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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

By mick dawson


People love a happy ending, and for us, that is especially the case. When we get to the end of the road we call “life,” Jesus has a place waiting for us in Heaven.

Still, as we grow older, we tend to take stock of our lives and try to figure out what it’s all amounted to. By the world’s standards, mine has been pitiful, involving two broken marriages and an only son, who I know I’ll never see again.

I live in a broken shed by the river of a town of no consequence which is visited by rats in the colder months and plagued with snakes when it’s warmer. Out of work now for the better part of a year, I have become the “town scrounger,” virtually working for food and the worst part is; they all know… and laugh.

And yet; even if God stood before me incarnate and offered me the chance to change my life with anyone from the past, present or future, I would flatly refuse. He has given me a gift where I can weave an intricate story in minutes.

Not to sound pious, but to write in His service is the greatest joy I’ve ever known. I write anywhere up to ten hours a day without a detailed plot, ironing it out as I go. Perhaps some of you can understand the exhilaration I feel when I meet my own characters for the first time and take part in their adventures.

As delusional as this may sound, I have few friends, but the characters I create are so much more real to me. I have run with packs of feral dogs beside Tonunda the Savage. I have stood in awe of the freakish strength of The Forgotten One and felt his pain. Civa and I have laughed in exhilaration as we cross the rooftops of Caliet with death defying acrobatics.

I have watched my characters be born and die; laughed with them, sharing also their anger and fear. I have starved with them, froze in the rain with them, and trudged the long miles with them.

It was little wonder that I wept like a child, when I wrote the final word on my first novel. I was saying goodbye to the closest friends I’ve ever known… but let me tell you about the “happy ending” for this writer.

Whereas before I was depressionistic and suicidal, I now want to live. I want to write and bless as many people with my gift as I can before God calls me home. What greater joy is there than that?

And one more thing; I don’t feel a loss anymore about that last page on my first novel… I can always write sequels.

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AnneRene' Capp05/21/10
This touched me deeply and what a testimony! You have most definitely captured the soul of a writer for Christ.
Brenda Shipman 05/23/10
I cannot help but think the simplicity of your lifestyle has contributed greatly to your imaginative storytelling. And all the creativity involved with writing is such a natural healthy "therapy" (at least I've found it to be so). Keep writing and making new "friends"! :)
Noel Mitaxa 05/25/10
If you are the mc you're already prosperous in so many things that are beyond price, especially in knowing how God can use your writing to bring blessing to others.
Mona Purvis05/26/10
I don't know anyone who doesn't have some 'mess-ups' in their personal history. Well, I did meet one a few years back...she came from the perfect Christian family, went to perfect Christian school, married the perfect Christian husband. Lived a charmed life, but could not relate to a a dead and dying world full of sin...she just didn't get it.
Thank you for this entry. I like your style.

Ann Grover05/26/10
This was rich in characterization and setting... I was there and could also identify. Well done.
Beth LaBuff 05/26/10
I have journeyed to your world and met Tonunda the Savage, and was in aw of "The Forgotten One." (surely this is how Tolkien created his world, too) I smiled at your "And one more thing…" :)
Lyn Churchyard05/26/10
This is so different from your usual Heroic Fantasy entry, and apart from your "Green" entry, The Diary of Rod Tierney, this would have to be one of the best you have written. I know that none of it is embellished and it still moved me. This is truly a writers life in the raw. Hope it does well Mick.
Karen Macor05/26/10
Very moving. Lot's to think about. Nicely written. Thanks.
Jacob Gibson06/16/10
Wow... I didn't know this about you. It's eye-opening and explains how you write so well. (Ten hours a day?!) Thank you for reminding us of the greatest hope we have and I pray that God will put your life back together and use you in amazing ways.