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StoryCrafters Lesson 1

“I promise not to quit until I’ve written THE END.”

The first assignment is to find a Quote or Scripture and write it on the inside cover of my Writer’s Notebook, to share one story idea and to share my writing schedule and goals.

As a collector of quotes I found this very difficult and when things I difficult I look to the Bible. Therefore, I chose a scripture.

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give that to receive.’”

Acts 20:35

I chose this one – after changing my mind a couple of times – because it speaks of my desire as a writer and is something to aspire to. I want to make my reader FEEL something, to touch their life in some tiny way…to help them. If the words I string together become a gift of some sort to a reader, even if it’s just one, then I will be a blessed writer indeed.

I also chose it because it speaks of hard work and I struggle with procrastination big time. I’m not going to be able to bless anyone with a written gift if I do not get out of my own way and write it.

Story Idea: The Last See-ya Later. My family has dealt with a lot of grief in the last 3 years and recently my Mom was visiting and something in our conversation on the way to the airport caused this idea to bloom. The assignment here also includes staying up to date on the world. I am working on watching the news/current events for 10 minutes; that’s another struggle. I’ve been a military wife for half my life. My husband is retired now, but I’ve never watched the news. It was a way to safe guard my heart and mind when he would deploy. No sense in scaring myself half to death. Jesus said, ‘Do not fear’ – the news does not help me obey him.

Writing time: Tuesdays/Thursday’s are my completely empty and quiet days in which to write for hours upon hours. Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s I can generally write between 12-3. Sometimes I write on weekends too. I have an insane amount of free time. My children are both in high school and I stay home. I work out and volunteer at my local CrossFit box M/W/F from 8-11 – after that the day is all mine. It’s just a matter of managing all that free time vs mindless scrolling or binge reading.

Writing Goals: To stop being afraid and keeping it all to myself, to put my work out there…to be brave.

Lastly, I’m supposed to find a novel to read over the next 40 weeks to help me develop my voice further. I finish novels in a day or two…so perhaps a novel or three a week will be acceptable.

Assignment one has been sent in! I need a little checkmark icon to add there.


The Big Question

Kinda stuck. The empty nest is quickly approaching my home. I feel as if there is a battle raging from within. I am proud of my children and I want to see them succeed in life. I am excited and scared for each of their journeys ahead. I don’t want them to be hurt, or afraid or to never come home again. I want them to be confident and soar, yet, I want to hold them just a little longer.

Their independence is rearing its head in full form and while I know they are simply testing their wings in preparation for flight, I find myself at times lonely and wondering…

What am I going to do now?

Recently, I stumbled upon a quote. Actually, I probably sought it out. I adore quotes and I’m always collecting them. Most of what I personally follow on Instagram and Twitter are quote related. I love to take beautiful photos and put a profound quote upon them. This particular quote packs a pretty big punch during this current season of my life.

All of a sudden, the nest is empty. The birds have gone, and what had been a constant blur of activity is now nothing more than a few discarded feathers. Silence mutes all that was colorful and it is time to reestablish our significant place in an ever-changing world.” -Marci Seither, Empty Nest.

Here is another quote that is spot on:

You want your kids to grow up, and you don’t want your kids to grow up. You want your kids to become independent of you, but it’s also a parent’s worst nightmare: that they won’t need you. It’s like the real tragedy of parenting.” – Jonathan Safran Foer

It is my hope, my prayer; that we have given our children a strong rooting. One, they from time to time might return to. It is also my hope and prayer that we have given them strong wings, ones that will carry them bravely through this ever-changing world. Yet, the big question still remains…

What am I going to do now?

I mentioned something of my wonderings to my son not long ago and he said to me, “What did you want to do before you became a Mom?” From the mouth of babes, correct?  I’ve known the answer to that question before motherhood ever entered the scene.

I want to write. I have always wanted to write.

I have so many pieces of unfinished work, there must be a purpose for it…


It’s Always Tomorrow

Infinitely Better. Now, that’s a thought.

I find that usually one thinks; later or tomorrow. I know I have for most of my life. The timing never seems to be just right. Something is always a little off. I think I need more hours in my day, a little more quiet time, and a whole lot less fear. Truth be told; I need to manage my time better as I do have plenty of quiet time.

And fear, it is a mighty stronghold. One that controls time and energy spent. It is the noose around your neck. It is what holds you back from the longings of your heart. It is an excuse allowing us to justify our unfulfillment to ourselves caused by it’s brother; Doubt.

Perhaps you are familiar with these:

  1. I’ll start my diet tomorrow.
  2. I’ll go to the gym tomorrow.
  3. I’ll call her/him tomorrow.
  4. I’ll get groceries tomorrow.
  5. I’ll write it tomorrow.
  6. I’ll have more energy tomorrow.
  7. I’ll do it tomorrow…

I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who once said, “Never put off till tomorrow, what you can do today“. It’s a shame many of us do not heed that advice. Perhaps this next quote will help with a little perspective on tomorrows.

There’s always tomorrow, until there’s not.” – Author Unknown.

I believe half of us are putting off till tomorrow, while the other half is wishing for just one more moment, a second chance or one last kiss.

Life always offers you a second chance. It’s called tomorrow“. What if life offered you a second chance today and it slipped through your fingers because of Doubt and his brother Fear? Who was it that first said; SEIZE THE DAY!

I am of a mind to believe that tomorrow simply isn’t good enough anymore; at least not for me. Nothing is completely over until you stop trying. Every day is simply the opportunity to do infinitely better than the one before; while each tomorrow is a fresh start.

The page before you is blank; what will you do with it?