"Nil Desperandum " or Never give up, The next Challenge

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This is my next challenge to all writers who have not yet earned their first Star

The words of my old grandfather will always be with me.

Nil Desperandum (Never give up) I think as long as you continue to strive to do, that which you feel is right, you will, in the end reach your goal.
My old Grand-Dad would often say to me "no matter what life throws at you Johnny, get up and throw it back" and so far his word has been true.

So with this in mind I offer my next challenge, I want to make Ten new Wikinut Star writers, this Challenge is open to all writers that have not yet earned a star
Remember these guidelines they will help you earn your first Star

  • Your title is important make it interesting, and that goes for your intro.
  • Use a preview picture and at least a couple of other pictures in your article
  • It helps if you add a link or two
  • Don't forget your tags
  • make use of Wikinut Sections
  • Use a spell checker BEFORE you submit to be published
  • An interesting factual article will always do better then poetry
  • Make full use of the Advanced formatter

So come on all you writers lets see what you can come up with, and who knows you might just get your first Star.
The first ten new star articles that I or Mark award, will be listed here...

Our new Star writers check out their pages and give them support

So far this is the first 7 new star wikinut writers, 3 more to go will YOU be one of them?

  1. A Reality TV Check: Review of Reality TV By By Maxine Nelson
  2. How to Grow Herbs Indoors by Georgia Lund
  3. Beautiful Places To Visit in North Alabama By stephaniemorris26
  4. Life is Lovable!!!! By Ariv
  5. Animal Case Profile: European Magpie By CherryFranklin
  6. Am I your daughter? By Shirra
  7. The eternal Lightness of Being by cnwriter

Nil Desperandum

Nil Desperandum

Even though all looks lost, devoid of all vitality
Even though not a sound stirs, no verve no energy
No more the sound of children laughing
No more the sound of baby's crying
The rocking chair rocks no more
There are holes in the ceiling and holes in the floor
As long as there is light, to breath, to ignite
Hope will revive, all will come alive
Never except the end, there is no beginning
No losing or winning
Hold on to your goal never let go
Never accept the status quo
For I believe that nature will find a way
Nothing is too hard for her to solve
~ johnnydod

Questions and answers

Raindrops fall and I hear you call my name
Thunder rumbles lightning crumbles I hear my name
I stand naked before the storm, allowing the wind and rain to transform my existence
Mother Nature is my queen my wife and mistress in between
Judge me as seen I beg your persistence

Raindrops fall and you call my name my love I look to the stormy sky above
I give a searching glance to my love
Which way to turn, the hailstones burn my life, my concern
The storm grows more the rain pours and pours
I await your advice as Zeus throws the dice on my life

~ johnnydod

You can Inspire others

And finally I am inspired by a quote from the great Chinese thinker and social philosopher Confucius.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall."
~ Confucius.

Determination and resolution in what you strive to achieve is reward in itself , I am reminded by

  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Who was demoted from captain to private, was a failed businessman and after being defeated many times at his attempts to enter politics was quoted as saying
    "I am now the most miserable man living. If what I feel were equally distributed to the whole human family, there would not be one cheerful face on the earth."
    But he never gave up.
  • Albert Einstein
  • He was 4 before he was able to speak and unable to read until he reached 7, he was described by one of his teachers as
    "mentally slow, unsociable, and adrift forever in foolish dreams"
    eventually this attitude led him to be expelled from school
    But he never gave up

So you see, as these great man went on to inspire, so can you by your own determination inspire others.

If I may indulge you with a Rudyard Kipling poem

The poem is" IF" it begins

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;

~ Rudyard Kipling
I think in just those few short words this great poet has summed up all I believe in.

Blow the consequences

We are in life faced by many problems
Some we are able to deal with almost immediately
Some will take longer to solve
Some we must weigh up the pros and cons
And then with the knowledge
We have acquired, over our life’s experiences.
We will then decide on the path to take.
Whatever the problem Big or small
It is, in the end, you, that must decide on its outcome.
So the next time you are confronted with a questionable decision
Follow your instinct and act upon it.
And BLOW the consequences.
~ johnnydod

Wikinut, Write | Share | Earn

Do you write Story's, Poems, Factual articles, why not let Wikinut publish them for you? have you published them already on other sites? no matter Wikinut can republish them and allow you to double your earnings.

You can be as artistic as you like, the magic of seeing YOUR poem or story in print is wonderful, and to makes things better we will pay you for it, why not give it a try?

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
17th Jan 2012 (#)

There is certainly no cause for despair with excellent articles such as this. Thanks for the inspiration.

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Writers this is your chance to get a star page!

Pay attention to what Johnny said at the beginning - he explained some of the things you can do to earn more points on your page which will ultimately help you get a star.

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author avatar Sheila Newton
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Super duper star page with lots of super duper advice. I've had a few stars on my pages - but I'd love to have more - and more -and more. Hahaha!

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Earning a star is a something every writer should strive for. On the other hand it doesn't mean anything if it's not earned honestly. If someone else is writing your articles for you or if you are copying someone else work, the star is meaningless. Sadly, there are a few "writers" on every site that I write for that fall into that category. The really sad thing about that is that the ones they are hurting the most are themselves.

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author avatar johnnydod
17th Jan 2012 (#)

You are so right Jerry

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author avatar Jerry Walch
17th Jan 2012 (#)

What really amazes me, Johnny, is that these individuals go from not being able to write fluently in English to publishing a flawless article overnight and then think that no one will notice.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
19th Jan 2012 (#)

"Students hire ghostwriters from essay mills to write entrance essays, term papers, theses, and dissertations." I have actually participated in this as a ghost writer and it is acceptable. A student without good English might hire a ghost writer.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
2nd Feb 2012 (#)

Thank you Johnny for this great challenge. Ditto Jerry Walch's comments this never ceases to amaze me as well.

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author avatar johnnydod
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Well I am looking forward to seeing some interesting original articles Jerry and we have ways to sort out these cheaters.

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author avatar Retired
17th Jan 2012 (#)

I think it is about time as I have seen many of them doing stuff with my articles. Many that I can point out to you but it is really up to the moderators to use plagarising software to prove this....
That is why I have all my works copywright protected and a 15k fine for anyone who does direct lift offs from my work...
Come on JD, you know that, told you that before.

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author avatar hereiam
17th Jan 2012 (#)

i think this was a great peace to read

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author avatar 1Faithmorgan
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Excellent Idea Johnny and I know how excited I got with my first star - still working away to get my 2nd one :)

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author avatar avery sandiego
17th Jan 2012 (#)

This gives me an idea to write encouraging and inspiring articles to never give up...Every writer should really aim for the star because more people will be intrigued to read what your article is all about.

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author avatar krrymarie
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Brilliant idea Johnny, I was so excited when i got my first star and to get my second too. so need to work on getting my third and so on. I have just got a bit rusty as not been on for a while.

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
17th Jan 2012 (#)

An excellent one as always johnny!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
17th Jan 2012 (#)

I was congratulated on having a star and then when I went back to the top of the page, it was not there. Whoever took it, please return. No questions asked.

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author avatar johnnydod
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Give me the title of that work Ivy

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
18th Jan 2012 (#)

I read from Tranquilpen:
Tranquilpen
11th Jan 2012 (#)
"Race to Destruction". Now I look further up and see "It should have been a star page". Tranquilpen said,:
"Thank you for a great poetry piece dear Ivy. Most insightful, congrats with the star as well.".
Much of what I say is said in a joking kind of way. I am not complaining at all.
Love, Ivyevelyn.

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author avatar johnnydod
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Oh Ivy you got me going then hahaha

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author avatar Melissa Dawn
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Johnny I signed up for photobucket in my quest to include images. Now how the gosh darn do you link the pics in? It keeps asking me to specify a path...

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author avatar johnnydod
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Just copy your pics from photobucket onto your desktop Melissa and then upload them from there

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author avatar Delicia Powers
17th Jan 2012 (#)

Your granddad had the heart of a poet too...great idea for a challenge and wonderful poem... thanks johnnydod...

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author avatar Denise O
18th Jan 2012 (#)

I think this is a great challenge Johnny. I think we should all strive to do the best we can. As you and Mark know, I have been correcting some of my older pages, yes they were star pages but, I could see where I lacked one or two things that could be improved on. So I went back and changed them. This is not a ego thing, this is a thing to where I want to put out the best work possible. I want a portfolio that I am proud of. I also want to learn, I just want to suck it all in, so I can improve. I look forward to seeing all the great pages, as you know we have great folks here. Good luck y'all! Johnny & Mark, thank you for pushing us, it really means a lot that y'all are there for us. As always, thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Buzz
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Another daunting challenge posed to fellow writers concerned. I wish them good luck and this early congratulate them victors who have grabbed the coveted stars.

More power, Johnny!

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author avatar Buzz
18th Jan 2012 (#)

Guffaw to the preview pic. Very funny..haha!..lol

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author avatar Bridgitte Williams
19th Jan 2012 (#)

Thanks and I am having a problem with adding photos...how to do that...and where from? Hmmm. HELP! This from a writer with almost two million views on yahoo...lol.

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author avatar johnnydod
19th Jan 2012 (#)

You need to add sections Bridgitte, for each new Section you can add another picture.
This link will help...
http://nut.bz/25hqkpxw/

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author avatar Buzz
19th Jan 2012 (#)

Bridgitte, let me help. Having a topic in mind, you first search the web like Wikimedia Commons or encountering a dearth of images you like there, try Google images (Mark forbids that, though) or flicker, etc. Once you have one image(s) of your choice, you download it (them) to your computer. Then you can upload to your draft. You have formatting options there at the top of each section. At least that's what I do. Better yet, Johnny or Mark will answer your question authoritatively, and I will always stand corrected...lol HUGS!

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author avatar Dr. H. Singh
19th Jan 2012 (#)

Its a very interesting and inspirational discussion. Its where writers whose first language is not English learn a lot. Respected Johnny helps writers to learn as well while moderating any wiki nut. Thanks!

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
20th Jan 2012 (#)

A student, who is from another country, could ask another with English as their first language, to write their essay, report, etc.

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author avatar princess
28th Jan 2012 (#)

I agree with Jerry and averygirl. Writers always aim and look forward to their pages turning out as star pages. Star pages serve as one's accomplishments, and striving for one after another is pretty addictive because of its rewarding characteristic. I love the pictures and the poems on your page and last but not the least the encouraging words for the new writers in particular. :)

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author avatar Val Mills
31st Jan 2012 (#)

Great one here Johnny. And those hints on how to get a star will be appreciated by us all.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
29th Aug 2012 (#)

love the page and the pics and thank you for mentioning my star page...Eternal Lightness of Being....bless you

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