by blue sky
Giving it a go, charging forth, adventuring
This attitude has supported me throughout my life. In any number of new ventures, it has been my lodestar. In my writing endeavors across the years, it has been especially helpful.
Let me share an example with you. A number of years ago, a friend and I traveled to a popular mountain resort town in North Carolina. We stayed in a modest motel within walking distance of the town center. My parents had even stayed there with me when I was a child. The owner was an older man, by the time my friend and I arrived.
He drove an old finned flivver type of car, cruising around the couple of streets of the town each and every day. I'd see him making his daily outing as I poked around the town square shops, restaurants, and public park. Early each morning, he could be heard gunning the motor of this old car. His home was on the premises of the motel, set back a bit.
This gentleman was such a character; I went home and wrote a short story about him, tucked it away for about nine years, and eventually saw an opportunity to submit it to our local newspaper back home. The editor felt it fit the scope of her page about seniors, printing my story as a Special Feature, in Tampa, Florida. Someone vacationing from this gentleman's home town in North Carolina, saw the story, told her own local newspaper editor about it, and my story was reprinted there. It turns out my elderly motel owner had recently died. He'd been a real mover and shaker in the small town. The editor told me they called him the Colonel.*
Did I mention my favorite motto? Nothing ventured, nothing gained. Happy writing. Go for it!
Cordially, blue sky
*If you would like to know more about the Colonel, see my story, The Colonel.
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