Camp Nano, day 1

Words have a power all their own

Words have a power all their own (Photo credit: Lynne Hand)

Well, had to go to work earlier this morning than I’d planned, so no writing this morning.  But going in earlier meant I got out earlier.  So, after stopping at PetSmart (and spending way too much money for fancy, schmancy cat food for little Spooky), I came home, threw a load of laundry in, cooked some fish, then sat down to see what I could come up with on my first day of camp.

In a little over an hour, I’d written over 2,000 words.  I caught myself going back and changing things a couple of times.  Had to remind myself this is about getting the words out, that I can revise later.  After I finished, I did go back and read what I’d written…and it’s okay…nothing earth shattering, but I thought there were a couple of places that were pretty good.  Of course there are several places that need a lot of work, but still…it’s a start!

This is definitely different from writing a post for my blog.  With the blog, I’m always trying to be careful not to write too many words, trying to keep it somewhat brief…don’t want folks thinking is this EVER going to end??  With the story though, it gives me a lot more leeway to build the descriptive aspects of the story or the dialog…kind of cool to be able to write more than I might otherwise write.

I’ve got to do the dishes and a few other chores, thinking I might just find the time to get in a few more words tonight…camp is pretty darn fun so far…after just one day!!

Well, ain’t that just a kick in the teeth?

What would Jesus do?

What would Jesus do? (Photo credit: duncan)

What would have happened if, when the little boy was finished singing his “ain’t no homos going to heaven” song, one of those adults had been brave enough to face all of those cheering adults and tell them that their behavior wasn’t imitating the behavior of Jesus?  Would any of them have listened?  Would any of them have felt shame in their own behavior?  Would any of them have questioned what they were teaching the children in their church?

Being the cynical liberal thinker that I am, I kind of doubt it.  I’m afraid they may have shouted him down.  That they may have insulted him or even done physical harm to him.  And isn’t that a sad thing to think about people who are supposed to be trying to live as Jesus would live?  I always wonder if people who behave that way understand how they turn so many people off of Christianity by that type of behavior…

It makes me sad to see this type of behavior from anyone, but especially from people who claim to follow Jesus’ teachings.  They should know better.  Perhaps they should take the time to sit down, think things over and ask themselves, “honestly, what would Jesus do?”…the Jesus I know wouldn’t teach children to hate and he most certainly wouldn’t stand there and cheer when a child (or anyone, for that matter) sang a song expressing that hatred…I think he would have been saddened by what happened in that church that day…I know I was.