Monday, November 24, 2014

Blogger Recognition Award & One Lovely Blog

So something happened. I totally was not expecting this, and it really made my day.
I got nominated for two blog awards by Rachel Day!!
Like, whaaaattt? I'm super excited. Thank you so much.

The Rules:
 ♥ Thank the person who nominated you. 
♥ Leave a link to their page. 
♥ Give a brief story about how you started blogging, and share some tips. 
♥ Nominate 15 other bloggers 
♥ Notify your nominees by email or comment 

My Blogging Story:
Well, a long time ago in a land far, far away.... 
Just Kidding. 
I actually started a blog several years ago.. posting every now and then about the exciting things that happened to me. Which wasn't a whole lot, so I lost momentum and used facebook instead. XD But last year I went on a DIY binge and started reading a ton of blogs. I got inspired to do one of my own and BOOM the best thing I could come up with was "the drawing board." Because you know, I am always starting a new project Always going back to the Drawing Board to begin again on something new. Or continue something I love in a new way. :) I didn't have much to post about though, or many people to read it, so I only shared something every rare now and then.

Then, Go Teen Writers happened. And from that came Multi-Fandom Christian Homeschoolers and Writers. (it's a long name. We aren't even Bovvered.) These people made me want to write more-- and Because of them and my beta group I finally finished the first draft of Gifted. But I was also inspired to start something new-- The Resistance Chronicles. And if it weren't for these people I probably wouldn't have gone for it. But I did, and finally I had something I could share on a regular basis, besides the random workings inside my brain. You guys gave me the confidence I needed. 
So thank you.

Well, I'm still pretty new to this, but here's a few things I think have helped:
1. Don't pigeonhole yourself. You are a person who probably likes a lot of things. Express that. You should probably have a focus, but It's okay to step outside of the box every now and then. :)

2. Don't be sad when the response is small. That just means it didn't reach the people who would find it interesting. 

3. Appreciate criticism. I actually wish I got some more criticisms... because that will only make me work harder! I'm kinda weird like that though. Oh well.

4. Have a purpose. What do you want to accomplish? I want to share things that make me happy, so I can make you happy. I also want to be able to share my faith and help others in theirs. Those two things keep me inspired. 

5. Have fun. Oh yes. This is a given, guys.

The Rules: 
♥ Thank the person who nominated you and include a link to their blog. 
♥ List the rules and display the award. 
♥ Add 7 facts about yourself. 
♥ Nominate 15 other bloggers. 
♥ Follow on blogger the person who nominated you

 Seven Facts about Me?

Here we go!

Friday, November 21, 2014

ThanksGIVING challenge!

Hello there!

So, many of you know I work at Subway.

Now all of you do. XD

Anyway, I had an idea... because, folks, next week is thanksgiving. Next week we get to have turkey and pie and ohmygoodness cranberry sauce. Seriously. It's going to be awesome!


But not everyone is going to get to sit down at their dinner table and pray over a heaping plate of food. Some would be thankful just to have a pack of crackers for Thanksgiving.

You see where I'm going with this now, huh?

Because from now until the end of the year... Subway is having an insane deal. A 6" Meatball OR Cold Cut sandwich is only two dollars..... and a foot long is $4.00.

Now comes the "Ahh I see."

Meatball sandwiches are super filling. And if anything, it's comfort food. (there is a heating tax though, so that comes to like $2.15- $2.40 at the register.)

And Cold Cuts are yummy, and you can pile them with a ton of toppings and it still works. :) (plus you don't have to have them heated, so they come as an even $2.00 and will still taste good half an hour later haha)

Now, ideally, homemade food would be best. But it's the holidays, and we all get a little overloaded, and this is incredibly convenient and inexpensive.

SO. I have a challenge for you:
What if you spent two dollars -that's less than a pumpkin spice latte or a bag of some kinds of chips- on someone else? What if you gave a meal to someone who can't afford their own? There are a lot of people who don't have homes- who are on the streets for Thanksgiving... would it not be awesome to give them something along with a Gospel Tract and a smile?

Let's give thanks this year by giving to others. :)

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Get to know the characters of TRC!

I am a part of a wonderful beta reading group. This said beta group suggested that I make pages for my characters on facebook...

And the procrastinating kicked in and I took them up on the challenge!

So if you'd like to get to know the characters from The Resistance Chronicles between the stories, you can look them up on facebook!!

Here is the page for the series as a whole:

The Resistance Chronicles

Here are the pages for the individual characters:





Feel free to ask them questions or leave them a note! They'd love to hear from you.

Has anyone done something similar to this?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Forgiveness over Revenge: a lesson from Big Hero Six

First of all, If you have not seen this movie I demand you go watch it. If you have to wait beware....this post contains some spoilers.

SHHH Spoilers!

I liked a lot of things about Big Hero Six. From the character development to the animation, this movie was stunning. But I want to focus on one theme of the movie that I found really interesting, not to mention unique for a superhero film.

The thing is, we're so used to the typical "hero" story: something bad happens to them, they find out who did it, and they get justice. Cue fireworks and some sort of romantic subplot.
But that's, frankly, unrealistic. 

In real life, bad things happen, and we don't always see justice delivered. Don't get me wrong here: I believe in justice. I respect the law and do my best to uphold it. I believe that there are consequences for sin not only on earth, but eternally.

But the sad truth of it all is: getting justice doesn't take away the pain. If you think that getting back at your adversary is going to help you overcome what they did to you, then you are seeking revenge, not justice. And Revenge will only make things worse. Revenge will put you in the position of becoming just as bad as they are.

And this movie says all that. And more.

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Resistance Chronicles PART TWO: Initiation

It's here!
I present to you: Part TWO of The Resistance Chronicles.
If you are unfamiliar with this series of short stories I'm writing, here's a description:

The city of Thera is not all it seems-- the people there live controlled by the cuffs around their ankles, forced to comply to whatever Ferucil wishes. But there is hope: The Resistance, the rebel faction, fighting for the true ruler of the land. Four members of the Resistance find themselves in dire situations, some a result of the war, some a result of their personal struggles with anxiety, pride, doubt, and worth. This series of short stories focuses on these members, each one from one of their perspectives.

Check out part one here.
You can also read both parts on Wattpad.


        I add one last sweeping swipe of jet black onto the page, pulling my brush so it will feather out at the end. It’s finished. I breathe a sigh of satisfaction and welcome the bittersweet feeling I always get when I finish a project: the pride of completion mixed with a twang of sadness at moving forward from the inspiration I used up.

Saturday, November 1, 2014