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Writers Quote Wednesday – MEMORIES

13 Jul

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Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme chosen by Colleen is MEMORIES.

The following is a re-share of a little slice of my childhood that I had shared a couple years back.

SUPERHEROES COME IN ALL SIZES

As a child I wanted so badly to be a superhero. I loved Superman, Batman, and especially Wonder Woman. In elementary school I tied towels, throws, blankets—whatever I could find—around my neck to wear as a cape. I ran around the house, leaped from my sister’s top bunk bed to my bed, jumped from one sofa to the next, and basically drove my parents insane. Needless to say, I was a hyperactive tomboy.

In sixth grade I had a friend who was half the size of everyone in the class, very frail and petite and also wore glasses. A bully, whom I will call Godzilla, a tall, big-boned girl twice the size of the rest of us, picked on my small friend relentlessly.

Whenever Godzilla hurt my friend, I sensed a piece of me withered and I grew weaker. I was terrified of the bully, as was most of the student body.

One day, the fire alarm in my school rang. We did the usual: filed in straight lines down the stairs to exit the edifice, crossed the street and stared at the flameless, smokeless windows of the school building, while listening to our teacher talk about the dangers of not following instructions during a fire drill.

As we clambered up the steps on our way back to class, Godzilla stood behind my petite friend. The bully shoved her into the kid in front of her, yanked on the baby hairs on the lower hairline on her neck and slapped her on the back of the head, while my poor friend moaned and sobbed.

Something came over me that day as I watched my little friend suffer in silence while everyone stood idly by. I could no longer laze while Godzilla tortured my friend. When we reached the top of the stairwell I grabbed Godzilla’s arm, turned her around to face me and yelled at her to stop hurting my friend. The tormenter snickered at me and shoved me with all her might. I tumbled down the stairs. When I reached the bottom, I leapt to my feet and dashed up the stairs. With a Bruce Lee-like move I kicked her square in the abdomen, knocking her against the wall, taking her breath away!

At first, I didn’t understand what had come over me. I felt no pain after falling down the flight of stairs. I had never moved so fast, and what I felt was a tap of my foot turned out to be a karate front snap kick. I was charged on adrenaline.

Godzilla stood motionless against the wall, wide-eyed and panting while I gave the ninja death glare, and the other kids cheered me on. From that day forward, I believed I was a superhero in the making. Whenever I saw a kid bullying another, I was compelled to interfere. I would call out any teachers who I thought ignored bullying or did nothing to stop it. I was the anti-bullying superhero.

After a few black eyes, busted lips and detention hours I learned that fighting, yelling and accusing were not going to solve the issue of bullying.

In high school I made it my business to go to the principal whenever I saw a schoolmate bully another. I was quickly labeled a tattler and became very unpopular for a while. Not much changed as far as the bullying.

I was frustrated. What kind of superhero is unpopular?

As an adult, I finally realized that the best weapon against bullying is awareness. Spreading awareness about all kinds of bullying will help decrease the abuse. At least my inner superhero very much hopes so.

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Enjoy your day everyone! And remember, every day is a chance to make great new memories. 😉

Writers Quote Wednesday – Beauty

6 Jul

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Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme chosen by Ronovan is BEAUTY.

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At the risk of sounding cliché I will say that beauty is indeed in the eyes of the beholder. To a mom her baby is the most beautiful creature alive, to a stranger the same infant may look like Winston Churchill or Mr. Magoo. A man may walk into a bar with his girlfriend who he immediately determines is the most beautiful woman in the place but to the others there she may not even be close to that. A man may spend a great deal of money on a work of art he finds exquisite, meanwhile his friends could be wondering what possessed him to buy such a hideous painting. By now you get the point––I hope.

I also believe that our perception of beauty can change. I once had a crush on a football player in college. I thought he was the hottest thing since Johnny Depp (in early 2000s). After a couple of dates and finding out what a jerk he was I took another look at him and he didn’t seem as good looking anymore, as a matter of fact I couldn’t understand what I saw in him in the first place. The opposite also happened to me. A man that I didn’t find very attractive, not that I thought he was ugly, but I just thought he wasn’t my type, kept pursuing me. He was so sweet and kind that before long I began to see him differently. One day I looked at him and he seemed very attractive. He had won me over with his kind nature and suddenly I saw him through different eyes. I believe personality has a lot to do with how people perceive you.

I also believe that if you look hard enough there’s beauty in all things.

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“The beauty of a woman is not in a facial mode but the true beauty in a woman is reflected in her soul. It is the caring that she lovingly gives the passion that she shows. The beauty of a woman grows with the passing years.”

~Audrey Hepburn

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

~Confucius

“Life is full of beauty. Notice it. Notice the bumble bee, the small child, and the smiling faces. Smell the rain, and feel the wind. Live your life to the fullest potential, and fight for your dreams.”

~Ashley Smith

“Beauty, whether moral or natural, is felt, more properly than perceived.”

~David Hume

“It took a long while for me to know that I’m beautiful. I remember going through this phase when I was younger of wanting to pass by mirrors and not look at them. That was so ridiculous. I’ve learned now that beauty starts from within.”

~Kelly Rowland

Have a beautiful day, everyone!

 

Writers Quote Wednesday – FAITH

29 Jun

Hello everyone and welcome! 

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme chosen by Colleen is FAITH.

What is faith?

Faith is complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

Do you have someone in your life that you completely trust?

Are you totally confident in your beliefs?

Do you have faith in yourself?

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Enjoy your day and keep the faith.

Writers Quote Wednesday – HAPPINESS

22 Jun

Hello and welcome! This will be a brief post because I just got back from the dentist and I’m not in the best of moods. Ironically, today’s theme/prompt is happiness. Well, in all truth I’m a happy person, but even cheerful people have bad days. Later on I’ll be visiting some of the blogs participating in today’s challenge and I’m sure that will cheer me up.

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme chosen by Ronovan is HAPPINESS.

Many people rely on others to make them happy or on material things. No amount of money or possessions will give you happiness because happiness comes from within. Your happiness is your responsibility and only you have the ability to create happiness for yourself. With that in mind check out the following quotes.

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“Happiness is not the amount of money you have but the people in your life that help you to create wonderful memories.”

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“Choose to be happy.”

After finding, reading and posting these quotes I feel much better. I choose to be happy today. Have a great day! 😀

Writers Quote Wednesday – REBIRTH

15 Jun

It’s the middle of the week and that means it’s time for Writers Quote Wednesday. Today’s prompt word/theme was chosen by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading. The word is Rebirth. When I first read the prompt I thought, ‘What the heck am I going to do with this word?’ Then I thought of vampires. After all, they do die and are reborn into their new nightly form, but I had already used vampire for Haiku Friday

I think we have all heard stories of people who were pronounced dead for a few minutes and then were brought back. I’m intrigued by these stories of people who died and claim to have had a glimpse of the afterlife, so I’ve decided to share some of the more bizarre tales of people coming back from the dead.

Kevin Santos, Brazilian Boy Pronounced Dead, Briefly Resurrected To Ask For Water . . . 

Little Kelvin Santos, 2, died a couple of weeks ago — or so his parents were told — while being treated for pneumonia. The child’s devastated family held a wake through the night. Then, an hour before the funeral was to begin, Kelvin sat up in his open coffin, and said, “Daddy, can I have some water?”

 

Dead Man Wakes Up In His Grave in Yemen

A 65-year-old heart attack victim in Yemen had been washed and wrapped in special cloth, according to Muslim tradition. Mourners had placed him in his grave, and were preparing to cover him with dirt, when the man suddenly came to. He was not amused.

 

Chinese Woman, 95, Comes Back to Life . . . 

Two weeks after falling and suffering a head injury, Li Xiufeng, 95, was found lying motionless in her home by a neighbor. The friend couldn’t wake her up. She was placed in a coffin and, according to local custom, was supposed to rest there for several days before the funeral. A day before the burial, her neighbor went to check on the coffin, and Li was gone.

 

Dead Man Wakes Up During His Own Autopsy

A Venezuelan man, Carlos Camejo, was declared dead after a highway accident in 2007. Before his wife could arrive to identify the body, medical examiners began an autopsy. Camejo who had been declared dead woke up in the morgue in excruciating pain after medical examiners began an autopsy.

 

When I Died and Came Back, I Left Something on the Other Side

Guido is my 75-year-old family friend. He’s been a lot of things in his life—a vigilante, a medicine man, a world-renowned visual artist. He would come over to my parents’ house when I was a kid with a loaded pistol in the waistband of his shorts. He used to live in Guatemala but recently moved off his land to chill out in Arizona. I went to visit him, and he told me about the time he died.

 

To Heaven and Back

While in the coma, Julie had been given a glimpse of heaven.

My journey begins

I sail black waves through soft mists

Paid the ferry man

His bony arms row the boat

To my final resting place

“You know Americans are obsessed with life and death and rebirth, that’s the American Cycle. You know, awakening, tragic, horrible death and then Phoenix rising from the ashes. That’s the American story, again and again.”

~Billy Corgan

Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme chosen by Ronovan is REBIRTH.

Writers Quote Wednesday – ADVENTURE

8 Jun

Hi everyone! Welcome to this week’s edition of Writers Quote Wednesday! Today’s theme is ADVENTURE. This is perfect for me because I’m an adventurous person by nature. Even as a child I was willing to try new experiences and ideas––sometimes getting myself into trouble. Still, life is about moments and awesome moments don’t just fall on your lap you have to try new things, go outside your comfort zone, and take calculated risks.

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“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

~Jawaharlal Nehru

“The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.”

~Oprah Winfrey

“Life is either a great adventure or nothing.”

~Helen Keller

“It is only in adventure that some people succeed in knowing themselves – in finding themselves.”

~Andre Gide

“Adventure should be 80 percent ‘I think this is manageable,’ but it’s good to have that last 20 percent where you’re right outside your comfort zone. Still safe, but outside your comfort zone.”

~Bear Grylls

“I want to be in ‘The Hobbit.’ I love fantasy and mythical adventure films. I believe in fairies and angels. I believe in nature’s spirit, that there are other realms, other planets, life forms.”

~Julia Sawalha

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Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme chosen by Ronovan is ADVENTURE.

Writers Quote Wednesday – INSPIRATION

1 Jun

Hello everyone! It’s Writers Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen Chesebro (Silver Threading) and Ronovan Hester (Ronovan Writes). The theme for this week’s quotes is Inspiration.

What is Inspiration?

Something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create : a force or influence that inspires someone.

As the meaning of the word implies inspiration can come from anywhere. There are so many things that inspire me; songs, dreams, nightmares, poems, illustrations, people, animals . . . I’ve even been inspired by a tree. Check out my short story A Cursed Tree 😉

I decided that today I would post quotes that inspire and I hope they do encourage and motivate you. ❤

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“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination.”

~Jimmy Dean

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

~Francis of Assisi

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.”

~Vince Lombardi

“Your personal life, your professional life, and your creative life are all intertwined. I went through a few very difficult years where I felt like a failure. But it was actually really important for me to go through that. Struggle, for me, is the most inspirational thing in the world at the end of the day – as long as you treat it that way.”

~Skylar Grey

“Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.”

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

 

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

~Nido Qubein

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Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme is INSPIRATION.

**Be sure to check out both Colleen and Ronovan’s blogs.

Writers Quote Wednesday – FREEDOM

25 May

Happy Wednesday everyone! The theme for this week’s quote is ‘Freedom’. Ron’s prompt could not have been better for me this week since I’m on vacation and I feel free! 😉 Today is the first time I’ve touched my laptop since Friday and it felt so freeing to unplug. I haven’t done that in too long. Although to be honest I have done a few social media entries on my iPhone but that has been while in the car (not driving) going from one place to another. I get restless in the car if I’m not driving. Anyway, it has been minimal. Now I have about 400 emails pending but I’m not stressing over that. I’ll deal with it later. I’ve become an expert at catching up. Today I wanted to post my Writers Quote Wednesday post, so I’ll get to it.

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The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask.

~Jim Morrison

“Without new experiences, something inside of us sleeps. The sleeper must awaken.”

~Frank Herbert

“The vacation we often need is freedom from our own mind.”

~Jack Adam Weber

“I feel free, that’s what I want to feel every day of my life. Freedom.”

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Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge is sponsored by Colleen Chesebro of Silver Threading and Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme is FREEDOM.

**Be sure to check out both Colleen and Ronovan’s blogs.

Have a wonderful week everyone and see you Friday for Haiku Friday!

Writers Quote Wednesday – OBSESSION

18 May

Welcome everyone to Writers Quote Wednesday! Today’s theme is Obsession. So what is obsession? It’s an idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on a person’s mind.

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I can relate with this quote because this is pretty much how I feel.

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Lately, when I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing.

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Check out my writing inspiration board for my Fantasy Angels Series on Pinterest.

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Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme is OBSESSION.

Writers Quote Wednesday – CHANGE

11 May

Hi everyone! Welcome to Writers Quote Wednesday! I’m a perfectionist by nature but I also have a slight fear of change. Two things that do not go well together like rice with mangoes. Since it has been engrained in my mind from the time I was a child to always do my best and never do anything half-assed, I’ve had to put my fears of change aside many times.

Just a short while ago I wrote about the changes I need to make to my book, The Fall of Lilith. Talk about scary . . . I was tempted to leave it alone. After all, I did have seven beta readers tell me it was pretty good. The editor that told me about restructuring certain scenes also told me that if I left the book as it was it would probably do well but it wouldn’t be a great book. Hmm. I thought maybe I could live with that. Unfortunately (or fortunately) I kept hearing the voices of certain family members in my head, ‘That would be the equivalent of leaving something half-assed.’ That’s when I decided to go ahead and tackle those changes. It’s scary––it isn’t going to be easy, and it’s going to take some time, but I have to do what’s best for my book. That part of me that always wants to do my best––I don’t want to change. Nothing gets better by chance, it gets better by change.

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Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer then, write a short piece of flash fiction or poetry to share with us all. You can include photos, photo quotes, or anything else that helps to highlight your quote. Have fun with it! This week’s theme is CHANGE.

Have a great day!