I PRINTED MY NOVEL! | Seek

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Ladies and gentlemen…. I PRINTED MY NOVEL, SEEK!! Here’s a video of me opening it, with my family. Ahh!

 

I used Lulu and Canva- and this tutorial by Sarah saved my life, haha, so if you wanna print your book (YESSS you do, you have to!) I’d recommend following her tutorial haha.

It is so pretty, y’all! It looks even better in real life. 😀 I used pictures of my ’69 Ford truck all around, and the fonts and all didn’t clip and they turned out nice! Whoohoo! Also: it smells good. Oh my gosh, that was important to me haha!

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Seek!

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Front cover and thickness

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back cover!

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I am SO, SO grateful for Yahweh and my family and friends. The Lord has showed me so much writing Seek- He taught me how to forgive, how to keep moving, and how to have faith. Seeking God can be hard, but that is life. ♥ Yahweh is always Good! My family has always been there for me, always encouraging me and cheering me on when I got in the mud. My family is so excited to read my novel- and they are! Whoa! Yes, I got two copies of Seek so I could edit one, while my family reads the other. Am I nervous? Yes. 😉 But I hope they like it, and help me tackle it with my red pen. 😛

And, I want to thank my friends. Sydney, girlie, you have been my bff and have always encouraged me and inspired me to move closer to Yahweh. Through the hard times, you’ve been there. I couldn’t ask for a kinder friend. ♥ Thank you. And for the wonderful ladies in my Camp NaNo cabins- you all have encouraged me and it was a blast to write with y’all! Thank you guys.

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Doing a mini book photoshoot, Waylon and Hank having fun. 😉

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One of the moments in my book where I cried…

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And this is what happens when I don’t know how deep a spot in the TN river would be…. 😛

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I AM READY TO HIT THIS BOOK HARD! MWUHAHA!

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Oh, you know, just chillin’ ‘n readin’- MY BOOK!

I am ecstatic. 🙂 I will probably be editing Seek while I continue to write Jump, too. Because I love them both so much. *gasps* And Jump just hit over 40,000 words this month- and I did win July Camp NaNo last month! I won at 36,000 and my goal was 20,000. So, currently, Seek and Jump are my precious novels that i am having so much fun with. 😀 Thank the Lord for dreams, because both these stories sprouted from dreams.

Well, I must go get busy. Gotta keep myself busy while my family reads my book because EEP. There’s something about seeing my book in someone’s hands… it’s incredible. I pray God uses my words and stories to touch and help others, because I know that writing has helped me grow closer to Yeshua.

I also have BIG news…. due to my Ma’s brilliance…. this will be Seek’s last edit. *screams* Yes, it is time. I will be asking for beta readers soon! Like, very soon. *gulp* I am nervous, have never done this before, and my plan was to wait- but Ma said it’s time. 😀 I will be getting a post together to share with y’all soon!

God bless!

-Ang

 

Have you printed YOUR book? If not, you gotta do it! Do you like Seek’s cover? Would you like to beta read Seek?

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Glory Be To God

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What do you do when you want something so, so bad, and it seems everyone else has it and is so happy- but you just tumble off the road and don’t reach that dream?

  One thing that was weighing heavy on me was Realm Writers. You’ve probably heard of it. It’s basically a writer’s conference for Christians, and this year, it takes place in Nevada. The best part, besides meeting awesome fellow writers (and teen writers)? Ted Dekker was a key speaker. I love Dekker. I was ecstatic to hear the news that he was speaking. Ecstatic. I was wishing and praying for about a year, just hoping, somehow, we’d get the chance to go. So I could be surrounded with epic fellow teens who love writing and are so hungry to learn.

   But, July rolled around, and taking a trip to Nevada is not happening. We just can’t do it. I was super duper bummed. Really bummed. Why? Because I thought I’d actually have a place where I sort of belonged.

  The truth is, I belong here. Here is right now, in the very place I am. And you belong exactly where you are, too.

As a writer, would I love to go to a writer’s conference? Yes. But if it is not in God’s timing, then it’s not gonna happen, and I don’t want it to. It’s OK to be upset when things don’t work out how we want them. But giving up and staying upset isn’t OK. So, what do we do?

   We realize that we are still writers. Isn’t that amazing? I mean, that’s who God made us to be. He never said; “You gotta go meet all these writer kids, and meet the authors, and go to every conference, in order to be a writer.” Our worth does not come from fame, success, or the spotlight.

  Our worth comes from Yeshua. And God gave us the gift of words, folks! We can create. Destroy. Build. Encourage. Inspire. Make others laugh. Make others cry. Touch people. How can we, as people, do that? With just 26 letters?

  We do that through the LORD. It’s God who guides our hands, our words, our voices, and it is the Lord who touches others through our writings. And we don’t have to go to the writing conventions to make an impact in this world. God will bring people into our lives He wants us to meet, and we don’t always have to go out and find them. God has a Plan. That’s pretty awesome.

    We, as writers, as artists, as musicians, as PEOPLE– have the power to help others, and hurt others. Being a writer is more than wishing to be published, to have writer friends or fans and all- being a writer is giving God the glory at all times. Being a writer is pushing on when you’re tired, and sad, and hurt, and angry; you don’t give up. You take the pain and you use it for good. This is for all people, for everyone. That’s life. It isn’t about fame and success. God doesn’t care about that. God cares about your heart. God cares about if you have total faith and trust in Him, and whether you give it your all.

    God has a plan. For you. For me. For each of us. There will be bumps in the roads, and twists and turns that we didn’t expect, and we’re gonna fall right off our scooter into a ditch. That’s cool. Get up. Get back on that scratched up scooter and keep on going. Ride for that sunset that’s waiting for you. Keep going until you see the morning sun.

  God is with us. God has given us gifts. We have the choice to use them, for the Lord’s glory and praise. Nothing can stand in our way, because Jesus is King.

  God bless.

-Ang

 

July Camp NaNo, Week 2 | Don’t Give Up

 

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This second week of Camp has been busy. Not just with writing. Life, of course, as always. But life is doing alright- God is answering prayers. He’s getting us through. Those little moments I have, when everything just crashes on me out of the blue… those are the moments I know Satan is desperate to try to make me weak, make me lose faith. Doubt, fear, despair- those are spirits that God didn’t give me. When I feel myself starting to suffocate in them- I remember that Yahweh is in full control. There is always hope.

That’s one of the themes in my book, Jump. Jump is about hope, faith, and prayer. Prayer is such a powerful weapon that God has given us- and how often to we feel like just giving up on praying? Or that maybe, our prayers, our words, fall on the brass gates of Heaven, and never reach God. That’s not the truth. Jump is about these things, but I am also showing the reality. That angels, demons- the supernatural and spiritual side of the reality we see, is very, very real.

Currently, Jump is at 18,558 words. But as I go back and change some things, who knows then. 😛 However! I talked some about Jump with my Dad, and I am gonna start on the roll again. This week was slow because I was getting some ideas together (and names. I spent like an hour trying to name the angels. Haha.), but things are getting sorted! 🙂 Better than I thought, since I had this dream on like, the 5th of this month. All the plotting is coming along in record timing. Ha. 😉

Also, a big thing that happened this week… I went outside, to hang some towels, and looked up to see the tractor rolling away. “OK…” So I rush in, yell for Dad, and we all run out. A loud crash sound. Kody and I put up Sugar Baby and Ziibi, who were ‘mowing’ the yard…

The tractor plowed through the fence. Amazingly didn’t knock over any posts (it came close!), so we fixed the fence. The tractor ran into the pond, down the steep rocky ditch, and when it came to the pond… turned. No lie. It didn’t go full into the pond. Somehow, it turned and was on the edge of the pond. Dad drove it out. The tractor did not break, and it didn’t crash into the water. How?

We all knew the answer. An angel. God literally took the wheel. That was a big deal for us; without that tractor, we’d be in big trouble. But God is always taking care of us.

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It was a rainy, thundering day… I made hot coco… and WROTE! 🙂

And, as always, some snippets of Jump. Please tell me what y’all think of Jump, from what you’ve read! I always love talking about stuff with y’all. 🙂

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One of the imps that was tormenting Derek Clemins was Despair. Despair’s   large, black heap of smelly sulfur form was tremoring with cruel delight as Derek cowered and groaned under Despair’s impression. Despair was yanking on Derek’s body with growing anticipation. Despair had gaping eye sockets that were pushed far back into his black, blurry face, and red eyes with woeful black slits for pupils. He was a large demon, one that never rested or idled, and never stopped looking for a victim in which to play with. Now, Despair spoke words of terror and formed a show inside Derek’s mind.

   Fear was right alongside Despair. Fear was a large shrunken black form, with large yellow orbs for eyes. Fear’s long, gnarly black claws probed and tugged on Derek’s head, gripping harder, harder, harder still. Derek screamed out. Fear and Despair both cackled, pushing harder.

 

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**From Sam’s POV**

 “Isaac doesn’t want it to be real.” Derek finished.

“No. But I’ll talk to him.” Rene’ glanced over the crowd of people in line ahead of us. She spotted Isaac, and Rebecca, shrugging slightly. “I’ve never kept anything from my parents. Why should this be different? They’ve seen the spirit world, some.”
  Rene’s words surprised me. “Just for now, Rene’. And….” My mind whirled. I didn’t want to hurt Rene’, but I had to keep everyone safe. How did I do that? “And maybe God’ll show us and we can tell our parents. We just can’t make this explode right now.”
  Rene’ met my eyes again. It felt like she saw right through my disguise. Maybe she did.

“Alright.” Rene’ said firmly.

“If we act weird tonight, our parents will notice.” Derek stood slightly taller, letting out a breath of air.
 “I guess we gotta act normal.” Rene’ frowned.

“We get on some more rides, and try to have fun.” Ironic words, I mused, but our parents would notice the smallest hint of something being wrong. Considering what we’d seen, it seemed impossible to hide our anxiety and discontentment; but we had to try.

 “We got on this ride and puke our brains out. We’ll be fine.” Derek murmured, forcing a small smile.

 

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  ** From Derek’s POV**

I slept in late the next morning, had no more nightmares, and looked like I’d gotten hit by a dump truck. There were bags under my eyes and I felt like a heavy robot. I got dressed in a T-shirt, jeans, and styled my hair. Downstairs, Mom had made pancakes, My favorite.

   I hated making Mom and Pop stress out. I had scared the life out of them last night. And now, this morning, Mom wore a bright smile, to reassure me, and had cooked us a hearty breakfast. I had no doubt she was bone tired.

   And it was my fault.

 

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God is always there for us, and His plan is better than anything we could imagine.

God bless,

-Angela

What is your Camp NaNo project? How is it going? Do you think Jump sounds interesting?

Goodbye May | 2017

WOW. We’re now (I’m posting this in June, so…) HALF WAY THROUGH THE YEAR. AHH. Can you believe it? No, neither can I. This is the first year I’ve actually noticed, haha, and it’s just flown by. Let’s get on to the wrap up, shall we?

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Lovely Life

May was Lyme Disease Awareness month. And my family and I all did the Kill Lyme Pie Challenge. So we all got pied. 😛 I’ll do a post sharing all that soon, but until then, check out my Youtube page and see the videos!  MY YOUTUBE

Tippy turned a month old. She is soo big already! Tippy has a lil’ neck, and long ol’ legs, so when she eats…. it’s so funny. 😛

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MY BROTHER RYAN FLEW OVER IN NASCAR! I’m soo proud of him! Check out this post to see the epicness.

We saved a little bird. We named him Albert. Albert fell out of his nest and was trying to learn how to fly. We fed Albert some worms, until the head of the worm wiggled away. We let Albert go because red robins take about 10 days to actually learn how to fly.

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Shh! Albert’s sleeping.

I DROVE MY TRUCK!  Yes! Dad, Rog, and Kody got it running! And we all took a turn driving it on our dirt road. 😀 Soo, I’ve driven a stick shift. It’s awesome!

FINISHED SCHOOL. It’s summer break, baby! ;D

We’re selling our house. That was a huge chunk of this month: We’re selling out house and so that means, cleaning, showing, and all that. We’re praying God’s will be done.

 FUN BITS

 

Ma and Dad weren’t home…. making cookies…. oven won’t shut because the pans are too long…. INGENUITY!

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Entertainment

 

Listened to:

Talking To Myself, Linkin Park

Anathema, by Twenty One Pilots

We Are The Kids, by WALK THE MOON

Albums:
Run, by AWOLnation

I FINALLY WATCHED TMNT: OUT OF THE SHADOWS. AHHH, Y’ALL! I was so proud. 😛

 

Bookish Worm

 

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*Stares at screen* *blinks*

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Oops. OK, so I only read 3 books. Ha! Honestly, I was super busy finishing school and writing, I didn’t have time.

 

 

 World of Writing

I wrote over 15,000 words this month, give or take, because I really didn’t count. I wrote in Seek, and my goal is to have the second draft of Seek done by mid June. That way, I can have some time to get another project for July camp NaNo.

Seek is going well, and I am sooo close to being finished! I’m freaking out, haha!

I am planning on doing July Camp, but… I really don’t have a solid idea of what book I’ll be writing. But I’m not freaking out- my goal is to finish Seek right now. God will show me what to write in July. 🙂

As for Seek, here’s a snippet I’ll leave y’all with.

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Sure enough, Eli was taking a tub of Asher’s rocky road ice cream from the small freezer. I stared at him, eyes wide in horror and surprise. Eli was frozen as frigid as the ice cream, hand mid-way from the ice box. He stared back at me, guilty looking.

   “What are you….” I couldn’t help it. A cackle left my lips. I covered my mouth, grinning, looking behind me to make sure Asher hadn’t somehow creeped in on Eli stealing his ice cream. No, Asher’s door was still shut.

“Shh! Don’t tell Asher.” Eli whispered, narrowing his eyes. He quickly took the tub from the freezer, then tilted his head at me.

   “If you want me to keep ya secret, ya gotta pay a price.” I tiptoed into the kitchenette after him, licking my lips. Eli’s eyes went wide, and his arm shot up, holding the ice cream high above his head. Out of my reach.

 “No!”  

“Don’t make me call him in here!” I whispered, grinning mischievously.  Eli gave a wild look, then glared down at me. I crossed my arms defiantly.

“You wouldn’t.”
“Hand over the ice cream.”

Eli stepped back and I jumped at the tub of goodness, but Eli held me back with his free hand. I gasped, offended.

“Do not-”

“We share,” Eli insisted, and I finally nodded. Eli took another plastic spoon from the counter and handed it to me. We sat at the kitchenette table, eating spoonfuls of ice cream in the dark. It was all yummy fun and silence, until the living room light flickered on.

“What in the-” Asher exclaimed, but he stopped short. He looked at Eli and I, then at the spoons of ice cream that hovered in our hands. We froze still- and then Eli and I both shoved the mouthfuls quickly in our mouth at once.

 

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My Nook

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Fantastic Folks

He Is My Hope, Sara Swanson did a post about having Lyme disease, but still having hope. It was beautiful, and it really touched my Mama when I shared it.

Kate Willis did a post and it was soo sweet and helped me. 🙂

Collin did a post about not doing the whole religion thing, but a RELATIONSHIP with God, and it was on point.

 

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May was a very crazy month. Very hectic, crammed, and tiring. But you know what? A lot of good happened, too. God was always with us. Always. No matter how tired or aching we got- we remembered God is with us, and He is our refuge. We can’t get lost when our eyes are on HIM. Life is a journey- that’s what we’re doing right now. Life is rough right now, but it’ll be OK. God will lead us. We have to pray and have faith.

   SCRIPTURE OF THE MONTH

When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them. – Isaiah 41:17

God is our Refuge, our Savior. He loves us- and so He will never forsake us. Life can get rough, but God is SO MUCH BIGGER than our troubles- and He sees every one of them. Because He loves us, and will guide us. ♥ This month showed me a lot.

God bless you.

-Ang

 

Memorial Day 2017 | RYAN FLEW IN NASCAR!

Happy Memorial day, America!

Firstly, I am SUPER excited and VERY PROUD to say that my older brother, Ryan, flew a helicopter in the NASCAR Charlotte 600! AHH! It was EPIC!

He is the pilot of the third helicopter. 😀 Isn’t that amazing?! These guys rocked it out of the tracks, they did amazing!

If you can’t see the video here , here’s a photo.

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I am very proud of my big bro. He’s epic. It was so cool! Wish we could have been there. Way to go, bub. ♥♥

May God bless our soldiers, our veterans, and every single person who protects, defends, and loves our country. America is what it looks like to love and defend to the bitter end; and it goes to show that good things only last when you fight for them.

Thank you to the ones, big and small, old and young, who have passed on or are still here kicking: thank you for serving. Words cannot express much, how much sacrifice, pain, and grief that goes on when you fight for a nation. The same goes for the ones left behind.

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God is with us all. Today, and all the days past. May the souls of those who loved and fought till the end, may they rest with Jesus. And for the ones still here, may God bless you all. He does not leave us- even when the war gets bloody. That is when we must face God completely, with our all.

God is with us. As a nation, it can be hard to see ‘what are we fighting for?’; but there is good left. There is Light left in this country, and it’s people. We can’t give up. If the men and women behind us never did- we must keep going. We are the next generation. We have to fight. We have to love. We have to shine our lights. Like the ones before us did. Thanks to them, we still have something to fight for. Thanks to God.

God bless America. May we stand united. Amen.

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-Angela