Monday, November 12, 2012

Day 12 | Exciting Developments

A few exciting things have been going on and I thought I'd share!  First of all, I won a CD from a contest on the fantastic blog Mocha with Linda [make sure and check out her blog].  As you all know, I absolutely adore Christmas music and she was doing a giveaway of a few Christmas CD's so I ended up with Josh Wilson's Christmas release "Noel".  I am looking forward to receiving it soon so I can blast it now until Christmas!

In other news, I am plugging away at my novel and it's going quite well!  Current word count is: 20,331 (38 pages) and I've just started Chapter 9.  I skipped a day - oh the horror! - but made up for it last night.  I even got to bed early so that was a bonus. 

On a related writing note, I will soon be doing book reviews for new releases in Christian Fiction (yes, I can hear the cheering now)!  Since I joined the American Christan Fiction Writers group, I have been given some great opportunities to connect with other authors about upcoming releases and reviews.  I am also going to be guest blogging on a few sites and trying to build my audience.  I have really felt the Lord calling me back to writing in these last few months and I am excited to answer that call and forge ahead with as much gusto as possible! 

What do you, my readers, think of this?  I know many of you enjoy Christian fiction so I hope that this blog could become a great resources for you to find new books as well gain insight into other writers, their process, and who they are in a down-to-earth sort of way. 

In addition to all of this, I have experienced some truly amazing theological conversations with some pretty amazing people in my life right now.  All of it has got me itching to do a few more posts on community (remember that first post?) and I will have that up here soon as well. 

Pastor Luis said it best today when he spoke on blessing.  He said that we have been blessed to be a blessing!  I want to be a blessing to all of you in everything that I post and I hope that is evident in my passion for writing and for you, my readers!

Remember the Lords words to the nation of Israel and go be a blessing with His help!

I will take you from the nations and gather you from all the countries and bring you into your own land.  I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean from all your uncleannesses, and from all your idols I will cleanse you.  And I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. And I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.  And I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes and be careful to obey my rules.
Ezekiel 36:24-27