Why I Write: A Reflection

My 50th Hub

Having reached my 49th Hub and completing the 30/30 Hubchallenge, I thought about maybe taking a week off or so, basking in the satisfaction of a job well done and just laying myself off on writing more Hubs. But then I wanted to do something special. I wanted to celebrate somehow, so after some thought, I came up with this idea: I wanted my 50th Hub to be somewhat special and a reflection of my time here at Hubpages so far.

For those of you who know me, you know that I like to write. When writing my fictional pieces, I take pleasure in creating my characters, dressing them up a little, maybe give them a splash of Old Spice or Chanel and then shove them into the jaws of unmerciful hell. Funny, sometimes I feel like I’m a character in some writer’s novel that is still in the works! I like that I can make them say or do anything I please. I can make them have credit card bills, student loans, a living-beyond-their-means-mortgage payment…I can make them delinquent on their bills. I can make it so that my character has no real issues with his hunky-dory life and fly off to Bora Bora on the wings of a Gulfstream G550 with some gorgeous dame he just met at a cocktail party, just by pressing down on a few keys: It’s that easy—clickity click—only to have that same jet crash land on a desert island (and like always, the pilot, cute stewardess and any other minor character dies). Out of desperation, both guy and gal would then have to decide on whether or not they want to be eaten by the other or have it the other way around—I’m just that devious in that manner! This is one of the reasons why I love to write: I get the opportunity to create.

After losing my job of three years unceremoniously back in early 2008, I was faced with a huge challenge. While working, I put every fiber of my being into my job in middle-management, oftentimes working seventy-plus hours a week. I’d won some of my company’s most prestigious awards and for a time, was its most consistent regional sales leader having reached the top echelon an unheard of 34 consecutive months. When I was let go, I didn’t know what to do myself. “This isn’t in the script,” I said to myself. “I didn’t plan this.” But something happened from then on. I went back to writing my novel after having put it off for three full years. I had a bit of money left that I’d saved from the job and so made up my mind to finish up what I started so many years prior.

Writing My First Novel

For the next six weeks, I was a writing machine. Just like during the time right after college graduation (I majored in Creative Writing by the way) I jumped back into novel-writing mode again. I’d wake up pretty late—about nine in the morning (rather than five-thirty like I used to) put on a pot of coffee and turn on my computer while sitting in my swivel chair while clearing my mind. For the next two-and-a-half to three hours, I’d write. During that span, I didn’t pick up the phone or do much of anything else, besides sip on my coffee and go out for the occasional cigarette (yeah, yeah, I know). During which time, I did not stop until I had at least 500 words. Often times than not, I’d crank out much more, like 2,000 words if I was really “feeling it,” one might say.

After doing this for about an hour and a half to two hours, I’d spend perhaps another half hour or so doing some quick editing of the previous day’s work. I did this everyday without missing a single day for the next six weeks, during which time I cranked out a total of 40,000 words. At the end of six weeks, I had a total of 113,000 words which equates to 452 double-spaced pages (I still have a lot of editing to do). I finished my first novel on March 6, 2008. Not ever before in my life had I been more proud of myself than when I completed my novel currently titled, “Yellow House.” I’d accomplished exactly what I had set out to do back in the fall semester of 2000, which was to finish a novel.

I was in awe that I had finished my novel ahead of schedule, as I really thought that it would take me at least two full months or so to complete (since restarting it). I made great strides to finish and knew that nothing would stop me from reaching my goal. When I first started, my third rewrite of my novel back on March 1st of 2001, I already knew how my autobiographical novel would end; I just didn’t know how it would begin.

Writing the first 50 or so pages was very difficult, as I had to revise and rewrite it several times before I was satisfied with the product. If you have not read, “If I Had Wings,” please do, as it is the precursor to my first novel that inspired me to continue on my journey to fulfilling my dream. My family and I came to the United States in 1980. For almost a year prior to doing so, we spent 11 months at a Thai refugee camp to escape Communist persecution in our native Laos. To me, writing my novel about my family’s experience was not only the greatest undertaking I’ve ever endured; it was the most important. I am currently working on another novel titled, “I, Fraternity” and a novella that I plan to finish by the end of October. Since completing my first novel, I find writing other novels to be easier now, especially when tapping into my stream of consciousness.

I've also written a hub to help those seeking to Write a Novel and Find the Voice Within. I hope to see you there!

Things Do Happen For a Reason

Out of five children in my family, I am the youngest and was the first to attend college. My family and I risked our lives to come to the States, having traveled 10,000 miles to freedom. I challenge anyone to tell me that we did so in vain, as I love this country and will never forget where we might be presently had we not come here so many years before. We left behind so many of loved ones, our kin whom we’ve known all our lives and left our home under the cover of darkness without telling any of them beforehand of our plight, so as to not compromise their safety nor our own. Our plan to leave Laos was the most difficult decision my father ever made on behalf of our family. I believe wholeheartedly that I owe my life to my mother and father and writing our family’s novel is the best way I know how to honor them and cherish a memory that seems today an impossible dream.

I was devastated when I lost my job and so were my parents. It was in fact the first “real job” I got since graduating from college. I felt that I shamed them and felt ashamed for failing at my career. Looking back now, I don’t regret it, not one bit because it was the best thing my company ever did for me, as they inadvertently provided me the opportunity to finish my novel and for that I thank them.

Why I Write

Since the age of fourteen, I’ve been keeping a journal. For long stretches of time, I’ve written everything that came to mind. I found solace in my journal writing. Whatever it was that was bothering me—whether in my heart or my mind—writing drew out the poison that was trying to consume me. Writing was a passion to me then and is still a passion to me now. Writing is a release and with each writing session, I always feel better than when first I began. Writing is my freedom, my right, my life…I once heard this line and I do apologize if it belongs to you and was not given your due:

“Sticks and stones will break bones, but words will break a heart.”

This line certainly struck a chord in me. I learned at an early age that words are powerful and have an unlimited potential to either harm or heal a person—that they can be soothing or damaging to the right or wrong person, that they can be descriptive and convey emotions…I wanted to harness that same power. I wanted to tell a story or two and share it with everyone willing to listen while being as honest as I could—I wanted to do this for a living for as long as I’m alive. I’ve heard that only the top two percent of all the writers in the world actually make enough to earn a living and that pursuing such a mode of living is futile. Apparently, I don’t care as I’m going to give this “writing thing” a shot.

“What do you want to do?” My college advisor asked me, at the end of my sophomore year in college. I had yet to declare a major and had to settle on one, per the Registrar’s Office. After thinking about it for a time and shifting in my seat while looking all around her office, the thought suddenly struck me:

“I want to change the world,” I told her. I’ve certainly found my niche.

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Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

Thank you for sharing. I will read more, I will read more, right now though it is I MUST write more.

Just about every week I read of the plight of Lao refugees in Thailand. Forced or threatened to go back. Losing medical back up. The list goes on.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Peter, for being the first to post! I truly appreciate it! As you know, I'm always willing to repay the favor. I'm looking forward to reading more of your material as well!


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Philipo 7 years ago from Nigeria

Very touch. Very inspiring. Very educative. Life is full of ups and downs. I wish you the best. Put your trust in God, He will neither leave you nor forsake you.


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Silverlining 7 years ago from Port Elizabeth

Wow, loved reading this, I can’t wait to read some of your stories. Thanks for sharing them too! I've always wanted to write but never get further than the second chapter! Congratulations on having 50 hubs!


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andromida 7 years ago

Congrats on completing your 50th Hub.I truly respect your passion and desire for writing.There is no doubt that you have a gift and your 50th hub giving me a feeling that you are gonna make the best use of your talent.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Philipo-I appreciate your response. Life certainly is filled with ups and downs. I once heard that it's not how many times you fall that counts, but the number of times you get back up. Thank you.

Silverlining-I forgot to put a link to writing a novel and finding the voice within to this hub. I'm going to do that right now. Discipline is the key, I found, to writing a novel. Thanks again.

Andromida-Thank you, it means a lot that to me that so many people here in the HP community are so supportive of others. You are no exception. If anything else, I hope to publish this book so I can share with others my family's experience. I appreciate it.


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emievil 7 years ago from Philippines

First of all, congrats on completing the 30 hubs in 30 days challenge. Second, congrats on your 50th hub! Third of all, congrats on hitting the 100 score. I'm congratulating you well ahead of the others. It's only a matter of time before you hit the big 100!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

:D Thanks, emievil! That's so nice of you! As you say, it's only a matter of time. Right now, I just gotta keep going! I've been 99 before, but...We'll see.

As always, I appreciate your support. Where would I be without your help?


eagle012004 7 years ago

You are wonderful writer! I hope, I get to read your novel someday (the one on your family). I hope you don't get this the wrong way but I was just wondering if that novel could be a movie someday if the opportunity came. It sounds like it could be good story to make a movie. Anyways, best of luck and congratulations on your 50th hub!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

There's nothing wrong for suggesting that, eagle. To be honest with you, I envisioned my family's novel much the same way we view movies...My eyes were the lens to the camera that was shooting the movie--it's incredible that you mentioned that, really. Thank you for congratulating me. The challenge meant so much to me.


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Drew Breezzy 7 years ago from somewhere in my mind

Thanks for sharing! Are you going to be published?


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Only time will tell my friend. I still have to find a literary agent. I don't want to self publish, as it won't get me anywhere unless I spend a ton of money on marketing. I'll make sure you get you an autographed copy as soon as I do :) Thanks for visiting!


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Lady_E 7 years ago from London, UK

This is lovely Dohn - its always nice to take a step back once in a while and reflect. If you hadn't done that, well, I'd never know you had written a book - which I will check out and a Hub encouraging others to write novels - again which I will be checking out.

Well done on completing the challenge, hope you see the rewards of all that burning oil at midnight. :)


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Ladybird33 7 years ago from Georgia USA

Dohn, beautiful, truly, I felt what you wrote. You will see many good things come your way, just wait and see :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Lady_E--That's a great idea. Nothing worth while is ever easy. None of us should ever give up on our dreams. Life is too short and time is too precious for any us to not take chances. I appreciate your encouragement and hope that I can break through and get my novel published soon! Mind you, I don't care about the money. I just want to do what I love for as long as I'm able. Thank you!

Ladybird33--That's so flattering to hear that from you! I really hope that I will publish and I don't mean self publish either, as any one can with a bit of money. Marketing is a whole different ball game. I hope to see you at the book signing :D Thank you for taking the time to read me!


Natalie Marie 7 years ago

Wow. You are an excellent writer. And writing is such a powerful, personal thing, and I'm glad it has helped you through your difficult times. I hope you get "Yellow House" published, because I want to read it! I must say congratulations! I can't even imagine what it will be like to post my 50th hub! And I agree with Ladybird33 - good things will come to you.


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Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

What a lovely idea for a 50th hub Dohn - and so well expressed too! Here's to golden days ahead for the books you've written and the ones to come!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Natalie Marie--Thank you so much for visiting me! I appreciate your encouragement and hope that I can you that as an impetus to continue on my journey to getting published. Don't worry about getting your 50th hub, by the way. Your problem shouldn't be, "What should I write about?" It should be instead, "What shall I write first?" Maybe one day, I'll see you at the book signing!

Shalini--I've just am tapping the tip of the virtual iceberg. I actually am thinking of continuing on and adding two more books to, "Yellow House." I have a total of seven books that I want to write so far! I thank you for your kind and sincere words. The responses to this hub has certainly been overwhelming. I'm certainly lucky to have such friends.

Thank you everyone!


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Herald Daily 7 years ago from A Beach Online

Dohn, I think you chose the perfect topic to make your 50th hub special. Congratulations!

You tell a wonderful story, Dohn. The company that let you go did us a favour, as well. We would probably not know of your talent, if that had not happened. Re your parents, they must be incredibly proud of you.

I'm eager to read your other works that you've linked to here and I believe you have a bright writing future.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I can barely tell you how grateful I am to hear you say that, HD. Being a part of that company, I was en route to nowhere. It was a dead-end job and didn't know it because I was too busy working!

I'm glad that I was able to share this with you and have absolutely no regrets about how my life turned out. I just wisht it turned out a bit sooner.

It's great to hear such encouraging and kind words. I'm anxious to hear your response as always. Thank you for being a fan and for your unrelenting support of my craft.


hubpageswriter 7 years ago

Though I've just known you, I really think you are a good writer. You inspire me, really.. keep it up, bro..


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

It's such an honor to hear that. I thank you for all of the support you've bestowed upon me. I'm so grateful for everyone in this community for helping me. As always, HPWriter, I thank you.


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IslandVoice 7 years ago from Hawaii

I really like your style. I will be following your hubs. Thanks for being so candid here.


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shamelabboush 7 years ago

Weel, congrats on your 50th hub? You've done great in many ways dear dohn121, keep the good work.


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fierycj 7 years ago from The Fiery Heart of Africa

I can certainly relate with being a character in your own novel. But mine is more like a screenplay, and i've got the crew under my command, the set designer, the dop, key grips, and all doing my every bidding. I'm a madman! You've got soul, man. I keep saying, its easy to see you doing great things. Congrats, man. You're da boss!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

IslandVoice-It's great to hear that I've earned you as a fan. I hope to get to know you as well. Thank you.

shamelabboush-Thank you so much for all of your support. It's friends and fans that like you that push me to do better things here at Hubpages and beyond. Thank you very much.

fiery-You're going to set the world on fire, brother man! I see your fiery reputation taking you to the very top! The world just might be big enough for the both of us to succeed! Where in "hell" would I be without you, bro? Thank you!


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Ashley Joy 7 years ago

Excellent piece. Writing can be so many different things to so many people it is always good to get the perspective of others and what it is for them.

I look forward to more of your work beyond 50.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for your comment, Ashley. I enjoyed sharing this, especially to those who want to pursue writing as a career. I believe that it's never too late nor is it impossible.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

Journal writing is truly therapeutic, and a great tool for any writer to fall back on.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks SweetPie. I use it as impetus to further my career as a writer. You are correct about that. People always ask about how to find their "voice." I believe that it comes from long-hand. Nowadays, less and less people are writing long-hand, which is a shame.


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broussardleslie 7 years ago

Dohn, There is no compliment I can add that has not yet been stated. You deserve every one of them. This hub is truly wonderful; I am thankful to have had the opportunity to have read it. It is an inspiration to hear of a writer who is accomplishing his goals. I am going to read your hub "How to Write a Novel and Find the Voice Within" next :)

Can't wait to see your 51st hub!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for your compliment, as that is compliment enough! I'm absolutely amazed at the responses this little article has garnered. I don't take any of these comments for granted as they are kind, sincere, and encouraging to me. I hope to hear from you soon and look forward to getting to know you! Thanks again:)


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

Now I understand even more I am also trying to finish my book and there have being times that I cannot think clearly but I do manage to write no matter how complicated it appears to be. You have inspired me even more to push myself to my limits so that I can accomplish my goal. :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You'll always have me to help you, Julianna! Please feel free to ask me anything you wish. I'll be more than happy to help...If you haven't already, please read, "On Writing," by Stephen King. If he doesn't get you excited to finish your novel, no one will!


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Connie Smith 7 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

Outstanding hub, dohn. Words truly are powerful. I wish great success for you with getting your novel published. What a wonderful tribute to your family.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Connie. Time will tell. Like most of us, I could use the money if and when I get signed to a publishing house, but that's not the main reason behind why I want to publish. I believe that this story needs to be heard. I've not before felt so strongly about our story.

Thank you for your encouragement.


cosette 7 years ago

wow, Dohn, good work on reaching your 50th hub - You're right, words are very powerful and you know just how to wield them with precision and grace. FAR OUT!


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Catherine R 7 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Thank you for sharing that wonderful hub with us. What an interesting (although hard) life you have had. I so look forward to reading your novel! I admire your discipline too. Now I am going to read some of your other hubs.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for congratulating me, Cosette and good luck to you on your challenge. I worked really hard to finish the challenge. I really appreciate the compliment :)

Thanks, Catherine for your comment. Not to knock on some, but I hope that I publish with a huge publishing house that will spend a good chunk of money on marketing...Either that or I wind up being featured on Oprah, which is almost as good! I appreciate your desire to read my novel and hope that I can deliver!


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Paradise7 7 years ago from Upstate New York

You are a really good writer. Thank you for posting this hub. It meant a lot to me, and I know I'll be reading more of your work. I wish you all the best. You certainly deserve to get published. I'm glad you're here, in America, with us. It is a blessing to us.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much your praise, Paradise7. I will admit that I have a fear of failing to not get published, but my resolve will not go unquestioned, as I will pursue publication for as long as it takes. I owe it to myself and my family to get it done. I would not have it any other way.

I look forward to your comments.


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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

look forward to reading more of your stories..i see you are collecting info from the forum for your next work lol.


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prziloczek 7 years ago from Wisbech, Cambs, UK

Thank you for telling it like it is and not pretending. Thank you also for the inspiring tale about your novel. Rather than self publish, I found that lulu.com is better: it actually prints off the book for you for a few pounds. It shows you how to publicise too and that is useful. If the novel has legs, it will travel!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

prziloczek--That's really great to hear, prziloczek. Thank you for that. I'll definitely look into it. I just find that so many of us are simply selling ourselves short just so we can see our works in hardbound form.

Helen Cater--Yes, I am LOL. Inadvertently so...Thanks for the comment. It's all in good fun. Laughter prolongs life after all.


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Ishavasyam 7 years ago from Leeds,United Kingdom

Hi dohn121 ,Greetings. I salute you on your 50th hub.This is the first time I am reading any hub of yours and frankly, I am quite touched by the line of thinking there...Thanks a lot for being around..have a nice day..bye


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Helen Cater 7 years ago from UK

It does but you better be quick....I might get there before you.


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M.R. Jie 7 years ago from USA

Thanks for sharing. This has made an excellent 50th hub! I have a ways to go to get there, but this is very inspiring.

I admire the courage your parents demostrated by leaving the homes and lifes in search of their dreams.

Best of luck on publishing your novel. You are a great writer.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ishavasyam-Hello! Thank you for visiting me and taking the time to get to know me. It's always an honor and a pleasure to hear such kind words from our tight-knit community. I will make an effort to get to know you as well!

Helen Cater--Thanks, Helen. I'd like for you to do it actually! Seriously, I think you'd be much more intriguing on the subject matter than me! Good luck!

M.R. Jie--Don't worry, you will get there if you just write what suits you and what you find fascinating. I really did enjoy writing this hub and had no problem sharing with anyone our story. I plan to make sure that my parent's dream for us to succeed is achieved. Thank you so much for your response.


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LeonJane 7 years ago from Australia

Congratulations on your 50th Hub, truely inspiring and something i've got to strive to (I've got a long way to go though)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Patience is certainly a virtue. The 30/30 Hubchallenge certainly lit a fire under me. One hub a day is all it is of course. One of the things that I learned is to have 3 or 4 "unpublished hubs" in MY ACCOUNT. That way, you hub views will grow while working on them. Thanks again, LeonJane. I appreciate all of your comments.


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Ultimate Hubber 7 years ago

Congrats Dohn!

On achieving the 50 hubs mark!

You got a creative-writing degree? Now I know why you write so well. lol!

Picture used above is really good for this hub.


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tinarathore84 7 years ago from India

I'm deeply touched. your command over words shows how easily writing comes to you...not just that, what is most commendable is the discipline with which you pusue your talent. It takes ages for people to get the inspiration going. i too would like to say, you inspire me. thanks for sharing.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, the jig is up :D Thank you. I've always enjoyed writing and my decision to become a creative writing major was my own (my parents wanted me to become a doctor). But we should all follow our dreams, right? Only we ourselves know what makes us happy. Thanks again for your unrelenting support! Congrats to you on #50! Now I have to catch up with you!

Thank you, tinarathore84. I won't say that it was an easy endeavor to pursue--nothing easy is ever worthwhile--and nothing worthwhile is ever easily taken for granted. I got a bit emotional at the end of finishing my novel. Writing the last scene which was captured in my mind for 8 years (as I already knew how the novel would end) was a labor of love. But nothing ever felt as good in doing so. I appreciate your comment tremendously. Thank you.


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rsmallory 7 years ago from Central Texas

Dohn, you rock! as always. Loved this hub, am looking forward to reading more from you. Your an inspiration to those of us who struggle with the passion of writing. Thanks.


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deerinheadlights 7 years ago from deep in the heart of Texas

thanks for the article. you are inspiring me to do the challenge....i'm new, but am really enjoying this writing outlet


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Mallory! It's so flattering to hear that from you! (I'll try not to let it get to my head) I guess that you can say that I conspire to inspire and feed off of feedback once sharing the things I care about. I look forward to hear from you again and look forward to reading your work as well :D

Thank you too, deerinheadlights! (love the name) When I first came aboard, I was blown away by some of the top hubbers here who had hundreds of fans and just as many hubs written. My best advice to you is to be patient in your anxiety to succeed, be content with your content, ask for help when you need help, and just follow the golden rule--if you want people to read your "heartbreaking work of staggering genius," you have to do the same for them. It really is that simple.

Please e-mail me should you need any help (although I must warn you, I still believe I'm new too) as I will do my best to help any way I can. Good luck!


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E. A. Wright 7 years ago from New York City

What an inspiring story of turning one of life's blows into the perfect opportunity. Way to go.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, E.A. Wright. I hope to continue on my quest to getting published as I believe that nothing will stop me from reaching my goal!


Scott.Life 7 years ago

That was great stuff my friend. After my last two hubs about writing I decided to write my own book finally after putting it off for 10 years. it's been better then therapy. the words just flow out of me.I'm looking forward to my career in writing. See you there on top.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's awesome to hear, Scott. Life is too short to not pursue our dreams. It's neither too late nor too soon to do so. I look forward to your getting published as I can definitely see you there, from what I've read so far. Good luck, Scott!


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

go change the world and don't forget to let me know when it is changed..... we will have to get back to lessons, i am back on line again did you notice


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

How can I forget about my #1 fan Brenda? I did notice, LOL. You betcha bottom dollar that we're far from finished with lessons. I have more to add to the blackboard! I hope I can change the world, as it could use some changing! I will look for you, as always :)


\Brenda Scully 7 years ago

you are coming to the wine party aren't you .... getting drunk as i recall


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I'm half-way there, sweetheart :D


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tonymac04 7 years ago from South Africa

Congrats and thanks for sharing so eloquently!

Love and peace

Tony


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Tony. I appreciate your feedback! All my best to you too.


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Rebecca E. 7 years ago from Canada

congrats on completing the 30/30 challenge. great motivating hub by the way.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Rebecca. As you can see I love to write and always look forward to hearing from others, especially when I can doubly help them as well.


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andrewagmacker 7 years ago

Hello, dohn121.

Thank you for sharing your story. Well, I'm new here at HubPages and that little time I have observed his dedication and desire what is working or writing.

Congratulations!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for your words of encouragement, Andrew. I haven't been here very long myself and see that you are hard at work sharing with us so many hubs off the top of your cap. I appreciate your readership and look forward to your comments. Good luck!


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KCC Big Country 7 years ago from Central Texas

Hi Dohn! What a great hub! Congrats on completing the challenge and this being your 50th hub! I've been incredibly busy lately and haven't had a chance to read as much as I'd like. So, here it is almost 3 a.m., can't sleep, and decided to try to catch up. This is twice now in less than 12 hours that I've been reminded that I need to finish my book. Thanks for being that extra nudge. Don't forget me when passing out those autographed copies! LOL


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, KCC Big Country! It's so good to hear from you. Truth is, I can't sleep either, as I took a late afternoon nap and now I'm completely wired. It's great that your writing a book. I hope you stick to it and are determined enough to see to it that it gets done. From what I know of you, your follow-through is unmatched and are a champion when it comes to getting things done and so know that you'll make it happen, one way or the other. Just believe in yourself and your story and you'll be fine. Yes, I'll be sure to give you an autographed copy WHEN I publish! It's just a matter of time, I guess :P Thanks for dropping by! TTYS


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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

Congrats on completing the 30/30 Challenge! I admit that I attempted it, but about 14 days in, I got pooped.

Writing is one of my favorite forms of reflection and expression, whether the story is fiction or non-fiction. I can see that you have a wonderfully creative mind (seeing Bora Bora and Old Spice in the same paragraph... great descriptions and character development!). Keep writing!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I can see where and how you got stuck and "pooped," glassvisage. When I started the 30/30 Hubchallenge, I was worried about writing short, meaninglessly hub that no one would go near. I worried about the content too, that it may not be good enough to suit some people's tastes. I'll admit that some of my hubs are lengthy, but over all, I'm satisfied with the finished work. I'm sure your no stranger to this little tidbit.

I'm pretty sure I saw at least 3 of your hubs with scores of 100. Having done so, I grew to respect you even more and it made want to try even harder to write better hubs. So what does this equate to? You make me want to become a better hubber!

I really appreciate your kind comment. It's inspiring for me to hear. I look forward to reading more from you and hope and learn as much as I can from you too! Thank you so much.


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Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

dohn

I'm glad to know that you have managed to keep everything in perspective - moving forward despite the bumps. Anyway, I think congratulations are in order and here's hoping that you will never run out of reasons to write. :D


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Cris! I was just wondering today where you were! I take it you've been busy. Thanks, man. I really do appreciate it. I never want to be on my deathbed one day muttering to myself that I should've taken more chances and tried getting published. I won't ever stop, believe me. It's great to hear from you again Cris. Thank you as always.


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NaomiR 7 years ago from New York

Thank you for sharing this inspiring hub. I completed my first novel a few years ago, and rewrote the entire thing from scratch this year. I think writers are a special breed; we *have* to do it, just like any other artist has to do his or her craft. That said, I very much enjoyed reading this reflection and learning more about you and your family. I know that everything you've gone through will only continue to inspire more stories from you -- and I look forward to reading more of your work.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Naomi. I really appreciate it. That's great to hear that you too have finished a novel. Not many can do that! I see that there are a handful of hubbers here that have done the same--Cindyvine and Pete Maida come to mind. Both have self-published, but I'm hoping to avoid that route as I want to do it the traditional way (I don't want to have to pay to market my own work). It's my belief that it's only a matter of time before I do publish! Good luck to you, Naomi. I hope to see you at the finish line!


Cam Anju 7 years ago

My dear friend Dohn121,

I enjoyed this hub very much, it was a pleasure to read. What a truly awesome idea too. A congrats on your hubchallenge. :)

Thank you for your MIA post on the forums, I wasn't sure if anyone would notice I was gone. ((hugs)) You are a awesome writer yourself dear. I saw my lovely Shirley let you know what happened... however, if you'd like I'd love to still keep in touch as you are one of my best friends on here. ;)

Once again congrats dear. ^-^ -Cammi


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Oh my God, when first seeing this, I couldn't believe my eyes! It is so good to hear from you Cammi! Yes, it's safe to say that I've missed you and was upset to learn about the fact that you are unable to rejoin us :(

I appreciate your congratulating me on the Hubchallenge. Oftentimes I wasn't sure that I would finish, due to my being having OCD about the quality of my work. I just didn't want to deliver something that I wasn't completely satisfied with. Thank you for your warm words.

As far as keeping in touch, you already know my answer. My real friends on the net are few and far between and I don't plan on losing ANY of them! I already have an idea of how we can stay in touch on-line in doing so (I'll e-mail you about it).

Shirley is surely our mutual friend (!) She's awesome, isn't she? Were it not for her, I'd still be in the dark on your whereabouts! [hugs] Did I tell you yet that it's wonderful to hear from you? lol You really made my day, Cammi! Thank you!

Best wishes,

Dohn


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upal19 7 years ago from Dhaka

Congratulations! let me check now your previous hubs.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, upal19! I'm going to do the same for you.


Cam anju 7 years ago

Hey Dohn, oh dear I am so sorry I hadn't come around to you yet I've been swamped since this happened! Yes, Shirley is wonderful, how neat. :)

I understand what you mean about the content, I always... umm tried to do the same, what's the point of writing if you aren't giving quality. ^_^

Ok, I can't wait to hear! HP hasn't let any activity go though my account.. (do you have my email?) If not ask Shirley, she has it. :) Thanks dear, have a wonderful day.. you've made mine a great day now.

Have an awesome day, -Cammi ^-^


mrslisae 7 years ago

Thank you for your constant comments on my writing. I've actually tried to stop writing and can't seem to. It's like breathing. I have a love/ hate relationship with my writing. I found this reflection to be one of inspiration. I was forced out of work by my injury and have yet to find my place in this world.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hello, Cammi! It's always great to hear from you! As soon as I get published, I'll make sure to send you an autographed copy, lol. Again, thank you for your support. I'm a sucker for feedback, ROFL Is there anyway you could e-mail me? I would REALLY appreciate it if you could!

Please continue to write. I've not stopped and don't plan to stop, so long as my mind can race with coherent thoughts! I don't have to tell you that you find solace in your writing. Keep doing so and think positively (I'm not joking about this at all!) and things will get better. Repeat it over and over in your mind. Please try it.


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Mario.Alberto 7 years ago from Whittier, California

Great stuff


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Mario Alberto. I really appreciate it.


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mommyfreelancer 7 years ago from Philippines

Lovely, Dohn! You know, we are "batchmates" here in HP but I certainly look up to you. :) Congrats on the 30/30 Challenge and woot! to your 50th hub.

"Things happen for a reason" - am with you on that one. :) And more often than not, that reason is the best for you. God bless!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, mommyfreelancer! That's so nice for you to say that you do! It's definitely reciprocal! Doing the challenge was a lot of fun and rewarding and I will try to average perhaps 15-20 hubs a month, maybe more if I feel frisky. I also just got word today that I got accepted on ezine for my Harry Potter article which I wrote from scratch and now hold the elite title "Expert Author" LOL. Thanks again for all you support! I'll see you at the finish line ;)


david 7 years ago

keep it up, its a great idea who want to trite their novel skill and also can earn money.


ralwus 7 years ago

Well Dohn, this hub is like good ol' Maple Syrup on my waffle. ;p Now I know why I was impressed with you when first we 'met'. Congratulations on your 50th and many more to come I hope. America is so much better with the likes of your presence on her shore. I do wish you the best of good fortune in your bright future and your parents are no doubt very proud of you. Thanks for sharing your life. peace, CC


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jacobkuttyta 7 years ago from Delhi, India

Thanks for sharing your writing experience.

Learned alot from your hubs


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

david--Yes, earning money would certainly be nice. I don't ever want to stop, no matter what happens during the course of the rest of my life. Thank you for commenting.

ralwus--It's an honor to meet you too. Hearing your stories of your operation(s) was not only inspiring but endearing. I feel like I've known you for years and hope that I'll continue to know you for years more. I thank you for your comment and appreciate your kind regards.

jacobkuttyta--I'm happy to share all that I can. I appreciate your thanks and hope to learn from you too.


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*smiling*


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cindyvine 7 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

Dohn, keep writing! You have a talent, my friend!


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create a page 7 years ago from Maryland, USA

dohn121 your past seems to have pushed you to a great future. Without your experience you may not have had an exceptional story to tell. I love your outstanding writing skills. Those skills combined with your biography will cause you to reach out to billions. I have found out myself that being fired actually gives us an opportunity to expand and fulfill our dreams. I wish you great success.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, ralwus :D

cindyvine--Thank you Cindy! I believe in my heart that I will publish...It's just a matter of time :)

create a page--Unfortunately, I personally know people who have lost their jobs and took a turn for the worse, as they say. It's so much easier to just sulk over your own shortcomings and blame everyone but yourself for your failings. But I took another road that was tougher than any other job I've ever had. A friend once told me that, There's always hope, so long as there is life." Thank you for your kind words.


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elisabethkcmo 7 years ago from Just East of Oz

This hub is inspiring for me.

I find myself compelled to write humor, I just need to work on it.

Thanks for sharing your insight. I look forward to reading your short stories!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, elisabeth! I hope to start a writing epidemic throughout! I wish you well in your endeavors and hope that you refuse to give up. Just your best and be a finicky critic to your own work. Keep writing!


Ashley G 7 years ago

You are very inspirational! I wish I could devote a chunk of time to writing. It's my dream.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Ashley G. Fifteen minutes a day is sufficient. If you can do this on a consistent basis, you'll find more time to write, I promise you. Don't give up on your dream. Imagine yourself years from now reflecting on what could have been...Time is all we have.


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Kimberly Bunch 7 years ago from EAST WENATCHEE

Great stuff!


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lorlie6 7 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I love reading your words.

Thank you.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Kimberly and lorlie! I appreciate your comments very much!


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Karraline 7 years ago

thank you! I used to write a whole lot, but stopped for a while. I'm kind of "getting in shape" so to speak.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Writing really is therapeutic. I've always for solace in writing. It's a meditation for your soul if you ask me! Thanks, Karraline! Please keep writing!


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ripplemaker 7 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

It's always wonderful to know the thoughts of fellow writers. I've enjoyed reading this. :) Congratulations to your 50th hub! :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Michelle! Partaking in the Hubchallenge was a lot of fun while on the road to reaching my 50th hub! Thanks for reading me!


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filthyscoundral 7 years ago

Great hub!


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Ruchira 7 years ago from United States

Well written hubs..quite an inspiration..cheers to many more!


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Sasinib 7 years ago

This is so inspiring!!! Look forward to reading more of your articles!!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, filthyscoundral, Ruchira, and Sasinib for all your comments. I appreciate your reading of my hub and your kind feedback. I hope to hear from you again.


Blake 7 years ago

Great article. Can't wait to see more.

http://www.earnwagesfromhome.com


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for the compliment, Blake.


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Juana Ortiz 7 years ago

Great! You never know. Time is changing.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, Juana. It certainly is!


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Juana Ortiz 7 years ago

Nowadays there are a lot of resources available. Recently I heard about a writer who was able to do it.


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jacklhasa 7 years ago from Chattanooga, TN

It's always great to hear the story of someone else that started writing at a very young age, and never stopped. For some it's a career, for some it's a hobby, and for a few of us, it's a lifestyle.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Very well put, jacklhasa. Thank you so much for sharing that with me. Writing is and will always be my passion.


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jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

Beautiful story Dohn! You truly are a gifted and prolific writer.

Thank you for sharing!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, Jill of alltrades! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!


Fountain of Info 7 years ago

WOW so amazing!!! I really would love to be able to write. I am actually working on my own novel . You are very inspirational!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's wonderful to hear, Fountain of info! Don't ever quit on your novel! I've written another hub that may help you:

http://hubpages.com/literature/Finding-the-voice-w

But of course the key is to continue to write. Continuity is actually the key. Good luck on your endeavors!


Spiritually Awake 7 years ago

Dohn. What a special piece. Congrats. I am new to Hubbing and don't really know what to do but you have encouraged me. thank you.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You're welcome, S.A. Just remember that help here at HP. All of were new here at one time or another! Please make sure to check the forums if you want live help from anyone of us--just post a question!

It's wonderful to hear that I could help you and/or encourage you! Thank you so much for reading me.


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dave272727 7 years ago from Kentucky

Man that was inspiring. I love to write and to create. I had never really put it into those words before. I hope and wish for you to find the success that you deserve. This is truly an inspiring piece of work.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you Dave. That's very kind of you to say that. I wish you success as well and hope that you never stop believing in your dreams. You never want to be on your death bed wishing that you took more chances. I hope that we get the opportunity to talk again soon!


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barryrutherford 7 years ago from Queensland Australia

naturally people here are fascinated by your ability and talent to write long fictional pieces myself included will read one of your pieces as soon as I can...


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, barryrutherford. I'm honored to have such loyal support from so many here at Hubpages. I appreciate you comment and look forward to hearing from you again.


Useful Knowledge 7 years ago

This is another great hub. I love to write as well. I feel better after I write. It is like I have ideas in my mind and they will not go away until I type them. Once I get started, the words just jump to the screen through the keyboard. I think writing gives me serenity.

I also can relate to how you felt when you lost your job. I was back in college when I started having those panic attacks last year. I had a 4.0 GPA, and was trying so hard to accomplish my goals. However, my brain went into "shut down" mode. I could not even drive for awhile. I thought to myself, "I am still so young and I will not give up!" I fought the anxiety and have won that ballte. I must say, writing helped me the most to get through it.

I'm sorry to just ramble on and on. I think this is another wonderful hub from you.

Thank you for sharing your talent:)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

UK! I love hearing you "ramble on"! As much as I like writing stories, I love hearing other people's stories, as everyone's story is unique: To each his own! Writing is and has always been therapeutic to me. There were times when my emotions would get the best of me and would practically prevent me from going forward--until I began to get it out of my system or until my hand would cramp up so much that I could no longer grip my pen! I certainly know what you mean and believe that I found an amazing outlet here at HP to share my work. As always, I appreciate your response. Thanks, UK!


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

What a wonderful reflection and I am certainly looking forward to the book. You have came a long way and still have so much more to accomplish. :)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

You are certainly right about that, AEvans! Last night I dreamed that I got the green light from an agent to publish, but couldn't decide on which restaurant to go eat at...How random is that? Thanks for the support as always. I'm lucky to have you as a friend.


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

I just found this-- and haven't read the multitude of comments. Your goal of changing the world is a noble one, and I believe you were born to be a writer.

Your father had uncommon courage and faith to leave as he did, knowing life would never be the same and there would be some losses to bear. You have an awesome heritage.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That is so wonderful to hear, Rochelle Frank. Becoming a writer was probably the only sure thing in my life back then. There were things that I couldn't talk about in my own life that I felt I couldn't share with others and so I wrote them out and continued doing so until my hand could not withstand the pain any longer (sometimes 2 to 3 hours).

I'm honored by you comment Rochelle. Thank you very much for visiting me.


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trimar7 7 years ago from New York

I too like to write reflections. They help me to analyze my skills and reflect on what I would like to repeat and what I would like to alter. It has made me a more effective teacher. Thank you for the great hub!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

That's wonderful to hear, trimar7. I owe my interest to write and my development as a writer to all my incredible English teachers and professors throughout my life. They planted in me the seed to never be scared to write what is in my heart. You do the world a great service. Thank you for reading me.


heartycindy 7 years ago

I write reflections too.. they help me release my inner self.. my imagination and creativity..


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Please keep up with that, heartycindy. Writing what is on your heart and on your mind is always a good thing. It has certainly done wonders for me. Thank you.


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GeneralHowitzer 7 years ago from Land of Salt, Philippines

Great writing prowess shown in this hub and shows a lot of heart to being a Filipino we're brothers for you're from Laos, it's a rarity to Laotian in HP, man, you represent your country well... at first you were a Filipino but i was wrong...

I'm also the youngest in the family...

Dohn121 keep sharing your great ideas for the world to see...


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! I have a lot of Filipino friends here, General. I'm honored that you thought me as one! Thank you so much for such encouraging and invited words. I actually met only 3 Lao here at HP but only get the opportunity to speak to one-Mayhmong. The other two I have not seen in over a month (all women mind you!) Isn't it great to be the youngest? Thanks again, General, for reading me!


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tinarathore84 7 years ago from India

hello Dohn...nice hub. what i liked the most is the clarity of words and thought. after reading you, i am all ready to go for the books you recommend. thanks for sharing.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, Tina. Thank you for reading my hub and thank you for the compliment. I appreciate your comment and hope to hear from you again.


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bingskee 7 years ago from Quezon City, Philippines

hi, congratulations to your 50th hub. i know this is kinda late but i just wanted to give you the thumbs up for a job well done. it is my first time here, but this hub touched me as i like hubs that have personal touch in it.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, bingskee. It's great to hear that from you. I hope to hear from you again soon. Good luck!


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katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I'd like to change the world, too, it's a tough one.


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mayhmong 7 years ago from North Carolina

Can't believe you wrote that many hubs in just 2 months of joining HP?! What a trooper! You are such a true inspiration. I'm glad to hear someone pouring their heart and soul out in to writing even when it feels like the end of the World. Continue to make your parents proud and do what you do best.

God Bless


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Changing the world is certainly not easy, katyzzz, but the means definitely justify the ends. Just trying to will make a difference!

Hello, May. It really is amazing even to me (I really am a slacker). I hope to continue own this pace but am not sure as I may have other obligations...We'll see of course. There is still so much I want to do...I just hope that I can keep up with hubbing because I enjoy it so much! Thank you so much May! TTYS.


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buddhkist 7 years ago from State of Somewhere

Awesome! Clearly you have an affinity towards words. I too am trying my best to change the world. I always get fed up with the way mankind treats one another. But then I just write something down and before I know it I have written an entire story. I'm also working on my own fictional novel and auto-biographical novel. Sometimes it does take me a while to get inspired.

Congrats on your writing accomplishments!

Keep on keepin' on! :-)


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much, buddhkist. Changing the world is certainly not going to be easy, but is anything worth-while doing easy? It's good to know that there is certainly wrong with the world and another to try to change it. It's great that you aspire to do likewise, especially with the tapping of your keyboard or the stroke of your pen. Thank you so much for fanning me. I did likewise.


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zadrobi 7 years ago from Carbondale, IL

I figured I would start backwards and read this hub first. Probably the best decision I made today (right above that that amazing chicken quesadilla I had for lunch). Your opportunity to create has given all of us the opportunity to appreciate.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, thanks zadrobi. Discovering Hubpages was a stroke of pure luck and deciding to write hubs is one of the best decisions I've ever made. Thank you for your feedback. I hope I can continue to share more of my writing.


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skye2day 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

This is an awesome hub. I enjoyed it very much. So the job loss turned to be a blessing? God can turn all things for the good. Trusting in stocks,K, institutions will surely fail us. There are no guarantees. Your hub blessed me with awesome tips. I am heading over to your hub. I plan on reading your novels. Your words flow like fresh, living, clear, running water. I am sure your novels are awesome.

I have a dream and vision. I am writing a daily reflection book. I had no idea where my writing was taking me and I got more clarity as time went on. I to have a passion for writing. I put it on the back burner for a long time. Children family, life. My career has slowed so I had an open window to write. My husband lost his job 4 weeks ago so I am trusting the Lord to provide. He is my provision..

I am into blessing and inspiring others that is my mission.

May God continue to bless you richly.

I know you have touched many hearts. Way to go dohn 121.

I have joined the fans. I will return soon. Thank You Please check out a hub when you have a moment. Joy,Butterfly or News flash.

I 'just' happened to land on your hub page tonight. I do not think that was a mistake.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words, skye2day. As I've said before, I'm overwhelmed by the amount of feedback this hub garnered. When writing it, I wanted to share a bit about my background and the force that drives me to write. I'm blessed to have such a great readership in this amazing community (finding Hubpages was a blessing in its own right). I'm elated if I can help others along the way, whether it's getting published or following one's own rainbow.

Thank you so much for your support, your fanship, and your friendship. I hope that you and your family finds solace in these trying times and hope to talk to you again soon. Best wishes.


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loveofnight 7 years ago from Baltimore, Maryland

i cannot remember a time when the desire to put pen to paper was not with me,there has been times when the trails and tribulations of life have distracted me but i always seem to come back.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you for that, loveofnight. You certainly have the great ability to write. Please continue doing so. It has certainly helped me.


Samantha Red 7 years ago

I've stumble upon your page and you really inspired me. I would love to find that disciple you have for writing, and your passion is unmistakable


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi, Samantha. I did have years of journal writing experience, so writing 500 words a day everyday wasn't too difficult. When I wasn't writing my novel, I tried looking at it as a whole or as movie in which there were many panels, much like in a comic book. In that way, the next time I sat down in front of my computer, I knew what I was going to do next (this was probably the most difficult thing to do).

My advice to you is to get into the habit of writing daily if ever you want to write a novel or book. In time (and you'll be surprised by how little time it takes) writing will be as second nature to you as brushing your teeth or taking a shower. You'll see thoughts come to you instantly, as your brain will be ready to go into stream-consciousness mode, as paradoxically as it seems.

Good luck with your endeavors and thank you for visiting me!


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Lgali 7 years ago

congrt for 50th hub kep wrting more good luck to you


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you very much, Lgali. I appreciate your kind words and support.


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Waren E 7 years ago from HAS LEFT THE BUILDING............

Amazing, I would have never guessed you've been through all those trials in life man, at first glance,and congrats on your 50th hub as well,just reading this hub inspires me to work harder at my hubs and everything in general!

Thanks for sharing this eye opening experience dohn121!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for that Waren E. It's always good to hear such great feedback. It's also flattering to hear that I can inspired, as I've been so many others myself. Your always be welcome to stop in at anytime. Thanks.


LEWJ 7 years ago

Thanks for an exceptionally good hub!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi LEWJ. Thank you for reading it and for leaving such a great comment!


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Philent 7 years ago

Oh my, you have accomplished so much dohn! Congratulations on the 50th hub, on completing the hub challenge and on all these wonderful hubs. I'll probably be reading these hubs after coming back from my vacation.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, you could definitely say that I've been a bit busy here (not to mention addicted). I've certainly found a place I can hang my virtual hat and meeting so many talented, resourceful and intelligent people in doing so. Thank you so much for reading me and commenting! Again, it's great to hear from you again...Please enjoy your vacation!


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

Dohn - somehow I'd not seen you till now. I wish you all the best in attaining publication, but I also feel that you will be fulfilled by writing your vision until that day arrives. Nice work!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you so much for that, Paraglider. I've been meaning to get to your hubs as well! As far as me being a writer is concerned, there is nothing in this world that I want more than to write for a living. Hearing much positive feedback from such awesome people only helps to encourage me to keep my hopes alive.


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Arthur Gulumian 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

Very interesting and poignant work, you really were able to capture the bare essence in writing published works.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Arthur. I'm glad that you enjoyed it. It's my belief that there is a story inside each and every one of us.


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wrenfrost56 7 years ago from U.K.

Great hub dohn121 it has really inspired me to finish my book and congratulations on the compleation of your work.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

I really hope that you finish your book, wrenfrost. It's an absolutely exhilarating experience to. Thank you so much for commenting.


hubpageswriter 7 years ago

You have many engaging hubs, Dohn, including this one. I know that you will definitely be writing more. You are my inspiration here... thanks a lot for being a friend and making my Hubpages journey quite pleasant, really..


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, HPWriter. Wow, that's wonderful to hear you say that! I had no idea. Thank you for the compliment. Believe it or not, I still that some of my best hubs haven't even been published (although I just might always feel that way) but I always try to give it my all each time I write. Thank you for such encouraging and sincere words. It means a lot.


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Jeffrey Neal 7 years ago from Tennessee

Just wanted to leave another note. Glad I read your interview this evening and have now read some of your hubs. I'll definitely be back to read some of the stories. Thanks.


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey Jeffrey. I will do likewise. I really do like your writing style. Thanks for the readership! I look forward to more of your comments and reading your hubs.


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America U 7 years ago from san diego

This is so lovely to read, i share these same feelings about writing i am glad to run into your hub you have got a great thing going:)


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agungssuleiman 7 years ago from Cambodja

Congratulation for your 50 Hubs, it really inspired us that writing is really a power that you can share your experiences with others. Cheers. I am glad I stop and transit in your 50th Hub


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank so much, America U. I'm glad that you were able to read this and hope that it has or will help you. I've discovered that the only real person that was coming between me and my dreams was me ;) Thank you.

Thanks, agungssuleiman. I appreciate your encouragement and hope to hear from you again. I'm glad that we've met.


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prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

hi Dohn, am still busy writing while the NY Giants are playing now, i hope they win as your prize for this article, but wait, the prize should be more than that, you deserve more and more from life DOHN, and you know that. You and your family deserved something big, like what you said, things happen for a reason. I just salute you for the dreams you have for yourself, family and for the world, hmmm, you will change the world DOHN< you have already changed the view of others here in understanding life of an immigrant and your rich story about love, (wonderful stories)!!!

I like reading your hubs because of the feeling you want to share with your reader, you are a very good writer!

I am going to watch football now!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Yes, I'm watching the game right now as we speak. Thank you so much for the well-wishing, Pretty. It means a lot to me. I won't ever give up on my hopes and dreams. Life is just too short to :D Good luck on your Steelers by the way and see you on the forums!


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anime_nanet 7 years ago from Portugal

You are a lovely writer Dohn!

Here's a big hug to you and a hope sent through the wired that connects us: may you write many more beautiful tales that please you most of all. And be delighted because in a sunny country way away from Laos or Usa, there is at least one other soul that really likes you.

A friend Nanet!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Ha! Thank you, my friend. That's very kind of you. There's nothing more I want to do with my life than to write for a living. If I could live off of writing hubs, that would be pretty darn awesome, wouldn't you say? Thank you so much for the encouragement. I appreciate it.


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Michael Ray King 7 years ago from Palm Coast, Florida

Wonderful hub. I love your passion, man. I got downsized in January 2009. I had to decide what direction to take - writing/publishing or back to corporate America. Like you, I have chose my passion. Yeah, the odds are against us as far as income goes, but there are options. Here's to you and your commitment to writing - Hurray!!


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hey, thanks, Mike. I'm won't stop until I'm totally defeated and exhausted every venue for my writing. I'm glad that you came by and was able to relate to this. I've never been a quitter at anything I embarked upon and I'm not going to start. Best of luck to you and your success, my friend! Keep your chin up! Look for the "stars" for inspiration, always.


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sweetie1 7 years ago from India

Hi Dohn,

well what ever the reason for your writing..the thing is your final product is very good..i like ur hubs


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thank you, sweetie1. It's always a pleasure to hear positive feedback. I appreciate it!


poetlorraine 7 years ago

just found this again...... i actually did that challenge about the girl in mcdonalds or where ever put never put it uup....... lets start classes again.....


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dohn121 7 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Poet. I've only had one response to that assignment and I've been thinking about taking it down. No worries...I got another idea in store! Just give me some time :)


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torimari 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

I'll need to go read some of your short stories. Seriously, this is a great hub. Why? Because it tells your story, reasons for writing and is executed well. I kept reading and reading unlike many hubs I just...get a little bored. :)

Reading your stuff is a breathe of fresh air because you write WELL, and it flows WELL. It's consistent and engaging. Great hub. :)


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks so much for that torimari. It's my belief that the only thing standing in my way of achieving my goals is me. Fear and doubt are the biggest obstacle in my life and to overcome that is the greatest of all accomplishments. I hope that others share the same viewpoint.

Keep on writing and keep on hubbing! Thank you.


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Gabriella D'Anton 6 years ago from Los Angeles, Ca

Things do happen for a reason Dohn and we should all thank your company for the blessing of letting you go; this way you came to us and to the world to do much more than working a "regular job"

Your only JOB is to tell the story of your family


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Thanks, Gabriella. It certainly seems that way. My autobiographical novel about my family is complete and I hope that 2010 proves to be the year that it does gets published. I believe that it will. Thank you for your comment.


inda 6 years ago

Hi Dohn! I feel the soul when i read this. thanks for writing! I've always been 'thinking' that i'm gonna be a writer. I can feel the passion in me, i know i can do it because i'd taken some writing courses when i was in college. I've been writing this and that, in Facebook note, blog, etc, but still i haven't found my style yet..probably since i haven't made any real effort yet. Reading yours here, has given me 'a move' inside that i gotta try to start it not think about it! :p

BTW, some friends of mine said that they like reading my writing and suggested me to write seriously..one of them who is a pro writer said that i have 'eyes' to see things and put it onto words. Also, they said that mine is very descriptive. And i do think that mine tend to be rely on description other than too much dialog. I don't know if you get what i mean, but my point is.. to me it's all about action.

I am going to read yours tittled 'If I had wings' now as i'm having my snack on this really nice weather spring day! :D

Please keep writing!


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi inda. Like I've said in another hub, 'Only you can decide whether or not your a writer. No one can make that decision for you. If you think you are then you are. As for myself, I started at a very young age, writing both short stories and poetry (or what I thought was poetry, haha). And when I wasn't doing that, I was reading book after book as getting books from the library was virtually the only thing in my budget. With that said, I encourage you to read the books that fascinate you and go from there. You'll be surprised by how many great ideas will come from doing so.

I really do hope that you pursue your passion as I have mine. There really is nothing like writing to me in all of the world. It's the cure-all for everything. I sure do hope that you find your path and stay on it for as long as time permits.

Thank you so much for the kind words and for the encouragement. Have you thought about joining HubPages? It's certainly a start.

Dohn


carmenph 6 years ago

Hi Dohn, thanks for sharing your purpose for writing. Beautiful piece here. For someone who has majored in creative writing, it seemed to me that God was really bringing you back to your first love even though you were doing a great job already in sales. They say sometimes the enemy of the best is the good. I want to learn from your desire and determination to just write,write and write. I was also let go from my job of 10 years last 2008 so I can relate with you. I have not applied for another employment since then but rather went on freelance as a designer hoping to go build my own entrepreneurial venture in the future. It is a slow progress and very challenging. I wish I could just design, design, design. Design stuff that can make peoples lives more pleasant and more inspired. But I am still at the transition stage even now. I think that's why life is called a journey. You should never feel you have arrived. So I can't say if I am still at a transition stage or already embarking on the road to my destination. Or maybe I need to make a necessary detour? :-) All the best wishes to your writing. We, your readers, are inspired that you gave us the privilege to share your life and works. Hope to see you published in the very near future :-)I still have to read your fiction and other gems here at hubpages.


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dohn121 6 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Wow. Thank you so much, Carmen. From the sounds of it, you certainly have your the passion to fulfill your dream to become a designer. I sure do hope that you pursue such an endeavor. Life is simply just too short not to. It's my belief that the second most important aspect about Life is that we come to the realization of our dreams. You are half way there. Yes, life is definitely a journey...I won't ever feel like I've arrived anytime. Life has many, many challenges every corner of the way. I just hope that I don't end up stuck at a job I don't enjoy and lose track of my dreams.

It was a pleasure to have shared this hub article with you and others. I really do hope that it helped you! Oh, and yes, I do believe that I will be published soon and that it really is only a matter of time! That was very kind of you to have said that!

Warmest Regards,

Dohn


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DREAM ON 5 years ago

Ever since I have arrrived at the HubPages I have been on a trip.It seems that when I read your profile it is so incredible of what you have seen and done.You are the type of writer who I long for.You tell it like it is with endless charm and style.I also have been writing just about everything since a very young age.You writings push me to do more than I know I could.Congratulations on all your achievements.How is the book industry treating you?You write so well you caused me to do something I haven't done.I have always come to different hubs and read them and sometimes reread them then I read the feedback and see how and what others felt.Keeping my own feelings seperate.When I reached this hub and read it I was estatic with your progress and your triumphs!!Now I started reading your comments and there are so many.I had to break the rules.I stopped short of reading every comment for now just so I can leave a comment.You push all my buttons to go deeper in my self.Thanx the most for your wonderful spirit and drive.Have a gorgeous day.


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dohn121 5 years ago from Hudson Valley, New York Author

Hi dream on. First off, I apologize for not getting back to you sooner than two months. Thank you for reading this hub as it means a lot to me that you and everyone else here at HubPages take their time out of their busy lives to read my work. It's one thing to just sit down and write but it's another for a third party to actually read my work and for that I thank you. It's an honor to know that I actually helped others such as yourself change they way in which they read hubs. Much like yourself, I try to read what others wrote in reaction to reading a particular hub. I appreciate everything you've said in your comments. Thank you so much for reading me. It means the world to me.

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