Batteries, Movies, and Songs

November Highlights

I GOT A NEW BATTERY FOR MY COMPUTER.

Okay, so maybe that doesn’t seem like a huge thing. But when one’s computer dies if unplugged for more than a minute, being able to move it around, charged and cord-free for several hours on end, is one of the most marvelous things ever.

OH! And have any of you seen The Man Who Invented Christmas? I saw it on Thanksgiving with my mom. I have no words.

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Save Money by Spending It

Kinda. I mean, money and exchange for books. It’s a good trade. Especially when the authors can use that money to get you more books. Anyway, I just want to tell you about a cool sale coming up.

Thanksgiving is about being grateful. Black Friday makes up for it. But one can be thankful and still buy stuff without trampling people in lines. I love online shopping. I stay up to midnight more often than I should anyways.

Enough of that.

Yes, there is a sale coming up.

There’s also Facebook party going on over this next week, from the 24th to the 30th. There will be meet and greets with authors. Giveaways. Cool things. Check it out!

Find the Facebook Party here

And yes, Buring Rose will be on sale too. More details in two days. 😀

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October Highlights: Culver’s, Confrences, and Concerts

My Life

I knew when I started my job at Culvers that I’d not have as much time for writing. I didn’t count in the mental exhaustion of trying to write after a day of work. Still, it’s not the two part-time jobs I have that has slowed me down this month so much as it’s my struggle with my Snow White retelling. More on that in a moment. But it’s not been easy and it’s still not quite together.

I have been enjoying Culver’s. Curd Nerd weekend was quite fun. We got free shirts and got to dress in a more casual style.

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Two of my brothers and myself

And I went to my first concert this month! I love the group For King and Country and it was very cool to see them perform live.

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photo credit to my sister, Joy

And yes, I am reading while in line to get inside. Don’t judge. It was an interesting part and a Brandon Sanderson book, okay?

My Writing

I attended the Indiana Faith and Writing Confrence this month and got to spend the day with two dear friends. Plus, of course, there were the workshops and meeting new authors and generally having a good time. I may go again next year, though I’m holding out hopes of attending Realm Makers in 2018. If I do that, I may not be able to attend this one too.

 

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Photo credit to Corissa, Maiden of Praise

 

WIPs:

I didn’t get as much done as I wanted this month.

  • Fidelyon: I read through the whole novel and I’ve noted the parts I need to smooth or cut or work on. I’ve also been reworking some of the prophecy bits.
  • I’m working on Snow White. The working title is Treaty’s Curse. I have a kinda have draft written at 15,000 words. Now to work through it and make it all make sense.
  • Launched Burning Rose.

Goals:

  • Finish Treaty’s Curse, send it to a few beta readers and get it ready for general editing
  • Correct part one of Fidelyon
  • And no. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo

My Writing:

  • I published a poem, Between Two Worlds on Kingdom Pen. It’s one of the favorite poems I’ve written to date.

Google Searches:

Not much this month.

  • What is the base pigment for red paint? burnt umber, dark red ochre
  • Free social media scheduling tools – because hootsuite has a limit on how many posts I can schedule now
  • Do bones burn? No, I’m not trying to depose of a body. They aren’t even human bones. I just want to know if ground bone would burn or dampen a fire.

Randomness

Just because…

never late

And this makes me laugh every year.

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Are you taking part in NaNo? Enjoying the cooler weather? Have you heard of For King and Country or ever been to a concert? 

You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

I wrote this out of a struggle I had, and still have. Just because I’m writing an article doesn’t mean I have it figured out. I still have to remind myself of the things I know in my head time and time again…

See, I want everything I create to be perfect; I always have. I love reading well-written books. I sometimes ‘hate’ them at the same time, because I wonder how I can ever write as well and make as big an impact with my own writing. It’s not pride issue of wanting to be better than others. Rather, it’s the desire to create stories and characters and themes that touch lives and to do it in the best way possible. If someone has done it better than me, then that means I can get better. And if I can get better, that means I wasn’t good enough.

Right?

But eventually, I realized I didn’t have to be the best.

And that it was fine.

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Magic in Legends of Light

The most common question I have received in relation to my writing is ‘what sort of magic, if any, do you have in your stories’? It is a valid question, and the views of Christian writers and readers varies widely, from those who love Harry Potter to those who don’t even want to read Lord of the Rings. So, in light of launching Burning Rose tomorrow, I decided to answer it for all of you who may still wonder.

Do I have magic in Legends of Light?

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September Highlights: Work, mainly

My Life

Lots of writing. Well, for the first half of the month. Mainly Fidelyon. I got that finished. By which I mean this draft is finished. It still needs a little work before it’s ready for beta readers.

Also, I started my new job at Culvers. I’m enjoying it, so far. Yes, yes. I know. New things are enjoyable and then sometimes they get boring. But I think I’m going to like this job quite a bit. They put me on register on my fourth day. Besides, I get to watch and interact with people. Maybe I’m not quite as much an introvert as I thought. XD

Hope

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