Welcome to the third issue of ATWC an Ezine for writers of
For those of you who are receiving your third issue, glad you're still with us. To the newbies, welcome aboard!
I know it's been a long unscheduled hiatus, for which I do apologize.
hiatus caused by virus problems,
a new and demanding job, and my propensity for over
scheduling. I must also admit that
the break stretched a little longer than was necessary due to the email I
received right before I was virally sidelined.
Even though I felt I'd successfully rebutted the question of racism with
regard to the purpose of this newsletter, the unsettled feeling remained with me
like a bad taste in my mouth.
Why? Perhaps because
the accusation acted like Wonder Woman's golden lasso. Remember that?
The lasso would force truth from the one bound no matter what his
inclination, and when her bullet-repelling bracelets were held together by the
same lasso, the woman of wonder would become just like any other
woman--vulnerable to the strength of her opponent.
At that point in the show, I'd usually stand up and become quite vocal in my
encouragement. I'd exhort Wonder
Woman to break the bond of the lasso, twist and turn until she could slip her
hands out of the ropes, and then begin the booty-kicking! As
a thirteen year old fan, I didn't yet know that strength takes many forms.
Strength of will, strength of mind, strength of character, and strength
of purpose, to name a few.
So...what truth was I bound to?
The truth that, for a brief moment, I did enjoy the power of yay or nay
over the Caucasian reporter? Maybe.
The truth is that no matter how gifted a writer I may be, no matter how
many degrees I may attain, after all the research is done and the dust settles,
there are some assignments to which I just won't be able to do justice.
The subject matter will not have been a part of my reality, and therefore I have
no frame of reference. A bitter
pill to swallow... but true, nevertheless.
Somewhere along the way, I realized that my disquiet wasn't really about the
accusation, but about my purpose, my ability to stay focused and see this
project through. For a brief
moment, I forgot that this endeavor wasn't about me, but about avid readers and
talented writers both in search of material and opportunities.
A marvelous thing... perspective.
Founder and Editorial Director
are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together
and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are
called according to [His] design and purpose. ~~Romans 8:28 (Amplified
(IN OTHER WORDS: See our adversity as an opportunity to
fine tune our character. We are more than conquerors.)
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