Quote of the Weekend

Stories can teach us great things!
Image from Pixabay. Edits by me. Quote from Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer.

I love this quote. Stories aren’t about being true. Fantasy is never true. But that doesn’t mean they don’t teach real and good concepts. Stories can build character. Stories can guide us. Stories can help us be brave.

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Quote of the Weekend

Read your children fairy tales!
Courtesy of Pinterest.

You just can’t argue with Albert Einstein. šŸ™‚

This is why it's important to read good books!

Why Brave?

 

This is why it's important to read good books!
Image from Pixabay. Edits by me.

 

This is one of my favorite lines.

Iā€™m sure weā€™ve all heard some variation of this line from different sources. I first heard it from my Mom. It is the reason I write Childrenā€™s Stories, MG Stories, and YA Stories. Itā€™s the reason books intended for a young audience are some of my favorites.

Life is hard. Life is often scary.

Children canā€™t be protected from everything. Itā€™s impossible to keep evil influences and harm from your children. You are only one human being. You canā€™t be there when nightmares come. You canā€™t be there when they make stupid decisions that put them in dark places. You canā€™t be there every waking moment.Ā  And, you shouldnā€™t be. Children donā€™t grow up by being protected.

But!!!!

Children can be armed.

Children can be trained. Children can be groomed for the fight that is this life.

Stories are a great way to prepare kids for the things they will face as they go out in the world.

 

Why Fairy Tales are important.
Image from Pixabay. Edits by me.

 

Iā€™m not really into Issue Driven fiction. I wasnā€™t as a kid, and I donā€™t write it. I read and write Fantasy. Why? How does that help Children be Brave?

Fantasy gives kids and young adults something fun to read that they can hold onto while also escaping the hardships or humdrum around them. As a pre-teen, I had no interest in reading about kids struggling with drugs. I did want to read every Hardy Boys I could get my hands on. I didnā€™t want to read about someoneā€™s sparkly boyfriend, but I did want to read about Sam and Frodoā€™s struggles through Mordor.

Then I grew up. I grew up and found out I wasnā€™t going to solve crimes, or be asked to go on some epic adventure. I was going to get married, co-own a business with my husband, struggle in my marriage, struggle with infertility, sell our business, learn to manage my home, have health issues, and then stand shoulder to shoulder with my husband as he took on a pastorate. None of that is as thrilling as journeying through Moria, or fighting the great and evil General Woundwort, or sailing with Fin Button.

But it is all hard.

What has encouraged me, outside of Scripture? What has the Lord used during dark days?

Stories.

 

Favorite Quotes
Image from Pixabay. Edits by me.

 

When things are dark and hard, I am reminded of all my heroes who carried on. Iā€™m reminded of all the warriors Iā€™ve read of, big and small, strong and weak. Iā€™m reminded of Sam, my favorite hero, only a gardener far from home. Iā€™m reminded of Bigwig who followed Hazel faithfully, even though he was stronger than Hazel. Iā€™m reminded of Jane Eyre, who did what was right when it hurt.Ā  I recall story after story after story that my Mom read to me, handed to me, recommend to me, where the heroes didnā€™t stop. They kept moving forward. They kept pushing. They endured to the end.

Darkness is a passing thing.
Image from Pixabay. Edits by me.

This is the gift I want to give to others. I want other children, pre-teens, and teens to be able to read Jonahā€™s story, and then look at their normal, ordinary struggles and carry on. I want my faerie stories to be encouraged them to keep fighting even when it hurts. I want them to have heroes who defeat the dragonsā€¦or in my case the clowns. šŸ˜‰

I want to write stories that help kids be brave before they have to be, because they will have to be some day, probably sooner rather than later.

Quote of the Weekend

Snow Whites true magic
Image from Pixabay. Edits from me.

I made this back when I was working on my Rooglewood Snow White Retelling story. I was a finalist in this contest and this was the theme of my story. I love fairy tales that reward kindness and make the choice for others over self.

74th Anniversary of D-Day

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Omaha Beach, June 1, 2018.

This D-Day is extra special to me.

Less than a week ago, on June 1st, I stood on Omaha beach. I stood in the sand where they bled, died, fought, screamed, and won. I stood on the beach looking out at the English Channel and imagined it filled with ships. I imagined the sounds of German gunfire, the pounding booms from the ship guns, the rifle fire of the men charging up on those beaches. I stood on Omaha beach and listened to the quiet whisper of a nearby tour guide explaining that the French people here don’t want our boys to be forgotten, that they watched them die to free them and they still try to honor that. I stood there with American flags flapping in a cool breeze next to a monument surrounded by flowers set lovingly around it. I stood where they stood, and cried.

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Me on Omaha Beach.

Quote of the Weekend

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Start reading fairy tales again!
Courtesy of Pinterest.

I just love this quote. There is a middle point in life where you think you’re above the simple pleasure of snuggling up with a fairy tale. Then, you grow up, and start reading them again.

Quote of the Weekend

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Courtesy of Pinterest.

I had to include this quote because it is basically my story. If you read my article earlier in the month, you will see how true this is. Are you into Steampunk? Is this true of your journey as well? Or did you just skip the goth stage and jump right into adventure?