Baseball and Writing – They Go Together

Tank’s baseball dreams for this summer for sure for next week’s tournament are a go! Wow! Thank you. Thank you.

Still more donations came in yesterday. How exciting! When I told Tank he said, “Mom, that’s awesome. You’re awesome. I need to be awesome.” I told him he was awesome.

This whole “Getting Creative to Help Make Dreams Come True” process has taught us all some valuable lessons, too. Community, our circle of friends, it isn’t just Hallmark Cards. It’s the real thing. Appreciate the human beings around you. There is a collective force that pulls us towards one another. That’s what makes this life worth enjoying and living.

We’re just shy of the goal ($50); but, a few more peanut butter sandwiches and dollar-stretching in other places and we’ll likely make it work. Thanks again to all the “Baseball is Life” sponsors.

And can I tell you how much I love PayPal? I wish more interfaces allowed me to use Paypal. Like I have a library fine I owe right now (I can never finish my books in enough time because I check out too many at a time). I logged onto the library page and you can pay online – that’s awesome; but it won’t take Paypal. Really? Bummer. I have to dig out a credit card. Ugh. Also, there have been times over the years, especially with Tank’s sports stuff, where we’d wish that folks took Paypal. One small note – the time of an email, and BAM! Everyone has their money. You’re collecting for a gift for so-in-so’s birthday at work. Take Paypal baby. It’s easy. Course this is because I NEVER carry any cash. Ever. Ask my kids.

“Mom! It’s the ice cream man!”

“Does he take Paypal?”

/snort. I crack myself up, at least.

If anyone wants to help us get that last bit of our goal, remember it’s a simple paypal donation to:  casz at creativewordlab dot com.

Thanks again to the incredible generosity and faith in dreams my fabulous circle has. You put your money where your mouth is. May your graciousness come back at you threefold.

Tank says, "Thank you. You're Awesome!"


Update on “Getting Creative to Help Make Dreams Come True!”

I’m indebted to the incredible generosity of those that responded to my “Getting Creative to Help Make Dreams Come True.” We need $150 more to meet our goal. But even so, I have a lot of writing to do. It’s really going to challenge me, but I am so inspired that there is such human greatness out there. I am stunned. It was hard to keep my emotions under wrap yesterday. I was a blubbering mess each time a donation came in. Tank, too, was very touched. He, however, in true athlete fashion was, like, “I’m gonna kick butt!” Made me realize yesterday I have raised some fighters. We don’t give up. With the help of some very dear souls and friends, we will regroup and wage assault again to battle for our dreams.

Again, my deepest gratitude to those who are helping my sweet Tank go for his dreams. Wow. You all are incredible! Thank you.


Getting Creative To Make Dreams Come True

In mid-June, I stepped away from a stable, yet very unsatisfying job. I began a career of self-employment. Creative Word Lab (www.creativewordlab) was born.

Initially business was good. Invoicing went out and some monies came in; but not all of them. And it’s pinching in a too important place as far as I’m concerned.

Bills are still due and my son’s baseball dreams are at risk. He has two tournaments coming up.

Because there’s not enough in the baseball travel fund kitty at the moment we need to commit to his upcoming tournament, we came up with a plan.

We’re accepting donations to help his baseball dreams come true. In true modern athlete fashion, he’s putting his name – Tank – on the line to play baseball. And I’m putting my name as a creative artist and writer on the line.

For each donation of at least $25, you have two choices. You will be noted as a sponsor in a small video montage (that will be offered to other baseball families and posted w/ a promo posted on YouTube (which also features your sponsorship) that will be put together over the tournament weekends (there are two upcoming) or I will write you a poem featuring you as a main character.

For $50 donation, I will write you a short story featuring you as a main character and Tank will give you a shout-out on the video.

If someone wants to sponsor one of the entire tournament costs ($300 – travel, lodging & entry fees), we will create a sponsorship banner that will be featured in the video. And I will do $500 worth of writing, creativity coaching and, or communication consulting for you. That’s a savings of $200 plus free advertising!

You are also welcome to make a donation (anonymous or noted) without a gift beyond knowing you’re helping make a child’s dreams come true.

We are accepting PayPal Donations (casz at creativewordlab dot com). Private Message us here with your sponsorship preference — video advertising or literary memorialization, or some extra consulting business for free.

Massive Amounts of Real Estate in Seattle Unsecured

One IT department in Seattle is having a really bad day.  We received a tip that all of the Martin Selig properties in Seattle are unsecure — pass cards to enter buildings and secure places within the buildings —  and have been for hours.  We called to confirm this but they wouldn’t respond. We tried to call the General Services Administration (GSA), too, and got a voicemail. Why would we call a federal landlord? Because the federal government has leased more than 60 percent of the office space in developer Martin Selig’s  Fifth & Yesler building in downtown Seattle since April 2010. Massive amounts of businesses, government space and non-profits have Selig as a landlord. If you work in one of those buildings, let us  know what you know and what’s happening, because the corporate communicators aren’t talking.

Writing and Creativity Aren’t Spooky To Us

You sit down to try to develop a presentation, a brochure, a newsletter and you are panic stricken. The words, the ideas, the concepts are just phantoms to you. You decide you should go and make phone calls, or get a cup of coffee or worse yet — call your tax accountant. Anything to keep from having to create a product that will ultimately serve to enhance your project or increase your business. But the words — they scare the living daylights out of you.

That’s where the creative scientists at Creative Word Lab can help. We bust through that fear, because let’s face it putting out a product that isn’t dead on is scary. We can help you focus ideas, create copy and design and get you where you need to go. More than 20 years experience in writing, editing, corporate communications and creative consulting is at your disposal.

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