SHATTERED (BROKEN) DREAMS

 

 

SHATTERED DREAMS

by craig lock

An e-book being written and uploaded to Amazon, as I write it.

from

http://www.craigswritingjourney.wordpress.com

 

broken dreams (glass) 

BROKEN DREAMS

As children bring

their broken toys

With tears for us to mend,

I brought my broken dreams

to God

Because He was my Friend.

But then instead

of leaving Him

in peace to work alone,

I hung around

and tried to help

With ways that

that were my own.

At last I snatched them back

and cried,

“How can You be so slow?”

“My child,” He said,

“What could I do?

You never did let go.”

– Robert J Burdette (July 30, 1844 – November 19, 1914)

 “ Trust in the Lord with all your heart

and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6 New International Version (NIV)

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:33-7:13-14

Author’s Note:

You don’t have to click on the links in this “interactive” e-book or “fook”, if you don’t want to. I’m just experimenting, exploring the digital world here. For myself, I prefer to focus and have to concentrate a lot when reading (it’s a very “cerebral”* activity), so avoid distractions. However, YOU choose the path you wish to take!

* big word, eh, like ‘marmalade’, as my dear dad used to say!

PART ONE:  EARLY DAYS OF HOPE

CHAPTER:  TWO: THE WRITER IS BORN.

*from I’ll Do It My Way’ and  ‘Writing into the Light

 http://www.amazon.com/Ill-Do-It-My-Way/dp/0473147564

I’ll Do It My Way: My Story [Kindle Edition]

http://www.amazon.com/Ill-Do-It-Way-ebook/dp/B005GS6ZVO

Writing into the Light (I’ll Do It My Way: My Story)

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-into-Light-Ill-ebook/dp/B005HFA1FW/

While he was still manager at NZI Life, Craig decided to fill in some of the long and boring days by doing some research and writing on stress, goal setting, motivation etc. He also wrote a short book on how he became politically aware, which his secretary typed for him. He certainly had a way with words and a real talent for writing. Shortly after this, he was made redundant (that’s yet another story, another strand) and just before he left the life insurance company, we purchased a word processor. Doing this was a bit of a gamble, seeing that neither of us knew the faintest thing about word processing. However, his secretary assured us that it would come in extremely useful for his writing. History proved her correct and the word processor is one of the best investments we have ever made.

Craig went to South Africa shortly after and left me with the whole manuscript for his book on stress to copy onto a disc. Talk about being dropped in it! It was a painstaking experience to put it mildly and the air was frequently blue, when I discovered that I’d deleted a whole file somehow or other. That disaster seemed to happen too often for my emotional health in the early days! However, as in most things, practice, while not making perfect, certainly helped and by the time Craig returned, six weeks later, I was fairly proficient and had put the whole manuscript on disc.

*

There followed several months of trial and error in trying out business ideas and trying to find employment. Eventually through a process of elimination, Craig decided to write full time. He had never been so busy in his life and worked 8 sometimes 12 hours a day. Pretty soon he’d found a publisher for his first book, ‘How to Survive the Nineties’ and we were “over the moon”. The writing career was taking off! It was a very exciting, yet nerve wracking time, waiting for the post, trying to find another publisher, or literary agents. Everything seemed to be in slow motion in the publishing world and it was a very frustrating period.

We often went for long walks at beautiful Makorori Beach* and would discuss new projects, new books and would throw ideas around and think up titles for Craig’s books. His second book, ‘The End of The Line’ came about as the result of an article Craig had seen in a library book and he was able to combine his love of Africa and wanting to do something positive for South Africa to create a very moving novel.

* go to https://mybeachdreams.wordpress.com/ (if you wish/choose)

Then we were talking about some of the funny experiences, that we’d had living in a small town and I suggested that it would be a good idea to write a book about it, ‘a la’ Peter Mayle. So ‘Dropped out in Godzone’ was born. I was able to help write chapters and do the illustrations for the book. Finishing that book meant a search for a new subject and Craig, having read ‘Neither Here Nor There’ by Bill Bryson, felt inspired to write a mad account of his adventures as an intrepid traveller in the seventies and eighties. All these books were accepted for publication and it was a really exciting and busy time, as we both helped with the proof-reading of each book and printing out the original manuscript. I held the lofty position of ‘girl Friday’, part time writer, as well as sounding board for all the new ideas. I was extremely busy, posting manuscripts, writing and mailing letters, reading and writing, as well as working full time to support us all – being the chief cook, ‘bottle washer’ and gardener. There always seemed to be something urgent to do and Craig is a rather enthusiastic and impatient person (“totally impulsive”), who likes everything done yesterday and who won’t rest until it’s finished. I often felt as if I didn’t have time to know who I was!

*

At the beginning of 1995 Craig had a further three books accepted for publication. ‘The New Rainbow’ set in South Africa and telling the story of the Election and the changing South Africa…it was a very moving story. Shortly afterwards he wrote what I think is his best novel to date, ‘Angolan Dawn’ about the war in Angola and the terrible legacy of the land mines, that have been planted there. In between he’s written a book on sports psychology, another on quotations that have inspired him, another called ‘The Mad Money Book’, and his latest, ‘The Return Of The Chicken Runners’. So you can see he is a prolific writer. In addition, he is writing his autobiography, in which I’ve had a small hand and which should be an inspiration for many people.

*

Writing certainly suits Craig, as he’s never really been comfortable in the corporate world and is best self employed, creating something from scratch and doing what he does very well…growing with it and improving all the time. He assuredly deserves all the success in the world and for his books to achieve what he wrote them for, namely to help people.

– ml

to be continued (like the serials of my youth)… read on to see what happens next…

broken dreams (colour)

 

*from I’ll Do It My Way’ and  ‘Writing into the Light

http://www.amazon.com/Ill-Do-It-My-Way/dp/0473147564

I’ll Do It My Way: My Story [Kindle Edition]

http://www.amazon.com/Ill-Do-It-Way-ebook/dp/B005GS6ZVO

Writing into the Light (I’ll Do It My Way: My Story)

http://www.amazon.com/Writing-into-Light-Ill-ebook/dp/B005HFA1FW/

The various books that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at

Wainui rainbow
Craig’s brand new e-book ‘Shattered Dreams is already available at Amazon:

The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at

ebooks (digital books)

http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and  https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/

https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent

http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –

MINE!

“When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “

“Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.”

PPS

Don’t worry about the world ending today…

as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

makororifirst-light

pictures from

www.itsalwaysdarkestbeforethedawn.wordpress.com

www.shatteredbrokendreams.wordpress.com

www.beliefhope.wordpress.com

http://www.craigswritingjourney.wordpress.com

www.thedriverthenurseandthewriter.wordpress.com

http://www.writeintothelightbook.wordpress.com

http://www.writingintothelightbook.wordpress.com

http://www.lifeisgodsnovel.wordpress.com

and

www.awritersdreams.wordpress.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

brilliant dawn

 

 

golden-dawn-publishing

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About craig lock

from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html About the Author Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his life’s savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season.". True! from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html Craig has a 'passion' for writing books that tell stories about people doing positive things in this often so hard, sometimes unkind world, occasionally cruel, yet always amazing world - true stories that leave the reader feeling uplifted, empowered and hopefully even inspired. https://www.createspace.com/3779691/ and http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 from http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig_lock.html and http://www.selfgrowth.com/experts/craig-lock Craig Lock loves to encourage and empower people to be the best they can possibly be, and to create what they want in life. Craig has learnt plenty from the "school of life" (still "battered and bruised") and also from a few "hard knocks on the head". He is an extensive world traveller (on a "shoestring budget") and failed professional emigrater who has spent most of his lifes savings on airfares. He is still sliding down the razor blade of life on the beautiful undiscovered island that is New Zealand, somewhere near the bottom (rude!) of the world near Antarctica. There he talks to the 60 million sheep! Craig has been involved in the corporate world (life assurance) for over twenty years in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. However, through a strange set of circumstances and finding himself in a small town near the bottom of the world ...and with nothing else to do, he started writing. That was five years ago. Five published books later and having written another twenty manuscripts (on widely differing subjects - well what else is there to do here?)... this is where Craig is in the "journey/adventure" that is life. Craig has taught at the local Polytechnic, as well as running a successful creative writing course (not teaching sheep!). He was the author of (as far as we know) the first creative writing course on the internet Craig has many varied interests and passions. He is particularly interested in the field of psychology – studying the human mind and what makes different people "tick-tock grandfather clock". He is fascinated by the "overlap between psychology and the dimension of spirituality". One of his missions in life is helping people make the most of their hidden potential and so finding their niche in life... so that they are happy. Craig’s various books probably tell more about his rather "eventful" life best (no one could believe it!). He writes books with serious messages and themes, then as a contrast "rather crazy, wacky stuff"…to keep him sane here. As an ‘anonymouse’ person wrote: "All of us are born mad; some of us remain so." Well nothing else much happens in quiet provincial New Zealand, other than headlines like "Golf Ball Thrown at Policeman" (it missed, btw!) and "Beach Toilet Closed for Season." True! The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at ebooks (digital books) http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4 http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i:books&field-author=Craig+Lock Paperbacks (see https://goldendawnpublishing.wordpress.com/2016/12/20/paperback-writer/ and https://wanttowriteabook.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/paperback-writer-the-beatles/ https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query="craig+lock"&sitesearch_type=STORE https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books and http://goo.gl/vTpjk All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children – MINE! “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! “ “Together, one mind, one life (one small step at a time), let’s see how many people (and lives) we can encourage, impact, empower, enrich, uplift and perhaps even inspire to reach their fullest potentials…and strive for and perhaps one sunny day even achieve their wildest dreams.” PPS Don’t worry about the world ending today… as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand
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10 Responses to SHATTERED (BROKEN) DREAMS

  1. tbihealing says:

    Reblogged this on Head Strong Healing and commented:
    Craig, we share some differing views on the core principles to maintain resilience – strictly on a personal level, anything working for anyone working at it is the best principle for them – but I do want to take the time to say I have scarcely been blessed with the time to explore your many publications and posts on TBI and related issues; even without full discovery of your writing, I want to let you know how prolific and passionate you seem. I truly appreciate this work you do, and have started my own discussion website blog fairly similar to yours. Once I work out the aesthetic kinks, I wish to emulate your work ethic and kind spirit in my writing, and in my invitation to others who may wish to contribute their stories. It is hard to regain written composition at my previous level, but if people can survive some perservation and run-ons, I am healing every moment and these will fade to dust in no time at all. Best of all the health and luck that there out there and that it comes your way, you deserve it!

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    • craig lock says:

      Hi Sean
      Thanks for the message and kind words.
      Yes we all have different journeys and can use our life experiences to share and help others. (and add meaning to/make sense of our lives). My journey is rather different, “unique” (i’m told) and I’m “driven” continually “pushing my limits” in what I do in sharing in my 200 plus books and blogs and “trying to keep up”. I just try to write simply and honestly (from the heart” (“adversity breeds resilience… and purrsistence”)
      Have a great day “over there” and all the best with your writing and blogs
      Kind regards
      craig
      PS “You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
      story of my ‘little life’

      PPS Best wishes from the First City to see the light

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  5. Craig Lock says:

    Thanks for the comment/follow/link/like/reblog and/or kind thought(s)

    but if you want to follow me, go to

    https://www.facebook.com/craig.lock.31

    https://www.facebook.com/livingwithheadinjury/

    and
    https://www.facebook.com/Uplift-Encourage-and-Inspire-479972392393133/

    Though my family and close friends say it would be far more entertaining with a video-camera*!)

    * By the way, do they still make them in today’s ever-faster changing world..or is it all done with mobile phones?

    “total non-techno” c (who doesn’t possess a mobile phone, after a rather eventful’ experience some years back, whilst trying to walk and talk at the same time )

    Men…Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em!
    #

    Hi

    CAN’T KEEP UP…BUT THANKS FOR THE “THANX”

    I’ve had many many hundreds of thousands (even “zillions”) of comments on my various other WordPress blogs at https://craigsblogs.wordpress.com/2011/09/09/craigs-list-of-blogs-updated-sept-2011/
    in recent years …true!) …a few of my blogs (including the one at https://headbraininjury.wordpress.com/www.head) went “balistically viral” a few years back.

    Obsessive or WHAT! Am really pleased you are enjoying my writings, as the reason I write is to share. However I am unable to keep up with the comments and was spending entire days just on replies on my various blog pages.

    Though I’m rather “driven”, I still get really, really fatigued (there’s a few books there). so sorry can’t reply individually to all you good people scattered around the planet, but DO try to read as many as possible daily (and even moderate a few when I get a “mo”), I got swamped with comments on my various blogs, so have had to close them off on all of my blogs, except for one or two of particular interest to me

    see
    http://www.headbraininjury.wordpress.com

    http://www.traumaticbraininjurytbi.wordpress.com

    https://headinjurytbi.wordpress.com/

    https://livingwithheadinjury.wordpress.com/

    http://www.livingwithheadbraininjury.wordpress.com

    https://thenurseanewbook.wordpress.com

    and

    https://anoneextraordinarylife.wordpress.com/

    and my friend’s blog at http://www.brainheadinjury.wordpresss.com

    Sorry and hope you can understand.

    * “Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.”

    ~ Franz Kafka

    I do really appreciate your liking, linking to and/or following this blog (and “writing in”), so “thanks for the thanx”

    “As we live and move and have our being, so from this vision, we create heaven in our own lives… and perhaps even heaven on earth.”
    – craig (as inspired by Acts 17:28 and the words of Felicia Searcy)

    “Aim at the earth and you may not get off the ground.a
    “Aim at the stars and you may reach the moon.”
    “Aim at heaven and you’ll have earth thrown in…
    and you may even hit the stars.”
    – craig (as inspired by the famous quote by CS Lewis – 24th May 2012)

    “When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”
    – Leonardo da Vinci

    When (or if ever) you arrive in heaven, let faith, hope and love be the wings that carried you there.”

    – as adapted from the inspiring words of Jonathan Edwards, former minister in New England, Massachusetts

    “The Greatest Race: Living by (with) faith, hope and love is the highest podium any person can reach, God’s podium that anyone stand on.”
    – c

    “Having pursued the goals, the dreams set before us and run the race with persistence and endurance, after giving it all. Then one day standing on the summit of life, breathing in the pure sweet oxygen of achievement, totally satisfied in running the greatest race, the race of life one that ANYONE can run and win.”

    from http://racetothechequeredflag.wordpress.com/
    and http://www.godandformula1.wordpress.com

    “If a man is called to be a street-sweeper,
    he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
    or Beethoven composed music, or
    Shakespeare wrote poetry.
    He should sweep streets so well
    that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say,
    here lived a great street sweeper
    who did his job well.”
    – Dr Martin Luther King, Jr.

    PPS
    Instead of trying to reply to each one of you, I’ll just keep on writing (which I’m often told is what is “safest” for me!)

    “If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I’d type a little faster.”

    The various books* that Craig “felt inspired to write” are available at http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    https://www.amazon.com/Craig-Lock/e/B005GGMAW4/ref=pe_584750_33951330_sr_tc_2_0?qid=1476388259&sr=1-2-ent

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B005GGMAW4

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=la_B005GGMAW4_sr?rh=i%3Abooks&field-author=Craig+Lock

    https://www.createspace.com/pub/simplesitesearch.search.do?sitesearch_query=%22craig+lock%22&sitesearch_type=STORE

    http://www.creativekiwis.com/index.php/books

    and http://goo.gl/vTpjk

    All proceeds go to needy and underprivileged children –
    MINE!

    “When the writer is no more , the value of your purchase will soar! ”

    Don’t worry about the world ending today…
    as it’s already tomorrow in scenic and tranquil ‘little’ New Zealand

    PPS

    “I wish you well on a rainy day
    I wish you rainbows to brighten your day
    To feel your quiet moments with a special kind of warmth
    to remind you that happiness can happen
    when you least expect it.

    I wish you rainbows to make you laugh and smile
    to show you the simple beauty of life
    and to give you the magic of dreams come true.

    I wish you rainbows
    I wish you well.”

    – Larry S. Chengges

    ”Since I can never see your face,
    And never shake you by the hand,
    I send my soul through time and space
    To greet you. You will understand.”

    – James Elroy Flecker (1884-1915)

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