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My 1,000,000 Word Challenge

Can I Do It? Can I Count On Your Support? I was sitting at my little writing desk, quietly composing new words to infuse into my novel late into the night — when a thought occurred to me. How many novel pages had I composed this year? How many poems have I written? How many short stories have I put together?  After going on this train of thought for a few nebulous minutes, I had  come to realize that I had written approx. 175,000 words since the beginning of the year. I then thought about all of the faithful writers who try to write 300,000, or if they’re really crazy, 400,000 words in a year. read the rest here…http://orastories.com/my-1000000-word-challenge/
Brenton Weyi
March 11, 2013
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Courage: When Everything Goes Wrong

Thank you everyone for your approval on this post. Please “like” this article on my new site, orastories.com if you enjoy it! This is the actual final post in the waning embers of the Ren Mind. The full switch will be complete by the end of the week. See you at Orastories!  “Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point.” – CS Lewis We have all had those moments, you’re enjoying a beautiful sunny day with everything going your way, when all of a sudden you get a phone call or experience a series of events that completely turn your world upside down. What we don’t have all have is the proper reaction to these situations. Many people fold under pressure or let the difficulty of a life situation leave a lasting negative impact on their state of mind. The people who don’t: are the courageous… read the rest here: http://orastories.com/courage-when-everything-goes-wrong/
Brenton Weyi
March 6, 2013
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The Right of a Child

In the wake of recent events that have occurred in the US, today I start with a spoken word poem I wrote a while back: Make us children again We call ourselves your children, but don’t act like it As the wrinkles form on our skin, they begin to mesh into fences Informing us that it is now our job to cage our creativity As a child, everything is draped in disguise; language itself becomes an illusion Peering through the lenses of a glossy eyed child, every object becomes an endless possibility In the fall, a pile of leaves becomes a heap of hope, for once combined with the wind They will dance with space itself, spinning around and leaving streaks of spectral colors As child and nature begin to mingle with one another, they will be able to call themselves brothers In the winter a simple pile of frozen water becomes the blueprints for a fortress, or a sound foundation for the formation of joyful snowman. And when Christmas comes around, it really is about Santa, because children don’t have to be reminded about good will towards men In your name, we will harm one another The only part of youth we’ve retained is selfishly competing for the love a parent who doesn’t play favorites Help us remember the nice days when all that we needed to make a friend, was to say hello And if we didn’t speak the same language, a hug would suffice That the only judgment we had to make, was to see who won the race, and who truly was a rotten egg When we walk out into the world, all we care about is getting from point a to point b We simply forgot when we used to remember that x marked the…
Brenton Weyi
January 3, 2013
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The Death of Happiness

Happiness, and the search for personal meaning, seems to be ever present in the collective mind of contemporary society. In this series of posts, I will explore the search for happiness by the contemporary individual.  In our contemporary globalized society, we have become accustomed to nearly limitless freedom; freedom to travel, to pursue any life path, to marry or not marry, or any other option ad infinitum. Although this seems like it would produce a world of savvy and satisfied individuals, it seems that the exact opposite is true. But how is this phenomenon possible? Living in an Other Directed Society During the latter half of the 20th Century, sociologists began to follow a new model of human personality types that were identified as: tradition-directed, inner-directed or other-directed. Those were directed by tradition adhered strongly to the norms set forth by their family and personal atmosphere. The inner-directed individuals were motivated to achieve the goals that demarcated social success, which in our society has meant material wealth. Finally, the other-directed individuals were motivated by interacting with others and calibrating their desires to fit what other people valued. Now, no individual can be simply categorized by any of these categories, each of these appear in different degrees in different people. However, as we have rejected the rigidity of society that was seen in the 40’s and 50’s, we have slowly moved toward other-direction. With the advent of social media, merely having material wealth is no longer a show of success or happiness. With constant connections forming, we continually see the lives of others through our own personal looking glass. We compare our own lives to the travels, experiences and successes of others. Unfortunately, our successes usually don’t seem to stack up to those of others. This feeling is only exacerbated by…
Brenton Weyi
June 26, 2012