O is for Opportunity

The April Blogging from A to Z Challenge continues!

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O is for Opportunity

Opportunity is supposed to knock but once, except in my case, where I chase it down the street, grab on to its coattails and cling to its leg while being dragged along.  I’m not really the kind to wait around for opportunity to find me.  I moved too much as a kid.  If Reader’s Digest couldn’t find us after six months, how was opportunity going to catch up?

I believe we create our own opportunities in life.  Need a job?  Make one.  Want to sell something?  Make an offer.  These passive newspaper ads and craigslist begging hats have become invisible to society, so it is up to us to make our dreams happen.

Me?  I’m on a personal mission at the moment.  I’ve been knocking on a lot of doors and trying to get a “yes”, and you know what I discovered? 

I AM OPPORTUNITY. 

I am a chance for you to build something great, to learn something new, to grow in directions that aren’t on any map.  I thought our roles were reversed, and I was sitting around waiting for something to happen.  But that’s not the case.  I am the one who’s coming for you.  I’m knocking on your door, so you might want to answer it.

Leave a comment for me, if you please.  Writing is a lonely business.

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Friday Flash – “Shunned”

  It started with asking her to wait until everyone else was seated before coming in.  Then the council suggested that it would be more efficient if she just sat in the back.  Before long, they  had added a separate entrance, then built a partition wall to ensure there was no accidental taint on the upright members of the community.

Jemma had gone along with the steady lowering by degrees of her dignity. She didn’t like it and she didn’t think they would go so far, but there weren’t no other place to go.  She’d had a letter, though, just this week.  Her child was coming home, and he deserved to hold his head high and sit on the front row if that was his desire.

She gripped the axe handle and aimed at the largest crack in the wall.

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Tap Into Your Stream Of Consciousness

William Faulkner

William Faulkner

We think you can write just like Faulkner! Follow this step-by-step exercise and see where your stream of consciousness takes you! There’s no going back, no erasing, no crossing-out—just keep writing and go with the flow!

Tap Into Your Stream Of Consciousness

via Oprah’s Book Club

Stream of Consciousness: 1. A literary technique that presents the thoughts and feelings of a character as they occur.

2. Psychology The conscious experience of an individual regarded as a continuous, flowing series of images and ideas running through the mind. —The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Faulkner uses a literary technique called “stream of consciousness” to explore and expose the unspoken thoughts of his characters. For example, Darl Bundren in As I Lay Dying thinks: “I am I and you are you and I know it and you dont know it and you could do so much for me if you just would and if you just would then I could tell you and then nobody would have to know it except you and me and Darl” (p. 51).

Or consider The Sound and the Fury when Quentin Compson remembers: “A face reproachful tearful an odor of camphor and of tears a voice weeping steadily and softly beyond the twilit door the twilight-colored smell of honeysuckle” (p.95).

What You’ll Need:   * 20 minutes without interruptions

* A timer—avoid using a clock since this can be a distraction

  • Set your timer for 10 minutes and clear your head. Take a short walk or contemplate the view outside your window.
  • When your time is up, find a peaceful place. Relax, close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Reflect on what you saw during your walk or out the window, but don’t plan what you’re going to write!
  • Once you feel ready, set your timer for 10 minutes again. Begin writing as soon as you start your timer, and write continuously until your time is up. Don’t worry about writing in complete sentences. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar or even making sense. Jot down any and all words, images and ideas that come to mind.
  • Once your time is up, take a moment to review your writing. If your thoughts seem to flow together in random ways, congratulations—you’ve found your stream! Circle the words or phrases that stand out as the most interesting and engaging. You may be surprised by what you find!

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Post a sample of your writing exercise here, and see how amazing you can be!