Hey, EVERYBODY! It’s that time again! Time to join in the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge,” co-sponsored with Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes, right here on silverthreading.com and myself, Silver Threading!
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Welcome! This is an open invitation to join in on our blogging event called the “Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge!
Ronovan and I are really enjoying all the creativity that has been blossoming from this challenge. There have been fascinating science fiction stories, poetry, and even a song or two!
If you like the OLD Writers Quote Wednesday where you selected a quote and talked about the author of the quote you CAN still do that. The quotes are a pathway to find inspiration in your writing. You can write whatever you would like as long as you include your quote with your piece. You can write poetry, music, share songs, write flash fiction…
This is your chance to highlight your favorite author’s quotes that give inspiration to you as a writer. Do you feel like your writing is getting stale? Are you looking for inspiration to keep writing? Then you have come to the right spot!
Each week we will include a theme for anyone who needs additional inspiration. You don’t have to follow our theme if you don’t want to. It is optional.
You have from this Wednesday until the following Tuesday to participate!
In fact, Ronovan and I alternate each week with a themed prompt post written on Silver Threading. This will give you a different perspective weekly to keep your inspiration flowing.
Here is the link to last week’s post from Ronovan.
IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR BLOGS TO FOLLOW… I have included the entries from last week with the theme of “Passion” (Please click on their name to visit their blog to read their contribution)
GREAT JOB EVERYBODY!
This is my week, and Ronovan will be back next week to share his theme with you.
THIS WEEK’S THEME IS “INNOCENCE.” (…or any form of the word)
So what do you do?
HAVE FUN & BE BRILLIANT!
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Steve Toltz is an Austrailian novelist. Wikipedia shares:
“A Fraction of the Whole, his first novel, was released in 2008 to widespread critical acclaim. It is a comic novel which tells the history of a family of Australian outcasts. The narration of the novel alternates between Jasper Dean, a philosophical, idealistic boy, who grows up throughout the novel and his father, Martin Dean, a philosopher and shut-in described at the start of the novel as “the most hated man in all of Australia”. This is in contrast with Terry Dean, Jasper’s uncle, whom Jasper describes as “the most beloved man in all of Australia”. The novel spans the entirety of Martin’s life and several years after (a range never specified in the text, but starting after World War II and ending in the early 2000s), and is set in Australia, Paris, and Thailand.
The novel has repeatedly been compared favorably to John Kennedy Toole‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel A Confederacy of Dunces. A Fraction of the Whole was shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize and the 2008 Guardian First Book Award.
His second novel, Quicksand, was published in 2015, to widespread acclaim.”
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The above quote by Steve Toltz really touched a nerve in me. It was one of those nerves that I had tucked away deep, so it couldn’t rear its ugly head and pester me with petty doubts. I cage that nerve because it took away my innocence.
“The first time you glimpse the boundaries that will limit your potential is the real loss of innocence.”
Do you remember when you were a child and dreamed of becoming an astronaut or a ballet dancer? Those dreams of mine were passionate thoughts carried on candy floss fantasies that fueled my growing imagination. I wanted to write a book and be a secretary. I wanted to do big things back in those days!
I can still hear the advice from my step-mother, who was quite the independent working woman. While all my friend’s mothers stayed at home, she worked as a bookkeeper/administrative assistant to a wealthy stockbroker in downtown, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was an unusual woman.
When I was a teenager, she would tell me: “You’re not the smartest kid, Colleena. (She always called me Colleena). “Maybe you should find a job that you can do that doesn’t involve writing or numbers.”
That was the first time I realized that I had hit a boundary. My dreams were shattered, my innocence lost. I got B’s in school. I was the biggest nerd you ever saw and so desperately wanted to hang out with the cool kids. But that wasn’t me. Because of my step mother’s words, I thought I was dumb. I had no self-confidence and zero belief in myself.
However, I excelled in secretarial courses in high school. I typed 90+ words a minute on an IBM Selectric typewriter. (No kidding)! I even passed bookkeeping with a B. When I entered the Air Force after graduation I scored exceptionally high in administration. Yet, I chose to not believe in myself.
In my late 20’s, I went to a local community college on Edwards AFB. I started those classes with such trepidation and fear. I didn’t want my husband or my kids to watch me fail. I still did not believe in myself.
And, then it happened! It was a miracle! I still remember the elation I felt when those A’s started rolling in. I even made the Dean’s List a couple of semesters. Suddenly, it occurred to me that my step-mother had been wrong – terribly wrong. I had let the sting of her words hold me back. Those words took away my innocence.
As I look back now, I have an impressive work history. I was a bookkeeper/administrative assistant for eight years at the largest law firm in Montana. I did the books for a ranch and an oil company while at the same time I was a personal secretary to one of the wealthiest men in Montana. I worked doing taxes and payroll for an accounting firm. I worked in a hospital in the accounting department. I even got my license and passed the state boards in Arizona to sell home and auto insurance. Eventually, I went back to school and got my second Associates Degree. I got straight A’s!
Most importantly, I have accomplished the one thing I wanted to do when I was seven years old. I wrote that book! That means more to me than anything else I have accomplished.
I feel that I have regained that childlike wonder once again. I’ve opened my mind to the possibilities of “what if?” I will never allow anyone to take that innocence away again. I hope you won’t either. ❤
Thanks for stopping by. Don’t forget to share a quote about “innocence.” I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
SLIDING TOWARD THE WEEKEND!
Categories: Writers Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge
Colleen M. Chesebro is a writer of cross-genre fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Her debut novel, a YA fantasy series called, “The Heart Stone Chronicles - The Swamp Fairy,” was published January 2017.
The book reveals the story of Abby Forrester, a 14-year-old orphaned girl who is entrusted with saving a community of fairy nymphs from certain ecological destruction. Along the way, Abby learns about friendship, love, and what it means to actually belong to a family.
Colleen’s writing explores ecological situations in the multicultural world of today. She combines real-life historical events into her writing to create experiences that will continue in the hearts and heads of her readers.
A veteran of the United States Air Force, Colleen is also a retired bookkeeper. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration, and another Associates Degree in the Arts, which she uses to combine her love of writing with her passion for all things creative.
When she is not writing, Colleen enjoys spending time with her husband, dogs, children, and grandchildren. When time permits, she also loves gardening, cooking, and crocheting old fashioned doilies into works of artistry.
She lives in the United States with her husband and her two Pomeranians, Sugar, and Spice. You can learn more about Colleen and her writing on her website colleenchesebro.com.