Brandon Sanderson – Lecture #1 Intro

Overall impression is that Brandon is not only knowledgeable but also funny. The time flew by watching this intro. At first, I thought to skip this lecture as Intro usually don’t have a lot of information, but I’m glad I did watch it. I highly encourage you to start with this video.

Intro’s usually give you a preview of what’s to come and this was no exception. Brandon is going to go over the Nuts and Bolts of writing and focus on 4 key areas which are, Plot, Setting, Character, and Business.

He gives reasons for taking the class. Communicate better and What does my success look like. You don’t have to be interested in Sci-Fi to take the class.

His writing advice?

  • Try a few things
  • Practice some more
  • See if you get better
  • If not, try something else

Sounds like what I’ve been doing since I started this blog way back in October of 2021.

Also, how you write is individual. The way I write is not going to be the way you write. Do what works for you, but above all be consistent.

At the end, he goes into detail about writing groups which is a tool. He gives some loose guidelines.

This is a barebones summary of the Intro. I’m ready to watch the rest of the series now because of this Intro. I’ll be doing a quick review after each one. So join me in learning a bit about writing because – What have you got to lose?

All lectures of Brandon Sanderson are now linked on the Storylines page if you wish to follow along in order.


So this happened at work. A customer that had an appointment for our showroom so she could order a high-end bathtub ended up in the ditch. Not sure what she was thinking.

A tow truck pulled her out of the ditch and they tried starting the car and lo and behold it started. She drove it back and forth to get the water out of the exhaust. Besides having a bunch of vegetation stuck on her front bumper, it seemed to be okay.

Our delivery driver showed up shortly after and said he saw at least four vehicles in ditches. People here in Florida can’t drive worth a lick.

Valentine’s Day Advice For Men Only

Women – Do NOT read any further. Do NOT pass GO, Do NOT collect $200.


Men, it’s that time of year again. Where we are expected to dredge from deep in our souls that emotion that women expect and try to be romantic for one day of the year. Most of you will find it difficult if not impossible to do so. Never fear, due to my years of experience, I’m here to dispense my otherworldly advice so you never have to fear this day again.

If you are single and in a relationship, Valentine’s Day is a pretty easy day to miss. About a week before Valentine’s Day, all you do is pick a small fight.(make sure it is small, otherwise the plan goes down the crapper). Then you simply announce you want to break up. A week or so after Valentine’s day, go and profess your stupidity to your intended. Blame it on stress, your mother, her mother, the dog, the weather or anything else you can think of. Just don’t blame her and she will be sure to take you back and forget that you completely missed Valentine’s Day. This strategy will work for Christmas, her birthday or any other occasion. However, repeated use of this strategy will result in your loved one refusing to take you back after one too many times.

However, if your intended one is the one that you want to spend the rest of your life with, then a completely different strategy is on the table. It’s a bit late this year, but keep it in mind for next year. Start planning the most romantic date night you can right after the New Year’s. You need the full six weeks as it must contain elements of surprise, thought and quite possibly a whole lot of money. You have to put yourself in her shoes, and think about what would be romantic to her. In addition, go out and get that engagement ring ensuring that it is a perfect fit without her knowing. At some point in the evening, you are going to propose to her. My favorite is to propose in the same spot where you two first met. Preferably with live music lightly being played while rose petals fall from the sky on your heads.

The main point is to go completely over the top. The more intricate the proposal, the better. This in effect, sets the bar so high that you will never be able to top it. Lightly suggest this idea as the evening winds down. You might say, this is a lot of work, and you would be right. You have to think long game here. From that night, you will never have to do a whole lot on Valentines. A card, some flowers, maybe coffee in bed. Quick, easy-peasy and doesn’t require much for the rest of your life.

Suppose you are already married and just now turning to me for advice. You have been tortured yearly with trying to be romantic and usually you come up short. You get that fake smile and the look of what an idiot you are each and every Valentine’s Day. Again, you have to look at the long game here. Each Valentine’s Day in the future, do a little bit less. Eventually, you’ll get to the point of picking up a card, some flowers, and maybe coffee in bed. Your wife will say, “Yes, my husband is an idiot romantic, but I love him anyways.”

Go forth with this new knowledge and never fear Valentine’s Day again.

Disclaimer: This entire article is written tongue in cheek. The author is in no way, shape or form responsible for anything if you actually take this advice.

For Mrs. D, I love you always and hope you have a great Valentine’s Day. Date night this weekend?

Weekly Writing Challenge #5 – DMV Hell

Write about having to wait in line.

Photo by Peter Leong on Unsplash

When I moved from New Mexico to Florida, I had to make a dreaded visit to the DMV, Department of Motor Vehicles, in order to register my truck in Florida and get a Florida license tag. I knew it would take some time, so I freed up an afternoon and headed to the nearest DMV.

Thankfully, there was a number system where you grabbed the next number and got to wait sitting on chairs instead of actually standing in line. There was about six rows of chairs, ten across. As I sat on a chair in the last row, I noticed that there were about 15 people in front of me. At least I wouldn’t have to wait long, would I? I had number 94 and the board showed that they were on 88.

I had forgotten to bring something to read, so I got to do my next favorite past time which is people watch. Unfortunately as I observed, every person in front of me had their head bowed. They could be sleeping or more likely praying they escape the DMV eventually. As it was, they were all engrossed in looking at their smartphones.

An hour passed, then two. The number had finally gotten to 92. I struggled to stay awake. I didn’t want to miss my turn. Finally, the board flipped to 94. I rose up, documents in hand and headed to the window. Confidently, I handed all the documentation I would need to get my truck registered in Florida. The lady at the desk, looked at each one and nodded in the affirmative until she got to the my Title of Ownership.

She looked at it, frowned and looked again. She ran her finger down the left side of the Title then looked at her computer screen. Then looked back at the Title and again ran her finger down the side. I was curious as to what was going on, so I held my tongue and waited and watched. After five long minutes of looking at the front and back of my Title with occasional glances at me, she excused herself and got up to back to the supervisor’s desk with my Title.

Now I’m really curious. She quietly says something to her supervisor who then takes a look at my title. He says, “New Mexico is a state, the abbreviation is NM.” I was aghast! My mouth dropped open in complete surprise. The lady came back to the desk and started to process my registration. I knew I should keep quiet, but I couldn’t help myself.

“Are you freaking kidding me!”, I said loudly. “New Mexico has been a state since 1912, that’s over a hundred years ago and you didn’t know it was a state?” The entire DMV went silent. The supervisor rose and looked at me. I lowered my head and gave a quick wave to show that I wouldn’t be causing a scene, at least no more than I already have.

The lady, obviously embarrassed, didn’t say anything, but furiously typed and got my registration done in record time. I was absolutely flabbergasted that this lady didn’t know about New Mexico. What kind of educational system did she go through? If anybody would know all fifty states, you would think that working at the DMV that it would be a prerequisite.

Thinking this is a one-off, I thought that there was no way this could ever happen to anyone else. Little did I know, but my wife, when she went to transfer her title from New Mexico to Florida at an entirely different DMV, ran into the exact same problem.

I mourn for the educational system here in Florida.

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