Friday, November 30, 2007

Taking a turn

As I was heading into the Milford Connecticut Post mall, I saw some envelopes that were returned with the yellow return to sender label to the U.S. National Guard recruiting office. I could only imagine the journey that those envelopes went on and the lives that they may have touched.
Seeing the hopes that those letters may have brought to families or maybe griefs that they may not want to face.
To not know what was inside those letters might make some real sad, or just anxious to open on up.
Or just a reason to tie a yellow ribbon around the good old oak tree-symbolizing hope that someone may come home from the battles overseas in one piece.

So thanks to the Troops who serve in harms way.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

I crossed the finish line

I finally crossed the finish line of my insane challenge back on November 1st to write 50 thousand words in a month. I have not done that in a long time. Not even in college with several papers to do. Mine turned out to be 50 thousand words or 60 pages single spaced. now the fun comes in with splicing the ideas together in a more organized way and to get the train moving forward. A least I got to write more than usual.
and just like participating in the big read 2007 which got me to read
" To Kill a Mockingbird."

Enclosed is an excerpt from the project.

"Words have a way of warming our hearts. These vignettes of John's tough struggles are dedicated to his parents and those who have been heroes and villians in John's life and those who had faced similar struggles around the globe. To his mom for getting into the ring and for his dad and others for being heart warmers as well.
Thread one.
Creeping. Crawling slowly toward the goal line. Slow to speak and slow to thrive. Throttling slowly up on the race of John's life.

Code Blue. Nurse, come over here. John is not responding. Breath irregular. Not moving to the light. What is up.? Better check up on him and give a good thorough work up. Yikes. Life was to become a VERY big challenge for John and his parents to hold onto. One that required the trainer to come into the ring at regular intervals to wipe up some bloody noses from the fights that went on throughout battles of bruised egos and personalities.

Minutes passed ticked slowly into hours it seemed as John's parents waited out in the waiting room of the hospital. How can we be patient and wait for what is to come. A long tough journey is ahead for all of us. They looked at each other with tissues in hand and with uncertainty hanging over them. They thought, "Now what, how are we going to handle what is coming up next?"

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Nearing the finish line

I am finally rounding around my last lap for
this is my first challenge to write 50thousand words in a month. I am finding that writing that many words in this sprint has been a lot harder than I thought it would be. yet, it is a very satisfying challenge to undertake.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

pipe flow continues

I am real glad that the pipe bringing in currents of ideas is alive and well. In the past four days, I have significantly added to my word count for my project that I have been working on. Now at almost 40,500 words!!!! only about 9500 to go. I can see the finish line a little clearer. Then a big cut and paste project to help bring the ideas together in a unified manner.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Reaching for the shut off valve.

Reaching underneath for pipes is very difficult. Especially for a pipe that is hard to see and out of reach. My shutoff valve for my ideas is churning and is very hard to turn off. probably also with the cup of tea after church that my mind is in overdrive. And with my nano writing project, my mind does not want to turn itself off. So I better reach for that shut off valve.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The soul is not handicapped.

As I reflect on the issue of being handicapped, I have seen firsthand the way the world treats people;especially myself.
When I began my journey as an a little child, the children around me looked at me with stares and with teasing jaunts. Yet as I have matured, I realize that some people see the goodness within me. And as I look at various scriptures, I see that when God created the soul, that part which is protected and nurtured by God is not at all handicapped. It may not develop into its full potential but it is NOT handicapped. And that is a mystery as to why God would do that.

Now back to the nano posts for the completion or attempted completion of 50 thousand words by midnight on november 30th.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Towards the aspiration of writing full time

This month I have been participating in a national challenge for aspiring writers. It is held in the month of November and is called Nano. It is thru their web site,
I found out about through an email from a local arts council. I logged on and was intrigued of writing a novel in a month. I am doing it in third person representing myself and the many people who have made an impact on me from my parents, teachers, coaches and work associates and church members and tying the themes in a deeper way than I have so far through this blog. Yet still using the same style and use of images to convey the points of hope that I bring across the table to others.
And this novel is going to be 50, 0000 words. I am at about 23,000 so far and am a little behind from where I should be but have been catching up the last few days. Looking forward to what may come of this nenw challenge after all.