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Your Future Success is in Your Own Heart by Lorna Faith
I gasped in horror and stared at the flames that shot upward. Seconds before I had removed the lid off the pot where I had been cooking french fries. However, there was one problem. I didn’t realize that I wasn’t supposed to have a lid on a pot of boiling oil.
I backed away from the stove, still in shock, watching as the kitchen cupboards ignited and the flames shot in both directions. All of them were soon buried under the fiery blaze. I panicked, not really thinking thrust my arm through the flames to turn off the stove. Screaming in pain I pulled my arm out and backed up, bumping into the soft form of my son.
“Hot!” Our seventeen month old son sat on the floor behind me. He had been playing with his Tonka truck, until he saw the flames. His eyes grew ever wider as he pointed at the flames that had now spread to the wall.
I picked Qualan up and hugged him close, reassuring him, even though I was still in shock. I didn’t know what else to do, so I hurried over to the wall phone that was about six feet away from the spreading fire. I dialed the number I knew best.
“I can’t believe I did this! I can’t believe I did this! I didn’t know this would happen!” My voice screeched over the phone line to my husband and then abruptly I hung up the phone. I was still in shock. My dear hubby told me later, he was driving home at the time and put the pedal to the metal when he heard the incoherent hysteria in my voice. He knew I had been making homemade fries and thought the oil had accidentally poured over our son.
I hurried to call 911, realizing belatedly that the fire truck needed to come now. By this time Qualan was crying and the crisis I was living in at that moment was starting to sink in. As soon as I hung up the phone, someone pounded loudly on the door.
I went to the door, opening it to my neighbor. “I saw the flames leaping through the wall... Oh my goodness!” Her eyes grew round and she stopped speaking just staring at the flaming red behind us. “You’ve got to get out of here now!” She tugged on my hand to follow her.
I nodded, grabbed my purse, hurrying as fast as my 7 month pregnant body would let me. I held onto my son for dear life, strips of ceiling singeing my hair as we ran.
My husband screeched his van to a halt and spied us standing on the street. We were dazed. He ran toward us to see if we were okay, checking Qualan over for scars or burns.
|View of the Rocky Mountains from Lorna's|
“He’s okay. We’re both fine. It’s the house. I’ve burned down our house.” I started sobbing, feeling waves of guilt wash over me.
“Oh, is that all.” A big sigh of relief escaped him. “I’m so glad you’re both okay.” We stood there hugging each other, crying tears of gratefulness that our family was okay.
Everyone has a story that they’ll never forget. This is one of mine.
As writers and storytellers it’s often those real life experiences that you’ve lived through that is the impetus to new worlds and compelling characters you create.
To find the deepest issues that cause change in our characters, we need to dive deep into the muddy pool of our own raw life changing moments.
That’s what I did when I wrote the story of the heroine in my first novel Answering Annaveta. When I told Annaveta’s story of abuse by her father, being haunted by fear and rejection and living through the tragedy of a fire, I wrote from the depths of me. I lived through it once already.
I want to inspire you and challenge you, to write with abandon. Don’t let fear hold you back from digging up the messiness of all you’ve lived through. If you’re going through a crisis right now, remember and journal all those tangled emotions.
While groping your way through those murky waters, that’s where healing comes. For your readers and for yourself.
It’s your raw story that will captivate and inspire. Your future success lies within your own heart.
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Lorna Faith loves all things romantic, historical and filled with adventure. A graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a degree in Music, Lorna teaches students by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Her latest adventure is working on Book #2 in the Russia to Canada Trilogy as well as interviewing people about how they work through obstacles to live a better story in her Raw Story Life Podcast. She and her husband have four teenagers and live in southern Alberta with a scenic view of the Rocky Mountains. Answering Annaveta is her first novel.
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