Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Monday, August 9, 2010

Moving to a new website

Hi Everyone,


I know it seems as if I haven't been doing a good job of keeping up with my devotional posts and I'm sorry for that. I hope I haven't lost any of you by my inconsistancy. I have been very busy working on my book promotion and a brand new website that will encompass all of my blogs. From now on I will be able to go to one spot for all my posts and announcements instead of trying to juggle and keep up with three.

So I am inviting all of you to head over to my new website so you can continue to see all of my devotions along with any other news and articles that I might post.

The new site is http://www.weigandchris.com

Thank you again for following me and I hope you are still interested enough to continue. I greatly enjoy your comments and will do a better job of following you all and commenting on your blogs.

Thank you and God Bless,

Christina Weigand
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Aaron's Revenge
Available at Xlibris, Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Monday, August 2, 2010

Mary DeMuth's new website

Come check out @MaryDeMuth and her revamped website here: http://www.marydemuth.com

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Jealous Bones

They complained, “Is it through Moses alone that the Lord speaks? Does he not speak through us also?” “Now listen to the words of the Lord: Why then did you not fear to speak against my servant Moses?”




So Miriam was confined outside the camp for seven days and the people did not start out again until she was brought back. (Numbers 12:2, 6, 8, 15, NAB)



Miriam and Aaron were jealous. Here was Moses, a meek man who had not lived the suffering they had, married to a Cushite, getting all the glory. How could God do that to them?



Recently I have been asking myself the same question. I have given up so much to follow my husband across the country for his job. Yes, my career was portable and our six year old daughter was at a portable stage in her life. It didn’t seem like a big sacrifice at the time.



So we move. Al has already found a church with a choir, theater group and a school for Ana. The choir and the theater group joyfully embrace him. When Ana and I arrive on the scene, momentum on the summer musical is well underway and the spare garage at our new house is soon converted into a scene shop. I’m asked to write some articles for the program and I get stars in my eyes. Maybe this will swing some attention my way. And a little does come, but compared to my husband it doesn’t feel like much. So the show runs and he gets his name in the newspaper for the fantastic sets he helped to build and the theater group is worshipping the ground he walks on. As his wife I share the spotlight, but my own light seems very dim.



Fast-forward, its one year later. He is the set construction manager. (I.e. he’s in charge of the whole shebang.) He’s doing quite a bit of work, a lot of the time he’s on his own. Needless to say his star is on the rise again. I was once again asked to write two articles, but in the end only wrote one. So in a few weeks the show will go on and along with the actors, musicians and directors, he will receive many kudos and I’ll receive few to none.



I feel the green-eyed monster growing inside. The fact my husband is so completely involved with this project, leaves Ana and I with many hours without him. Lots of time for me to become angry, jealous and resentful.



Like the story of Miriam and Moses, God isn’t too happy with this attitude. He won’t afflict me with leprosy as he did Miriam, but I feel his dissatisfaction in other ways. My attitudes push my husband away. Al may not realize my jealousy, but he feels the push and senses my unhappiness. He moves further away and finds ways to spend less time with me and when he can’t do that he’s grouchy and irritable. I’ve created my own punishment.



God doesn’t like my jealousy and anger. He wants me to find other ways to channel my energies. If I can’t work with Al to accomplish goals, then I need to focus on missions that God has given me. God wants to share in Al’s glow for now and patiently wait, for in God’s time my light will shine brightly and Al will be in the fringes sharing the experience with me, like I need to learn to do now.



Lord, help me keep the jealous bones at bay, encourage my loved ones with their successes and know that in you time I will have successes also.







Is there something that a spouse, friend or acquaintance has that you wish you had? Have you let it cause anger, resentment or distance in your relationship? Step back and look at what you are doing. Are your emotions causing damage you don’t want it to? Realize what you are doing and see that is not your time but theirs. Realize your time will come. Share their excitement; let them know how happy you are for them. Congratulate them. Strive not to belittle their accomplishment, but instead let them know how important it is to you and to God. Make a conscious effort to be part of their joy instead of causing them distress.

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Monday, June 28, 2010

Follow in Faith; Live in Hope

A new message from the Creator.

Follow in Faith; Live in Hope


There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. (Romans 8:1)

Once healed, God holds no grudges. He forgives the sins and does not tell us to continue to dwell on them. Jesus did not reproach those he healed, like the adulterous women or the blind man. Instead He healed and forgave and sent them on their way.

Follow in faith, follow with charity to your neighbor and always, always follow in hope.Faith that Jesus has
forgiven and doesn't keep count of your sins. Hope that your place is prepared in Heaven when we depart from this earth bound life.

Jesus is all this and more. He is Awesome.

Most wonderful and glorious Jesus; I pray that you will forgive my sins, look past my human frailties, and never ever give up on me, even when I give up on You.. Lord be by my side to guide me, to pick me up when I fall and to celebrate when life is good. Please be waiting for me in your heavenly kingdom, when the time comes for me to leave this encumbered human life and welcome me to Your wonderful heart, that is full of mercy and love. In Jesus glorious name I pray. Amen.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Who will be my companion?

Hi Myrria here,

Had another message from the Creator today that I wanted to share with you.



Be my Companion


Who hath despised the day of small things? (Zechariah 4:10)



Who is your friend? Who can you summon when you need anything? Who is a companion at the most dreary times of life and transforms them into bright, cheerful times?



There is only one you can rely on, only one that will fulfill all your needs. He will be your best friend, He will be there in the dreary times of life and transform them. You can call on Him and enter His presence. He is always there. He most powerful, most awe-inspiring, most loving, most forgiving, most merciful and gracious. He is the one and only God, your father, your friend, your brother, your companion. Turn to God, He is there.



Oh most powerful and awesome God, I turn to you in my time of need, in my time of joy. I seek your presence, I summon you to be by my side. Be there when I call, answer when I need, love me when I am unloved. Lord I beseech you, in Jesus name. Amen

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Aaron's Revenge Published


It's finally published. Aaron's Revenge is available at Xlibris. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Aaron grew up believing he was a farmer’s son and destined to be a low level knight in Crato. Then on his fi fteenth birthday his world is torn from him when he is kidnapped and thrown into a world of deception and magic. His sibling rivalry with Tomas pales in comparison to the challenges he’ll face in the search for his identity and destiny.

Enit grew up a princess and without the love of her Father. When her long lost brother is found she embarks on a journey to fi nd a relationship with her brother and win the love of her father.

Their paths become intertwined as they encounter rivalry and battles in their fight for family, kingdom and themselves


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Book Review

Book Review: The Doppleganger Chronicles The Secret of Indigo Moon, By: G.P. Taylor


The Doppelganger Chronicles The Secret of Indigo Moon

By: G.P. Taylor



Eric Morrissey Ganger and his two friends, twins, Saskia and Sadie Dopple embark on another adventure when they discover secret tunnels beneath Dunstan's School for Wayward Children. They meet an old enemy and make the acquaintance of a shifty private eye while exploring the tunnel and missing treasure. Their interfering could lead to the destruction of them all if they don't find the answers first.



This is a good book for juvenile readers with lots of action and twists and turns that will keep them involved and guessing until the very end. Long sections of text are broken up with pages of cartoon like drawings to lead the reader through the adventure. As an adult I didn't particularly like this, but it is sure to capture the short attention span of the juvenile reader. The characters are engaging and the story line plausible so the reader will stay interested. There is a touch of spirituality that doesn't slap the reader in the face, but subtly suggests a higher power at work in the lives of the kids. The kids learn about trust and about themselves as they embark on this mystery.



For the juvenile reader I highly recommend this book.







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Join Him in the Promised Land

Join Him in the Promised Land


The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion. (Proverbs 28:1)

Trust God. Forge fearlessly ahead. He will not let you down. He will pick you up and ensure that the trials do not destroy you. He will bring you into the promised land. He is an Awesome God.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Updates on my writing

Hi Here's an update for all my followers.

A quick note about Aaron's Revenge it is very close to the production phase, we just have to work out the kinks in the cover. I will let you know as soon as I know what the release date is.

Myrria's Legacy has been approved for a proof copy by Create Space at Amazon. Once I get the proof copy then I will start querying agents and publishers.

Palace of Twelve Pillars is once again in the critique phase, and a sequel to Myrria's Legacy is in the first draft stage. Not sure of the title yet, temporarily titled Emmie's Origami, but Ii'm sure that will change.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hi all,

I've been away for a little while. Now I'm back with another message from the Creator that I want to share.

Myrria


Call Him Jesus


She shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. (Matthew 1:21)



Call His name: JESUS. Call Him when you are sad, scared, angry, alone, tempted. Call Him when you are happy, celebrating, thankful, strong in your faith, in a crowd. Call Him whenever. Call Him more often. Call Him tenderly, prayerfully, powerfully. Call on Him and know that He will answer, no matter what.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

God is always there

Another message from the Creator

God is always there


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.(Psalm 23:6)



I have stumbled, I have fallen. My life is boring, my job is going nowhere. Guess what God is at your side. Yep right beside you, holding your hand taking on the boredom, creating opportunities to go somewhere. That place is with Him in His house. He is with you every single day in this life and the life beyond. Let Him walk with you, be your support, be your guide. He is there for you.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Believe in Yourself, God Does

Well it happened again. The Creator had a message that I am teaching Darby and her friends in Myrria's Legacy. So I am once again sharing the message with you.

God Believes in You


God has... all the time in this world and the next to shower grace and kindness upon us. (Ephesians 2:7)



God believes in you. He doesn't care how you look, He doesn't care where you live. He forgives your sins when you ask. You are a very special person to Him. He knows you will struggle, you will fall, but He is there to pick you up. He created you with a very special purpose in mind and He believes that you will fulfill it. Follow His lead, Believe in Yourself and all that He has created for you. If He didn't think you could do it, He would not have put it on your soul to do it. Believe in yourself, God does.



Say this little prayer when in doubt: God let me see myself through your eyes.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Book Review: What Did JESUS Say

Book Review: What Did Jesus Say?


What Did Jesus Say



This book is a good resource for young teens who want to know what Jesus had to say about situations that they find themselves in today. It gives many scripture references along with stories of people in today's world that handle the situation with a Christian attitude. It shows teens that it's okay to be Christian and not go with the flow of their non-Christian counterparts. The book covers 62 topics ranging from abandonment to worthiness and all subjects in between. It is presented in a no nonsense manner that is easy for teens to understand and relate too. The adults can also relate to it by seeing where teens heads are at. I even used the book to write a short devotional when I was searching for answers and I am far from a teen.



I highly recommend this book for teens and anyone who is dealing with teens.





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Love One Another: A Message from Myrria and the Creator

Hi all,

I haven't spokent to you in a while, but when my Creator chose this message to share and since it is part of the message He is teaching Darby and her friends in Myrria's Legacy, I thought it would be a good one to share here. So enjoy and I'll talk to you soon.

Myrria


Love one another


Owe no man any thing, but to love one another; for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. (Romans 13:8)



We hear it all the time and it has almost become trite, but it is still the truest statement one can make. It has been proven over and over again and yet we struggle with the message. The message Love can transform the world. Simple yet so elusive. The thing is, for our own salvation, we need to find a way to grasp this message and put it to work in our lives. So how do we do that, pray for guidance from the Holy Spirit and then with His help love everyone, friend or foe, lovable and unlovable, sinners and saints. Destroy fear, depression and despair with joy and praise. Drive out sin with love.

Monday, May 31, 2010

Pray

Pray without Ceasing.


Pray without ceasing. (1 Thessalonians 5:17)



Simple yet powerful. If we can do nothing else, the least we can do is pray. When you wake in the morning before you begin your day, offer it up to God in prayer. Before you say those harsh words, say a prayer. While you rock the baby to sleep, say a prayer. Every moment of every day offer up in prayers of thanksgiving and praise for our Lord Jesus Christ. Link your soul, mind and heart to God. Be secure in your faith and know that He is there and He hears.



Thank you to all the people who have died to secure and maintain the freedom that we have in America. May God watch over them and take them into His loving embrace.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

6WS



Paying bills, Honoring military, writing deadlines

Friday, May 28, 2010

Myrria's Legacy Chapter 1 Darby's Tale

I decided I would post the chapters here and see what you all think. So here is the first chapter. A heads up this is middle-grade Christian Fantasy. The final word count is 34634, so not a lot of wiggle room for stuff. Let me know what you all think.
Chapter 1

Darby’s Tale





My name is Darby, and I guess we’re related somehow. I live in the state of Washington in America. I’m in fourth grade. My best friend is Emily. I call her Emmie. She lives in a cabin behind our house with her mom. She doesn’t have a dad like I do and sometimes other kids tease her and call her names. Then there is Bobby. He lives on the other side of the street. He has two big brothers and a mom and a dad and of course, I have a mamma and a daddy and one baby sister.

The three of us play together at recess. Sometimes Bobby and I ride our bikes, but Emmie can’t because she doesn’t have a bike.

We go to the same school and are in the same class. There’s also a boy named Rocky in our class. He’s supposed to be a fifth grader, but they didn’t let him out of fourth grade. He’s a bully. He picks on Emmie and me and Bobby, especially Emmie. He and his big brother, Tank, live with their grandparents on the other side of town.

A few weeks ago my mom and dad took Emmie, Bobby and me to Mt. Rainier for a day of hiking and picnicking. Mt. Rainier is a long way from our house. Mamma says it’s not so far, but it felt like we were in the car all day.

We had a real fun time that day. Us kids managed to sneak away from Mamma and Daddy for a little while. We found some old ice caves and played hide and seek. I found some really cool rocks in the cave. Bobby thought they were just dumb rocks, but Emmie and I put them in our backpacks anyway. For a couple of minutes when I thought I was lost the rocks glowed and got really warm. I didn’t feel so lost anymore and then Bobby found me and I forgot about the rocks in my bag. I heard growling.

Bobby said, “It’s just a bear.”

Emmie nodded in agreement. “I think we should get out of here.”

Bobby waved his hand. “Don’t worry, I’ll take care of it. I’m a Cub Scout after all.”

“I don’t think so, you always run away when Rocky comes around.”

We heard the growl again and ran out of the cave.

Then Daddy found us. He was mad, but he bent down and hugged me. “You kids shouldn’t hide like that; Mamma and I were so scared that something had happened to you. I could never live with myself.” I don’t know what the big deal was, nothing happened. We went home after that.

Later that night, Mamma read a Bible story to me, we said our prayers, and I was lying in my bed reading about dragons. I remembered the stones in my backpack and how they had made me feel in the cave. I got them out and curled up under the covers. Maybe these were magic stones that belonged to a dragon living in the caves under Mt. Rainier. I’ll talk to Emmie tomorrow; she took some of the stones. Maybe they made her feel the same. I fell asleep thinking about dragons and Jesus.

All night I dreamed about dragons guarding Emmie, Bobby and me, while Rocky, Tank and a gang of fifth graders chased us around the playground. The stones were warm and comforting, and they felt as if Jesus was standing right beside us the whole time in case Rocky got past the dragons. I woke up when my alarm went off at 6:00, but the last thing I wanted to do was go to school. I told Mamma about the dreams. She said it was just a silly dream and I had to go anyway, because in case I forgot we had a religion test that afternoon.

When I got to school, the first thing I did was look for Emmie and Bobby. When I found them I told them about my dreams. Emmie said she had the same kind of dreams. Bobby said he didn’t dream anything. It must be a girl thing. Then he went off to find some boys to play with. Emmie and I lined up and said our opening prayers then followed Mrs. Smith into the classroom. Rocky was at the back of the line fighting with some other boys and Mrs. Smith had to take him to the principal’s office. He would be in big trouble at least for now. Maybe he wouldn’t bother us at recess. The rest of the morning was quiet, but Rocky was back with the class for lunch then recess and boy was he mad.

The first thing he did was find Emmie, Bobby and me and start teasing Emmie. I stepped between Emmie and Rocky. Bobby by this time had run off to hide. I yelled at Rocky, “Quit teasing her.” This made Rocky even madder. He pushed me and I fell down. Emmie tried to hit him, but he just laughed and pushed her down beside me. “What a bunch of sissies and where is your little protector, chicken Bobby? (Bobby’s dad is a chicken farmer). Guess he ran away to hide behind his mommy.” Bobby’s mom was the eighth grade teacher, although he didn’t like to admit it.

Rocky started to walk away. I got up and ran after him. He reached his arm back and knocked me down again. He didn’t even look or anything, just pushed me, laughed and ran off with the fifth graders.

I got up and brushed the dirt off my knees then went to see if Emmie was okay. Her hands and knees were scraped and bleeding, and she had a big hole in her tights. I helped her get up and we went to find Mrs. Smith. She took us to the nurse and bandaged our scratches and then left us with Nurse Nancy while she went to get the rest of the class from recess. We hugged and I felt something warm in her sweater pocket. “What’s that?”

Emmie reached in her pocket and pulled out her stones from yesterday. They were glowing. “Wow, I didn’t know you had them. Mine did that yesterday when I was lost in the cave. I wonder what it means.”

“I don’t know, but it’s kind of weird don’t you think, glowing stones.”

“Do you feel anything else, like you’re getting a warm, fuzzy hug from someone?”

“Yes, kind of like that, but no one else is here. Where do you think it’s coming from?”

“I don’t know, but I sure liked it yesterday when it happened to me. I felt like everything would be okay.”

“Yeah, me too. I guess we should get back to class, before we get in trouble.”

I couldn’t stop thinking about the stones or the dreams. Even during my religion test, they were on my mind.

After school Emmie and I walked home. I’m not sure where Bobby was, but that wasn’t weird or anything since his mom worked at the school. Emmie pulled her stones out of her pocket again. They looked like normal stones, nothing out of the ordinary. I wished I had remembered to bring mine, but I was so upset about my dreams this morning that I left them on my pillow.

“What do you think is going on with these?” Emmie asked.

I shrugged my shoulders. “I don’t know, seems pretty weird to me. Maybe we should ask someone, like your mom.”

Emmie shook her head. “No way, Mamma’s to busy at work. What about your mom?”

I shook my head. “My mom already said my dreams were nothing, she’d think I was nuts or something.” I stopped.

Emmie looked at me. “What’s wrong?”

I looked back as I took off for my house. “I left my stones on my pillow. What if Mamma finds them or Baby Jane? What if she tries to eat them? I have to get them.” I ran to my house with Emmie behind me trying to catch up and wheezing all the way.

When we reached the house she had trouble breathing. I called Mama to help us. Mamma sat Emmie on the swing and asked her if she had her inhaler. Emmie shook her head and whispered she had run out and her mom hadn’t gotten a refill yet.

Mamma grabbed a cell phone from her pocket and called an ambulance while I tried to calm Emmie down. When the ambulance got there they put a mask thing over her mouth. Soon she was breathing okay. After she left, Mamma and I went in the house and she reassured me that everything was alright while we made dinner. We ate and I did my homework, and then went to my room. My stones were on my pillow right where I had left them. Mamma did our Bible reading and left. I got the stones from under my pillow and held them in my hand. I was still upset about what happened today. The stones began to glow and as I fell asleep I saw a purple dragon standing by my bed. She spoke to me in a smooth gentle voice, “Don’t fear child, I won’t hurt you. I’m here to help. You, Bobby and Emmie are special and God loves you. He won’t let anyone hurt you, but you must be brave. He has something special in mind for you.”

I looked at the dragon and pulled the blankets over my head. I never had a dragon in my room and everything I heard about them told me they were bad and liked to hurt people. Why was there one in my room? “Don’t hurt me. I didn’t do anything to you.”

“Don’t worry I won’t hurt you. I’m here to let you know you’re loved. My name is Myrria and I come from God. He has a mission for you and I’m here to get you ready for it.”

“I’m just a kid, what can I do for God?”

“You aren’t ready, but when you are it will be revealed to you. For now though you must sleep and don’t worry about Emmie or Bobby, I’ll visit them when the time is right.”

“But Emmie went to the hospital today, will she be okay?”

“Yes don’t worry; she’s already home in bed. Her stones are under her pillow and healing her as she sleeps. Now you must sleep, close your eyes my dear. I’ll be back soon and we’ll talk more.”

Myrria faded into the darkness. I jumped out of my bed and ran to where she had stood. There was nothing there except a small stone. I picked it up and took it back to the bed and put it under the pillow with the others. I wondered, “What did the stones have to do with her and what kind of mission would God want me, Darby a nine year old to do?”

I fell asleep dreaming of flying to heaven on Myrria’s back.

Updates

Finally some updates on Myrria's Legacy. First it made it through its first round of critiques. The story and characters went over well with no major changes. I read the first chapter to the third graders who inspired the story and they seemed to like it. A few even commented as they were walking out the door to go home. So what's next, I go through and incorporate suggestions from the critiques. I'll keep you apprised of how that goes and what I plan on doing next. Stay tuned.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

My Blogs

My Blogs


Hi To All my Loyal Followers,



I wanted to share a little update with you. My second blog Dragons Muse @ http://christina-weigand.blogspot.com/ was originally purposed to be for my children's writing and I talked a little about my middle grade wip along with my YA wip. And that worked really well for a while until my YA novel began the publication journey and I started revising the prequel to that same novel. I realized that maybe it was time for the baby to leave it's mother so I started another blog Palace of Twelve Pillars @ http://chrisweigand.wordpress.com/  In this blog I will follow the progress of the Twelve Pillars trilogy, did I say trilogy? Yes it is a trilogy with the first book Palace of Twelve Pillars written and being revised. The second Palace of Three Crosses, just barely started and the third Aaron's Revenge on the publication trail, currently being self published with XLibris, but still looking for a traditional publisher or agent. More can be seen about the trilogy on the blog.



So where does that leave Dragons Muse. That sight still has a purpose of it's own. It is home to my middle grade trilogy beginning with Myrria's Legacy. The other two are barely started and yet to be named. The third one currently titled (but sure to be changed) Ellie's Origami I have been writing for a challenge with another group of bloggers @ http://lovingbooksandmore.blogspot.com/   where we are supposed to write a page a day and post our word counts and the story progress. Myrria's Legacy is now being edited and revised having just finished its first round of critiques, the hardest being the third graders in my daughters class at school who get some of the credit for parts of the story as well as serving as the inspiration and muse. The second book only has about 1000 words at this point but I am hoping to increase that number by 50,000 in November when I participate in NANOWRIMO.



And what about Angels Muse, my first blog child. She will remain in pretty much the same way she has already done. I may shake things up a little by adding excerpts from my ebook Women of the Bible: A Study. I also may make the ebook available for sale on my blog as well as running a Bible Study using it. But I will let you know if and when that will happen. In the meantime you can continue to look for my devotions as frequently as I can get them posted. She can be seen @ http://angelsmuse.blogspot.com/



Anyway be sure and check out my other blogs: http://angelsmuse.blogsopot.com/ and http://chrisweigand.wordpress.com/



All for the Glory of God



Chris
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Palace of Twelve Pillars

Monday, May 24, 2010

Word Count Update

Hi All,

Sorry I haven't been doing a good job on updating my wip, but life keeps on happening whether I want to write or not. Anyway I did some writing today and here are my new counts.

Old wc 5145
New wc 6155

If you remember our mc had just come across a pirate after escaping from the demons and dragons. She does a little more voodoo and spiders attack him and he runs away screaming she is a witch. Not knowing where else to go she follows him and finds a village. The people in the village are acting strangely, their clothes and speech are different from anything she has encountered. When the villagers see her, they accuse her of being a witch, because of what they percieve as her state of undress, then when she speaks they are even more convinced.
Ellie is thouroughly confused and while she dresses in a dress supplied by one of the villagers she realizes that she must have time travelled to colonial Pennsylvania. Before she can decide what to do a band of pirates attacks the village and takes everyone prisoner on their pirate ship. They put the men to work, put the women in the hold and lock Ellie in the captains quarters because they still think she is a witch.

Check out others progress on http://lovingbooksandmore.blogspot.com/ and check out my son's work at http://caltonsdecent.blogspot.com/

Monday, May 17, 2010

Word Count Update

Hi All,

I finally got back to wip today, so I have new word counts.

Old word count 3949
Today's word count  5145

In the last update our mc is tied and staked to the ground. Her boyfriend is staked in a fire which doesn't seem to be burning him and he is either unconcious or asleep. There are four full sized demons cavorting around the captors, when the biggest notices our mc and picks her up pulling her stake out of the ground. He then walks through the fire and ties her to the stake that the sleeping boyfriend is tied too. She throws up all over her captors and they become upset. While the female is trying to calm down the male three dragons emerge from the trees, setting them on fire as they pass. The demons are at first excited to add the dragons to their play, but when the dragons don't want to play the demons run away and the dragons chase them.

Our mc wakes the boyfriend up and begins to realize how dumb he is because he can't think of a way to escape. After pulling a knife out of his boot and dropping it twice they are able to undo their ropes just as the dragons return to the circle. The mc runs while the boyfriend stays and talks to the dragons. While running she comes across a pirate walking through the woods and tries to ask him for directions to the nearest gas station.

Hmm what will happen next, where is she and how will she get out of this mess. Stay tuned for the next installment tomorrow or Wednesday.

Check out other's progress at http://lovingbooksandmore.blogspot.com/

Saturday, May 15, 2010

6WS





Father Daughter dance, me time, relief

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Word count update

Last word count 3131
Today's word count 3949

The mc was last seen in the cabin of the voodoo queen sipping chicken soup. She watches Hattie set up some kind of circle and chant some words she doesn't recognize. Her eyes close and her body doesn't feel like her own any more. Suddenly her eyes open and she is back in the fairy circle. Brad is there but he is tied to a stake in the middle of a fire although he is not on fire. Dancing around him are a bunch of little red creatures and amidst their dance four full sized creatures step out of the smoke. They are exactly the same as the dancing creatures except for their size. The largest male approaches our mc and begins to fiddle with the ropes that are holding her to the ground.

Stay tuned for future updates and check out others progress at

http://lovingbooksandmore.blogspot.com/

Sponge Bob Square Pants

Mama's Losin' It


This is a show if the I have never, ever figured out. What is the appeal of a sponge in pants running around with a bunch of sea creatures. I might be able to get it if they imitated a true sea sponge, but using a typical kitchen sponge, no I just don't get it. When it first came out my kids were a little to old to feel the kids appeal for the program although they did find it appealing from a teenager point of view, but our lives were to full for them to develop an attatchment to the program. Then I had my fourth child. I was able to keep her away form the inanity of the show for a while, but then she really got into tv and found the sponge. I was forced to observe the  insanity for a short time, but then I heard and saw things that I didn't approve of as a parent for my child to be watching. She was doing things that I didn't approve of. I banned the show. Whew saved from the silly sponge. If he continues in popularity, I'm sure someday I will have to face him again, but for now as long as I have ultimate control of the remote, he will not influence my daughter in ways that I don't approve of. And hopefully in that time she will come to appreciate my dislike and develop her own dislike or at least a better judgement system.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Word coun update

WIP: Ellie's Origami
Yesterday's Word Count-2202
Today's word count-3131

So Ellie and Eddie are at the voodoo queens cabin. Ellie tries to leave but Eddie won't let her. She discovers the voodoo queen, Hattie is blind and very tall.
Ellie decides at least for the moment she can't get away and takes a seat on the couch, a tiger colored cat sits beside her and Hattie gives her a bowl of chicken soup.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Word count update

Okay I didn't write yesterday because of Mothers Day and I didn't write today because of getting my computer back where I wanted it to be. However I did write on Saturday and worked on Ellie's Origami.

Word count before Saturday 808
Current word count 2202

So the ghost whispering bus driver shows up after the boyfriend disappears and the dragon appears. He tries to capture the dragon but the dragon disappears. Ellie and the bus driver Eddie go to the house of an old camp counselor who is into voodoo. I left them entering her very spooky house to see how they bring the boyfriend back.

I don't have to work at my daughter's school tomorrow so barring any unseen complications with my pc I should be able to do some more writing  along with getting my other wip ready for my critique group. I'll be back with a new word count tomorrow see you then.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

6WS




Thank You God, Archdiocese of Chicago

This week I got word the Archdiocese of Chicago is going to use an article I submitted in their July edition of a marriage newsletter. I'm not foolish enough to think that I did this on my own. So thank you God.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Rough Seas

Tides of God


For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. (Philippians 2:13)



We always hear the advice; Go with the flow, go with the tide and when you are trying to traverse a river that seems like good advice. However when we trust God we go against the flow, against the tide. Once we have embraced Jesus, even in the most difficult times, the wildest tides, the swirling eddies, we will overcome and it will be with our strength and doing through Jesus that we will win the day and share the joy.

Updates

I haven't posted much here since the end of April, but not because I had nothing going on in my life. On the contrary there have been quite a few things happening personally and professionally. For the sake of brevity I will just fill you in on the professional stuff.

First and biggest at least in my mind: I am in the process of working with Xlibris to self publish Aaron's Revenge. I have already edited the first galleys and am praying not to have to do any corrections on the second galleys. Xlibris is putting together and email campaign for me. I will update you as the publication date gets closer. I haven't given up on traditional publishing though and still plan to pursue agents and publishers until I find one that is interested in taking on Aaron's Revenge. Stay tuned for a synopsis of the story in future posts.

Second: About a month ago I sent a query to the Archdiocese of Chicago and their First Years and Forever online newsletter for marriages in their early years. After some email exchanges I finally got word from the editor that they are going to publish my article Who's in First in their July issue of the newsletter.

Other than those two things I have been doing a lot of editing and rewriting on my WIP's and actually made an initial start on a new middle grade or YA novel. I'm not sure we'll see where the characters take me.

Page a Day Writing challenge

Hi all,
I know it seems like I am a bit late, but I actually was early. In truth I didn't write yesterday, not that I forgot but life kind of got in the way. The reason I said I was early is that I participate in a writing group (kind of a carry over from NANO) and we met on Monday were our illustrious leader challenged us to write 1000 words in 30 minutes. Well I didn't make the 1000 words but I did get 808 words, so I figured I would take that story and run with it for this challenge.

This one temporarily entitled Ellie's Origami is the third in the series that I started in NANO 09 (which I did get 50000 words and have been working to cut it to 35000 ever since). You may be asking why the third, why not the second. The answer is easy some of the words I cut out of the Myrria's Legacy (title for NANO 09) were the beginning of the second, so it is already started. I had several things to include in the writing for Monday and already had the seeds for a new novel, since I was getting tired of only working on rewrites, revisions and edits. Any way I hadn't done anything with the seeds so this presented a perfect opportunity to start something new. So I did.

The story is about a teenage girl named Ellie and while at summer camp she meets a boy, encounters a haunted cabin and a fairy ring along with a ghost whispering bus driver. After taking an origami class and reading some books on voodoo, she makes an origami dragon whom she intends to torture, because she blames him for her mother's death. (her mother is the 9 year old mc in Myrria's Legacy). When Ellie and her boyfriend try to initiate the voodoo in the fairy ring, they end  up actually calling the dragon and the boyfriend disappears. That's where the 808 words ends. Who knows where my characters will take me tomorrow when I go to my writers group and write again. (or later today, depending on how the day unfolds).

So that's my story and I'm sticking too it. Good luck to all the writers and I can't wait to see what progress we all make.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Random Dozen




1. What was the last thing about which you procrastinated?


Committing to Xlibris for publication of my book

2. How long does it take you to fall asleep, and do you sleep through the night?
half an hour to an hour, I usually wake up around 4 to take of the breathing mask I have for sleep apnea
3. Which decade would you choose to exemplify your favorite fashion styles?
late 1800's I love the long dresses of post Civil War women
4. What is your personal best dish to feed a crowd?
bbq pulled pork

5. Are you an impulse shopper? What was the last thing you bought on impulse?
not usually, yesterday I bought make-up and a flat iron to straighten my hair so I could get head shot taken to submit for accompaniement with my article
6. What is one wish you have for your own funeral?
hmm I guess the music selections, there is one song "Gather Us In" that was sung for my sister's funeral that I love
7. If it's true that joy is in found in the simple things in life, what does your joy look like today?
white lilacs in my side garden that I didn't even realize were there until yesterday

8. What is your favorite type of bread?
focacia (sp)

9. What trait do you fear developing the most? (Laziness, greediness, grumpiness, etc.)
letting my anxiety control my life
10. What trait would you like most to develop?
continue to develop my writing for God

11. Which room in your house best reflects your personality? Why?
living room. Even though I didn't decorate it or chose the colors and I don't spend much time in there, but I do love to sit in there when I have a chance. The next would be my bedroom because my bed is in there.
12. How do you maintain balance in your life regarding, work, family, church, other organizations and activities, and blogging?
I'm not sure I figured that one out yet.

I'm it, but you may be next.

I'm It but You May Be Next


One of my blogger friends, Wanda, tagged me to participate in the 5 for 5 meme. I'm suppose to answer 5 questions 5 times.



Where were you five years ago?


1. Living in Pennsylvania

2. Running my daughter and granddaughter back and fourth to preschool.

3. Trying to jumpstart a writing career.

4. Slightly involved in Church.

5. A little bit further on Jesus's path for my life.


Where would you like to be 5 years from now?

1. Still married and even more happily

2. Walking more freely & closely to God

3. Writing more and seeing it affect someone's life

4. Living, loving, and laughing more than ever

5. Traveling



What is on your to do list today?

1. Answering these question and posting to my blog (guess I can check that off)

2. Read my Bible

3. Email my first set of galleys to the publisher

4. Take a headshot to email to the publisher and the Archdiocese of Seattle

5. Help my daughter make a salt map of Pennsylvania


What 5 snacks do you enjoy?

1. Chocolate Chip cookies

2. Peanut M&Ms

3. Yoplait yogurt

4. Harvest cheddar sun chips

5. Chex mix



What would you do if you were a billionaire?

1. Give tithe and offerings first

2. Invest in retirement

3. Invest in my youngest daughter's education
4. Travel

5. Pay off debts and sell my house

Finally, I'm suppose to tag 5 other people to participate. If you've already been tagged, I send my apologies. I missed your post. For anyone who would rather not participate, I promise not to be offended and will still be visiting your place. :0)

People I tagged:
Alex J, Patricia Stoltey, Jessica, Miss Ali, Swimmer97

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Children of God

Be a Child of God


Behold as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God. (Psalm 123:2)


As children we rely on our parents for everything, we expect them to make decisions that are in our best interest even when we don't really want to follow through. As we get older most of us move away from our reliance on our parents, and begin to make decisions on our own. God doesn't want us to grow out of our reliance on Him. He wants us to be like children and turn to Him for everything, embrace the decisions He makes on our behalf. God knows the path we journey and if we leave the choices to Him we will have no regrets.

Friday, April 30, 2010

Z is for Zero to Zillion with Zeal

Z is for Zero to Zillion with Zeal



Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. (Psalm 4:7)

In the spring we plant the seeds that in summer will become new life that is all around us.We start with nothing, Zero, with Zeal we add nourishment and nurture and soon we have many, a Zillion. God is doing the same thing with us. He starts with nothing, Zero and with Zeal He nourishes and nurtures us until we become all that He wants us to be, a Zillion times past the point where we started. We can do the same when we reach out to others and share the word of God with Zeal. We start at Zero and with Zeal we share His word and someday we reach a Zillion. Proclaim God's word with Zeal and you will feel His gladness in His heart.


Z is for Zero to Zillion with Zeal
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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Y is for You

Y is for You




Ask and it shall be given you: seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. (Luke 11:9)



If God is for You who can be against You. I don't know who the author of that statement is, but whoever it was hit the nail on the head. The thing is we often don't see it that way. We think that since things aren't perfect and mistakenly assume that it is God that has failed us. The truth of the matter is we are the ones causing the disharmony.

God's kingdom is perfect and when we are obediant, honest, orderly and loving then we can attain His perfect kingdom. You can have it all when You let God in. God doesn't fail. He is always there for You.

Y is for You
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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

X is for Xenophobe

X is for Xenophobe




Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. (Luke 15:6)



Do not fear or hate the strangers, the foreigners. Instead go with God and seek them out. Help to bring them to Christ. There is no need to be a Xenophobe with Jesus by your side. Join Him on His undying quest to find lost sheep. Follow the Master and He will make the strangers family. Xenophobia be gone, Jesus is in the building.



X is for Xenophobe
 
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Random Dozen





1. Have you ever been so lost that you were really afraid?


One time I was trying to get home from a baseball game in downtown Pittsburgh and had trouble finding my way home.

2. Have you ever been to an island?

yes Hilton Head and Kuaiai (not sure about the spelling, one of the smaller Hawaiian islands)

3. Are you more of a thinker or feeler?
mostly a feeler, although when I'm writing I have to be a thinker sometimes


4. Do you tend to see issues or situations in life as black and white or shades of gray?

shades of gray

5. If you were stuck on an island, what book would you hope to have with you (Let's pretend the Bible is already there, so you can't say that.)

hmm so many good books I can't seem to pick one


6. What are you most afraid of?
losing my family,


7. Would you rather lose all of your old memories or never be able to make new ones?
never be able to make new ones (I think)


8. Pretend I'm looking at a scrapbook page about you. There are three spaces for you to drop in individual pictures. What are those pictures of, and why did you select them?

my husband, my kids, my grandkids

9. If you were re-doing your wedding, what would you do differently? (If you're single, tell me one thing you would do if you were planning a wedding OR huge party.)

I can't think of too many things, maybe access to some of the wonderful technology available today that wasn't available 30+ years ago, like dvd's.

10. Tell me one thing you know/believe about forgiveness.

to recieve God's forgiveness we must be willing to forgive.

11. You're waiting in a doctor's office. What is your favorite way to pass that time?

read

12. If there were a clone of you in a parallel universe what is one way you hope she/he would be the same as you and one way you hope she/he would be better?

my love for doing God's work

she had more self confidence and better self esteem

W is for Way, Water and Wait

W is for Way, Water and Wait,




Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. (John 20:29)


Most of us will never have the opportunity to see Jesus the Way Thomas did, to touch the nail wounds in His hands, the sword wound in His side. We won't actually see the Water gushing from the wound in His side. Yet if we Wait and believe, we will recieve the Water of life and see the Way of God.

We may not see, but we need not doubt like Thomas. For Jesus is the Way, He is the life giving Water for our souls and we not Wait. He is here for us, He will show us the Way.

W is for Way, Water and Wait
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Monday, April 26, 2010

V is for Valiantly and Victory

V is for Valiantly and Victory




When they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. (Matthew 10:19)





As a writer for God I sometimes struggle and try to force the words to come. I forget that God will give me the words when I let go and let Him. The times when I relax and let the spirit move me, the words come and the writing becomes almost easy. I am not the only person who tries to stand in God's way, we all do.



We like to think that we can do it all without help, without guidance. We are all powerful and can do anything. Even when our bodies, our minds, our relationships send signals that it's time to let go, we still refuse using platitudes like I've failed, how will other people look at me.



Yet, God wants us to turn to Him. He doesn't see it as failure, instead He sees Victory. Victory for you, Victory for Him. When we don't turn to Him we impede His work in us. We prevent Him from accomplishing all that He wants to accomplish in each and every one of us.



Valiantly rest in God. Don't seek work or make opportunities for Him. Valiantly live with Him and for Him. Let Him seek the work and make the opportunities. Then with Him you will see Victory.

V is for Valiantly and Victory
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Saturday, April 24, 2010

U is for United in God's love

Hi Myrria here today.

I Thought talking a little about being United in God was a good u word for today. In my story Myrria's Legacy when Darby her friends and their parents work together with God a lot of good things happen. I don't want to tell you the ending because I want you to read it someday. However I will tell you that there is a bad dragon trying to take over the world and when he kidnaps Darby, the families, friends and dragons have to Unite with God to save her and the world. The humans learn that when they Unite with God and do His work they can accomplish a lot. (Some of the dragons learn the lesson too.) God will help you accomplish anything when you become United in His Love.

U is for United in God's Love
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6WS



birthday presents, granddaughters, sold signs, dragons

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

S and T are for Savior and Trust (with a pinch of Satan thrown in)

S and T are for Savior and Trust

All day long I have agonized over an S word for this post and have come up blank. So I'm going to do something a little different here and do a post with both S and T since I suddenly have an inspiration that involves both letters.

We all face challenges from Satan in our lives. The trick to overcoming these challenges successfully is not to turn to man, but to place all our Trust in the Savior. The Savior will travel the rough road with you and will help you over the bumps. Then when you come to the end of your days on earth you can Trust that you will have a home in heaven with the Savior. Trust the Savior

S and T are for Savior and Trust

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What am I mad at myself about?

Mama's Losin' It



Oh how to narrow down the list and pick one. I guess it would have to be being stuck in the same uncomfortable place in my marriage. I wonder why I can't change, why I deep doing the same things, making the same mistakes? Am I not committed enough to making a real change? Do I just go through the motions? What steps do I take to change? I beseech God every day and night and still I see no change. Does He hear me? Do I lack faith? Am I weak?
I give advice, have faith, listen to God, remain strong in your faith. How do I take my own advice? I'm not sure how to do it.
When will I change and let this go? When will I stay committed to what I take on?

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

R is for Repent and Rejoice

R is for Repent and Rejoice

Repent your sins. Make peace with God, rely on Him for everything. Learn from Him. Rejoice in His strength and celebrate His glory. Rejoice and be saved. Jesus loves you.

R is for Repent and Rejoice
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Random Dozen







1. Ever had any run-ins with the "library police?"


No although it's been close a couple of times

2. Do you have a special organizational plan and place for wrapping paper, gift bags, etc., or do you just purchase whatever you need as you give gifts?

I pretend to but then push comes to shove I make a Wal-Mart run

3. Have you ever been in (first-hand witness) a natural disaster?

Some flooding or maybe a tornado although I have never actually seen them as they occured

4. What's your favorite Barry Manilow song?


Can't Live Without You


5. What's the best costume you've ever worn?

pirate

6. Which do you use more often, the dictionary or the thesaurus?

thesaurus

7. What's your favorite breakfast food?

apple carmel muffin

8. Have you ever purchased anything from an infomercial?

no

9. Have you ever crawled through a window?

no

10. Do you believe in love at first sight?

yes

11. How man pairs of jeans do you own?

3

12. If someone were going to bake a cake to honor/represent you, what would it be? (Think creatively, like Duff and Crew on "Ace of Cakes.")

hmmm hard to say  It would definately have to have chocolate, some cream cheese icing, some carrot cake, cheesecake. I don't know how you can mix them all together but something with all the flavors in it would be great. Ohh and I forgot spice cake with fudge icing.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Q is for Quiet time with God

Q is for Quiet time with God

How do you discover the path that God wants us to follow? How do we know that what we are doing is right with God? We Quiet our minds and listen for God's gentle nudging. We hear Him best when we are Quiet, at peace in our minds and hearts. Be Quiet and listen for God.

Q is for Quiet time with God
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Monday, April 19, 2010

P is for Praise God

 Praise God. Praise and thank Him for everything. He loves you and will do anything you ask of Him in faith and love. Praise and thank God.

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P is for Praise God

Saturday, April 17, 2010

O is for Overjoyed with a little sadness

Today I think I will  take a little different path today. After two years of trying it looks as if our house in PA will finally sell. It is with a little sadness that I write this. After raising my first three children in houses that were small, well large enough to raise our little family, I was pregnant with my fourth child and we bought a huge house in which we all would have fit very comfortably. The one catch is that of my three grown two of them were already out of the house. So we were moving into this four bedroom house with one teenage daughter and a new infant. We quickly managed to fill the house and fixed it up the way we liked. Then my husband got a new job and we had to move. That was two years ago and in that two years we tried to sell the house, but to no avail. Everything we had done to personalize the house has been undone along with many other repairs to make the house more appealing to buyers.
So anyway today we recieved the first offer on the house and are now playing the offer counter-offer game and we wait. Needless to say we are Overjoyed at the prospect, especially based on what we have endured the last two years. I also feel a little sad. My fourth child was brought home to this house and other than where we are now is the only one she has ever known. When my first granddaughter  was born this was the home she was brought to, since her mother still lived with us. It's also the only home she has ever had. There are a lot of good memories in that house and at one point so much of the work we had done was our signature. So today as I make this post it is Overjoyed with a little sadness as a new chapter in our lives begins. God is good.

O is for overjoyed with a little sadness

6WS




Bittersweet news, spring fairs, blogging the alphabet

Friday, April 16, 2010

N is for New Directions

N is for New Dirctions

New directions that is a good one. My life has been full of new directions, but I think I have finally settled into one (at least for today). I feel as if God has used all the others to lead me too this place and He has a purpose for me being here right now. Who knows where He will lead me in the future but for now I am doing what he wants me to do.

I want to send out a special thank you to Summer at http://andthistimeconcentrate.blogspot.com/ for the inspiration for this blog entry. I was at a loss for an n word and her blog inspired me.

N is for New Direction

Thursday, April 15, 2010

M is for Miracles

Our lives are a Miracle. Each and every one of us is one of God's little Miracles. The world is a Miracle. Everything we have, every gift we have ever recieved every gift we will ever recieve are all Miracles. Be thankful, praise God. He loves us and that is a Miracle too.  Thank you God for all of your Miracles.

M is for Miracles

Random Dozen





1. How do you feel about "Gladiator" sandals, also called "Roman" or "Jesus" sandals? A fashion yea or nay?
 I'm going to say yea. I would wear them, I think they look cute.


2. What is your favorite pizza?
Pizza Hut thick crust supreme


3. There are plans in the works to sell roughly 1,000 items from Star Trek: The Experience in Las Vegas. This means you could buy Picard's chair for your family room. If not a Star Trek item, what prop, background, set, etc. from what TV or movie would you buy if you could?
The sword from Legend of the Seeker
[Ex: Hurley's "I Love my Shih tzu" shirt from LOST, the plantation home "Tara" from Gone With the Wind, or Tracy's tambourine from the Partridge Family.]



4. Name a local food or restaurant that your area is famous for.

Hmm have only been here for two years so that is hard, but my guess would be the scones they sell at the state fair in the fall. (Washington state)

5. What is your current favorite snack?

Anything Chocolate

6. Hypothetical: You are required to be a reality show contestant. Which show would you choose based on your probability of success? (You cannot choose "none.")

Maybe America's Got Talent or if I have to go with the choices below it would be B
A. Dancing with the Stars

B. Biggest Loser

C. Survivor



7. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being uninhabitable and 10 being cleanliness that meets the standards of OCD, how clean is your vehicle's interior?

5

8. It doesn't feel like Spring until _________.
I see the daffodils bloom


9. Something that made you laugh really hard recently is ____.
one of the characters in the book of a fellow critiquer


10. Tell me about a goal you're working toward.

Getting some books published

11. Share a thought-provoking or inspiring quote this week.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (also my quote for the year and my life)

12. Name one thing that you do as a parent that you absolutely know will make your kids happy. If you're not a parent, feel free to substitute "friend" or nomenclature that works for you.
Spend time with her

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

L is for Love unconditionally

Yesterday I talked about kids and their ability to trust, to have blind faith, to believe in God. Well they also have another envious trait; They Love everyone without judging them. They don't see the skin color, the political  party, their religious affiliation, none of the things that we adults use to judge people and find them lacking for our love and respect. Like yesterday I repeat the message, we as adults must become more like children and Love everyone with no judgements, no preconcieved notions. Nothing, just simply Love as Jesus did and Love everyone unconditionally.

L is for Love

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

K is for Kids

I thought it was my turn to take over the ropes of this little blog challenge. I'm so lucky I get to work with Kids exclusively. They are so wonderful to work with. Their belief in God is so pure and untarnished. They believe, I don't know what else to say. Of course they question, but their questions are purely out of a desire to learn, where  adults may want to learn, but  also question because they doubt, because they fear, because they don't believe and don't want to believe. They like to think they have all the answers.

Maybe adults, me and Chris included, need to become more like kids and let God into our lives. Trust, love, believe, have the faith of children.

Thanks for letting me have my say. God Bless you,

Myrria

K is for Kids

Monday, April 12, 2010

J is for Journey

We are all on a journey whether we realize it or not. Even if we sit in our family rooms watching tv or reading a book it is part of a journey. All journeys have good days and bad days, days when we want to celebrate and days when we want to start all over again and forget the past. The destination is important, but not always known. What is more important is how we proceed on the journey, where do we go, who do we ask for help, why do we keep moving forward? God is the answer to all of those questions and faith is the Journey with the destination, eternal life with God. Find Joy in the Journey and lean on God to get you down the road.

J is for Journey

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Which Jane Austen Character are you

You Are...Elizabeth Bennet!


You are Elizabeth Bennet of Pride & Prejudice! You are intelligent, witty, and tremendously attractive. You have a good head on your shoulders, and oftentimes find yourself the lone beacon of reason in a sea of ridiculousness. You take great pleasure in many things. You are proficient in nearly all of them, though you will never own it. Lest you seem too perfect, you have a tendency toward prejudgement that serves you very ill indeed.



All possible results: Elinor Dashwood, Marianne Dashwood, Elizabeth Bennet, Fanny Price, Emma Woodhouse, Catherine Morland, Anne Elliot



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I am Elizabeth Bennet!


Take the Quiz here!

I is for Inspired

All that I write, all that I do is Inspired by God. He is my muse. Thank you God.

I is for Inspired

6WS

Daffodils, Writing, Dragons, Children and Marriage

Friday, April 9, 2010

H is for Hosanna in the Highest Hallelujah

On Palm Sunday Jesus is greeted with Hosannas. Now that He is risen we should celebrate and greet Him with Hosannas. So again I repeat Hosanna in the Highest, He is Risen, Hallelujah.



You might want to take a look at http://sharppendullsword.blogspot.com/.
She has some interesting perspectives on writing along with a fun contest.

H is for Hosanna and Hallelujah

D, E, F, G, is for...

D, E, F, G is for...


Okay I was not able to get on my computer for d, e, f and g devotions so here is a readers digest condensed version to let you know I did think about it.



Easter gives us God's Divine Grace Forever.



Catching up d, e, f, g is for

Saturday, April 3, 2010

A little vacation

I will be on vacation starting tomorrow, so I will be entering my morning devotion, but not blog hopping. I will see you all and catch up when I get back on April 9.

6WS



He is Risen. Praise the Lord

C is for Children of God

Become as Children. Jesus welcomed the Children. God wishes for us to come to Him as Children, without all the cynicism of the world. Trust Christ as a Child trusts their parents, Love God as a Child loves their parents. Let go of the jaded views of adulthood and embrace the glory and innocence of a Child. Let God be your Father.

C is for Children of God

Friday, April 2, 2010

5QF








1. Do you sing out loud in the car when you're driving?

yes, when my husband isn't with me




2. What would you never be caught doing?
Singing when my husband is with me. He thinks I can't sing.




3. Will you go #2 in a public restroom?
If necessary




4. Have you ever broken a bone?
Yes a finger when my husband slammed the trunk of his car on my hand




5. Do you prefer cooking or baking?
Baking, I don't do enough of it.


Check out http://fivecrookedhalos.blogspot.com/

B is for Blessings

When we follow God and obey His commands, when we love Him as He loves us we will recieve many Blessings. Glory to God in the Highest. He is Risen. Hallelujah





B is for Blessings

Thursday, April 1, 2010

A is for Amazing

Our God is an Amazing god. On this first day of April as we watch the rebirth of spring and Anticipate the glory of the resurrection we are truly reminded of His Amazing works.

A is for Amazing

Through God's Eyes

”Mama’s

Mama's Losin' It
Through God's Eyes

“Sometimes when it’s hard to see with the eyes I’ve been given, I strap on my camera and pray for new ones. I did that yesterday. It helped.”


(inspired by Emily from Chatting At The Sky)



I have the same problem with my eyes. Over the years I have discovered though that just a change in perspective, a change in my viewpoint, the angle at which I am looking at something can make all the difference. A while ago I wrote an article about this phenomenon. Here is an excerpt that totally tells you what I mean.

Near where we live there is an old tree with a large nest, an eagle’s nest. It seems it has been there for a long time and every spring the eagles return and lay eggs while the locals flock to take rare photos of the eagles.

The other day I was driving down the road to another destination and while driving I was looking for the nest, not knowing its exact location. I arrived at my destination, having not seen the nest. On my return trip, now travelling in the other direction, and what do I see practically jumping out of the tree at me, the nest. A different Perspective.

It’s the same with life, if we take a situation and look at it from another angle, through the lens of a camera, through God’s eyes, the picture changes and we see things in a whole new light.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Random Dozen






1. How do you feel about the marshmallow Easter Peeps?
My favorite Easter treat, especially when they are a little stale

2. Chickens are notoriously nervous creatures. When you are nervous, what is the best way to calm down?
Take my drugs, read a book, go to sleep. (I'm on a low dose of anti-anxiety medication, don't feel nervous too often)

3. People say, "April showers bring May flowers." Do you enjoy Spring rains?
Yes as long as they don't get too violent

4. When I was randomly flipping through TV channels this week, I saw a show in which tattoo parlor employees received tattoos of a co-worker's face on their bodies. I can't imagine having a portrait of a colleague tattooed on me. But if someone forced you to receive a portrait tattoo (face only) of anyone, who would it be? Why?
Jesus, because he is my hero

5. Would you rather have a tattoo (any kind) or a nose ring?
tattoo

6. Do you have any special plans for Easter?
flying to Las Vegas for spring break (of course I will go to mass Saturday night for EasterVigil. He is Risen. Hallelujah.)

7. Cadbury Eggs or Reese Eggs?
Reese Eggs

8. What was the last thing/person you took a picture of?
my daughter playing at the park

9. What book are you reading now, or what was the last one?
 I am currently reading Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters along with The Revolutionary Paul Revere.

10. What do you think is the most difficult task when it comes to Spring cleaning?
Spring cleaning, never heard of it.


11. How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
two (can't really wear them because of plantar faceitis {spelling})

12. Which color makes you happiest?
purple

A review: What's In the Bible

randomtuesday


Hey Myrria here. I'm not one to do much advertising, but Chris came across something that is really worthwhile. I think it is something you all should take a look at so I have copied her post from Angels Muse here so you can all see it. Take a look.
It is a review of  Phil Vischer's What's In the Bible. It is a really exciting DVD series that can get kids involved with the Bible.

REALLY!!! Look at it.

Review: What's in the Bible: by Phil Vischer




Phil Vischer presents What's in the Bible



Phil Vischer has done it again with his creation of What's in the Bible. With a cast of diverse characters, including a pirate, scientist and Sunday School teacher, along with ever knowledgeable Buck Denver, newsman and many others they take you on a journey through the Bible. The adventure begins information about what exactly the Bible is along with who wrote it and who decided what books should be in it and why and then the group begins exploration of each of the individual books starting in the beginning with Genesis.



For an adult watching this on my own, the DVD seemed a little corny and childish. My eight year old daughter saw me watching the video and decided to watch it with me. With her watching the video seemed to take on a new life. Watching it with a child opened my jaded eyes to the innocent understanding of a child. She loved the video and could relate to the characters and information presented.



When you watch the video with a child and I strongly recommend it, you will see the Bible in a whole new light and maybe even learn something. These videos are thouroughly enjoyable and a good learning tool. I give this video a five star rating and recommend it be used to initiate study of the Bible with children and adults alike.



My eight year old also recommends this for children. She enjoyed the characters and could relate to them as well as the message. It was easily understandable and she wants me to buy the rest of the series.



The 30th (thirtieth) follower to my blog will recieve a certificate for a free copy of In the Beginning the first DVD in the series.

The 50th (fiftieth) follower will recieve a certificate for a free copy of Let My People Go the second DVD in the series.





www.whatsinthebible.com and www.tyndale.com

(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-Mnq_sqMus)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

6WS



Bible review, publication talk, revisions, family

Thursday, March 25, 2010

For with God nothing shall be impossible

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)

My book will find an agent and publisher, our house in Pennsylvania will sell, my marriage will finally be perfect, my 8/9 year old daughter will bypass puberty and just be a wonderful young woman, my older children will find their way back to Christ.

These are my prayers and I must remember that with God by my side nothing is impossible.

Mama's Losin' It

At home in a volcano



This is a picture of my home. It was taken in early spring, hence the snow covered ridges. I don't mind the snow, of course I live in a cave deep in the mountain, where humans usually cannot go. But the snow and ice are good for me, they help to keep me healthy and functioning. I need both the extremes of the glaciers along wtih the extremes of the volcano to survive. Not all dragons are like that. Not all need glaciers, and not all need volcanoes. Most of the dragons I know live in the volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, but I'm sure there are many other dragons throughout your world and others that do not live in volcanoes. For me I am very content in Mt. Rainier.


Cheaper Than Therapy

Don't be discouraged

Hi Myrria here. I've been watching Chris become discouraged and depressed so I thought maybe I needed to step in  and talk a little.

The story we are working on talks a lot about God and encourages kids to follow Him, to be persistant in their faith and they are loved. Adults need to hear the same message and then share it with their children.
I borrowed and posted Chris's devotion from Angels Muse. Because I think it is a good message and something she needs to hear today.

I repeatedly tell Darby and Emmie along with my own offspring like Roethlys that God is always there and He loves them. All they need to do is remain strong in their faith and share it with others. Darby and her friends face many challenges in the book and because they are kids they struggle with decisions of faith, tolerance and forgiveness. Only with God can they overcome these obstacles and find the peace that so many of us strive for.

I love working with the kids, their issues are so much easier than that of adults. They still retain that innocence that is so often replaced by cynicism as we become adults. They see things that adults can't or won't, like dragons, and they willingly accept and almost crave the love that God gives them. Granted they can also be led down the wrong path for that same reason, but they are more open to the reasons not to follow that path. They are more trusting. If only us adults could be so trusting and open to God.

Anyway read Chris's post, embrace the message and become more like children, less prone to worry and more open to trust and love.

He is an Awesome God

He is an awesome God


My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word. (Psalm 119:28)



I feel discouraged today, not sure why. It seems as if all I do is getting me nowhere. I keep changing paths to find satisfaction and yet none is to be found. I stay on the same path looking for results and see none. I feel overwhelmed and yet don't know which way to turn, what to do, which project to focus on.



Focus on God, let Him be my strength. Move forward and know He is with me. Let the world and my paths unfold in His time according to His will. Don't put earthly restrictions on it, but persist in working for God and my dreams will unfold beyond my wildest imaginings. God, you are an awesome God.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Some more changes

Okay had another critique group today. Everything is looking pretty good, only minor changes. Still looking for any suggestions on format, but will go with catchy chapter names if I can't come up with anything.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Update

Check out my previous post, it tells a little about how I got here.

I have started the rewrites on Myrria's Legacy. It will no longer be in letter form. I think Darby and Melanie will just tell the story in straight narrative, but I am always open for unique ways to present it. I'm currently reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid, but I don't think a diary format will work either, I also looked at some YA books done like text messages, but I'm not sure that will work either. So I keep coming back to the Magic Treehouse books done as narrative with catchy titles for each of the chapters. Anyway I'll keep plugging away and see what comes up. Maybe Myrria will come up with an idea.

Answered Prayers

About ten years ago, I had a job that I content with. You will notice I didn't say happhy or unhappy, just content, like going with the flow. There were things about the job that didn't jive with the way I felt about life, but it was a job and I was in the field that I had gotten my degree in. I had a nice family and home, my kids were almost grown, life was good or so I led myself to believe.


Then the rug got pulled out from under me. I got laid off. Now what, I tried the mortgage industry, thank goodness I don't like math and cold calling, that didn't work out. Then a couple of things happened, we got a foreign exchange student, our middle son went away to college and I was pregnant.

All through this time of change, I had been praying for God to show me the door He wanted me to go through, but I wasn't really listening for His answer, just still kind of going along with the flow.

So the year passed, I had a baby girl, the exchange student turned out to be wonderful and our son came home for summer break. Things once again seemed to be going smoothly, but I wasn't content. Something seemed to be missing.

I had had a taste of something more, however bitter that may have been, and felt that I needed something more. I took one of those writing tests you see in all the parenting magazines. I passed and they thought I would be a good candidate for the course. So I signed up and took the writing course at ICL. I was happy, I loved writing, I could be home, caring for my infant along with my teenage daughter still at home. I was content and happy, not ecstatic, but happy. All along I'm praying for God to keep opening doors and He is, just not the ones I expect.

After I finish the course, I try to write and submit to childrens publications. I am writing articles and fictional stories for kids. They are being rejected. Finally two are accepted, they are not for children, but about children and parents. Maybe I'm looking the wrong way, I pray for guidance, God points me to Young Adult and Adult, inspirational for women. I had been on the right road just not facing the right direction. I write more inspirational and focus on ya fiction. I have e-zines publishing my writing and am writing a ya novel. Now I am really happy and content. I'm not making much if any money, but I'm writing for God and that is what's important. Other things have happened in the years to bring my family to the point we are at today.Maybe we haven't taken the obvious or easiest path and we haven't gotten the rewards that the secular world feels are so important. However, God has answered our prayers and in return we have answered His call. We are finally following God's lead and I sense with Him big things will happen in His time.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

No time for regrets

Mama's Losin' It



1.) If you had to relive a day in your life what day would it be?


There are so many, that it is hard to choose, but as weird as it sounds I think it would be the day I found out my sister, Cheryl died. Actually I think I would want to change the way things happened. Maybe never have her go on that last mmission, never shut the engines down, just not even have her on that plane at all. Her and I had so much trouble communicating with each other and with her early demise I missed having a very special relationship with my sister. There is so much we could have shared if we could have seen past the competition, the jealousy and just seen how truly special each of us was. 
The moral of this story is to never if you can control it let childish emotions and disagreements come between you. You never know how much time God has given you and you should not waste it.  Take advantage of the gifts God has given you. I should have spent more time loving my sister and less time envying her, comparing myself to her and wishing I had made the choices she had instead of my own. 
For the last twenty plus years and the rest of my life I will regret this, but I will not waste time making the same mistakes with the rest of my sisters or friends. 
 

6WS




Letting God take over

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Critiques have started

Well the critiques were a little rough, but good. I just have to change direction a little bit and work on some word choices. My original plan was to have Darby tell the story in a series of letters with Melanie taking over, but I think now I'll drop the letter idea and just tell the story or let Darby and Melanie tell it. I may come up with some other way to attract the kids, but maybe not. If anyone has any ideas drop me aline here or at my email. I'm open to ideas.

Critiquing begins

Woohoo the Critique process starts today for Myrria's Legacy. It will be interesting to see if it gets the same response that FanStory has been giving it. Myrria is so excited, along with Darby. I'll let you know how it goes.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

A little celebration

A little celebration. Today I sent off my first agent query for Aaron's Revenge. Now I wait. Hopefully not too long, we shall see.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Myrria takes a turn

Hi. I haven't visited in a while, but I see my blog has been getting some attention. I'll have to talk to Chris about this and see what's up.

Chris has just about finished up Aaron's Revenge and is in the process of querying agents and publishers. I think that is rather exciting, because now maybe her and I can spend some time together on some of her other work.

Of course as you already know I am Myrria one of the main characters in Myrria's Legacy. I work with the Creator (you call Him God) to bring new souls to the faith as well as fighting a little evil along the way. In doing His work I have travelled many places and seen many things.

In Myrria's Legacy I am living in Mt. Rainier, a volcano in the state of Washington in the USA. As is discovered in the book I have lived there for many years and find it a totally fascinating place. The combination of glaciers and volcanos is great for my complexion, although I don't focus on my looks a lot. Other dragons live there including some of my many offspring, like Fred and his wife and offspring. I live there with my longtime mate Alorn. He is a wonderful mate and provides the balance I need when dealing with young people like Darby and her friends, Bobby and Melanie. Did I forget to mention in the book I have a clutch of eggs and one of them hatches. It is my son Roethlys and he will prove to be very helpful in our adventures.

Anyways back to my home. Most dragons live in the bowels of mountains where humans cannot go. In fact there is a Ring of Fire, consisting of 400 and some volcanos most of which are inhabited by dragons of one sort or another. Not all dragons need glaciers and fire like I do, so like people we are varied, have different lifestyles, look different and behave differently.

Also like people we have some dragons who are bad and who turn to the devil instead of God. Part of Myrria's Legacy is about a dragon who did just that. His name is Bjorn and he is mated to my daughter, Alyrria. He has created a fine pickle for us to untangle, which will take us on a journey to Japan and two more volcanoes in the Ring of Fire, Mt. Unzen and Mt. Fuji.

I'll tell you some more later, just thought I'd pop in and make sure you hadn't forgotten me with all the other stuff on this blog.

Talk to you soon and remember with God nothing shall be impossible.

Love Myrria

Friday, March 12, 2010

Spring photos

5.) Share some photos and stories as well as what you love about spring.




Some birds roosting in the trees near my deck. So excited about the onset of spring and these little birds are one of the first signs.


My daughter and her best friend playing on the swing set. Of course it was the middle of February, but our seasons run a little differently out here on the west coast, either that or we have had a very mild winter.


Sunrise over Mt. Rainier. What a glorious sight, unfortunately once summer comes and the leaves grow on the trees we will not be able to see this from our house.



Mama's Losin' It