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Nature's Windsurfer

Updated on July 16, 2012
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HL Keeley has received a Bachelors degree in middle grade education. She is currently teaching high school.


I woke early that morning in Cullowhee, NC, before the sun had peeked through the mountains. The fog lazily sat in the mountains and blanketed the river. I was stretching on the weather worn wooden picnic table in my backyard. Today was my first attempt at morning workouts. My lungs expanded as I took in the fresh morning air. Rotating my neck and letting out one last stretch with my arms, I walked down the driveway noting that the only sounds were the birds chirping and the crunch of the rocks under my shoes. When I stepped on the pavement, I twisted my hair into a quick bun. The familiar process relaxed me, preparing me.

I started walking for five minutes then setting off on a steady jog for another five before reverting back to walking. “I am racing the Tucksagesee River and losing,” I thought with a laugh. I was halfway through the run when I felt a burning on my ankle. I quickly crossed the street and sat on the river’s edge seeing my ankles bleeding from the sneakers. I slipped out of my shoes tossing them to the side. I wiped the sweat off my head looking at the water where a Blue Heron stood.

It stood mighty and tall, not a worry in the world. I just watched until its massive wings opened catching the wind and taking flight. I walked back to my house in my socks, shoes in hand. I could not stop thinking about the bird. How effortlessly it flew away, every flap of its wings. What a thrill to fly, riding the wind like a surfboard on a wave. Birds do not need mechanical machines to get somewhere. It was then I realized my dependency on cars. It was time to use my legs more. I will grow calluses to stop the bleeding and the burning.

Behind the Writing

This is a true account of my first exercise attempt this morning. ROBERTHEWETTSR sent me a publishing opportunity. I had to write something related to nature.

How is this Jersey girl going to write about nature? At first I wrote something comedic, but I was not capturing nature like it should. Nature is beautiful except bugs.

So I wrote this and I ended up liking it. I really would like your input about this! This is very different than other creative writing ventures I have done because this is non-fiction. This was hard to write, especially in 325 words, including title and name.

What do you think I should present my name in published work?

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I'm starting to slow down with writing, but I get times where I need to write something

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      H.L. Keeley. You are an avid writer. I admire your stamina!! Are you never exhausted lol??

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Oh wow thank you! I cannot wait to see what happens after I am done with college and get settled in a teaching career (hopefully). I also hope that I will have my own book published one day and that I am there when it is published.

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      rOBERT hEWETT SR. 5 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

      Congratulations Heather, your Hub is rocking right along. I like your full name, but I cannot argue against the reasons stated by others for using your initials. However, I think once you establish yourself as a writer consistency in the name is what counts, so whichever you choose will be fine. I think your entry will be a highlight of the Nature Anthology.

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Thank you for the input! I really like when the reasons are explained that way I have a lot of points in my head. I chose HL as my username for the same reasons, but it did not get real until opportunities were presented to me.

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      Cynthia B Turner 5 years ago from Georgia

      Great article. As for the name, I like H.L. for the same reason that James wrote. It also somehow sounds so established, as if you have been writing and publishing for years. Thanks for letting us share in your decision process.

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      Nikki Major 5 years ago

      Heather..what a beautiful name. Loved your article.

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I never knew that. That explains 50 Shades, I really thought a guy wrote that until I did some research.

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      JamesCage 5 years ago from New Jersey

      H.L. Keeley is a good name because some young male readers have a tendency not to read women authors. Therefore with the initials H.L. they will not know the difference and will learn to enjoy your writing.

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      Cullowhee is basically the school. I am thinking about writing about it. We have a lot of freshman coming in. I don't know the count. It's over 9,000 according to the school website and wikipedia.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      just curious, how big is Cullowhee? population wise? always be true to yourself . whether writing articles or writing poetry. you will be fine!!!!

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      HL Keeley 5 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      thanks for the advice. This has been challenging. I used an example for help, but I ended using the same format. I will edit this in the morning.

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      cleaner3 5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      Heather , you do have a beautiful name so you should use your whole name. it sounds more like an author's name and fits the bill. nice write but the topic fluctuated between your self and the bird. once you went to the bird should have stuck there.. but you are a very good writer.



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