May the Road Rise Up to Meet You

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 HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

May you always have,

A sunbeam to warm you

Good Luck to charm you,

imagesimagesAnd a sheltering angel

So, nothing can harm you.

Laughter to cheer you, 

Faithful friends near you

And, whenever you pray,

Heaven to hear you.

May the Road Rise Up to Meet You, may the wind be always at your back, may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rain fall soft upon your fields, And until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His hand.”  An Irish Blessing. Click to Tweet

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A Record of Fond Memories

Daily Post Prompt: Write a new post in response to today’s one-word prompt – Record.

What an interesting word.  It’s a word we’ve heard a lot of lately and refers to a number of different things- a list of accomplishments, an account of specific occurrences, sports, safety, dental, medical, court, or criminal records.

However, when I saw this word, I thought of only one thing – a record. That thin, black, plastic disc which carried within its fine lines, the songs of my youth.

I can still remember going to the five and dime store, buying the latest hit single, racing home, and nearly wearing the thing out on mom’s prized stereo.

We were all in love with Elvis! CD‘s are convenient and more durable. But, there’s nothing like slipping a brand new vinyl record from its paper cover, placing it on the turntable, and dancing the afternoon with my sisters. Fond memories of a simpler time.

What about you? Remember vinyl records? Who was your favorite singer?

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Stories to Share

images-4I am awed by the talent of so many writers. Perhaps one of the reasons I find my own writing suffering is the time I take reading the works of others. Of course, as the saying goes, the more you read, the better writer you become.

Some stories stick with you for days. First up, is one of those stories.

The Priorities of Kathleen Curtis written by Margaret Keating, a runner-up in WOW’s 2016 Spring Flash Fiction Contest.

This next story brought tears to my eyes and the author, special to me. Alan shared his posts as one of the Cow Pasture Contributors during my absence. So, I’m especially honored to share his winning story with you.

Mixed Colors by K. Alan LeitchWinner of WOW’s 2016 Spring Flash Fiction Contest. Alan also took 3rd place in  WOW’s Fall 2016 Contest with the story, The Malicious Mist of Misery Sound.

This last story is a chapter right out of our everyday life; it made me smile. In Every Day Fiction – HE SAID, SHE SAID • BY APRIL COAN.

I hope you enjoyed these stories as much as I did. If so, let the authors know – leave a comment and share.

images-7I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, Contently, and Instagram. You can follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.

Words Worth Repeating

words-worth-repeatingDon’t you love words of inspiration? Whether profound words from the world’s greatest philosophers, spiritual leaders, friends, or family – words move us.

Some days I open my mail and find the perfect message waiting for me. So, from me to you, enjoy these words from C.S. LewisIrwin Shaw, and, Greenleaf Whittier – they’re worth repeating.

“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.” ― C.S. Lewis

“There are too many books I haven’t read, too many places I haven’t seen, too many memories I haven’t kept long enough.” – Irwin Shaw

“Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been.” –John Greenleaf Whittier

“You can make anything by writing.” ― C.S. Lewis  Click to Tweet

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What “Nashville” Can Teach Us about Writing

p13566322_b_v8_aaSomeone told me once I began writing, I’d never be able to sit through a movie or television drama without dissecting the plot. They were right.

A few days ago, I watched the latest episode (9) of one of my favorite shows – Nashville. The plot blew me away and left me in a puddle of tears.

For those Nashville fans who haven’t watched it yet and are reading this – heads-up – spoilers ahead.

This episode was the most seamless example of good script writing, I’ve seen in a while. I could easily pick out, the goal, conflicts, raising tensions, foreshadowing events, and subplots. My own anxiety increased as the scenes unfolded and the subtle bits of foreshadowing lead me slowly toward the inevitable and unexpected ending (diaster).

The episode was one of the most believable and emotional scenes I’ve ever watched on a screen. It was heartbreaking and powerful.

What Can Nashville Teach Us?

To write scenes that pull our audience (readers) in through genuine emotions, realistic problems (conflicts), seamless subplots, and disasters/dilemmas that leave them breathless from chapter to chapter.

A Sneak Peek Inside Episode 9:

Watch with tissue box by your side.

 

What did you think? I’d love to hear your comments. Talk to me. Tell me your story and look for me on Facebook at SheilaMGood,  PinterestBloglovinTwitter@sheilamgood, Contently, and Instagram. You can follow my reviews on Amazon and Goodreads.