Why I Wrote the Book

Before and during college, I struggled a lot with what I was supposed to do, career-wise. Though prayer and Bible reading, I came to this conclusion: God creates people different from each other, with unique gifts and talents. He did that for a reason, and it’s a good thing. Throughout the Bible, God talks about forming us like a Potter forms clay, and compares us to a body, with different parts with different purposes.

So I thought this idea was worth sharing. But how would I explain this concept to my little niece or nephew? Ergo, the story was born. I was (and still am) exploring my artistic talent, so I started drawing pictures to go with the story, just for the joy of creating beautiful spaces. Matt encouraged me, and I came up with something decent.

I’ve gotten some amazing encouragement from people who read the story, and now the book is printed and available on Amazon.com or from me personally. All proceeds will go towards my next book and a new project called the Genesis! game that my husband and I are working on.

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I Want Your Fears (or Adult Monsters)

The mother of a child is crying for her baby. A monster lurks outside her halo of blankets, intent on gobbling her heart.

But her child peeks out. She hasnt yet learned pain. She trusts in her mommy, who has always kept her safe. “Why do you tremble?” Her innocent eyes see no reply. “The fog is so beautiful, it’s a fairy land!”

When do we learn that the unknown is scary? At what age do we stop trusting the One who holds us safe? Is it when we first fall down and see blood on our knees? Fear keeps us from touching the fire again, but it can also send us to our graves, frozen in dust.

My Father isn’t one to always keep me from running. He even watches me fall sometimes. But He’s always there to pick me up. Always there to teach me better. And who knows how many times he’s kept me from toppling over?

Years teach is fears. Monsters become letters in the mailbox or empty accounts hiding in the closet. But the One who protects us from giant spiders doesn’t grow less powerful with the passing of years.

Give me the worst of your fears. Compare them to an eternity without God. How small are my monsters compared with eternity. Relax. Be at peace. God is on His throne. Trust the One you know.

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If Only, If Only (From “Holes” by Louis Sachar)

This is the poem from “Holes,” by Louis Sachar. I LOVE this poem. So I found a second verse (not sure if it’s actually in the book or if another fan wrote it. Then I wrote the third verse.

“If only, if only,” the woodpecker sighs,
“the bark on the trees was as soft as the skies.”
And the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely.
He cries to the moon, “if only if only.”

If only, if only, the moon speaks no reply;
Reflecting the sun and all that’s gone by.
Be strong my weary wolf, turn around boldly.
Fly high, my baby bird, my angel, my only.

If only, if only, the river sighs her good-bye
If only all time were a knot to un-tie.
There would be no such lie, no reason to cry,
If one life is gone, give it another try.

One of the Best Books on Writing EVER

I don’t get a percentage of this or anything. I just thought of it the other day and thought it worthy of sharing to all the aspiring writers out there.

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Yeah, it’s for news writing, but I picked it up for $1 once when I was, like, 16, and it propelled my writing to entire new heights. 🙂 Good writing is good writing, regardless of if it’s for news or a fiction book. I especially remember their section on descriptions. And, of course, if you want to get your writing start in journalism, this is perfect for you.

Tired of Meaningless Phone Games? Try This One

Genesis-Start-ScreenDANA POINT, CA – Matt Hass, a professional programmer, is raising money to finish off a mobile RPG based in Biblical post-flood earth. Genesis! is a Minecraft-style, open-world, first-person RPG that boasts features that rival any popular secular game, including the ability to build your own house any way you want, anywhere you want, and in a realistic setting.

Hass, the head programmer, says he’s “done his time,” working and developing mindless games, and has found his passion in combining his two loves: quality games and God. While developing professionally, he noticed that many games lacked creativity. Many were re-skinned versions of each other, simply created to make money. They lacked the passion and inspiration that goes into a good, unique game. Even in the Christian realm, most games lacked the funds or creativity to actually create a quality product. Hass aims to make a creative, revolutionary game that anyone, Christian or not, can become addicted to.

Set in post-Flood earth, Genesis! players will be able to witness events like the Tower of Babel, meet Biblical figures like Abraham, build on the ruins of Sodom, gather clay from the banks of the Nile, and learn all about what life was like in a time few of us understand now.

Oh, but watch out! A key aspect of this game is the “sin meter.” Players will have the ability to steal or cheat, but at the expense of their sin meter. If, after being warned, a player continues to break laws, their sin meter will go up, bringing on plagues, bad weather, bandits, and, if they don’t take care of it, death. Just like in the OT, players will sacrifice animals to make up for wrong-doing. This will help show why we needed Jesus as our Savior.

“As a kid, I loved playing videogames, and I wanted to make one that I would have loved to play, but that also has real value, that isn’t a waste of time,” says Hass. To support this effort, you can head over to their Kickstarter campaign and help by funding or sharing!

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Little Drops

Sometimes I feel so small. Like nothing we could ever do could make any difference. Like we’re just a tiny little drop trying to change the color of the ocean. And even if we make the biggest splash possible for a little drop, not much actually changes.

But my heart was lifted today. We met a bunch of other little drops the same color as us, all marching along valiantly.

We’re not alone. And even if we only change the color of a handful of drops, those drops will go out and keep up the fight, even after the original drops fly to heaven.

Join hands, together we can change the world for the better.

Genesis! Mobile RPG

WE JUST LAUNCHED OUR KICKSTARTER FOR THE GAME!!! The Genesis! game is a brand-new RPG where you can build cities, explore new lands, and learn all about the newly-formed planet called Earth! If you’re a parent who cares about what your child plays, as far as video games, this is a great investment for you!! Not only is it clean and incorporates moral standards, it also helps kids learn about life after Noah’s flood, around the time Abram was alive.

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For more information, here’s the Kickstarter page. Here’s the basic information page on our website, and below is the video! Please consider helping fund the game so we can get it launched!

Follow Your Bliss?!?!

Chasing your bliss leaves you tired and worn, with empty hands and a confused, blind heart. For the heart rarely knows the mysteries of the stars, or where this path will take you. Follow, instead, the hands who made you, the heart who knows you fully, the One who formed the stars and aligned them with the moon. Follow Him, and you get more than your bliss. You find peace and purpose. I don’t know about you, but that’s my bliss.