A NaNoWriMo Winner!

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I am soooooooooo excited! I finished my NaNoWriMo novel at approximately 1:15 p.m. CST, November 30, 2016!

I called my mom and am ready to celebrate. Mom wanted to know what happens next.

I said, “So, I’m going to put it aside and not pick it up again until after the new year.”

Really, that’s what I’m going to do. It’s a really rough, rough draft and I did have to put in some nonsense in it to help my word count along. Even the place-holder title is going to change, and I’m probably going to change the name of the characters.

My friend, Kim, helped me to come up with ideas and clues to help with the mystery. Thank you, KB!!!

The plan is to whip the draft into shape in 2017 and think about publishing it.  Because it really turned out better than what I imagined. I may join the Christian Writer’s Association to help out. If I can’t get an agent and all of that, I may just self-publish for ebooks. As Princess Buttercup says, “The future awaits.” In other words, I’ll cross that bridge later.

For now, I’m just so excited to have put down a story and added my name to the list of NaNoWriMo winners. I really do feel like a winner. Yahoooooo!

 

 

 

Last Days of NaNoWriMo & Counting Down!

Old_booksOhhhhhh! Dear Reader,
My fingers feel like they are about to fall off. I’m at 43k words on my NaNoWriMo book and have sunk to writing nonsense.

My novel is about a suburban wife, mother, career woman who suddenly goes missing late one night when going on a simple convenience store run.

When the case grows cold, her older sister desperately takes on the quest of finding out what happened.

I’m struggling with clues to solve the mysterious disappearance.

Per NaNoWriMo, writers are supposed to simply get the story down in 50k words to beat the deadline of December 1. It is a first draft (an ugly draft) that comes from 30 days of slapping an idea down on paper (or a keyboard, as the case may be.)

In the end, the writer has made a deadline, hacked out a novel (of sorts), and won the satisfaction of finally (finally!) doing what she/he has always dreamed: write a complete novel.

In addition, I’ve got 3 freelance articles to submit for December 1…I’m actually getting paid for those, so they’re a must-do!

So wish me good writing, dear Readers…

Got to run!

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Random, irrelevant photo from past post that I thought looked cool. 😉

 

Happy Thanksgiving 2016

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Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Readers!

I hope you plan on feasting like crazy and can build wonderful memories with your family and friends!

I took these fall photos from downtown Huntsville this afternoon. The store is the old Harrison Brothers store that now is a unique boutique where you can buy stuff from local artisans.

Be Blessed,

Stephanie

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Do you recognize these leaves from the “Happy Thanksgiving!” text I wrote above?

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“No matter where I serve my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.”

 

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Piper & Leaf at Harrison Brothers! Woohoo!

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Alabama vs. Auburn game on Saturday!!!!!!!!

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I want these chippy chairs!

 

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Downtown lofts.

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A Trip on Noah’s Ark

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“Ark Encounter is the largest timber frame structure in the world, built from standing dead timber, in part by skilled Amish craftsmen.*”

This past weekend, Lefty, Princess Buttercup, and I took a road trip with about 190 of our closest friends to board (wait for it…)

Noah’s Ark!

We all filled three charter busses (some drove) and made the 6-hour pilgrimage to northern Kentucky.

On Saturday morning, we loaded up and visited the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.

After visiting the museum, we attended a devotional and finger-food fellowship

On Sunday, we all filled up the church to worship and enjoy a delicious fellowship meal (thanks so much, Grant County church cooks!). We then boarded the busses and drove to the Ark.

One of our ministers, Kyle Massengale, said that he was “awestruck” when he first saw the Ark from the entrance. “We could see the Ark in the distance on another ridge, and [our tour guide] asked us to estimate the distance between where our bus was located and the Ark. Some travelers were guessing 300 yards, and some said maybe a thousand yards, but when he said that we were over a mile and a quarter from the Ark, it was just overwhelming to then understand how large and massive the undertaking was.”

Kyle noted that the trip was very faith-validating. He said, “With Christianity being on attack at every turn, it seems, having a trip like the creation and Ark event really solidifies faith and shows that the Bible is consistent with science and the things we know concerning our world today.”

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“510 feet long, 51 feet high, and 85 feet wide.*”

My take-away from the museum and Ark information:

While creationists and evolutionists are given the same evidence and facts, they approach them with two vastly different world views.

If you approach the facts (the fossils and other evidence) with a belief that the Bible is the infallible, inerrant Word of God, then the evidence unequivocally points to the universe being designed and created by God. However, if you are an evolutionist, the facts are skewed in a different direction.

Both world views require faith. The decision is ours. One of our members is a nuclear physicist who received his PhD from MIT. His career includes the Los Alamos National Laboratory & NASA. He was an atheist prior to a lovely story of his conversation in college. He points out that if we believe in God, then our world has meaning. If we believe in atheism, then we are just a bunch of molecules thrown together that react to stimuli, just like lumps of coal in a camp fire.

* SOURCE: https://arkencounter.com/exhibits/

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What a “private” Ark room may have looked like.

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Huge wooden beams down the center of the Ark.

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Wooden ribbing.