Friday, December 30, 2016

Creating an Informal Pitch: What to Say When Someone Wants to Know About Your Book

A few months back, a dear blogging friend of mine wrote a mostly sarcastic post about answering the dreaded question: “What’s your book about?” It’s quite funny in its own right and does address the terrified feelings that the question can create. You can read the post here.

Creating Informal Pitch Part 1

In the process of reading said post, I was inspired to 1) Create informal pitches for a couple of my projects, and 2) blog about the process.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Sunday Psalms: Chapters 60 & 62

Sunday Psalms Chap. 60 & 62

Psalm 60:11-12 "Give us aid against the enemy, for the help of man is worthless. With God we will gain the victory, and He will trample down our enemies."

It's so easy to put our faith in ourselves or in our families or our countries instead of in God. It's not necessarily a bad thing to trust people. Trust is part of relationships, and I believe we're called to form relationships.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Why I Prefer Mr. Knightley to Mr. Darcy

Today I have a repost for you of an article I really enjoyed writing back in 2014. Thus, I present to you, Why I Prefer Mr. Knightley to Mr. Darcy.

Millions of women adore Jane Austen’s novels, in particular Pride and Prejudice. I am among them, though I’ve only read what must have been an abridged version of the novel. I love the movies, though. And I love Emma, too, though, again, I haven’t read the book. So, I’m basically on even terms for discussing these stories’ respective gentlemen, Mr. Darcy and Mr. Knightley. If any guys are reading this, don’t freak out. If you’ve ever despaired of being compared to the perfect Mr. Darcy, I’m going to show you a glimpse of the female mind on the subject.

Why I Prefer Mr. Knightley

For most Austenites, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy is considered the epitome of manhood. He is the ideal man for many women. And I love Darcy, I really do. But I think there is another Austen hero who is an even better candidate for the title.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Reading Through My Bookshelf: November's Reads

I'm hoping that, with school out, December will let me read more books. But, for now, I give you my reads of November.

Reading Through My Bookshelf November

1. In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Filbrick 4/5 – I read this book for my U.S. History class, and it was really quite interesting. The book tells the story of the sinking of the whaleship Essex by a whale; that story was the real-life inspiration for Moby Dick. It's a fascinating, smooth read, but the accounts of cannibalism were almost more disturbing than I could handle. Read with caution.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Sunday Psalms: Chapters 55, 57 & 59

Sunday Psalms Chap 55, 57, & 59

Psalm 55:22 "Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall."

I love finding parallels between the Old and New Testaments. There are so many of them, and, for me, they bring this whole epic story into focus.

Friday, December 2, 2016

I Don't Want Your Happy Ending

Sometimes I feel like I'm being left behind, with friends entering serious relationships, getting engaged, and even having kids. Yet here I am, never having been on even a single date.

It's painful.

But I've realized something recently. If I truly believe that God has a purpose for my life, then I shouldn't be wishing for what someone else has. In addition, I don't really want what God has for my friends. I want what He has for me.

I Don't Want Your Happy Ending