The last several months have been extremely difficult.  Learning how to be a parent is quite challenging, and it seems as though I have had to put my life on hold in order to be there for him.  This “giving up” included my writing, until recently.
While perusing the facespace one day, I noted that a good friend of mine was apart of a Fantasy Writers group, and so I asked to join it.
Joining that group was probably the best decision of my life.

For the first time in my life, I feel like I am doing what I was meant to do, every time I sit down at the computer typing away at an open document.

 

But this too, is difficult.  For some reason, part of me is afraid of writing a piece that is so fulfilling in depth and detail, that it meets great writers like Salvator and Martin, Lewis and Tolkien, Carrol and Austen, eye to eye in literary art.

 

……and therefore, I don’t.  I skim my way across the top of the story, as though a stone being tossed on a lake.  Would that I might bond with greatness in me!  But, that is my biggest fear.

Right now I rock my precious, sick child, typing away on my WordPress app on my phone, with other fears silent and strong crawling anxiously through my stomach.

 

Why?  Why am I severely fearful?

 

Recently, I read II Timothy 1:7 a bit different than I used to.

It says:

 

For God did not give us a Spirit of Fear, but of Love, Strength and Sanity.

 

When reading through the bible, and the vast translations, I feel a great deal of disconnect with the text.  After making this new discovery, I wonder how much more of the Scripture is mistranslated, or has the wrong synonym in play.

 

This verse is completely redefined when read this way, because, for me, it means that God desires I have peace, wisdom, strength, trust, and focus when things just want to spiral out of control.  God doesn’t want us to go insane and lose our minds when we’re afraid, he wants us to stabilize, ground ourselves and get a grip.

 

How many times a day I might breathe better, sleep better, and serve my family better, resting on the knowledge that God does not want me to be fearful, rather hopeful and trusting that I am capable of so much more

 

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I was tagged by the lovely, and brilliant, J. R. Barker

Jo Barker has been writing short stories for many years as a hobby and has now finally published with The Adventures of the Frog Prince. Her stories take you on weird and wonderful journeys using a combination of fantasy and strange facts that makes the narrative more engaging. At the moment she is writing children’s tales but there are plans for other books.

Blog- http://www.jrbarker.info/
Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/pages/JRBarker/450610724998761?ref=hl
Twitter- @jrbarker101
Website- http://www.jrbarker.info

And now it’s my turn!

1. What am I working on now?

Several things are in the works at the moment.
I became serious about publishing a Fantasy series I started in high school, recently renamed “The Stones of Eldegras”, taking the time to revamp and rewrite this series is taking a great deal longer than I thought it would!
I have also been added to a collaborative writers group and am working on setting up my characters, land and stories.  This has been a great deal of fun!

2. How does my work differ from others of it’s genre?

Well, I don’t really know how to answer that question.  The Stones of Eldegras is written from a narrative (everyone else keeps calling it “passive”) point of view, I have six characters the story revolves around.  I think this narrative POV is what makes my story different.
There are a lot more reasons, but I would be posting spoilers if I told you too much 😉
The collaborative works, however, is different because you don’t find a lot of dark rangers ruled by an evil Master.
My Christian works are different because I tell it like it is.  I believe in a foreign idea of the Supreme God and how much control He justly has over the nations.
In the realm of Christianity, I want to make the difficult simple for people to understand and bring the Gospel to their level.

3. Why do I write what I do?

Fantasy: Because it’s the beat of my heart.  In a world so very bland, the beauty is in Nature and using your imagination to expand the mundane!  I live for fantasy, I breathe fantasy– magical worlds so very far away, that only my imagination can touch…..
Christian Non-Fiction: I feel like our God is given very little credit for being the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.  I want to write what nobody else touches on.  I don’t care if it isn’t “politically correct”, our God is above Politics.

4. How does my writing process work?

I don’t really know how to answer that question.  I sit down, and I write.  End of process.

 

I Tag:

Kelsey Shade

Kelsey is a Christian, young wife, and mother of two toddlers. She blogs about home management, organization (with kids!), frugal living, and living faithfully.

Blog- www.OrganizingLifeWithLittles.com

Facebook-  https://www.facebook.com/organizinglifewithlittles?ref=hl

 

Paul Davis

Paul R Davis is an aspiring fiction writer, preferring speculative fiction, though he also participates in creative nonfiction. Having nearly completed a degree in creative writing, he instead pursued high school English education. Now he focuses on building beautiful worlds for his multiple personalities to wander free in, causing havoc like only fiction characters can.

Blog- http://storytellerdavis.wordpress.com

Collaborative Fantasy World- http://infiniaworld.wordpress.com

 

 Aria April

Aria April is a small town girl who loves to travel. After six years in public education, she feels led to write YA novels that touch on issues teens face every day.

She would love to hear from you!

Facebook- www.facebook.com/AriaAprilYA

Links to her books:

http://www.amazon.com/Insert-Title-Here-Aria-April-ebook/dp/B00JLT1RU8/ref=la_B00JM2W5T6_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1397501349&sr=1-1

 

 

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