The Little Writer Who Could
by Kendra Highley
One of my favorite stories as a little kid was The Little Engine That Could. I wasn’t very big for my age, nor fast, agile or tough. But I was persistent. If something interested me, I’d drive my parents crazy until we went to the library so I could read up on the subject. I was probably the foremost 6-year-old expert on Jacques Cousteau. Yeah, I was weird like that. Still am, to some extent, but most writers love research, so I know I’m not alone.
What drew me to the Little Engine was the fact that he wasn’t the biggest or the fastest but, even when he got teased, he stayed on course despite the perceived adversity. In the end, what did he do? He pulled those carts up the mountain when no one else could.
Writing, as a journey, is a lot like the Little Engine’s trip up the mountain. It’s hard work. Brain strain, writer’s cramp, writer’s block, piles of unwashed laundry, deleted words, blunt critique--all of it comes with the territory. Add in everyday concerns like paying the bills, taking care of your home and being there for your family, and it’s tough to keep going sometimes. That mountain looks like Everest from the bottom and seems to grow even as you climb. Two steps forward, one step back.
That’s where the Little Engine’s mentality has to kick in, except I’d take it a step further. Not “I think I can,” but “I know I can, and I will!” Expect failure, and that’s what you’ll get. So why not expect to succeed? Tell yourself, “It’s hard, it’s killing my mind, it hurts my heart, but when I’m finished, by God, it’ll be AWESOME!”
Take it in small pieces. Think of that mountain as a series of short hills. Climb a bit, then rest. Set your climbing pins. Tie in. Then get ready to climb the next part. In the end, you’ll look back at your finished “mountain” and I say, “I did that!”
And it’s AWESOME!
Kendra C. Highley lives in north Texas with her husband and two children. She also serves as staff to two self-important and high-powered cats. This, according to the cats, is her most important job.
Kendra believes chocolate is a basic human right, running a 10k is harder than it sounds, and that everyone should learn to drive a stick-shift. She loves monsters, vacations, baking and listening to bad electronica.
More information about the Matt Archer universe, works in progress and the nature of the Higgs Boson* can be found at www.kendrachighley.com
(*Yeah…not really. We’ll let the scientists handle that part.)
Young Adult Paranormal
Title: Matt Archer: Blade's Edge
Sequel to Matt Archer: Monster Hunter
Author - Kendra C. Highley
Date to be Published: October 19, 2012
When Matt Archer was fourteen, he discovered monsters are real. As if that wasn’t enough to go on for a few decades, Matt also found out that he’d been chosen to hunt those monsters–with a sentient, supernatural knife. With disappearances mounting in Afghanistan, it's up to Matt to stop this new threat before it's too late.
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Read my Review of Book 1, Matt Archer: Monster Hunter HERE
HERE IS MY REVIEW of Book 2 BLADE's EDGE
HERE IS MY REVIEW of Book 2 BLADE's EDGE
A worthy successor to the first book, Blade’s Edge is an exciting, edge-of-your-seat adventure. This time the stakes are higher than ever. This time good friends are lost. This time relationships change and the characters are tested in ways that will astound you. This time the monsters are sneakier, smarter, and harder to dispatch.
With believable dialogues, and smoothly flowing prose, Kendra once again displays indisputable story-telling skills. The monsters are ferocious and the battle scenes are so well-described with succinct, yet powerful sentences that they easily pulled me into the action. In this installment, Matt is wiser; he is bulked up and in peak physical condition. His good friend Will is there to back him up. As Matt is maturing, so too, is Will. I REALLY like many of the characters in this series. I like the way they are changing to meet the escalating challenge, while remaining true to their basic personalities. This is an exciting series, and I am eagerly looking forward to more!
This book was provided to me by the author in return for my honest review.
Reviewed by Laurie-J
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