Pirates. There’s something about these swindling sea dogs that’s infinitely fascinating. Though they weren’t law-abiding citizens by any stretch of the imagination, there’s still something admirable about their carefree (or should I say reckless) and self-governing lifestyles that sometimes makes me wish I’d sailed the 17th century seas with them. But I’ll try to digress. Continue reading “#8Sunday 05/7/17 WeWriWa Entry: “Port””
Yeah, I know, it’s been like two weeks since my last snippet. If I could sum up senior year of high school in one sentence, it would be “I wish I had the time”. But I digress. If you happened to miss my last snippet, here it is: “Inhabitance”. And if you think these weekly snippets seem pretty interesting and you’d like to participate, all you have to do is hop over to Weekend Writing Warriors for all the information you need on their writing events! This week, we find that Johanan has exited the clearing and has raced back to the road in hope of any clue as to where the men have disappeared to. Unfortunately for Johanan, things aren’t starting to look up (if you’ve come for a heart-warming, super uplifting story, you might be lost). Continue reading “#8Sunday 04/23/17 WeWriWa Entry: “Dread””
Does changing the way we look at things help us overcome adversity and hardship? Continue reading “Quote Quandary – Half Full Or Half Empty? You Decide!”
Another Sunday, another snippet! Picking up where last week’s entry, “Dusk”, left off, we’ll find Johanan waking up to a scene quite different from the lively campsite from the night prior. Continue reading “#8Sunday 04/09/17 WeWriWa Entry: “Inhabitance””
These entries have been pretty action-packed so far, so for this week’s entry I figured we’d take a step back and relax for a moment Continue reading “#8Sunday 04/02/17 WeWriWa Entry: “Dusk””
I don’t think so. Here’s why:
Continue reading “If You Try Your Best And Fail, Have You Really Failed?”
For this week’s entry I figured I’d take a break from my first perilous installment (here’s last week’s, “An Attempt at Diplomacy”, if you missed it) and switch over to another series, a short story I’ve been working on for a few weeks for Baen Books’ writing contest. As always, if you want to get involved in these weekly submissions you can head over to Weekend Writing Warriors for all the info on their writing events. Here’s just one snippet from the story- and don’t worry, if you’ve started sinking back in your seat, this one will make you jump right back to the edge of it: Continue reading “#8Sunday 03/26/17 WeWriWa Entry: “Acting Quickly””
This week’s WeWriWa entry will pick up where my first entry “Gap” left off. You can head on over to Weekend Writing Warriors to find all the info you need about their writing events and how to participate. Here’s my entry, where we find our explorer in a pretty tight spot: Continue reading “#8Sunday 03/19/17 WeWriWa Entry: “An Attempt at Diplomacy””
Few things are set in stone in this life, but one of them is the past. It’s something we can’t wish away, something we can’t change, no matter how badly we want to. There’s perhaps nothing more final than the past. Where our words can’t be unsaid, and our actions can’t be undone.
But there is something we do have control of, and it’s a little different for everyone. Where our words are just thoughts, our actions just dreams. A story you can write however you like, one where you decide how it ends.
You’ve already written some of the chapters in your book. Some were great, and they’re ones you should be proud of. Others, not so much, and that’s ok. You’ve made a few typos here and there, but haven’t we all? You can’t erase them and you can’t rip up the pages and throw them away, so you might as well learn from them and move on. Because you’ve got a lot more writing to do.
Who knows what will fill the pages of the rest of your book? Stories of amazing adventures, of new discoveries, brave leaps of faith into the unknown. There will be heartbreak and tragedy, no doubt, but these things are what makes a story interesting. You might know exactly what you want to write, or you might not have a clue. But you already have the pen in your hand. Now you just need to write.
And you can start right now.
“If there’s a book that you want to read, but hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” – Toni Morrison
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One day, on the plains of Africa, a young buffalo named Walter approached his dad and asked him if there was anything that he should be afraid of. “Only lions, my son,” his dad responded. “Oh yes, I’ve heard about lions,” said Walter. “If I ever see one, I’ll turn and run as fast as I can.”
“No, that’s the worst thing you can do,” said the large male.
“Why?” asked Walter. “They’re scary and will try to catch me.”
The father smiled and explained, “Walter, if you run away, the lions will chase you and they will catch you. And when they do, they’ll jump on your unprotected back and bring you down.”
“So what should I do?” asked Walter.
“If you ever see a lion,” answered his dad, “stand your ground to show him you’re not afraid. If he doesn’t go away, show him your sharp horns and stomp the ground with your hooves. If that doesn’t work, move slowly towards him. And if that doesn’t work, charge him and hit him with everything you’ve got!”
“That’s crazy!” exclaimed Walter. “I’ll be too scared to do that. What if he attacks back?”
“Look around Walter,” replied his father. “What do you see?”
Walter looked around at the rest of his herd. There were about 200 massive beasts, all armed with sharp horns and huge shoulders.
“If you’re ever afraid,” said the father, “know that we’re here. If you panic and run from your fears, we can’t save you. But if you charge towards them, we’ll be right behind you.”
The young buffalo breathed deeply and nodded. “Thanks dad. I think I understand now.”
We’ve all got lions in our lives. We also have a choice in how we deal with them. We can avoid them, and run from them if ever confronted. Or, we can charge them, and hit them with everything we’ve got. Let them know that you’re not afraid.
Story and image from betterlifecoachingblog