The Thursday Three #15

  1. I’m reading Encountering Truth, a compilation of excerpts from Pope Francis’s homilies. One of them (actually several of them, but I can’t talk about them all in a short blog post) struck me because it discussed “nostalgia for sin” in relation to the Israelites complaining in the desert. They were starving and believed that they would have been better off in Egypt, still enslaved. Sometimes we give up a sin and feel as though we should go back to it, perhaps because life now feels empty without the “excitement.” But God tells us not to look back because better things are in store. I need to remember that.
  2. Somewhat related to #1, Catholicism doesn’t fall neatly into the “Republican” or “Democratic” sides of the American political spectrum, no matter how hard people try to pin it somewhere. People are always debating about whether Jesus would have been a Republican or a Democrat, but I’ve always found that to be silly. If he was a rebel in his time (and he was), he would be a rebel now.
  3. I kicked my short story out the door today, so it should be on its way to the contest tomorrow. It’ll be interesting to see what becomes of it, if anything. No matter what happens, it was a lot of fun to write and get to know my characters a bit better. I used to seriously dislike writing short stories, but over the past couple years, it’s gotten more and more fun. So I may do some more in the future. 🙂

How is everyone’s week going?

4 thoughts on “The Thursday Three #15

  1. I always have such a hard time writing short stories. I can write short excerpts for longer pieces, but that’s about it. It’s great that you’ve gotten yours finished though. I hope it does well in the contest!

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    1. Like anything else, I think it takes a lot of practice. And short stories are good for certain scenes that would work well on their own.

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  2. I think that nostalgia is very real. It’s probably one factor when you see someone get out of an abusive relationship and later end up back with the same person.

    (It’s also a theme in the last Fast and Furious movie, of all things. 🙂 )

    Good luck with the story!

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    1. Yes, that’s probably definitely part of it. On some level, they may be addicted to the emotional highs and lows.

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