To all my current and future #DCSPeeps (DECIDE, COMMIT, SUCCEED), welcome to my new series in my continuing effort to inspire, amuse, and entertain you! Each Monday I will select a new word to analyze how it might apply to our writing lives and also give you a peek into my childhood growing up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, so kick back, put your feet up, and check out my story about TODAY'S WORD:
At almost eighteen, this was my first date ever and I kinda expected a meal and a movie.
I was mistaken.
What I got was an all day hike up the side of a mountain to a place called the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
Did I mention I was terrified of open heights?
Or that I later found out a group of climbers fell to their deaths a few weeks before off the very trail I was on?
Ignorance is bliss and the young blindly trusting as I was that day as I climbed like a mountain goat to the peak so I could gaze at the beautiful, if not dangerous, bowl shaped vista below me.
A once in a lifetime moment and it comes to my mind as vividly as if it happened yesterday. Trust is a powerful thing my DCSPeeps and can lead you to great moments waiting for you in the not too distant future:
Trust the rightness of beginning your writing journey if you have been hesitant before now to take the leap of faith.
Trust and follow blogs of writers who have been where you are right now and have writerly wisdom to share. Like these great blogs:
Trust that you have people in this writing community who will offer loving support to help lift you up when you are struggling with self-doubt.
And finally, trust there is a happy writer version of you just waiting on some mountain peak to greet you with open arms.
All you have to do is keep putting one foot in front of the other and start climbing!
Have an awesome day today because you deserve it!
Children's book author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a 'ninja' writer of children’s picture books, middle grade chapter books and young adult novels by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books. She is also a book reviewer for Harper Collins, and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators. Donna is a lover of dark chocolate, good stories, and an adoptive mom to 20-pound guard kitty in Knoxville, Tennesse