Rants of a Sane Man Barking at the Moon

Rants of a Sane Man Barking at the Moon

I decided the only way to get my views out there was by doing a Blog, FaceBook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Hangouts On Air and BlogTalkRadio. This all started an odyssey that I began in March of 2010.

We all see the world from our own perspective and/or how it effects us as we rush through it. So, please take what I write and say as just another tour guide along the path.

The wit and wisdom of John Rakestraw…

“Writing is the greatest job in the world, right next to being the captain of the boat on the river Styx. Books ferry people through life…”

“Value the success you make, and make the success valuable to others. Reach out and help people to see that they are worthy of help.”

“Time Travel…

We do it every day, we go to bed or take a nap and wake up in a different time.”

“I have found when I feel dizzy, discombobulated and blue… If I start to breathe again, it works its way out.”

“Really… doesn’t it seem at times that we have been pushed out, and for some “untimely ripped,” into Hell’s waiting room.”

“I have always wondered if the length of a book’s chapters should be directly related to the endurance of our attention span and our bladders.”

“In this world…we are all terminal. None of us will get out of it alive and contrary to some, “those with the most toys don’t win…” they’re just passed on to the next person who will store them away as consolation prizes.”

“I truly care… I hate to see people not reaching their bliss in life. At times that makes me stupid in other peoples minds. I know it makes me look exponentially stupid. But, I’m happy to be thought that stupid… if caring makes me stupid, then I want to push stupid to the millionth power of stupid.”

“It’s the quest, the journey and the lifetime that makes the whole trip worth taking. When you take the journey to near death and see the boat on the river Styx… that is when you find the sweetest part about the quest… it’s about nothing more then taking one more breath, seeing one more smile, smelling one more memory and enjoying the moments we have… just those beautiful moments.”

“I’m beginning to understand that normal is only a cycle on a dryer… and delicate is very close by.”

“Some of us have the great honor to be born weird, some achieve it by vast study, others have the misfortune wonderful magicalness of weirdness thrust upon them. I came by it from a lady who shot out of a lake and threw it at me and said, “there… now you live with it awhile!” Why couldn’t it have been a damn sword… I’d be King of England.”

“A pocket full of dreams and a good imagination is all you need to succeed in life… Plus, winning the lottery would also help.”

“Why I Write… Real life can be boring, the plot lines suck, the dramatic arcs are all in the wrong spots and the dialogue at times is beyond help.”

“The first to go is always the Arts, then books and then learning all together. The cost to entertain and give us (the audience and creative workers) a place where you grow and build a community that lives by making you think, that makes you wonder and that take you beyond their imagination into yours… that is the true gift of learning and education.”

“Magician give you illusions that have the appearance of truth. I’m a writer, an author, a story spinner who gives you truth all wrapped up in a cozy blanket of illusion.”

“I’m not a lunatic, I’m just crazy. It would be a very dull world if I were sane.”

“Life is simple… we wake up and we go to sleep. It’s the busy stuff we do in between that cause so much issues. Most of us have this huge capacity to take it all to serious and that is why procrastination is the solution.”

“Each has their taste… what is bitter to one, is a feast to another.”

“It takes a chunk of your life to write a book and the rest to market it!”

“If Shakespeare’s right and all the world’s a stage and we are merely players… then many of us are way under rehearsed.”

“I have come to believe that chocolate is the universe’s way of apologizing for reality.”

“If I came with a warning label… it would read at the end, “rinse and repeat.”

“I have always wonder if that other person in that mud puddle looking back at me is the true reality, and I’m just the reflection. And maybe it’s wise for little children to jump and splash in those puddles to protect our reality.”

“I’m a genius… which means I have command of the most wonderful useless information in the world. BUT, I KNOW HOW TO USE IT FOR GOOD… (in a whispered tone) and for evil. Maaawww ha ha haaaaaaaaa (Cough, cough and wheezes.)”

“We have now left the way stations of reason and sanity. Next stop, Hangouts On Air with RAKESTRAW BOOK DESIGN LIVE EVENTS!”

“I have never made up a story, built a plot line or engineered a tale through the process of rational thinking… I get it all from my Swiss cheese mind or maybe it’s the lutefisk I eat as a child.”

“My style of humor and joking is to stay near the truth. It’s the funniest and safest way to tell a joke in the world.”

“Coming up with an original idea… can’t be too hard. Just look at all the books published every year!”

“One of my great insights is… everyone dies, just give them time. Which is really cool… because I will finally get that great parking spot!”

“I should never be left to my own devices, I tend to start thinking for myself…”

“Dream the story. Put it to paper or screen. Edit it. Re-edit it. Rewrite it. Edit again. Hopefully publish it. Spin it. Make it a tasty dish to market. Dream another. Create!”

“There is nothing in the world more contagious then the flu and the common cold… well, you can throw in laughter and even good humor too.”

“Laughter makes life worth living… that and chocolate!”

“When I’m told, “you should mind your manners…” Which I have been told a few times to many in my life. I always wonder where my manners have wander off to and just how much fun are they having and when do I get to join them?”

“I have heard it said that, “Laughter is the sound of the soul dancing.” My soul either has two left feet or its been break dancing…”

“You can’t buy or put a price on love, so I have been told. But, I’ve see a lot of people try to get it wholesale or on the cheap. Love is priceless and all it truly cost… is returning it with interest!”

“Humor is when reason goes completely mad. It’s when absurdity is the only true answer…”

“I went over to eBay to see if you can buy wisdom and see the going rate. All I could find was some wisdom teeth.”

“The older I get, the idea of getting more wisdom seem wildly unreasonable… though I do notice more aches and pains. If I truly had gained more wisdom, you’d think I would have figured out how to grow old more youthfully!”

Publishing hasn’t changed… ever since human have sketched stuff on a cave wall, people want storytelling, and the storyteller’s have always craved a readership. That is still that fantastic need and want. The change is really the canvas we work on… computers, tablets and smartphones.

Tell us your story…”

“People are going to Google and social networks for answers to their questions. The question for us is… will you be there to answer it?”

“When I write… I see movies in my head, same thing happens when I read too. Actually, In my life I have seen some bad movies, so bad their good… I love how they were actually green lighted. Nowhere along the way of filming that crap someone didn’t stop and say, “why in the f@#k didn’t we pull the plug and run.” I love great films too… ‘The Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ ‘Amadeus’ and such… for God’s sake, you see one of those and throw your hands in the air and say, “I’m not even going to try.” But bad movies on the other hand, that’s like winning the lottery… if that got green lighted and went to DVD, I have a chance!

I know I can write some pretty crappy stuff that might turn out to be so bad that it’s good… maybe it will even become a cult classic.

We can only dream…”

“If I had no sense of humor, I would long ago have committed myself to an institution, wrote a book and made millions… Damn, why didn’t I think of that years ago!”

“These are the trinity of sexy… (for me anyway.) Intelligence, a sense of humor and sensitivity. But a wicked sense of humor… makes all the difference!”

“Humor can be thought of as our greatest blessing… and the most slicing and biting social commentary we have.”

“Common sense is a second cousin of a sense of humor. They just move in different family circles. A sense of humor is just like common sense, it just wears a lampshade.”

“The craft of writing is a creativity endeavor and a business… how we approach each part make a huge difference in how we see ourselves as writers and as business owners. It takes many hats to get a book on someone’s shelves.”

“I have found that to succeed we really need to have fun doing so… anything less and we give up to soon.”

“Getting your book ready to publish is an Odyssey worthy of Homer himself…

We few, we band of brothers and sisters who have dared to take on this quest… know the fun, beauty and hair pulling joy of such an epic!”

“Writers should create living people for us to read about, we need to read and write in the world of the living… writers need to experience the world. Step away from the keyboard and soak in the world around you.

Then get back to writing… I need more stories to read.”

“I always see a movie in my mind while I’m writing. Mostly because movies are active and the story-line has to keep moving… this helps me to keep my writing active and moving toward the climax. But, because of that I get really hungry for popcorn.”

“There’s this huge relationship between writing and reading… writers remember it’s our job to compel the reader to turn the page and discover the story.

Readers remember to feel the soul of writers by reading their books and blogs.”

“Liberty of thought is one of the hallmarks of a good and free Imagination and is a most precious possession to hold.”

“When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential. I look for the that spark of greatness that’s in each and everyone of us… we all have potential.”

“Mentoring is that brain to pick, an ear that listens, and that push towards greater understanding and wonderment!”

“Life hands us the people we need… we just need to remember to allow them their growth and discovery.”

“Multi-screen digital space is now leading our conversations… we who grab this new media will lead!”

“Time is the hardest enemy and the best ally we have…”

“True creativity doesn’t stand in lines and wait to be told if you measure up… it grabs you by your soul and invades your life!”

“Grammar even knows how to control and vex Kings, Queens and English Teachers!”

“Discovery is the main ingredient of good searching for me… a feast fit for a broader researcher!”

“It’s not the number of eyes, it’s the right eyes.”

“Social media today not only shares the news with us… we also driving the news…”

“I thought social media was about me, me, me… but, it seems to be about them, them, them!”

“Live for today, build for a better future and rejoice for the past you have lived.”

“I’m a ancient soul… with a young heart.”

“Debating is the death of all conversations. We close our minds and look for ways to win… ”

“A true conversation asks for no winners… it only wants to breathe life into social interaction!”

“We all have the same amount of time in a day… the only difference is how we use it!”

“We share ideas… we share dreams… we share hope… we share our time… we share!”

“We walk a new path everyday… we may use the same old feet, but they still have new meaning!”

“A sense of humor makes me enjoy my sanity… green jello helps too.”

“To life we owe our respect… but for ourselves we demand tribute!”

“Writers, we are content creators, it is what we do best!”

“We need to manifest opportunity into the gifts we need and want for ourselves in this new season.”

“To love someone is to hear the song of their soul and then sing in harmony with them!”

“Reading is a long silent conversation.”

“Be extraordinary… find that passion in yourself to succeed! You owe yourself that!”

“Don’t spend time chasing your tail around in circles. If you catch your tail… all you get is a mouth full of fur and a sore tail.”

“I’m more than a number… I’m a human being!”

“Our lives are being run by stupid algorithms more and more… how we fit the numbers counts more then who we are and the value they give us.”

“Listening to you audience is one thing… actually hear them is another. We want what we want, but sometimes we have to take what we are given…”

“Do we wait for circumstances to force our life choices, or do we take action, and in doing so… live!”

“I love entertaining, engaging and being enlighten by my friends (those wonderful audiences)… a life-time of creativity is a gift I live every day.”

“Creativity is one of those highfalutin words for the magic I do… writing, hosting Hangouts and vlogging!”

“Our creative minds dream into life the objects we love.”

“Creativity is already there… we merely have to will it up.”

“When creativity becomes the norm for the world, creative people will become the norm.”

“For me… creativity is the first steps towards a solution to the problem at hand!”

“I live with my creativity rushing forward in high gear.”

“A true conversation lives… where humor has more worth than wit and listening more weight than knowledge”

“My favorite way to have a beautiful day is having a great meal and a brilliant conversation.”

“Don’t you just hate how logic and facts get in the way of a conversation flow…”

“Creativity is born out of the unexpected…”

“I believe that a large part of creativity is group, or community based. That is why you will see art communities out there… a place where we can grow with our creativity. Be it art, sciences, math, engineering, etc. It is the group dynamic that fosters the soul to create.”

“Creativity is the magical way we connect things…”

“Life is to short to spend it behind doors and wishing we had just open it one more time.”

“Creativity is inherit in our genes… it’s a blessing bestowed by angels.”

“Creativity is the food of innovation… we should strive to instill it in all the people around us!”

“I just follow the flow of my creativity… it has always been a wild ride!”

“The greatest part of creativity is boldly walking towards the cliff… and then jumping.”

“Are we saying that not everyone has the ability to be creativity or are we actually saying that not everyone has the ability to be original with their creativity?”

“Are we stifling creativity by putting it on a schedule? NOW, BE CREATIVE!”

“I gave up thinking years ago. Thinking is the death of being creative. It makes you all self-conscious, and no one likes being self-conscious. We can’t just try to be creative. We simply just be…”

“Dare yourself to be more, to dream and then to create. Courage gives birth to brilliance, potential and an enchanting existence.”

“I never though I would sit on my couch at 50 years of age and text people…

Nor get my news, weather, income from a typewriter hybrid with a TV screen!

I read Future Shock back in the 1970′s and I don’t remember anything about the internet or a network like this… I do wonder where the flying cars are and the trips to Mars for a weekend of golf and family entertainment?”

“Well… Romeo and Juliet’s love caused a lot of people to suffer, die and torn up a city. They were the Bonnie and Clyde of their time. I like to dwell on the simple love of Irene Adler (The Woman) and Sherlock Holmes… ;-]”

“I never stand in the way of creativity or sharp weapons!!!!”

“Once you understand your limitations, you can do many wonderful things!”

“The Internet…

It’s an area of great knowledge, wisdom and insight…. plus it’s full of lies, damn lies and somebody else’s truth.”

“When your mind and body are at their quietest, that is when our highest self, our Spirit does its greatest work. We can lift our thoughts and energy to a higher realm of being. Always find time to seek this place of beautiful solitude. Listen for that small, quiet, and nearly silent inner voice of the greater self as it speaks of truth, of beauty, and of your greatness!”

“It takes part of our life to write a book and the rest of it to market that book!”

“We all have our challenges and they’re all huge… because they are happening to you!”

“What the hell is a vacation… is that what they call the time between getting out of bed and walking to the computer?”

“I don’t own a Smartphone… neither iPhone nor an Android be!”

“Words have great power… how we use them can build worlds or stop a heart beat!”

“We can be a powerful force for change… we just have to choose to make a difference!”

“There is no post too small, no post too bold. The history of social media is the history of 100′s of millions of people posting, small and large, coming together at this points in history and empowering the masses. This is a power that governments cannot suppress. They will try and we the masses will find ways to post and to engage!”

“It’s not the strongest that survive, it’s not the smartest, but the one who can change the fastest.”

“I have loved and been loved (actually it’s love… like right now), I have lost, seen death, lived with fear and hate… missed changes and people, I have hurt some and been hurt by others. I have trusted and been trusted. I have seen humankind at its best and worst…

…and out of it all I have Lived.”

“I don’t make it my task to fix the whole world, but I do try to heal those parts of the world that are within my small reach.”

“Never suspect the truth to be apparent… always dig deeper.”

“We have a tremendous opportunity to build a brighter future for our world, all we have to do is picture it and make it so…”

“Our emotional attachment to our beliefs give us faith… but it can limits us also. Which keeps us from seeing more of the world around us.”

“The more we choose both fluidity of intelligence and transparency, we allow learning and positive change on many levels of our lives. This allows us to make better choices which serve both ourselves and the beautiful world in which we live.”

“Poverty isn’t the true issue… it’s how we blame people for being in poverty. That it’s somehow a life style that people choose and it angers us that they dare to need help.”

“In life compassion is a good start… understanding is the next and then hopeful action thrown in for good measure!”

“Theatre was a great way to grow in to my adulthood! I met so many wonderful people doing all those show, from Shakespeare to Musical Comedy. Follow your dreams everyone and you will never be disappointed!”

“Dare to dream! Plus, dream to dare…. We owe it to ourselves to reach for the stars!!”

“I think it funny how after 100 years of phone technology we have gone full circle back to the telegraph (text messaging). Everything old is new again!!!!!”

“Success is no mystery. It’s no ‘out of reach fairy tale’ that is only accessible by some. It’s time, staying power and faith in oneself!”

“The magic of life is that it’s all about a love spell from your heart!”

“GO FOR YOUR DREAMS and more… and don’t’ stop at anything until you’ve reached them.”

“Fear is CRIPPLING to us all!”

“The POTENTIAL to create literally anything you want in life is ALREADY inside of you. You merely need to “Mold” it into FORM. You do that through consistent practice, and consistent action. The more time you put into “Molding” your innate potential into anything you want… the more POWERFUL you will become!”

“I laugh in the face of fear… then run like hell!”

“Your success absolutely has to come from the fire you have inside… that’s the magic!”

“Love, we have to teach people, hate just comes naturally! Please take the time to teach love to all you meet.”

“Life… for the lack of a better word is wonderful! We just need to be open to all the possibilities.”

“When you run from something make sure you are not going to run into something even worse!”

“Change Your Double SOB (that’s BOSS Backwards!) Looking for that magical something that will change your life? It’s not magic! Join the Quest…”

“Follow your dreams everyone and you will never be disappointed!”

“Money is only green here in the States. Around the world it’s a rainbow of colors… Wealth knows no colors only numbers!!!”

“To listen is the greatest gift of all!”

“You know what women really want in bed? A good pillow! A good back rub! Their side of the bed! Someone to be there every night! To be listen to! Come on Ladies tell us guys what you really badly want in bed? I hope we men will be smart enough to listen.”


I remember reading or hearing an interview with Bill Cosby (The Cosby Show, Storyteller and Comedian) some years ago. He was asked how he had become so successful on TV. At that time he was doing The Cosby Show, which was always in the top ten. He stated the usual things: good writing, good cast and being in the right place at the right time.

Then he mentioned how a few years before all this he ran into a young man who told him where he was going wrong with the branding of himself. Mr. Cosby looked at that upstart and asked, “what is it that I’m doing wrong?”

That young upstart looked into Mr. Cosby’s eyes and told him he keeps renting himself out to the highest bidder. What he needed to do was OWN what “Bill Cosby” did! If you own it… It’s yours, you have control! All I can tell you is that Mr. Cosby became a very wealthy man and control his brand after that talk.

The point being… You need to OWN your traffic and branding.”

“LOL… It’s Good For The Soul!”

“Remember if you can’t laugh at yourself, someone else will!”

“Hey you… over there by the computer machine… how come they call it a keyboard and not a typing-board. Plus . if it’s a keyboard… why can’t we type in the keys to happiness or life! Keyboard my foot… I can’t even find the locks that they work on! I was just saying.”

“Keyboarding… Is That Like Hangin’ Ten?”

“I was thinking… I know, here he goes again!

But really… You know the old saying. “give a person a fish and they eat for one day, but teach them to fish and you feed them forever!” Well.. how do the fishermen, the fishmongers and all the retail outlets feel about that!

Maybe that’s why Walmart sells both fish and fishing supplies. It just makes you wonder.”

“Are your surroundings slowly suffocating your soul? Maybe you need a quest? Time to just be you… sometimes we rush to much and don’t stop to look at our toes! Be sane today…”

“Lives with no purpose is like Hershey without chocolate, it meaningless!”

“We need to give our lives a kick start and give ourselves a passionate purpose. That will fuel you to reach that greater self and that greater goal!”

“Time is man made, the seasons are nature made… We need to get back to our connection with nature and the cycles of life. Our lives flow like a river, but we dam the river flow of our lives with regrets and should haves!”

“People will quickly forget what you say, they will forget how you did it, but… the way you make them feel stays with them a lifetime. Make those feelings the best you can give!”

“Marketing on Social Media can be a bear… don’t feed the wrong ones!”

“Relax, shut your eyes, take a few deep breaths and relax your body and mind. Dare to dream! Write that book..”

“At times I feel people want to teach us WHAT to think… I wish they would spend more time teaching us to think for ourselves.”

“In my case, all those “wasted” steps have pay me back a thousand times and has led me right to the many buried treasures in my life.”

“All the missed steps are worth it. For it’s the odyssey not the destination we should be living for…”

“Remember, No step is wasted. No education is for naught… Never forget that!”

“Every moment of love, hate, joy, loss, and the thousand and one other emotions will be your bag of tricks.”

“The guy I pay rent to is the one who truly inspires me to write!”

“Find the words, put them in the right order and you have a story. Change the order and you have another story… do it again!”

“The words don’t always flow… that is when I visualize the story first.”

“Self-awareness is the glue that gives all personal development it’s understanding, the processes that helps us all achieve our goals. We are in charge of our minds and of our results. When we reach beyond our limits, we grab our potential!”

“Writers need to write… so readers have something to do.”

“In a thriller, we writers are an active narrator… we heave, we pant, we run, we climb, we break windows, we scream and that’s before we even start writing!”

“Traffic, traffic, traffic everywhere! Why does it pass me by?”

“If a picture is worth a 1000 words, what’s radio worth?”

“I think we are looking for the first dot… and once we find it… all will make sense… until we connect it to the second dot, then it all starts over again!”

“We want absolutes… there isn’t any. Just awareness…”

“If Time Is Money?
Money Is Time?
I Have Either Wasted A Lot Of Money
I Need To Get Paid Better For My Time!”

“Storylines roll from my mind like little snowballs, before I know it they have grown into an avalanche!”

“The road less traveled is great for a few… the rest of us should travel the road where there is traffic enough to keep us with a readership, income and great interactions. You don’t start a business in the deserted part of town, you want traffic and you need numbers. Go where people are…”

“I write because these damn voices in my head won’t shut-up!”

“Writing isn’t the issue for me, it’s all of you who want to be able to read and understand what I write that gets in the way!”

“90% of life is just showing up… that last 10% is what makes giants of us all.”

“How many of us say… I’ll get to my dreams later when I have more time… it’s time NOW!!!”

“You need to believe in your abilities first, than those around you will believe in you!”

“Belief that you have in yourself, in your book, that gives power to that infectious confidence that you spread out there to your readership.”

“The biggest commodity in social media is… INFLUENCE. Once you have that, it’s all gold!”

“I write… therefore my fingers ache!”

“Get rid of the repetitive, obsessive thought patterns about failure and start living a life that is filled with passion and purpose!”

“Murder is a messing business… one stray hair and all is lost”

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