Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here.
I am not a trained Storyteller if there is such a thing.
I have limited knowledge of classical literature and am mostly uneducated. I know hard work and hard men, and I read the Bible cover to cover every year.
Math is not my strong point either, but they say that when a paycheck is short, everyone knows calculus.
I think math has merit in all areas. Over the last few months, I have tried to reduce things down to the lowest common denominator.
For a while, I was writing an Ongoing Tale about the land of La Longi. It was a long one ambling or perhaps rambling about a Bard, a Beast, and a Brother, the concerns of a watchman and a youngster named Ashton.
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I appreciate Matt Snyder for reading my work. He is a class act and puts a shine on a sneaker in each episode.
I may return to telling tall tales. I liked the steampunk idea; Brett Hazelcup especially. I modeled him after someone’s dad, and If I world build again, there will be a Hazelcup in the chapters.
I did not stop writing due to a lack of interest or ideas.
A lot of people from my in-person circles were not thrilled with my stories and told me so to my face.
Other things happened as well, but I am not looking to make private matters public nor do I intend to.
I took things personally and stopped blogging. I figured there was something wrong with me.
Although dramatized and put through a few creative filters, the Bard, the Beast, the Brother, and Watchman Wayne are close to home.
After notifying someone I trust, I proceeded to self-examine by benchmarking with progress and seeing where I aligned with the Bible. This included alone time.
In short, I prayed a lot and chose to consciously forgive everyone for everything past and present.
I also recognized there are a few toxic people in my life that need to be removed and some that I will choose not to engage in the way they expect or demand. I don’t have to be a sucker moving forward.
“There is no greater sign of tyranny than a person that covets your exclusivity whilst simultaneously having no interest in catering to it.”Harlequin2280
Is this building walls? I am not sure. It is not my intent. I think sometimes bitterness comes from high expectations of others. It may be appropriate to expect less and just be ok with it. It seems to work so far after my return.
Are there stories to tell?
I know there are.
I will keep them fictional.