This week is the epic blogfest for Elana Johnson and her new release:
Click on the pic for the blurb and see how you can order this YA dystopic tale.
For the blogfest, Elana wants bloggers to share a time when we never surrendered... when we refused to give up. Something inspirational. Well, rather than tell you about something I never surrendered, I wanted to share someone else's story who inspires me every day. Someone ... very unexpected ....
Okay, so not the best picture, but if you look square in the middle you'll see an oval with black and red. That's him. That's who inspires me. Yeah, right about now you're like, uh ...what??
Allow me to elucidate: That little guy in the web is some kind of garden crab spider. I haven't been able to find the actual name. He's pretty unique and he looks just like a crab. His back resembles an African tribal mask. Now, I'm no spider fan, but they do fascinate me, and their purpose on the earth is vital to our existence and comfort. But this little guy here likes to make his web inside my screened in pool area and use part of my lounge chair as foundation for the web.
Everyday, I'd move my chair just enough to sever the web, destroying half of it, and sending little spider guy back to the opposite side of his web, away from me. And every new morning, when I'd go out to my lounge chair to enjoy the sun, little spider guy was back. lol And I know at some point I should've just been annoyed with him and squashed him, but you know what?? I admired him. I thought, no matter how many times I destroy his web, he keeps rebuilding. There's a whole screened enclosure, not to mention yard, he could safely rebuild in and not have to worry about me. But he wants MY spot.
You have to admit, there's something really admirable about it. Little Spider Guy just won't give up. So what did I do? I learned to live with it. Yep. Now I don't disturb his web, I work around it. I figure he's just going to rebuild it anyway, and he's not bothering me ... on the contrary he's probably keeping the mosquitoes away. And to boot, he's offered me a daily inspiration to never surrender, to never give up til we get what we want. And in the writing/publishing world, that's a priceless mentality to have.
I leave you with an old song that was one of my faves as a kid, and appropriate for today: