The Lie

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I am going to go out on a limb and say that the Evil Satan is the Leader of this world.  He is the Father of Lies.  Lie No. 1 – You have to be rich to be happy.  Lie No. 2 – You have to move up in the world to be successful and happy.  Lie No. 3 – You need to be pretty and smart to be happy and successful.  Lie No. 4 – The world is the only place that matters.  Lie No. 5 – The happiness you seek is in drugs, food and sex.

I am sure that I will be pilloried by those who follow these lies and believe in them.  That is not going to stop me at all. There are millions of people in the world who are happy without these things – the trappings of success.  Lies are so rampant that people make concrete structures from them. A building can be a tissue of lies, wrapped with words, documents, products, and profit margins.  It is a lie to think that a company is successful because it has a good profit.

Do you believe everything that is seen by the stock market?  Is the stock market a lie in itself?  Why do people invest in it?  It is a lie too.

We are all sitting on unsteady ground.  None of us are really secure. The Father of Lies webs us all up in his magic and makes us believe he is real and will give you all you need.  This is what WE are up against.  Those who manufacture lies and follow the Evil One are destined to be like the weeds that are burned after a harvest.

Those who feel that they are given a God-given talent and want to pursue success must listen avidly to God’s prodding and making them depend upon His Divine Providence.  This is what God wants from the world.  It is not enough to feel that God is present when you go to daily Communion.  It is more important to feel that God is listening to you and you askHim for guidance.  It is always good to question the thoughts that come to you and make you want something or someone.  Always ask God what to do.  He will answer.

The Last One – my new novel concept

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Hello Everyone,

While things were brewing around my life, I had a vision in  my mind of JFK coming back to life.  I decided to write a story around this idea and got myself more interested as I wrote.  I thought it would work in a graphic novel, so that it would catch the eye of the younger generation.  The rest of the story about this new graphic novel concept can be seen in my Patreon page.

The Last One

Writing thoughts

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Things have been going on lately that I thought I’d like to share with you.  Many of them have been a bit frazzling.  I have been going through a ton of stress from work, and a lot of depressing thoughts that have threatened my peace of mind.  Not sure what to say more than that they have been really disruptive and making it hard for me to get to the writing desk and churn out more chapters to my Loveable Resident novel.

However, God has been visiting upon me a few good happenings.  I was able to sell an article (not really sell) to a trade magazine to interview a CEO of a company that is part of my organization.  That went for a few months because I had to schedule the interview (after gaining permission) and then write and then, submit.  Today I received word that the article is going forward and I’ve signed their copyright form.  I won’t get paid because, as a member of this trade magazine organization, I am volunteering my talent to showcase a person who has a unique view of how her position is helping healthcare.  I am really happy that this has now come to fruition.  I think lots of people in my life have contributed to this – some in a negative way (they merely egged me on, you see) and more in a positive way.  So for this, I am grateful to God.

The next thing that I have experienced is the long (and maybe longer) slog of finding literary agents.  This is something novel, and exciting and is a lesson in perseverance. I think for all writers, querying literary agents is challenging and when it clicks, it’s almost like hitting the lotto.  I know that the process forward is still a bit more of a hard slog but the initial spark of one person liking and appreciating the story you present is very significant.  Someone, Somebody, actually wants to know about your story.  If it doesn’t gel, well you go back and hone it some more.  But if they DO like it enough to send it out for reviews, then I’m really excited.  I’m sure that this resonates with a lot of writers out there, and for those still starting out, I recommend that you give yourself as much encouragement (self-love) to get into the hard work of writing SOMETHING.  I recommend that you take classes, take workshops in your area, find a mentor, find someone to exchange ideas with, and then also drop by your church and have a heart to heart and ask God what He’s thinking of your plans.

I know that God sometimes doesn’t figure in your plans.  I think maybe this is why there is ‘writer’s block’.  I think a lot of people dealing with the blank page is not communing with the Right One.

So, I wanted to just give you all a recap of how things have been.  I just wanted to take the time to chat, let you know I’m still slogging along, and know that I’m silently raising a toast to you all who are on the same journey.  Go with it and keep God in your mind and heart.

On the Subject of Nurturing

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What about nurture?

Coming to my mind – in Oxford University (UK), they have a practice or tradition of students being in meetings with their professors – a one to one kind of meeting to discuss and improve their work, and to write essays and papers. This appealed to me because I believed this was the right way to become educated. I love the idea of Oxford and being a student there.

In my life, nurturing is a big deal – my parents nurtured me, mostly my Mom who was my guide and mentor in all things. My father stood as the disciplinarian, the one who told me once to quit smoking and was the Voice of Authority.

As an only child, I wanted and sought out nurturers in my life. There were few. Besides my Mom, these may have been friends and teachers and in my graduate life, that was my PhD major professor. He wasn’t too nurturing as he was busy. But, he made sure that I was ‘protected’ from those who would wish to tear my project apart. He came to all my presentations, and then asked me what my wish would be – do I want to become an MD or a PhD? Or did I want to major in Biochem or in Pharmacology. These are not at all out of the ordinary for a major professor to do, but that was something I appreciated.  And it was nurturing. And, he enjoyed eating the Asian food I brought to work when we celebrated birthdays and achievements.

Nurturing children to become good students is a key thing. Nurturing students to succeed in their chosen field of study is most important. The trajectory of nurturing is in direct opposition to the progress of an individual’s growth, I fear. I fear that there are no older guides who are there to see to it that a growing or young adult is on the right path to becoming the best they can be. In terms of work, the ones who appear to be nurturers besides the management and higher levels of the company would be the human resources director and her staff. I know from experience that she would be checking to make sure everything was where and how they ought to be. That they are happy, content, filled with new projects etc.

But it isn’t really enough, though is it? To my mind, nurturing is mainly relegated to babies and nurseries. When the babies have been let out of school in the 7th grade, they are almost done with nurturing them. In church, nurturing is good as well, and this activity can be in the care of children while the parents are being given religious ‘food’ but the best part is when the children go to Sunday School. The nurturing there happens only on Sundays, and then the rest of the child’s life is taken to the four winds the rest of the week.

What I’m trying to say in so many words, though, is that we ALL NEED CONSTANT NURTURING. Self-love, maybe so – and that is the topic of another blog post (see MarianMusings.com). But, I mean – that love of a better and older, wiser person – those would be our parents. It behooves us Parents to nurture our children NO MATTER how old they are. To those who have no parents remaining, there are the aunts and great aunts, the grandparents and godparents. In the tradition of baptism, the godparents are given the task of taking over the raising of children of the family if both parents were to die suddenly before the children are of adult age.

Seek out the nurturers in your world. If you see the sign at the office “Your Mother DOES NOT WORK HERE” that only means you need to bus your tables and clean up after you have had your morning coffee. But it seems to hint at the fact that one cannot expect a “mother” or “nurturer” in that office.

It seems to me that the workplace is where nurturers are lacking. I don’t see supervisors being nurturers where I have worked. It seems that all work is geared towards the production of something. Not of someone. I suppose you can’t really expect a company to turn out better employees. Yet, isn’t that something that one could expect? Why not? If one were to go to another company and tell them they worked for A and company B is thinking “I’ve seen A employees and boy, they are great!” Is not that a good sign that A company was somehow nurturing? I don’t mean diaper changes and timely readings of bedtime stories. NO, I mean, that the company needs to improve the education of their employees in a nurturing way.

if a company fails an employee, that is deserves thirty lashes of a leather splint across the back. Well, I’m being facetious. But if an employee is someone who has had many good things to say and many good projects that they’ve done, and that company has marginalized that employee without much ado, then I’d say the company is comatose and is on life support.

Of course, nurturing an employee can be dangerous, can’t it? There are those who don’t think their coworkers should be nurtured. Why that person and not me? Then if that happens, nurturing must be equitable. But there are elements of fairness that aren’t present in many companies. It is then that an employee needs to decide whether he or she is in need of nurturing elsewhere. Or, if one can’t move or is somehow beholden to that company, then the nurturing must definitely come from “extra-terrestrial” sources.

I’m finding that this is how everyone must seek their Nurturers. I am suggesting that one seek Sunday school all over again. Sundays for nurturing the individual is perfect. One goes to have church services, and then maybe a hearty lunch, and then a little nap and then settle down to read, or write about how things could be improved in one’s life. Taking the ideas of what was discussed at church service and putting those against what one is going through in life. I’m suggesting a prescription of nurturing – asking a Higher Being to be part of one’s life and becoming THE ONLY and ONE NURTURER. It’s simple enough. Father God, you would begin, help me here because I need nurturing.

Life without school – while I was away

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I haven’t gone to classes these last two months – partly due to scheduling conflicts, and partly because I’ll be away some parts of July.  So that scrunched all my classes down towards the last few months of the year.  No fear, however, since the last half of the year will be mostly about what I like to take – fiction writing.  I’m looking forward to that and also to a chance at learning something different – drawing.  I’ve been fascinated by Graphic Novels, and I’ve read several, many of them rather well done.  I am hoping to grow my drawing skills and this class is what I hope will do it.

I’ve drawn/sketched in my teenage years.  Now here’s a chance to get a better grasp of it.  I want to write something that just came to me in my mind a few months ago.  I can’t divulge it yet but it has something to do with an American hero (cut down in the prime of life) that comes back to life.  It’s kind of amorphous yet, the plot, but I do have something down.  The tentative title is:  The Last One.  I think it’s exciting and I hope that when I have it gotten down scene by scene, it will be as exciting to read and the main thing is to make sure that the artwork is as good.  There are artists out there that might be good to have to work on this and if anyone out there is good at graphic novel art, please send me or comment on this post.  I can be reached in my Twitter page (http://www.twitter.com/merryagnes) and also you can send me a note through this webpage.  I’m looking for someone that can do action scenes as well as static scenes.

Other news is that my novel Loveable Resident is churning along.  If you want to see some excerpts and, maybe donate funds, you can check my work at http://www.patreon.com/merryagnes.

Have a safe, enjoyable and wonderful 4th!