My calendar tells me just this next week Autumn begins in the Northern Hemisphere. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a break in the heat.
I’ve been busy writing this summer – staying inside at the keyboard in the air conditioning was my only escape from the heavy humidity and heatwaves that swept most of the nation.
I will miss the sweet summertime flowers.
How about you? Did you do anything special this summer? Take a special trip? Discover a new hobby? What was your favorite part?
The best stories, the ones we really remember, are drawn by how well the author lets the antagonist challenge the main characters.
My favorite heroes are the ones who learn something significant about their own world from their antagonists – usually a villain – who embodies the lesson the hero needs to take to heart, to change their world for the better.
The Story World
Antagonists want to rule their story world, no matter the setting, and the best in fiction use all their resources to keep the main characters away from the prize.
So, what about you, Readers? Who’s your favorite antagonist from fiction?
As I cooked dinner tonight I couldn’t help feel like maybe the people who suffered at the hands of a terrorist in Orlando last night might like to be cooking dinner tonight for their loved ones too.
Take care these next few days. People who have agendas will try to sway us all away from the real issues that plague our country. Right now we need each other more than ever.
We need to act like, and think like smart, informed citizens who believe in Liberty, and Justice for All. People who help each other and turn a cheek away from extremists, and shut their rhetoric out.
Liberty and Freedom come at a cost. They always have. While we all want things to be easy, and smooth, and to live in a world without conflict, that’s not the reality we live in.
We may have to raise guns against threats like this to protect ourselves, our communities, and our loved ones.
Terrorists should never be negotiated with. That hasn’t changed today, even in gun-free zones, and it never will, friends.
May God bless and keep the American citizens slain and wounded on our own soil, and all their people. May God bless all of us and keep us safe.
And, may God give us the courage and competence to act, as citizens united, to stand up against these very real threats.