Happy Tears

2013-02-20 07.14.53

Have you ever been so happy for someone that you just busted out into tears? I am sure you have we all have. But have you ever done it for someone you did not know? Have you done it for someone you seen on tv?  I have on quite a few occasions. I was watching “Our America” with Lisa Ling and they were showcasing obesity in our country. It is a rising concern for our nation especially for the children.

Brianna is a young woman at the age of 12 from the state of Mississippi. She weighed over 300 pounds. She was one of the individuals who was showcased. At the end of the program they showed the many steps her family and she was taking to help her get healthy. When they checked up on her a few months later she had lost enough to drop a pant size. I can’t recall how much they said she had lost. But the story touched me enough for me to be sitting on my couch crying for I was so happy for her and the efforts she had made to get to this point.

I am not sure if my tears are due to my getting older or perspective of the show. But this has been happening for me. Total strangers who I do not know and will never know but when something amazing happens I am just so happy for them that I tend to tell them, “Well done.”  Even if they never hear me, I still say it.

The release of this emotion is a good cleansing of one’s insides. It shows you can be happy for others, you can think of others and can truly just enjoy them doing well. In this world of me me me or what can you do for my family and me I think we as people should start being happy for others and not just ourselves. It is so easy for myself to think of what is going on in my own little percentage of the world that every thing and every one around me can be forgotten. I am such a small nano percentage of this universe as the rest of you are as well. It would bode us well to get along with others and also to be happy for them when great things happen even if those things are small and minute to us.

I wish Brianna continue success on her road to being happy. May I find more people in this world to be happy for even if I never meet them.

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What’s In A Name?

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I had never really given it much thought into how I go about naming my characters. It took me by surprise when members of my writing groups mentioned how they took time to research their names and meanings. My eyes were open as I realized how serious they were with this.

For my children’s book the main character is called Jasper in real life and I molded his personality from what I knew of him. The other names I just picked out of thin air. My book “ A Woman of Color” is based on true people though the names have been changed to protect their identity. But again I did not spend time in deciding what alternatives to use. When I write I toss in a name and keep on going.

So now I have these questions. Do you take the time to pick your character names? If so how do you go about it? What is the process? How do you start? Does it really matter?

Even as I research into this topic my mind set is still not big on picking any particular monikers for my writing. Maybe it is just me? Perhaps I am doing something wrong in not taking greater care of my characters. I am more focus on getting the story out on paper as the hook is developed, the plot unfolds and all is nice and neat at the end. To me being a good story-teller matters a bit more than the names I attach to the people involved in my novel.  As I asked more questions I am left wondering as the answers just don’t seem to connect the dots in how I process my writings. I want to understand how much does this impact my MS.

So to my viewers out there if you take time to naming your peeps can you give me some insight into this? I want my book to not only be read by others I want it to stand up and shine and be taken noticed. That is what we all want right?