Posted in A New Year, Faith Life, Flash Fiction, Lifelong Learning, Storytelling, Travel, Writing

Fading into the Sunset

As it slowly fades into the sunset, I can confidently say this year was different.

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About this time last year, for some reason, I had this sense of urgency to be more consistent and purposeful in my writing.

My mind was made up to post at least three times a month irrespective of whatever else was going. Let us just say that although I did not quite make the mark, I gained in other areas in immeasurable ways and most of all enjoyed the learning experience.

What was different?- I steadily eased my way back into the habit of reading books; some of which I actually finished within 24 hours; I listened to the radio more.   You will be amazed at what different forms of creative media can do to stimulate the mind.  I became more observant, people watching, paying close attention to the other person engaged in my conversations and in some cases, I must confess other peoples conversations.  Hey! at the risk of being charged with eavesdropping, my thing is if they choose to  be loud enough to share with the rest of us why not!  I took part in a few writing group sessions, some of which involved weekly submissions. This stretched me in a way whereby writing was now a priority.   I enjoyed our interactions at these meetings and appreciated their splendid feedback which spurred me on even more to generate new or improve on existing content.

I enjoyed writing all my posts but I have narrowed it down to a few favorites.

1. The Conclusion – Have Something to Say – It was very fulfilling to finally arrive at the final installment of this Christian fiction story series.  The way the story unraveled and the heart warming dynamics between mother and daughter was endearing.  I love the part where her mother is wise in not making the decision for her daughter but says “My dear ignorance is not innocence.  The other day I read an article about some city that has a law against men wearing short-sleeved shirts in public places.  The fact that it may not be enforced does not mean it does not exist.”  For more you can click on this story which all began here in late 2014.

2. Unearth your Spirit of Altruism  — My interest in the cause of this group of selfless and committed individuals got me thinking about the many ways we can make a difference within our circles.

3. Photo Challenge – Connected — This was part of a submission made to a photography group and seemed apt for the concept of connected.  It is amazing how things in one way or the other, even where there appears to be an absence of apparent symmetry depending on one’s perspective can be connected.  It is no wonder it got so many likes.

4. Included or Ignored — Remember, tip #3 “Customized escort cards are a nice personal touch…”  This post is evergreen, a valuable resource of timeless tips that come in handy, be it a gathering of a few friends or a big crowd, a barn or banquet.  Most importantly there is immeasurable value in repurposing.

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5. The Rewards of Dinner — I was totally blown away by the realization that cost per head is King.

6 .  Begin Where — This was the first post for the year. This was my first introduction to writing prompts.  They are one simple way to get your creative juices flowing.  The exciting part was sticking to the word limit based on the image prompt and meeting the submission timeline.

7. Five Tips for Creating Great Memories  — it was fun writing this post that captures some of the lessons learned over the year(s) planning different trips.

8. Potent – Flash Fiction – Short but sweet!!  How could one forget those small but mighty egg yolk yellow critters and their protruding bellies confidently traipsing out from under his bed!!!

 

Lessons learned

Be more consistent

Write, Read, Write and Write some more!!

Even with the auto-correct feature, Read, Revise and Read again.

Step out of the box if you have to!

Have fun and enjoy the journey!

The days ahead are bright(er)!

 

One final thing, let us know;

What did you particularly enjoy about the posts? and What you would like to see more of on this blog?

 

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Broad based knowledge seeker; outside and beyond the box - arts and culture, travel, writing, christian faith walk, good reads and refreshing conversation - and not necessarily in that order. Storytelling by connecting the dots between the traditional and non-traditional, the obvious and not so obvious.

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