Through wet, cold, heat, or sunshine, you cannot keep us away from the racetrack! No, our main purpose is not to see the races (though it’s a huge bonus) but to show Jesus’ love to the race fans. Read more
I need to stop buying more books! Do you know how many are on my TBR list!? Way too many! Nevertheless, I bought two more. Read more
Is it morbid that our favorite books in bookclub are on World War Two and the Holocaust? I’m going to give you a math problem here (get your calculator ready). We have read nine books in total. Four have been World War Two/Holocaust stories. What percentage of books were on these topics? If my estimations are correct (and they rarely are), that’s roughly 50%. Read more
When one thinks of Greece, what is the first city that comes to mind? The common answer would be either Athens or Sparta. If you’re a fellow travel lover or history nerd, wouldn’t you love to go there? Who wouldn’t want to walk the paths of the ancients or see the megalithic temples? But let’s be honest, everyone visits those two cities! Isn’t there something different to see in Greece? Have you considered Patmos? Read more
I was sorry to say goodbye to Cranberry and her family yet still eager for Firefly’s tour to commence. She led me near to water’s edge where we drank in the earthy perfume of our surroundings and dazzled as the sun danced across the water.
We were having the loveliest of times till the lake monster appeared. For a monster, he seemed rather contented, but Firefly and I weren’t taking any chances. We scurried along as quickly as possible after I took a picture. (Firefly later reprimanded me for that)
As we finally sat down to catch our breathes, she told me of the monster and his history with the inhabitants. The lake monsters have long had a residence in Lake Norman State Park, but no one really knows how they got there. Though the accounts differ of their origins, one thing remains the same. They have terrorized society. Dozens of attempts have been tried to capture them, but each one ends in failure. The most infamous plot was to catch one by using a monster sized hook and bait. That night, the citizens were awakened by the sound of thrashing water. Thinking the monster had finally been caught, they rushed towards the trap. All they found was an empty hook. The monster had broken off the barb and swum away with the bait. The hook can still be seen today as pictured above.
When we were ready to move on, Firefly took me around to a few note worthy places. The first was the fairy amphitheater. Her eyes shone when she recounted the numerous nights she spent acting in front of applauding audiences there.
Secondly, she showed me the elven council meeting place. All they had for chairs were three large rocks, but I learned those rocks were of great importance. Only the wisest of all elves had the honor of sitting there.
This I learned was the end of my tour. She led me to the end of the woods where I once again met the horrid gate. Before, I had been hesitant to say hello to this Fairyland. Now I was hesitant to say goodbye. But I knew it was something that had to be said. I whispered promises of return then headed home. I look forward to seeing Firefly again, but for now, I’ll have to be content with my memories.
The forest inspires me. On the well trodden paths of Lake Norman State Park, I do not see a simple tree or a common stone. I see a story. A story of the lives which live there. I’m not talking of the birds, squirrels, or chipmunks (though they often find a place in them) but the mythical creatures which roam the woods at night. Join me in my fairyland adventure. Read more
YOUR FIRST THREE CHAPTERS ARE CRUCIAL!
Why? First impressions! These chapters are the hook and net to the rest of your story. Since your audience is still mourning the death of the last book, it’s difficult to become invested into a new story. Use those first three chapters to capture our attention! Make us forget about the last book we read! Don’t just introduce the characters and plot, give us a reason to love them and accompany them on their journey. Give us a reason to continue reading.
You all may have already known this, but I just wanted to reiterate the fact.
“Watcha gonna do about it?” is a question I often ask myself. I might ask you the same thing. Read more
Apologies for my first “post” this morning! I was working on the featured image and went to hit the PREVIEW button. Guess what I accidentally hit instead?
If you remember on Tuesday, I was in an awful predicament. It was my rule to post at least a quote per week (you could call it my quote quota….don’t strain yourself laughing) but I broke it twice consecutively! In consequence, I had to catch up and finally did so tonight. Read more