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Goals. We all need them.  There are people out there who wander around with  no goals at all. They’re the ones we’ll call “Drifters.”  Drifters go from point A to point B without any clear sense of where they are going, what they are doing, or how they are going to get there? Why? Because they don’t make any goals for themselves. They coast through life that way.

It’s okay if you prefer to live that way. But, I don’t see how you would be able to successfully achieve anything.  That’s what goals are for. They are there to make us better and stronger people.  We learn from them and when we accomplish said goals, we are allowed that feeling of pride. Like we have done something right.

Unlike the drifters, the Go-Getters are the ones who making these goals and are doing what they can to make them happen. They don’t sit back and wait for success to come to them. They go out and make that success a reality. If they fail, they just get right back and start again. There’s no drifting for them. They’re flying to the finish line.

We all have moments where we desire to be a drifter because that’s the “safe” route.  They’re motto is: you can’t fail if you don’t try. But, is that true? Do you really avoid failure if you don’t try at all? I don’t think so. I think you’re really failing yourself if you don’t try hard at what you want to do. You’re not bettering yourself. You’re dragging yourself down deeper by pushing those dreams away.

I keep these things in mind every time I sit down and write. I remind myself of why I have these goals. Why am I doing this? Could I just quit? The answers to those questions is: I’m doing this because it’s what I was meant to do. And no. I can’t quit. You should never quit.

The battle of choosing to be a drifter or a go-getter will always be out there. You won’t ever see a time when there weren’t both. That’s okay. Think about what you want to do. Do you want to live life as a drifter or a go-getter? Do you have goals you want to accomplish but are too scared of failure? How can you get past that? What can you do to be a go-getter?

Don’t be afraid to go for what you want. Don’t be afraid of failure because the experience is worth it.

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It isn’t really a newsflash to say that writing can be very frustrating. Every writer feels the sting of writer’s block. We all get the urge to pull out our hair when the words aren’t coming out.

There is something I have realized though. I can’t really see myself not writing as frustrating as it can be.  Whenever I think about writing, I always get this feeling of excitement. It’s like I’m about to embark on some kind of journey that not everyone get to go on.

That realization of knowing that you were meant to be a writer can fuel the words.  It pushes your forward to a place you weren’t sure you could get to. Sometimes, I need that push. I need to be that driven.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the story I’m working on and where I should take it.  It has taken a different direction that I didn’t really see coming, but I have embraced the change. I think this will make the ending more powerful. It will really resonate with people which is what I want.  That’s what any writer should really hope for. You want to inspire others.

A world without writers and books would be a very sad place. I don’t even want to imagine my life without being able to create new characters and stories for people to discover.

If you’re a writer, can you imagine yourself not writing? How would you feel if that’s what happened?

Also, I’m taking the time to announce my next poetry weekend will be held October 15-17! I’ve decided since a lot of people really enjoy them that I’m going to host them once a month. 🙂  So, get your poetry ready to share because it is fast approaching!

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Learning….

This past week  has been a very busy one for me, so I apologize if I haven’t really focused on this blog. My writing has also suffered this week, but I’m sure that I will get it back soon.

Have you ever had something happen in your life that has really made you sit back and evaluate how you live?  That has happened to me last week. I don’t really want to go into the whole thing in detail, but it has affected my thinking.  Achieving my goals have become even more important now.  Life is too short to waste, you know?

Finishing my book is now more important than ever. It is my focus and I will make it to the finish line. Why? Because I refuse to give up. I refuse to let people down.  If you want to achieve something, you should do the very best to accomplish that.

Tomorrow, you will get a real post, I promise. 🙂 Just wanted to check in and tell you all that I appreciate each and every one of you that stops by to read this blog. I can’t believe how much it has grown. I can’t believe how much I have grown as a person and a writer.

Oh, and I think another character interview is coming up soon. Be on the look out for that!

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It is finally here.  I hope you all enjoy this weekend. Tomorrow, I will be posting blogs from others who wanted to participate. There is still time to do so if you wish to join in on the fun. Just let me know either by e-mail (thestoryinme@gmail.com) or by commenting below. Enjoy and keep checking back for more poetry this weekend.

Invade Our Dreams

I wish I could see what you dream of.

I wish I could peak into your head

and experience all of what you think of.

There is something going on

inside that twisted, little mind of yours

and I want to see it all.

I want to feel it all.

I just want a tiny glimpse of what makes you tick.

What makes you so unique?

Let me in and let me see.

Maybe I’ll return the favor

and let you see all the stories running around,

trying to find a place in my writer’s mind.

It could be a magical world to discover.

A place to hide and a place to enjoy.

So, let’s get wrapped up in each others imaginations.

Let’s get lost in our dreams and live.

Strolling Through Your Memory Lane

I felt sentimental the other day,

so I took a stroll through your old neighborhood.

I walked the same path I did

just a few, short years ago.

All of the houses looked the same.

It was the same monotonous beginning

and the same tedious ending.

It’s your typical cookie cutter life

with the husbands mowing the lawn outside

while the Stepford wives cooked dinner.

I could never compete.

Not with the sunshine and daisies.

Not with all of the smiles and the cheers.

You told me to move on and forget you.

Every memory finds its way back

as I stare at your house looming in front of me.

Everything looked the same,

but the feeling was different.

I could feel a lonely, ominous gloom.

A darkness from behind your front door.

I knew you were long gone.

Packed your bags without saying goodbye.

Here I am, looking into the face of our memories.

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As I mentioned yesterday, this is my 100th post on this blog. 🙂  I thought long and hard about what I wanted to write about today. It is a special post after all. Do I post some poetry? Do I post another short story? I have done all that already, so that isn’t very special..

I think for this post, I want to celebrate this blog by showing my appreciation to everyone who takes the time to read this. Whether you have been here since the beginning or you have just discovered this blog, I really do appreciate everyone.

I have been writing stories for so long, I can’t imagine doing anything else.  So, after college, I realized that this was the time for me to really pursue my dreams of becoming a published author.  It was time to put it all into action. I had so many stories to share and so many characters for people to meet.

I started this blog to share my experiences about being a “newbie” writer and trying to achieve that dream of mine. I wanted to inspire others to do the same, to never be afraid to go for what you want. I also wanted to connect with other writers and join them on their journeys. I’m so glad that it  has happened for me.

Without the constant support I have received from family and friends (whether it be in real life or in the blogger world), I don’t think I could have managed to keep going. When I hit a slump, you all are willing to pick me up and encourage me to keep going. Thank you for being my “cheerleaders.” You have no idea how much that means to me.

It’s been quite a journey so far and more people are joining me. 🙂 I welcome you all and hope it is as enjoyable for you as it is for me. With my book halfway finished, I really can’t wait for everyone to read it. My goal will be within reach and that is a celebration I cannot wait to have!

So, thank you again for all of the kind words and conversations we have had on this blog. I just appreciate that people come onto this blog and read these words I write.

That is why I’m dedicating this special 100th post to you. This blog isn’t really intended for myself. 🙂

Now, onto 100 more blog posts! I hope to see you all at the 200th post celebration.

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I’ve actually really enjoyed these past few days, sharing some of my poetry with you. I hope you all have enjoyed it, too! Since today is the last day, I thought I’d share three poems with you. 🙂 Let’s get started.

The Underdog

Give it up for the underdog.
You went in undetected
while others had their guns blazing.
Nobody even saw you coming.
Everyone else fought tooth and nail,
ready to prove their own worth.
You just gave a crooked grin
and nodded your head
as you came in first place.
I wish I had rooted for you
from the start.
But, now, you stand on the podium
with your head held high
and the gold medal glinting off your chest.
When they asked for a speech,
you merely shrugged and said,
“Nobody ever notices the underdog.”

Magical Carousel Ride

It was like a magical carousel ride.
going around and around,
up and down
up and down.
It felt like it could never end,
the music almost lulling me to sleep.
I closed my eyes and enjoyed
the cool breeze on my skin.
The stars glittered above us,
the moonlight full and bright.
I just wanted to be close to you,
giving you my heart and soul.
You told me that this would
merge our souls into one.
This magical carousel ride
underneath the moonlight.

Shipwreck Dreams

I once had a dream
of being lost at sea.
All I really wanted
was to find you there.
I searched over every wave
No soul in sight.
But, I never gave up
because I knew you were there.
My ship wound up on the shore
and a bottle sat on the sand.
The message simply said:
“I miss you.”
You were not there,
so I kept searching.
In my dreams, I always will.

Well, that’s it. 🙂 I’m sure you’ll see another poetry weekend in the near future! I’m glad so many of you enjoyed this. Poetry has been an outlet for me to be just as creative as my stories let me be. If anyone of you decided to write a poem this weekend, be sure to let me know! I’d love to read it!

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The other night, I had a dream involving my characters. Has that ever happened to you? Have you ever had a dream so vivid that it felt like it was really happening?

I’ve never really dreamed of any of the other characters that I have created in the past for short stories I have written. But, of course, these characters in my current w.i.p are very present in my day-to-day activities. No matter what I do, it seems like they’re always in the back of my mind, waiting for me to continue on with their story.

I’m getting there, guys. I promise. Just bear with me here.

Anyways, this dream was pretty simple but quite real. I found myself sitting at a large table with all of my characters sitting around it. It was almost like a holiday meal where everyone was passing around dishes of food, talking to each other. Everyone was getting along and laughing.  At one point, Ben, the protagonist of my story, turned to me and said, “So much has happened since you’ve been away.” Then, he proceeded to tell me all these things. I just sat there and listened to every word he said.

I woke up and really thought about what that dream meant. What were they trying to tell me? I realized that I was trying to force the story into a direction it wasn’t meant to go. This was a way for Ben, Jude, Chelsea, Delilah, and Mat to say “Hey, this is what is really going on. Maybe you should pay attention and listen to us.”

Maybe I’ve been ignoring them. I should probably stop that.

I’m going to start listening to them more often. They are the ones that fuel the story. They’re what the story is about. It’s not about me and I have to remember that.

Thanks for the reminder, guys. 🙂

So, it’s that time again!  It’s time for Writing Prompt Wednesday, so enjoy! Again, if you have a favorite writing prompt that you want to contribute, e-mail it to me at thestoryinme@gmail.com. 🙂

  • Write about a person getting stuck in an elevator. It’s a situation none of us really want to be in, I know. This happens on a very important day for this person. Write about who it is.  When does this happen? What does this person do?  Tell us about it.

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