Our Story Begins
The letters hurried to get in line, to make sense of what they were all about. Author Dad’s mind unscrambled itself to bring their thoughts to the front. One letter nudged another as confusion took over for a moment. Miss Question Mark said, “Hey, don’t you know “i” comes before “e” except after “c”? We have to make sense when we get ready for the world to read us.”
Little Comma paused and asked, what is the world? His big sister, Question Mark, answered. “The world is where we go when we leave Dad’s brain, you know, where he creates us. We do not have to be afraid. Dad is careful where he sends us in the world. We are to go to a special place. It’s a place that already loves us.”
Comma sat still and didn’t say a word for a moment. His tail curled, and he smiled. When he was about to burst his exclamation point, he asked his sister, Question, where is this special place? Question answered, “Dad found us a home called, InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship.”
The news about InScribe traveled fast. One little letter exclaimed, “I’m so excited I could p!” All the other letters scurried to get together and before they knew it, there was a run -on sentence and things were getting crazy and brother Quotation Marks couldn’t figure out who said what and finally yelled, “Dad, we need your help!”
Author Dad woke up from his daydream, shook his head, and took a deep breath. “Okay everyone, InScribe is expecting us and I want you all to behave.” We can find a home with InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship. They are a group where all letters and quotation marks matter. We can find our way into the world with InScribe’s help.
The stories, poems. Blog posts and other masterpieces sensed each other’s built up enthusiasm. Dad proofread and finished his final preparation as he readied himself. Before he sent his first words, an InScribe Blog post, to meet the InScribe family, he took another deep breath and pressed “publish.” All the letters, words, sentences, and paragraphs of the Blog post shouted, “Let’s do this!” With a prayer to God, Dad said, please God, bless our new family and help us fit in.
Our Story Continues
The above brief story is my tribute to our InScribe family. In all honesty, I love this group. From my membership welcome letter of November 2014, from Ruth, to today, I have always sensed a kinship with the group.
I began to post on our InScribe Blog on a regular basis in February 2015. I cannot recall the theme, but I called the post, “Reflections of An Adult Orphan.” This message was an homage to my parents. In this post I stated
Many times, when I am writing, I sense closeness to my parents. This prompts a longing in me to see them again. As an adult orphan who is attempting to be a writer, I try to honour my parents through a sense of vulnerability, transparency, and stark truth. This evokes a deep joy within me, for I know my parents would be proud of each word I write.
Feb. 2021 will mark my sixth year of monthly posts for our Blog. I still hold to “a sense of vulnerability, transparency, and stark truth,” as I write. Thank you, my InScribe family of writers, for the encouragement you have given me through the years.
Alan lives in Deroche, B.C. with his wife, Terry. He contributed stories to Good Grief People by Angel Hope Publishing, 2017 and Story by Story: The Power of a Writer, Unstoppable Writers Publishing, 2018. Alan has also written articles for FellowScript Magazine. Blog: https://scarredjoy.ca. Alan is the Provincial Rep. Liaison and BC Rep for InScribe.