What I Wrote Today – 5

What I Wrote Today – An excerpt from my work in progress, Beanstalk & Basket. Jack is stuck on the last page of his story and would be completely bored – if he hadn’t just met the girl from the story next door.

Coming to you fresh and unedited – subject to change before future publication. Enjoy!

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Jack’s mother was where he left her when he returned to the mansion that night — sitting at the long, shiny wooden table in the dining room, counting gold coins, stroking the magic goose, Gertrude, who sat peacefully in her lap. She was chatting with the enchanted harp, Penelope, who was sitting on the table strumming herself and clearly not listening. Penelope looked like a normal harp, only with a woman carved into the bow, and her enchanted arms stretched out and her nimble fingers strummed herself expertly. Jack had gotten rather tired of harp music, but he couldn’t exactly complain about Penelope. He’d rescued her from a giant and she was eternally undignified in her gratitude towards him.

“There’s my hero!” Penelope called, waving merrily to Jack.

“Hello, Penelope,” Jack said, waving back and hurrying past the dining room to the stairs that would lead up to his room in the tower at the back of the mansion.

“Jack!” his mother called sharply.

He stopped short and poked his head into the dining room. “Yes, Mum?”
She looked up from her stack of coins and looked at him over the top of her small golden glasses, which she’d bought after he landed them in the lap of luxury with Gertrude and Penelope. “Where have you been?” she demanded. “The servants told me you never came round for supper,”

“Uh…just out chopping trees,” Jack replied.
“Ugh,” his mother grumbled. “I wish you wouldn’t do that. You don’t need to work. If anything you should go out and play, not work,”

Jack shrugged. “I enjoy working,”

She scoffed. “Imagine that. A boy who has reached his happily-ever-after, with a fine home and all the comforts of life, feeling any sort of need to go out and work!”

Jack sighed. He and his mother simply did not understand each other. For her, work meant survival. For him, it was…necessary. Fun at times, yes, but it was more that he felt like he’d go crazy if he wasn’t doing something.

“I’m tired, Mum,” he said. “I think I’ll go straight to bed,”
“That’s what work does to you, Jack, it wears you out. Isn’t that right, Gertrude?”

Gertrude looked up, honked as though in agreement, and closed her eyes again.

“Goodnight, Mum,” Jack said.

“Goodnight, Jack,” she called back. “Rest up. Maybe tomorrow you’ll have a little fun,”

Jack thought about that as he climbed the spiral staircase to his room — the only room the servants weren’t allowed to clean. Whatever happened tomorrow, he was pretty sure it was going to be interesting. He was going back to the gap. Maybe he’d see Red.

 

Thanks for reading, God bless!

Clare

 

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Blogmas 2017 – Day 31/31 – 2018 Goals Pt. 2

Happy Feast of the Holy Family!

Today is the last day of Blogmas 2017. It’s been a wild ride of a December for me, but on December 1st I set out  to write a blog post everyday in Decemeber. Did I accomplish that? No. No, I did not. But I did write 24 blog posts (including this one). I’ll try again next year, but overall, I’m happy with what I accomplished for Blogmas 2017.

Without further ado, here is a revised list of goals for 2018. I’m sure this will continue to change and grow as we get into the new year, but right now, on December 31st, 2017, these are my hopes and aspirations.

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  • Learn hand-lettering
  • Go on 3 dates (?)
  • MOVE OUT.  Check!
  • Publish 3 books
  • Actually try to learn Spanish
  • Travel 2 new places, anywhere.
  • NaNoWriMo 2018
  • Cut down/get all my stuff in neat and tidy order.
  • Create a nice summer wardrobe
  • Exercise somehow
  • Save $3000!
  • Pay off loan woot woot!
  • Road trip with friends?
  • BLOG CONSISTENTLY – Currently my plan is to post 2-3 times a week, but if I can get into a rythym I’ll aim for more posts a week.
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  • Write 1,000 words a day.
  • Continue learning how to cook.
  • Learn how to eat with chopsticks! Just for fun.
  • Write and shoot a short film. This has been an aspration of mine for a long time and I’d finally like to go for it.
  • Write two short plays. I love writing plays and it’s been over a year since I’ve written one. Time to change that. Plus, I was asked last night if I’d write a play for the homeschool group my younger siblings are with, so that’s some good motivation.
  • Continue going to counseling and work on building my confidence and self-esteem.
  • Discern the next steps for my life, particularly come August 2018. My roommate will very likely be moving at that time so I will have to decide if I want to stay here or move again, myself.
  • Go back through my old journals, particularly from 2013-2015. This is a very personal one, but I went through the hardest times of my life over those two years. I know it’s time to go back and see where I was so I can truly appreciate where God has brought me.
  • Read, every day. There are so many books I want to read so I need to commit and just dive in. I’m thinking at least one chapter or ten pages a day, I’ll see what I’m best able to stick to.
  • Say yes to more new things. I often just pass up oppurtunities to learn new games, listen to new music, see new movies, go new places, meet new people. I will make honest efforts in the new year to be humble enough to give new things a try.
  • Pray. Every single day. No expections. I know by now that this is the most important thing in my life. I need God, and prayer is my relationship with Him. Even if all my other goals go out the window, this must be a constant in my life.

Alright, Happy New Year everyone! God bless you and have an amazing 2018!

Clare

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Blogmas 2017 – Day 1/31 – Gratitude

Obviously, throughout the month of November, I all but forgot this blog even existed. I’m not proud of that. True, I was doing NaNoWriMo which kept me preoccupied and had a lot of family events over Thanksgiving.

No excuses. I want to commit to keeping this blog alive and well. I woke up this morning with the idea to try doing Blogmas and I figured no better way to kickstart a good new habit than to have a monthlong sprint of blog posting.

A few things I’ll be posting about this month:

  • Lookback at NaNoWriMo
  • Update on Being Daniel (no, I haven’t forgotten about it!)
  • Reviews of some albums/movies/books.
  • Poetry
  • Sneak peaks at things I’ll be writing in the future.

Today I wanted to start this Blogmas off right with a brief list of things I’m grateful for right now.

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  1. 2017! I’m very grateful for how this whole year has played out. It has been a year of incredible growth and progress for me and I think that’s worth saying a little ‘thank you’ for. 2014-2016 particularly were hard years of growth through a lot of pain, so it feels good to finally win just a little.
  2. Good You Were Here. Publishing that book in May was something I never expected to do. A year ago the idea wasn’t even in my head. It has been such a blessing to me and opened doors I never dreamed I’d be walking through.
  3. My friends. I have recently grown closer to a few people and met some new people and that has been such an answer to prayer.
  4. My family, some of whom I am lucky enough to call friends, too.
  5. My counselor. Going to counseling has honestly been the biggest factor in how much growing I did this year. Having someone who is in my corner, helping me take steps forward in my life is something I never knew I needed.
  6. My laptop and phone. In a world where everyone scorns technology and says it’s ruining us millennials, I, for one, am certain my life has improved with these tools. With my laptop I’ve connected to people I couldn’t have otherwise. I have created so much — everything from fun photo edits just for me all the way to a full published book. With my phone I’ve become more self-aware and organized. I’ve been able travel and say yes to more because I have a portable, reliable GPS that can guide me exactly where I need to go.
  7. Almond milk chai lattes.

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Even though November is over and Thanksgiving has come and gone, I encourage all of you to take stock of things you have to be grateful for, too.

So there you have it. Day 1 of Blogmas: check!

If you have any suggestions for posts, please share! I have a list of ideas but I’d love to hear what you might like to read! I look forward to this learning experience and hope you enjoy coming along for the ride.

Merry Blogmas!

Clare