RIP Robin Williams

I happened to have the news on when they announced that Robin Williams died. At first, I thought, well, he did a lot of drugs back in the day, he’d had a heart attack recently, I guess it shouldn’t surprise me. Then I thought, that’s too bad, too, because he was doing well with his new Tv show. I liked it.

 I liked a lo of his stuff. I thought he came on strong at the start of his career, got bigger with movies – some of them were really good; Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society – he helped a lot of young actors out (like what he did for Affleck and Damon by doing Good Will Hunting)…

 He seemed to fade for a while, and I wondered where he was. Some of his movies weren’t so good, to me anyway.

 Then I heard that it might have been suicide, and that he was depressed. That’s sad, of course, but he was open about it; I just didn’t know. He felt like being open about it would encourage other depressed people to let the ones who love them, help them. (You can’t help if you don’t know.) What a good guy.

 So at 3am when my daughter made a potty run and I couldn’t get back to sleep (she announced it with such vigor I woke up and that was that), I came down to check in on Facebook and say Hi to some friends, click a few likes, Follow a few people I’ve lost touch with. I’m not depressed and neither are they, I think, but I can do a better job of staying in touch.

 I don’t follow actors or Hollywood types much, so Robin Williams’ death shouldn’t bother me, but it made me remember times when I laughed so hard at things he did: TV sitcoms, movies, stand up, LP records – and often I was laughing along with good friends.

 I’ll miss him but I don’t have to miss them.

Published by Dan Alatorre AUTHOR

International bestselling author Dan Alatorre has 17 titles published in over a dozen languages. From Romance in Poggibonsi to action and adventure in the sci-fi thriller The Navigators, to comedies like Night Of The Colonoscopy: A Horror Story (Sort Of) and the heartwarming and humorous anecdotes about parenting in the popular Savvy Stories series, his knack for surprising audiences and making you laugh or cry - or hang onto the edge of your seat - has been enjoyed by audiences around the world. And you are guaranteed to get a page turner every time. “That’s my style,” Dan says. “Grab you on page one and then send you on a roller coaster ride, regardless of the story or genre.” Readers agree, making his string of #1 bestsellers popular across the globe. He will make you chuckle or shed tears, sometimes on the same page. His novels always contain twists and turns, and his nonfiction will stay in your heart forever. Dan resides in the Tampa area with his wife and daughter. You can find him blogging away almost every day on www.DanAlatorre or watch his hilarious YouTube show every week Writers Off Task With Friends. Dan’s marketing book 25 eBook Marketing Tips You Wish You Knew has been a valuable tool for new authors (it’s free if you subscribe to his newsletter) and his dedication to helping other authors is evident in his helpful blog.

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