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The Friday Reminder and Prompt for #SoCS March 16/19

I’m taking up the #SoCS challenge again this week.
The theme is Sole/Soul. Here’s my take on the theme:

Wearing through my thin disguise, you tread with purpose on me, yet only surmise the depth of what you put me through when you stand in puddles of trouble.
No reason to reflect yet, no explicit message can refrain your destructive behaviour – until there is nothing left to protect you. Everything becomes eternal once that which protected your inner being is gone – the bottomless shoes of life.

Have some fun with the prompt . Here’s Linda’s original message to help you along.

Friday, Friday, it’s finally Friday, and time for your Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt! All is quiet here for the moment–will update later. In the meantime, here’s your prompt:

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “soul/sole.” Use one, use both, use ’em any way you like. Enjoy!

After you’ve written your Saturday post tomorrow, please link it here to this week’s prompt page and check to make sure it’s here in the comments so others can find it and see your awesome Stream of Consciousness post. Anyone can join in!

To make your post more visible, use our pretty SoCS badge! Just paste it in your Saturday post so people browsing the reader will immediately know your post is stream of consciousness and/or pin it as a widget to your site to show you’re a participant. Wear it with pride!!

SoCS badge by Pamela, at https://achronicalofhope.com/

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Monday Coffee

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Bona Fide

A child approached my desk at work today and asked a question:

“Did you compete in writing competitions

when you were our age, Mrs D?”

My curiosity as to why he would ask such a question was stalled by my need to flex my credentials, describing writing competitions I had won from a young age and my experience of writing poetry and stories throughout my youth. Watching his expression of surprise and then understanding, I went back to my original response and asked him, why?

He surprised me. He said, “Because we do a lot more writing competitions now, more than before. I thought that it was because of you!”

It took me a moment to think about this. I couldn’t deny the fact that I supported and campaigned for many writing opportunities within the school – it just didn’t occur to me that I was huge part of the influence – or, at least, the children thought so. Being a part of a wonderful literacy team that pushes for children to have these opportunities didn’t necessarily mean that I was the reason for change. Maybe it had always been there, but not so prevalent as we have it now with all the clubs and enrichment days.

One might say I’m over-thinking it, but this child’s answer touched a nerve. You see, I have been fighting a complex for many years. The stigma of who we are when our super-writing coats hang back in our caves while we go out into the real world to fill our coffers has confused me. Am I a writer pretending to be a librarian or am I a librarian pretending to be a writer? Can I call myself a writer if I have not produced a book in that last few years or can I call myself a true librarian working part-time?

All these questions float around and stew…and stew…and stew! The way I identify myself during introductions has changed too. When I first decided to become a fully-fledged writer, I shyly mumbled that I was a wannabe author. After my first book, my shoulders pressed back and I declared my author status to friends and acquaintances. Now that a few years have passed since my last novel, I’m back to being a Librarian – the title of author gathering dust at the back of my cave.

Drawing back to my earlier conversation with said pupil, it dawned on me that I am one in the same person. I am a writer, author, librarian, sad cow who hypothesizes over her silly titles when she has so little time as it is and mother! I’m influencing young minds to read and write and enjoy it.  I’m fulfilling all roles, titles, whatever-you-want-to-call-it and it’s okay. I don’t have to be one thing and not acknowledge the other. As long as I stay true to my profession: someone who shares in the experience of the written word, in whatever capacity, I am being true to who I really am. And that pleases me immensely. I am a bona fide writer/librarian!

It’s a trivial thing but something I wanted to share with you. Do you find certain roles/titles waylaid as you plough through life? What’s your take on this subject?

The Intangible healing of creativity

This is a powerful message for all of us and perfect for a Sunday morning’s reflection. Enjoy!

The Intangible healing of creativity

https://jcrhumming.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/the-intangible-healing-of-creativity/
— Read on jcrhumming.wordpress.com/2019/02/19/the-intangible-healing-of-creativity/

FlashFic FaceOff: Feb 2019 – re:written

Whoop! I won! Thank you to everyone who voted for my flash fiction.

Voting has now closed for this contest. The winner was Eloise de Sousa (Entry Two), with 57% of the vote. Congratulations, Eloise! Entry One (author SD) He served, she sat. It seemed wrong. For years she had served Him joyfully with her whole heart until the disease had stolen that from her. He had let…
— Read on rewritten.uk/flashfic/flashfic-faceoff-feb2019/

Editing Your Draft – Crutch Words

Editing Your Draft – Crutch Words

https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/editing-your-draft-crutch-words/
— Read on donmassenzio.wordpress.com/2019/02/26/editing-your-draft-crutch-words/

Skyward

I’m reposting this review because I enjoyed the minty-fresh approach to analysing stereotypical characters portrayed in YA books. Definitely worth a read.

Skyward

Skyward
— Read on lifeofchaz.com/2019/02/10/skyward/

Book Review: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Lance reviews on of my favourite authors, Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Book Review: The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

https://lancegreenfield.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/book-review-the-angels-game-by-carlos-ruiz-zafon/
— Read on lancegreenfield.wordpress.com/2019/02/24/book-review-the-angels-game-by-carlos-ruiz-zafon/

New Release: The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (2nd Edition)! ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®

New Release: The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (2nd Edition)! ~ WRITERS HELPING WRITERS®
— Read on writershelpingwriters.net/2019/02/new-release-the-emotion-thesaurus-second-edition/