ahh... yes, the good old days right. Young folks, that is human beings much younger than I, can't fathom that civilization survived before the smartphone was created. Being able to contact another person at any time or look up information at the touch of a screen seems to be their birthright. No question the technological revolution of the last twenty to thirty years has in a hundred different ways made our lives easier and given us more time to pursue the things that are important to us. But, taking that all into account, at what cost, and more specifically, what are the downsides of all this "digital bliss", to human beings that we rarely even consider.

As your 'Life Fisherman' I felt it my duty to share what many studies are beginning to find out about the darker side of living a digital life.

First off, there are both psychological and physical adverse effects of too much technology ruling our lives. And before we delve further, I know, I know, I am going to sound like that old dude sitting on his front porch swing, shotgun on his lap, talking about the old days, his glory days as the old song would say. Not much I can do about that, truth is truth, and moderation in everything in life is always a good idea, even in the use of all the techy toys around.

First, we look at the psychological effects of too much of a good digital thing. Many people who spend a lot of their time on social media sights suffer from depression and anxiety. Much of this is fueled by all the negativity they encounter on these sights. I don't know about you, but people for some reason think it's okay to insult and denigrate others on social media, say things online that they would never say to someone face to face, I got news for you types, it's not. Feelings of Isolation are another negative psychological effect many people suffer from who spend too much time and energy online. Human beings need to spend real time with real people, it's how we are wired. When we don't, instead spend most of our time alone staring at our phone or tablet, we begin to feel isolated from others. This isolation that many folks begin to feel can lead to even greater depression and in some tragic cases, suicide. People, we need to take our heads off the screens in our lives sometimes and focus our faces on other faces, you know like in the old days.


Then there are a plethora, big word I know, of physical problems that can arise from spending too much time in the 'fake world', like sleep issues, eyestrain, and the 'big ones', heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and even premature death from a sedentary life spent with a phone or tablet sitting in one's hands too long. Experts say to never go to sleep right after spending time on your digital devices. The 'blue light' that they convey stimulates our brains and cause disturbances in the body's circadian rhythm. This disturbance can make it harder to fall asleep at night and can make a person much less alert the next day. Oh, and let us not forget about all the back and neck problems popping up all over the world from spending too much time sitting and staring at our screens. Chiropractors are making a fortune off of this 'new brave' digital world. Eye issues are so prevalent that eye doctors are now recommending a 20-20-20 rule. That means for 20 minutes of screen time, people need to take a twenty-second break and fix their eyes on something at least twenty feet away. This exercise will help with eyestrain and the problems associated with it.


Finally, there is the issue of what all this is doing to our children. Children's brains are still developing and even more sensitive to the effects of the overuse of technology. Studies show that children who overuse technology suffer from a plethora of their own problems, there's that big word again. These can include, low academic performance, ADHD, low creativity, delays in language development, delays in social and emotional development, aggressive behaviors, and then some of the same things their parents deal with as mentioned above, problems with sleep, depression, anxiety, and obesity. All fun stuff to chew on as parents right. Maybe we shouldn't feel so guilty when we kick our kid off of his or her smartphone.


So, what it all comes down to is this, too much of anything, even a good thing can turn into something not so good. When it comes to your digital life consumption, like everything else, moderation is still best.






Well... that's about it for today from your favorite Life Fisherman and author, me.

Knowledge is food for brains and bodies and we all should be fishing for something better in life.

If you like this blog check out my monthly newsletter that I just started this month. You can sign up on my website: www.andrewscottbassett.com. Also check out my first book, 'Fishing for Something', you can order it today on Amazon, or anywhere else online, you'll love it!

Blessings...

Your Life Fisherman

Andrew Scott Bassett


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  • Andrew Scott Bassett

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Wow, it's been a crazy few years hasn't it. Most of us have dealt with things we only would have imagined in movies or books. These things didn't seem possible only a short time ago. And the crazy continues with the price of everything exploding around us, it seems more and more each day. We all have suffered in one way or another, some people much more than most. I think we all know at least one person, maybe not well, but at least through friends or family that has passed away from Covid, or other ailments brought on by Covid. We watch television or read on the internet about wars, or rumors of war now almost daily. We witness crime and destruction in our towns and cities like not seen in a very long time. All of this and the reporting of it badgering us endlessly can make anyone lose hope, lose sleep, and eventually fall into a much-wanted shell of depression. We are like little children, pulling the covers of our bed over our heads, scared of the boogeyman whose going to get us. That's where I begin my story, and maybe my mission or is it a calling of sorts, not sure, anyways here goes.


First off, I should start by telling you that I am a published author. I've written two books now, Fishing for Something and The Rosey View of the World. Fishing for Something has been out for awhile. My new book, The Rosey View of the World is being shopped as we speak to agents across the country. The latter novel will be for sale soon and I am very excited to see what people think of it. My first offering, Fishing for Something is a story based on many real events from my life although it is a fictional tale. If you have not read it yet, I encourage you to take a look at it. It's a fun, breezy story with much adventure that is hard to put down. Underneath the entertaining story is more serious and profound issues, the ones we as humans all deal with. Fishing for Something is really about relationships and how they scar us and change us for good or bad. In the book, the Barrett brothers are forced to slam face-first against both past and present relationships that shaped them in ways that have mostly hurt their lives. The biggest one is the relationship with their father who abandoned them and his wife when they were still kids. The hate they feel for him must be resolved, one way or another, as it taints every other relationship in their lives.

As I said, much of this story comes from real events I or close family members have lived. My own father abandoned our family when I was young, leaving my mother, older brother and myself to fend for ourselves. I remember it like it was yesterday, it was two days before my eleventh birthday. I watched as he packed his car with all his things. When he was done he met me on the front porch of our house wished me a good birthday, and then handed me a twenty dollar bill. He promised to call for us when he got settled on the East coast, I never saw him again. I was both relieved he left because of his fighting with my mother and yet sad he was gone. Such is life unfortunately, when I was kid we all wished for families like we saw on television, you know like the Brady Bunch or the Partridge Family, maybe the Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie, how about the Walton's, they were so nice to each other, remember how they all said goodnight to every family member. Sadly, real life is not television, even so-called reality television isn't truly real. No, life is much harder and more complicated than all that. Fast-forward twelve years later from that infamous day my father left and I am now a husband and father myself, determined to not make the same mistakes my dad made. But funny thing, I did do a lot of the same stupid things my dear old dad did. Probably, a lot of the same things you did as a parent and spouse if your reading this. Now, thirty years later, struggling to be a better husband and father, trying my best to be more self-aware of what I say, how I say it and the way I act, I've come to realize some things, important things. First, and foremost, sleeping with someone is easy, living with someone is hard. Our culture sings about and makes movies and books about, at nausea the act of sleeping with someone. Of course, when I say sleeping I don't mean sleeping, I think you get my drift. But little is ever discussed or mentioned, or glorified in film or song about the much more important relationship subject, living with another human being. In the movie, Yours, Mine, and Ours, the original film not the crappy newer Disney version, the late great actor Henry Fonda had a memorable adult exchange in the film that I wished we saw more in the movies of today. I believe he was speaking with his horny, coming-of-age teenage son in the film played by underrated actor Tim Matheson of Animal House fame. Anyhoo, Fonda, frustrated with his son, shares an important fact of life with him. It's easy to go to bed with a woman, it's getting up in the morning with one that shows the true metal of a man, or something to that fact. Fonda's characters point being living with someone through all the ups and downs of life, day in and day out, shows what kind of man or woman someone really is. In our culture we glorify and obsess on romance, 'being in love', sexual fantasy and all that, no wonder relationships rarely go the distance anymore. In real life, those topics are more like the sprinkles you put on your yogurt, they're nowhere near the substance and/or foundation of a true, strong relationship between two people.

So, next on my journey, I wondered why so many of us have missed the boat on all this 'stuff', the real stuff in life. Well, like any kind of ignorance a person has it usually starts with a lack of education on a particular subject. What I am saying is we really don't invest much energy, study, or time on the important things of life. We usually think of marriage counseling as a last resort for a broken marriage, but in reality I think most couples married or not could use a regular, scheduled dose of discussion about themselves and their relationship with those they love. I do believe in God, and I believe we were created to be social beings with him and with others. It's figuring how to do that effectively that takes us into the weeds, so to speak. We all need more information in these areas, we need to learn about ourselves, the people we love, and put an emphasis on getting better and having better and more successful lives. All of us can play a part in this positive growth. We all have our own areas of expertise and experience that can be a blessing to others. We've all made huge mistakes in life and often that is where the greatest lessons are learned if you're willing to humble yourself and examine them. I know in my life, the stupid things I have done and I have had done to me, have been a much greater teacher that most of my successes, it's funny how that works.


Finally, with all this in mind, I begin my next journey in this life. I want to help bring to light, knowledge, wisdom, and positive experiences and information to all who are interested. Around my writing schedule and more importantly my life schedule of being a husband and a father, I am launching a new, newsletter, called Fishing for Something better in life. you can sign up for it on this website, www.andrewscottbassett.com. My first newsletter will being coming out in the next three to four days, please look for it. I hope to inspire, educate, and just plain make people feel better about themselves and this crazy world we live in. You know, it's in the darkest places that flashlights shed the most light. The world is getting darker for sure, but that doesn't mean we have to be in the dark in our own lives. No, armed with love, faith, knowledge and ever-increasing wisdom, we can light up this world for others, helping ourselves at the same time. I hope to be your Life Fisherman on this journey, a fishing guide of sorts for a better tomorrow. So, please look for that new report or newsletter in the next few days and sign-up for free to receive them on a regular basis. And also come back to my website here, where I will be writing regular blogs more detailed on specific subjects than the newsletter. I look forward to connecting with my readers in the near future, and I even have plans for a future podcast entitled Fishing for Something better in life. Always remember the longest journey in life still starts with the first step one takes.


P.S. Check out my first novel, Fishing for Something on Amazon books, Barnes and Noble, and pretty much every other online bookstore in the world, I know you'll love it.


Blessings...

Your Life Fisherman and author,

Andrew Scott Bassett

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