Wednesday, April 18, 2012

HAWMC -Day 18 Open a Book

Open a Book. 
 Choose a book and open it to a random page and point to a phrase. Use that phrase to get you writing today. Free write for 15-20 without stopping.

The first part of this challenge was choosing the book.

One of my very best friends, Susan Rocan, is an author of young adult books and I really wanted to share some of her work, but at first I worried that it might not be the easiest place to randomly find a phrase to work with.

 I opened Susan's book.. Spirit Quest,  poked the page, and  I immediately knew that this was the book I was meant to open and write about.

First I should tell you that Spirit Quest is a time travel story where the teenage heroine travels back in time to 1846 in an effort to change history by learning traditional ways and bringing them back to her people in the future. Susan did a great deal of research and used accurate information about her characters rich First Nation heritage. The book is filled with  informative details about this historic period in the settlement of our local area and is now being used in schools' curriculum.

I attempted to speak, but my voice wavered uncontrollably, so I gripped the pipe tightly as I spoke.
"I pray for continued strength so that I can accomplish all the tasks that Owl will ask me to do. ..... I pray for my family, so far in the future. I pray that I will return to them so I can share my experiences, that they can learn from them, too."

This quote is just what the HAWMC Challenge and health related communities and blogging are really all about for me.
  • I started off blogging at a time when my voice was indeed physically shaky and uncertain in real life and I had to hunt for words.  My writing voice was uncertain too, but I knew without a doubt that I needed to share my story. 
  • I pray for strength to accomplish all that is asked of me and I have had so many tasks to accomplish!  There are so many challenges and milestones. There had been learning to walk, to read and count,  There was driving and leading a group and yes there is even singing. Learning to work at a job and improving my writing skill and organization and communication abilities are current tasks I try to work on. 
  • I pray for my family who have supported me so lovingly, and who face their own challenges.  I pray also for my friends and all the people in my community who daily face so many struggles. 
  • I hope that I can share my experiences and all that I have learned on this journey.  Perhaps through sharing I can assist others in learning where to find support and to  help them find hope and strength within themselves.

1 comment:

Humpty Dumpty said...

I'm thrilled that you picked my book for this post! Thank-you! You picked a perfect quote. :)

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