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    LydiaJoy
    @lydiajoy

      Hi, I’m Lydia, and my cousin Alana introduced me to this site recently…I love it!

      A little about me: I am a homeschool graduate who is now a college freshman studying elementary education at Faith Baptist Bible College in Iowa (if there happen to be any other Faith students on here, we need to connect in real life!). I have 7 siblings, including one adopted from Ukraine. My dad is a professor at a small seminary in Michigan, near Detroit. I play piano and read and read and read and read and read. I also enjoy arts and crafts things, writing, and hanging out with my siblings. I also read. I am in the middle of chapter 57 in my WIP (!!!), but since coming to college, I have made little to no progress on it. 🙁 I really need motivation to keep working on my book while still thriving at college. [Also, I work in the library at college which is really awesome.]

      Some of my favorite books are the Lord of the Rings, Narnia, the Inheritance Cycle/Eragon, the Methuselah Project, Kiriath’s Quest, the Wingfeather Saga, the Wilderking Trilogy, the Rithmatist, the Ranger’s Apprentice series (along with the Brotherband and the Royal Ranger), the Crown and Covenant, the Princess and many more. A favorite non-fiction book on writing is Wordsmithy by Douglas Wilson.  I am always open for book recommendations!

      Overall, I am so excited to learn and to “meet” more people like me here in the Story Embers community.

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      #120439
      Gracie
      @kimlikesart

        @lydiajoy

        Hi!! Welcome to StoryEmbers!

        Jominkreesa

        Passion means to be willing to suffer.

        #120443
        LydiaJoy
        @lydiajoy

          Hi, @kimlikesart! Thanks for the welcome. I was wondering: what does jominkreesa mean?

          #120445
          Gracie
          @kimlikesart

            @lydiajoy

            😏 Ah, the famous question. (: Tis a secret that is not mine to tell.

            Why do you follow Jesus Ms. Lydia? What are some of your favorite books in the Bible, and why?

            Jominkreesa

            Passion means to be willing to suffer.

            #120453
            LydiaJoy
            @lydiajoy

              @kimlikesart, You ask good questions!

              I follow Jesus because he deserves it and because it’s worth it. After all he was willing to do for me, come to earth, live a perfect life, suffer and die a cruel death, why wouldn’t I follow and serve him for the rest of my life?

              My favorite book of the Bible would have to be the book of James. My main reasoning behind that is that I have it memorized, so it is more often in my mind than other books. I also love its practicality.

              How about you? Why do you follow Christ? Do you have a favorite book of the Bible? Also, what do you write/want to write?

              #120456
              Mel
              @melodyjoy

                @lydiajoy

                Hi! I am Melody

                Is your middle name Joy? Mine is 🙂 I know somebody named Lydia Joy, but she’s in 4th grade, not college LOL.

                I play piano and read and read and read and read and read. I also enjoy arts and crafts things, writing, and hanging out with my siblings. I also read.

                I play piano too! As well as violin ( I like Piano so much better though, 😉 ) I enjoy reading too, you obviously do hehe. My family is very artsy and craftsy, me not as much, but I love doing it. It’s just that I’m not that good at it. Writing: I like writing. Welcome to Story Embers: the community where everybody loves writing (hopefully) LOL

                Chapter 57?!!!!!!! I am mind boggled!!! Absolutely blown away! Amazed! To be more concise, good job!!

                I really like Kiriath’s Quest as well, and everybody on SE likes Wingfeather Saga, it’s on my list of stuff to read.

                Have you ever read the Mysterious Benedict Society series?

                I like animals, writing, journaling, reading, and eating. Oh, and decorating.

                TTYL! ,MELODY

                Life is short, smile while you still have teeth!

                #120468
                LydiaJoy
                @lydiajoy

                  Nice to meet you, @melodyjoy! Yes, my middle name is Joy. (Joy is also my mom’s middle name and the middle name of my four sisters 🙂 )

                  You’ve actually read Kiriath’s Quest!?!? It’s a great book, but I know of only one other person who has read it outside of my family. Rick Barry’s The Methuselah Project is equally or more awesome even than Kiriath’s Quest. If you haven’t read it, you might need to try. The sequel, The Methuselah Project SOS, is released at the end of this month, and I can’t wait to read it. Is anyone else eagerly awaiting the release of a book?

                  Yes, I have read The Mysterious Benedict Society. I really enjoyed it. We actually listened to it on audio cd as a family when we went on a long drive a few years ago.

                  It’s so nice to “meet” you all.

                  #120480
                  Lona
                  @lonathecat

                    @lydiajoy

                    Hey there! Welcome to story embers!

                    Wow, 57 chapters is still impressive, even if you have less time for writing as of late.

                    Ooh, a fellow LoTR fan! Have you read the Silmarillion or Beren and Luthien? If not, those would be my top recommendations.

                    Hope to see you around. 🙂

                    #120492
                    Arindown
                    @arindown

                      @lydiajoy

                      Just popping in to say hi *waves*

                      I’m wondering what you’re WIP is about? What genre is your favorite?

                      Currently I’m writing a Young Adult fantasy novel (I’m on Chapter 32 or something…) about a wizard who hates wizardry, an angry prince, and (one of my favorites) a horse named Bruce, and what brings them all together toward a common cause. In the future, though, I plan to write books for middle-grade/tween kids (looking to Narnia and The Hobbit as examples).

                      Forgiven. Loved. Creative.

                      #120494
                      LydiaJoy
                      @lydiajoy

                        @lonathecat

                        Thanks for the welcome! I am definitely a fellow LoTR fan. Which do you like better, the books or movies? And what is your opinion of the Hobbit? I tried reading the Silmarillion a few years ago and could just never get into it. I may need to retry it again. I will also have to look into Beren and Luthien. It’s so nice to meet you.


                        @arindown

                        Hello! *waves back and smiles*

                        Basic synopsis of my WIP: My book is a young adult fantasy novel with an epic medieval feel. It has two main characters: a princess named Arlynn and a run-away farm orphan named Jaegar. Basically the goal is to find the missing prince Darak of the country of Agri before the elections are held for a new ruler because the person likely to win this election is the wicked prince Tzadok of Saxum. If Tzadok were to win, he would eventually rule about 75% of the land of Insula Nova…making it relatively easy to conquer the other countries, including Arlynn’s homeland of Silva. In order to find Prince Darak, Jaegar and Arlynn have to find 5 key pieces to unlock a clue to his whereabouts. There’s a lot more to the storyline, but this is the simplified version, sorry if it’s still kinda confusing. Sadly, I think I will need to cut at least the first 10 chapters and completely rewrite them in order for the story to make sense. 🙂 First, I need to finish this draft. Then, it needs revising and revising and revising. I would absolutely love to publish it someday!

                        Fantasy is usually my preferred genre, but, if it’s a good book, I don’t care what genre it’s in. 🙂 Do you have a favorite?

                        Also, I would totally enjoy reading your book! It sounds really good.

                        Where does the name Arindown come from? It’s really pretty.

                        #120496
                        Lona
                        @lonathecat

                          @lydiajoy

                          Oh haha. I like all the the super random backstory/histories that Silmarillion has, but I can see how other people would feel like they have to slog through it. *shrugs* I have weird tastes. 🙂

                          I can’t make a super accurate judgement of the LoTR movies, since only I’ve seen each of them once, and each time I was only half-ish paying attention. I’m just not a huge fan of movies in general haha. Anyways, I definitely like the books better, but maybe if I watched the movies again I’d have a little more appreciation for them. As for the Hobbit movies, I’ve seen the first one. The second I think my family just never bothered to watch, and the third…well… I have friend who is always very eager to tell me what an abomination to the earth the third Hobbit movie is, so I’ve never felt super inclined to watch it.

                          How about you? LoTR books or movies? Which book is your favorite? (If you have one 😀 )

                          Oh yes! Beren and Luthien is better than the Silmarillion in my opinion. But in case you don’t trust my taste anymore, I will reassure you with the fact that Beren and Luthien is mostly poems, not random dates and histories.

                          It’s so nice to meet you, too!

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                          #120498
                          Arindown
                          @arindown

                            @lydiajoy

                            Wow! Your story sounds absolutely amazing! Epic fantasy, princesses and farm kids, it sounds just like something I would love to read.

                            And yeah…my first chapters don’t really make sense either, but I figure that’s part of story writing.😄

                            Favorite books? The Wingfeather Saga is the best, but I also love Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, and Lord of the Rings (especially the movies).

                            Thank you. Arindown isn’t actually my real name (I’m one of the many Grace’s here, so I go by Arindown), it’s kinda the name I adopted from my own stories (writer thing😝). It means “Lamp of the North” or something along that line, and is a territory in a fantasy country.

                            Forgiven. Loved. Creative.

                            #120503
                            LydiaJoy
                            @lydiajoy

                              @lonathecat, I have to say that the LoTR books are better than the movies, but the movies really made the books come alive for me. I can’t really choose a favorite between the three books or movies, though. They’re all really good.

                              When I have time, I will definitely look at getting Beren and Luthien from the library. Have you ever read Tolkien’s Farmer Giles of Ham or Smith of Wooton Major? I’ve enjoyed both those short stories.


                              @arindown
                              , I get your writer thing. (Would it be weird to name my kids [assuming I marry and God blesses me with children] after my own book’s characters someday? 🙂 ) I actually have a copy of my book’s tentative map up as a decoration in my dorm room. It’s so fun to meet people who understand what it’s like to be a young, Christian bookworm and hopeful author.

                              I mentioned some of my favorite books in my original post, but here are a couple I forgot to put up there: The Thirteen Series by Trisha Priebe, The Dragon Courage series by Kandi Wyatt, and the DragonKeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul.

                              #120509
                              Gracie
                              @kimlikesart

                                @lydiajoy

                                Why do you follow Christ?

                                He is YHWH. He is my Lord, my Creator, my friend. He loves me. He lowered Himself to fit into a woman’s womb. He came to the earth, He came to die. The Breather of Stars died! He touched the ones who spat on Him. He is beautiful, and good, and just, and kind, and joy, and peace, and patience, and faithfulness, and truth, and goodness, and self-control, and purity. He is right. He is my Lord. I love Him. I wish to die for Him, as He has for me. For He is great, and greatly to be praised. He is holy and righteous. His words are always truth and right. (and it goes on.) (:

                                Do you have a favorite book of the Bible?

                                Yes, wellllll, no. (: I like Genesis a lot. And Proverbs. And Matthew. And James. But there are so many more I love! (And ones I need to read more and learn to love.) That’s so cool you have James memorized!!!

                                what do you write/want to write?

                                I write mostly Historical Fiction. Though I also have several Contemporary, a few Dystopian, and one Fantasy. (: (They all are in different stages. From on the last edits (398 pages), to ideas scratched on one sheet of paper.) (:

                                Jominkreesa

                                Passion means to be willing to suffer.

                                #120521
                                LydiaJoy
                                @lydiajoy

                                  @kimlikesart, 398 pages is awesome! If you’re sharing, what is the basic premise/storyline of that book?

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