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Sheryn Replied About My Proposal!!

So Sheryn, my soon-to-be-publisher, replied today, and she said that she'd mail me a written proposal tomorrow for getting my book published! She didn't have my address, so she couldn't send it to me earlier, but now that she does, Sheryn's gonna send it tomorrow! So excited!!! :D Can't wait to see how God's going to work everything out - the money needed, the time-table, the designs, the sales, all that good stuff! But I know He's in charge, and that whatever's best for me is what He's gonna do, so I'm really jazzed about what's coming next!!!!
     Pray for me, everyone, and praise God!! :D

Thor

Thor. This is the screen adaption of the Marvel Comics comic book series Thor, and while I've never read, or even heard of, this story, I thought the movie was fantastic. It was action-packed (and there was some serious action), just the right amount of sweet romance, some creepy red-eyed giants, and an unexpected villian (ok, I suspected it, but I don't think I was supposed to), and it had a very good message of right and wrong, which was a refreshing departure from some of the other movies I've heard/seen where the line between good and evil is seriously blurred *coughTWILIGHTcough*
     Thor is the young, fiesty son of Odin, who reigns from the far-off kingdom of Asgard, one of the nine realms of the universe. He desperately wants to be king, but on his big day, Thor's ceremony is interrupted by a break-in by the Asgardians' mortal enemies, the Frost Giants (or Jotuns). Enrage by the fact that his father is not going to declare war on the Giants for this crime, and supported by his brother Loki, Thor and his five friends (Sif, Volstagg, Fandral, Hogun, and Loki) head to Jotunheim (the home of the Frost Giants) to 'teach them a lesson'. However, things don't go exactly as planned, and Thor and his friends end up nearly getting slaughtered by the Jotun king Laufey, his buddies, and a massive, slobbering Jotun beast. Odin beams them back to Asgard before they are killed, but not, however, before one of them is stabbed with a deadly icicle and another is frostbitten by a Jotun's touch. Bad day for Thor.
     His father subsequently banishes Thor to Earth to teach him a lesson, and Odin also sends Thor's mighty hammer Mjolnir to Earth, but only someone who is worthy to bear the power of Thor can wield it. After being hit by the car of a young scientist and her colleagues, Thor is taken to the hospital, as he is greatly disoriented from his landing on Earth. A government agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. soon comes to investigate the place that Mjolnir has landed, and they also catch wind of Thor. The conviently pretty young scientist, Jane Foster, eventually helps him find Mjolnir, but he cannot pull it from the stone its been encased in, much to his anger. He is then captured by the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., where Loki his brother comes to visit him and tells him that their father Odin is dead, having died from the strain of Thor's banishment and disobedience. Thor is devastated. Back in Asgard, Loki crowns himself king (Odin is not dead, but merely in a trance-like, rejuvenating state known as 'Odin-sleep') and strikes a deal with the Jotuns. He sends a huge, seemingly invincible automaton that he controls from Asgard to Earth to get Thor out of the way, so that his brother cannot take the throne from him. After the automaton terrorises the New Mexico town that Thor has landed in, he willingly agrees to let the robot kill him in order to save the innocent people that Loki is killing. Loki seems to decide not to kill Thor, but changes his mind and deals Thor a killing blow. Just when all hope seems to be dead, the hammer Mjolnir returns to Thor, as his sacrifice and change of character seems to have made him worthy of repossessing the mighty weapon. He then defeats the automaton and returns to Asgard, where he duels Loki.
    I'll let you go see the movie yourself to find out what happens, but I can tell you that it's pretty fantastic, especially with the music, wowing special effects, and the redeeming plot line, one that encourages sacrifice for those you care about, realising that you don't know everything, and knowing that you don't have to be a great hero to change the world. It's a fantastic movie, well worth your $9-11. I recommend it to all (be warned of the violence, however; children under 14-15 probably shouldn't see it) and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I give Thor 4.7 stars out of 5.

Scotty McCreery's Homecoming in Garner, North Carolina

For all of you who don't watch American Idol, there's a 17-year-old contestant on the show named Scotty McCreery, and this past week, he made it into the Top 3. He's from Garner, North Carolina, and he's a strong Christian. A few days ago, he did the homecoming concert in Garner, and he was surprised onstage by his own hero, country star Josh Turner. Scotty had a hilarious reaction of 'Oh my gosh!' and subsequently falling to his knees, but he held it together and went on to perform his theme song 'Your Man' with the song's original singer, Mr. Turner himself. They chatted a bit onstage then, giving each other numerous compliments, and next they sang 'Long Black Train', Scotty's proclaimed 'favourite song of all time'. Scotty also had several references to God, and he reassured fans that instead of his faith weakening when he went away to Hollywood, it had gotten stronger. He also shared a God-story before he left, saying, ''I wanna share one God thing with y'all before I leave. So two days ago, I was looking at the forecast and it was rain, rain, rain, lightning, thunder, rain, and I really wanted to get this concert in, so I started prayin', and I said, 'God, I wanna be able to do this.' And I looked in my Bible, and I flipped to this marked page. I didn't remember markin' it, but there it was. And there was a verse it referenced, so I went and looked up that verse. It was Amos 4:7. Y'all wanna know what it said? 'And I witheld the rain from you.' That was a God thing there!''
    What a fantastic kid! He's obviously not ashamed of his faith, and God's definitely blessed him for it. I know he'll do great in the music world whether he wins or not, but I am totally voting for him in the finale! Not only is he a fantastic singer, but he's also a great, sweet, Christian guy who hasn't let Hollywood get to him - why wouldn't you want him as your American Idol? I'm really looking forward to hearing his testimony when we all get to Heaven, and to hear what it was like for him being in that environment and yet still being able to lean on our Father and be strong. I really admire this guy, obviously; he'll definitely go far, especially with the Help he's got!
     To check out the video of Scotty's homecoming, click here. It's well worth it! God bless, y'all, and vote for Scotty!!

H.K.

My good friend H.K. is reading Young Falcon whilst we're waiting for Sheryn Hara to reply. She really likes it! She said, 'It was so good, I had to literally make myself stop reading it so I could read what I was actually supposed to be reading (for school)!' Yay!! Reviews like this are good; I'm so happy! :D Most of my friends like the fast, detail-less, boom-boom-boom stories that go so fast you barely have time to catch your breath, whereas mine is much more thoughtful and slow; it really lets you decide what you think about each character before any action is introduced, I think. It's a very detailed story that lets you get deep in each character's head, whereas all the other young adult fiction I've read as of late doesn't really do that: all the characters kinda have the same general personality. If it's a girl: annoyingly fiesty and kick-butt (for no apparent reason, either) but still cute and boy-crazy. If it's a boy: bland and colourless, but always cute and has harems of girls throwing themselves at him. Yeah...not the kind of characters I want to read about. I really tried to be conscious of that whilst I was writing my books; I was thinking, 'Ok, what kind of characters, places, actions scenes, etc., would I want to read about? What would make me say, 'This is an awesome book!''' So I tried to bring that out and share the things I think are cool to read about with all my audience, and I hope they like it too. :)

Prayin'

Praying to my Father that everything will work out okay for my books. It's been almost five years since He and I started this epic journey, and I've loved every step of the way. It's so exciting to think that soon, I may be able to take another step closer to becoming the author and Christian He intended me to be, and I'm so ready to be tested in His name. I know He'll take me through the fires and floods, and that no matter what happens, it will be His will and will be what's best for me and my kids.
     It seems like just a few weeks ago that I started planning my story...My story that's now expanded into an eight-book saga and is soon to be published! Wow...I couldn't imagine a better life for myself than writing the stories my King has given me to tell. What a magnificent calling! I'm so privelleged, and I can't wait to see what He's got planned for me!
     Have a fantastic week, guys, and God bless you. :)

Happy Mother's Day!

To all the wonderful, caring, sacrificing mothers out there - thank you. God did a fantastic thing when He blessed us with mothers, and they are truly a reflection of His unconditional love. My own mum especially - she's been such a trooper throughout these past few years, what with helping me with my book, having her son off at college, and caring for her own mother as she deals with cancer. God has blessed me with such a strong, wonderful Christian mother, and I thank Him so much for her! 
      So don't forget to thank your mothers for everything she's done for you, and try to be as much a blessing to her as she's been to you.
      Happy Mother's Day!

Country Music

Ok, I used to REALLY hate country music with a passion. I found it annoying and irrelevant. But since I've been watching the show American Idol and have witnessed the great country talent that is Scotty McCreery, I've changed my opinion of country music - now I find it kinda catchy and fun. His performance of 'Gone' this past week was exceptional, and I had to have that song! To watch it, click here. So that brings my total number of country songs up to....two. The other is 'Up On the Roof', by Scotty and fellow Idol contestant Lauren Alaina.
       Have a great day, y'all! :)

Episode Four is Here!

The fourth episode of The Sea Dodecagon of Love, 'A Family Affair', is here! Because this one was so long, I've split it into two parts. Part One came out yesterday, and Part Two will come out next Friday. Here's the summary:

Edmund Pevensie just lost both his younger sister and his best friend, Caspian. And he has absolutely no idea what happened to them or where they went. They just...disappeared. And now, Peter is upset with him for something that wasn't his fault, Susan is terrified that something awful's going to happen to Lucy and Caspian, and Narnia is missing its king. But before anything is worked out, the three of them also end up on a ship in the middle of nowhere. Meanwhile, Lucy is tending Caine and Sam as they heal, which brings about a number of complications: first, Caine thinks Lucy is the most beautiful girl he's ever seen, and second, Lucy starts noticing Sam, which won't make for a good brotherly relationship between these two already mortal enemies...

Click here to go read 'A Family Affair'! :D

BEST WEEK EVER!!

G.C. became a Christian yesteday!!!!!!!!!!! I'M SO EXCITED, OH MY GOODNESS!! That made my entire year :) She said it came up in a conversation with her parents last night and that she became one last night after talking with them. Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, the same day last year that my good friend J.R. became a Christian. And four years before that, also on Cinco de Mayo, I became a Christian....Apparently Cinco de Mayo is a popular day for becoming a Christian! :)
     Anyway. God has answered my prayers, and I'm SO happy!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! :D :D :D

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