Sometimes You Gotta Refocus…

Rethink.

Refocus.

Move Forward.

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So I have some more guest posts coming in the next week or two but I thought I should pop in and share some thoughts with you as well as a verse of encouragment. As I’ve mentioned a little bit here and there, this year I really focused on upgrading some high school courses so I could attend college this fall and I have arrived! But with that, I want to talk about focus and priorities.

Reaching your goals takes a lot of doing what you don’t feel like doing and also hard times. And when that happens, sometimes you’ve gotta refocus. I really learned that over the last year as I had to buckle down and do work I didn’t want to do and meet deadlines that feel almost impossible to meet. As I sit here at college having survived the first week of classes I’m realizing that it’s all the same as before. Slightly harder work and lots of it but still the same. And in those moments of stress and frustration when I feel like I’m drowning in all I have to do I’ve had to learn to stop, take a minute or two to just breathe and then reflect about why I’m doing this all and what it’s for. – What the point is behind all this paperwork and daily readings for classes the next day.

Refocus on my goals then move forward knowing that this is not pointless. That there is a plan and final goal in mind.

A long-term plan.

So just remember that if you feel exhausted, or swamped with homework, studies, work or even just life to stop and take a minute to breathe and reflect on what will come from what you are doing right now.

11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13

 

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Loving People Like Jesus

Hello there!

I’m so sorry it’s been so long since I’ve blogged. My priorities have been to focus on my upgrades for college and now that those are done it’s a waiting process to get my marks back. Since that’s done I’m hoping to be able to put a bit more of a priority on my blogging and novel writing. But today I’m gonna work on writing up some posts and finishing up ones I started so today my friend Cori has written another guest post so I’ll let her share what she’s written.

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Growing up I learned that people are not always the easiest to love all the time. I was taught that you have to love everyone, even if you don’t like them.

One of the most important commandments is to love your neighbors as yourself. God said that himself. Treat others the way you would want to be treated is something my youth pastor would say often. Although not always the easiest route, it is the way that Jesus lived himself.

Jesus hung out with people that you wouldn’t really expect. He made friends with the liars and cheats. The outcasts. The people nobody wanted to be. I think He did this to set an example for us today. He didn’t have to love on those people. But he chose to show them the love and respect every person needs.

Now that doesn’t mean that Jesus took crap from people either. He would correct them when they were wrong, in a very polite yet clever way most of the time.

Don’t think I’m telling you to hang around a murderer and be best friends with them. But I am telling you to love that person no matter the sins they struggle with because, in the end, his sin is the same as mine. Even if mine seems minuscule in comparison God sees all sin as the same.

When I was in grade school the teachers would always pair the new kids or the weird kids with me because In my house you treated everybody the way you would want to be treated, therefor I was always the nice one in class, even when I didn’t want to be I was paired with them. Now I was a very shy kid. It was pretty hard for me to do this. But I felt the call that God put on my life to follow him at a young age and I knew it was the right thing to do.

There was this one kid who nobody got along with. I’m not gonna share her name but she was a nice kid. Just a bit strange. Once one of my friends asked me why I hung out with her so much. I simply told them that she deserved to have friends too. At the end of the school year, we went our separate ways but her mom came up to me and thanked me for being so nice to this girl. She was a bit hyper and talked A LOT but I did enjoy her company and learned to love her very much.

I wish more kids would give each other a chance rather than judging a book by its cover. It’s so hard for me to see all the bullying and abuse that goes on In schools these days. It’s sad.

I learned pretty young that it’s honestly so rewarding and worth getting to know a person no matter how much they annoy you.

Now I know we aren’t all in grade school here. That was just one example. I have another. Take homeless people for example. I have worked and served homeless people for as long as I can remember. But some people won’t even look in their direction. Some Christians don’t even see them as people.

I’ll never forget the day that I went up to a homeless man and gave him some food and he looked at me with tears in his eyes. He said nobody would even look at him that day. He searches in his bag for a ring he had made and he gave it to me saying that he wishes there were more people like me in this world.

I’ve given people on the streets Christmas presents that haven’t gotten anything for 25 years and they’ve broken down and asked me to watch them open it. It wasn’t much just some essentials and little things and a book but he was so thankful for his gift. He said that maybe there really is a God that loved him all because I treated him like a normal person for a few minutes.

I love these experiences. Ones with people who think they don’t even deserve it anymore. Broken people. I see them as a beautiful creation of God and it’s almost magical seeing these moments.

If people could just open their eyes and see them as people in a bad circumstance the world would be a much more beautiful place. But let’s move on to another example.

Now we’ve all had that one neighbor that everybody hates right? I have anyways. Those people are one of the hardest to love. Just the meanest most annoying people you’ve ever met right? Well God calls us to love even them. I know crazy right?! Well, I know for a fact that Jesus would have gone up to that guy and said: “I love you no matter what the sin you are struggling with.” So we are called to do the same. That’s not always the easy thing to do but sometimes the hard choice is the best choice.

So many times in the Bible the Pharisees would scold Jesus for hanging out with “that guy” like why would a guy like you hang out with a guy like them? Love, that’s the answer. Unconditional unfailing love.

I know these words aren’t really something easy to read but it’s very important. So next time you just can’t stand someone, pray for them. It not only changes them but it changes your heart towards them. I’m not saying you have to like them, but you must love them.

“Lord help me to love like you do. Help me to love my enemy’s and pray for them. Help me to go up to the weird kid and be their friend. I thank you for your love and grace on us. We don’t deserve it but you made us deserve it by dying on the cross for us. Help me to spread love through out the world and shine your light through me. In Jesus name, I pray, Amen”

Beautiful Books #1 || Introduce Your Novel

Hello Readers!

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I figured that, since I’m doing NaNoWriMo this year that I should probably tell you what my novel is about. I mentioned it a while back and did a few Beautiful People Tag posts about my FMC buuut that was a while ago and some things have changed so that can all just be put aside and I’ll get around to redoing them later or something…

 

What Is Beautiful Books?

Beautiful Books is a writerly blog linkup event, focused on NaNoWriMo novels. This blog linkup is created by Cait @ Paperfury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. It was designed with NaNoWriMo in mind. NaNoWriMo is a writing event where you write a 50,000 word novel in a month. But you can do it for ANY novel if you’re not a NaNo participant.

Before I start here is a collage I made for my novel that I wanted to share because I can:

Blood In These Waters

 

Questions:

1. How did you come up with the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

So I have this part of my mind that thinks I’m a mermaid but the catch is that I am afraid of the water…(Like terrified) and I was thinking on it one day (cause why not?) and the thought came to me. ‘Why would a mermaid be terrified of the waters she grew up in?’ and honestly it branched off from there. I’ve had this idea floating around in my head for maybe 6 months now but I’d just been waiting for the right opportunity to write it and I write fantasy novels better when doing NaNoWriMo…Why I don’t know but I can prove it 😛

 

2. Why are you excited to write this novel?

Because who doesn’t wanna write a retelling of a dark story that has Mermaids in it? I mean I’ve based the mermaids/sirens off what they are like in most mythology (some vary depending where the myth originated from and such) and I just love mermaids so thats my reasoning. Nothing more than my love for mermaids and the original Little Mermaid story.

 

3. What is your novel about, and what is the title?

Well. As I said it’s a little mermaid retelling (or its supposed to turn out as such haha) called ‘Blood in these Waters,’ and I have a little synopsis but it hardly does it justice so I will explain it instead XD

So Blood In These Waters is a (dark) little mermaid retelling and basically in this novel everyone dies. Humans and Mer and slaughtering each other in a fight for the ocean waters and many Mer are taking revenge on the humans by becoming them and luring the humans to their death…..it’s gonna be interesting….and sad. And much character death will happen.

The story follows a mermaid/siren named Caspia and she, along with some of her sisters and friends, joined the humans on land, pretending to be one of them but no matter how hard she tries, she can’t make herself return to the ocean. Something scared her out of the water and leaves her stranded on land where it slowly kills her.

 

So as I said. Much death.

 
4. Sum up your characters in one word each. (Feel free to add pictures!)

I’m still gathering my cast of characters as I’m finishing that area of plotting BUT I have 3 main characters so lets do this.

Caspia:Caspia

Bitter

 

Owen: Owen

Lost

 

Pearl: Pearl

Bubbly

 

5. Which character(s) do you think will be your favourite to write?

I’m already freakishly excited to write Caspia’s character. She is bitter and angry but I will also get to show (at some point) her soft side and much pain and feels will be inflicted upon me for falling in love with this character but oh well. That’s the fun of it, right?

 

 

6. What is your protagonist’s goal, and what stands in the way?

Her goal is to get revenge on humans and do whatever she has to to stop them from invading the oceans and leave the Mer alone. What stands in the way is that her own fear has trapped her on land and there is not much she can do to stop the humans any longer while on land. (My own character hates me cause I’m human so this is quite interesting. Trust me. 😉 😛 )

 

7. Where is your novel set? 

I honestly don’t know yet….I’m thinking Hawaii but I feel thats very overdone so I don’t really know yet. I’m working on it….Anyone have any ideas/suggestions?

 

8. What is the most important relationship your character has?

The relationship with her sister Adria probably. Its the only relationship that means something to her.

 

9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?

Well. She dies so…

 

10. What themes are in your book? How do you want your readers to feel when the story is over?

WELL. That I haven’t really thought on yet…but I know readers will be feeling all the feels by the end. ( I hope)…I may have to revisit this question later. I’m still in the plotting stages of some/most of the stuff (cause I’m lazy and haven’t been working on it as much as I should be…) so yeah…

 

11. BONUS! Tell us your 3 best pieces of advice for others trying to write a book in a month.

Oh! Oh! I got this I got this!

#1- Even if your writing feels like crap, don’t stop.

 

#2- Put tape or something over your backspace button when you write. DO NOT use the evil backspace button. I don’t care if you think that paragraph you wrote sucks. Ignore it and keep writing. You can come back and fix it later. (Later being after you’ve written all you need/want for the day OR when you finish NaNo) I used this technique last year and it actually helped me out cause then by covering the button I told myself I wasn’t going to go back and just keep writing.

 

#3-HAVE FUN. Yes, winning NaNo is fun but don’t lose sight of the fact that this isn’t a competition. People won’t make fun of you or dislike you cause you didn’t reach the 50k. Just have fun with it all ok?

 

 

So that’s my post! Hope you like it!

Until Next Time,

Adriana G.

Camp NaNoWriMo || Where Did I Get The Idea for My Novel?

Hello Readers!

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So, yesterday I shared the first Chapter of my Camp NaNoWriMo novel ‘More At Home With Strangers’ and Introduced you to one of my five main POV characters, Paisley Moore and A couple weeks ago I shared a little bit about each character in the Beautiful People Link-up….But I realized something missing in those posts.

That certain thing that was missing was: Where did the idea come from? and Why am I writing a story like this?

Well, the wait is over and you can stop wondering because I am going to tell you all right here, right now!

 

More At Home With Strangers ( MAHWS )

 

Synopsis:
Four teenagers, Mackenzie, Paisley, Tarryn and Maiya can’t stand each other upon meeting which makes having to live together hard. But they don’t have much choice considering the foster system is a hard, complicated issue. None have any valid excuse to leave, except their hatred for each other, so in the same home they remain. With the help of Gabrielle and David Harrow, the girl’s foster parents, they fight their own demons and face things they would much rather forget….and soon find that not only friendship starts to bring them together but that they are more at home with these strangers than anyone else.

 

That is the basics of my story and now that you know that (and have possibly seen the posts about my characters) I’m going to tell you where I got the idea for this story and how it all came together. (The idea…not the novel cause the novel isn’t done yet 😉 ) So it’s time to interview myself. Heehee!

 

Where did you get the idea for the novel? Was there anything in particular that came to you first? I first got the idea when I was sitting at home doing schoolwork. (Seriously) Suddenly the thought just came to me. What if a young couple wanted to foster some kids? What if those kids ended up being some very troubled teens who needed help?  <– And that thought process is what kicked off the idea for More At Home With Strangers (Or MAHWS. If you see that, It’s just me shortening the title.)

Why these characters? What about them made them deserving of being main characters? I’m not really sure why them and why the stations they are going through but I feel that mainly some of the things these girls struggle with are something other people know. A pain people may not have experienced first hand but might know someone. I think in a way that will make the characters more relatable.  But I think what made them deserving of being the main characters is that they simply are. They simply showed up and are adding something to the story that really is made specifically for that character….Wow. Here I go with my whole ‘trying to be inspirational but sounding like a dork speech’ Anyways. Moving on…

Are the Characters based off of or inspired by anyone you know? Any Dedications for this novel? The characters themselves are not based off anyone I know. But there are people close to me who I see struggling and somehow my love for those people and the notice of the pain they go through somehow leaks into the characters.

This book is, in fact, dedicated to three of the most amazing girls I know. (Destiny, Cori, and Amelia I don’t know if you girls are reading this but this book is dedicated to you. You three have really showed me what true strength is and have the heart and spirit of a fighter.)

All these struggles these characters have to face! Are any of these struggles an experience from a personal battle(s)? I have battled (and still do) with depression so I can definitely say that that has been incorporated from my experience. The eating disorders, health issues and other things are things I haven’t battled personally but I know people who I love dearly who have. So this novel does actually hit home for me a little. Just because, when I write these characters struggles I’m seeing my loved ones so yeah…

Why is this novel so depressing, Adriana? The reason I deal with the topics I do is for the same reason I dealt with rape and teen pregnancy in my novel Holding on To Grace. It’s to shine a light on these problems and show people that there is a light and things will get better. That is my goal with these stories. Sad and depressing, yes but I also hope it will be a source of hope for people as well.

Sounds like an insanely huge story! Is this going to be a series? Now, why would I ask myself this question? Well because I thought I would mention that there will be a MAHWS series. More At Home With Strangers will be a novel in itself but there will be four (possibly five) prequel short stories that give us a look into the characters backstories. So far, Tarryn’s short story (currently titled ‘Lost’ just so I can call it something) is half way completed but on hold now because of Camp NaNoWriMo

 

 

So, that is a little more about MAHWS! Anything I left out or that you want to know more about? Feel free to ask me some questions and I’ll answer them in the comments! 

Until Next Time!

Adriana Gabrielle