Overcoming Adversity Blogfest
Nick at Scattergun Scribblings is hosting the Overcoming Adversity Blogfest. Entries will be compiled into a book and the proceeds will go to funding college for his son, Andrew, who has cerebral palsy.
This is my entry.
My Friends, My Heroes
The human spirit it an amazing thing. It can overcome any adversity. Those who succeed despite their situation motivate and assure us that we can triumph as well. And I don’t have to look any farther for inspiration than my blogger buddies.
Roland Yeomans almost lost everything during Rita. He’d already lost two beloved pets and everything he owned due to a fire several years before that. When Katrina hit, he took his laptop, clothes, and cat Gypsy and fled town, returning several months later to a water-damaged apartment. Once again, he had to start over. But Roland has not let that dampen his dream. He now has over twenty books to his name, and he continues to post advice on his blog to help other writers. Roland has not lost faith.
Hart Johnson experienced a really bad 2012 with many setbacks including her husband’s hospitalization. Despite the struggles, she has forged on. Her first book was released last June and this year her second book, The Begonia Bribe, will be released. But that’s not all! Hart entered the ABNA this year, plans to polish several more novels, and will participate in both BuNo and NaNo. Hart is all or nothing.
Jeremy Hawkins was in a terrible car accident several years ago. It permanently misaligned four of his neck bones and he went through months of physical therapy. Even now, cold weather and other factors will dislodge his neck bones, and he is restricted in what he can do. Despite all of that, Jeremy continues to post for Howlin’ Wolf Records and does freelance artwork for clients. He’s published two books and contributes every day to the A to Z Team. And he never complains. Jeremy takes away all excuses.
Karen Walker underwent emotional and sexual abuse as a child. Her self-image took quite a hit and she made some poor life choices as a result. Living with those choices, one of which involved estrangement from her only son for many years, was devastating. But Karen didn’t give up. She began working on her memoir, Following the Whispers, and found her peace. Today she dances, sings, and travels with her wonderful husband. She still struggles, but she fights back.
Charles Gramlich’s’ wife Lana was diagnosed with cancer last year and underwent extensive chemotherapy and radiation treatments. At one point, she was so miserable it was as if they both just wanted to die. They persevered though, and eventually Lana recovered her strength. In November, they received the word that Lana was cancer-free. Through all of this, Charles has continued to work and write. And he is blessed that his wife is there to watch him do it. They are both incredibly tough.
My own struggles seem so small in comparison. But no matter what the challenge, I know I can overcome because they overcame. Thank you for not giving up, my friends. You are my heroes.
(And there were so many more I could’ve mentioned, but I ran out of room!)
The Indelibles are hosting the INDIE-Kissing Blogfest on February 14. See their site for details.
EJ Wesley’s blog tour begins today!
There will be giveaways and free books, so check it out.
Have a great tour, EJ!
My Next Blogfest!
The first blogfest I ever hosted was The Movie Dirty Dozen on June 21, 2010, and fifty-eight people participated. I had less than two hundred followers at the time, so most of you missed it. Which is why I’ve decided to revisit it with:
Top Ten Movie Countdown Blogfest
March 18, 2013
List your top ten favorite movies!
Told you this one would be fun and easy! Now, who’s with me? Grab the badge and sign up below.
Who’s overcome adversity in your world? Give that person a shout-out here! Joining the Indelibles’ blogfest? Ready to list your favorite movies? Don't forget the IWSG on Wednesday. And did you watch the Super Bowl? Best commercial was…? (Outside of movie previews, I only counted three good ones.)