Home sick today...achy back, neck, ribs, and...hand? Yes, my hand aches as well :) So! Let me tell you about my extremely stressful weekend, during which I almost lost my entire 3rd book. And to give you some insight as to how devastating this would have been for me, imagine this: I've been working on it since July 19, 2010; it's my favourite book thus far; I have just written a long part I really, REALLY love; and writing IS MY LIFE. So if I'd had to start completely over.....I think I would have just given up writing for a while. That's how depressed I would have been. But God is faithful and my dear little book is still alive! Whew...
So how did I almost lose my book, you ask?
        Well, let me tell you:
         I was at my grandma's house on Sunday, writing away happily on my 3rd book and saving as I go and all that, when suddenly a message pops up on the screen, saying 'there's not enough room on file E:/ to save this document' or something like that! Now usually when this happens, one simply hits save a few more times and it will save. But that wasn't working this time. So I closed it.
         My first mistake.
         I tried to reopen my book this time and it wouldn't open. At all. It said 'Word cannot open this file because a/ there's not enough space; b/ this program doesn't support the file; or c/ this file is corrupt'.
        Now which do you suppose turned out to be the case?
       You guessed it: C.
       So I asked my dad if he knew how to fix it, because I'd had this happen to 1 of my other documents about a year ago and I just had to delete it because nothing I would do could open it. I also wasn't sure if I had a backup anywhere. Anywhere at all.
      My second mistake.
      Now you can further grasp how exactly panicked I was over here, huh?
      And as expected, Dad could do nothing. So we called my brother and tried a few more various things. No luck. Dad ended the project just by saying gravely and solemnly, "I'm  sorry; there's nothing I can do."
       Kinda sounds like one of those hospital shows, right? o.O
      Sooooo.....we left to go home after that and, as you can imagine, I was totally freaking out, trying, trying, trying to remember if I had a backup at our home computer. But I couldn't remember, which only added to my tension. I couldn't focus; I could hardly breathe! 260 pages written over the course of 7 months...possibly gone forever! (Yeesh, I'm getting anxious just writing about it!)
     The hour-long ride home was so much fun. NOT. I tried to fall asleep to make the time go faster, but couldn't. So I prayed and prayed and prayed for some part of the book to still be there.
     As soon as we got home...Dad made me unload everything before checking. AhHHH!! Did he not understand my life was in crisis here??? (Love you, Dad! :) )
     So finally, after allllll day of worry and anxiety, I got to check. And, to my astonishment ('cause I didn't remember saving that much of the book) all but the 5 pages I'd written at my grandma's house were on our computer! Yay! I could breathe again. Thank you, Jesus!
     “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19
     So it's nice to just relax today and know God's got it all under control :) 

Btw - I have no idea why this post is black....No idea at all. o.O


Ah, welcome to my humble blog! It's so good to have you here with me! Since I'm just beginning this blog and therefore you'll have no earthly idea who I am or what I do, let me tell you a bit about myself - my name is Elizabeth Anne McKinney (duh, right?) and I am a writer. I've written 3 books and the first is soon to be published in the young adult fantasy genre. I started writing at age 3 and it is very plain to me that this is God's gift to me and the purpose of my life - glorifying Him through my writing. Now I know it'll be hard to get the book published, out in the open, and actually make a profit, but hey, God's done things WAY bigger than getting a 15 year old's book published, am I right? So I'm not worried about the future; what God wants for me is gonna happen and I couldn't ask for a better pilot of my life.
           So what're my books about, you ask? Well, here's a little snippet I've pulled together to explain:
  Her sister has run off with a man their mother forbade her to ever speak with again. Her mother knows more than she is letting on about the trip she has asked Elysia to make to the continent’s capital. A sixteen-year-old boy, stolen from his home as a child, becomes her dear friend and consolation whilst they are imprisoned together by humans. A man she has never seen before develops an irrevocable mental bond with her that is so strong, they cannot even tell their own thoughts, dreams, wishes, and emotions apart. A strange rock is brought back from Paradis, the Land of the Dead. Things are going on before Elysia’s eyes she would have never dreamed could happen. She is caught up in events that she never should have witnessed. She cannot be sure of anything anymore, even who is in the right, and who is wrong.          
        The daughter of respectable parents and quite comfortable to spend all her life in her quaint hometown of Aseamir, Elysia didn’t realise exactly how big and fierce the world is when she agrees to journey to her country’s capitol on a mission for her father. Even before she leaves, she seems to be plagued by misfortunes, and things only get worse as her journey progresses. But now that she’s begun, things are set in motion that cannot be reversed, no matter how much she wishes it. There’s no going back now…
Maybe not that exciting, but hey, I'm not published yet :).  The second and third books are sequels and I intend for there to be 7-8 books in the series.  My band teacher is currently reading and critiquing my book and as soon as he's done, I'll send it off to an agent. I'm so excited!! After 4 years of work, they're going to be published!
       So stay with me, if you will, and let's see just how great God is!

Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. — Romans 5:1