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Hello!

This blog has been a ghost town for about four months now. I’m not sure if it was my longest hiatus but it was definitely another long one.

I could bore you with excuses that hold no weight anyway or tell you what I’ve been up to (I won NaNoWriMo this year by the way) but really, I don’t want to.

Let me be honest here. This blog here, good old Writing Wings, started out as a fun experiment for me. And I learned a lot and had fun. But I changed my intention of this blog way too much. And now that I’ve been away for so long, it’s just a quiet but persistent nagging in the back of my mind.

I don’t want to write here anymore though. I have a balance of old friends and new friends, family and perfect strangers, atheists and Christians. It’s a bit tiring to balance my audience here. I do want to keep blogging though. But I want to do it for me.

I’ll be writing elsewhere. Sometimes stories, sometimes political rants, sometimes perfect chaos of nonsense. But I’m not going to tell you what the blog is. If you discover it, you can read it. Most likely because you will find it by tags that will show that you are looking for my type of writing. I want my new audience to like me for what I write, not who I am.

I will be closing out all of the pages of this blog except the blog itself. They will remain online and public for as long as I don’t feel shameful for them. If you would like, go back and read old stuff. Or just walk away from here like I will after posting this.

For all of you still here, I’d like to thank you most of all. My audience. No matter who you are, what you believe, whether I know you or not. If you have stuck around until this very end, thank you. You have made me feel like I wasn’t just clicking keys for nothing. You all are great.

Thanks for the great ride.
~Author Faerie :)

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Due to my last few posts, I have received many comments, some phone calls, and a few emails regarding different aspects that I have touched on and many that I haven’t. I would like to take this post to directly address a number of things.

First and foremost, I would like to apologize to non-judging religious people who I have represented incorrectly or underrepresented completely. You come from all religions. Whether your spiritual book of rules tells you that a certain lifestyle choice is wrong or not, you also understand that it is not your place to judge those who are outside of your religion. You have come in many forms but the active readers that I have noticed most are of the Christian variety. I know many of you personally, and I love you all greatly. And if I don’t know you, I still love you for what you are standing for in this. Thank you all!

Secondly, it has been shown to me that I am not being entirely fair to any group by finding the worst of some groups and setting them against some of the best (in my opinion) of another. That is very wrong of me to do. I am sorry for that and look to change this in how I approach my issues from now on.

Thirdly but really just a secondly afterthought or 2.5 or so, even though I have posted harsh or biased views in the past, I will leave up those blogs. I don’t intend to erase a mistake but wish to leave them up and admit I was wrong. From now on though, I will show Christians in support of gay rights, atheists making a good name for us by supporting this or that, and try my hardest to do as much research as I can about something before I post it. (OR at least note where I am lacking.)

Next, I’d like to thank everyone who has sent me thoughts in one way or another due to recent posts. You have all given me so much to think about. Those of you who have shared your views though they differ greatly from mine, I thank you most. I know it isn’t always easy doing so but it’s important. I have been wrong in the way I have presented some things and extremely biased in others. Thank you for helping me see this.

Finally, I wished that this blog could be a place for respectful debates and peaceful discussions of varying views and it really has been. To all of my readers, even the silent ones, thank you. In just yesterday, I hit 100 views. That amazed me. I can only imagine what some of you are not saying about how my posts make you feel and I just wanted to say that if you are giving me any time of the day, thank you. Whether I have your attention for a minute or for hours after every post, thank you for letting me talk to you. Thank you for taking the time to hear my thoughts.

And even more lastly, many of you have asked about the pastor in the video that talked of caging homosexuals so that they could die off without reproducing. Before I give you his name or the church he belongs to, I’d like to plead with you. Whether you are Christian or atheist, belong to his denomination or not, I beg of you to be respectful. If you write a letter or even give him a call or pay him a visit, do not lower yourself to his level. Instead, conduct yourselves with dignity and show him we do not approve of what he says. If you cannot because your emotions will carry you too far, please refrain until you can speak softer. You will be waiting with me. And we will have to work on that very much. Now for his name: according to this article here and by typing the name into google to verify, he is Charles L. Worley of Providence Road Baptist Church in Maiden, N.C.

Again, thank you all so much for every bit of feedback you have given, every word of mine that you have read and every thought of mine that you have entertained. I look forward to many more posts with you.

Thoughtfully and humbly yours,
~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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Many apologies to those who follow my blog regularly.

We had a family emergency and I ran into quite a few rough spots. I had internet access the entire time but just couldn’t bring myself to write something on here. The thing with finding writing time is that you can push aside anything you do and make room for writing. But sometimes you just have to push away writing instead. You just have to figure out your priorities and hold to them.

Family is definitely a priority for me. It’s way high on that list. The only thing higher is following God’s will for my life. But then again He often tells me to stay with my family so they often become one in the same.

Anyway, I just wanted to pop in and mention that I am indeed still out here. I’m still writing. I have a finished book to edit as well as another story idea to develop. Actually a few story ideas. I have the second and third books in the Gem Circle Trilogy (yes that’s the series that book I just finished is part of) as well as a completely new story idea with some new characters that I have just met myself. It’s going to be fun in my little corner of the writing world.

Well, that’s about it for now. I’ll try to keep posting at least weekly. Just remember this one last idea: I like feedback and I get very encouraged by it. :)
~Author Faerie

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I just wanted to take some time to thank some people who have helped me in my writing. I figured now would be a good time to be show my appreciation for everyone. I hope no one minds. :)

First, of course, I have to thank God. He and I have hit many rough spots. I’ve argued with him, strayed away, shouted at him and complained to him. But he always smiles down at me and pulls me back to him. He’s also the one who gave me my writing talent and passion. He’s given me everything, taken other things away, and has always been there even when I didn’t want him to be. So for all that and many, many, many other reasons, thank you God.

Secondly, I’d have to thank my family. They put up with my craziness the most since I still live with them and see them often. And while I can be a pain in the neck or completely insane, they still encourage me in whatever I do – which means that they encourage my crazy writing habits.

Third, I have to thank a few geeky website people who I spend a lot time with. You guys are awesome! Not only do you pester me to write and keep up with things, you also encourage me to try new things – like creating a website for writing!

Here, I will thank all my writing friends along the road. From Ceadarville Writing Camp 2009 to writing group every Monday, you guys have helped my writing skills improve so much and our craziness together makes me know that I’m not the only insane writer out there.

And of course where would a writer be without readers? So to all of you that read or will read my story/stories or even this blog, thank you! You always make me happy to share with your crazy excitement!

And last but not least (even though many think so), here’s to anyone who has ever doubted me or ridiculed me. From those that tease me for writing to those that didn’t support my year off after high school, I’m still writing and doing well. You all have boosted me to be my best just to prove you wrong. But even so, you have helped me very much so thank you. And this isn’t sarcastic or with an eye roll.

:)
~Author Faerie

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