Posted in Book reviews, Books, Reviews, update, Writing

MAY I do my Recap

Okay, so the title of this post is a little cheesy. (I would very much like some cheese pizza, please). But I get tired of doing the same “(Month) Recap/Wrapup” and since I just got done writing in my snarky story, I can’t help it.

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So yeah, May. ‘Twas full of busy-ness, doings, happenings, and whatnots. When it comes to life-recaps, my mind suddenly goes pretty blank. All I know is that we were busy. I finished my journal (started a new one). Had some kittens. Found a couple of cats a new indoor home. Read what felt like a lot. These are the books I read:

 

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt Admirable by Sarah Holman Befriended by Sarah Holman The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman Wings of the Wind by Connilyn Cossette

The Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson (Review here), Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt, Admirable by Sarah Holman (review here), Befriended by Sarah Holman (review here), The Destiny of One by Sarah Holman (review here), and Wings of the Wind by Conniln Cossette (review to come).

I received/bought several books this month as well, and some of those are:

 

 

Okay, before I dive into the first picture of books, you see the second one? I won that prize pack! I was so surprised when I got the email, because I’ve never expected to win one of those big prize packs that I so often enter – I mean, there’s always SO many entries. What are the chances?(Totally random, I get it.). But yeah, so that was utterly thrilling!

As for the books on the left. See what they’re sitting on? A record player! Yay! Been wanting one, and my sister and I found this one at a garage sale for extremely cheap and it all works! <3

Anywho, enough random rambling (what am I saying?! This whole post is basically that). In the book picture, the left hand stack are books I purchased. The bottom four were from a CBD sale! And then the next top four I bought through my darling friend in another state, and the top was one I got from the book group I’m apart of for selling/swapping. That book in the middle of the stacks – yeah, that was a surprise from said darling friend!! She got that book for me just because! So sweet! <3

The righthand stack: Bottom three were swapped books from the group, the next four are review books, and the top two (including the audio book) were give-away wins. So, lots and lots of fun. I love books. *Huggles them*. The book by Joanie Bruce I actually won from a short story contest. Dat was fun.

 

And now, a “Pretty Bookish Picture”:

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As for writing, I haven’t been doing a TON of that, but I’m now back to working at it some. Little by little.

 

Music. Listening to some records, and the soundtrack to Tarzan (because it’s pretty much perfection), and of course, The Monkees. They’re amazing, but everyone who knows me knows I think that. ;)

 

Sooooape. I guees that’s it. (“And that’s all!” – quote from a person from a video from the 60’s…*cough*)

June will be full of more book reading/reviews, God-willing. I’ve got a lot of books to review. But I love reading, so it shouldn’t be a problem. We’ve got some of the garden in, so that’s good.

What’s up with yous peoples? Read anything good lately? Have any books you hope to read this month? Do you having any records you enjoy?

 

 

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Posted in God's Lessons, Writing

Heeding His Call in Our Writing

I am participating in the Writing Contest: You Deserve to be Inspired. Hosted by Positive Writer.

 

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I love writing. But I’m not always writing. Some of you may remember a post I wrote last year, “I’m a Writer, no really!” where I explained some of my journey with writing.
Today it is my goal to do my best to encourage you to keep writing. But not daily. Whaaat? You may be asking. I’m not saying you shouldn’t write every day.  But I’m also not one to say “Push through whatever is stopping you and just write 24/7!”. I know that’s what we, as writers, are told to do. Don’t wait for inspiration. But what if…what if we’re not “feeling” our story at the moment? What if when we have “writer’s block” that means we’re maybe not supposed to push through it at the moment?
If we’re writing for God, we are crowning Him King of our writing. He writes through us – it’s ultimately His story. There’s no other goal as worthy and fulfilling as writing for Him, because that means that even when we’re not published, our stories are being used for His glory because they’re for Him. Even if the whole world never gets a glimpse of our writings, He does and He loves them. I find a deep treasure in that.
So, sometimes God may have us stop in our stories. He may have us take a break. He may be prompting us to wait on Him when we feel no inspiration. And I recommend listening to that prompting. Our writing will be SO much richer when we wait on God. Wait for His “Go”.
I’m not saying to be lazy. If God is calling you to write, even through periods of no inspiration, then go for it. What I AM saying is, please, heed His call no matter what that is, in your writing. If He says stop, take a break, then seek Him why you’re writing isn’t flowing at the moment. If He’s showing you to keep going, run that race with His endurance! Sometimes it will be tough, but if He’s at the helm, He’ll give you the words. He’ll guide you and show you He’s in control.
I’ve gone through periods of times where I’ve sat down at my desk and pulled out one of my story notebooks, sharpened a pencil and just stared at where I left off. Wanting words to start flowing. Waiting for them. But they didn’t come. I wanted to write. I thought, “I can do this. Everyone else does.” And I tried writing by myself. If I was able to write anything, it was rubbish because I had run ahead of God and His leading. I wanted to do it all by myself. And so you know what God did to lovingly teach me? He took away my writing ability. I could form no written words. I couldn’t even write a book review. I was at a total loss for words, and I broke down and cried. I realized, I can’t do this on my own. I can’t push through His telling me to wait. Without Him I simply cannot write. He wanted to show me that yes, He’s blessed me with the talent of writing, but without Him it is nothing. Once I repented, gave my writing back to Him, I was able to write – but not me, Him. And it was fantastic. It felt so freeing, so wonderful, because it was in His timing, all about Him.
Three things I learned through this are:
1.It doesn’t matter what “everyone else is doing”. We are only called to follow God.
2. Apart from God I can do nothing. And that’s glorious when we can let go of our self-vision and lean on His.
3. Sometimes it’s not bad to wait. It can be a major time of refreshment.
Posted in God's Lessons, Writing

I’m a Writer, no really!

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I realize that, on this blog, I rarely {If ever?!} really talk about my writing. I mostly talk about books and what I’m reading.

Well, I do actually write too. There isn’t a lot of evidence online of that, but you’ll just have to take my word for it. ;)

I’ve been writing for…about 9 years I think. And of course, writing small things when I was younger. I’ve always wanted to be published. That’s been a big ‘dream/wish’ of my heart. And yet….it doesn’t happen. Another year goes by, and I’m still not published. Why is that? Some people probably don’t even know I seriously write.

I’ve got two novels finished. Countless ones started, and several in progress. I am a writer. But not published. I have characters I adore, I have the story of my heart written, and more bursting inside me. This is a passion of mine. But. I am not published.

And this…this hurts on some days, truly. I look at several friends and numerous people who are published, and it hits me again that I’m not. I could be, but I’m not. Am I not good enough? Am I just too lazy? But no. I know those aren’t the answers. And really, I do know what the answer is.

It’s not God’s time yet. 

I want it to be though! So badly, I do. I want to be able to say, “Yes, I did that! I am published – maybe you’ve heard of me. Check out my books!”.

Ah, but there is much wrong with that sentence for me. Because it is the state of my heart. Where is it at? I get caught up on focusing on what I want. So that my name can be known, so that it looks like I’ve accomplished something to the outside world.

Two major things are wrong with that. One, is that: Does it matter if my name is known out there? If you’ve read the previous posts about “Honor” (Part One and Part Two), you’ll understand that I’ve been learning that, no of course it doesn’t matter. It’s not about me. It’s not about my name, but HIS name. And if He doesn’t want me to be published right now, then that is the best course.

Second thing wrong is: Why does it matter what the world thinks, and if they think I’ve accomplished something or not? It shouldn’t matter. Yet, sometimes to me it does. Because I’m broken. But….

It. Doesn’t. Matter.

I need to stop looking out, and start looking up, and in.

“What is that to you? Follow thou ME” – John 21:22

This is what God has called me to. Only He knows why. But that’s enough. It’s enough for me to remember that I’m where I’m at because of Him.

I’m a Writer because He chose me to pen His stories. I can’t write apart from Him. So it is ALL Him, and pretty much none of me. And at this time, He has chosen to keep my writing “hidden”. It’s our thing – His and mine. And it’s special. My writing may not be “out there” yet, but it’s a treasure to me, and it’s where He wants it. Maybe someday I’ll only have time to edit and publish, instead of write. So be it. Wherever His will is, that’s where I want to be.

So I’m sorry I don’t share my stories with you lovely people just yet. I’m sorry I can’t share more about my characters. But, I think, that day will come. In His timing. When I can wholly and 100% be able to say “Look at these books God wrote – He’s healed me through the writing of them. Maybe He can touch you through them too. It’s His Work. Not mine.”

It doesn’t matter if I’m a writer. But it does matter that He’s a Writer. And I couldn’t be a writer if He didn’t write through me. So… “He’s the Writer, really, and I’m just His pen”.

 

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Writer’s Unite Contest WINNERS!!

Happy Memorial Day! :)

I am very pleased to be able to announce the winners of the Writer’s Unite Writing Contest that was recently held!

First off, before getting to the exciting part ( :) ), I want to thank eevverybooddyyyy. XD But seriously, thank you to Soleil for heading this contest up and recruiting us along, thank you to my fellow judges (Faith P. Jesseca, Sierra, Rayray, Aiden, and of course, Soleil), and thank YOU for entering, contest-enterers! :D There would be no contest without the writers who showed their bravery in sharing their writing with us. So appreciated, and  I’d also like to say you all did a great job. The writing pieces were commendable, and you can be proud in them. :) (not the boastful kind of proud, of course! But the satisfaction of God’s gift in you)

 

So, you wanna know who won 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, right? Well, let’s hop to it then!

 

Award, Trophy, Laurel Wreath, 3Rd, Third Place, Success

3rd place goes to… “Katie’s War” by Kaitlyn K.

Bravo on a story that made the reader feel and connect with it! You’ve won the book “Raptor 6” by Ronie Kendig! :)

Award, Trophy, Laurel Wreath, 2Nd, Silver, Success

2nd place goes to…“I Did It For You” by Blessing Counter

Lovely job of writing a story that really showed putting other’s needs above ourselves, even when it’s hard! You’ve won the book “Space Kitties” a collection of short stories and 1 song! :)

Trophy, Winner, 1St Place

And 1st place goes to…“In Honor” by Rebekah Eddy

Your poem was marvelous, showcasing the sacrifice of our Soldiers and also of our Savior – truly beautiful and very impacting! You’ve won “The Choosing” by Rachelle Dekker and 2 song! :)

A HUGE congratulations to you all!!!

And again, thank you to each who entered! Just because your story wasn’t chosen among the three doesn’t mean you should stop writing. Keep writing always, and do it for the King, our True Sacrifice!

 

God bless you all!

 

(Oh and remember….Even though not everyone will win, we did want to include the links for 2 free ebooks for everyone:
Daughter of Light by Morgan L Busse
and  Failstate by John Otte – enjoy!)

 

 

**Photos from pixaby. Winners will be contacted to receive their prize

Posted in Books, Writing

Today’s the Day! Writer’s Unite Contest!

 

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You might’ve heard me mention this Writer’s Unite contest before, and now today is finally the day! So, let’s get to the details first, and then I shall give you my writing prompt! You may use mine or any of the other’s that they post on their blogs, or combine them too. It’s up to you. But please do use one of the prompts to include in your story. Thank you! Also, at the bottom of this post, one of the judges put together  ‘bio questions’ so you can know about the each of us, if you care to read that. :) Then you must pick up your pen (or your laptop…) and write! We look forward to your entries!!

 

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Writes Unite Writing Contest

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Dates: April 15th – May 16th
Winners announced: May 30th
Maximum word count: 7,000

Prizes: The Calling by Rachelle Dekker, Space Kitties -a collection of short stories, and 3 songs:

1)What Are You Going to Do Now You Are Not Saving the World? (From Superman: Man of Steel)
2)Superman – Man of Steel
3) Legend-The Celtic Collection

Even though not everyone will win, we did want to include the links for 2 free ebooks for everyone:
Daughter of Light by Morgan L Busse
and  Failstate by John Otte

Please submit your stories to: writersunite2016(at)gmail(dot)com

*NOTE: Please, no inappropriate scenes or language. Preferably no magic, though powers are okay.*
MY (RAECHEL) WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU:
"Those who give much without sacrifice are reckoned as having given little." ~ Erwin Lutzer
“Greater Love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends”

 

 

 

Bios:

1) Introduce yourself

2) What is your favorite genre of book to read?

3) What is your favorite genre to write about?

4) When not reading/writing what are some things you enjoy doing?

5) What is you favorite kind of music to listen to?

6) Whose side are you on for Captain America? Civil War team Cap or team Iron man? Whose said are you on for Batman vs. Superman? Superman or Batman?

 

 

 

 

R. J. Steele – 

And my rep:

1) My name is R. J. Steele

2) My favorite genre is probably fantasy, but dystopien follows closely.

3) I write fantasy with some futuristic.

4) I like to hang out with my friends and cousins in my free time.

5) …Um, I listen to a lot of different kinds of music….not just one

6) I am Team Cap for the Captain America Civil War.

 

 

 

SMB – 

My rep.

1) I’m SMB

2) I love to read Biblical and historical fiction, as well as fantasy

3) Everything! I have a ton of different stuff I am working on right now, or have plans for: fantasy, futuristic, historical fiction, and a few other things as well. :)

4) When I’m not reading and writing I’m usually either dreaming up stories, traveling and doing outdoor adventures, or on Pinterest.  :)

5) I like to listen to a lot of different music. I have a playlist for when I’m writing, but for everyday life I like to listen to stuff like Jamie Grace, Moriah Peters, For King and Country, and similar artists/songs.

6) Up to this point I’ve been team Captain America for the Civil War.

 

 

 

Raechel– 

This is my representation pic.:

1) Raechel

2) Oh that’s a tough one…I love many genres, but two of my top favourites are Christian fantasy and Biblical fiction.

3) Christian fantasy with no magic, and a sort of ‘medieval’ ish feel to it.

4) Well…I’m almost always reading or writing, but I also love throwing my tomahawk/knives at my log target, and just being with my family.

5)I don’t have a specific favourite kind of music really…is TobyMac a genre? XD I like upbeat, exciting Christian music.

6) None? I’m not into Marvel stuff.

 

 

 

Sierra– 

My rep pic (sorry it's so late)

1) My name is Sierra, though I also go by Sparrow a lot online

2) It depends on my mood, I read a lot of different genres. If I had to pick one, I’d probably say fantasy.

3) Again, I write all different genres. Probably fantasy is my “favorite”.

4) I like drawng and… uh… wow I sound like a boring person. I don’t do all that much besides read and write and draw. I love photography though.

5) Also depends on my mood… *hides* I’m not a consistent person. I just have a bunch of spotify playlists with groups of artists and bands together. Right now I’m listening to the TobyMac and Capital Kings one, but last week it was BarlowGirl, ZOEgirl, Addison Road, and Superchic(K)

6) Team Cap!

 

 

 

Faith

My representation. :):

1) Hey, I’m Faith P.!

2) My favorite genre of books to read is historical fiction. :)

3) My favorite genre to write is historical fiction as well. :)

4) I enjoy pottery, camping, kayaking, and hanging out with my dog. ;)

5) Contemporary Christian :)

6) I’m not familiar with any of those, sorry!

 

 

 

Aiden-

my representation:

1) Aiden

2) Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Superhero (whatever that genera is called)

3) Fantasy-Sci-Fi

4) Cosplay, Marital Art, and Parkour

5) Almost anything

6) Well team Spidey for Captain America Civil War, and Superman for Batman Vs. Superman 

 

And my representation.
1) Hi, my name is Jesseca Dawn. :)
2) My favorite genre to read would have to be historical fiction. It’s awesome. ;)
3)And, my favorite genre to write would be historical fiction as well! I love all the research that goes into it.
4) My favorite kind of music is movie soundtracks! They’re the best! ;) Hymns tie with the soundtracks for a favorite, and contemporary.
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A HUGE thank you to everyone!! Have fun writing, and again, can’t wait to read your stories!!
*Representation pictures, and the picture prompt are from Pinterest

 

Posted in animals, Books, Questions/answers, Random babblings, update, Writing

Artsy?

Hi peoples. I feel like I’ve kind of disappeared from my blog for a bit…but I guess, honest moment: it happens frequently.

Today I have  mainly a question. First, are any of you people crafty? Like, do you have loads of washi-tape and paper-items, and pens, glitter, glue, etc.? I need to talk to you. Where do you store it, and how do you store it? I’m just looking for some tips and would love to talk about such stuff. One of the places I am happiest is sitting at my desk surrounded by my paper-y-craft stuff. I’ve got about 100 rolls of washi-tape (including decorative ducktape – don’t judge me. XD I have saved up for this stuff, and gotten some as gifts. <3), stationary up the wazoo, pens and pencils and markers, glitter and glitter glue of many variations, and more stuff. Paper stuff makes me happy. :D But the problem is storing it, and keeping it easily accessible. I keep my washi-tapes in a pretty box, and most of my stationary in likewise pretty boxes/folders, and then keep these things on two small bookshelves, but they’re overflowing. I don’t even have enough penpals to keep up with my love of decorating letters/envelopes (I think this partly has to do with the fact that most penpalers my age are married, or busy in college, or something along those lines).

I’d show pictures, but…let’s just say me and our camera don’t get along too swimmingly and…yeah.

I’m not actually too concerned about my mess, but I am interested to see how other people organize they’re craft items! :) So, share away, and if you have pictures, I’d love to see. I don’t know if you can share pictures in comments? If not, you could always email them to me (go to my ‘contact me’ page). :)

On another subject, April 15th is quickly approaching!!! Do you know what that means?? The writing contest!!

 

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I also have more posts I want to do…like one about something HTTYD related…not promising anything though, because life gets busy, as it has been lately.

I’ve been taking care of a cute little girl on some days, feeding neighbour’s animals every day (they have baby sheep!!! *Sigh* so cute!!), and just trying to get life-y things accomplished, all while trying to stay on top of my Reading List that just keeps growing. I should have some reviews coming up, God-willing!

But I shall leave off for now. Happy Saturday, and may you enjoy a weekend of rest!

 

 

Posted in update, Writing

Get Ready…

…Because a group of writers (including myself!) are soon hosting a Writing Contest!! The gal behind the original idea and our Contest Captain (hehe) is Miss Soleil, at her blog Reviews by Soleil. She has gathered us hosts together (about 6 of us, including Soleil), and got Faith P. (Stories by Firefly!) to make us some looovely graphics to represent this contest, affectionately dubbed “Writers Unite 2016”.

So, how about some details?

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So yes, in case the image doesn’t show up, the exact details are that it begins on April 15th, and ends on May 16th, and the theme is SACRIFICE. Each blog will be giving a specific writing prompt for the enterers (new word, folks) to use to write their entries. There will be an email to send your entries to, and winners will be announced on a specific date to be revealed, with prizes too. It promises to be lots of fun!

So! Make you sure you stay tuned so you can join in the writing fun! We look forward to it!

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