Five Star Friday's 269th Edition Is Brought to You By Octavia E. Butler

This first Five Star Friday of 2014 is brought to you by a cat's love of catnip, learning to live with grief, a bizarre internal growth, pattern recognition and change, belief in possibility, and Octavia E. Butler:

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photo source: Nikolas Coukouma

You don't start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it's good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That's why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.
— Octavia E. Butler

Happy Friday!

"A Story for the New Year" by Suebob Davis at Suebob's Awesome Brain:

When you want something bad enough, you'll find the voice to ask for it.

"Grief Is Forever (and That's OK)" by Emily Rapp at Modern Loss:

Whenever you are grieving, time will always stop. Reality will always be warped. What two days of careful, clean living and loads of elastic time taught me was that this ability to weather that new reality — of being warped, of being irrevocably changed — is everything you can do for yourself, and for the person you keep alive through remembrance.

"There Is a Book Inside of You" by Mallory Ortberg at The Toast:

Don't be alarmed. Please — sit down. It's very important that no matter what happens during our conversation, you move as little as possible. No, don't get up. Please. You've got to listen to me.
There’s a book inside of you. I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.

"The Rusty Shit" by Neil Kramer at Citizen of the Month:

In therapy, I asked Dr. Nesmith for a plan to live life. He said there was no plan. I asked him how anyone can change if they have no plan. He insisted that talk therapy was more important than a plan, because through talk you begin to see the patterns of your life, and by finally seeing them, you start to change.

"Open to It" by Tara Austen Weaver at Tea & Cookies:

I suppose that is what I wish for us all in this new and glittery year: the courage and the quiet to hear and follow our own heart, to open to our own life.

Please come back and share good writing with us over the coming week to be featured on the next Five Star FridaySubmit it by Thursday at midnight CST to have it featured on Five Star Friday.

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