Monday, September 24, 2012

"I Can't Like It"

Have you ever had a really bad day?  Have you ever wanted to give up on what you're doing? Or been so frustrated that you wanted to scream?  Yeah, me too.  When something like that happens to my two-year-old niece, she looks at one of us and says "I can't like it."  That is such a profound statement and she doesn't even know it.
When you find something you don't want to do, CAN you like it?  Or are you choosing not to like it when you can find it in yourself to deal with it?
The Bible says that we can do all things in Christ, so next time you think you can't do something, do yourself a favor.  Instead of saying "I can't like it", choose to do everything through Christ.  He'll help you.  You never have to be alone.
That was really short, I know.  But it's all I have for today.  So, without further ado, on to the fun stuff!

Quote of the Week:
"If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made.  Very few people die past that age."
                                                                                                              - George Burns

Fun Fact of the Week:
Madam spelled backwards is still madam.

Story Starter of the Week:
Jordan is a brand-new resident of the suburb Malaris.  Where did Jordan come from and why is he/she there?

*don't forget to post your short stories in the comments!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

College: week one

So I just moved into college.  It's 20 hours away from my family and friends and I don't know anyone here.  I must admit I am a bit scared.  I haven't found that one person who I can talk to no matter what...yet. I haven't made many friends at all besides my roommates (and, yes, there are five of them).  I'm not sure what to do with my time.  Sure, there's a scheduled out block for classes and church and special events, but what about the other hours in the day? I admit I felt absolutely alone for the first two days, but today it has started getting better.  I finally put my trust in Jesus to lead the right friends to me and to lead me to the right friends.  I also requested that he hurry.  I've never liked feeling lonely, and I finally realized that I don't have to be.

Quote of the  Week:
Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.
                                                   - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Fun Fact of the Week:
Panda's are not considered bears.  It's because they have opposable thumbs.  Just so you know.

Story Starter of the Week:
Jeslyn finds herself thrown four years into the future.  How have people changed for the better/worse and what will she do to change the world's society?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

I admit it.  I probably have too many stories/novels/books going at one time.  I might be addicted to writing.  And I definitely can't shut my brain off.

The story count in my folder on my computer = 25+
I can't go a single day without writing something!!!!
And it takes me a while to go to sleep at night because I keep thinking of interesting ways to spin a plot line.
Just for those of you out there who think I'm serious about the help part, I'm not.  I may have all those "problems", but to me they're not problems at all.  You see, I work better with a lot of stories to choose from.  If I get writer's block on one, I just move on to a different one -- usually in a different category.  Different category, you ask?  I have stories in a lot of categories, ranging from love stories set a long, long time ago to modern-day suspense novels.  They're all my babies, and if I didn't have a start on all of them, my brain would be way too cluttered with ideas for me to write clearly.
I can't go a single day without writing something because it's what I love to do.  There have been many people who have said that you should do what you love so that you never have to work a day in your life.  I'm one of those fortunate people who has found what I love and it happens to be something that can be a life career.  I think that's what work should be.  doing what you love and making revenue off of it.  That's not "work", that's pure enjoyment.
As for the last one, I admit it might be somewhat of a problem.  However, somehow the more I think about things -- the harder I think about things -- the faster I get to sleep.  If I focus in on a storyline or a problem that needs solved, I end up going to sleep faster than if I had just lain there and went "OK.  I'm going to sleep now"....etc.
So, you see, some people's problems are another persons life.  A "problem" is different for everyone because everyone is different.  Not everyone could sit down with an empty Microsoft Word document in front of them and see the wonderful things that can be spun onto it.  Not everyone can look at a crawl space and think "hey, great place to hide a body." (note: If you are not a writer and you think that, most people would call you a psycho).  On the other hand, I can't look at a page of numbers and say "the pattern is..." a math genius could.  We all have our idiosyncrasies and we all have our areas of expertise.  Some of us are just blessed enough to be able to do what we love as our "job".

Quote of the Week:
"If you would tell me the heart of a man, tell me not what he reads, but what he rereads."
                                                                                                                                     - Francois Mauriac

Fun Fact of the Week:
No matter how hard you try, you cannot lick your elbow.

Story Starter of the Week:
Put yourself in a homeschooler's point of view.  Why do you like/not like homeschooling and why?