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Blogging Reflections and Resolutions

Hello everyone!

So here we are, the last day of November!

I’m so happy to have reached a milestone this month, and I appreciate you celebrating it with me.

So, here we go.

Blogging Reflections

1. Not counting the reblogged post and the one I’m currently writing, I wrote 7 posts this month on this blog! 🙂

2. I relaunched my old community blog Golden Medallion, which after six months on the metaphorical internet shelf was dusted and back to work. I was able to join with another blogger Halle Belle who’s been really helpful keeping it running and encouraging young people through the blog with her devotional.

3. I got to meet loads of bloggers through the Regal Hearts Blog Tour, which has been an amazing experience for me as a reader and a participant.

Blogging Resolutions

1. Keep blogging!

2. Turn this blog into more of a writing/creativity blog, more on that soon,.

3. Start getting more active on social media and connecting with other bloggers, I already do, but I think I need to do more.

4. Do guest posts and participate in more blog tours

How about you?

How has your blogging life been this month?

Do you have any resolutions/ goals?

Blessings

Medomfo

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Regal Reads Blog Tour- Author Q&A with Livy Jarmusch

Hello Everyone.
I’m so honoured to have Livy Jarmusch on my blog today as par of her blog tour fo the paperback release of Regal Hearts: Season One. Yes, Season One, which means that more will be on the way soon!
Hi Livy. When did you begin writing with the goal of becoming an author?
 I’ve loved to write ever since I was a little girl. I’ve always enjoyed creating stories and using my imagination! When I was in Kindergarten I declared that I wanted to be an author when I grew up…among many, many other things, haha. But I didn’t take my writing very seriously until I became a teen. I did a lot of devotional and non-fiction writing for my magazine, Crown of Beauty, and wrote a devotional called Secrets of Royalty. At that point, I didn’t really envision myself writing fiction, and had put those more “creative” stories on the back-burner. But just last year, God started to stir up my desire to write more fiction, and helped me get past the lie that said it wasn’t powerful enough to make an impact. Being creative for God’s glory can be very powerful, and ever since the Lord started to reveal that to me, I’ve been pursuing writing as more of a career.
What is Regal Hearts about?
Regal Hearts is about four young teens who who couldn’t be more polar opposite from one another! You’ve got a Princess, a bold, iconic Popstar, a sweet, sheltered Amish girl, and a totally average girl from California, who all find themselves connected by a stunning secret from their pasts. Without giving too much away, Regal Hearts is about each young woman discovering her true identity, and embarking on a journey where she must travel that frightening gap between the person she is today, and the person God has truly created her to be.
What inspired Regal Hearts?
 As I mentioned during the answer to your first question, back in Kindergarten being an author wasn’t the only thing I dreamed about one day pursuing. I’ve always had huge ambitions to someday produce my own TV show. Personally, I find it challenging to find pure, Godly, uplifting, (and totally entertaining!) media choices. I’ve had many TV show ideas over the years, and Regal Hearts originally came to my mind as exactly that: a show! I decided to scribble down the script, just to keep it in my back-pocket for later. But the story came so fast and furious, and because I envisioned it so clearly through a TV show format, I thought, “Wouldn’t it be fun if people could read this, before it’s a show? What if I released it in a weekly, episodically format?” So, I bundled the first 10 Episodes into “Season One”, and the feedback has been amazing! I love that girls enjoy reading it so much, but I also love the fact that many of them are envisioning it as TV show as well, as they read it, which makes the whole thing extremely fun and unique..
Most ‘Royal Stories’  are either a Historical or a Fantasy novel, but Regal Hearts is contemporary and in a TV series format. Why did you choose to write the way you did?

. Many Christian families have grown disgusted with the inappropriate offerings of “contemporary” media, and tend to gravitate toward “old fashioned” media. You know, those sweet stories in medieval times, as well as American historical fiction, reruns of Little House on the Prairie and black and white TV shows like Leave it To Beaver…sweet, harmless, innocent fun. Personally, I think that’s why the Amish genre is so huge. Christians desire pure media, and it can be a struggle to find anything modern or contemporary that has good values and strong messages of faith. So, I believe there’s a big need for that! Not everyone is drawn to contemporary fiction, or desires to read modern-stories, and that’s totally okay. But for myself, personally, I love the idea of creating content that my someday kids can read and enjoy, without everything having to be historical in order to be clean.

. Who is this book for?
 Christian teen girls who are looking to read something fun, adventurous, challenging, exciting, uplifting and faith-inspiring
What do you want readers to get out of your books?
 My number-one prayer, is that the Lord will speak through my writing to whoever reads. And because every reader is in a different age, stage, and life-situation, how the Holy Spirit interacts with them as they read ,is completely up to Him! My job is just to do my best to write as He’s leading, and trust Him with the rest. Another huge prayer, is that my words will spark creativity. That other writers will look at these stories and say, “Hey, if Livy can do this, so can I!” Because the truth is…one story isn’t going to change the entire world. We need many writers on the front-lines, penning the stories that God pours into our hearts! We’re all unique, and we all have something to say, so I definitely believe that a single word can spark a firestorm of revelation or fresh determination in a reader to make a change, be a voice, and influence the culture…and to me, that’s what it’s all about!
You’ve written other books as well. What are they, and where can we find them?
 My newest novel (and possibly my favorite! Am I allowed to say that?) is called The Coronation. It’s about a modern-day, homeschooling, Royal Family living in the fictitious European nation of Tarsurella. I’ve also written a devotional, Secrets of Royalty, a guide to Godly relationships with guys When Life Feels Like a Taylor Swift Song, and a joint-project with several other authors, Beauty, Boys and Ball Gowns. You can find ’em all on my site https://www.livylynnblog.com/livys-library/, Amazon, or ask about ’em at your local Barnes and Noble. 
You seem to have a Royal theme in your books. Why is that the case?
 Haha, that’s a great question! Well, first of all, I have a MASSIVE obsession with castles, so that may have a small reason to do with it, haha! Secondly, I’m a really strong believer in knowing your Royal Identity in Christ. The concept of us, as God’s daughters, being His Royal Princesses, can be a really odd, strange concept for us, so I think the more we explore what that truly means (even if it’s in a fun, fictional sense) the more understanding we can gain about who we truly are in Him.
Where can we connect with you?
 Well, I’m pretty much all over the internet! Haha, so just choose your favorite Social, and connect there!

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/livylynnlibrary/

Twitter – https://twitter.com/livylynnmusic

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/livylynnglittergirl/

Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/user/LivyJarmusch

Good Reads –

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14649415.Olivia_Lynn_Jarmusch

Andddd my blog! https://www.livylynnblog.com/

What tips do you have for young aspiring writers?
Don’t stop writing! Never give up! I know it sounds so simple, but that’s seriously the best advice you can give yourself. As long as you never give up, you’ll make a difference in this world, I promise you that!
Set goals, and keep writing until you meet them. The best way to improve your skills and become a writer is by writing. So don’t give yourself excuses, make time for writing, and do it!
You’re not going to be a best-selling author over night…but you have a story to tell, so don’t let anyone stop you!

Well thank you so much Livy for coming on my blog today. Make sure you check her out and buy books.

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I’m a twenty-something author, singer, and songwriter. I enjoy crafting YA fiction that is pure, lovely, inspirational, and of course, entertaining! When I’m not writing, you can usually find me playing guitar, blogging, drinking peppermint tea, connecting with new friends, planning my next trip to Disney, or pinning images of Europe and Golden Retriever Puppies

Blessings

Medomfo x

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One month anniversary

Hello everyone.

Yep, you’ve guessed it. Today is one month since this blog started!

It’s been really fun so far, and today is a way of celebrating.

So stay tuned, this week we’re having:

An Author Q&A with Livy Jarmusch as part of her Regal Hearts blog tour

Blogging Reflections and Resolutions

A special tribute to 5 authors who’ve inspired me

And a little surprise!

Thank you so much for all of the support.

Blessings

Medomfo

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November 2017: Links of the Month

November 2017 Links of the Month

Hello everyone.

Today, I thought I’ll show you some of my favourite websites and blog posts from this month. So here goes.

A Blog Post: The Ultimate Author Guide

Why: I absolutely loved this post by Livy Lynn! It was a checklist that took you from outlining your novel to publishing it. And as I enjoy checklists, this was very helpful in knowing where I was.

A Blog: Christ is Write

Why: This blog, run by Tessa Emily Hall, is a great place to find tips on EVERYTHING to with the writing industry and writing in general, which is really cool since  Tessa is an agent as well as an author.

A Blog: Tween You And Me

Why: When I was  tween, I found this amazing blog run the wonderful author Nancy Rue. I really enjoyed reading the devotionals and commenting on the questions that Miss. Nancy always asked.  I still go over and comment sometimes!

A Blog Post: The one thing you should do before you self edit

Why: How I wish I had read this post BEFORE I edited my first novel! It was a good thing that I was only a few chapters in when I read this post by Rachelle Rea Cobb. Like Tessa, she is also out in the writing industry and as well as being an author, she is also an editor.

How about you?

What blogs or blog posts have you enjoyed this month?

Blessings

Medomfo

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November 2017’s Book of the Month

November 2017 Book of the Month

Hello Everyone

Today is the day for the unveiling of the book of the month.

Drum roll please…

Gladys Aylward

About this book:

Gladys’ life had plenty of adventure, loads of mystery and almost too much excitement! There aren’t many missionaries who have had a film made about them! There aren’t many missionaries who have been spies! There aren’t many missionaries who rescued 100 children from a battle zone. But Gladys did all three! …

Why this book?

As you might have guessed, Gladys’ life is pretty impressive, and it shows  a lot of determination and trust in God, and you get to see the way the Chinese people that she served were affected positively by this. She’s been an inspiration to me for a while because of this.

How about you?

What book have you enjoyed this month?

Do you have some people you look up to?

Blessings

Medomfo

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Devotional: Don’t Give up

Writings from a God Girl- DOn't Give Up

 

Hello everyone!

If you are a writer, you may know that NaNoWriMo is under way.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is a 30 day  writing challenge in November, with the “camps” in April and July, where you draft a novel or a play, or a collection( you get the idea).

Why am I mentioning this? Because this challenge requires A LOT of determination.

And it isn’t easy to stay motivated for this challenge, or anything that is a stretch for us.

SO how do we keep strong in a challenge?

Prayer. Support and most importantly God’s Word.

God’s Word is the go-to place for ANYTHING, and as Christians, we have the advantage to access His Word.

There are many Bible verses to do with determination and what to do if you feel unsettled , but here are just a few of them:

Philippians 4v6-7

Philippians 4v13

Proverbs 3 v5-6

Meditate on these Scriptures, and pray using them.

So we’ve looked at Prayer and God’s Word, but what about Support?

When I was doing camo NaNoWriMo in July, my family and my friends were really supportive of me, and they’ve supported me for all of the challenges that I’ve taken or the ones hard ones that I’ve been through.

What do you think?

How do you keep being determined to do something?

DO you have Bible verses to go to?

Who do you have for support?

Blessings

Medomfo

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Fall Foto Fun

Jessica Lippe's Adventures

I’ve been enjoying the fall colors and associated activities over the past few weeks! Before the constant rain started, I decided to take my last mud-free opportunity of the year to hike Table Rock and see the foilage from above.

I went to the pumpkin patch twice this year. On my second trip, I decided to get a blue pumpkin, which I never had before. The following days were all pumpkin-themed. I roasted the seeds from my pumpkin, baked cookies and cheesecake brownies from canned pumpkin, and carved the pumpkin in a park under the colorful leaves of a tree.

Last week was the first Friday of the month, which called for an evening trip to Ashland for the First Friday Art Walk. After that I headed down the street to Southern Oregon University, where I joined a haunted tour. But the most incredible thing I saw happened before all…

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October Reflections and November Resolutions

Wow, what an amazing month!

I’ve been really busy with school from studying and music to helping the younger years for Friday activites, but there have been some crazy things as well.

First off, Christian Union at school has been absolutely amazing so far, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing people there and the teachers who have come to talk to us have been so inspiring.

On the 4th October, we had a sonic boom in Suffolk. That’s right, a sonic boom! My brother and I were walking to school when we heard this loud boom and felt a little shake from the ground. I remember just running to the nearest building, I didn’t know what the noise was! We were then informed later what happened , and my friends and I just kept talking about it for the rest of the day.

As well as school, my writing has been improving and I finished outlining for my novel in preparation for the edits of my first draft.

During half term, my family went to Clopton, Cambridgeshire for a few days and watched Goodbye Christopher Robin, a really good film to watch.

And of course, my parents’ China anniversary, 20 years in marriage!, was a big event for our family, and we had a great time celebrating.

In short, October has been a wonderful month, but I plan for November to be even better!

SO here are my resolutions for November:

  1. TO finish editing the first draft of my novel.
  2. TO read and COMMENT on two blog posts each week
  3. To continue preparing for my Duke of Edinburgh.
  4. To continue with my studies and get even better results than October.

How about you?

What had been good in October, and what are you planning to do in November?

Blessings

Medomfo