Things to Remember

Last year was a hard one. The new year brings with it a list of things to remember. It’s now time to write 2018 first among them. But more seriously, we all need to remember that everything passes and eventually things will take a turn for the better. If we work for it, that is. The advice to be the change is still needed in this new year. Let’s make it a good one, please.

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Author: Virginia DeBolt

Writer and teacher who writes blogs about web education, writing practice, and pop culture.

5 thoughts on “Things to Remember”

  1. The past two years have been a struggle and as a result, my creativity has somewhat waned. Determination and doing certain things I enjoy have provided me with the solace and impetus to forge ahead. For me, if there’s one positive thing to remember of 2017 is that I had a 750-word article titled “Seeing Havana Through My Cousin’s Eyes” published in the In My Words section of the 2017 Winter Issue of a print and online regional magazine called Autumn Years. I guess it wasn’t a total loss after all…

  2. The things to remember in 2018 for me will be how quickly the political climate changed and drove me crazy with some of the shocking moves the new administration made. That continues to be one of the worst situations I’ve ever seen in my entire life. At the same time, I am feeling very, very sad about losing two of my dearest lifelong friends last year. In 2018 I will focus on remembering what special people they were and how much they added to my life. I will always be grateful to have had them in my life for such a long time. Losing them both within three months of each other was incredibly painful. I’ll focus on all the good times we had and how we always supported one another. Special memories forever. And congrats to you Claire on your article being published despite a few years of struggling. Looking forward to more of your contributions here in 2018.

  3. There are lots of things to remember . In fact , memory is like a junkyard , or an attic , where the good sits with the unpleasant , and the one thing we thought was lost / discarded , still languishes in some dubious corner , beating a tattoo of a terrible drumbeat , impossible to ignore, just as in the Jumanji movie , which I saw with my kids yesterday.

    We , as a family , lost two fiesty women to old age related illness. Though the demise came as an immediate relief , it was a loss of two very important human beings , a wound that would heal , slowly . Time also showed its relentless march in form of kids growing bigger , acquiring newer skills and adults growing older , and contacting strange diseases. Afflictions of parents bequeathed in genes , gift wrapped by time , and revealed suddenly , without adequate warning.

  4. I will remember the cold of 2017 on several planes. And actually, having returned from a cold snap in Tennessee, the onset of a new year still feels cold.

    Without the presence of some beloved family members and some dear friends, life can feel like the blast of a cold wooden floor under your not-yet-awake morning feet.

    The joy of working on an adorable Vintage investment home turns cold when your clay sewer system and basement leaks, forcing the relinquishment of big funds for repairs.

    And being rejected by a promising publisher can chill your bones, as well. When I was told in a two liner email that my historical novel did not line up with their company’s plans for the coming year, it seemed as though they’d taken a needle to my lungs and deflated them.. I did not even tell my husband about it for months.

    But one must not sit on their hands.

    To wit, it so happened that two sweet ladies at church asked me to read my story to them, as often as we could meet. We are more than halfway through. All the while, I see flaws and oversights, character development needs and basic errors that couldn’t otherwise be detected, without an out loud read with an audience. They have fun speaking up, suggesting tweaks and turns, which I as the author weigh in the balance. Without realizing it, I am learning how to be a presenting author, learning how to defend my story with confidence.

    Perhaps the cold will turn to warmth this next year. Revision is never foolish.

    I must go on. In fact, I take hope in the words of Kathleen Kelly, the protagonist from the movie You’ve Got mail. She answers her second co-star Greg Kinnear (one of my favorite actors , as they break up, that no, she does not have a boyfriend, but there remains the hope and promise of one. Stars are in her eyes.

    Unpublished writers, be pro-active and keep the stars in your eyes.

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