An Update on Book Two

Sorry I haven't updated in a bit; I've been sick :( Well, I'm still sick, but I'm updating now. Good news! Book Two is about 50 pages away from completion!! I'm so excited; it's one of the best feelings in the world, to finish a book. Or ... re-finish a book >.soon I'll be starting the publishing process, but hopefully within the next few months! Sorry to make you all wait so long, but trust me, the rewritten version is MUCH better than the original! It'll totally be worth the wait! :) 
    I'd post a snippet, but at this point, pretty much everything has spoilers in it, so ... ;)
    Have a great week, everyone!! 

ACT Score

... That moment when you do way better on the section you didn't even read (and put C for all the answers) than on the section you tried really hard on ...
     Haha! So I got my ACT score today, and I must say, I was a bit surprised. The science section was last, and by the time I got to it, my brain was so completely fried that I didn't read a single passage, question, or multiple choice option. I put C as literally every answer. And I got a 28 on that section. The section I tried REALLY hard on, the math section, was of

course my worst—I only got a 20. But on English, I got a 29, and on Reading, a 33. Got a 9 (out of 12) on my essay. Whoohoo!! Overall, my score was a 28. I'm not sure how good that is, but I'm happy with it :) It's definitely high enough to get into Liberty, so that's all that matters. And according to the letter I received from Harding, it's enough to get me 'substantial academic scholarship' money, so that's good :D Anyway, that's my ACT report. I think I did a lot better on it than on the SAT; I definitely liked it a lot more. Except for the science. That was disgusting. But apparently guessing C works.
    Hope you're all having a great week!

I'm So Close ...

... To finishing Book Two. While I'm not exactly sure how long it will end up being, I should be finishing around the end of June, if all goes as planned. I've outlined the 3 main plots of Book Two, and I'm close to the end on those outlines! :D God is awesome, guys; He's given me amazing inspiration this summer, and I have never been so in love with writing! The difference in the quality of YF and Book Two is incredible, and I cannot WAIT for you to read the next chapter in the Sons and Daughters saga!! 
    Hope you're all enjoying your summer :)

I Love My God!

There is a beautiful story behind this picture. I was strolling around school, looking for interesting pictures I could take for an art project, and I noticed some bees flying around a lantana bush near the cafeteria. I thought, "Well, I'll see if I can get some pictures of these bees," and promptly attempted to do so. They all flew away quickly before I got within two feet of the bush. Annoyed, I tried to sneak up on one, but he saw me coming and buzzed off immediately. I moved to some different bushes, determined to get a bee picture. I had no luck, even after about 15 minutes of attempts. I REALLY wanted a bee picture, for some reason, but no matter how many times I tried to get one of the little guys to stay put so I could take a picture, they kept flying off. Frustrated, I finally exclaimed, "God, can I PLEASE just have a bee?"
       Less than five seconds later, a bee plopped down on the flower that was at my eye-level. He did not fly away even though I was about six inches from him. It took me a moment to get my camera ready, and even when I lifted it up quite close to him, he paid not attention and went happily about his business.
       I got six pictures of him, and only when I had one I liked, did he then fly off. This is now one of my favorite pictures, as it reminds me that I am loved by the Creator of all things, great and small, and that He who gave His life for me is alive and present in my world -- and that He is always listening ... even to my most ridiculous requests

300 Down, Less than 100 to Go

I have just completed my 300th page on Book Two. This excites me :D I'm probably 3/4 of the way finished, and I'm really looking forward to last 100 pages or so; they're going to be awesome!! In case I haven't mentioned this before, while YF was pretty much entirely from Elysia's P.O.V., Book Two is probably only half of her perspective .... maybe even less. I hate having a book entirely from one person's point of view, so if you hate that too, no worries—I've gotcha covered. Pretty much every character you meet in this book gets at least a paragraph or two from his/her point of view, even the ones who aren't all that important. Why, you ask? Just for the sake of keeping things interesting and letting you see things from both the elves' and the humans' perspectives :) Because who doesn't love getting inside the villains' heads too?? 
      Anyway, in celebration here is a small but fun snippet for you :)

From the Chapter 'Rescue'
       I tripped over something unseen in the darkness and landed on my back in the grass. The breath whooshed from my body and I lay stunned for a moment, my body reacting in pain. Once the throbbing had subsided some, I started to turn over to get up, but froze as I realized that there was the dark shape of a person a few feet away, silent and still, watching me. My heartbeat accelerated wildly, and I gave a small gasp of reaction. 
With a swift movement that was hard to follow in the dark, the person was suddenly next to me, and the cold blade of a knife was pressed to my throat, bringing back terrible memories of the river and the last time I had had a knife at my neck. I tried to lay still so that the blade would not cut my skin, but with my heart beating so hard and blood roaring in my ears, it was hard. 
“Well, look what I have here,” the person said softly, and my breath caught. “A fallen rose. How … convenient.”
It was Roman. 
He jerked me to my feet, being none too gentle, and pushed me back against the rock I had just been standing at a moment earlier. His knife was still at my throat, and now that we were closer to the firelight, I could see his face. He looked so like Lliam that it made me almost want to cry from seeing such a blatant reminder of the man who had saved my life so many times, and who was probably nearby right now. But Lliam could not save me now, I knew that; I was on my own in facing Roman. I could only hope that Roman was in a merciful mood.
But from the look on his face, he was not. 
        I could scarcely breathe, I was so terrified of what was coming next. There was a wild look in Roman’s eyes that, coupled with the light of the flames, made him look slightly demonic, and I was uncomfortably reminded of my dream of the black rider. My chest heaving as I fought to breathe, I waited for Roman to do something. 

Hello from Virginia

Well, I'm in Virginia in my brother's house, and I''ve been here since ... Wednesday, I think? Yes, Wednesday. We had two extremely LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOONG days in the car driving through Arkansas and Tennessee (though the mountain drives were pretty) and so far, the stay here has been fun and relaxing. Sort of. There are a lot of people in this small house. And two dogs. And a turtle. A turtle, you say? Yes, a turtle. I'll talk about him later. 

So on Thursday, I got to take a tour of Liberty University, which is where my brother goes and where I will probably go to college. That was a lot of fun, and I learned quite a bit about the school. Liberty is BIIIG, but I think that'll be okay. We also went running on some of Liberty's mountain trails, along with Apollo, one of my brother's dogs. That was very fun as well, but very tiring, as it was basically an uphill hike.Yesterday, we went out to the trails again, and this time we went a different way. We came out at a lake, and my brother goes, "Hey, look, a baby turtle!"So I of course hopped in and caught the little guy. He didn't like me very much. But I found a plastic grocery bag on the trail, filled it with water (surprisingly it didn't have any holes), and put the turtle in it to take him home. Now apparently this turtle dislikes me so much he felt the need to commit 

suicide to get away from me, because in the car, I took him out of his bag so I could move the rock at the bottom and he leaped under the seat within a matter of seconds. No, he did not fall. He leaped. And thus ensued the twenty minutes of searching under the seat. He's pretty small, so it took my brother a while to find him. And when he did, the turtle was eating a Twizzler that had fallen under the seat. *facepalm* We took him home, put him in a temporary Tupperware container, and left to eat. We went to Petsmart on the way back and bought him a slightly bigger little container, some food, and a rock. When we got back, he was gone. Now, he was in a Tupperware container with the lid mostly on. Sitting on the kitchen table. What. So we took flashlights and started looking under all the appliances and nooks and crannies. We found him under the dog's play box. He had somehow gotten out of a mostly closed

Tupperware container, jumped off the kitchen table, survived, walked alllllll the way out of the kitchen, gone down two steps, and walked behind the dogs' play box. Upon finding him, I told him he was the worst turtle ever. He just glared at me. Needless to say, he is now safely contained in his new box, with no chance whatsoever of making another suicide attempt ;) Oh! And his name -- we found him near one of my brother's ROTC navigation points, which was called Bravo Mike. So this turtle is named Bravo Mike. He is an army turtle, through and through.

     We're here today and then we leave tomorrow. Another two days of long, unending torture as we drive back. UGH. But I wrote 10 pages on Book Two coming here, and finished editing some of PG13's book, so that was good :D Hopefully I'll get some more done on the way back.  So yes, that's been my Virginia trip in a nutshell. Or a turtle shell. Which ever you prefer.      Hope you're all having a great summer!!    

Road Trip

So on Wednesday, my mom, my sister-in-law's mom, and I are beginning a two-day road trip to Virginia, where my brother and his wife live. Whilst there, we will help them move into their new house, and I will tour Liberty University's campus (which is probably where I'm going to end up going to college). I really liked Virginia last time we went, and I'm excited to go (thought NOT excited for the uber-long drive), mostly because we've literally taken ONE family trip ever, and that was the trip to Virginia >.
      Hope you all are having a great summer!

An Update on Book Two

Since summer began, I have written 21 pages on Book Two :D You have no idea how happy this make me!! Not only am I happy to be working on Sons and Daughters again, but the stuff I've written is good, and I am SO excited for y'all to read it!! :D (It's so much better than Young Falcon it's not even funny) Anyway, summer has been fantastic so far, and I look forward to keeping you updated on all my Book Two adventures (and probably giving you some snippets)!
     Hope you are all having a wonderful week!!

Summer's Here!

Today is my first day of summer! Wheee!! So far, it's been great. I went for a run this morning and realized just how much I've missed running. Aaaand, good news! I have managed to pick up my creative pen once again and have written almost two pages on Book Two so far! :D Not great compared to my usual, but I haven't written on Book Two in FAR too long, so that's a good start :) So please pray that the creativity stays with me, and that I can keep loving writing on my favourite series of all time! I'm over halfway finished with rewriting Book Two, and at the moment there are 441 pages. I'm not sure how long Book Two will be compared to Young Falcon, but I'm thinking it'll probably be a bit longer. Aaaand then there's Book Three >.That one is long :) Book Four only has 95 pages at the moment, but it'll probably shape up to be quite long as well. You might as well just accept that they're going to get longer as they go :D Anyway, I'm excited to finish Book Two this summer! Wish me luck!
     Have a GREAT and safe first week of summer!