Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Notes of Devotion: Jude Urbanski

Ties That Bind

The San Francisco Chronicle carried the story about the female humpback whale entangled by masses of fishing lines and crab traps. Hundreds of pounds of lines and traps threatened her life and she struggled to stay afloat. Lines pulled and tightened around her body, her tail and her mouth.

A fisherman spotted the distressed whale and radioed an environmental group for help. The group wasted little time diving into the water to try and free her from bondage. They worked hours with curved knives and determination and finally unchained the whale.

Humpback Whale
When at last freed, the whale swam around in what seemed like joyous circles, but what happened next became a memory never to be forgotten. She swam back to the divers and, one at a time, gently nudged them, pushing them around a little. In her playfulness, it was like she was saying thank you. The diver who cut the lines out of her mouth says he’ll never forget how the whale’s eyes followed his every movement.

An unbelievable, heartwarming story of kindness.

How do we as writers get untangled from ties that bind? What fishing lines or crab traps do we strain against each day?

Let’s have fun with the word BIND.

• Are you plagued by the big “B” or Writer’s Block? Is this another word for boredom, bitterness or bewilderment? There’s always a way out of this mire and it varies with writers. Look for the chip in the block and you’ll find the key. Be brutally honest with yourself as to what’s blocking your writing. A sabbatical is sometimes the answer.

• Maybe the omnipresent “I” of interference is your binder. Simply put, life gets in the way. You know how it goes. Life happens on the way to the computer. A secret? If you want something done, ask a busy person. Ask the writer mom/dad who works, cares for the kids, car pools, covers the PTA and has a fun hobby. They make things happen. In your eventful life, you can too, with discipline and design.

• The “N” stands, of course, for the No of the rejection letter from the agent or the publisher or the contest. After you’ve received a few rejections, even if some are the golden variety, a thick skin is still needed. You learn and continue forward. It’s no surprise rejections are part of writing.

• Associate “D” with dreams, understanding well many people have forgotten how to dream. A small note, encouraging me to take time to dream, is stuck on my bathroom mirror. All reminders needed. A lack of dreams binds hard, yet dreams remain essential for writers.

Our assignment is to look for ways to become untangled from the lines or traps that bind like the whale was bound. Look for divers sent to rescue. They may come in assorted packages.

The Word tells us to not be weary in well doing for in due season we will reap a reward if we do not give up. Galations 6:9.

About the author:

Jude Urbanski, novelist, columnist and free lance writer, loves to write both fiction and non fiction. She and husband live in Indiana and volunteer in church and community.

Joy Restored, a novel of women's fiction with inspirational romance, will be released by Desert Breeze Publishing in mid-November.

About Joy Restored:

Kate Davidson feels God has played a cruel joke when she's left with three small children after the death of her disturbed, Vietnam vet husband. She is so angry with God, she almost misses the incredible love offered by rich widower Seth Orbin, no stranger to loss and grief.


Ramona Cecil said...

HUGE CONGRATULATIONS on the publication of Joy Restored, Jude! The story sounds FANTASTIC! Wishing you all the best with your debut fiction! You go, lady!!

Donna B said...

This story sounds wonderful!

jude said...

Ramona, thank you so much for your wonderful support always. It means a lot. I remember your first book too!

jude said...

Donna B,
Thanks so much for dropping by! The story is dear to my heart in many ways. The editor of The Pickett County Press (TN), the setting for the story, has allowed me to do an interactive blog about the book for the past several weeks and that has been fun too.