Jay Cadmus

It is not about extending a mediocre life…it is about life being expanded within the mediocre.

Category: Writer’s Showcase

Learning: Sum of Right

Went in search of a utility trailer. Returned to Big-Tex Corporate Dealership on I-45 in Houston. I had started the process one year ago. Project put on hold, while I assisted in ending others. Bringing me back to the original thought came coincident to a coming major life event.
I had purchased a commercial trailer from Big-Tex in the past. In this case, differences in application created new parameters.
Unfortunately, I put the trailer before the towing vehicle. Talked with David – my salesman. We discussed my needs considering GVW; Max Towing Capacity; hitch requirements; and other amenities of the trailers available through this dealership. He took my raw data and scoured inventory by computer. Producing two quotes that would fit my needs.
I was very satisfied. Happy that the surfaced idea, generated by vision into something concrete. Serviceable. Purchasable. A trailer to tote my stuff wherever I would land to plant my flag.
That afternoon I spent an hour with the service advisor at Southfork Dodge dealership. Wanted the Dodge dealership to install the hitch and wiring harness. Having received quotes from two after-market companies. Thinking the investment in “doing it right” would pay off in the end. (Not that the after-marketers could not have performed the same job; given the proper equipment and knowledge of the vehicle.)
I was financially able to cover the cost – due to changes I had made and throwing myself into a new adventure.
The learning began. The word “Unibody,” took on the position of further limiting my choice of trailer. My mind worked to recalculate the laden weight of the towed trailer.
Placement of the hitch would be a MOPAR product. Designed and engineered for the ProMaster City model.
Everything OK – up to this point. Super!
Next came the discussion for the tow-specific wiring harness. I assumed that the ProMaster series came with an optional towing package. Being that: it is a commercial vehicle; and, considered it being touted as a work van.
My expectation, assumptions and anticipation were lining up to complete the vision. We were having an open discussion. Nothing negative. No nagging feeling. The service management at the Pearland dealership were straight shooters. I am always comfortable in my dealings with them.
I was told how they would have to route the wiring harness from below the double, back-doors; through the stripped interior side-panels; to the engine compartment; and, into a module at the electrical heart of the motivating power-plant.
When I arrived home, I took all the prepared documents, notes and numbers. Pulled a file started in 2016. Spreading them all on the table.Working the math.
My overall vision of attempting to establish simplicity, now stood as an opposing force against a mounting financial cash-outlay. Trying to make something work, can cost us more than accepting something much simpler.
When a simpler solution exists, a tendency might be to overlook it. In the case of some, appearance might weigh heavier in the decision-making process. Others – as in my case – look at the numbers: in longevity, the interim period and immediate need. My finding of goals-in-conflict created dilemma.
What of the Big-Tex salesman, David? He did what trained to do. Using his product knowledge to match my paraments and raw data. Spending time. Not knowing the other part of the equation. I now know, I wasted his time!
We are individual. Yet, we are in society. Interacting. Not so much, with persons outside our circle. But when we do, we should be mindful of those we’re interacting with – surmising the affectation of our entry into their space.
The sum of right is in learning what doesn’t work. Simplicity late in one’s career, is a desired attainment. Putting my vision of the trailer before the pulling power-unit, was my mistake. My goals-in-conflict dilemma made me look closer at each – and, their own required interaction.
It gave cause for accepting the simple option…and, an apology to David.


Writer’s Blog – 13 February – Purpose & Meaning

Going to make a turn today.

I had planned to continue the above theme into a five-day contiguous posting. The blog on 12 February was pre-posted and scheduled for that day.

Walking away – for one day – made me ask some personal questions. Leading to my thought of purpose in this continuation. And the meaning it should provide.
Because I’m writing to you, this blog should be about making that connection with you.

I had been told that I should be writing to one person – having developed the thought of who he or she might be. Writing to a public of friends, acquaintances and strangers makes it difficult. You are all unique.

So, that turn in tone and mood is to develop that relationship that will make a two-way conversation possible. A friend would say, “let’s WAM it out!” Context understood by my loadmaster friends. (Weight times Arm equals Moment.) I could write a few more words on that subject.

But, let’s get back to purpose and meaning.

“…the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists: have as one’s intention or objective: a person’s sense of resolve or determination: a particular requirement or consideration, typically one that is temporary or restricted in scope or extent….” Bing Search for definition of “purpose.”

And, “meaning” is defined on the same platform as: “…what is meant by a word, text, concept, or action: implied or explicit significance: important or worthwhile quality; purpose: intended to communicate something that is not directly expressed….”

I think most people would want to know: What is this writer’s purpose behind writing this blog? Is he writing with “singleness of purpose,” or is there some hidden reason.

Writers write. That’s what I do. I like the way words fit together to create a visual picture. Even if only in mind – mine and those belonging to others.

What we see in our own mind is from our point of reference.

What I write interests me. Having turned the subject over in my mind, numerous times.
Looking at it, as in a test for mechanical ability. Those boxes unfolded onto a flat surface. With lines depicting the markings for folds. With the question: “Which diagram represents the box on the (left or right)?”

What I create, I want others to read. Share. For them to ingest. Discuss – with me and others. Turn the ideas expressed over in their own mind. Forming their own visual picture. Creating a thing that we can talk about. Not separate us!

Mostly, it’s about communication. Taking an idea and discussing it between – and amongst – ourselves. Is about addressing concerns in-depth. Working out the problem. Branding our conversation and friendship. And sometimes with passion!

Ultimately, what I am proposing is a weekly conversation. With people who are close to me; friends from school, military, work-related activities; casual acquaintances; and, people I have not met face-to-face.

We’ll come back to this subject periodically. The purpose for that week may be unique. Or, it may be specifically tied to books I’ve written – and, subjects I’d like to explore.

Will you stay with me?

This weekly writing will appear on WordPress, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook. I am casting the net wide. It will appear on the Thebes Publishing, DBA page on Facebook. Thinkwerk.com website will also carry the writing.

Please stay. Comeback. If you are not sure, that’s OK.

I want this conversation to continue, build and develop.


Writer’s Blog – 12 February 2018

Welcome back!

The purpose of this blog is to add one glimpse of human connection to the artificial intelligence running the web. Adding the electronic wizardry of an inanimate nature, aiding you to navigate to this site.

However, you arrived here thanks for stopping.

I am currently talking about the production of thriller-based novel – Constable Outreach 35.

Taking an idea from notes to this completed project took one-year-and-a half. There were periods of feverish activity. Spelled with times of confusion, doubt and wondering. Quiet times put white space between activity and reflection. Then there were times when I wondered when inspiration would grab me.

Brainstorming – and cross-matching – goes on in my daily work. Working to produce my daily word count. Extending myself beyond this local and personal effort through social sites. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress and YouTube are all playing parts in this promotion of Constable Outreach 35.

Pinterest and Google will help others searching for some connection. Inquiries will point to subjects those folks put in those searches. They may not be looking for this book. If you are looking for a night read, consider being able to read one chapter or scene per night. Just enough to get you mind off those daytime activities.

Constable Outreach 35 is being featured on Kickstarter.com As of this writing, 18 days remain to accomplish the funding goal. You can see it at:


Your desire to be here may be to find some inspiration in producing your own written, electronic or video product. You are also welcome. Pick my brain. Each connection made will get a response.

I can’t promise that it will be a personal email. But, I will respond in some form to answer your question.

So, if you clicked through and found yourself here, welcome!

What project are you working on? That’s more a rhetorical question than my seeking a direct response. Yet, if what is written here spurs a comment or question, write me. Outreach35@thinkwerk.com


Writer’s Blog – Friday 9 February 2018

Hi! I’m Jay Cadmus, writer of Constable Outreach 35. A work of fiction, in the thriller genre.

Today, starts the writer’s blog that was promised by Thinkwerk.com and Thebes Publishing. Both of which were startups in Houston.

Should you have a question as you scroll through this blog, pop it into outreach35@thinkwerk.com …I’ll answer each question as best as I am able.

And, I am looking for interaction with the reading public.

Why did I write this story?

As a writer, I have personal passions. In my past I’ve developed allegiance to working partners in organizations we served. Alliances with and through a forty-year transportation career. And, I respect the efforts of anyone who calls themselves a writer.

Periodically, it’s a good thing to review parts of your life in which you were pleased. That pleasure point may not be what caused you to arrive at that review.

That’s what happened here. I was reminiscing. Thinking of my allegiance to fellow servicemen. Those thoughts led me down a path. Conjuring acts of heroism, humanity, mistake and dishonor.

I wanted to honor the memory of those who went before. Honor the relationships that helped me get where I stand today. Placing that honor within the context of fictional stories.

How did I write Constable Outreach 35?

In June of 2016, I did some cursory research. Brainstormed a working plot. Wrote the basis for the novel during NANOWRIMO in November. Sent myself to the developmental editing desk. Read. Listened to Genre Management Podcasts. Re-wrote sections that did not work.

Arriving in September 2017 with a final draft. Taking care of all the mechanical details – while interacting with humans through electronic devices. By December, the manuscript was ready for the next phase.

The work constructed a 52-chapter, 95,493-word document spread over 498 pages. There are 156 scenes. Average chapter length around 1800 words – “potato chip length,”

It had to be readable. Writer had to be sequestered. Editor had to be ruthless. When the alpha testing was complete, the editor-writer went outside for the beta test. Not very scientific. Reviewers had questions and comments. But, following that model gave the project forward momentum.

Soon it will be offered for many to ingest. Some will like it. Some will not. Accepting that premise, the book was put into production.

Interested in hearing the rest of the story?  Come back!

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Send me a message: outreach35@thinkwerk.com


Walk About….

Another blog. Specifically, a blog from another perspective. Theory is that an associate starts a conversation with like minded people – people with whom he had a relationship in the the past. Conversation expands. Thought is exchanged. Others join the conversation to share what is on their mind.

One only need be ten percent different. From that slight difference, the imagination can be stretched. A shift can occur. The old paradigm can be tweaked to send the participants on a modified course. Familiarity guiding the individual as certain aspects of the current path are changed.

I am a writer. What I enjoy is placing words upon the screen. Defining thought. Exploring avenues of expression. Seeking a two way conversation. Numerous conversations developed through a common thread.

In November last year, I took the challenge to write the basis for a book. NANOWRIMO (National Novel Writing Month) was the platform from which many writers placed their words on a computer screen. It was an exercise that brought forth the need to write more.

In thirty days, a preliminary story was mapped out though scenes in a plot development. Fifty-thousand words was the goal. Breaking it down into a daily word count made the accomplishment a simpler task. Sixteen-hundred words a day would almost get you there.

Writing about what comes after a rough draft is my process in developmental editing. (I confess to retrieving that term from Shawn Coyne of Story Grid.) Discussing the process may be the best way to work through kinks, twists and turns. The plan is to produce a book in Historical Fiction Genre that is interesting. Something to which associates, friends and followers may connect.

In the beginnings of the conversation, this simple blog will attempt to connect. Building on this thought platform will take me new places on this path. It is my hope you will read, comment and interject the things that work for you in project development. Starting a conversation is part of the process. Gaining others in the discussion builds on the communication link between us.

As a writer should write – so goes the need to write so many words per day.