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September 2018 Reflections and October 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Apologies for being absent so far- things are getting really busy in my corner!

September was pretty successful on the whole.

1. Submit an article to Project Inspired

Yes, but I haven’t gotten a reply yet, so we’ll see!

2. Start speaking

some Romanian

Just a few phrases, but I am speaking!

3. Do exam papers on my GCSE subjects each week.

I’ve done some subjects, but not all.

4. Edit When Martha Rests, my devotional book,.

Um, no. I’ve started writing more devotionals though!

5. Plan a blog event for October/ November for this blog’s one year birthday( 1 year, guys!)

Yes, and I hope things will kick off well😊

6. Compose a song

I’ve started a project, which I hope to finish by Christmas!

Now onto October goals:

1. Do a creative reflection on Romania

2. Create a 5-10 minute stretch routine to do each day.

3. Write 5,000 words of devotionals

4. Continue my composing project

5. Choose 2 subjects to do really well in this term

How about you?

How is October so far?

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Introducing SpireGirl

Calling all Christian girls and women!

Do you want to inspire other Christian girls with your gifts whilst being inspired by others?

Sign up for the blogging event!

This is in honour of my one year bloganiversay this month.

I’m hoping for this to be a connecting event, and I hope that you will be blessed by the outcome.

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Family is Important- guest post by Faith Blum

Hello everyone!

I’m so excited that Faith Blum is guest posting today as part of her blog tour for Sing the Wondrous Story.

So without further ado, here is Faith!

Family is Important

Family has always been important to me. I grew up in a wonderful family and know I was blessed to do so. When I started figuring out what kind of books to publish, I knew I wanted to write books that were family oriented. What I didn’t know at the time was that I would eventually come up with a more expansive idea.

I published my first book in November 2013. That series followed two different families as the main characters. As I started planning my next series, I realized something. A book I had written, but not published, many years before could be adapted to fit into this whole thing. The only problem? It was set in 2004.

Then my expansive idea came. What if I followed the families I had already introduced throughout the centuries? First comes Hymns of the West set in the 1870s and 1880s, then Orphans of the West in the 1880s and 1890s. My next series following these families will be set in WWI and WWII and that series is titled Soldiers of the West. At the moment, I don’t have plans for anything set between 1950 and 2004, but that may change by the time I finish the Soldiers of the West series.

After Soldiers of the West, my plan is a contemporary/futuristic trilogy following one young man’s journey and then moving on to his family. None of my families are perfect. In fact, I will quite likely have some very dysfunctional families especially as I move forward in time.

However, through it all, these families are, and will be, learning from their mistakes as often as can be made realistic. No matter how dysfunctional the family, I will always strive to show just how important family is, but more than that, I show how important God is. Without Him, nothing is possible.

Posted in Writing, Writing Wednesday

Autumn Creativity

It’s autumn. The season for kids going back to school. The season for the leaves to turn orange and for harvest festivals to occur.

But what is so special about autumn for writers?

It’s NaNoWriMo season!

Even if you don’t write something in November, autumn is a great season to collect and store writing ideas for the rest of the year.

Here are 3 ways to unleash your creativity in autumn:

1. Keep it visual. One of the best ways to stimulate creativity is to see something. And of course, you see loads of things everyday. How will you be able to keep those ideas?

• Pinterest boards. I absolutely love Pinterest boards as you can save anything on the go. Not only are they so much fun and inspiring, but they are also really cute too😊

• Take photos. Almost everyone has a phone or a device that can take pictures. Did you lay out sheets of paper in a cool way at work? Take a picture. Do you like seeing your shadow? Take a picture. If you can take it, snap it.

• Watch movies. Let’s face it, when we read a book, it sometimes feels like you have a movie inside your head. Well, why not watch some actual movies? Not only will you have awesome ideas of how characters should look like, but it will also give you some inspiration for story ideas.

2. The Sounds Of Music. Ah, music. The heart of inspiration, in my opinion anyway 😊, . But there are so many songs to choose from! Where do you even start?

• The right stations. Radio stations are great, especially when you’re in the car on your way to school or work. But not every station is suitable for everyone, so make sure that you find the right station for you. For me, you can find me enjoying tunes to Classic FM. For some of my friends, they’ll be listening to a station that I don’t even know of!

• Play that Playlist. Playlists are a great way to choose songs for any mood. You can have a playlist for romance, a playlist for a fight scene, or simply just for encouragement to get you going through the day. Whatever mood you’re in, make that playlist. I highly recommend using Spotify for playlist creating.

• Go to concerts. What better to view creative vibes than going to a concert! There are so many kinds of concerts, each with different atmospheres and feelings. Think about how you feel, and lock it somewhere for you to create something out of it later.

3. Write. That’s right. Just write. Draw. Compose. Whatever you do! How else are you going to place your creativity into action without doing anything?

But what if I don’t feel like it? What if I don’t know where to start? I have too many ideas in my head!

Here are 3 ways to deal with that.

• Creativity sprint. Just set that timer and write as many words as you can. Create a melody as long as you can. Draw a picture for as long as you can. Then when the timer is finished, stop, look at your work, edit your work, and make a goal for your next creativity sprint.

• Get in the mood ! Use the pictures that you found, listen to the music that you love. Just get in the mood! Abbiee Emmons has an amazing video on this which you can click here( you may recognise some of my tips in this video, because she inspired me to make this post 😊): https://youtu.be/dS9xh6Css3Y

• Pray. Seriously. If you are struggling with motivation, just ask God to give it to you. He’s the Ultimate creator, and He loves it when we are creating 😊

How about you?

How are you going to be creative this season?

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August 2018 Reflections and September 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

Happy September!

August was quite busy with camp and meeting up with people.

Let’s have a look at August goals

1. Write and submit an article to Project Inspired

I wrote an article… but I’ve been editing it. I’m hoping to submit it this month though.

2. Continue studying for GCSEs

Yes, it was hard work, but I think it will pay off 😊

3. Find some Christian French and Spanish singers to listen to

Sadly, I wasn’t very successful, but I will keep trying!

4. Start learning Romanian for my mission trip to Romania in October!

I have started a little bit, but I need to do more and practice with someone.

5. Compose a song

Yes! It’s really cute, too😊

Now I’m in September!

So here are my goals:

1. Submit an article to Project Inspired

2. Start speaking some Romanian

3. Do exam papers on my GCSE subjects each week.

4. Edit When Martha Rests, my devotional book,.

5. Plan a blog event for October/ November for this blog’s one year birthday( 1 year, guys!)

6. Compose a song

6 goals! Eeep! Hopefully, I can get them all done.

How about you?

How was your August?

How are your goals coming along?

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July 2018 Reflections and August 2018 Resolutions

Hello everyone!

It’s nearly the end of August( and I’m now publishing my goals!)

Let’s review July:

1. Start preparing for the autumn blogging season.

I do have some plans for the autumn, but they are not set in stone yet 😊

2. Camp NaNoWriMo

I finished my first book of devotionals, which I hope will be ready for you next year😊

3. Start practising Spanish when I go to Spain

I did, which was helpful because I ended up being a ‘translator’ for my friends throughout the week 😊

4. Start revising all of the GCSE course that I’ve learnt so far.

Yes, which has been helpful, but very tiring.

5. Compose a piece

Yes!!!

6. Read more books

Yay!!! I love the summer so much as I get to read more 😊

Now, onto August goals!

1. Write and submit an article to Project Inspired

2. Continue studying for GCSEs

3. Find some Christian French and Spanish singers to listen to

4. Start learning Romanian for my mission trip to Romania in October!

5. Compose a song

How about you?

How are your August goals going?

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August 2018’s Book if The Month-When Beauty Blooms

Hello everyone! Today’s book is special as it it part of Victoria Lynn’s Blog Tour this week( and my first blog tour review!)

About the book:

Revolutionary War Era England

Marjorie Kirk is a woman with no fortune, no prospects, no family, and no skills. Or so she thinks. She is awkward, shy, and the farthest thing from any semblance of a society lady.

The new minister keeps turning up in the most awkward of places and she can’t help but feel that her life is doomed to one of embarrassment. But will her flaws actually be the thing that others find the most attractive?

A story of a young woman with social anxiety and how she learned to bloom.

What I loved:

I loved the way that Ginger, Daphne and Marjorie interacted with each other, even though they were quite different personality wise.

Age Recommendation: 12+

For anyone who wants a sweet short romance, this is perfect.

Where to buy this book

You can buy it on Paperback ( https://www.amazon.com/When-Beauty-Blooms-Victoria-Lynn/dp/1723352721/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1532912849&sr=8-2&keywords=when+beauty+blooms+by+victoria+lynn

For Americans) and on Kindle ( For Americans here:

https://www.amazon.com/When-Beauty-Blooms-Victoria-Lynn-ebook/dp/B07FNZXM1K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1532912849&sr=8-1&keywords=when+beauty+blooms+by+victoria+lynn )

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Chosen For Such A Time As This Author Q&A

Eek! It’s August! And what better way to start than with an author interview with Jheralynne Foster on her new book!

1. When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I knew I wanted to become an author when I was in elementary school! That’s when I started writing short stories, poetry and scripts.

2. What is Chosen for Such a Time as This about?

Chosen is a non-fiction, devotional style book written to encourage women of all ages to trust God’s timing, no matter where you find yourself in this season. Chosen is my personal story where I share the lessons I’ve learned and how God has transformed my life.

3. What inspired Chosen for Such a Time as This?

God has taught me so much over the past few years and He placed it on my heart to share my story with other women. The title comes from the belief that there is purpose and beauty in each season.

4. Who is the book for?

Chosen is for women and girls who need hope, understanding and wisdom regardless of where they are in life or what their experiences have been. It is for those who need a fresh perspective or encouragement in their daily walk with Christ. It also addresses many of the issues Christian singles are faced with, and provides practical ways to overcome them!

5. What do you want readers to gain from your book?

I want every reader to know that she is created in God’s image and He has a unique plan for her life. My prayer is that readers will have a better understanding of their worth in Christ, His character and how to trust God and live for Him in today’s world.

6. Have you written any other books and where can we get them?

I am currently writing my second book, which is a 90-day devotional. It will be published this December, so stay tuned! 🙂

7. What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

I enjoy reading books that encourage me to grow. I also enjoy reading relatable fiction books!

8. Where can we connect with you?

I blog at jheralynnefaith.com! I also recently created Instagram and Twitter accounts. You can follow me @styledandgraced

9. What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?

I believe the gift of writing and the desire to write come from God. We were made in His image and He is the ultimate creator, which is why He gives us creative ideas and talents. If you’re a young aspiring writer, I encourage you to write every single day, even if it is journaling. Ask God for direction in how He wants to use you and be intentional about developing your craft! Be confident in who God has called you to be and don’t allow discouragement or fear to keep you from pursuing purpose!

Thank you so much Jehralynne! Be sure to go and check out her book!

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The Reluctant Godfather Blog Tour- Author Q&A

When did you start writing with the hope of becoming an author?

I’ve been writing for sixteen years, and I think the hope of becoming an author has been there for over a decade—but it didn’t become something I knew I was going to seriously pursue until I was in my early twenties.

What inspired The Reluctant Godfather?

It’s a terribly uninteresting answer but . . . nothing in particular!  Oddly enough, the whole book sprang into my mind nearly fully formed.  I had just returned from a vacation, and my mind is often relaxed and distrated at that point and sometimes get the creative juices flowing.  There really wasn’t a particular thing that inspired the book – it just dropped into my lap.

Who is the book for and what do you want readers to gain from your book?

Like an old Walt Disney movie, I wrote The Reluctant Godfather with the goal for it to be appropriate for everyone.  I’ve been so gratified to see the wide divergence of reader feedback—I’ve had adults (both men and women) enjoy it, teenagers, children, families.  It’s been a gift to see so many different people enjoy it.  As far as what I want people to gain from it—I want people to enjoy themselves.  I hope my book is a small dose of gentle escapism that can infuse a little pleasure and magic into someone’s afternoon and maybe stir their heart.

Where can we connect with you and read your other books?

You can connect with me at my author website www.allisonteboauthor.com, at my blog www.allisonswell.com, on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter.   And please doconnect with me, because I am a hardcore extrovert!

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers ?

My top tip—cultivate an objective and stringent eye. Pull stories apart and study them.  Analyze character arcs, themes, plots—everything.  I learned so much by tearing something apart and holding it up to intensive study and then carefully digesting every story I ever read or watched.  Become a detective and learn what makes a good story or character—than practice, practice, practice.   No one is great right off the bat.  Learn from the masters and emulate them—training in their footsteps.  Read about the craft.  Get involved with other writers for feedback and expect critiquing.  Learn to recognize your strengths and weakness and emphasis the one to your advantage while you work hard at the other.

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June 2018 Reflections and July 2018 Resolutions

  • Ok, ok, I may have forgotten to mention my goals at the beginning of this month( By the way, this month has been fruitful so far 😊)
  • June was awesome as I completed my Duke of Edinburgh Expeditions and I started some cool projects which I will inform you later.
  • On top of that, I finished Year 10! GCSEs here we come!
  • Ok, let’s evaluate my June goals:
  • 1. Start thinking about guest posting

    I have written some places that I’d like to submit articles to and I’ve already started writing some content 😊

    2. Compose another piece

    I have indeed, and it’s quite a cute piece too.

    3. Start preparing for Camp NaNoWriMo

    I have, and may I say that this is probably my favourite project that I’ve ever done 😊

    4. Start planning for some projects 🙂

    I have indeed, but you’ll have to stay tuned 😊

    Now, onto July!

    1. Start preparing for the autumn blogging season.

    2. Camp NaNoWriMo

    3. Start practising Spanish when I go to Spain

    4. Start revising all of the GCSE course that I’ve learnt so far.

    5. Compose a piece

    6. Read more books

    How has July been so far? Did you have any goals?