A Short Thanksgiving Wish

I wish you all who celebrate Thanksgiving and Chanukkah create new traditions, create new memories for the next generation and hand down the old traditions to them too. 

God bless you all!!!

Thankfulness Is An Everyday Event

Image Thanksgiving brings out the “what are you thankful for?” thoughts. People on Facebook post what they are thankful for each day during the month of November. That’s 30 things people are thankful for. I can’t help but think, why are they doing that? I am thankful that I am not doing that. It’s hard enough to keep up with the blogs let alone feel obligated to shout to the world what I am thankful for , for 30 days straight. Shouldn’t we be showing our thankfulness every day and at the moment it happens?  I am also thankful that I don’t shout it out to the world every second I am thankful for someone or something because I would lose the few followers I have been blessed with.

It is good to share with each other what we are thankful for but to do it too far after the fact sometimes is meaningless unless it is a memory like the picture above, when my brother spent a Thanksgiving with me.     I try to say thank you and show appreciation  when people do anything for me. When the counselors make lunch and ask me if I want something, when my family and friends clip and send Box Tops for Education for my youth, BTFE_Logowhen someone holds a door open for me, when my nephews and nieces send us pictures showing they are thinking of me, when I get a random text from a niece just to say hi or I love you. It’s in those moments I tell the person they are wonderful and thank you for just thinking about me.

our family 2012 I pray I have shown how thankful I am to all my family and friends. Sparkys family         If I  have not I pray God will tell me who I have offended and how I can show them that I am thankful.      Sometimes just saying thank you isn’t enough and it becomes meaningless if one does not show an action making the thankfulness a little more tangible. A card just when someone needs it, a phone call, a hug, a compliment, washing dishes,  just taking 5 min out of your busy day to autograph a picture or write a note to a fan or to a celebrity who touches lives, or just send a private message on Facebook to tell someone that you are thankful  for them.  Just put it on your daily “to do list” : After # 2 “cook dinner” and before #8  “must get to next level on candy crush” .

I also am thankful for all of you who read these.  ( yes even the NSA and FBI)  I thank God for blessing me with such a diverse audience for my blogs. I have Christians and non Christians, Computer worshipers and artists, published authors and young writers, educators and students, Aussies, Asians, Europeans, and Americans. 30 followers and growing is more than I ever thought would want to read about my babblings.  It’s the fans that help build my purpose on this earth. I pray I have a positive influence on all who read them. Maybe someone will not do a violent act because of one thing I wrote.

So Thank you all for reading and learning from my life.  When I reach 10,000 followers or hits I will start a fan page on Facebook.  Remember that if anyone has any questions or comments feel free to contact me one way shape or another.

 

Turkey Stories!

All you who have, or wish they had, turkeys, I am throwing out a challenge to you. Write a 5-8 page story, fictional or non-fictional, about a turkey or turkey family. Fictional is more fun though! Do this in a weekend and you have done your writing for November!!! Good luck! mine from last year is on my blog www.writingmap.wordpress.com

 

 

Personification Short Stories

It’s that time of year.

God said, "write it", so I did.

I told you before that we had a lot of animals here on our 1/2 an acre of land.Image

Well, each type of animal that we have cared for was neat. I could watch them and stories would just bubble up in my head. Around Thanksgiving time, I teach personification in fiction to my students then have them create a story using turkeys as their characters. I show them examples that I have written and each year i create a different story. So, without further ado here is the last one I did. 

The Compromise

 

Abby sat on the porch, safe from the craziness that Buster was causing, yet again. She just shook her feline head, as she watched the 2 year old dog chase Tom and Tabitha Turkey around the yard and up into the trees.

“Abby?” said a small voice from on top of  the table. 

“Yes…

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Holiday Writing

The Holidays of Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming. I usually do a Turkey story for my students and have more time to write after the Christmas time. 

So, stay tuned for more thoughts from me here and a story or two on the other blog. I appreciate all of my followers and readers. Thank you for all you do to help others do what they do.

–Melissa 

Writing Is Love

 I know I have not been writing for a few months and I can only attribute it to lack of time and inspiration. I have been so busy with some other things that it drove all the creativity to a “back room”. However, I am here now and I want to talk about why I write. 

One thing I enjoyed as a child was listening to the stories about the family my grandmother would tell. Stories about how she would go to the family lake house and swim with a garter snake almost every day. Stories that taught lessons like when she put a bonnet on her kitten and tied it too tight. Stories that taught manners like how she learned not to put her elbows on the table …after her father banged her elbow on the table once to drive the lesson home. I inherited these stories and life lessons and they last longer than money. This is why I write. To give children and young adults the inheritance that God wants me to give. I believe I have no children of my own because God wants me to reach more than just  few I would have had. He wants me to tell my stories to the youth I teach and then to write stories that will touch more than the few I have taught. 

So, I have all these stories, some only 5 pages and others are 160 pages. All are fiction and some are just seasoned with real life events. I was told that the goal is to get it all out of my head and on paper. I did and am still trying to find time to continue to write. With blogging I can reach even more children and adults. I pray that my words never offend or hurt but that they give the reader a reason to believe in writing and in their faith. I pray that my faith shows they way God intends it to and that my writing has purpose and may create a new hope of purpose for others.  I pray that a literary agent will see all of this and call me. I pray a publisher will have the wisdom to want books that are helpful yet entertaining for our future children. 

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It all comes from the love I have for children, family, and God. So, my writing is  my way of showing love to my “neighbors”. If it is true about how outer beauty reflects the inner beauty of a person, then is it not also true that an enjoyable story/book can show the authors’ hearts?

Writing is love.