Once upon a time there was a little girl. This little girl loved stories of all shapes and sizes. She loved to read them, she loved to hide them under her blankets at night with a flashlight and she loved to write them too. She’d get a few pieces of paper and a pencil and in her shaky, cramped handwriting (that had a lot of misspellings, grammar errors and letter drawn backwards) she would write herself a story.

They weren’t the best stories and they often had very large plot holes and very poorly done character development (with lots of mood swings in the characters), but she was always so proud of her little stories whenever she handed them to one of her parents or older siblings to read.

This little girl grew each year and her love of stories grew as well. Her writing technique and use of the English language got better too.

There were programs and classes on how to do these things and connect with other writers, both older than her and younger. Unfortunately, the little girl’s family did not have the means with which to take part in these programs or classes. That didn’t stop the little girl from writing.

One day, when the little girl wasn’t so little anymore, one of her friends sent her an email with a link for a wonderful program. The not-so-little girl was worried, because every program she’d ever seen before required some kind of fee in order to take part and the not-so-little girl had no money. She was very surprised when she discovered that the program didn’t require a fee from her to join and take part in!

Now that the not-so-little girl is an adult, she has learned so much from this program and found that when she does have a little extra money, she wants to help other little girls or little boys (or not-so-little children) to take part in the program as well.

If you are able, please look up The Stories of Tomorrow. If not able, check out NaNoWriMo anyway. These people are the awesome editors of tomorrow for the writers of the future. They have all kinds of programs to help writers in any genre that you’re interested in.


Honored Forgiveness – Poetry Prompt 18

Once upon a time, there was a woman,
Now don’t mix this up with tales of princesses
Even though it sounds like one.
Each time this woman had troubles with her sisters
She would say, “It is not that object that is important, it is the relationship.”
At times she wanted to through in the towel;
“Maybe this will be the end of it all,” she’d sadly say.
Always she would slowly heal and forgive instead.

Inspired by Pooky’s poetry prompt for today:

Oneesama, or correctly Onee-sama, it Japanese for honored older sister. I wrote this about one of my elder sisters who always says that the relationship she has with her siblings is more important than just about anything else. She works hard to forgive and move on and stay close because of the bonds of family and love. It’s not always easy (in fact, it’s often very difficult) but it is so important to her to try. I have greatly admired this trait in her and when I saw this prompt, I knew what to write about right away.

I did enjoy that the prompt used my favorite type of poem, an acrostic, which y’all have probably noticed is the predominate style I use on my blog.