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  • @storysmith  @annabelle-batie

    Yeah, it’s so huge! Did either of you try the zip-line at the Ark?

    Oh wow, the Hoh Rainforest sounds really cool; have you visited Yosemite National Park, or seen the giant redwoods?

  • @annabelle-batie

    Yes, it is! It was so huge! Did you guys visit it?

  • @annabelle-batie

    Cool! We haven’t been to Colorado yet. I’d have to say that Kentucky was pretty amazing, or visiting Washington D.C (who knew there were so many museums on the strip!)

    *facepalm* Sorry, I missed what you said to Noah lol.

    Funny, my friend and I were talking about mermaid story ideas XD I’d love to check out your book; thanks…[Read more]

  • @annabelle-batie

    Hi, Annabelle! Welcome to S.E! I’m Lily; I just checked out your blog and I love the layout (I saw that you traveled in an R.V. Lol. Our family did something similar around the same year, though we only did it for a few months.) What was your favorite place that you visited?

    Oh awesome! I really like Janner too.

    I like your…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    @obrian-of-surface-world

    Oh wow, sixty is quite a long time.
    I’ll be praying that you guys have a safe drive. 🙂

    P.s Thank you for the photo. Mt. Sunday is so majestic!

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    Brian, I’m so sorry to hear about your uncle! May I ask if you know what happened? When is the funeral scheduled?

    That’s wonderful, though that he knew the Lord. How is your aunt? And how can we be praying for you this week?

    Thank you for the link. I checked it out. Hobbiton is so beautiful! I couldn’t quite tell…[Read more]

    • Thank you, Lily. He had leukemia and was sent home on hospice. He wasn’t expected to pass so soon, though. The funeral is on Monday at 10 am CST. It is a 4 1/2 hour drive so we have to leave tomorrow.
      My aunt is doing okay with God’s grace helping her. They were married almost 60 years. (Would have been 60 in June.)
      I think my favorite movie of…[Read more]

  • “But avoiding censure isn’t the point—it’s writing according to ideals informed by your faith. People, even well-meaning people, are fickle, and in the end, you are accountable for your choices, not readers’ reactions or assumptions.”

    I really liked that line, as it’s a much needed reminder for me. Thank you for this post, Gabrielle! It left me…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    Phew! Okay. Sometimes I log in late on Story Embers too *haha*

    Sorry this reply is late. (Happy Wednesday, by the way!) My dad expanded one of our closets so we have extra storage now (our house is small.) And we’ve been putting everything back (erm, minus one box that I still have to clean out; but I’m not…[Read more]

    • Hi Lily,

      My dad typically preaches through the biblical books, so on Sundays, he is presently in 1 Peter, and on Wednesday nights he is going through the Book of Jeremiah.

      I found out my uncle on Dad’s side (his sister’s husband) passed away this morning, so we are going to another funeral. It has been a hard year, but I am so grateful tho…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    Hi Brian! I’m so sorry! I didn’t mean to keep you up late. Me and all my questions. So sorry about that 🙂

    Wow, those sound like amazing places, although it is sad you can’t visit most of them any more. I think I would have liked New Zealand; maybe I’d spot a hobbit. Or an elf. XD
    But yeah, that’s too bad things have…[Read more]

    • Hi Lily,
      No worries. You didn’t keep me us late. I just got on to SE late and began to reply not realizing the time. That was on me entirely.
      Thank you for asking about Dad and for your kind prayers for him. Dad is doing well. He is still actively preaching God’s Word and adjusting to Mom’s absence. We know she is with Jesus, but the human ache…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    Wow, you’ve been to a lot of mountains! Which has been your guys’ favorite so far? I read Christie by Catherine Marshall back in highschool; have you ever read or seen the tv adaptation? It’s set in the Smoky Mountains, and the setting is just gorgeous.
    Mountains are a great inspiration for fantasy stories; I see why…[Read more]

    • My favorite has probably been the Colorado Rockies, though each of the mountainous places has its own unique charm. Recently we went to Breckenridge, CO and it was such a peaceful place. As far as the townships around the mountains, I highly recommend Gatlinburg, TN, but it is kind of difficult to get to, if you have to fly into Knoxville, TN.…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    My week has been good. I just finished the first revision of my WIP, and sent it to my editor and alpha readers for feedback. And I’m helping beta read a friend’s MG novel (it’s her first).
    Ah, what work do you do besides writing?

    That’s encouraging to find and read praise-worthy reports. Sometimes, looking around at…[Read more]

    • We did go to Yosemite back in 2016. I don’t think we’ve been to Zion Natnl yet. We went to the Banf Natnl Park in the Canadian Rockies back in 2019, and also went to New Zealand in early 2019. We visited the Smokie Mountains in Gatlinburg, TN in August of 2017. We’ve taken the cograil train up to Pike’s Peak in 2013 during our first trip to…[Read more]

    • I forgot to mention what work I do besides writing. I am a Healthcare Compliance Analyst for a major medical device and manufacturing company. I principally work with areas related to Healthcare Law and Anti-bribery International laws related to the Healthcare industry both domestically and abroad. We do internal company training and systems…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    So sorry for the late reply! How has your week, been, Brian?
    I haven’t read The Hiding Place yet; I’ve only seen the movie adaptation.
    What did you think of “Is Atheism Dead?” Ah, I’ve seen another book about Bonhoeffer at the library (can’t remember the title), though I haven’t had a chance to look further into it…[Read more]

    • Hi Lily,
      My week has been busy at work and finding time to write is tough, but I am still pressing through. How was your week?
      “Is Atheism Dead?” was a good book. It addresses the discoveries in science and biblical archaeology and some of the later under-reported regrets and conversions of prominent “atheists” who came to find faith in Christ.…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months, 1 week ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    No worries. I understand how busy life can get. How has your week been?

    Thank you for sharing this. Too often, I hear pastors (and Christians movies/books/ etc) teach that Jesus is your ‘friend’. While yes, in a sense it is true, we really forget that Christ is actually Lord. Our wills, what we want, aren’t as…[Read more]

    • I haven’t read those, but I did read Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson many years ago as well as The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. Recently I have just finished the Christian apologetics book “Is Atheism Dead?” by Eric Metaxas, but I’ve been wanting to read “Bonhoeffer” a biography also written by Eric Metaxas. I will have to check…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 commented on the post, Rain 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    This was so beautiful! My state is somewhat of a desert, so rain is always a wonderful blessing from God. I loved the imagery and description; I could see the picture the poem painted. Thank you for sharing this, Sarah!

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    Aww, thanks so much! Your comment really encouraged me!
    No, An Apprentice Escapes is a standalone (I tried to convince my characters to tell more stories, but, well, they never got back to me XD). Instead, I was visited by a whole new group of characters (I have a feeling this book will be a standalone too.) I don’t…[Read more]

    • HI Lily,
      Sorry it has been a while before I responded.
      My idea really comes from a spiritual ache to address something that I see lacking in fiction and especially faith-based fiction.
      Many people gravitate to a particular thematic point to illustrate with their story, which is fine, but one thing I saw lacking was the importance of knowing Jesus,…[Read more]

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    I’ve heard of WestBow; they help you independently publish your stories, if I remember correctly?
    I’m glad to hear that the edits and revisions are moving forward (sometimes my revisions feel like they’re taking forever too.) How are you enjoying WestBow? Is it a good company to work with?

    My writing is going well;…[Read more]

    • Congratulations on the publication of “An Apprentice Escapes”!
      I am so proud of you for getting your work out there! Is your next book a sequel or a stand-alone story? Do you have a synopsis for the new book?

      As for WestBow, we paid for a mid-level package, but I must get the edited version out to them so they can start to work on it. Once I…[Read more]

  • @taylorclogston

    Yikes! I’m so sorry to hear that. I’m glad you’re feeling better.  🙂

     

    @this-is-not-an-alien

    SHE HATH PREVAILED!!! *thunderous applause by the masses* XD

  • imwritehere1920 posted a new activity comment 4 months, 2 weeks ago

    @obrian-of-the-surface-world

    Thank you for your thoughts and blessings too! (also, Happy New Year! I’ve been praying that God will strengthen you in His Word and give you wisdom to know His Will.)
    How has your writing been going? I was wondering what publisher you’re working with.

    • Thank you, Lily! My publisher is WestBow Press (a division of Thomas Nelson). I am currently in the edits and deep into the revisions. Sometimes it goes very slow, but it is still moving forward. How is your writing going? Do you have a publisher yet or a plan on the route you want to take?
      Happy New Year too! 🙂

  • @taylorclogston

    Happy New Year, Taylor. How was your holiday?

    Congrats on the new writing job; I look forward to checking your article out.

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