Do Our Actions Speak Louder Than Our Words?


What Will You Do Differently in 2016

Q. Do your actions speak louder than your words?

Every New Years I think about something my grandfather told me when I was ten years old. We were watching the huge crystal like ball that drops out of the sky every new years in Times Square.

My grandfather, who is long gone,  asked me if I knew why the ball in Times Square  comes down instead of going  up every New Years?  For the life of me, at the time, I couldn’t give him an answer. I was ten  years old.   Then  he said, “For me it means that when SSI sends me a letter, in December 2015, saying my SSI check is going up by five dollars, January first, I am waiting  for medicare to write me, in January 2016 , saying that my Medicare premiums are going up by five dollars. Since I break even, I’m content with the attempt to uplift my spirits and at the same time not brought down  or defeated by the fact that someone or something else can take it away. I never include the SSI increase in my budget, so I’m not disappointed. If I get an increase, the money goes straight into my piggy bank for a rainy day. People in my grandfather’s generation believed in rainy days. They experienced the great depression.

In five days the ball in Times Square will drop in New York City and a new year will reign in. New Years, January  1st,  is a day of reflection for me. Have you thought about what you want to accomplish in 2016?  Do you have a strategy and plan in place to fulfill your 2016 intentions and aspirations or will you play it by ear and do whatever is necessary when the time comes?

For some of us, our income will go up, and  we will reap the benefits  of all our work under the sun, in 2015.  Just remember this, no matter what direction your ball goes, up, down, or sideways, there are lessons to be learned, so take the time to reflect and gather your thoughts. Time is on our side if we are willing to learn from our mistakes and share our successes to make this a better world. Write, read, and share your thoughts, remembering actions speak louder than words.

Words cannot express… Happy New Years.

baloon STCA: If you’re writing a screenplay, the visual actions of your characters speak louder than words. It’s called show rather than tell, Visual is very important in film, and  audiences get to see a lot more of the expressions  of characters, the view, and the location in film. However, if you are writing a novel than your characters words, dialogue, and your descriptive narrative reign, and your reader is asked to use his/her imagination, visually, to enjoy the story.

 

 

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The WOW Process of Writing: Are You Alone In There?


The Wow Factor

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  Wow, The Process of Writing can really spin your head around. Are You Really Alone When You Write or is there some character in your midst, or in your mind – lurking in the shadows and waiting to introduce themselves to you and mess up your plot? Are you sure someone’s not looking over your shoulder right now, someone you weren’t expecting? It can happen.

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At a certain point in time, I have discovered that the characters in my book,  the ones I know about and create, and the ones who just show up unannounced,  come alive and introduce themselves to me, eventually. That’s when things really get interesting, because I can be really opinionated,  focused, and on a roll when I write. Then, when they think, I think, I know what my story is all about, they start to reveal themselves to me and  try to…

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The WOW Process of Writing: Are You Alone In There?


  Wow, The Process of Writing can really spin your head around. Are You Really Alone When You Write or is there some character in your midst, or in your mind – lurking in the shadows and waiting to introduce themselves to you and mess up your plot? Are you sure someone’s not looking over your shoulder right now, someone you weren’t expecting? It can happen.

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At a certain point in time, I have discovered that the characters in my book,  the ones I know about and create, and the ones who just show up unannounced,  come alive and introduce themselves to me, eventually. That’s when things really get interesting, because I can be really opinionated,  focused, and on a roll when I write. Then, when they think, I think, I know what my story is all about, they start to reveal themselves to me and  try to take over.

I’ll never forget the first time this perplexing,  phenom happened. I was working on a story called “Crabs In Abarrel ” ( 2005) my first children’s novel, and the story wasn’t about crabs either –at least not the kind you find in lakes and rivers. I was deep into planning the plot, and I tell you, I was not in the mood to be interrupted, in fact I was done, almost.  I knew my premise, and I knew exactly what each character was about to do. Life did not look good in Abarrel, Paradesiae,  and somebody was about to die.

Then,  something strange happened, I didn’t expect. Some strange bird showed up from out of nowhere and started giving me orders and moving my plot and premise around until I no longer recognized my Tattle Tale or knew what to do with the story. She said, “I don’t think that’s going to work out well for you, Max or be very entertaining for your readers. No WOW factor,  yet.”

I looked around, startled. “Why not ?” I asked, protesting and annoyed.

“Consider this — don’t preach morality, instead, show them what happens. Eventually, they’ll get it. My ways and my ideas are a birds eye view of what’s unique and what works in this place,” she chirped. Then she introduced herself. She said her name was Birdzelle Mahara, and she directed my attention to a location up in the Statutory,  where she resided. When she was done explaining the opening scenes to me, I realized I wasn’t the narrator, Birdzelle Mahara was the narrator, so I stepped back.

Writers are never alone, but sometimes they feel like they are.

Max Nightjar

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PARADOX: Who Can You Trust?


PARADOX BOOK COVERPARADOX : DUE OUT IN 2016

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Paradox uploadSMALL TALK QUESTIONS: 

  • WHO CAN YOU TRUST IF YOU CAN’T TRUST THE ONE YOU LOVE?
  • IS LOYALTY SYNONYMOUS WITH LOVE ?
  • WHAT IF THERE IS NO FEAR AND NO  REGRET IN A TOWN WITHOUT PITY ?

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BOOK I:  THE HUNT FOR WHO TOLD

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PARADOX: Who Can You Trust?


 

PARADOX BOOK COVER

Coming Soon 2016

SMALL TALK QUESTIONS: 

  • WHO CAN YOU TRUST IF YOU CAN’T TRUST THE ONES YOU LOVE?
  • IS LOYALTY SYNONYMOUS WITH LOVE ?
  • WHAT IF THERE IS NO FEAR AND NO  REGRET IN A TOWN WITHOUT PITY ?

 

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DUE OUT 2016: PARADOX,  BOOK II

BOOK I:  THE HUNT FOR WHO TOLD

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WHAT IF: YOU WROTE THE BEST GREETINGS CARD SAYING EVER?


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GREETINGS CARD CONTEST

NOVEMBER 10, 2015STC LOGO BACK

There’s a Small Talk Cards competition coming to WordPress, today, and you could win a beautiful box of STCards, free, to send to your friends and a special gift from this blogger.

Write a  Greeting using the word  “Paradox”that you can send to a friend in the form of a card. The greeting can only be ten words long, (short and sweet). Post on this blog; may the best “Small Talk” Greeting win.

PARADOX:

something absurd or contradictory: a statement, proposition, or situation that seems to be absurd or contradictory, but in fact is or may be true
2. self-contradictory statement: a statement or proposition that contradicts itself
3. person of opposites: a person with seemingly self-contradictory qualities
[Mid-16th century. < Latin paradoxum < Greek paradoxos “contrary to opinion” < doxa “opinion” < dokein “think”]

Contest ends on December 10, 2015

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WHAT IF: YOU WROTE THE BEST GREETINGS CARD SAYING EVER?


Paradox uploadGREETINGS CARD CONTEST

NOVEMBER 10, 2015STC LOGO BACK

There’s a Small Talk Cards competition coming to WordPress, today, and you could win a beautiful box of STCards, free, to send to your friends and a special gift from this blogger.

Write a  Greeting using the word  “Paradox” that you can send to a friend in the form of a card. The greeting can only be ten words long, (short and sweet). Post on this blog; may the best “Small Talk” Greeting win.

PARADOX:

something absurd or contradictory: a statement, proposition, or situation that seems to be absurd or contradictory, but in fact is or may be true
2. self-contradictory statement: a statement or proposition that contradicts itself
3. person of opposites: a person with seemingly self-contradictory qualities
[Mid-16th century. < Latin paradoxum < Greek paradoxos “contrary to opinion” < doxa “opinion” < dokein “think”]

Contest ends on December 10, 2015

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