Monday, February 5, 2018

God of Details

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I love it when what I think of as a dry passage in the Bible comes to life
   Recently, I started studying the book of Matthew. It started, of course, with Jesus' genealogy, and I was tempted to skip it. But something, the Holy Spirit I believe, told me not to.
    At first, it was just a list of fathers and sons, many with names I couldn't pronounce. But then I came to verse sixteen.

"Jacob was the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Mary gave birth to Jesus, who is called the Messiah."
~ Matthew 1:16

And it just kind of hit me that God had specifically picked a descendant of David to be Jesus' earthly father, and He didn't have to.  Mary was also a descendant of David, so that fulfilled the prophecy.
   But God knew the Jews traced family lines through the fathers, so He provided an earthly father, a descendant of David. It was just a detail, but God took care of it.
   While I was still marveling over that, the Holy Spirit spoke again and reminded me that I am also His child (Gal. 3:26). The same level of care He gave to Jesus, He gives to me. He shows the same level of interest in all His children's lives, in all their details. And not just the good ones. He cares about the bad ones too.
   And because He cares about them, we shouldn't be afraid to let Him handle them. Remember, before anyone, even Mary, knew Jesus was to be born, God took care of the details.


Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Swapping Guest Posts

So a friend and I are swapping blog posts today about short story retelling of Snow White we wrote for Rooglewood Press. Kendra is awesomeness in ink by the way. So have fun and then hop over to her blog to read my post there.

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Greetings and solutions! Kendra E. Ardnek here, of Knitted By God’s Plan, here
to talk about a recent writing foray of mine - The Seven Drawers, which is a
retelling of Snow White, written for the Rooglewood Five Poison Apples contest.

I was initially stumped with an idea for this fairy tale, but then my sister gave me
the title … and I ran with it.

So, basic gist - my main character, Jennifer, had to use a set of drawers to
hop between parallel realms to win back seven objects of power from her
stepmother, in order to take her rightful place as queen after her father’s death.
I’m going to talk about those seven objects here, and why I chose them.

So, first off, and obviously, I had the mirror. Called
the Mirror of Sight, this looking glass can show the holder whatever they wish to
see. I think my favorite use for it over the course of the book is that she
summoned an image of the sun to use as a flashlight at one point.

 Now, the next few items weren’t so obvious at a first glance at the fairy tale, but I was really looking to break down and examine the elements of the story. And the next act was the Huntsman. I think I briefly considered the knife … but I ultimately decided instead to focus on the box that he was supposed to put Snow’s heart in to take back to the queen.

Dubbed the Amore Box, this box functions similarly to the Love Magnet that the
Shaggy Man wields in the Oz books. In short, it promotes positive feelings
towards the wielder and dispels fear and hatred.

Now, the next act was Snow White finding the cottage in the woods and cleaning it up with the help of the wildlife. And so I considered a magical mop bucket for a moment … and then decided to focus on the wildlife instead.

I don’t know if this flute has a name … but its music commands birds to do the player’s bidding. Like clean a house. Or force your stepdaughter to clean the house. Whichever one you prefer.

And then I moved on to the dwarves … and was promptly stumped. I really wanted something to represent them, but there wasn’t anything particularly obvious presenting itself. And then I called to mind what little I remembered about the Disney movie. An image of Dopey staring through some diamonds. And I knew I had my fourth item.

The Diamond of Wealth generates more jewels and coin and, in general, makes the owner rather rich. Quite convenient. Not something you want a dragon getting a hold of. Oh wait…

Then I was finally back into obvious territory … and was faced with a choice. The stepmother makes two failed attempts on Snow White’s life - once with ribbons tied to tight around the girl’s waist, and the second time with a poisoned comb. While I liked both of them, I decided to go with the comb, as it seemed slightly more iconic to me.

The Comb of Beauty basically allows the wearer to manipulate the physical appearance. Straightforward.

And then we came to the most obvious part of the fairy tale - the poisoned apple. I knew I had to handle it right - and decided to make it an apple from the Tree of Life. Won’t say anything more than that on it, though!

 And, finally … the fairy tale ends with Snow white trapped in a glass coffin. So I decided to make the final object a key that fits any lock so she could get out of there.

And that’s a glimpse into my logic. Feel free to come over to my blog to see the post that RoXie did about the characters of her book. Also, The Seven Drawers was far from my first foray into the realm of Fairy Tales. My debut, Sew, It’s a Quest, was a lively romp through several tales, and it’s free for kindle!

And, yes, I’m terribly addicted to puns and plays on words. Kendra out!

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Vat! An apple from the tree of life? Kendra, you're a genius. Why didn't I think of that?


Tuesday, January 2, 2018

2018 Goals

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Okay... hello, brave new year. I'm not ready for you. But you're here now; you're here to stay. I guess I better accept you.... It may take time. Please be patient.

(Two hours)

I think I've accepted you. A little. At least enough to have dreams for you. Want to hear them?
  1. Graduate High School ~ Um... what? Graduate? Really? Okay. I guess we can do that. *screams for mommy!*
  2. Rewrite Inking Adventures ~ Should I even call it that? I don't know if the title still fits. Only one way to find out!
  3. Finish draft one of Lady Bloodhawk ~ Yes, I have another WIP. This one's a futuristic sci-fi type, I guess. But I won't know until I finish it.
  4. Publish The Kingdom of Fire and Ice ~ Technically I have to complete this goal to fulfill Goal 1, but I'm really liking this schoolwork.
  5. Do a short hair series ~ See I just chopped my hair to above my shoulders, so none of my usual styles work. So I have to learn some new ones. Lucky y'all.
And that's about it. Not much, but they're all challenging. Especially Goals 1-3. But we'll see how I do in December.

Welcome 2018

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

2017 Goals... Completed?

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So the first post this year had a list of my goals for 2017. Let's see how I did....

1. Do a series on writing  Yes
    I did do this (see Write it Right Series), and it was fun. But I don't think I'm done with it yet. Just taking a break.

2. Do three braid series   No
   Wow. Did I really say three? That was ambitious. I did do the Waterfall Braid Series but not the Basic braid series or the Disney one. So 1/3 success rate, which equals... fail.

3. Do at least fifty posts   No
   Somebody kill my ambition because I obviously have way too much. I only posted twenty-nine times (counting this post) which is a 2/3 success rate. Still fail.

4. Do my best to publish Inkling Adventures  Um... No, BUT
   DID. NOT. HAPPEN. In fact, it's sitting in the corner, waiting for a complete rewrite. BUT I did write a Snow White Retelling, Day and Night, and a novel, The Kingdom of Fire and Ice. So I'd call that a productive year writing-wise.

Maybe I'll do better with my 2018 goals, yeah?

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Three Posts 2017

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Hard to believe it's that time of the year again. Time to wrap up 2017 and get ready for 2018. And of course, I begin with which posts y'all loved most. So here goes....

Part of my (maybe) ongoing series,  I love this style and the bonus at the end. Also it's easy and would be great for the holidays.


Probably my favorite character interview to date. Matthew is a blast, and Twisted Dreams is fascinating.

I think it's funny that a post that almost didn't exist is the most popular this year. Go figure.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Words of Ink

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I stare at words of ink,
Trying to say what I think.
The words stuck in my mind,
They don't fall into line.
Use this one or that one?
Should I leave them alone?
Is my story any good?
Have I told it as I should?

I stare at words of ink,
Trying to say what I think.
The words stuck in my mind,
I can't keep them in line.
Shouldn't have used that one;
Should have left them alone.
My story isn't any good;
Haven't told it as I should.

I stare at words of ink,
Trying to say what I think.
The words stuck in my mind
Need help staying in line.
Use this one or that one?
Can't decide all one.
My story may be good,
If I seek help as I should.

I stare at words of ink,
Trying to say what I think.
The words stuck in my mind,
God will bring into line.
Use this one or that one?
I'll learn from Him alone.
My story will be good;
He makes me be all I should.