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The wreck shift

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Do I celebrate my failures? Wrap a silk ribbon around my heavy heart
and present it for demons to feast? Should I allow broken certainty
to overboil, to circulate salty liquid through arteries and out
retinas? Do I sit and brood in a puddle of sulky residue? Should I
celebrate my failures or allow success to set them free?

Life is a timeline without a pause. You can't stop at nowhere, you are
always somewhere, you may not know where.

True failure is often misdiagnosed, a misplaced coordinate; not a
symptom of exertion or the will power to succeed. Failure resides in
the cracks and shadows, in waning confidence and wavering assertions.
There are no straight lines to success, no simple routes or maps. No
shadows without some light seeping through.

Peer over, under and around. Appreciate the journey - the scenery. Be
experience rich.

When demons cross my path, I control the thoroughfare. Do I forge
forward through the Carrion of thwarted ambitions or take a new
direction? It's my choice, my destination, my journey, an evolving
point towards my own tailored satisfaction.

Just carry on.

Posted by beth

27th Apr 2009, 22:29  


jc1000000 says:

"Peer over, under and around." Felt like i was joining you in an existential investigation of your spirit body.

I *love* the picture too as it complements the story really well. The vulture face is haunting and reminds me of Dr Faustus and brings out the grotesque imagery hidden in the text.

This is your first story isn't it? Hurrah!

28th Apr 2009, 11:37

beth says:

It is! I didn't really clock on to this place until this weekend when Helen pointed it out. I thought it was a good place to procrastinate and string some ideas together. I'm sure I'll be back :)

28th Apr 2009, 11:47

Your "can't stop at nowhere" phrase reminds me of Hunter S. Thompson's (admittedly hallucination induced) "Can't stop here. This is Bat Country!" from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. :) Also, I love the title!

Welcome aboard. Excellent piece. Carry on, indeed!


28th Apr 2009, 13:50

beth says:

Thanks, I originally wrote this in the 2nd person but I didn't really like how it was instructional so I changed it to the first. I quite like that it could be seen to drift between the two though which I guess in itself gives that gonzo feel.

28th Apr 2009, 14:24

Dhamaka says:

great image, great message
more please :)

28th Apr 2009, 15:50

beth says:

ah thankyou :)

28th Apr 2009, 18:14

Dhamaka says:


28th Apr 2009, 18:23

beth says:

for more?

28th Apr 2009, 18:33

Yup. Still waiting.


28th Apr 2009, 23:12

Viv says:


and a HL too

29th Apr 2009, 03:19

Viv says:

I commented earlier - too say I first recognised the image and also that it was good to see you writing - some interesting word pictures

29th Apr 2009, 03:21

Dhamaka says:

indeed :)

29th Apr 2009, 06:47

Euphro says:

Wow, do you have a way with words! That's truly inspirational and has struck a deep chord. Thank you :)

29th Apr 2009, 10:27

beth says:

Gosh, high praise from Euphro! Thanks. These past two have kind of been written when empathising with other people's predicatments rather than talking about my own, which would be harder I think to post.

29th Apr 2009, 10:51

Viv says:

'past two' - is there another?

29th Apr 2009, 14:29

minkey says:

Stunning piece of work and the picture is quite strong as well. Thank you

29th Apr 2009, 18:16