Leslie said, “this is how it’s done.”
No Mom! Said Jake, THIS is how it’s done!”
Now wait, says Grandma, this is how it’s REALLY done!”
(Videography by Joscelyn Studios)
Reviewing this blog, I’ve noticed that I haven’t been very faithful. So, I thought that, perhaps, you’d like to know how I myself am doing at this fiction writing exercise. I’m interested in knowing what my readers are doing. Are you writing? Has the challenge tickled your imagination yet?
I admit, I haven’t written daily. Out of all of my resources of books to grab sentences from, they all seemed to identify the book itself. I know that, should I pursue any intentions, too, I have to rewrite that first sentence, so as to not to plagarize.
Here is what has happened so far…
The story of a small boy sitting in a tree, deciding the things that should be…
Houses shuttering their windows against the dust of the hot dry summer sun, taking their nap…
The rain set in early that night…
He picked up a copy of the early edition and studied the front page…
What I find most interesting is that each of the stories ended up with an entirely different take than what I had thought they’d end up being. Then I wonder how in the world I came up with THAT?
These are all rough (very rough) drafts, but eventually I will come up, I believe, with something to construct my very own novel with. Even if I don’t, the exercise is a lot of fun. But like all exercise, it does take discipline and consistency in order to get results!
Snippet article in “The Week” regarding literal lunar travel–the federal government approved the first private space mission to the moon. Moon Express is a Florida based company and it hopes to put a lander on the lunar surfaces in 2017. Believe it or not, there was even mention of eventual plans to mine the moon for rare elements and metals. What?! Are you kidding? Don’t mess with the moon! We have enough tsunamis, el-Ninos, etc. to think about, and if you mess with it, it will surely mess with us!
In other equally important news, the federal government has stated that there is little evidence that regular flossing helps prevent tooth decay, another snippet states. So, all of those scowls from our hygienist are all for naught, it’s not our fault for not flossing! (Darn! I have read this report just after I have promised my hygienist that I would be a more faithful flosser!)
I’ve learned a lot. I’m learning more every day. These are not necessarily in the order of importance, just what comes to mind:
I have chosen not to grant opinion here on a lot of things, I just like to “put them out there.” I think people need to learn to think for themselves. I think we need to watch and listen.
One more thing:
Jon Katz writes:
“when the soul awakens, the search begins and there is no turning back…you are on fire, and the world is suddenly ablaze with light and love…you will sing a different song…the sleeping souls will not hear you, understand you, and you cannot hear or understand them, their news and anger and ritual is a babble, a mystical tongue, a distant roar. You will live your life outside of the tent, listening to the sounds of the circus…you are on the spiritual path. And it can never end, only catch a different train to eternity.”
A rather frightening world is emerging while we Americans stand by and watch. In my thoughts about the random violence here in these United States, my thoughts turn toward the Middle East. I’ve been to the Middle East twice. School children and their teachers carry military weapons in Israel when on field trips (and maybe other times, but I saw this first hand in 1979). Obviously for protection, just in case. Often I’m sure has been the case when they came in handy. I’m wondering if life in these United States will become like the Middle East way of life. No one is safe. Radical religious groups have surfaced and created violent lifestyles over the centuries, it’s the norm there.
We used to feel safe, here in these United States. We are across the pond from violent tendencies. But now the violence has followed us, it’s not only entering our shores, it’s crossing our borders, and it is emerging from the tumors beneath the surface. It has taken people without direction, and given them “just cause” for senseless violence.
Where will it all end? Gun control could help, but those that own legally are not the perpetrators, it’s those that steal. It’s those that slip out of the FBI’s eyes when they shift, leaving that questionable person to continue, and then “didn’t see it coming.”
Remember Nazi Germany? The Jews were blamed for everything by the Fuhrer. They say it can’t happen again, but I beg to differ. Germany thought Hitler was wonderful, until he had complete control and the worm turned. This example has been brought up a lot lately, my concern is that those causing the violence will indeed blame those of us who are trying to defend our country and our freedom will take this opportunity to rob us of exactly that. I am concerned that the violence at the nightclub, then at Walmart in Texas, and further adventures in violence, may be the leverage our government will use to declare a military state and dictatorship. (I hope I’m not right.)
Is the election all a ruse, meant to distract America? What will happen next? Can we trust our government? I’m sorry to say, I do not trust them. In the end, I have to watch out for me and my own.
No answer here, but just watching and waiting, and hoping a Savior will arise…a theme throughout the history of the world…
Have we really turned into a nation of crybabies, wearing our hearts on our shoulders? Where is integrity, where is their mother, who always said, “if you can’t say anything nice don’t say anything at all?” I have been watching these potential leaders, who should know better, slam each other, each other’s spouses, stating off the cuff possible improprieties financially and morally. I am watching candidates say “well, that was the going rate…” on what they were paid for speeches, etc.
Our country is crying out in poverty. Detroit is shutting down its schools, Flint has polluted water, not suitable for drinking or bathing. There is a great number of us who cannot afford the health care that insurance providers want to charge us (and cause possible ruin to this small number…) And we, as Americans, sit here and watch the news, watch grown people, who want to rule our United States, argue about whose wife wore what, question backgrounds, etc.
Is the position of President of the United States one where there are no background checks? Think about it. I needed a resume and references. For some of the jobs I’ve taken, I’ve had to have a background check and fingerprints. And yet we’ve got candidates who have questionable backgrounds, questionable citizenship, and questionable integrity.
Upon this consideration, I did look up the qualifications for someone interested in running for the presidency. It states:
I do like what Bob Schieffer said last night on the CBS Evening News:
I wish we had a Teddy Roosevelt back. But then, he’d be questioned because of his hunting, so….
One can only imagine the thrill (being an Oxford native) of realization that the train still ran in 2004, when I moved back to Oxford, New York. Here is the picture, taken from my back yard, in June 2006. About a week (or so) later, a devastating flood hit, destroying the tracks in several places. It was heartbreaking to realize this was gone.
Below is the “good news” article about repairing the line. And to make this good news even better, the work has begun!