I never thought this would happen. I never thought that this country would revert so far back that bigotry, racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. would return to the forefront of American politics. I never thought that the Klu Klux Klan would ever be relevant to mainstream media again. I never thought that I would fear for the well-being of myself, my friends, my community, and my country.
Last weekend, four students, two teachers, and I went to the Nimrod Journal's writing conference in Tulsa Oklahoma. It was the first time that I had ever been to a writing conference let alone any conference, so I wasn't really sure what to expect when I got there. At the conference, they had many different classes that you could take but the one that I took was Publishing 101.
Let me be honest; I might be a fantastic student now, but I wasn’t a very good student back in high school. Or middle school. Let’s face it, even elementary school wasn’t that great in terms of my academic success (or social success).
I didn’t get good grades and I didn’t join clubs (or I did but then never went to any of the meetings). As a kid, I would do practically anything to not go to school and I didn’t have a lot of friends.
I define talent as something that someone loves and is good at. Capabilities people can feel resonating in their fingertips and toes; vibrating beneath the bones. It doesn’t have to necessarily be normal or even popular. Two of the greatest things to be passionate about are things that no one thinks about,and stuff that everything thinks about. Although thinking about ideas that are uncommon could be a lonely life, it could also be one full of original thought.
Who doesn’t love a little spiritual twist to a story? A little Norse paganism here, a little Christian lore there, maybe throw in a hint of some Celtic druid history. I for one love seeing hints of religion and mythology in the books I read and the stories I write. But here’s the thing; you have to do it right. If you don’t want to do it right or don’t have the dedication to do it right, don’t do it at all.
Sometimes a question mark or an exclamation point is just not enough. There are far too many times where I’ve found myself writing and come across a sentence that needs an extra punch of emotion that I just can't get from words alone.
“She’s pregnant!” or “She’s pregnant?”
As I was sitting at a dining room table in an unfamiliar house in an unfamiliar city with an unfamiliar family that was my boyfriend’s, I realized something. Cultures connect the world. This is inspirational because there are other worlds out there that we don’t even realize are hidden within our own until we become part of them.