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Fire, Rain and Lies…

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Excerpt from the works of Fire, Rain and Lies…

It is spring, warm breezes float through magnolia trees.  A gracious but cold-hearted woman of the South rises from past memories; her thoughts behind ice blue eyes. She sits on the bank of a pebbly brook under a Blue Bird sky, the scent of lilac rises from her.  She dips her fingers slowly into the cool water; she is old and life has passed her by, she never achieved the life she desired; and the depths of her truth will never be known.  In her secret place of selfishness within her, the hate for an unwanted child never ended; she stops to ponder her own question; do I deserve the name “mother”.

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My Shitty First Draft…

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How did I get where I am today?  The question I wrestle with is how I am going to get through this day, tomorrow and the next day.  I did not make any New Year resolutions; I do not believe in them, it only lays the groundwork for failure, my failure.

Every day I find myself at a place where I must decide what path to follow; and yes, I sometime feel lost.  I question myself, do I work on my writing fully of my capability; or I procrastinate.  Yes I do!  I get out of bed, walk the dog, have breakfast and sit in front of a blank or somewhat filled screen.  It is then that I go back to the kitchen and get a cup of coffee, check email, anything.  I check some already written sentences.  I now look in the freezer to decide what I will prepare for tonight’s dinner.  Yes, you get the picture, I do finally sit down and write; I try to bring out of myself what is needed to continue my project.

I am certain others who like me write, fall into that mind set of can I really write, can I finish this project.  Procrastination fractures our senses and stops creativity, learning and growing in our craft.  I find myself much like the author Anne Lamott wrote in her book “Bird by Bird”, I am deep into the center of my “SHITTY FIRST DRAFT”.  If you have not read this Anne Lamott book, do so; I keep it on my writing table and reread often, it encourages me to go on. 

So, here I am on January 11, 2017 working on my shitty first draft of “Flying with Broken Wings” and finding many other things to keep me from it.  I am into the first 10 days of this New Year.  Today, my goal until finished is to put in a minimum of 6 hours in writing, in 2-hour intervals with meals and walking between, and any other matters to take care of for the day.  This is my plan…

Good luck to all of you and welcome to the New Year and success in all you do; its day 11 let’s get going.

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