Goodbye February | 2018

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This isn’t gonna be a long post because February wasn’t very busy and most of my time was spent on things… not out of the ordinary. Ha.

Lovely Life

  • We welcomed baby Gabriella Ivy Lucille Combs to the world! Tory had a wonderful Vback and Gabby is healthy! And ADORABLE.
  • I got my driver’s permit. 
  • School school school. And I’m not doing terrible, thanks for askin’. ;D
  • We got 13 baby chicks! They grow so fast… gosh…
  • Practiced piano. Twenty One Pilots, anyone?
  • Watched CA: Civil War for the upteenth time with my dad and bro… I love complaining about Marvel… 
  • And Waylon’s doing great – have a happy puppy on your feed now!

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World Of Writing

I did quite a bit of writing in Jump this month but didn’t reach my goal of finishing it – mainly because, after discussion with my parents, I tweaked said goal. I needed to spend more time on other things – school, animals, life – and so moving my goals back slightly isn’t a bad thing. Actually, expect a post about this kinda matter soon. 😛

So, Jump is almost finished! It’ll be done before Camp NaNo.

Speaking of Camp, I’m participating! I’ll be working on editing/revising Seek and using beta reader feedback – or not using it. Haha. In short, I’ll be putting Jump aside to focus on Seek. I don’t know for sure when I’ll be publishing Seek or how I’ll go about it, but I trust God to give me wisdom. I pray He helps me write, edit, and share – in His timing!

 

Bookish

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Total books read: 8

School reading: 5

Rules Of The Road by Joan Bauer | 4/5

Fruits Of the Spirits: Patience by Robert Strand | 5/5

The Eagle Of The Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff | 5/5 (SOMEONE TALK ABOUT THIS BOOK WITH ME PLEASE)

The Magna Charta by James Daughtery | 1/5

I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris | 4/5 or 3.5/5

Dead Drop by Perry Elizabeth Kirkpatrick | 3/5

St. George And The Dragon by Michael Lotti | 3/5

Personal Recollections Of Joan Of Arc by Mark Twain | 1.5/5

 

My Nook

BLOG TOUR: SLEEPING HANDSOME

EVERY BREATH IS A GIFT

March Goals

  • Compete in forms and sparring in the USEWF karate tournament – this year is the 50th anniversary. My bro and I competed last year – check out that post here. It is on the 10th and it’ll be a big deal so… praying we do well.
  • Drive. I’ve had my permit for over a month and haven’t driven anywhere. Oops.
  • Finish Jump and print it.
  • Do a few live speed shops with Paparazzi! So – are any of y’all interested in wonderful $5 jewelry? It’s ALL 5 dollars – the necklaces all come with earrings. We have bracelets, earrings (even clip ons, if you don’t have piercings like me!), necklaces wraps – and it’s all 5 bucks and amazing! No joke, y’all! Be sure to check out our Facebook page and message me (even via my email!) if you’re interested!
  • Read my Bible twice a day, every day. I’ve been doing this and wanna keep it up!
  • Draw at least three times.
  • Work with Mini and Taloowa.
  • Post on my blog more than twice. Geez. My bad.

 

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That’s a wrap, folks! Or… I might be missing things. I threw this together last minute. I’m actually currently out of town, in a peaceful little cabin near Knoxville, and it’s kinda late here. Ha. But we had a safe trip here! We even watched some Captain America: The First Avenger while eating pizza. Amazing.

God bless y’all!
-Angela

 

How was YOUR February? Tell me ALL about it!

 

 

 

 

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Blog Tour | Sleeping Handsome Book Spotlight

Hello lovelies! I have exciting news – the wonderful Rebekah Eddy has published her book Sleeping Handsome! I am doing a book spotlight and I know y’all are gonna enjoy this. =D

Sleeping Handsome | Book Summary

Minnie’s goal was to have a fun, worry free vacation with her best friend Amy. A few weeks spent in their favorite far away place before they both went back to their respective colleges. A visit to the many famous sights across the British Isles has been on both their bucket lists for a very long time, after all.
However, when a mysterious taxi driver mentions a legend that somehow concerns her ancestral heritage, she decides to dig deeper. After being accused of stealing the famous statue and tourist attraction known as Sleeping Handsome, Minnie and Amy are plunged into a world they would never have imagined existed.
Prince Gregory, after being awakened from being frozen in stone for hundreds of years, finds himself searching for his true love in order to reverse the stone spell on his kingdom and awaken the rest of his people. With his faithful horse Brutis by his side, he sets out to destroy his greatest enemy, release his kingdom from the stone spell, and win the heart of his princess.

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Rebekah Eddy | Author Bio

Rebekah grew up surrounded by family members who appreciated and read good literature. First, she fell in love with the stories her parents read aloud to her from the Bible and books like The Chronicles of Narnia, Great Expectations, The Hobbit, and Anne of Green Gables. After learning to read on her own, she discovered other fantastic books which helped to build her ever growing imagination.
She completed her first written work at the tender age of eight and now uses it to humble herself whenever the need arises. The story did serve to show her that God had given her a desire to write, however, and from that moment on Rebekah has never looked back or regretted picking up her pencil and becoming an author.
This nineteen-year-old homeschool graduate lives in rainy Western Washington and is currently working on receiving her BA in English in order to further her passion for creating worlds on paper.

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A HUGE congrats to Rebekah for publishing because ahh, this rocks. =D Y’all be sure to check it out! God bless y’all!

-Angela

 

 

EVERY BREATH IS A GIFT

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Pssh no, that doc photo totally isn’t a new novel idea… hahaha haha nah

You have this moment.

This moment. Not another. Not another day. Not another month. Not another year. Right now – that’s it. Every breath we take is a gift. Every. Single. Breath. We don’t even think about it. We just breathe. The very thing keeping us alive and we don’t even have to focus on doing it. And here’s a truth – Yahweh Creator is omnipresent… and His breath is in our lungs. What may seem simple and thoughtless as breathing to us: it is a Gift!

We have one life. One. And we’re not alone in it.

We don’t know our days and we don’t know how long our life will be. Should this sound morbid? No. It should sound beautiful. Life is beautiful! Every moment is precious! We aren’t necessarily promised a lot of time – but you know what we are promised, if we accept Jesus? If we love the Creator and King that created us and loves us? Eternal life.

The Lord of all that created every single thing in existence loves us. He gave us the gift of life. He didn’t stop there – He came as a man, died for our sins, so we could have eternal life if we choose to love Him in return. That is huge. We don’t have to fear or worry about anything! God will give us total and incredible peace and love if we ask for it – if we simply trust the Lord. He tells us his yoke is light. He doesn’t lie, of course, so if we begin to feel burdened or our steps falter – that’s on Satan! God’s not trying to wear us down! God will carry us and guide us always.

So every breath we have on this incredible planet… are we aware? Are we aware of His love? Are we aware of what we’re doing? Are we honoring God? Is every breath a song?

Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. – Psalms 150:6

Since the beginning of 2018, I’ve really realized just how much time matters. I’ll admit it. I kicked the year off with goals and to put them in motion, I’ve had to learn to use/spend my time wisely. Have I mastered it? Haha! No. But I’ve seen how much every moment matters. Time matters. Life matters. We can’t just waste it away. We can’t just do things that make us ‘happy’ and carry on. We have to LIVE. Live! That means letting Jesus fill us up and leave no room for the darkness! That means living our life as He wills us to. Goals are great – stressing and having no focus on God isn’t great. God wants us to live for Him. I want to live for the Lord! That doesn’t mean we amount to our ‘accomplishments’ or success. Our worth is in JESUS only. What we do should only be to glorify and honor and bring the love to YAHWEH. Above all, we are to love Jesus. That’s Goal #1, if you will.

Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. – 1 Corinthians 9:24

Everything I pray and plan to do… it is in God’s Hands. He doesn’t want us to sit around and be lazy – but He doesn’t want us to run ahead and ignore Him. Sound hard? Wonder where the balance is? It’s not hard. We make it hard. It doesn’t have to be because…

Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. – Matthew 22:37

There it is, y’all. We love Jesus and He will guide us. He will tell us when to be still. He will tell us when to take those steps. Every breath is precious… so what will you do?

God bless,

-Ang

Goodbye January | 2018

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The first month of 2018 comes to an end. Is it insane or what? This year started with me making and praying about a lot of goals I’m praying to reach – I want to glorify God and do my best always. January was a difficult month – but it held goodness, too. Yahweh is always good.

In January, our beloved Ulu went home to Yahweh. It was very, very difficult – Kody came in yelling she fell into the frozen pond and things just… fell from there. It is a long story and my soul still feels tired to try and explain it. In the end, we fought hard and so did God and Ulu, but we had to put Ulu down. I do find joy in the fact that heaven gained one incredibly kind curly mare.

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Lovely Life

  • I earned my blue belt. Kody got his green belt AND HE PLACED TOTAL HIGHSCORE IN THE POINTS! AHH!

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  • Did my first live speed shop on my mom and sis’ Paparazzi Facebook page! If y’all wanna see my face and REALLY NICE JEWELRY be sure it check it out, yo!
  • It snowed. Not too much and it wasn’t too good for snowballs but it was still OK.
  • School, school, some more school.
  • Went baby gift shopping with Mom and Tory. So fun! And cute.
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  • Babysat, as usual… my nieces are the greatest… and Kody’s a good uncle because this happened:

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World Of Writing

Whew. What a month as far as words went. 😉 I got some final feedback/emails from my amazing betas on Seek. I have a few more to hear back from but all is well because not only are they sweet… but I started having major tech issues – the Google Doc blocked us from touching it. SO. I had to copy/paste the rest of the chapters for everyone and I can’t edit/resolve comments… but the journey goes on! God is with me and no difficulties can stop me, because God is with me. 🙂 The feedback from my betas is helpful, useful, and I am very grateful to each of you! God bless and a big hug! My plans for Seek is a bit up in the air but I am praying to have the edits finished up by the end of April. I may use it as my Camp NaNo project.

I wrote in Jump some more this month and actually did a post where I introduced my baby so… go check it out. ASAP. I plan on finishing Jump in February and then putting it aside for a break before editing it, sending it to alphas, etc.

This month of January was a blessing in my writings. I’ve set goals. I’m praying. I’ll do a post about this all later, so hang tight!

Bookish

 

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I read a total of seven books in January and they were all amazing!

Book of Proverbs | 5 stars

Fruit of The Spirit: Peace, by Robert Strand | 3.5 stars

Fruit of The Spirit: Joy, by Robert Strand | 3.5 stars

Wisp, by Paul Willis | 4 stars

The Canterbury Tales, by Geoffrey Chaucer | 4 stars

Safely Home, by Randy Alcorn | 5 stars

Letters From Home: A Civil War Story, by Grace Matlyn Buckner | 4 stars

I thank God for this month and every gift He’s blessed us with. God bless!

-Angela

 

 

 

How was your January?

Have you accomplished any goals yet?

Introducing My Novel JUMP

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Hello y’all! I have a surprise post! But before we get started, I have exciting news: I have a Goodreads author account! Whoohoo! Currently, I have my novel Seek on there so you can add it to your shelves! I’ll be doing occasional updates as I edit Seek for publishing. 🙂 I’d really appreciate if you follow me on GR so we can share the craziness together. Now, on to the post…

I shall be formally introducing Jump, my WIP novel! Is this novel new? No. Should I have had this post up before NaNoWriMo in 2017? Heh, probably. I wrote the first draft for Jump in Camp NaNo July in 2017 and then began draft two in November for NaNo -which I won at 60,000+ words! However, Jump isn’t finished. Nope. It almost is, and I’m assuming it may end up at about 80-90k… we shall see!

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  What is your novel about? 

The town was silent. Too silent. Old and weary.

Helengold needed Yahweh.

The demons ran rampant. Murders and crimes are hidden in the shadows and shoved under the rug as the townsfolk remained strangely silent. ‘Odd’ sightings stirred a few folks but such people are silenced…

  What could a few kids do to stop the madness that shows itself from the shadows – quite literally? Nothing. The question is: what can God do? And that answer is everything.

So that’s the rough synopsis… thingie.

Basically, Jump is about a town which is old and quiet, not much happens, but then crimes begin to occur and odd sightings are witnessed… but people are silenced and things are covered up. The book follows a few teenagers as they slowly uncover what’s going on – and then they try to back off. But then something happens, and they have to keep going and find answers… no matter where it takes them. 

What inspired the idea for your novel?

A dream God gave me, back before July of 2017. I wrote the first draft in Camp NaNo in July… and the story has grown and shaped since. A lot. Like they usually do.

What is your book’s aesthetic?

baseball bats. late nights and 3 am. stormy skies. open fields of grass bathing in summer sun. deep rivers. busy fair grounds and cotton candy and loud rides. cars parked on the side of the road. bruised knuckles. coffee. dirty jeans. graffiti. shadows. cold dark tunnels. pizza places.

 

Interesting things about this novel?

When I began draft two, I decided to write this novel from 3rd person POV entirely. In the first draft, it was from first person with a POV switch going between four characters. I decided it may be interesting and neater to do 3rd person. This is the first novel I’ll have finished in 3rd person – and it was fun! 

Jump has many themes. The power of prayer is a big one. Another is the supernatural. As a Christian, I’m fascinated by what Yahweh’s Word says about the supernatural – angels, demons, portals, etc.

The Bible says: For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” – Ephesians 6:12

God says that! So, with Jump, I wanted to branch out and show that spiritual battle in a real sense… Whether we can or cannot see the battle in the heavens: it is very real. 

This novel has been a journey and will continue to be – but it is an amazing gift and I thank the Lord for giving me this story! I pray one day, it will touch others as He wills it.

God bless!

-Angela Watts

What do you think of Jump? Does it sound interesting?