Words & Thoughts – Week 11

Weekly thought & writing update.


I’ve been slowly recovering from the bump in the road I hit last week. It’s slow, but I’m starting to come back to myself. Which means I’ve done a little writing this week. Which is good – but not as good as I’d like. I need Elondria done now, so that I can start figuring out what I’m doing with Rabbit during CampNaNo next month. I’m stuck working on act four, and with the amount of other stuff I have to think about at the moment, and how I feel about the story in general, I’m thinking I’ll sort it out when I do the next draft.

And I entered Rachael Ritchey’s short story contest! I was right on the deadline date, but I got it in, and now I am waiting. Win or not, I’m happy that I found the discipline to finish and submit it, despite everything. 🙂


There is only one thing I can mention here this week: Stephen Hawking’s death. He died in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and I woke up to the news.

I don’t follow science, or understand most of it. But Stephen Hawking was one of the few people in this world that I admired. He was a man of great intelligence, who never gave up despite incredible odds against him, and spoke up for what he believed. (With a good sense of humour as well.)

When you are faced with disability, whether it is physical or in the mind, the easiest thing to do is to give up – it takes strength beyond words to keep going. I don’t know what it’s like to receive the diagnosis Stephen Hawking did, but I know what it’s like to fight against yourself – against your mind and body. Both can betray you, but neither have to rule you.

My favourite quote by Stephen Hawking is in my journal, and always inspires me.

Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. BE CURIOUS. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you CAN DO AND SUCCEED at. It matters that you DON’T just GIVE UP.

Stephen Hawking, 2012


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