Monthly Archives: February 2012

Coffee with a King

As I’ve mentioned previously, I am enrolled in a Writing Fiction class this semester with the mindset of improving my writing techniques and my writing habits. The class requires each student t compose three short stories for the class to critique and workshop on selected dates. Each student hands a copy to the class a week before the workshop date to allow time for reading and responding.

Today marks the due date of my first short story. Thanks to the diverse capabilities of WordPress, I am able to make this story easily available to any one interested in reading. I would appreciate any and all comments. And, it’s only nine pages, so it’s not a terribly burdensome read. Just click the link provided and the document should download to your computer.

Thank you for your time.

Coffee with a King

“Keep writing. Keep doing it and doing it. Even in the moments when it’s so hurtful to think about writing.” – Heather Armstrong

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Dreams Are Never Practical

If dreams were practical, they would cease to function as dreams. Dreams are goals, ideas, hopes that are out of reach, yet something desired. Dreams are never practical; they require planning and effort. Dreams are not achieved by accident over time. Those who adventurous few did not wake up one day and have their dreams handed to them; rather, they spent days, months, and years toiling after their dreams.

We all have a dream. Mine, is the purpose for this blog. This is one action in a long line of necessary decisions that separate me from my dream. For that reason, I am proud to announce that Tuesday will feature a significant step forward in my pursuit of this dream. For those interested, I would ask you to check back on Tuesday for the unveiling.

And, I want to take the time to thank those who have followed this blog for the past few months. Your time and comments have been the encouragement I’ve needed to continue forward.

Thank you.

“All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.”   -T. E. Lawrence

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The Failures of Capitalism

This week’s post is less about me sharing some thought with you than pointing you toward a video I believe Western society needs to consider carefully. I believe the following video makes several key points concerning the failings of capitalism. Next week will likely serve as a follow up to this video from my perspective on how this influences the average individual within a capitalist society. (Change of plans) And by average, I’m not referring to a middle class individual; rather, the working poor (and just plain poor) of society. You know, those no one ever thinks of or hears from because they spend their entire lives working just to barely survive.

Consider:

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Persevere

“To succeed is nothing, it’s an accident. But to feel no doubt about oneself is something very different: it is character.” -Marie Leneru

Forgive the cliché, but, in terms of my writing, this week has been one hell of a roller coaster.

The week opened and fell.

I am enrolled in a Writing Fiction, this semester, which is built around the writing of three short stories. This is greatest opportunity I have had in a while to develop my writing and a habit of writing. Although the first of my stories isn’t due for until the end of this month, I decided to set a personal due date sooner, to allow extra time for editing, re-writing, etc.

At the beginning of the week, the story was dead. I was stuck. Every writer has moments of “stuck-ness” but this was different. I wasn’t just at a loss for words; I had plenty of words. No, I realized what I was writing was, simply, terrible. I was discouraged, devastated. Those voices of doubt were feasting on my failure.

“Maybe this just isn’t for you.”

“You would have never made it as a writer anyway.”

“You tried your best, drop the class and forget it.”

When you have nothing left, persevere.

Thursday, I finished my short story.

I could spend the next paragraph explaining how I managed my turn around, but that’s not the point. As always, I use my life, my experiences as examples to demonstrate what I’m describing:

When nothing else remains, persevere.

Everyone has struggles. Through these trials, each person will lose everything, fall to the floor, hit rock-bottom. In those moments, persevere. When you fail and lose all motivation to continue, persevere.

I cannot promise you those struggles will ever end (rather, I can promise you they most likely will never end), but if you continue to fight them, if you wake up again tomorrow and try again, you will succeed. Next week may hold more troubles, but in that day, you will find fulfillment.

Life isn’t easy, but persevere.  And never forget those who will walk with you through it all.

“Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day’s work absorb your entire energies, and satisfy your wildest ambition.” -Sir William Osler