Two months into the new year and we should take a moment to check in with our resolutions. Remember those promises you made to yourself around January first? I think enough time has gone by since then that most of us have abandoned our resolution by now or better yet, never really even started. For those of you who say you’ve been doing good on your resolutions I can only say that you probably didn’t set the bar high enough.
In any case, we should take this moment to reinforce our goals so that we may see them through. We make resolutions to do away with our failings and motivate us to achieve more than we have thus far in our year and truly in our entire lives. Most, if not all of us know what to do to make things better. After all, when someone you know has a problem, it is easy to identify the problem, point out the solution and then proceed to instruct our dilemma plagued listener on the proper method of execution. When it comes to putting a finger on our own situation we are more often settling for an “oh woe is me” sob story or a use abused set of excuses. If we leap beyond the trauma, we can see the real problem in our lives, not just in the troubles of someone else.
While there are all manner of trials between us and our goals, the most common and most dangerous obstacle is simultaneously the most debilitating as well as the most satisfying; comfort. Often we settle on life, content to endure a long term of life despite daily grumblings, apathy, or absolute despair simply because it’s easy to dwell and then it becomes habitual until finally there simply is nothing else. As we resign ourselves to the daily grind, the ongoing acceptance of our shortcomings becomes comfortable. Even, after great success, submitting to comfort is akin accepting a long term death sentence.
. It is the natural state of man to be in a state of change and pursuit. Old world explorers wagered life to fill in the unknown blank spaces of the map. Modern explorers who venture to other worlds entirely are equally plagued by the pursuit of what lies beyond. Through it, they find motivation, adventure, even glory. Look to the lover who is never happier than in pursuit of love and invigorated by its trials rather than deterred by it. However once conquest has been gained and glory conferred, now what, what is next? We have to be reminded of the story of Alexander the Great who wept only when there were no more lands to conquer only to meet his mortal end soon thereafter.
The purpose of life is to serve and service comes through endeavor. Residing in comfort is a resignation of service. Strive anytime there is nothing to celebrate and when triumph ultimately comes, do not rest in it. Look forward to build upon success in whatever form you find it. Success can only be determined by your goals however large or small they may be. Success does not fall on you by chance.
It’s a simple idea that’s almost laughable when spoken of so greatly, but it’s not easy to deny truth. While I want to motive writers to keep writing and striving for their success stories, this applies to anyone in any situation. I wish you all the best and don’t get too comfortable.
For the new year to come let us look forward to what fortunes and goals that lay ahead, but let's not go forward without a moment to look back. Certainly the most famous of all songs for the occasion is Auld Lang Syne and fellow writers, let's recall that it began as a poem adapted to folk song. Therefore, it fits our theme and joins in with the celebration around the world. Happy writing and have a joyful and prosperous new year!
I hope you are able to spend it with loved ones and share in the Love of our savior Jesus in this time celebrating his birth and the greatest gift any of us could receive. I'll keep that in mind while spending my time with the family, but as with every holiday break, it's time to do some extra writing as well with this little escape from the routine. Happy writing and have a Merry Christmas!
As was promised, I have for you a few story prompt ideas. I hope that at least one of them inspires you to spin a yarn of imagination. Even if it doesn't produce your finest story, at least it will get you in the "write" mood. When your finished, I'd love to hear what you come up with. Happy writing!
Prompt #1 - Emergency Broadcast System
You are driving along on your way to work, school, etc. listening to your favorite radio station. Suddenly, your favorite song is interrupted with the displaced beeps and buzzes from the radio station's emergency alert system. Most of the time it is nothing more than a monthly test. This time however the police are on the search for a suspect. Not only that, the person they describe sounds an awful lot like you. Then they describe your vehicle and a matching license plate. What do you do?
Prompt #2 - Who's Cookin'?
You wake up to a nice lazy day at home. You stretch in bed and are lured down to the kitchen by the smell of mom's signature dish. You come downstairs and plop yourself at the same familiar kitchen table for breakfast. There's mom with her back to you, looking as normal as can be. Everything seems normal. She turns around to serve you, but to your shock, whoever this person in the kitchen is, they are definitely not mom. "Good morning sunshine," she says presenting you with a plate of food. Who is this person and what happens next?
Prompt #3 - Everyone's a Critic
Ever the writer, you are busily typing away at the computer on what you feel is your next great masterpiece. You are just about finished and can hardly wait to have it published. Your computer has other ideas. Out of nowhere you hear from the computer's speaker, "What a bunch of garbage. Do you really want to put your name on this?" You are shocked of course, but really you feel more offended than anything else. What do you say to your overly critical computer?
Prompt #4 - Ex Money
It was a hard separation. Your spouse, girlfriend, boyfriend, etc. moved on with someone else and you've carried on with your own life too. It's been a year to the day since your two broke up, but that's in the past. When you check your bank account you notice something's different, about $100,000.00 different. You see that the deposit came from your ex's new partner. What is going on?
Prompt #5 - The Clothes Make the Man
It has been tough finding a job and you are ready for anything. Today you have an interview for a position on a river cruise attraction. Today you also woke up fully dressed in a pirate outfit. This is just like last week when you had that interview for the tour guide position at the planetarium and you awoke in a space suit. Or the week before when you were going to be a kid's karate instructor and couldn't pull off that ninja outfit. How are you ever going to land a job?
I hope you find a story to tell here. Message me back or comment with your thoughts.
Part of being a writer is facing the time when you don't know what to write. It is going to happen sometime and sometimes its the very first challenge you have to face. The key is to not let excuses keep you from writing. You have to sit down and do it and here are a few tips that might help the wheels start turning.
I spent mine with some good ol' fashion pumpkin carving with the kids followed by trick-or-treating Alaskan style i.e. put on your awesome costume so you can cover it up with boots, snow pants, and a coat. Happy Halloween!
The Arctic Innovation Competition is held yearly and the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus to exhibit innovative ideas for new products, problem solving, potentially anything. Run by the UAF School of Management, they offer over $25,000 in prize money for top ideas.
So what idea could I possibly bring to the table? After being born and raised in Alaska and speaking with visitors and complete outsiders I can't count the number of times I've been asked about my how I keep the pet polar bear from eating up the dog team while I'm relaxing in my igloo. While we all know that you have to keep the bears and the dogs on different sides of the home, why not have that home be an igloo, a variation at least.
My igloo would be built with a little chemistry and preformed molds so that a solution could be poured and instantly solidified for quick, easy, and cheap construction. Simple enough idea, but I liked it. Then, since it isn't actually ice, it could survive winter, spring, summer and fall and all you have to do is call for your own chemistry constructed igloo to be installed today.
So anyway, I was fortunate enough to be invited to the round of 20 finalists with this idea. There I was amongst all these amazing competitors with ideas of how to construct on unstable ground and how to recycle trash into concrete there I was with an igloo.
By the end of it I was not in the winner's circle, but it was a fun experience and now I can't tear the idea out of my head.
You may ask now, this is a writer's website right? No, it's my author's website and so it's about me. Nonetheless, I want there to be some kind of take away from this dear readers. I've come to this conclusion, the creativity of us writers does not only need to be limited to the page or to imagination. Our creativity can take us anywhere and into any field. I don't need to remind anyone of how science fiction has given birth to real life technology and such ideas are not limited to the past. So, readers and fellow writer's, go forth to create and innovate in every form wherever life may take you.