Entertainment of the Month:
So, last month I said I couldn't think of anything I'd watched; recently, I realized that I did actually watch something. In fact, October Baby was such a wonderful movie that I must make up for my oversight this month. Besides, it just fits, this being October and all. October Baby is a movie I first saw about three years ago and really enjoyed. Last month I saw it again; I had forgotten just how impactful it is. This movie focuses on a young woman named Hannah (Rachel Hendrix), who has dealt with significant health challenges all her life but doesn't know why. After she collapses during a college play, she learns that she is not only adopted but also the survivor of an abortion attempt. This news throws her world into chaos, and she sets out on an impulsive road trip with her best friend, Jason (Jason Burkey), and several other college students. The movie is gorgeous – beautiful music, framing, and acting – and makes itself deeply felt, telling a story of forgiveness, acceptance, and hope that I know I will return to again.
The Dark Talent is the fifth and most recent release of Brandon Sanderson's series Alcatraz vs. the Evil Librarians. This series… Seriously, I'm not even sure how to describe this series, and that is doubly-true for this book. I don't think I've ever encountered stories like this before, with a save-the-world adventure, a highly self-deprecating hero, a liberal dash of humor, and even a slice of writing advice. Yet these books are so much more than that, amazing and highly entertaining to read. Sometimes I try to imagine writing them, and that just boggles my mind. The series gets progressively darker throughout, coming to a pinnacle in this book, yet it still feels appropriate for its younger audience. I highly recommend this series, but it's going to take me a while to fully wrap my head around it.
"I Have This Hope" – Tenth Avenue North – This is a song off Tenth Avenue North's newest album, Followers, and, ya'll, I want this album so badly. It's beautiful and this song, in particular, speaks deeply to me, telling of the hope we have in Christ and setting it to a soaring, violin-led melody.
"Okay" – The Piano Guys – This song is just fun. And sometimes you just really need to hear that everything is going to be all right.
"Rage and Serenity" – Henry Jackman – There are a few soundtracks that I just really love, and the score from X-Men: First Class, is one of those. You can argue the merits of the movie, but this particular scene is one of the most poignant, in my personal opinion, and the song, though short, always catches at my heartstrings.
My Life This Month:
I feel so stretched out, unable to quite keep up with everything that's going on. Everything, of course, isn't even multiple things. It's one thing: school. Ugh, just thinking about it is giving me a headache. I've got a group project that's proving to be rather challenging; I have a paper that's due much sooner than I would like; everything's just colliding all at once. Must be midterms… Or getting there, anyway.
Part of it is a control issue. I feel the need to take on a lot with my group project because I'm not convinced anyone else will deal with it. I want to control my grades. I want to maintain my GPA. But my life isn't mine to control. I just thought about this recently, actually. Being organized is fine, but we are not in control of our own lives. We were never meant to be. God is the Author and Sustainer of our lives. Of my life. I've got to learn how to let Him run it. I find that particularly difficult to do with school, though. Yet that's the single biggest consumer of my time right now. (Should that place belong to my relationship with God, though? I realized that as I typed my sentence, and now I'm wondering what's happened…)
I've also gotten really off track with my devotions, and I can feel the effect. It's not a good one. I need that time in the morning with God, and I haven't been putting a priority on it. What is the point of my life if I'm shoving God out of it? I want my life to matter. I want Him to use me. But I keep putting my priorities on other things. I think I've gotten really off base, and I want to be on the right one again.
I did launch my YouTube channel this month! YouTube, as it turns out, is slightly more of a pain to navigate than I expected. Nonetheless, I did successfully post my intro video. You can check it out here.
Other Web Happenings:
I Have This Hope Video Journal | Mike Donehey – In this video, the lead singer of Tenth Avenue North explains the story behind the song "I Have This Hope." I discovered this slew of video journals when I looked up the YouTube video of the song to share with you. They're really encouraging; I particularly enjoyed this one. And Mike is unexpectedly hilarious.
Respecting the Past: A Philosophy for Historical Fiction | One Year Adventure Novel – This link will take you to all three of the historical fiction posts written by the fabulous Rachel Garner. Each deals with a different aspect of approaching historical fiction, and, as an aspiring hist-fic author myself, I found them extremely helpful.
Pros and Cons of Signing with a Small Press | Tessa Emily Hall – Here author Tessa Emily Hall lays out some of the things to consider when you're looking at publishing with a small publishing house
How was October for you? Are you drowning in school? Read or watch anything interesting? Let me know in the comments!