What have I done!?

That is of course, a rhetorical question…I know exactly what I’ve done…and there’s no going back now.

It’s not earth-shattering, or life changing, nothing is hanging in the balance…I’ve just made some changes.

I scrapped my novel (it’s still on my computer to be revisited later if I feel like going back…I’ve learned that lesson the hard way!).

GAH!!!

It’ll be fine, I know it, I have a new (BETTER!) idea…it’s actually an old idea; this is an idea that I began turning into a full fledged…something…a few years ago and wanted to continue but LOST THE FILE!

So we’ll see what happens.

I hope I don’t regret this.

 

 

Hiatus

At least that’s what we’ll call it.

In reality, life got in the way and that’s the reason it’s been six months since I’ve posted anything here. So let’s see, what’s happened in the last six months?

I turned 23 in April.

I visited Disney World in May.

I got a new job in June (same office, different title and responsibilities).

I worked a ton in July (covering my old job and new while they looked for my replacement).

I sprained my ankle on my last training walk for a race in August.

I walked an 8 mile race in September (my first competitive walk/run!)

And now here we are in October! October is typically a month that I will use for planning for NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month…in fact I’m posting here to avoid a serious plot hole that I just found in my story planning…that and the fact that right now my plan only has two characters.

Not only am I working, but school started in September as well and that’s when life starts to get busy and things get in the way, I am hoping to remedy that though! I would like to post here all throughout October and November – use this space as a storyboard, a journal, or a procrastination tool (that should be no problem). This should not only keep me accountable to my (few) readers, but also help spur me along if I get stuck in a novel writing rut.

Along with participation in NaNoWriMo, I am also working on three previous NaNo projects – one I’m in the middle of the long nightmare that is editing, one is being completely rewritten (UGH!), and the third is being neglected because the two oldest projects have issues and the third can wait!

Anyway, all of that is to say that I need to be more consistent in this space, even if I’m the only one that ever reads these!

 

Book Review: I’ll Be Yours by: Jenny B. Jones

If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time you know that Jenny B. Jones is one of my favorite authors! She writes humorous, intelligent YA Fiction that is TOP NOTCH!

Among some of my favorites are the Katie Parker Production series, the Charmed Life series, and A Sugar Creek Christmas to name a few.

I was given the opportunity to read her newest YA novel, I’ll Be Yours in exchange for an honest review…I’ll Be Yours hits shelves on March 22, and trust me, you’re going to want to get yourself a copy!

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She’s the coach’s brilliant daughter, clueless about love.
He’s the dethroned football star, ready to teach Romance 101.
When dark secrets and sparks collide, there’s no playbook for what happens next.

Harper O’Malley is a self proclaimed band geek (boy can I relate to that),she has scars, she has a troubled past, but she has a family that loves her. Her dad is the local university’s head football coach – life seems close to perfect and then it all falls apart.

Ridley Estes is a star football player with a past of his own; he needs tutoring in order to get to college and play college football…Harper is the girl for the job…on the condition that Ridley will teach her how to flirt.

One of the things I absolutely love about Jenny’s books is how relatable her characters always are; its as though you are sitting down with a cup of coffee and chatting with an old friend! Her books are laugh out loud funny, thoughtful, and sometimes heartbreakingly (it’s a word) real. She knows how to tug at your heartstrings in one sentence and have you rolling on the floor laughing in the next.

Harper is a character that I can identify with (for the most part); a band geek, academically minded young woman with no idea how to flirt with a boy….hello high school Meg! She rescues mistreated animals, deals with torment from her older brother and the boys on her dad’s football team (who are collectively one of the funniest characters in the book!)…but she has a past; she has scars that she tries to hide – both physical and emotional. She has dreams that torment her, and when her…I don’t want to use the word perfect because it has kind of a sarcastic connotation sometimes…maybe ideal is the right word….

When her ideal world…nope perfect works…

When her perfect world falls apart, her past comes back to haunt her – the scars, the dreams, the pain….it got to a point while reading (and yes, I am an emotional person even on a good day so…) where I couldn’t help but cry! I wanted to scoop Harper up like an overprotective big sister and hug her and cry with her! (Again, this is what Jenny’s books do! They make you feel things!)

Ridley is a character that is not quite so easy to identify with – tall, dark, and handsome football player, forced by his circumstances to grow up rather quickly, with a bit of a troubled history.

Ridley and Harper’s relationship initially is all business – she helps him with his academics and he helps her win the second chair trumpet player’s heart.

I want to keep this review relatively spoiler free so I’m going to leave the above statement as is….just the facts : )

As Harper and Ridley face their own challenges, they grow closer together (making Mr. Second Chair a bit jealous). Harper can open up to Ridley about things she doesn’t tell anyone else….and let me just be honest, I prefer Ridley to Mr. Second Chair too : )

Here’s the thing — while not explicitly Christian Fiction, this novel has a few great story lines that deal with forgiveness and redemption…Harper and her bio-mom, Harper and her (adopted) Dad, even one of Harper’s rescued dogs gets a new lease on life.

There is this little thread of redemption that weaves its way throughout the whole book; it brings the characters together in ways you won’t expect, and shows that even in some of the most awful situations – forgiveness is still possible given enough time. Not just forgi

Chalk this one up as another homerun…or touchdown from Jenny B. Jones!

Remember, I’ll Be Yours hits the shelves on March 22nd, or you can pre-order it right now on Amazon.

10/10, would recommend! Check it out, you’re going to love it!

Blessings,

Meg

 

 

Regret

I have a project that I’ve been working on for 412 days – I started it on January 1st 2015 and it is now February 16th 2016….and I just deleted about 10,000 words of this project.

For a little over a year I’ve been keeping a diary as Hannah Bishop circa 1863 – a year long diary of a woman living in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania in the midst of the civil war. I’m still keeping the diary – April tripped me up a bit and set me back a while behind my planned writing schedule.

As well as using this “Civil War diary” I’m creating a modern day character following her own timeline of events. I came across my original notes for this book a few days ago and was reading through them and comparing them to the work I’d already done on this project and decided to scrap the new in place of the (better) old ideas….so about a third of what I’d written (and by written, I mean typed, this does not include what is written in the actual, physical diary I’m keeping) has been deleted…gone for good…and I can’t decide how I feel about that yet.

On one hand I’m glad that I’m going in a new direction because this new direction has a better flow and makes the story much easier to tell but on the other hand…I just deleted close to fifteen thousand words and set myself back several months…which kind of stresses me out.

31 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up The Struggle Of Writing Motivational Letters

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I need someone to tell me that I’m going to be okay and that I did what needed to be done because now that the changes are made and saved….I’m regretting it….

31 Gifs That Perfectly Sum Up The Struggle Of Writing Motivational Letters

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….even though I KNOW that this is good for me and is what absolutely needed to be done!!

Friday Favorites

It has been a long while since I’ve written anything so why not start off with a few of my FAVORITE things right now!? 

First things first, Beautiful: A Carole King Musical. I am completely IN LOVE with this soundtrack! When the show makes its way to Detroit or back to Chicago – it is definitely on my must see list…but for now I will continue to rock out to the amazing soundtrack! 

  
I am also enjoying iPad versions of my favorite board games. The best way to relax (for me anyway) is sitting down after a long work day or after I’ve done homework and starting a game. Don’t get me wrong – I love playing irl but it’s hard to get people’s schedules to mesh so that we can have a game night so…I have three of my favorites downloaded to my tablet: Settlers of Catan, Pandemic, and Ticket to Ride. My favorite way to de-stress! 

  
  
Pandemic unfortunately (sometimes fortunately!) is only single player, so you get to play as the whole team, which sometimes is great but if you lose you have no one to blame but yourself! 

I’m LOVING the current season of Downton Abbey and have actually begun a rewatch of the series with season one! My favorite thing is re-meeting the characters; watching Mary and Matthew *sobs* meet each other again, seeing Sybil again *even more sobs* … I’m loving it! 

I have lots of other favorites that probably aren’t worth listing here but, let me know in the comments what YOU are enjoying right now! 

Blessings, 

Megan

Weird…

It’s so weird sitting at home, watching national news and seeing pictures of my town. 

Seeing Flint Michigan in the news is just. plain. weird. 

WATER is a basic human right.

WATER is needed for cooking, cleaning, bathing. 

The WATER in Flint is toxic. It’s poisoning the people who drink it.

Instead of pointing fingers and placing blame our governor SHOULD be actively trying to fix this horrific problem. 

No one should ever have to go without water they can drink…no one. 

  How am I supposed to teach kids the importance of water when half of them live in a home with water they can’t drink!? 
I’m sorry for this crazy, unorganized post….

It just breaks my heart

Absolutely breaks my heart. 

On Red Cups and Priorities

Good grief friends, if I have to read one more click-bait article on Christians who are upset that Starbucks (a secular corporation mind you) has removed holiday symbols from their seasonal cups this year I will be sick. 

Real talk for a minute folks – Starbucks removed swirls, snowflakes, snowmen, ice skates, etc….from their Christmas cups. Okay, that is their prerogative, it is as I said a secular, for profit corporation to simplify – they can do what they want! 

The last time I checked, snowflakes and snowmen are not Christian symbols of Christmas; the star of Bethlehem, a manger scene, Angels and what have you – yes, these are somewhat representative of what we believe Christmas is all about Charlie Brown. 

If I as a Christian am relying on Starbucks to proclaim my beliefs on a cup that is in stores for a few months instead of sharing the gospel with people myself then I’m doing something wrong as a Christian. 

Romans 12:1 says “do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world but be transformed…” why then, should we expect the world to conform to us and our beliefs? 

As Christians we need to get our priorities in order; people are outraged over a paper cup but not the persecution of Christians and refugees in the Middle East. Poverty and hunger is rampant in our communities; children are shuffled in and out of the system like cards in a deck. Schools are being shot up on what seems like a weekly basis, bomb threats, and extremist attacks are mentioned on the news daily, and planes are blown out of the sky but sure, let’s get upset about a paper cup. 

Friends, we don’t want the world to think of Christians as the grumpy people that boycott everything in sight or the ones who get angry over trivial things. We want the world to see us as the hands and feet of Christ himself; sharing the gospel, loving the lost, and being respectful of people who believe differently than we do. 

If your knickers are in a twist over a red paper cup maybe, just maybe, you’re looking for the gospel of Jesus Christ in the wrong place. 

Blessings, 
Megan 

Don’t Worry

I’m not dead. I’m still alive but this space certainly isn’t. I’ve started a new semester of classes, a new writing project, recently got promoted and took on new work in the office, and I’m learning some Spanish on the side. So, if the blog is a little bare for a bit (as it has been for quite a loooooooong time) I apologize!

There will be updates every now and then, I promise a few Friday Favorites, and some fun posts as we move into the Holiday season!

Blessings,

Megan

Update

Good afternoon friends! I just wanted to pop by and let you know that I have not disappeared off of the face of the Earth but because of a weird schedule I’ve been on the road without a computer and not able to post like I’d like to. Look for some recaps, reviews, and general randomness coming next week, until then…

Blessings! 

Megan

I Don’t Know About You…

But I’m feeling 22….

Today is my 22nd birthday which feels really weird to say aloud…22…I’m 22. I have work today and I’m also a Delegate to District Assembly for the Eastern Michigan District Church of the Nazarene so I thought I would use my post today to tell you twenty two things about myself….

1.) I’m an only child

2.) I’m okay with being an only child, it didn’t effect me negatively growing up and I really appreciate the relationships I have with my family members

3.) I work as an Administrative Professional – which is a fancy way of saying I’m a secretary, specifically I’m the Adult Ministries Assistant in the church office where I work.

4.) It’s at this point in the post that I’m really struggling to come up with 22 unique things  to share….

5.) My favorite movie is the 2005 version of Pride and Prejudice and no one will ever convince me that any other version is better

6.) My favorite television shows are Parks and Recreation and The West Wing – both explore the inner workings of government but both do it very, very differently…also, Rob Lowe : ) 

7.) I will very frequently respond to texts from my mom with Parks and Rec quotes or pictures and respond to my dad with West Wing quotes….

8.) My favorite book of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird

9.) Since freshman year in high school I have read Harper Lee’s classic at least once a year so if my math is right I’ve read the book at the very least 10 times

10.) I have kind of an addiction to YouTube – I am subscribed to several channels and creators that post daily and I love them.

11.) RE: Number 10 – some of my favorites have to do with Science: SciShow, Veritasium, Minute Physics, The Brain Scoop, and Animal Wonders to name a few.

12.) I’m past the half-way point and if you’re still reading you deserve an award of some kind…which I can’t give you but, I will promise never to do a post like this again! I needed to get a post off today so that I stick to my consistent posting promise…so this is what you get.

13.) Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher…

14.) I entered college as a nursing major…

15.) I am currently a psychology major…

16.)…and after months of prayer and soul searching…I am planning on using my degree in psychology as my foot in the door for teaching….I think I should have just followed my heart years ago…

17.)  I am a total history buff and I read lots and lots of historical texts…for fun! Specifically I love studying the Civil War and to go even more specifically I have always loved studying the battle of Gettysburg….

18.) I enjoy reading biographies – political biographies are my favorite. I’m currently reading Laura Bush’s memoir Spoken From the Heart

19.) Laura Bush is my favorite First Lady

20.) I love baseball – I am a fan of the Detroit Tigers; I have visited six stadiums around the country and would love to visit more.

21.) I do not enjoy celebrating my birthday…

22.) …but nothing gives me more joy than celebrating with other people on their’s.

Thanks for sticking with me through this…..

Happy Monday.

Blessings,

Megan