THOUGHTFUL THURSDAYS: Boy Scouts Aren’t The Only Ones Prepared…

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I know just enough about the Boy Scouts of America to be dangerous. I was the Cub Scout Master for one of the oldest packs in the area when my son was growing up and took the journey with him all the way to Eagle Scout. The foundation of the BSA is to always be prepared.

Funny, but that’s the same foundation I have found in my martial arts. When I began my martial arts journey eighteen years ago, I soon realized there were many similarities between the two. The lessons I learned in my training carried over into other areas and I soon found those skills perfected on the mats could be applied in all aspects of my life.

One day, I came the closest I’ve ever been in the past eighteen years in having to potentially use my training to defend myself. And it was the most scared I’ve been in a long time. But I learned many things about myself that day…

1. Being scared doesn’t mean I stop thinking. The instant I felt threatened, I was thinking about how to put distance between myself and my opponent as well as making sure I didn’t keep my back turned to him. If I was going to be called upon to defend myself, I wanted to be fully prepared.

2. Being in control of oneself sometimes can control the situation itself. Once I realized this other person was losing control of their emotions and was quickly escalating to cursing me, I remained silent and presented a non-threatening demeanor. Not only did it give the other person a moment to collect themselves, it gave me a chance to think of some options should things turn ugly.

3. Being the last one standing may sometimes be the ultimate goal. Fortunately, back then I was not called upon to put my training into practice. But I do know I had come to the quick conclusion should this other person put their hands on me in any threatening manner, I was going to react quickly and try to “persuade” him to leave me alone. It’s the choices we make in the heat of the moment which defines our core character. I can only hope that I will always make decisions I will never come to regret.

And you know the funny thing? I have found that writing carries with it the same foundation I discovered while working with the Boy Scouts of America and which I have found with my martial arts. It’s all about learning the skills to carry yourself to the next level with pride. To make the right choices which lead to no regrets and most always leads to life’s most successful accomplishments. And what can be sweeter than that?

 

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lunadar

 

Ruler by day, a reluctant pirate by night, 18-year-old Princess Ariana fights for her subjects in the waterfall city of Lunadar. In a kingdom surrounded by fairies and mermaids, and ravaged by deadly Drundles, only a chosen few are trusted to guard her daughter, Candra, as the secret heir to the throne.

But it only takes one ill-fated meeting for Ariana to suddenly be plunged into an escalating web of secrets found in her father’s journal, a deadly kidnapping, and an ever-weakening resolve to turn her back on the call of the merman’s song.

With Ariana’s world falling apart and the future of Lunadar at stake, how will she bring her father’s murderer to justice and fulfill a deathbed promise to protect Lunadar’s legacy?

 

donna

 

International best selling, award-winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, LUNADAR: Homeward Bound (a YA fantasy), ebook edition, is now available from Amazon, with the print edition coming October 15, 2018.

CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL OF READING

 

 

Children's Festival

 

Every year, right before school lets out and summer begins, my city celebrates the written word in a big, big way.

The Children’s Festival of Reading has been going on for more than fifteen years and every year 12,000 or more people crowd into World’s Fair Park to laugh, dance, sing, and weave their way through a number of booths honoring books of all genres.

 

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I arrived at Word’s Fair Park at around 8:30 to find my tent and start setting up. STORY CATCHER PUBLISHING and TAEKWONDO YOUTH ALLIANCE had teamed up to give away free self defense lessons and a bevy of books!

 

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A number of my Taekwondo students had signed up to help at my booth today. This is one of my black belts doing a little “community service” work. If you look closely at the tablecloth, you will discover my little yard sale treasure when I came across someone selling a bolt of “book” designed cloth that was a perfect fit for my display table! My sister doesn’t like being photographed so don’t tell her I snuck this picture in when she wasn’t looking…;~)

 

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It threatened to rain all day but never did, so many people braved the potential thunderstorms to come out and have a little fun.

 

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They even had a panel of authors from around the country speaking about their work and the art of writing well enough to become published.

As always, I LOVED all the excitement of this festival and I got a chance to share my two passions…writing and taekwondo…with the many children who stopped by my booth. Now, it’s time to recover from my day in the sun and get ready for my next adventure into the indie world of publishing.

Be sure to check back next week when I talk about the next step in setting up STORY CATCHER PUBLISHING and counting down the days until the ebook release of LUNADAR: Homeward Bound!

 

donna

 

International best selling, award winning author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna is a BOOK NOOK REVIEWS host providing the latest book reviews on all genres of children’s books, and the host of WRITERLY WISDOM, a resource series for writers. Donna is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and Children’s Book Insider. She is a lover of dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection. Donna’s latest book, My Journey, My Journal, is scheduled to be released by Expert Insights Publishing in the Fall 2018.