Jayme Woods

Writer. Geek. Adventurer.


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Happy Father’s Day!

Fun fact: I love sports movies. I live for that moment near the end, the darkest moment, the moment when it looks like Goliath is about to stomp on little David. Why? Because that’s when the coach steps up, puts on his big boy shorts, and delivers a speech that rouses the team and leaves entire theaters (okay, just me) in tears.

Those coaches have something in common.

They’ve got nothing on my dad.

That’s right, when it comes to motivational speeches my dad is, simply put, the man. His speeches have gotten me through school drama, boy drama, life drama, and pretty much everything in between.

If there’s one thing my dad’s taught me, it’s to believe in my dreams. Any time I start to doubt this whole writing thing, he reminds me that wasting time worrying is, well, a waste of time. He advises me 99% of success is working harder and longer than anyone else. And, when he says he believes in me, it’s not just words – he really means it. Even after all the horrible first drafts he’s had to endure (and, let’s be real, horrible second, third, and fourth drafts), even after all the rejection letters, he’s never stopped encouraging me. Not once.

Most importantly, if I’m ever frustrated, he reminds me why I write. It’s not for fame or fortune. As awesome as it would be (like really, really awesome), it’s not even about getting published, not really. To paraphrase The Little Giants: I write because I want to. I write because it’s fun.

So thanks, Dad, for reminding me it isn’t whether you win or lose, not in sports, and not in life. It’s how you play the game. That means picking yourself up as often as you have to and doing it with a smile. It means, if you’re doing what you love, it doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says. You’re already a winner.

To everyone out there chasing their dream, if you’re maybe feeling a little beaten up, if the clock is ticking down and you feel hopelessly behind, remember: In this lifetime you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody. Except yourself. Even if the world beats you 99 times out of 100, that still leaves one time. Your time. So go out there and take it! I know I’m going to.

Right after I go hug my dad.

P.S. Ten coolness points if you can identify all the sports movie references in that last bit. 🙂


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A Long Time Ago in… Space: the Final Frontier

Okay, I’m probably going to catch all kinds of flak for that title, but here’s the thing. I love Star Wars. AND I love Star Trek. In my perfect world, Scotty, Chewy, Chekov, and Lando would hang out Big Bang Theory style. When Kirk gets flirty Leia would call him a scruffy-looking Tribble herder. Han Solo would give Spock a great big live long and prosper high-five. Because, really, how awesome would that be?

This has made the last week fairly exciting. Why? For starters, I finally rounded up the gang to go see Star Trek Into Darkness. And it was just as mind blowingly awesome as everyone said. Spock putting the smackdown on Sherlock – I mean, Khan. Priceless. Sulu taking the captain’s chair. Scotty realizing just how much damage Kirk can do to his ship in a day. I could go on and on. And on.

But never fear Star Wars fans. I didn’t trick you into this post just to gush about Star Trek. The past several weekends have also happened to be Star Wars Weekends at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. I couldn’t actually make it this year, but I’ve been in years past, and it is something to behold. Stormtroopers patrol the park gates. You can meet awesome celebrity guests. And the Dark Side really does have cookies – and cupcakes. Deliciously evil cupcakes.

Living vicariously through all the pictures and videos on Facebook just wasn’t cutting it, so my sister and I whipped up an awesome office supply X-wing. Check it out:

office-supply-x-wing

If you want to make one of your very own, we found our inspiration here.

Now, please excuse me while I imagine R2-D2 piloting said X-wing to a robot speed dating mixer hosted by Lieutenant Commander Data.

Until next time, may the Force be with you as you boldly go where no one has gone before. 🙂