Art for M99 provided by bayazoff on deviantART
“Well, they’re aliens. And they have special powers.” J.D. provided his explanation between two large bites of pizza.
“Aliens.” Harry paused, “with special powers. Just when I thought we were getting somewhere.” Harry threw down his chicken wing and leaned back into his new leather chair. He no longer had an appetite.
“What do you mean getting somewhere? I guess we are technically, since we’re on a spaceship and this is just a dream.” This idea didn’t seem to bother J.D. even for a moment. He reached for his soda and gulped half of it down.
“Let’s think about this, really think about this,” Continue reading
My haiku attempt “The Race” is part of a literary contest, if anyone votes for me by ‘liking’ my poem that would be super awesome in my eyes. :) Here’s the link.
“National Novel Writing Month, shortened as NaNoWriMo (na-noh-RY-moh), is an annual internet-based creative writing project that takes place every November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words of a new novel between November 1 and 30.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Novel_Writing_Month
In 2013 I made a definitive decision, I was going to join and complete NaNoWriMo. The year had been mostly dedicated to editing, more honestly life in general, so I hadn’t written as much new material as I’d like. With NaNoWriMo looming before me, it was time to put all editing aside and get down and dirty with my current project Arcadia.
But there was a problem, according to the rules one isn’t supposed to work on a current project, but rather a brand spanking new project. Not only that, but in traditional human style it wasn’t until the day before NaNoWriMo started that I read the rules. I had less than day and I didn’t have a plot, a character, or an idea. I didn’t have a whisper of an idea. Continue reading
2013 coming to end kind of terrifies me. It’s right there, barely more than a month away, telling me “you’ll forget about me”.
Because in 2013, I’ve focused only on the projects at hand. The novels and ideas from 2012 sit in a folder, somewhere – on this computer? On my last laptop? In some cloud somewhere? Waiting for me to visit them again. And the times I have visited, twice maybe, I can’t believe I’ve left them, abandoned them, to the far reaches of my memory and disc space.
As much as I love the holidays (yes, I’m the person that enjoys the holiday music and the abundance of lights), I don’t want to forget about my inventions. I hope that 2013 will be a positive lesson, that the past may hold just as much promise as the future.
© 2013 J. M. Tompkins
Words inspired by,
in its slow movement
the way it crosses my face in the night
of my dog as he snuggles closer to me
as small as it may be, it inspires me.
© J. M. Tompkins 2013
This morning I came across an article, 10 Choices You Will Regret in 10 Years, via Women With Drive Foundation. I thought about how each point is also pertinent in business so decided to share it here and oddly enough, today’s challenge is Regrets. I’m learning to take a step back and make sure that though I love advice and appreciate every bit of information authors have to share, my writing is still about my goals. And as different as each human is, so are our definitions of success. No one else can dictate that path, so as early as we can we get to decide to step onto the untraveled road and make it our own. I think we’re working toward a community of understanding where we appreciate that not everyone has to want the same thing, but respect and accept other paths. The first step to respecting each other, is to respect ourselves.
What is your path and your definition of success?