Friday, July 27, 2007

Bored and a little down...

I'm SO bored right now. I'm posting this from work - and at 9pm the last person left, leaving me the only person from then till I get off at 11. I've got an hour and 45 min left. Ugh.

Yeah, and I'm just a little down today - but I won't explain why. Just pray, ok? Thanks :)

Oh, and I've finally begun contacting schools and bookstores to plan and schedule some appearances for Bryan Davis in Lynchburg, and hopefully a DIOM party as well, all of which will, Lord willing, take place this fall :D I'm excited - I just hope I do everything right and all that fun stuff.

So anyways - time to go back to being bored ... I do have a book to read, but just can't get my mind into it while I'm on the clock. Yak at y'all later :)

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Very cool song/Prayer Journal Entry #2




This morning I decided to sleep in, so I didn't make it to the 9:30 service at church, but I did go to Sunday School at 11. Well, I'm actually really glad that I didn't go to the service, because on the way to church a song played on the radio, a song that I hadn't heard in a loooong time that I absolutely love, and I guess God wanted me to hear it this morning. It's called "He Is" by the group Aaron Jeffrey. Allow me to share these amazing lyrics with you.

In Genesis, He's the breath of life
In Exodus, the Passover Lamb
In Leviticus, He's our High Priest
Numbers, The fire by night
Deuteronomy, He's Moses' voice
In Joshua, He is salvation's choice
Judges, law giver
In Ruth, the kinsmen-redeemer
First and second Samuel, our trusted prophet
In Kings and Chronicles, He's sovereign

Ezra, true and faithful scribe
Nehemiah, He's the rebuilder of broken walls and lives
In Esther, He's Mordecai's courage
In Job, the timeless redeemer
In Psalms, He is our morning song

In Proverbs, wisdom's cry
Ecclesiastes, the time and season
In the Song of Solomon, He is the lover's dream

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Isaiah, He's Prince of Peace
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet
In Lamentations, the cry for Israel
Ezekiel, He's the call from sin
In Daniel, the stranger in the fire

In Hosea, He is forever faithful
In Joel, He's the Spirits power
In Amos, the arms that carry us
In Obadiah, He's the Lord our Savior
In Jonah, He's the great missionary

In Micah, the promise of peace
In Nahum, He is our strength and our shield
In Habakkuk and Zephaniah, He's pleading for revival
In Haggai, He restores a lost heritage
In Zechariah, our fountain

In Malachi, He is the son of righteousness rising with healing in His wings

He is, He is, HE IS!

In Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, He is God, Man, Messiah
In the book of Acts, He is fire from heaven
In Romans, He's the grace of God
In Corinthians, the power of love
In Galatians, He is freedom from the curse of sin

Ephesians, our glorious treasure
Philippians, the servants heart
In Colossians, He's the Godhead Trinity
Thessalonians, our coming King
In Timothy, Titus, Philemon He's our mediator and our faithful Pastor

In Hebrews, the everlasting covenant
In James, the one who heals the sick.
In First and Second Peter, he is our Shepherd
In John and in Jude, He is the lover coming for His bride
In the Revelation, He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords

He is, He is, HE IS!

The prince of peace
The Son of man
The Lamb of God
The great I AM

He's the alpha and omega
Our God and our Savior
He is Jesus Christ the Lord
and when time is no more
He is, HE IS!

My brethren, don't we serve an awesome GOD?! I was in tears as this song played. After spending last weekend with 4 AMAZING authors whom God is using in mighty, mighty ways, it gave me a greater desire to write more, and to find THE story that God wants me to write, the one that He wants to write through me to give to others to touch other peoples lives, but I was still doubtful that He could use me and my meager words. I mean, I certainly don't have the credentials that Sharon, Wayne, Bryan, and Christopher had even before they were ever published. I'm just a crazy 25 year old woman who loves horses, is struggling to finish college, is trying to keep her head above water financially, and still looks (and acts) like she's 18. How can God use that?

This song reminded me there's NOTHING that He can't do! He is big and mighty and powerful and everything is in his control. All I need to do is just obey and follow him, and do my part (i.e. make time to write when I feel like I have none, get experience, do research, PRAY when I write, etc...), and we'll make an awesome team.

I also present to you in this post my second journal entry in the gorgeous journal Scribe made for me :D I ask that you pray with me as you read it.

7/22/2007

Dear God,

Thank you for that song on the radio this morning - I needed to hear it. It is so wonderful to be reminded of who you are and how powerful and wonderful you are.

Lord, I come to you again, asking for your direction and guidance. Give me the story you want me to write. Provide for me the extra time to write and to edit the stories I have. Speak to me and write through me, Father. Give me dreams and visions to ignite the beginning of a story. Give me the story that I can give the world, Father.

Lord, I thank you for your love and your many blessings, and I return every blessing into praise, for you alone are worthy.

In Jesus' Name, Amen!

I have a prayer request for you, my friends. A friend of mine at church, Pam Burkett, who's my Single Pastor's wife: her youngest brother, Doug, was in a car accident recently. I don't know all of the details, but apparently he was turning somewhere, and there was a guy riding a motorcycle behind him. The motorcycle crashed into his car, and the guy riding the motorcycle was killed instantly. It also turns out that Doug knew that guy. Please pray for him - I can't remember if Pam said he was saved or not, but he's got a rough road ahead of him, and I'm sure he's got a lot on his mind. So if you think about him, please pray. Thank you :)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Picture time

Ok, here's my pictures from this weekend. I "stole" a couple of them from Scribe ... tee hee.

Fantasy Fiction Tour days 6 and 7

Monday, July 16, 2007

Prayer Journal Entry #1


As most of you know, Michelle made for me this really awesome notebook/journal that has a gryphon on the front and says "Once upon A time" on the back.

She told me I could use it to jot down story ideas and such, and I totally plan on doing so. I've also decided that it will be a place to write down prayer requests, as well as write some of my prayers. Sometimes when I really feel like pouring my heart out to God, I have to write it down. Or if I'm really really tired, writing my prayers sometimes help me to focus, or if my mind is a mumble-jumbled mess of thoughts and concerns, writing the prayer is always best.

I've decided that every now and then I will post here one of these such Prayer Journal entries. I warn you, though, when I write down my prayers - they are not organized in any way. I tend to jump from one thought to another, and may not ever come full circle.

So, without further ado, here is the first entry in my lovely gryphon notebook.

7/17/07

God,

Lord - so much took place this weekend. I saw people serving you in a way that I would like to serve you. By doing what they do, I saw them touch so many lives, including my own.

Father, I want to surrender completely to you. I don't know how, though. I want to surrender everything to you. Please, work in my heart, O God, and teach me about surrender. What does it mean to surrender every aspect of my life to you? How do I surrender my talents, my gifts, my loves, my hates; how do I surrender every fiber of my being to you? Please teach me.

Lord, I love to write, but I honestly don't know where you plan on taking me with that. I also love horses. Where do you plan on taking me with that? Can I do both? Is it possible? But I don't want to write about horses, I want to write fantasy. Perhaps a fantasy with horses in it. But I also want to write about unicorns, and through the unicorns show your love. HOw do I do that? Lord, please tell me! Give me THE story, the one that you want me to write. Maybe I could incorporate horses AND unicorns in the same story, and still have the same affect. Maybe....

I pray, Lord, my Savior, my King, my Lover, my God, teach me your ways and show me where you would have me to go. I'm listening, Lord. Speak to me.

Sunday - Alexandria

Sunday morning I had the opportunity of sleeping in, and spending some precious moments with my sister.

Also - I told Bryan Davis about this already. Sunday morning I was cleaning my sister's kitchen for her, and while I was sweeping the floor I saw a penny. I picked it up and put it on the table, then continued sweeping. Soon, over by the stove, I found a dime. I kinda stared at the dime as I placed it beside the first penny, and my mind went to Bryan Davis' new book Enoch's Ghost. I said, "If I find a second penny ..." and midsentence I happened to look down at the floor and in another corner, there was a second penny.

If anyone has read Enoch's Ghost yet, you can understand where I'm getting that from. I still don't understand why I found it, but perhaps God will show me in time.

Well, I got to the Barnes and Noble in Alexandria around 2:30ish and began handing out bookmarks and telling people about the event that would be taking place at 3... and I got some rather "interesting" remarks. People thinking it was about Harry Potter and getting excited, then shrinking away when they realized it wasn't. And I actually had one girl say that she wasn't a Christian and handed the bookmark back. I nearly dropped it. I don't know her name, but if y'all think of her, please pray for her.

Our Fantasy Four had a small, but attentive, audience for their readings. The pictures below are of Sir Wayne and Lady Sharon reading out of their books.

What was really cool was that a reporter from the Washington Post came to this event. Be on the watch for an article coming out Wednesday or Thursday, and pray that it will be a good article, and that it will really capture the nature of the tour.

We also had the opportunity to meet a young man (just saying that, I don't know how old he is) named Ryan who is in the Air Force and will be leaving in a month (I think) for Afghanistan. It was really neat to see Christopher stop right then and there and pray for him. If you think about it, pray for Ryan as well. You'll see Ryan and Christopher in the picture on the left.

And then, the moment I had been dreading came. The end of my time with the Fantasy Four. We packed up the van, I put my stuff in my truck, then I meandered over to the van to say my adieus to my dear friends and siblings in Christ, and the one whom I call "Dad". I got a huge hug from all four of them - then Christopher decided to video me. Then I got more hugs, and began walking away. As soon as I turned away from the van fresh tears began to flow and I plopped myself down inside my truck and just cried. Yet again, I had to leave the company of warm, loving, godly people, and go back to my mundane life, and back into a house that doesn't honor God.

I just can't get enough of being in the company of people like that. I feel the same way whenever I visit Bryan Davis and his family. I get so overwhelmed by their love and warmth, and their passion for the Lord, that whenever I have to leave ... Meh, I just can't find the right words to explain it.

Mr. Davis, Wayne, Christopher, and Sharon: I love you guys so much. Thank you for ALL that you do. I'm not just talking about the books you write, but the lives you lead, as well as the lives you touch. Just in the two days I spent with y'all, I saw so many lives touched because of what you're doing. And I know you've all touched my life as well. Keep doing the things you do, and may God bless you always.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Almost forgot...

Everlastingscribe had set up a wonderful display on the wall behind the table where the authors sat, even providing a place for them to hang their swords! To the right is Bryan Davis and Wayne Thomas Batson posing with the wall display.

Scribe also made a gift for each author, and had them hanging in the store. The brown one is Christopher's, the green one is Sharon's, the blue one is Wayne's, and the white one is Bryan's. Aren't they gorgeous?








Richmond and Elicott City

This day was so awesome! I finally got to meet Wayne Thomas Batson, Christopher Hopper, and Sharon Hinck, and the whole thing was such a blessing. Bryan Davis gave me a bear hug when I arrived at the Barnes and Noble in Richmond. It was so good to see him and his daughter Legossi again.

Something really neat happened to me at this signing. About five or six years ago when I lived in Northern Virginia, I had stumbled across a book called "Palomino" the beginning of a Christian series about horses. The title of the series is the Sonrise Farm Series, and the author's name is Katy Pistole. I have the first book, as well as the second one called "Stolen Gold."

Well, Wayne Thomas Batson's sister-in-law (I think...) came by, and brought a friend with her, a friend who's also a published author. The friend was talking to Bryan Davis about her books, and he called over to me to tell me about her. She told me the titles of the books, and they sounded slightly familiar, and when I asked her what her name was she said, "Katy Pistole." My jaw was on the floor, needless to say. What a pleasant surprise! You'll see her with me in the picture to the right there. Check out her website, and there you can read more about her books and herself.

After Richmond we went to lunch, then hit the road for Elicott City. What was normally supposed to be a 2 and a half hour drive, turned out to be a 3 and a half hour drive, because of all the "wonderful" traffic. We arrived at the Elicott City signing over an hour late, only to find a huge group of people waiting for our Fantasy Four authors! God is so awesome! Christopher Hopper said that this was the best signing yet on this tour!

On the way to Elicott City, though, I had the pleasure of having Sharon Hinck ride with me, and it was amazing! She is such an awesome woman of God, loves the Lord, and I certainly can not wait to read "The Restorer" which I now have a copy of. It was a joy to get to know her during that drive!

I finally got to meet my friend everlastingscribe, who works at the His Way Christian Book Store in Elicott City. That's us in the picture. She gave me this really cool notebook that she made for me. It has a gryphon on the front, and on the back it says: "Once upon A time." It's gorgeous! I'll take a picture tomorrow and post it here. She also gave me a book titled "The Legend of Firefish" by George Bryan Polivka, which I am really looking forward to reading! *hugs Scribe* Thank you so much!! That's Scribe and I in the picture below and to the left.

Here is a goofy picture of Wayne. He was using the intercom to announce one of the winners of the door prize, and halfway through he said, "I just got a busy signal..." and I got a picture of the look on his face. Hehe, it was hilarious.


And then, Bryan Davis, a.k.a. Clefspeare, decided to try to cook his "dinner" with his fire (by putting it in the microwave), and he burned it. Oops :P Below is the end result, and Clefspeare's pitiful look.
Pray for the Fantasy Four as they do more traveling tomorrow. Their first stop is Washington D.C., then Alexandria (which I will be attending) and then Elicott City again, but a different store. Please keep praying for Sharon and her cold. She said the coughing is better, but her sinuses are still giving her problems.

I hope to post some more pictures tomorrow! Right now I need some sleep... Hehe. Goodnight, all!

Not much sleep...

Yup, just as I predicted, I didn't get much sleep last night. For one thing, I didn't get home from work till almost 12am. Then I had many things left to do before I left today. And, of course, I was really excited.

I got to bed at 3am.

I was going to go exercising this morning.

Didn't happen ^_^. This will be the first morning I've missed in almost 3 weeks.

Ok, time to start getting ready! Bye!

Friday, July 13, 2007

They're still going...

It has approached Day 6 of the Fantasy Four Tour, and it seems that our Fantasy Four are still going strong. They've encountered musical family members (Phil Keagy, Christopher Hopper's Uncle Phil), a sword fighting instructor, and many friends, fans, and fans-to-be. Our authors are having a blast meeting and talking with people, as well as talking amongst themselves.

Please keep praying for them, especially Sharon Hinck as she is still battling a bad cold. She said the adrenaline and Halls cough drops are what keep her going. I'm sure God has a hand in there as well. God, heal Sharon's body and give her the strength she needs to keep going.

Tomorrow is the day I get to see them! I'm SO excited! I have some small (and I do mean small) gifts for them. They're rather simple, but I hope they like them.

I'm also looking forward to meeting Everlastingscribe, whom I met through Wayne's blog! *hugs Scribe*. I will get to meet her tomorrow night :D

I'm not sure I'll be sleeping much tonight ... I think I'll be too excited.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

On Your Mark ... Get Set ...

And they're off! The Fantasy Four Tour is off to a great start! Yesterday was the kick-start to the tour. All four of the authors arrived safely, some with a few hitches in their plans. Christopher Hopper and his wife Jennifer's flight got bumped, and the ended up driving from NY to Atlanta, resulting in a 19 hour drive. Wayne Thomas Batson arrived safely, but almost lost his luggage in the deal. Sharon Hinck has a sore throat, and Bryan Davis' wife isn't feeling well.

Yesterday the four authors were presented with their swords and shields, supplied by John Cooper, owner of www.realarmorofgod.com, and they are all syked and ready to see what God has planned for this tour.

Please pray for them and their health as they travel. Pray for safety, and pray that God will use them in mightier ways than He already has been!

OH! And Wayne Thomas Batson reported that the Washington Post wants to do a story covering the Fantasy Four Tour. Praise God!!

Monday, July 2, 2007

Oy...why oh why oh why...

Why didn't I figure out the "erastes" thing earlier? I've been able to change almost everything that I used that name on.... but ripping the embroidery of the name out of my cloak is proving to be a nightmare. The stitches are small and tight, and the seam ripper is too thick for some of the stitches. Not to mention I'm in danger of ripping the fabric as well. *cries out of frustration*

The embroidery is towards the edge on the front of the hood, so it would be so much easier if I opened the hood up (there's a lining in the cloak), then it would make ripping the embroidery out a bit easier. The only problem with that is that I'm wearing this cloak in two weeks to Richmond, and I have no sewing machine with which to close the hole up with! And hand stitching won't do it, cause I don't want the seam to show on the outside of the hood....

Does anyone have any ideas.... ??

Sunday, July 1, 2007

New Blog, New Name

There has been an interesting turn of events with the Greek username I was using before, Erastes Christianou. While I thought that Erastes meant "lover", it turns out it actually means "homosexual lover."

Just imagine my horror at finding this out. I had used this username in many different places - forums, my old blogspot, a bracelet (which I'm going ask my dear friend Kale Charis to remake for me...), embroidered on the hood of my cloak (which I plan on ripping out...).

That Greek username was supposed to mean "Lover of Christ", for I do love my Lord Jesus who paid the ultimate penalty for me, and freed me from my sin. But knowing what that word really means now, changes everything.

I have found myself a new username to use, with the help of my buddy JF. Pais Charos, which means Child of Grace. My mom's favorite Bible verse, which is the one that ultimately led her to the Lord, the reason she is in Heaven with him right now, was Ephesians 2:8,9. "For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast."

~ Pais

The Fantasy Fiction Tour

The Fantasy Fiction Tour is getting closer. These four Christian Fantasy authors will be touring the East:

Bryan Davis (Author of Dragons in our Midst and Oracles of Fire)
Wayne Thomas Batson (Author of The Door Within Series)
Sharon Hinck (Author of The Restorer)
Christopher Hopper (Author of The Rise of Dibor)

Here is the website that describes the tour: http://www.fantasyfictiontour.com

I highly recommend anyone to try to make it to either of the signings that will be taking place during this tour.

I know Bryan Davis personally, and he is a wonderful person to know. He has such a passion for his audience and the message that God has given to him to put in his books. You'll find a link to his Blogspot on the left of the page.

I am very much looking forward to meeting Wayne Batson, Christopher Hopper, and Sharon Hinck. I haven't had the opportunity to read any of their books yet, but I have been intriqued, and as well have been impressed by what I've read on their websites and blogs. On the left of this page I have provided links to their blogs as well, if you care to visit.


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I'm Sorry...

(this has been copied and pasted from my old blog)

I'm sorry..
If I'm not skinny enough for you to see my ribs.

I'm sorry..
If I'm not pretty enough to be "your girl".

I'm sorry..
If I won't make out with you every minute.

I'm sorry..
If I'm not a playboy model so I don't act like a porn star for you.

I'm sorry..
If i don't have a dream body that turns you on.

I'm sorry..
If I'm too tall or too short for you.

I'm sorry..
If i won't drop down to my knees to get you to like me.

I'm sorry..
If my hair isn't just the way you like it.

I'm sorry..If I'm not the "hottest" girl you have ever seen.

But most of all...
I'm sorry that most guys can't accept a girl for who they really are.

If you're a girl and you agree with this letter, repost as "I'm sorry." [GIRLS ONLY]

If you're one of the few GUYS that are man enough to repost this and say you would never make your girl feel this way, repost as "I love you just the way you are..."

---Most
------Guys
---------Are
------------Just
---------------Not
------------------Man
---------------------Enough