Starting a story is always the hardest step. There’s a world to construct, characters to develop, a plot to chart and thematic value to attach. It’s a long list and each can offer its own struggle. Themes are intrinsic to any story; they offer purpose to a topic our plots and characters explore. Themes in story can be opinion, a moral quandary or an examination of consequences. The list of possible topics to explore is endless and because of that, it’s easy to get stuck at th
“Padraic swings his flashlight beam over the tracks again and finds a pretty little music box with a hand crank on top. Padraic lifts the music box admiring the workmanship. They don’t make them like that anymore. He turns the crank on the cylinder. A song plinks out note by note. It’s one he’s heard before, and old song, but he can’t really remember it. He considers taking the music box but puts it back. ‘Let’s see what other treasures are down here.’ Padraic swings the flas
Let’s face it. Recovering from the impact of 2020 is going to take a while. No matter how steadfast we march forward into this new year, we can't seem to think about how much has changed. The pandemic has affected everyone to the point that “going back to normal” is a challenge. Or impossible if our schedules have forever changed. 2020 was the ultimate creativity-killing year that distracted everyone with round-the-clock, anxiety-driven news. Change is the big word of 2021 an
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