Monday, October 23, 2017

What's in a Name?

Welcome back, lovelies.  It's been a rather tough and overwhelming Monday, but I've made it this far (thank You, Lord), so I'll "keep plugging away," as my hubby says.  

Here's some new names to add to your story arsenal!

M | Welsh, English

Anglicized form of Iefan, a Welsh form of John, which is primarily derived from a Hebrew name meaning "YAHWEH is gracious."

NOTE:  I thought I had previously posted this one before, but I couldn't find it in my archives, so here it is.  :]  This one has special meaning for me as it is the given name of my dear husband. *^ - ^*)

F | English

Diminutive of Philippa, the Latinate feminine form of Philip, which ultimately means "friends of horses."

M | Unknown

Meaning and origin unknown.

F | French

French form of Amy, which in turn is the English form of the Old French name Amée, meaning "beloved."

Names & meanings via
Photos via Pinterest.

Namarié, my friends.  Have a lovely week!
{BTW, how's NaNo prep coming??}
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Friday, October 20, 2017

NaNoWriMo | Diving Blindly


You made it.  The weekend has arrived at last, and yet, another week of October is past.  (Whoa.  That rhymed.  O_O)  Already??  That must surely bring to mind the impending doom er, joy of NANOWRIMO.  National Novel Writing Month.  *cue faint scream in the distance*  

Well, if you are INSANE, like me, you've probably signed up for it this year.  Is that true?  If so, AWESOME!! Wanna be buddies?  I could use all the help and friends I can get.  ;D  (I'm currently trying to persuade one of my sisters to jump on this crazy bandwagon. *fingers crossed*)

As you've most likely guessed, this is a post to say it's official, I'm gonna do this.  But also to explain why I signed up, and what I expect of myself. 


*deep breaths*
I signed up rather unexpectedly.  Honestly, I hadn't given NaNo a single thought this year.  I've heard of it in the blogging/writing world, and many of my friends have taken part, but it hadn't crossed my mind to join in.  Especially this year as I'm a wife now.  I have many new responsibilities, including caring for my hubby, managing a home, planning for the future, being diligent in my job, Etsy shop, etc. etc.  

And here I am diving blindly, but oddly enough, I'm getting rather excited!

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I love writing.  While I've yet to actually COMPLETE a story, my dream is to one day be published.  I can just imagine a gorgeous book cover with my name on it someday filling a shelf in one or three beloved bookstores.

That's a dream anyway.  A dream I've joined the NaNo community to be one step closer to fulfilling.  Maybe this is the push--or shove, rather--I need to finish the first draft of my novel.  Maybe it's the motivation to be diligent in completing the daily quota to actually bring my WIP to the level of editing, and then [hopefully] to pursue publishing.

November is a busy month for me.  But, Lord willing, the end result will be worth it!

110%. At the very least.

I want to give the best of myself in meeting my 2k word-count goal each day.  I want to write as much as I can, without second-guessing myself and feeling like it's a horrible, no-good story and will come to nothing.  {NO!  No, sirree.  I have the means, I have a mighty pen, and I'm a pretty-darn-good typer. :]}  I want to meet new friends, gain writing buddies, and much coveted advice in how to survive my very first NaNo, and yes, NOT DIE in the process.

But most importantly, I want to have FUN.  Because that is my ultimate goal.  Even if, by the time December 1st rolls around, I don't have the word "winner" by my name--maybe due to the realities of my life now (and, unfortunately, that is my current mindset: that I won't make it)--then I want to be satisfied with the simple fact that I had fun, I enjoyed myself, my Noya story is much further along than it was originally, and I'm that much closer to my dream.

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So, with all that said, I present my WIP and my NaNoWriMo novel:
{Photo via Pinterest.  Wording via Font Candy app.}

Book Blurb
{someday soon to be on GoodReads *wink wink*)

She sacrificed everything for a beloved brother.
Only to gain an eternal prison.

He has lived an empty life for nearly 500 years.
Could one mere girl possibly change his cursed darkness?
Once upon a time, a girl named Noya and her family lived comfortably in the booming city of Mearn. They have lacked for nothing her entire life, but all that changes when her father's once-lucky fleet of famed merchant ships find their fate in the depths of the sea after a monstrous storm.  And all their great wealth disappears.

In an effort to save his family, Noya's father gathers her, her three brothers, and what belongings remain to their name, and moves to the country leagues away where they begin a humble existence.
But little do they know their paths will soon cross with that of a. . .
For what greater act of love is there than the sacrifice of one to save another?
And in loving the unlovable, can one lowly girl break a 500-year enchantment?

Or is it not up to her?

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Here's to NaNo 2017, my friends!

Best of luck, y'all.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Book Review | Picturing Heaven

Picturing Heaven
40 Hope-Filled Devotions
(A coloring book!)
Randy Alcorn (illustrated by Lizzie Preston)

Tyndale | September 5th, 2017
Coloring Book, Non-Fiction, Christian/Biblical, Theology

Imagine Heaven the way the Bible describes it--a place of exquisite beauty brimming with marvelous detail and intricate patterns; a special dwelling place free of corruption and sin; and a place of both rest and enjoyable, meaningful work.

Let the power and majesty of Heaven fill your heart with joy as you color these 40 designs carefully interpreted from the pages of Scripture. Savor a respite from daily life as you read and meditate on devotions from best-selling author Randy Alcorn, a leading authority on Heaven. Picturing Heaven will offer you comfort and relaxation, while filling your heart with restful assurance that God prepares a special place for those who love Him.

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This coloring book is wonderful!  There's no other way to put it.  Forty devotional Scripture verses and excerpts are taken from Randy Alcorn's well-known book, Heaven, and make for a lovely devotional time for the busy mother or grandmother (or father, whoever!) - anyone who may have pondered the life after THIS.

All too often, we seek the pleasures of this Earth, knowing full well we truly want to go to Heaven - some day - but not really wanting to go anytime soon. . . Am I right?  I don't think we realize what exactly an Eternal Heaven looks like.  In this devotional (and in the actual book as well), Mr Alcorn shares some amazing points that have never crossed my mind.  Every good and marvelous treasure will be multiplied "God-fold."  By that, I mean WAY more than ten-fold or 100 times over. 

I'm sure you are as guilty of it at times as I, but in our small minds perhaps you are thinking there's a good chance that Heaven could be/will be. . . boring.  What with everything being perfect and no need for absolutely anything and that we will forever be bowing at our Savior's feet.  All that is true, of course!  And we will be so humbled before our Savior Christ that we won't wish for anything other than to sit and bow before Him, I'm sure.  BUT.  Have you ever considered the idea that there could be sports?  An abundance of your favorite foods and drinks (with NO chance of getting fat or sick)?  Gorgeous fields to run and play?  And coffee?  Tea?

"If coffee beans & tea leaves were some of God's good ideas for the old Earth, why not the new one?  Can you imagine enjoying a cup of coffee with Jesus?  . . .We may not yet have tasted our favorite food or drink - and if we have, it will taste even better in God's everlasting Kingdom!"
- p. 54, Day 23 -

Have you ever really thought about that??  It blows my mind!  And just think, what about animals?  Beloved pets?  You remember that verse regarding the wolf laying down beside the lamb, and the lion eating grass as an ox? (Isaiah 11:6)  In Romans 8:21, there is a reference regarding the "creation" being set free from bondage in the resurrection.  Mr Alcorn says, ". . .what could that be if not animals?  Only God knows for sure what He plans to do.  But wouldn't it be just like Him to recreate the same pets He entrusted to us in this life?  What a delightful reunion that would be!" (p.58, Day 25)  Ever thought of that, my friend?  :]

Who knows but our Lord, what exactly we can look forward to one day with Him?  Can you imagine walking with the dinosaurs?  Maybe learning an incredible new sport?  Exploring new galaxies? Singing with the angels?  Relaxing in your spacious new family room?  Or most of all, anticipating your Lord and King saying to you, "Well done, my good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your Master's joy!" (Matthew 25:23)

I would definitely recommend this to EVERYONE.  It would make a lovely gift for someone who has lost a loved one, or someone who is struggling with questions of what comes after death.  Maybe they don't have time to color this, and definitely no time to read the full book by Randy Alcorn.  Still, this would be great if only for the devotions!  (Then, maybe they could pass it on.)

All told, this was a beautiful coloring book and I highly recommend.

I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, October 16, 2017

What's in a Name?

A new set of names, my friends!  

Can you believe there's approximately TWO WEEKS left until NaNo??  TT_TT AHHHHHH!!! I'm not ready!!!  *runs away sobbing and simultaneously laughing hysterically*


Anyone in need of names for your NaNo characters?  You've come to the write place!!  (<---  heehee See what I did there?)  I have loads of names for you to choose from.  If you have one in mind, simply type it in the search bar on your right, and if I've posted it in the past, it should pop up.  And, if none of the ones I've shared here on the blog have the right ring to them, visit this website to search for both names and/or meanings.  Best of luck to you!

In the meantime, enjoy this set.  :]

M | English

From a surname, which originally was a place name meaning "place of the cow shed" in Old English.  A well-known bearer of this name is the romantic poet, Lord Byron (1788-1824), the writer of 'Don Juan' and many other works.

F | Arabic
most likely pronounced as spelled

Feminine form of Na'im, which means "tranquil, happy, at ease" in Arabic.

M & F | Turkish
dess-TAHN (possibly)

A Turkish given name, meaning "saga."

F | English (rare), German (rare), Late Roman
ze-ra-FEE-nah (G), SARE-ah-fee-nah (E)

The Feminine form of the Late Latin name Seraphinus, ultimately derived from the biblical word seraphim, of Hebrew origin, meaning "fiery ones."  In the Old Testament, the seraphim were an order of angels, described as having six wings by the prophet Isaiah.

Names & meanings via
Photos via Pinterest.
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