Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday Wake-up

Happy May the Fourth! I hope you all have a wonderful day. Who knows, maybe this door will lead you to a galaxy far, far away.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

A Year of Short Stories

"Write a short story every week. It's not possible to write 52 bad short stories in a row." Ray Bradbury from Freedom with Writing
While cruising through Pinterest for story ideas (because seriously, there are some good ideas there), I came across the above quote by Ray Bradbury (Fahrenheit 451) and I thought it was a brilliant concept.

Therefore, while I'm overseas with ideas pouring over me whether from what I've researched, vignettes I see, or inspiration from Pinterest, I'm going to write a short story every week.
Beginning on May 7, I'll post my stories (which gives me a little time to edit them before I have publishing them). I want honest feedback - is it good? What needs work. How did the story make you feel? Would you like more of a particular style?

I'm trying to exercise my writing abilities, trying new thoughts and new genres. We'll see how this goes, because I can't write 52 bad stories in a row.

Anyone want to join me on this venture?

Monday, April 18, 2016

Enjoying the Moments

I don't know about any of you, but I tend to be a planner. My back-up plans have back-up plans. There is no Plan B, but more like Plan B.8-X subsection C. For me, the most unfortunate part of all of this is the simple fact that I don't realize I'm doing anything.

Cherry Blossoms near a Local Park
I grew up in an area where it was warm in April, and I always loved the cherry blossoms. In my part of New York, cherry trees blossom later in the year (around Mother's Day). Having the cherry blossoms in early April is a pleasant surprise. These delicate flowers are only around for a couple weeks, at most. The trees burst forth in pink and white then the strong winds arrive and all the blossoms fly away.

So much for any plans.

Now, don't get me wrong. I continue to plan because that's how my brain works, but I'm learning to be a little more free with my plans, and to realize that sometimes I have to go through a bunch before I hit on the one that works best.

It takes time, but enjoying the moments, fleeting as they can be, helps me better understand the world around me. It helps me grow as an author and an artist. I can catch those moments, savor them and then remember them for others to enjoy.

As Spring turns to Summer, watch for moments to enjoy. Our lives are not built up around big events, but thousands, no millions, of little ones we often over-look in pursuit of the big events. What have you done today, little though it may be, to help you achieve a big event?