Six on the Sixth – April 2016

Hello Readers! Sorry for the absence – I’ll try to get back to Friday Fictioneers as soon as I can. In the meantime, it’s already time again for Six on the Sixth – the prompt by Adam Ickes to write six six word stories! The prompt words this month are: Plan, Giant, Pills, Hang, Peddle, and Inch. Enjoy!

By Adam Ickes.
By Adam Ickes.

According to Plan

Despite good intentions, plans go awry.

Big or Small

Mistakes are not always a setback.

A Bitter Taste

Disappointment can be hard to swallow.

Hang in There

Faith and hope keep us going.

More Than We Asked For

Our bargains often come with complications.

Slow Success

Little by little, it works out.

 

 

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Welcome, 2015!

Happy New Year, Readers! Welcome to 2015. Is anyone else wondering where 2014 went?

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I swear, time is passing by faster and faster every year. I can’t believe I’m going to be 24 years old this month!

2014 was a year of ups and downs for me. I’d worked hard, lost loved ones, prayed more than I ever have in my entire life, experienced tender, romantic moments that literally left me weak in the knees, made new friends and strengthened friendships, felt ridiculously creative and did a lot of soul searching.

Here were my 2014 resolutions from last year’s post, Welcome 2014!

1.  I want to write more letters. I certainly followed through with this one. For about three months straight I wrote letters to my boyfriend each week. His dad kept thinking I was breaking up with him, sending “Dear John” letters. I also sent postcards, letters to friends, and Christmas cards to those in need. I think I’ll keep up with this one.

2. I want to expand my blog. I stuck with this one for a little while – posting photos and sketches, quotes and my stories, but about halfway through the year life suddenly got super busy, and my blog sort of faded to the back burner. I’ll have to work on that one this year.

3. I want to draw more. I straight up failed at this one. Not that I didn’t draw, but not on the frequent basis I had planned on.

4. I want to read the Bible. This one is still a work in progress. I’m nowhere near finishing the Bible, but I am slowly working on it, and enjoying taking my time with it and the periods of reflection it inspires in me.

What were your resolutions? Were you any better than me at keeping them?

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Hoping to be better at sticking to my plans this year, here are my goals for 2015:

1. I want to keep writing letters, and write even more. I have really enjoyed writing letters this year. I’d like to continue to do so, maybe even once a week (that might be a little ambitious). Either way, this year I shall continue my crusade to keep the USPS alive.

2. Play music again – flute or piano or both. This one has been weighing on my mind for a while now. Christmas always brings it to the forefront (because I love Christmas music…I’d like to be able to perform it again). So this year, even if it is just in the comfort of my own home or with a community band or private lessons, I want to play music again.

3. Be more patient. The job I have now is very much a go, go, go, gotta-have-it-done-five-minutes-ago job. Constant exposure to this has left me in a sort of rush, rush, rush mode. I think I need to work on being more patient with my tasks (while still getting them done in a timely manner) and more patient with people. Stress from my job has made me come home grumpy and snap at my family and boyfriend more than once. I need to learn to unwind better. Just take five and enjoy the time I have.

4. Continue to read the Bible. I have a feeling this one will take me a while, but I don’t think it should be rushed. I really want to take my time to read and understand what I’m reading, and hopefully gain a deeper relationship with God.

5. Try something new. It doesn’t matter if it is big or small, I’d like to try something new this year. I don’t know what yet, but I’m going to keep a list….to review at the end of the year.

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So those are my goals…what are yours? What are your hopes and dreams for 2015?

Welcome 2014!

Happy New Year’s everyone! I wish you all the best. Can you believe a new year has arrived?

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How time flies…

Looking back, 2013 was a good year for me. It wasn’t without its struggles, but for every serious low there was an equally glorious high. Back on December 31st, 2012, I posted So long 2012…hello 2013, in which I talked about my goals for the coming year.

I had three things I wanted to accomplish:

1. Go to Europe. And I did! This past August I spent two amazing, life-changing weeks in England. I had the time of my life, and I hope I can visit again someday.

2. Get my novel into publishable state. This one I did not accomplish, however I have written more this past year than I ever have before, so that’s got to count for something.

3. Open myself up for love. At the beginning of 2013, I was rather scared of relationships. I wasn’t sure I was ready for one or if I could find someone I was willing to take the risk of being hurt with. But I followed my sister’s advice and allowed myself to take that risk and I have never been happier about a decision I’ve made. It’s opened me up to a world of possibilities and the most wonderful feelings imaginable.

So of my three goals for last year, I’d say I did pretty well. Two out of three ain’t bad, right?

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Now that’s it’s a new year, it’s time for some new goals. So this year, this is what I want to accomplish:

1. I want to write more letters. Writing letters is a dying form of communication, but I feel like it is so much more personal and so much easier to keep and hold on to. Text messages, IMs, and emails can be written and gone without so much as a thought, but letters take time to craft and are something tangible to to keep and read over and over. Plus, who doesn’t like getting mail?

2. I want to expand my blog. Last year I had the goal of posting twice a week, and I did pretty good at keeping up with that. Every Friday I post a short story in Friday Fictioneers, every other Wednesday (when I remember to do it) I post a quote, and any other time I write about what’s going on in my life. This year I want to write more, share more art and be more involved with blogging in general. I’ve got a few ideas on how to implement that, but I don’t want to give everything away just yet!

3. I want to draw more. I truly enjoy drawing and art, but I don’t often make myself sit down and practice. To do this, I am going to try to post a sketch a week on my blog – that way I can accomplish two goals at once (see previous goal). I’d also like to look into take a class or two this year – in drawing, sculpture, animation, whatever. Just so long as I’m doing some art on a weekly basis.

4. I want to read the Bible. I am a religious person. My faith is important to me. Yet somehow, I’ve never read the book that plays such a big part in my faith. I’ve read excerpts, of course, but never all the way through. I’d like to tackle that task this year, and hopefully gain some fresh perspective doing so.

That’s it! Four new goals for myself, and a year to accomplish them. Wish me luck!

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What about you? Do you have any goals or resolutions for 2014? Any big plans for the coming year?

So long 2012…hello 2013.

Another year gone.

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I can hardly believe 2013 is upon us. I really do believe time flies as you get older. I feel like my life has been on fast forward since I started high school, and that was eight years ago. Eight!

So let’s take a moment to reflect on this past year. Isn’t that was New Year’s Eve is for? So. 2012. We’ve had a good year. It brought us The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises and the Hobbit. One Direction rose in teen pop star popularity and Tom Cruise got divorced. We had a presidential election and a supposed “end of the world’ (yay, we survived!) and J.K. Rowling published a new book. Not too bad, for a quick glance.

For me personally, 2012 was not a bad year at all. I started a new job, was introduced to the wonderful universe of Doctor Who, and finished the first draft of my fantasy novel. I made new friends and delved deeper into the world of fanfiction. I started this blog. I discovered Pinterest. I’ve grown closer than ever before with my family and gained a deeper understanding of my faith. I feel proud of accomplishments for 2012 and I hope high hopes for even better things in 2013. What about you?

What are your goals? What would you like to accomplish in this new year?

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Mr. King has a good point here. I’ve been saying I have these goals for my life for so long, but this year, I want to actually do some of them. I want to stop being afraid of moving forward and just go.

Firstly, I’d like to travel to Europe. I’ve been saving for a year now, and I think I’ve finally got enough to go. It will be scary, traveling so far away from home, but amazing and wonderful and exciting all at the same time. Look out Europe, here I come!

Secondly, I’d like to get that draft of my novel into publishable state. I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was five years old, and it’s time to get serious about publishing. I’m looking into self-publishing at the moment, but my novel has a long way to go before then. Let’s make it happen this year!

And third, I want to open myself up for love. My sister says I like the idea of love, but that I’m closed to the idea of going out there and meeting people. That I offer a quick peek of myself to people, but just as quickly slam the door and hide inside my safe world where I already know everyone and they already know me. I suppose I just need to let go. I’m not looking for a relationship, but if one finds me this year…I’ll try not to run away.

So those are my hopes for the future. What are yours? Are you ready to make this new year even more fantastic than last year? Or, if 2012 was a hard year for you, are you ready to overcome those challenges and make the most of tomorrow?

I say…bring it on 2013!