spreading questions aroundSpreading questions around is what we do. How many times have you asked someone “What if”? “What if there is life on other planets”? “What if we go to a Movie”? Just random questions but they get you thinking. When I was driving I heard a guy on the radio saying there could be life on other planets. Then I heard all about the Movies since they had had an awards special featuring the best of the year. Next came the hype for the National College Football Championship.

Needless to say it got me thinking and help the next person I talk to. I’m bound to ask them something about any of the previous subjects. That’s the way it goes. You hear something and you ask someone else what they they think about that. They may or not have been close to thinking what you were thinking about but now they are because you asked. It would be a boring life without somebody to bounce questions off of.

So that’s what we should set about doing. Ask someone something and get a conversation going. However, you have to be careful these days and there will be those folks that could care less or others may get mad about the questions you ask them. But on the other had there will be some folks that will be glad to discuss any question. At least by asking you’re giving a person the chance to ponder the subject and maybe they will have a question to ask you in turn! And that’s how it goes; round and round!! So keep it going!

By: Rick Schultze

This article was also published in “The Information Station” a local hand-out in our area…


Rick Schultze

A few years ago at a writers conference held in the central Oregon coast town of Yachats, where I live, I listened to the late Ken Kesey, a frequent visitor to the area, tell a writer that this could be a hard place to write. “If you think you can sit there staring at the ocean for inspiration you’re wrong, it’s not out there, it’s in your head!” He was right; it is beautiful here in Lincoln County, the kind of beauty that makes concentrating on anything else tough and since hearing that insight, I’ve written at a desk facing a wall, no windows opening onto a ocean view, although I have one, but it’s worked. I’ve done, and do, different kinds of writing. As a freelance writer I’ve been a observational columnist, a humor columnist, a book and music reviewer for newspapers, magazines, and online. However, as a creative writer, my heart belongs to fiction. In that genre I do short stories, road adventure stories, musical adventure tales, and in current production, are three small novels. So really the purpose of this web site is to give you a glance of some of the things I’ve done, a preview of what’s coming, and hopefully, a view of what it’s like to be a writer living in a small town on the Oregon coast!