I knew when I took the job that it was temporary, and I knew that I was going to work with some amazing people. I was not prepared for how much God would use the job to grow me. I feel as if in the last three months I have gained three years of spiritual and character maturity. I have connected with some amazing people, and made some amazing memories.
While I will stay involved with Austin Disaster Relief Network, I won't be there everyday of the week. I will be getting back to my writing and blogging, and that is a bitter-sweet feeling.
I never know where God's plans for my life will take me next, but as I have discovered in the last few months, they can move very quickly. I have been very blessed by my time at ADRN and look forward to seeing what God has next in my life.
It started last year...
A writing friend and I were talking about contests, Jane Austen, and group projects and then it happened: we decided to do it!
For the past few months I have been working with Kelsey, Sarah, Rebekah, Emily, Laura, and cover designer Hannah to create a series of books.
The seires? A set six books that retell the Jane Austen novels, set in America 1930's. I am very excited to say that I have had the honor of writing the Emma book which I have titled...
But this isn't all! You can be part of this project too! We are adding a seventh book to the series. A short story collection that you can be part of! Check out the details here:
Stay tuned for more details!
Last week was a bit hard if you hadn't guessed. My sister Rose had to make a hard but courageous decision, and I was very emotional on her behalf. I used some of the pent up emotions to write some blog posts, and a few people contacted me, with kind words of encouragement.
Before everyone thought that I was over here very depressed, I wanted to tell you that this week has been full of wonderful blessings already.
It started off with a weekend that was restful and full of deep, godly conversations.
The last two days at work have been less stressful and more productive from the week before.
I have been blessed with wonderful communications from friends near and far.
I have been blessed by a dozen small things so that all I really have to say is:
Thank you Lord for your many blessings!
Need another book to last you for the rest of summer? This month, I am putting some of my kindle books for free! Shall we start with one set in the Middle Ages?
I still remember, as I was going through a very difficult time in my life, writing The Destiny of a Galaxy. So many emotions got poured into that book, even though very little of that book reflects what was really going on in my heart. However, I still remembering being in the middle of editing one of the chapters the book and finding myself weeping. There is still something about that chapter (chapter 16, for those of you who wanted to know) that evokes deep, bitter-sweet emotion within me. While that book holds the deepest of emotional connections, it is not the only one.
Adventures and Adversities explored and answered much of the doubt I was feeling at the time I was writing it.
Joseph of Arimathea was a victory celebration over my doubt.
One of my latest posts here on courage was the outpouring of a lot of emotion.
Often, when I cannot release what I am feeling in tears, I release it in words. The words I write become my tears and a release for the pain I hold inside. For this reason and others, when people ask me how I write, I often answer: “For the same reason I breathe: I have to.”
What is a book that has made you cry, or what book have you written that holds many of your tears?