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Today it’s my great pleasure to welcome the one and only Jennifer M. Eaten as she celebrates the release of her latest masterpiece, The First Day of the New Tomorrow. Take it away, Jen!
With Great Power….
“With great power comes great responsibility.”** It’s one of the most famous movie quotes of all time. Thanks Uncle Ben! Great words of wisdom. (From the first “Spiderman” movie, 2002)
Did you now that Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman never actually wrote that? Well, he did, and he didn’t. The original comic actually read: “With great power must also come great responsibility”.**
Did you know though, that this phrase was common far before Stan Lee? (I’ll give Stan credit for making it famous, though. Kudos!)
You can trace this back to Voltaire. Yep, that far back. In 1817, a member of UK parliament actually said that the phrase had become cliché.
Cliché? Maybe that’s because it can be applied to so many things, and it’s great advice, isn’t it?
So good, in fact, that you can trace the quote all the way back to the bible, so Voltaire wasn’t all that original either:
“From the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked” (NIV**)
In my story The First Day of the New Tomorrow teenage Maya is forced to meet this statement head on. Let’s watch as a teenager faces her destiny…
Excerpt from “The First Day of the New Tomorrow”
“I have a bad feeling you don’t want to talk about college.”
A smile touched his lips. “No. I’ve never even been to college myself.”
Maya’s unease became a bat and struck her into panic mode. She jumped up from the chair, her heart racing. “Who are you? What do you want?”
Edgar folded his hands and leaned on them. “I’m your guide, Maya. Your mentor, so to speak.”
“Mentor for what?”
“We have a lot to talk about. Would you please sit?”
She backed up until she reached the door. Without turning, she fumbled for the handle, and a rush of hot air hit her as she pulled it open. Maya raised her hands as the sting of hundreds of tiny pebbles thrashed her face. She peered through her fingertips and squinted into the blinding rays of a low-hanging sun. The cascading sunbeams warmed her cheeks and illuminated the outline of a figure that looked a lot like the Sphinx in Egypt. She gasped and choked on air riddled with blowing sand.
Edgar laughed behind her. “Let me guess. You were thinking that you’d rather be anywhere but here, and somewhere deep in the back of your mind, you always wanted to see the Great Pyramids.”
He appeared beside her, and she allowed him to close the door. Sweat poured from Maya’s brow as the room instantly cooled.
“Do you want to be back at school?”
She nodded, terror constricting her from any other movement.
Edgar turned the handle and pushed. The secretary looked up from her computer, her eyes narrowed. He smiled, waved, and closed the door again.
Numbness crept from Maya’s toes and up her legs. She stumbled as he led her back to the chair.
Edgar eased her down. “Are you ready to talk to me now?”
She shook away her fright. “How’d you do that?”
“I didn’t do anything. You did.”
Wow, is she in for a wild ride or what? Can you imagine? Anything she wishes for can happen. But let’s remember what Stan Lee advises… There’s always a catch.
What about you? Have you ever faced a responsibility you weren’t sure you were ready for?
**Facts and quotes researched and quoted from http://en.wikiquote.org/
About Jennifer M. Eaton
Jennifer M. Eaton is a contemporary blender of Science Fiction, Dystopian, and Romance. Her work ranges from the sweet contemporary romances of Paper Wishes, to the dystopian society of Last Winter Red and Optimal Red, with a dusting of young adult paranormal just for fun in The First Day of the New Tomorrow.
While not off visiting other worlds, Jennifer calls the East Coast of the USA home, where she lives with her wonderfully supportive husband, three energetic boys, and a pepped up poodle.
Full time team leader, full time mom, and full time novelist… what more can you ask for? Writing help did you say? Well, sure! Jennifer hosts an informational blog aimed at helping all writers be the best they can be. Stop on by and chat. She loves to hear from fans! http://www.jennifermeaton.com/
Her contemporary sweet romance, Paper Wishes is currently available in ebook format. The Dystopian novelette “Last Winter Red” is available as part of the “Make Believe” Anthology. Each title is available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com and Smashwords.
Paper Wishes: Jill has no idea what she wants for Christmas, but when it looks like her best friend Jack is going to get exactly what he asks for, Jill makes a Christmas wish that will change both of their lives forever.
Last Winter Red: In search of a husband, Emily leaves the safety of the city and risks her life stepping into the outside world. What she finds there will question the foundations of everything she believes in. Available as part of the Make Believe anthology.
The First Day of the New Tomorrow: Maya dreams of having everything she wants, but when she gets it, she can’t give it back fast enough. (Coming in September, 2013 from Muse It Up)
Wow, thanks, Jennifer, for a fabulous post. Over to you! Have you ever faced a position of tremendous responsibility that, perhaps, was a tad overwhelming?
I’ll take the lead and tell you mine. Which was: taking my first child home for the first time, me and my husband on our own. Complete newbies to the parenting thing. Completely clueless. Terrified. Overwhelmed. It was an awesome moment, and one I’ll never quite forget. A tiny life, depending on me. I’m not sure there’s ever going to be a greater responsibility, LOL!