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A PENCIL MAKER TOLD THE PENCIL 5 IMPORTANT LESSONS JUST BEFORE PUTTING IT IN THE BOX :

1.) EVERYTHING YOU DO WILL ALWAYS LEAVE A MARK.

2.) YOU CAN ALWAYS CORRECT THE MISTAKES YOU MAKE.

3.) WHAT IS IMPORTANT IS WHAT IS INSIDE OF YOU.

4.) IN LIFE, YOU WILL UNDERGO PAINFUL SHARPENINGS, WHICH WILL ONLY MAKE YOU BETTER.

5.) TO BE THE BEST PENCIL, YOU MUST ALLOW YOURSELF TO BE HELD AND GUIDED BY THE HAND THAT HOLDS YOU.

I did not write this but felt compelled to share it.
~Author Faerie

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I just happened to come across this in my stumbling and thought I’d share them with you. Be warned though: these secrets will change how you write. Do not read this if you do not want to change your writing habits. This is not for the weak.

Eight Secrets Which Writers Won’t Tell You

~Author Faerie

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Hey guess what?! I went to the emergency room on Monday! Before you ask, I’m not dying. No more or less than anyone else out there. Living is the number one cause for death in the world, you know. I’m just going to be watched a little more carefully on blood levels and stuff. I had a migraine for the first time in my life and we are looking for the main cause of it.

Anyway, now that I’ve had a bit of fun it’s time to get to the good stuff. A friend sent me a link the other day that included this advice. Since it struck something in me, I figured I’d share it with all of you.

writing quote

If you are going through this now, you aren’t alone. I just finished a book and a lot of it needs rewritten, tossed or seriously edited. I’m not awesome – yet. But if I ever want to be, I have to just keep writing and pushing through even when I look back at my work and just see jumbled words on a page.

If you are struggling, let me know! I’d love to talk to you and encourage you! We can help each other. I would be nowhere close to having a my completed manuscript and I may have just quit altogether if it weren’t for a small group of people around me to help me out through this time.

Please don’t give up just because you think your work is crap. Don’t give up because writing is hard. Give up only if you decide that you want to pursue something else entirely. And even then, don’t give up on that.

Fighting with you,
~Author Faerie

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I just recently joined a new online writing community to increase my writing circle. The great thing about this community is that while you can post your work and get reviews for it (like writing.com), you can also join writing courses that other writers put out there. I just wanted to share this one with you, though I’m not sure if you have to join the Cafe to view it. So far it is a great site so if you write at all, consider joining. Anyway, here’s the lesson:

How to Begin Writing

Enjoy!
~Author Faerie

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Well it’s definitely been a while. Hopefully I won’t ever be away from the site for that long ever again.

I will be shifting the focus of this blog slightly. Don’t worry though, some of you probably won’t really even notice a difference. The majority of what I post will still be about writing since that is my own main focus.Though I will also be adding general encouragement posts. These will be little quotes, sayings, thoughts from me or possibly even Bible verses. Pretty much if it encourages or inspires me, I will probably post it.

I hope you stick around and enjoy yourself here.
~Author Faerie

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I didn’t mean to be away from this blog for so long.

Baby Blues Comic

Chocolate IV

Maybe that gives you an idea of how I feel. Of course I don’t have any kids, and I’m not married, and I don’t have my own house…but you get the idea anyway. Hopefully.

I’ll get back on track with updates soon.
~Author Faerie

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From playing house to partner Halloween costumes and everything in between, Grandpa showed me how to be creative. He taught me the basics of asking the question “What if?” and exploring the options.

Grandpa and I were always buddies. We were teammates for card games, marbles and anything else that came up. We were partnered for our annual Christmas shopping as well as dressing up as coordinating costumes for trick-or-treating. He even played dolls with me when I brought them out.

As I child, I always looked forward to when I could spend time with Grandpa and show him my new toys. Now as I’m older, I look back on those days and see that Grandpa was encouraging the main thing that would inspire my career path.

Grandpa inspired my imagination.

I always had it in me. Teachers would tell my parents that I had a wonderful imagination but that it was often getting in my way. Dad would always tell people that I was the imaginative child.

But Grandpa encouraged it more than anyone.
As a writer, imagination is definitely a key asset to unlocking great stories and catching people’s attention. Especially for a fantasy writer.

Some people would see trouble as Grandpa and I got together. They were right, of course. Two very imaginative minds in the same room was something fierce.
Up until now, I had never really given it much thought about why my imagination is so vast. It’s very obvious though. All those games, stories, costumes and memories were building on my already vivid imagination and creativity.

Imagination is definitely needed for writing. What about in the “real world” though?

Now that I’m older I hear a lot of Grandpa’s talks about politics and economy. I used to try to avoid them but now I listen to more of them. With our government in sad shape and our economy in the same rough position, imagination allows me to ask “What if?” and see what our world could be like if things were different.

I can see the world if different people were in power. I can see people if they cared for others more. I can see a society that works together. I can see what God made us to be. Most importantly, I can see what God is trying to create for us when he returns.

So the bitter people who look down on people with imagination like Grandpa and I are really missing out and I feel bad for them.

Imagination is a gift. And I’m so glad Grandpa encouraged mine.

~by Me, Christmas Present to Grandpa, December 2010

Grandpa just passed away due to a very aggressive form of cancer in his esophagus and liver. He battled it as much as possible and we had four extra months with him before he passed away quietly in the early morning with close family surrounding him. Hospice helped to make his last few days as comfortable and as painless as possible.

My heart goes out to all of those who are battling cancer. It robs people of their joy of living. My heart also goes out to the families of those victims. I now completely understand what you are going through and how you feel.

I will be reading Imagination at Grandpa’s memorial service today. This post is to share Grandpa’s story and pass along what he taught me. Everyone could benefit from a little more imagination.

Don’t you think?

~In Memory of My Grandpa~
October 20, 1934 – March 11, 2011
~Let his imagination live on~

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