Bringing It to a Close

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How do I describe my feelings as I type these two words: The End?

I guess in order to understand my feelings, I  would have to go back to the beginning, the very beginning when the idea was just  a “I wonder”…

There was a sense of excitement, a sense of; I can’t wait to get to the typewriter and get working on the storyline. The fun of research as I looked up possibilities for what could be used as clues and locations, and stacks of pictures that could be used to visualize scenery, and start to develop my characters.

There was the excitement of writing the first sentence, then the first paragraph, than the first page and then the first chapter. The first few chapters run together smoothly and then you hit your first  road block. You have to pull back get over your frustration and figure out how to solve it. For me it often will led to a whole other thought process which might take my characters down a different path than the one I had originally planned. Sometimes these detours last for a couple of pages, or sometimes I found that it  became a permanent part of the plot.

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And then you hit that dreaded middle of the book. For me that’s the part of the book that I work the hardest at. The center has to be just right, because that is where  I have to include as many details as I can that can be used in conclusion and get the back story. Sometimes it feels like it’s so tedious: it runs on and on and on and on and on. But then you can feel it coming the conclusion is on the horizon.

Once you see that you’re getting close to conclusion, there’s a sense of urgency, a feeling of doggedness that you have to write. The words come swiftly and sometimes you can not get all your thoughts down  fast enough. You find there are all kinds of posted-notes on your desk and sticking to the corners of your computer as you think of ideas you want to incorporate into the ending.

And then there’s that last chapter, the climax, the part where everything comes to a head and you are glued to your keyboard -you can’t walk away . You type until your eyes blur and your fingers are sore, but you’ve got to get it done! Then you type that last sentence, the one that brings everything together and you’re almost there. There’s a sense of relief, a sense of letdown and a sense of closure: and that’s what you do -you close. You bring all your clues and little innuendos that were scattered throughout the book  altogether and tie it up with a pretty bow for your reader.

Finally you type those The End and you say goodbye to your story.

You pause for just a moment, take a deep breath, open your laptop to a new blank page and you start the process all over again!

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The Priceless Gift of Time!

The gift of time.

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Have you ever noticed how closely guarded every second of our day is? We pack each moment as tight as we can with activities and to do lists. We almost acted guilty if we find we suddenly have a few moments to ourselves.

Even worse than that, we fill our family’s lives in the same way. Our children go to playdates, sporting events, tutoring, art classes and all the other activities we can squeeze in for them. All in the hopes of making their lives better. Yet, in doing so we’ve taken away our child’s play time, the time to use their imaginations, time to develop true friendships, and the time to just be children.

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As for our husbands/wives we’re so full of activities that revolve around our own businesses activities and children’s lifestyles that we don’t take the proper time for each other. We’ve almost forgotten how to be romantic, how to take the time to be husband-and-wife. We even ask to have to penciling date nights so that we can spend time together away from my busy schedules.

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It’s a shame that our life become so wrapped up that we forgotten how to really enjoy life, how to take pleasure in just the simple acts. Moments like sitting on a porch swing and relaxing with each other holding hands, watching the children play in the yard trying to catch fireflies. These may be things of a bygone era, but they are things that I, personally, think should be brought back.

So the next time somebody ask you what kind of gift to get you, ask for something really special: the gift of time. Time to be by yourself, time to be with your family, without all their obligations. Time to personally grow. Maybe even a little to be with your Lord and bask in the glory of all he’s given us. Time for nature, because with our busy schedules we rush right by and don’t even spend the time to notice the wonderful flowers, smells, and the wild animals around us.

So, you’ve been given the gift of time – now what are you doing to do with it?

Yea! It’s Summer.

The dog days of summer are here!

Schools out. Graduations are over. Vacations are starting. And the long days return to heat, humidity, and fun. Whether you’re sitting by the pool sipping a sweet tea, stretched out on the sand at the beach or camping in the wilderness; there some activities that just screams summer.

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The summer can be a time of relaxation, or a time to catch up and get all those extra chores and Honey-Do lists done around the house. This is also a time to start anew; to get ready for the whole new beginning whether the new job, a new home, a new town. Summertime is also the time when some are house shopping, so they can be in their new home by the start of school. This is the time for families to have reunions and catch up with each other.

 

But for me summertime is a time to relax, a time to write, a time to read, the time to just enjoy God’s earth.

There are so many things to see if you just take the time to look. Down here where we live most of the Tourists going back up north and traffic is much lighter; now is the time we will see a lot more wildlife come out in the open. It’s mating season for gators, the otters are out playing in the ponds more, the birds are everywhere, turtles are laying their eggs.

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Yes, summer time in the south takes on a very relaxed, laid back feeling. So will you spend your time lounging by the pool, trying to surf the waves at the beach, camping and getting back to nature; or you going to go in some exotic vacations and see other parts of the country or around the world?

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Whatever you do; it’s your summer-have fun and enjoy it!

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