Writing Update: Graphic Novel?

Writing Update: Graphic Novel?

In October of last year, I wrote a post on this blog talking about my most recent story. I talked about how it was a major change for me, genre-wise, because, you know, it’s a historical sci-fi (in other news, I’ve decided it’s in the year 1954 exactly).

But I had no idea how big of a step it would be.

Because…

Well, because I’m writing it as a graphic novel.

I understand this might be disappointing for all y’all who aren’t into graphic novels–to tell you the truth, I don’t really read graphic novels, either, but this story is demanding to be told in a much more visual way than my other stories.

Currently I’m working through sketching out all the characters, outlining, and scripting. Since I’m doing this for Camp this year, I have a lot to do before April.

Which is in nine days.

Start Panicking Aladdin



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I’ve been low-key developing this story since… I’d say June last year, on and off, and it’s been a very different experience than any other story I’ve worked on. For one thing, I knew the ending before I knew the beginning. For another thing… I’ve been able to visualize several scenes… but they haven’t come to me in order.

Which is why I’m now using yWriter to organize the scenes, so I can write out descriptions in any order, and then drag them to a different place.

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I’m new at this. And since it’s not going to be published this way, it’s just to help with drawing the graphic novel, I’m doing it in an odd style.

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Basically I’m roleplaying with myself. ūüėČ I have yet to really figure out what I’m doing, so maybe when I finish the scripts, I’ll publish another post about my revised process.

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I’m currently designing all the characters. These are my initial sketches for Lesley… And, yes. I know they don’t look like quite the same person. xP

I’m having trouble sketching Sylvester, so I think I’m going to skip to sketching Chareh. Once I’ve settled on a design, I’ll draw sheets with different angles and expressions, for each of the main characters. Also for a few of the main supporting characters, like Lesley’s dad, and the editor of the New Hasting’s Herald newspaper.

I’ve also sketched out a few pages of the main story. They won’t actually be like I have them (I’ve even changed dialogue in a bunch of places), but it helps me visualize what it’ll look like.

What, you mean you want to see a sample?

… Okay.

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If you click the image, it’ll bring you to a bigger version.

This isn’t how the final draft will look, certainly, but it’s what I drew when I was first trying to decide whether to do the story as a graphic novel. I’m going to have a similar layout, I think, but the style will be much less… Sketchy… ūüėā

Also, young Sylvester will have a face.

Just sayin’.

And that strange sentence will bring us to a close, but I have a request for y’all. I’m trying to come up with a new title for this story, as I was never really happy with the one I had‚ÄĒand it also sounds too similar to a different story’s title.

If you’re new to this blog and/or story, I still have the back-cover teaser on my “Works In Progress” page, so you can check it out there. But I’d love to hear any suggestions you have for a new title.



What’s your experience with graphic novels? Do you have any suggestions for titles? And last but not least, are you doing Camp NaNoWriMo? Comment below!

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#Walk30Days Wrap-up/Highlights

#Walk30Days Wrap-up/Highlights

#Walk30Days Wrap-up


Shalom, haverim!

You’re probably wondering what this strange hashtag thing is doing in my banner.

Truthfully, I’m as surprised as anyone. I actually went¬†outside this month. Walked, even.

The fault¬†belongs to¬†my awesome writing-hero-and-author-of-what-I-fan-over (I totally call her that every day), Nadine Brandes. Just before May, she posted about this insane idea of (gasp) going outside! So, the challenge (#Walk30Days, in case you couldn’t guess) was to go outside and walk every day of the month, and get lots of neat pictures at the same time.

Did I do it every day?

No. I did miss four days.

Did I walk more this month than I did all last year? Probably.

Did I also develop a weird interest in photography? Why, yes, I did.

If you stalk¬†follow me on Google+, you’ve probably seen a lot of the pictures from this month which I posted¬†almost every day. I missed several days more in posting pictures than I did in walking, sadly, and several of the pictures that I posted, I accidentally set on private… Whoops.

So today, I’m going to do a Wrap-up/Highlights post about #Walk30Days (hence the title), where I show some of the best pictures, and tell you some of the best things about the month of May and my crazy idea to be less of a hermit-writer.

Day one was not very exciting. I walked to the end of the road, took no pictures, and on day two, got one picture, which I will not be showing today, because I am not terribly pleased with it.

No, I am not going through each individual day. I’ll summarize. Because I don’t have enough patience to go through each day.

Still, prepare yourself for a long, picture-filled blogpost.


On my walks, I walked through rain:

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Shine:

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Shiny rain:

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Gorgeous sunsets:

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And dreary mornings:

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I saw beautiful things:

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Things I would normally consider ordinary, but when I looked closer, I saw the beauty in them, too:

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Unusual things:

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Slightly frightening things (although, I’d been waiting all month to get a picture of a snake. This one was just asking to get photographed):

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New things:

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And old thing:

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Okay, so I saw this before the walk, but I wanted to post a picture of it anyways. This is my older brother’s record player, in case you can’t tell. xP

So, I suppose someone should kick me out of the hermit-writer club, but really… It was awesome. I got plenty of mosquito bites, a bunch of ticks, a sunburn, and muddy clothes, but it was awesome anyway.

Because it’s been a long time since I stopped and really looked at nature; the tiny flowers, fireflies, and the clouds,¬†trees, butterflies, and rain.

Do you realize how pretty it is out there?

Nadine promised that I would feel inspired throughout the course of the month, and, boy, am I inspired. Not just for writing‚ÄĒalthough, you should see my random notebook‚ÄĒbut also for other things.

But yes, I was inspired to write, and of course, that leads me to one thing: Camp NaNoWriMo. Yes, I will be doing it, and yes, I am quite excited.

So, hermits. Why don’t you get outside? You might just like it, after a while.

Would you consider doing a challenge like #Walk30Days? What was your favorite photo?

(And, of course, Camp! Are you participating in July?)

 

Infinity Dream Award/Tag

Infinity Dream Award/Tag

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Shalom, haverim! I was tagged by The Art of Writing for Him’s Rachael (or RayRay as I call her) to do the Infinity Dream Award/Tag.

Yes, I know, I’ve done a lot of tags recently, but people won’t stop tagging me! (Just joking… I like doing tags, and I haven’t figured out any other kind of post to write. Any ideas?)

Anyways, I’ll do a quick summary of the rules, and then get on to the tag.


Rules

1. Thank the blogger who tagged you (Toda, Rayray!).
2. Tell us 11 facts about yourself. I plan to make these quite random, so be prepared.
3. Answer the 11 questions given to you.
4. Tag up to 11 bloggers (Ha. ‘Cause I know that many bloggers) and give them 11 new questions to answer.

11 Facts About: Yours Truly

  1. I don’t like donuts. *gasp* No, really, they’re gross. My family thinks I’m insane, and I have yet to meet another person who doesn’t like donuts, but. Yes. True, that.¬†Bagels, however, are epic.
  2. My real name isn’t Faith. Nope. Well, it sort of is. Faith is my middle name, which I go by all over the internet, but it’s actually not what I go by in-person.
  3. I have emerald-green eyes.
  4. Ha. No. They’re brown.
  5. My parents chose names for me before they knew if I was male or female. So if I was a guy, I’d have been named Carl.
  6. I’m exactly middle in my family. Five older siblings, five younger siblings. Two older brothers, two younger brothers. Three older sisters, three younger sisters. Crazy, huh?
  7. I use old-time radio drama slang, like “skip it,” and “slightly pixilated.” I kinda have a thing for radio dramas.
  8. My favorite food is spaghetti. Made by me, from scratch (or canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and a couple other things), preferably.
  9. My favorite word is defenestrate (the act of throwing someone or something out of a window).
  10. In my family, all the girls were assigned a bug at birth, and the boys were assigned a reptile. In order: Dragonfly, lizard, ladybug (or ladybird… sounds nicer), turtle, butterfly, honey bee, frog, ant, alligator, cricket, firefly. I’m the bee… And… Have I ever mentioned how much I dislike stinging insects. Yeah. xP¬†But at least there’s honey!
  11. I get motion sick super-easily. As in… Almost every time we drive. More so when it’s hot than when it’s cold. So (happiness) it’s becoming frequent again. xP

Questions with Answers

 

1. What writing program do you use?

I use LibreOffice. Microsoft Word is so much better, but Libre is free, and my computer doesn’t have Word… So.

2. Do you listen to music as you write?

Sometimes. I can do it both ways. Music is very helpful, especially during NaNoWriMo, but sometimes I just need silence.

3. How many novels have you finished?

Eh. Well… A lot… *coughOnlyOnecough* I almost finished another one. Got to the climax, and then realized that I had worked myself into an unsolvable situation. So, yeah. I’ve kind of been scarred for life. (Hah.)

4. Favorite writing drink?

Coffee is good. Ooooh, especially with vanilla ice cream in it.

I also¬†reeeeaaaalllyyy like drinking carbonated orange juice. It’s awesome. We just pour carbonated water on top of orange juice concentrate. It’s really good.
5. Do you have a writing buddy?

Technically, no. We haven’t named ourselves writing buddies. But. My sister¬†Athelas (she’s two years older than me and a stunning writer) is kind of my writing buddy. We rave about our stories to each other, discuss books, brainstorm, and during NaNo, word war. So, yeah, I do.

6. Name your top three blogs.

Well,¬†I¬†only have one blog. xP¬†But my three¬†favorite¬†blogs would have to be…

A Writer’s Faith

Katie is a super-awesome writer friend who has an amazing talent for writing, blogging, and being the most friendly, authentic person out there. She posts frequently, with blogging, writing, and editing advice, life updates, interviews, and a bunch more. Some blog posts sit in my email for months waiting for me to get around to reading them, but I always read Katie’s posts as soon as I get them. Her personality is refreshing, and her advice sound.

Red Lettering

Athelas started this blog a while ago, and it’s lovely. She doesn’t post very often any more, but there are plenty of in-depth articles on writing, editing, stories, and characters already on there. There are also lots of writing prompts, and occasional writing challenges. Leas¬†has loads of experience writing, and has an amazing style, sound plots, and fascinating characters. (She also has a Red Lettering Pinterest Account, which has¬†loads¬†of clean, inspiring images.)

She also happens to be my sister, but that, in and of itself, is not enough to make me say nice things about her (just ask her! xP).

I couldn’t figure out how to get her blog button up here…

The Art of Writing for Him

I originally met (over the internet) RayRay because of a book series, and from the very beginning, I learned how good she is at fangirling. That impression has stayed with me.

She posts a couple times a week, with short writings, life updates, snarky posts, writing advice, and awesome GIFs. She is a Nano-er, fangirl, and has an excellent taste in books. While not strictly a writing blog, information on writing (and writing itself) is present on this randomness blog. (Hey, that’s what I have! Randomness bloggers unite! *fist pump*)
7. Do you ever stay up late writing?

Oooh, yes. Late nights are my favorite time to write.

8. What is your favorite book you’ve written?

Hrm… Well… My favorite of my stories isn’t written yet… I’m still brainstorming it. I’ll have a summary up in my “Works-In-Progress” page soon.

9. Have you ever met an author?

Sadly, no. But if I could pick one author to meet, it’d be¬†Nadine Brandes, the author of the Out of Time series.

10. Coffee or tea?

Um, is this seriously a question? Coffee, of course! Though, only if it has sugar and half-and-half. Since black coffee is gross.


 

My Questions

So, I couldn’t think of eleven¬†new questions, so I went back and traced the path of this tag (waaaaay back) and picked some of my favorite questions that I saw, with a few of my own thrown in.

  1. Do you collect anything?
  2. If you could smell one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  3. What superpower would you most like to possess?
  4. What’s the strangest thing someone has said to you?
  5. Do you remember your dreams often? Do you have a favorite dream you wish you could experience again?
  6. Did you have an imaginary friend as a child? If so, describe them. If not, describe your favorite game.
  7. Given the choice between leaving your family behind in order to move to a fictional world (you choose which one) or staying where you lived for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
  8. Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla (ice cream, pudding, cake, coffee, whatever)?
  9. Would you rather write with a pencil or pen?
  10. What’s your favorite word?
  11. What’s one activity you’d really like to do, but haven’t?

 

So, as usual, I’m going to break the rules and not tag eleven people. xP First of all, because I don’t know that many bloggers. Second of all, because they might not want to do the tag… So! If you follow my blog, you’re tagged! Just… quietly, so you can choose whether or not you want to. xD

 


Did you learn anything new about me?¬†Have any ideas for future posts? What’s your favorite writing drink?

30 Song Challenge

30 Song Challenge

30 Song Challenge


Shalom, haverim!

So, a little while¬†ago (over a month *cough*), Natasha¬†from¬†Starlit Wanderings¬†tagged me for the¬†30 Song Challenge. It was fun to do, but it took up a¬†lot of time to think of all these songs and fill it out! And I definitely did not procrastinate a bunch. ūüėČ (It’s also ridiculous how long it took me to make the banner…)

Anyways. Grab your headphones and a good cup of tea, and continue on!


1. Your favorite song

I think right now it’s¬†Can I Be With You?¬†(I haven’t watched the video, but it was the only one I could find of this song), by Todd Agnew.

2. Your least favorite song

I don’t know that I have a least favorite song… Actually… Come to think of it, I do, but to avoid sibling conflict, I will refrain from mentioning that it is¬†Loose Change, by Andrew Peterson. (What? I just mentioned it. Psh. Nonsense.)

…It just really annoys me for some reason. Lots of people I know like it, though, so… *shrugs* Maybe it’s just me.

3. A song that makes you happy

Celebrate, by 8th Day.

4. A song that makes you sad

This Christmas (Father of the Fatherless), by TobyMac.

5. A song that reminds you of someone

Saving Grace, by Point of Grace. It reminds me of my neighbor, who used to sing this song. I always hear it in her voice.

6. A song that reminds you of somewhere

You Make Beautiful Things, by Gungor. This reminds me of a church we went to for about a year and a half.

7. A song that reminds you of a certain event

His Strength is Perfect, by the Crist Family, Steven Curtis Chapman, and Jerry Salley.

8. A song you know all the words to

I know all the words to a¬†lot of songs. So I’ll just put in a song I like. We sing this song in church. It made me cry once…¬†No Longer Slaves, by Bethel Music.

9. A song that you can dance to

The Rattlin’ Bog, (Sung by the Fenians), and¬†Dance with Me, by Paul Wilbur.

10. A song that makes you fall asleep

Angel Eyes, by Jim Brickman. We used to listen to this album nearly every night when we went to sleep, so now it makes me sleepy whenever I hear it. A certain part of it also makes me think of a song in a cartoon movie we used to watch… But that’s another story.

11. A song from your favorite band

This Is Your Time, by Michael W. Smith. Favorite singer, not favorite band, but still… (And I just decided he was my favorite singer. So. It might change in the near future.)

12. A song from a band you hate

I don’t really hate any bands. So… Can’t really answer this one.

13. A song that is a guilty pleasure

Uuuuuuuhhhh… None…? I can’t think of any, anyways.

14. A song that no one would expect you to love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s8MDNFaGfT4 *

15. A song that describes you

I don’t think there’s one specific song that can describe me…¬†But this is my unofficial themesong:¬†Where There is Faith, by 4Him.

16. A song that you used to love but now hate

After the Last Tear Falls, by Andrew Peterson. I wouldn’t say I hate it, but it annoys me…¬†It’s a nice song, but… Have I ever mentioned that I get annoyed by anything that repeats? Well, I do.

Also, when my sister Athelas likes music… It repeats. ūüėõ

17. A song you often hear on the radio

If We’re Honest, by Francesca Battistelli.

18. A song you wish you heard on the radio

The Best Song Ever, by Chris Rice. xP

19. A song from your favorite album

I don’t think I have a favorite album… Sorry, folks. ūüėõ

20. A song you listen to when you’re angry

Uh… Well, there’s this game called¬†Music Catch, and it has really good music. I play it more for the music than for the game. It’s a really simple game, but the music is really calming.

21. A song you listen to when you’re happy

Judges, by The Fabulous Bentley Brothers (from What’s in the Bible?).

22. A song you listen to when you’re sad

There are a plethora of these. Most of them I’ve already listed in this post.

23. A song you want to play at your wedding

I can’t say that I’ve thought about it… A bunch… But.¬†I Will Be Here, by Steven Curtis Chapman.

24. A song you want to play at your funeral

… Do I get to choose this…? Maybe¬†The Martyr’s Song, by Todd Agnew. I’ve been liking Todd Agnew a lot recently, for some reason.

25. A song that makes you laugh

Somethin’ Takes Over, by First Call. This isn’t a very good recording, but it was the only one I could find on Youtube… Here’s the lyrics.

26. A song you can play on an instrument

… I can play “What Child is This” on a keyboard… But… No. I can’t actually read notes… The electric keyboard taught me how to play it.

27. A song you wish you could play

Electro Swing, by Stepan Grystay. Apparently I really like this style, but I only recently discovered it. I also really, really like cellos, but I couldn’t think of any specific¬†songs I want to play on one.

28. A song in a foreign language that you like

Yesh Tikvah, by Benny Friedman. The video’s a little weird in a couple places, but the song makes me bounce (Athelas finds this hilarious).

29. A song from your childhood

Shake This Planet, by Planet Shakers. That and VeggieTales songs.

30. Your favorite song this time last year

Never Alone, by Barlowgirl.

I actually don’t know if this was my favorite song¬†exactly¬†this time last year, but it was my favorite song at some point last year.


Well, again, I’m not going to tag anyone, so that you don’t feel obligated to do it (because this took a¬†lot of time to fill out), but if you follow my blog, feel free to be tagged! (You can also use my picture that I made for the top of the post, if you want, or make your own, or… Whatever.)


* I feel like I need to explain this. Waaaay back in NaNoWriMo 2011 ( I like to think it was a really, really long time ago, and my writing is entirely different than that first novel), I used a site called Write or Die, which uses sounds to punish you when you stop writing, or reward you when you continue. (You can also have it delete your words after a certain amount of time not spent writing, but it took the second NaNo to work up my courage enough to do this.) Anyways. “Peanut Butter Jelly Time!” was one of the punishments. You can guess that it worked brilliantly, since I decided I liked the song… And, no, I don’t like peanut butter and jelly.


What’s your favorite song? How about a song from your childhood?

Also, how many of these songs did you know?

(Also, while you’re looking at blogs, Katie Grace has a giveaway¬†on her blog until the 22nd!)

The Get to Know Me Challenge

The Get to Know Me Challenge

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‚ÄĒ‚ÄĒShalom, readers! Today I’m participating in The Get to Know Me Tag! (Though I’m calling it a challenge. *nod* Because it sounds cool.) Many thanks to Rachael (or Rayray, as I call her) for tagging me. ūüôā


 

Vital Stats

Name: Weeeell, I don’t do real names over the internet, but Faith really is my middle name, and the name which I go by all over the internet… And I tend to think of myself as Faith quite often, so I count it as my name. ūüėõ

Nicknames: Uh… None? Faith’s a pretty short name. And I actually don’t have any nicknames in person, which, come to think of it, is slightly odd, since I have a pretty long name…

Well. There was one time with a sort-of nickname which was really a joke, but if someone called me that, they had better be prepared for the full force of my eyebrows (very scary, you know).

Place of Birth: Texas. xP We don’t live there any more, though.

Star sign: Eh… Nope. Not something I support. Although, maybe this is mine: *


 

Firsts

Best friend: My first best friend… Hmmm… Well, I don’t really pick favorite friends.

Award: Hmph. Well, there was one time I won first place at the county fair for a picture frame that I painted… A long time ago… And there was only one other thing in the section it was competing in…

Sport: I’ve never really done sports. Can’t swim. Can’t run. Can’t ride dragons… Pretty much sums it up.

Real holiday: Does my zero-eth birthday count? If not, then Thanksgiving was my first holiday, even though I don’t remember it. The first holiday I remember would have to be my birthday. I think my seventh? Yeah. I have a horrible memory.

Concert: I’ve actually never been to a concert. There was one time that a group of Southern Gospel singers came to the church we were going to at the time, but I don’t even remember the name of their band, sooooo… I don’t think it counts.


 

Favorites

Film: Uuuuuh… I don’t know. I don’t like a lot of movies, honestly. There aren’t many clean movies with a good plot and characters… I like Princess and the Pea (the animated retelling¬†from 2002). It has largely impacted my view of romances since I was little.

TV Show: I don’t really have a favorite TV show either.

Color: Orange, of course! Aren’t you looking at my blog theme right now?

Song: Martyr’s Song, by Todd Agnew. My favorite song frequently changes, though.

Books: Yay! You can do more than one favorite! I’d say A Time to Die and A Time to Speak, by Nadine Brandes, and then… Firefight, by Brandon Sanderson. It’s the second book in The Reckoners Series, which starts with Steelheart.


Currently

Feeling: Slightly amused. And a tad bit hungry. *smells pizza*

Single or taken: Single, as¬†far as marriage goes, but taken (by someone I like to call… Well, GOD.)

Eating: Nothing, but soon I’ll be eating pizza. *grin*

Watching:¬†These words. Right here. The ones I’m typing.

Wearing: A purple shirt with gold butterflies and a jean skirt. I’m also barefoot (yay!).


 

Future

Want Children: Sometimes… Sometimes I don’t. ūüėõ I guess we’ll see, won’t we?

Want to be married: “Sometimes… Sometimes I don’t. ūüėõ I guess we’ll see, won’t we?” ‚ÄĒ¬†FaithSong [See post “The Get to Know Me Challenge.”]

Careers in mind: I honestly have no idea. At the moment, writing and drawing are pretty much the only things I’m passable at, so perhaps I’ll turn one of those into a career, but I would probably have to work on the side (unless I become super-famous and make lots of money selling my works).

Where you want to live: Heaven. *nod* Enough said.


Do You Believe In

GOD: Is this seriously a question? Yes. Absolutely, without a doubt.

Miracles: *points to the previous answer*

Love at first sight:  Nope.

Ghosts: Not really.

Aliens: … I am not ruling out that possibility.

Soul Mates: The dictionary says a soul mate is “a person ideally suited to another as a close friend or romantic partner.” So, by that definition, yeah, sure I do. But I don’t think there’s one specific person in the whole world that each person should marry, nor do I think that there is one person that each person can marry and have it just “work.” I think it’ll take work from¬†both people.

Not that I have any experience in this matter, though. ūüėõ

Heaven: Um, yes. Definitely.

Hell: Well, without it, Jesus’ death would have been pointless. Absolutely I believe in heaven and hell both.

Kissing on the first Date: Eh, no. Not ’til you’re married.

Yourself: *pinches arm* I think I’m real, yeah. *nod* Pretty sure, anyways.


 

Well, I’m not going to tag anyone, so that no one feels obligated to post it, but if you want to do this tag, feel free! *waves* Tally ho, mellon!


 

Did you find out anything about me that you didn’t know? Just curious. Tell me in the comments!

 

2015 Blog Summary And Special Thanks

2015 Blog Summary And Special Thanks

Shalom, mellons!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. I am here to give you a sumary, and thank a few special people.

 

Click here to see the complete report.

I’d like to thank Natasha Roxby, Katie Grace, and Joeltheman for being faithful commenters. Thank you! *showers orange glitter everywhere*

The number of posts is, sadly, very small, but I am planning on focusing on my blog more in 2016. xP

Also, Merry Christmas! And Happy (not quite) New Year!

The Power of an Example

The Power of an Example

The Power of an EXAMPLE

Shalom, mellons. Today is my dad’s birthday! Since much of this post is about him, I decided to post it today.

I got baptized recently, and when filling out the form to get baptized at my church, I was supposed to write the reason I wanted to get baptized. As the beginning to my story, I said something along the lines of,

“I’ve been a Christian since I was eight years old, but I only recently learned what it was to give my¬†whole life to GOD.”

I had a fire woken in me recently to serve the Lord, and that’s because of many things. First of all, and most importantly, GOD’s hand working in my heart. But He did it through many things.

One of which was the book, A Time to Die. ¬†Since I’ve already written a review (though not too in-depth) of A Time to Die, I will write this post about the other major thing which made¬†me decide to give my whole life to Him to do with it what He pleases.

The Power of an Example.

Several examples, actually.

Recently, I’ve seen a change come over my family. It was not all of a sudden, but it was very certain.

In the past… few months, I think, the television has come on less in my parent’s room, we have started going to a Bible Study, and I often hear my parents talking about the Bible and things related to it. Almost every night, that’s what happens instead of the television coming on. My parents read the Bible, or they talk about it. My sister Athelas went through and read the Bible all the way from beginning to end, and my sister Caiti has been going to a different Bible study, in addition to the one that the whole family goes to. And the most important thing is… I’ve noticed a difference.

My family is happier. We talk, actually talk more. My parents have drawn closer to each other, and to us children. My parents and the older children actually stayed up until past midnight talking about the Bible. And as I watched my dad talk about it, I was stunned, because I could see something I had never noticed before.

He cared so much about what he was saying. His eyes were alight, and his voice was hushed with the awe of what he was saying. I saw the same thing in Athelas a few nights ago.

I actually asked my mom about a question I had about the Bible, and as she explained it, I could see a calm, steady attitude which was very reassuring.

I have also noticed my younger brothers and sisters copying my strengths, as well as my flaws. They look to me to see what they should be doing, and what they see is what they do. It’s a huge responsibility that I don’t think about near enough.

And this is why I am writing this post. I have seen recently the amazing, and sometimes terrifying power that you can have over the people around you.

A change has come over me recently which I can’t account for, except to say that GOD used everything around me, the people especially,¬†to change me, to¬†replace the scorching fire of fear in my heart with an ever-burning, never-consuming fire of faith.

And that, my friend, is the power of an example.