A snippet from Timothy’s Adventures

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Chapter 2

Shyly Benjamin added, “At school, it’s easier to stay in a big group or avoid them, but it’s hard when we have to walk past their house on the way to church. Often they are walking to church at the same time.”

Paul thought for a few minutes. “Can you think of any Bible stories that might help us?”

Timothy looked at Benjamin and then at Paul, and answered almost to himself, “David and Goliath?”

Paul smiled. “Well, that is definitely a situation where a godly man deals with a big bully. What example does he give us that might help?”

Timothy’s eyes got big as he looked in shock from Paul to Benjamin and back at Paul. “You want me to take a slingshot to school?”

Paul chuckled. “No, I don’t think that would be a good idea, do you?” Timothy and Benjamin shook their heads no. “But there is something David did every time he had to face bullies. Can you think of what it was? Actually, there are five things he did!”

Timothy and Benjamin thought hard. “Hmm.” Timothy looked at Benjamin, who shook his head and slowly shrugged his shoulders. Timothy tilted his head, scratched his curly brown hair, and said, “Hmm, we know the story, but all I remember is the slingshot.”

Paul grinned, reached over to the shelf, and pulled out a Bible storybook. He flipped through it till he came to the story of David and Goliath. As Paul read the story, Timothy and Benjamin listened closely and shared with Paul all the different ways David dealt with the big bully, Goliath.

After Paul finished reading the story, he put the book back on the shelf. Timothy smiled at Benjamin. “Whew, I was scared at first. Mom wouldn’t have been happy about a slingshot. Talking to people like a teacher or Mom for advice and praying are what Daddy and Poppa would have wanted!” Benjamin nodded his head as he played with his cross.chapter 2

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Who would’ve thought…

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Here I am again with no writing update this week. This time I have a great excuse because we adopted two rescue kittens and they’re more work than I remembered! Either that or I am old.Everyone I would like you to meet Theo and Felix, two brothers from a high kill centre where they are overflowing with kittens, making their life expectancy a month after intake.Who would’ve thought that having a 2lbs and 3lbs kitten running around the house would be so disruptive?They’ve adjusted to us faster than we have them. I can’t leave the room without them crying and running around looking for me. If I ignore them when they want my attention, they will climb up me and snake around my neck. When I try to write or read the lay on the book or chew the pen. Typing this is interesting, because one is chasing my fingers while the other one is chasing the curser and letters across the screen.In an effort to save my sanity, for the rest of July, I will repost some excerpts from my devotional books, and with any luck, I will have a writing update on my fantasy book come August! I hope you enjoy the excerpts from my devotional books, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments.

I’m excited!

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I’m bubbling over with excitement, and no it’s not because my husband is on holidays.

Don’t get me wrong I love summer holidays, but my husband is an extreme introvert who prefers staycations, where I’m an ambivert (introverted extrovert) who loves to travel and experience everything. We live in a big world with so much to see and do, and I want to see it all. My husband goes from point A to B with no stops in between, where I go A, c, e, d, b!

So what has me so excited then?

I have two reasons! One, we are adopting two kittens this week, (pictures to come) and on July 9th, I find out if we’re getting puppies! My breeder’s dam will have her ultrasound on the 9th, and I can hardly wait! You may remember that in December we lost our beautiful Akita Tala and then in January we lost our handsome cat, Socrates. The house has been so cold and empty without our furbabies.

In the meantime, I am grateful to have my writing to keep me occupied and grounded. Looking around, I realized that the house isn’t kitty and puppy proof, I also so I have tons of work to do. I have my query and synopsis to work on. I’ve sent them to my mentor for critiquing, so now I wait on pins and needles. Seriously though, I love editing and seeing my work develop by leaps and bounds and working with my mentor Kate has improved and sharpened my writing.

Hopefully I will hear from her this week about my finished WIP, yikes! In the meantime, I will jump back into writing my new WIP, which is good because I left the children sitting on the floor, stunned after an attack. Oops!

Panster or Plotter?

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No, I’m not talking about taking revenge by pulling someone’s pants down or plotting a nefarious plan. I’m talking about my preferred writing style.

A panster is someone who writes without a plot or outline, they write by the seat of their pants, they get an idea and write it, seeing where it takes them.

For those who know me, you know that I am a detail oriented person, so it would be no surprise to learn that I plot out and do detailed character profiles. I have three binders where I keep my character profiles, worldbuilding, magic system, and where I have actually done several detailed drafts of my plot outline before I start writing.

Having said that, though, I also tend to be a panster, and no this isn’t contradictory. Many authors write in both camps, making them plansters.

When I hit writer’s block, or my characters stop talking to me, I will sit my plot aside, hand the reins to my characters and see where they lead me. Often this is all it takes to get things back on track.

I allow my plot and characters to guide me while I tell my story, rather than being held captive by my plot or characters. This is true for my life too, I have my goals, plans, or programs, but if I feel the Spirit guiding me somewhere else I have no problems letting go and seeing where I’m led!

So are you a plotter, panster, or planster?

Update and Funny Story

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Despite being on the road for three days for my son’s graduation, I managed to get some research done on agents and how to write query letters. I even managed to get a draft done that I can work with!I will be working on my synopsis this coming week in and around helping my son pack to move across the country. At first, I approached writing my synopsis as a dreaded task, but then a brilliant writer in the writing community on Twitter pointed out that it would help me write my back cover blurb!What a great way to put a positive spin on such a daunting task.Funny story:On the way home from the grad, we were sitting on the top deck of the ferry reading, when a young BC ferry worker came over to invite us to watch a marine presentation that she would be hosting in five minutes.As we slowly pulled our noses out of our books, she laughed and said, “oh you’re reading books, that’s even better.”I think the poor girl was shocked that we weren’t on our phones.When you’re killing time on the ferry or waiting for appointments, how do you spend your time? When I’m alone I write, when I’m with my son, we usually play crib.

What’s the difference? A books a book, right?

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Do you know why I call Timothy’s Adventures and Kaylee’s Adventures devotional books and not a collection of short stories?

There is actually a big difference between a novel, a collection of short stories, and a devotional book. Timothy’s Adventures and Kaylee’s Adventures are devotional books, where my new work in progress is a fantasy novel.

Often misunderstandings happen because people are not using the same definitions to define a word. So here are the definitions that I used when prayerfully choosing how to market Kaylee’s Adventures and Timothy’s Adventures.

A book as defined by a quick Google search:

1) A written or printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together along one side and bound in covers.

2) A bound set of blank sheets for writing or keeping records in.

I would define a book as a collection of pages that may be either bound and printed or kept together in e-format. These pages may contain non-fiction, fiction, pictures, puzzles; abstract lines (as in accounting) as their content or the pages may be blank (as in journals).

A story as defined by a quick Google search:

1) An account of imaginary or real people and events told for entertainment.

2) An account of past events in someone’s life or in the evolution of something.

Google defined a short story as a story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel.

Google defined a novel as a fictitious prose narrative of book length, typically representing character and action with some degree of realism.

Merriam Webster defined a novel as an invented prose narrative that is usually long and complex and deals especially with human experience through a usually connected sequence of events.

Which brings us to defining a devotional. Google defined a devotional as: of or used in religious worship.

This definition, however, is not very useful in the context of my devotional books.

Merriam Webster defined devotional as:

1) Of, relating to, or characterized by devotion

2) A short worship service

Once again this definition was not very useful. Given these definitions, I decided to ask myself how I would define a Christian devotional.

For me, Christian devotionals are for personal edification and to assist with spiritual formation. A devotional may be read on its own or alongside the Bible. They have some form of prayer and meditation to guide the reader’s thoughts and prayers.

My devotional books are a collection of short story devotionals. Each chapter may stand alone as a devotional taking advantage of the valuable parent/child discussion time. Or you may choose to read the devotionals as part of an ongoing sequence.

I shared in another blog post that my son was often disappointed that his devotionals always had different characters. He was sad that he never got to know the characters, which made it harder for him to relate to them. I found he always wanted to know more, his little mind imagining the rest of the story.

For this reason, I’ve written my devotional books so that children may connect with the characters and their friends. This allows for a meaningful connection with real life and the scriptures.

My new books are middle grade fantasy novels! Something completely new and exciting for me. I loved writing the first one so much that I’ve already started the second one.

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Emotional week

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My mind was an emotional roller coaster this past week. I came home from church on the 26th to the news that my Aunt passed away without any warnings.

I struggled with flying to Ontario to be with my mom or flying to the Northern Interior to be with my cousins. As it was, I stayed put and tried to support everyone the best I can from here. It’s times like this when I regret living in this big beautiful country of ours.

My son and I set aside one day to sort and purge our old camping equipment and outside toys. Although it was cathartic in many ways, it was also a trip down memory lane for me. My son and I did a ton of camping (including winter camping) when he was younger. My heart wanted to be in the bush with him camping and having a campfire, but my health won’t allow it anymore.

Early one morning, I did force myself to sit down and work on some editing that I wanted to do on chapters one and two of my new work in progress, only to have my old laptop act up. By grace alone, I managed to get it working again without losing anything or waking anyone who was still sleeping! After that nightmare, I did take a few extra precautions so that if it happened again, I wouldn’t freak out quite so bad! I think it’s time to invest in a new laptop and Scrivener.

On a positive note, while doing my edits, it sparked some changes for my finished novel, which is good since I’m still sitting here on pins and needles waiting to hear back from beta readers. I am really excited for my mentor to read my book! I can’t wait to work with her, I want my writing to be the best I can make it.

I declared Saturday a reading day because I needed a self-care day, but Sunday I was back at the writing/editing whilst sitting outside.

Do any of you write outside? I ask because I am hoping I’m not the only one with a writer burn!

Here’s hoping my burn fades fast so that I can wear normal clothes for my son’s graduation ceremony!