April 2011 - further up and further in

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Script Frenzy = Won

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Script Frenzy = Won

Saturday, April 23, 2011

ransomed for Love

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ransomed for Love
He became sin, who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled himself and carried the cross

Love so amazing, love so amazing

Jesus Messiah, name above all names
Blessed redeemer, Emmanuel
The rescue for sinners, the ransom from Heaven
Jesus Messiah, Lord of all

Yesterday was a good Friday. Literally. And the magnitude of everything that happened on Easter really hit me hard.

I was ransomed by love. I was ransomed for love. So that I may love God and be loved in return.

Love so amazing...

If not for him, I wouldn't have love.

I wouldn't have light, or hope.

I wouldn't have Christ.

And the fact that I do have him, the fact that I'm ransomed for love, well...

That's something beautiful.

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying:

“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.
-Jeremiah 31:3

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Yes, We're Writing a Screenplay

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Yes, We're Writing a Screenplay


So, I guess I forgot to tell you (officially) about Script Frenzy. Yes, I am writing a screenplay with my Pip, my aka amazing hobbit friend, and yes, we are going to make it to 100 pages. Yes, we are 16 pages away. Yes, I'm loving it.

Yes, our script stinks, and no, it's not going to be the next blockbuster hit. Yes, we have the best characters ever. No, I do not know where our plot is going. Why do you ask?

Yes, I did doubt whether we could write a script in a month, and yes, I was wrong. No, we aren't going to act out our script. That would be fun, but albeit difficult because our two main characters are guys. (And no, the men in this picture are not them.)

Yes, the script is called the Romantic Plot Trasher, and no, it's not romantic anymore - the romance died in the first few scenes. Literally. Instead, it's now a thriller revolving around hidden secrets and a missing children's book, not to mention a nine-year-old named Damian who thinks he rules the world.

Yes, I still have to add a Script Frenzy button to my sidebar, and no, I can't do that right now since the SF site is down. But yes, you can keep up with our progress once the site is functioning again. Yes, this link might just take you to our SF profile.

Yes, we are at 16 pages, and yes, I am excited. Yes, I love screenwriting! Do you?

Yes, I do.


Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Meet Reese - A Beautiful People Post

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Meet Reese - A Beautiful People Post
Beautiful People was formed one day when Georgie and I were talking and realized what a great thing it was to ask questions about your characters. I said to her, "We should start a blog meme-thing." And she said, "Okay."

Hence, Beautiful People was born.

If you haven't joined yet, you can do so here. I must confess that after reading all of your submissions (which are fanTASTIC, by the way), I feel a little insecure about sharing my character with you this month. She's not nearly as epic as your characters seem, but I love her anyway.

Meet Reese.

Reese is the main character of the first novel I ever finished, appropriately titled Reese's Pieces. She's pretty much based off of me, although there are some things that are different about her. She's one of the wackiest, most sarcastic, most hilarious characters I've ever written, if I do say so myself. (She's got my amount of sarcasm times a million.)

Her style looks a little like this:

Let's do it!

1. How old is he/she?

16 in the first half of the book, 17 in the second. :P

2. What does he/she do with his/her spare time?

In her spare time, Reese likes to write poetry, daydream, hang out with her best friend Addi, go to the music store with her brother Justin, hang out with her pseudo-older brother Ben, and take road trips in her olive green van.

3. Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment?

Reese is the type of person to live in the moment, but she wonders what the future is like. So in a way, she has a little bit of both. She does have the tendency to worry (who am I kidding? I do it too), but most of the time, she likes to embrace the present.

4. Is he/she a perfectionist?

Heh. Yeah. Probably.

5. What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.)

She uses a simple print style most of the time, but occasionally she'll use cursive. Her print style is round, neat, and curly. Her cursive is slanted, neat, and decorative. ;)

6. Favorite animal?

She likes baby tigers. A lot. As in, if they weren't so fierce, she'd have one as a pet.

7. Does he/she have any pets?

Reese doesn't have any pets in the first book, but this just gave me an idea for the sequel! Since she can't get a baby tiger, I think she'll get a tiny kitten named Mocha.

8. Does he/she have any siblings? How many? Where does he/she fit in?

Reese has two siblings - her older, married sister Laney, and her 20-something brother, Justin. Reese is the youngest, and is the only one still at home, although she and Justin have a close relationship. Her brother-in-law is named Chris. She also has an almost-brother named Ben, who is Justin's best friend. Then she has two almost-sisters - Janae, and Reese's best friend Addi.
...She has a lot of unbiological siblings. :P

9. Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it?

I know this is going to sound cliche and overused, but it truly is Jeremiah 29:11. I was learning the meaning of that verse around the time I was writing Reese's Pieces, so it kind of wove itself into my writing.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Reese doesn't know the future, but most of the time, she remembers that God has plans for her - good plans. And that's all she needs to know. Kind of like Owl City says...
"I don't need a telescope to see that there's hope, and that makes me feel brave."

(If only I could take that to heart more easily!)

10. Favorite writing utensil?

She loves black pens with really slick writing gel. I don't know what you call them. Gel pens, probably?

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Beautiful People - Round Two!!

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Beautiful People - Round Two!!
Hey everyone! Welcome back to April's Edition of Beautiful People! It appears that last time, our blog thing was a hit. I'm super-excited to show you the newest questions. If you're not sure what exactly I'm talking about... well, bear with me.

Some of you know how this works already, but here's the rundown...

Every month, Georgie and I will post a list of questions that you can answer about your characters. We'll answer them too, about our characters. You can come back here and link up with your posts, and let others read about your characters too! While it will be super fun to read about others' characters, this meme is mainly for YOU to learn about your characters. You can either pick one character to write about every month, or do different characters each time. (That's what I'm going to do.) I already answered all the questions for one of my characters, Avary, in this post here, just in case you want to see the master list.

For the first few months, we'll be using questions that were submitted by my readers about Avary. We'll be doing them a few at a time, so if you don't see your question here, look for it in the following month. And don't forget to give a big thank you to those who submitted questions! This month's questions were submitted by Emily & Lily. Thanks, guys!

This month, you get to ask your character these questions. Have fun with it, and don't forget to link up! We want to hear about your characters too. :)

1. How old is he/she?
2. What does he/she do with his/her spare time?
3. Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment?
4. Is he/she a perfectionist?
5. What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.)
6. Favorite animal?
7. Does he/she have any pets?
8. Does he/she have any siblings? How many? Where does he/she fit in?
9. Does he/she have a 'life verse' and if so what is it?
10. Favorite writing utensil?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

My Brain Says No... My Heart Says Yes

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My Brain Says No... My Heart Says Yes
disclaimer: This blog post was composed by sitting and just typing until the words that came out even remotely resembled a sentence. ;)

^ Do you know what this means?

It means... I am blessed.

I never expected to get to 50 followers. I would see blogs with 50 followers or more, and think, "how did they get that far?"

And now I'm wondering the same thing about myself.

All I can say is, thank you! Thank you all for being so awesome. *HUGS!*

The sky is a really pretty shade of blue right now, and I have a headache. I want to write something epic... something amazing. Like, something about Avary and her epic quest to save the world. The problem with that story is, I'm not sure where to begin. My dad told me, "whatever you do, don't start at the beginning." I'm still trying to figure out how to interpret that...

As far as Avary's story goes, I have half-a-plot and TONS of ideas. I even have 5-10 scenes written. But that's where the inspiration stops. I mean, I know I have half the scenes written, in fact a lot of the major plot points. But as for the in-between, as for actually starting... I have no idea what I'm doing.

Speaking of having no idea what I'm doing, Pip and I are halfway through that crazy thing called Script Frenzy (the thing that also has incapacitated my blog for a little while). We're 56 pages in, and I'm lovin' it so far. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I love it. My mind is filled with sluglines, character dialogue, actions, and how to write the perfect flashback.

And as much as I have talked about writing in this post, I really haven't been writing at all. My main project, Reese's Pieces book 2, is at a stand still, at least for now until I can actually find time to write. *sigh*

I have a bunch of blog post ideas, but I've been modding and writing and living life. Plus, I have been getting over my allergies, and my pain level has been really high this week. Even now I have a headache.

By the time I'm done typing this, the sky is an even deeper, more beautiful shade of blue. I'm looking out at the streetlight, and I am going to eat some chocolate cheesecake. Adios. :D

...Maybe. We have to thaw it out first. Microwave, anyone?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Excuse me while I burst into song...

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Excuse me while I burst into song...
I woke up with this song in my head this morning, and no matter how many times I hear it, I still love it. FM Static is one of my favorite bands, and this is one of my favorite songs. Ever.

We've fallen apart
Somewhere back at the start
When we thought we could fix each other
{by ourselves}
Let's get back to the part
When things weren't like they are
And we were laughing on the last train home...
{the last train home}

P.S. - I've been feeling the effects of spring allergies. Translation? Ugh. ;) Please pray that I feel better soon, if you think of it! :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

In which Tuesday acts like Monday all over again...

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In which Tuesday acts like Monday all over again...
This is the post where I apologize for not blogging.

I'm sorry for not blogging.

That said, I have been busy. Between getting new couches, driving all around town, watching Secret Millionaire, school, and babysitting, well, life has been crazy. Oh, and did I mention that I was asked to be a forum moderator on NarniaWeb.com? That was pretty much the highlight of my month. ;) I'm enjoying being a mod so much! The moderators are great, and a lot less scary now that I am one. ;) When I got a PM asking me to mod, I pretty much freaked. So here's a shout out to my NWeb peeps that read my blog. You are all amazing!

Another thing I've been doing is exploring the world of scriptwriting, with this crazy person, my Pip. We're participating in the month of craziness known as Script Frenzy. It's been pretty fun. We're at 19 pages right now, though I'm working to bring that to 20. I just got distracted and had to blog. Oops. :P Our script is going amazingly well though, and if you'd like to keep up on our progress, we have a joint account here, as well as my own on the adult SF site.

Anyway, I'll try to get back into blogging. At this point, this is going to be a short post, because for the past two days I've had an extremely bad headache. Tuesday was kind of like my Monday, except my Monday was pretty crazy-busy too, as I spent the afternoon helping little kids learn how to do public speaking. So the past couple days have been kind of hard for me. Hence the title. This weekend was fun but exhausting, because we bought a new couch and spent half the weekend running around town. Since I have chronic pain, and part of what I deal with includes chronic fatigue, it's been hard to recover from doing so much. *sigh*

Prayers would be appreciated. I've just been feeling kind of down lately, especially because of my incessant headache, so if you have any encouraging words, please leave them in a comment. :) I've missed you guys! *hugs*

So tell me, how've you been?