Friday Fictioneers: The Bridge Builder

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They said there was no way you would ever get along. Too different. Too much war and fighting. Maybe they were right.

As I write these words, I plan to give you each fragments, half to one and half the other. I don’t know who poisoned me or why. It does not matter. I forgive you. I forgive them.

I forgive. And so must you. They call me dreamer, deluded, but if you ever read these words, if you ever assemble these two halves into their single whole, then call me something else. Call me the bridge builder.

Celebrate the Small Things!

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It’s Friday again, time to celebrate – and better late than ever. I’ve had another long day, got quite a bit done, including the gym, housework, and lots of writing, most of it business writing – which is a phrase meaning writing lots of little things that someone will actually pay me for. Getting paid for fiction is … harder. I’ve also made some solid progress editing and rewriting my current WIP, High Water, Deep Wind – a fantasy novel about underwater dragons and the people who love them. Well, sort of.

How was your week? What’s new? What’s great?

Celebrate the Small Things

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Happy Friday!

How was your week? I had a fairly productive one. I’ve made definite plans to go visit relatives in Canada who I’ve never met before. Depending on the how the Fall elections go here in the States, I may just ask about moving there permanently. (Just kidding!)

My other major accomplishment this week is the re-discovery of a manuscript/story I’ve been working on since I was a small child, my first novel ever. Re-reading it and seeing the concepts I’m struggling with to this day, I’ve decided to focus my editing on getting that story ready to be published for free, online – something which I have wanted to do for over a decade now. I love this story so much and so deeply I just want it out there. But I also want it to be beautiful. Also, I’m viewing this as a necessary learning experience for myself to grow as a writer.

These little, achievable writing goals. I definitely need them.

Also this week, got my cardio in every day. In lieu of the gym most days I’ve been walking the fitness loop at the mall because it’s much more convenient to get to.

In general, it’s been a pretty good week. How about yours?

IWSG: In the Beginning

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This month for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, the question of the month is this: What was your very first piece of writing as an aspiring writer? Where is it now? Collecting dust or has it been published?

My first novel ever as an aspiring writer is called The Dark Circle and I first started writing it in my later single digit years, not exactly sure when, but I do remember the fuzzy red journal I used. This was back before everybody had a computer, let alone mobile devices. Sometimes I still like to hand-write partly because then it’s mine in a very personal way.

I’ve never published OR let go of that novel. Every few years or so I return to see if I’ve grown enough as a writer to finish it. It’s kind of like my white whale or maybe a treadmill where I always get something out of the trial. It’s very philosophical and full of naive youthful ambitions, starting in a world where people can recreate the world at will with their minds. In the opening scene the main character kills a fellow character out of sheer curiosity. She then gets into an argument with her current boyfriend. He’s from a different world and is horrified to discover that she doesn’t understand what murder is. The parent/creator of the person she killed is upset too, but mostly in a “you damaged my property” sort of way.

All of this sounds really horrible but she’s actually not a bad person, and she learns by the end of the first chapter. I love this novel. I do. It’s just super tricky.

What about you? Is there a hard, ongoing project you return to every now and again to see how much progress you can make this time?

Celebrate the Small Things 

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It’s Friday again and another week has past. It’s time to celebrate.

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This week I’m celebrating typing The End to a novel draft, the chance to spend time with family, and some rare good weather apart from the heat and rain. In between the occasional thunderstorm and 90+ temps it’s been super pleasant. I have gotten a lot of little things done this week like a new shelf for my work nook and other small organization projects. How about you? How’s your week going?

Celebrate the Small Things

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time to Celebrate the Small Things. This week, I’m trying really hard to stay positive and it’s been hard.

I’ve been listening to Kill ‘Em With Kindness, a Selena Gomez song, on replay, and reading A Course in Miracles and Marianne Williamson’s commentary on the same. Negativity is so out there – and like this tangible force, like gravity. That said, I am proud of myself for doing everything I can think of to fight back passively resist the pull toward hate, including, especially toward people who seem to be hateful at times. Okay, some days and some moments more than others.

Other awesome things this week. I have burned through my Nano novel and am now almost done (at just over 60k of my 70k target) after a few 5,000+ word days wherein, okay, I’m a little in love with my novel now. I don’t know if anyone else will be, but I certainly am.

Also I caught more Pokemon – this game makes me super happy because of the walking around and catching cute critters-ness of it all. Below: a local covered bridge / Pokemon gym. I Heart-emojicovered bridges.

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In addition to writing, a lot, I’ve also read a lot.

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One of my summer reading lists, which I have inside my Elements of New Testament Greek text – because I’m brushing up on my Greek again partly because I think it’s funny, the expression, that looks like Greek to me. 🙂 Greek is such a cool-looking language. My reading list as I review it makes me feel like the FBI might just find me very interesting if they were to get a peek at it.

How was your week? Staying cool? Having fun? Read any good books? Write any great books? What are you celebrating?

 

Celebrate the Small Things

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This is my weekly blog post for Celebrate the Small Things.

I have to be honest, with recent events, I’m finding it hard to celebrate. I’m not sure why but the attack on Nice is especially unsettling to me. I can’t even fathom it.

So, I want to pause for just a second and pray for the people of Nice, France.

This week I’m celebrating keeping up with my CampNaNoWriMo goal, doing some late spring (summer I guess) cleaning, catching quite a few Pokemon AND getting most of my cardio outdoors this week. Also I’ve been reading a lot of books this summer, well, reading and listening.

You know, I think what really bugs me is – these people were trying to have fun, to celebrate – and maybe that’s why now more than ever, we need to have fun, to celebrate. One of the best things we can do today and always. Celebrate being alive, being free.

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