Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Trifecta

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“Three grand essentials to happiness in life are something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.”   ~  John Addison

It’s a common belief that bad things happen in threes, but I learned at a young age good things often come in threes. A couple of my cherished childhood Little Golden Books were, “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “The Three Little Pigs.” My favorite English nursery rhyme was, “Three Blind Mice.” Then there was the Norwegian fairy tale, “Three Billy Goats Gruff.” As I got a little older, it was “The Three Stooges,” the three-ringed circus, three bean salad, the three minute egg, Neapolitan ice cream and my favorite candy bar, 3 Musketeer.

The number three is significant in the Christian doctrine of the Trinity which defines God as three divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Three Wise Men, who came to Jesus after his birth, brought three gifts. Jesus laid dead in the tomb for three days before his resurrection.

In the Western literary tradition, number three is important. Most follow a three act structure, introducing characters and concepts in Act 1, developing the plot through conflict in Act II, and bringing the conflict to a resolution in Act III. A writing principle called the Rule of Three suggests things that come in threes are funnier and more effective than other numbers.

Last week reinforced my belief that good things do happen in threes. As spring in Charlotte became more settled, I saw the first hummingbird of the season. She didn’t stick around long; probably passing through headed north. Soon the regulars who stay throughout the summer will attempt to stake their claim and the battle over the feeder will commence. Hummingbirds are very territorial and don’t enjoy sharing their sweet nectar.

Also last week, the dormant Bermuda grass on the golf course behind our house, came to life. Almost overnight, the lifeless brown grass that’s been present since October is now replaced by a lush emerald carpet. The bradford pears and cherry trees are in full bloom and the azaleas are getting ready to put on their show with a spectacular explosion of color.

Southern WritersFinally, last week I had a big surprise, I’m a runner-up in Southern Writers Magazine Fiction Short Story Contest. My story will be published in their special edition, Short Tales. This news confirmed that good or bad things can happen at any moment in my life. If I continue to actively seek out the positive, there is more evidence that great things do happen in threes.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

39 thoughts on “Trifecta

  1. Such wonderful news, Jill! You must be so excited–heck, I was excited to see your name on that list! (“Look, honey, I know her!”). I’m ordering my copy today!

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    • Thank you so much, Candace! I appreciate your enthusiasm. 🙂 I’m very excited. I was a runner-up in Southern Writers Magazine last year and was published, but I never imagined it would happen again. I’m thrilled!

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  2. I just love the theme of this post. I like how you took an every day concept and related it to so many different examples and scenarios. Congratulations on your contest results! Writing is an art that’s all work and no pay, so when your work is finally recognized (even if there’s no monetary reward), it feels like it was all worth it. Be sure to post a link for your readers when it’s finally published. What a great way to start the weekend.

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    • Thank you so much, Gwen. Yes, writing is a lot of work, as you well know, but the sense of accomplishment when a project is complete is worth it. I’m honored to be recognized in Southern Writers Magazine. Enjoy your three day weekend. Hopefully you all will dry out soon.

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  3. Congratulations on your writing success! I will be sure to read Short Tales! My best wishes! 🎈🎈🎈

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  4. Congratulations! That’s fantastic news.

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  5. Ohh yay!! Congrats!!! That’s awesome!

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  6. EXCELLENT, Jill! And you had me at “Norwegian fairy tale.” HEE. I loved those, too, even bought a book of them for my kids (East o’the Sun and West o’ the Moon being my fave). We just got our first hummer, too! AND so exciting about being runner-up! Congrats!

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  7. Congratulations, Jill on the runner up – a chance to be printed in a magazine is certainly a good thing. We’ve had hummingbirds around our place for the last few weeks (balmy West Coast, BC, Canada). They are wonderful little creatures. Whenever I see a hummingbird, I think – work hard, the time is short. Great post.

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    • Thank you very much, Francis! I’m very excited. I love hummingbirds. I always get excited when they return and sad when they migrate. I’ve seen some photos of your beautiful property, if I were a hummingbird I’d hang out there too! Have a great weekend!

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  8. Jill, Congratulations! We are still waiting for spring to burst . . . it is straggling a bit, but no big burst! BTW, my favorite candy bar is 3 Musketeer. Cheers!

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  9. I love the idea of good things coming in threes, particularly after growing up constantly hearing the reverse. (About bad things, that is …)

    Congratulations on your award, and on getting your story published! That is such fantastic news. 🙂

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  10. Great, Jill! Congrats on the contest. If it were the Olympics, you’d have a silver medal.

    I haven’t read your fiction but, if it’s as good as your essays, I’m sure to be impressed.

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  11. Let me add my congratulations to the rest, Jill – too cool! And I agree with you about the number 3. Back in first grade other kids thought I was soooo lucky because every time Sister Anthaneda passed out a plumb assignment (leading the Mayflower procession, collecting papers) she did so by asking volunteers to pick a number from one to ten. I quickly realized she always picked three for the trinity. So, of course, I always picked three. Over all it was a good school year – until she combed my hair for school pictures with a very sad result.

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    • Thanks, Shel! That’s funny. I guess that was one time the number three wasn’t so lucky. It is fun to look back at those old elementary school pictures. I had a Florence Henderson (The Brady Bunch) haircut, thanks to my mom, in my third grade photo. 🙂

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  12. Congratulations, Jill! So happy for you. Can’t wait to read it. 🙂

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  13. A nice cheerful post to start the weekend Jill, all full of optimism and indeed success. At least there are FOUR seasons otherwise we may be waiting even longer for Spring to arrive 🙂 Well done on your writing success.

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  14. Congratulations, Jill! What wonderful news to complement the arrival of spring.

    I have a hummingbird feeder like yours…just received it from my sister at Christmas. Hope I’m lucky and spy one of these curious creatures soon. Last but not least, I’d enjoy seeing photos of your spring blooms and look forward to reading your short story. 🙂

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  15. Thank you, Jolyse! 🙂 The news certainly did knock out the winter doldrums. 🙂 Oh, what a great gift from your sister! It might take a while for the hummies to come around, but once they discover it, they’ll hang around as long as you keep it sweet enough. We do 1/3 cup of sugar (finely granulated) and 1 cup of hot water, so the sugar will dissolve. Mix it first in a large container before pouring it into the feeder.

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  16. Congratulations for being the runner up. I am sure you will win, but it is a great honor to be a runner up. So happy for you. What a wonderful theme you have chosen for the post. It touches us all in very personal ways. so true when you think about it, three good things happening at once. I like the positive tone of the post. It has perked me up. Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful post, I just love the theme which you so appropriately chose keeping spring in mind. it was pleasure reading it.

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  17. Jill,
    Three is my lucky number so I totally agree. I see you also are a NaNoWriMo writer as am I. Thanks for your comments on my blog about writing mistakes. I’m in Florida and the grass is always green!
    Kathy
    author of The Mackenzie Scott Mysteries

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  18. Congratulations! That’s so exciting. 🙂

    It does seem like everything does go in cycles of three, but no matter what, it is always good to look for the positive things in life.

    Also, I love bradford pears. 🙂

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    • Thanks! It was very exciting. I’m still patiently waiting for my copy to arrive. Oh yes, the bradford pears are one of my favorite trees too. I only wish the blooms hung around a little longer. 🙂

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  19. Congratulations, Jill! That’s wonderful news, and in the tradition of Threes, do you have two other stories ready to go?

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  20. Congrats on the ‘Southern Writers Magazine’ fiction SS runner-up – look forward to reading it when YOU POST IT… Thanks, dear lady, for liking my ‘A Fanciful Thought’ post on thefinalcurtain1.wordpress.com – Bless you and the best in all that you do…

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