Here we go into 2021. Well, so far it’s not much different than 2020. I still get bills in the mail, buy gas for the car, and rent is still the same! The only difference I’ve noticed is having to write the new date on the checks I write.

Seriously though, 2021 is a year of hope and promise. The Covid-19 vaccine is here, not without it’s problems, but there is hope it will quell the pandemic which has caused tons of problems and hardships for many. That’s promising and gives optimists hope. Another promising aspect of 2021 is the implantation of the new situations we’ve learned in 2020. Like working from home, how to survive without jamming into crowded office buildings, and lowering the amount of time we spend negotiating traffic jams during rush hour.

But mostly though, I think 2021 is going to be the year we repair the way people act towards each other. I mean, we’ve all experienced some form of hardships in 2020, so the think that you are the only one who suffered is wrong. We all have, so now is a great time to realize we are all pretty much the same. Lets face it, life has been rough and it wasn’t your fault. Covid-19 caused it. So now is the time to be kind to each other, lend a helping hand to those that need it, and try to follow the “golden rule”. Do to others the way you want others to do to you. It’s a lot easier to smile and be respectful than it is to be a jerk and make life hard and a drag for others. So here is to 2021, lets rock and have a great year!

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!