Finally! I’m back to a more positive outlook.
I believe that all things begin in mind. To illustrate –. Before any of us can move into a new home, it has to be built with the stuff of construction. Before a house can be built, it needs to be designed, which includes its plumbing systems, electrical systems, and so on. Before any of that can be envisioned, someone drew up blue prints. Before there were blue prints, someone created a drawing. Before there was a drawing, the house was an idea in someone’s mind. Ditto with all the systems in the house from a garage door opener to new plumbing technology that is light years away from galvanized pipe. There could be exceptions, but it seems like all of life works like that — form follows thought.
With regard to the Paris Accords and the subsequent reaction to 45’s announcement that the US would withdraw (outcry for many–including me– and cheering for a few), towns and companies everywhere are already so far along another path that moving back to whatever era it was that created the slogan “make America great again” won’t happen. Too many people have already had creative ideas that are in the midst of creating a new reality.
As individuals and then the critical mass of communities, people see the benefits of another path. As individuals, we do this on the small scale by putting LED bulbs in when the old incandescent or compact fluorescent burn out. We recycle. We set the air conditioner to be a degree warmer.
As individuals, we look at a need in our community and have creative ideas about how to address whatever may be our passion from creating community gardens to creating a small company that puts 5 people to work in our own small town.
As companies and communities, there is huge innovation going on. To use 45’s example, the citizens of Pittsburgh faced huge problems when the steel industry left that city. Creative people CREATED in mind and then in form a more diverse economy for that city, which has risen from the ashes of loss to something new.
To end with two points.
First, we are always at choice. When someone else has a divergent view that we know to be wrong, we don’t follow like lemmings off the edge of a cliff … we exercise our own good sense and free will to think and then act in ways that fit what we know to be right.
Second, since all things begin in mind (road test this — don’t take my word for it), we each get to contribute according to our own awareness, our own commitment, and our own talent — just as we have already been doing.
Look for the Good and praise it.
Sharon Mignerey is an author who loves sharing what she has learned with other authors. She has been a workshop presenter at local and national conferences, including Romance Writers of America, the Colorado Gold Writers Conference sponsored by Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, and Pikes Peak Fiction Writers. She has taught numerous online classes on the art and craft of writing.
She is the author of 11 published novels, and has been a contributor to the Writer Magazine where one of her articles was chosen for the 2005 Writer’s Handbook. She is also a contributor to Many Genres, One Craft sponsored by the Writing Popular Fiction Program at Seton Hill University. Sharon taught college composition for more than five years at Lone Star Community College. She has an MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
Her novels have been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Heart, the Reader’s Choice Award, and the Keeper Award.
Sharon has recently taken a hiatus from teaching college level composition so she has more time and energy to focus on her own work. She has several fiction and non-fiction projects in the works. She also has a continuing commitment to give back to other writers the knowledge she has learned along the way — often generously shared by other writers. With the expansion of independently published authors, she saw the huge need authors have for skilled editors. So, she is offering editing services (copy editing, proofreading, manuscript review, and so on).
Available Books by Sharon Mignerey
If you’re interested in any of Sharon’s titles, you can find the information here.
Sharon is currently teaching only at RMFW University, and any class offerings can be found there. The next class she is scheduled to teach is “The Art and Craft of Great Conflict,” which will begin on September 17.
Sharon will also be presenting a workshop in Montrose Colorado for Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers on August 19. She will be presenting The Art and Craft of Great Conflict.
The content of this workshop draws heavily upon Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass, Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain, and Writing Screenplays that Sell by Michael Hauge. Inner and outer conflict are design tools a writer uses to make characters come alive within the pages of their story and organically do what they do because of their own desires and motivations rather than doing these same things like puppets on a writer’s string.
For the time and location, go to Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers — Free Programs, Western Slope.
Like many, Sharon an explorer of the big questions of life and occasionally have something to say about that, which can be found in Muse Sings.