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Not Roaring

Posted: January 31, 2016 in Inkspots


Along with bills (give us money), advertisements (spend your money), and bank statements (look what happened to your money), this arrived Friday.

There was no return address or name to tell me who it was from, and it was in a gray unassuming envelope.    My pulse hit a little harder in my fingertips as I worked to get it open. Mysterious and fun are anonymous things. The pulse switched from its curious tap tap tapping to a harder drum-drum-drumming as I pulled the paper free.  This might be Anonymous, but it definitely not purposeless.   It struck right to the center of my soul.

You see, I’ve been having a conversation with the Lion of the Tribe of Judah about my life, and not roaring.  (more…)

Today’s entertainment is brought to you by my Smallest Niece, who decided to tell a story while I wrote it down. She also thought that it would be fun to take pictures to illustrate the tale. So sit back wipe the mustard off your fingers, put down your patriotic hot dogs, and enjoy!

“The Adventures of Eeyore*”

This is Eeyore

This is Eeyore, and Eeyore’s flying basket

Eeyore is traveling to the Valley of Snow Land by flying basket He only has one blanket and four fish. He uses a fish to steer the basket, but he also has to eat them, so he won’t be able to steer all the time.  And he gets stuck a lot  (well you would too if you had to decide if you were going to have a meal, or steer your flying basket) and then has to land and fish. But not in the water, just in lakes.  Also he built a barn in Snow Land so he is not cold. And he goes out and fishes in Snow Land.

Eeyore  in his barn in the Valley of Snow Land

Eeyore in his barn in the Valley of Snow Land

He has a chest he is going to put the fish in, and he dives into the lake and uses his tiny ears to catch the fish and put them in the chest to eat later.  He fishes the fish out of the lake, all of them. But the fish at the bottom of the lake bubble up to the top so he can go fishing  again (apparently Eeyore has some mad fishing tricks most fishermen would love to know)  Eeyore makes a bridge out of the snow over the lake. Eeyore snores himself to sleep.

One day he decides to move himself to another place for more Adventures. He goes to the Island of Sun and comes back to the Valley of Snow Land at night.


Eeyore on the Island of Sun

Eeyore on the Island of Sun

He makes a small bed out of rags and takes a small nap. he is very chilled from flying over the Island of Ice.

Eeyore getting chilled as he explores the Valley of Ice

Eeyore getting chilled as he explores the Island of Ice

He is finally warm and gets into his basket to start another Adventure.  It is raining  hundreds of gallons of rain. Eeyore is on his way to the Valley of Rain. He is going to go above the clouds and turn on the instructions so he knows where it is.

Eeyore preparing to go to the Valley of Rain

Eeyore preparing to go to the Valley of Rain

The End.

Or. . .is it? Stay tuned, Scribes! Until the next time, Encourage one another!

*not affiliated with Disney in any way, my smallest niece and I  make no money from this tale, it is purely for entertainment.


Caiti gave this to me for my birthday this past May, and I just about died.  She commissioned one of her artist friends to draw her character Tyrza, and Rea, standing back to back in their “default” expressions. Hers, “I am not buying your bull” and his “Oh really?”

I love it so much, I just can’t get over seeing him like that.  Oh my goodness. So many ideas are being stashed to the side due to other writing constraints but hey, I’m making notes as fast as I can.  It’s amazing how a piece of character art can make you want to write, don’t you think?

Want to check out the amazing, fantastical, phenomenal artist that created this 1,000 word picture? Well, here’s her tumblr

Now, go check out her site, give her lots and lots of love, and remember Scribes when you post artwork 😉 gifts or things you’ve found, link to the artist.

Also let me know who has given YOU some fan art.  C’mon now, you are all talented enough to have fan art. 😀 Give the artists a shout out.



The Christian Manifesto, where I post reviews, is looking for a few  new reviewers. The criteria for reviewing there is to have a good critical understanding of writing, be able to commit to a review schedule deadline, and be able to say what you mean and mean what you say in 700 words or less.  The most important part of that criteria is the critical understanding of writing.

What do I mean when I say that? Well, can you pick out the difference between passive and active voice? Do you catch when a writer begins telling more than showing?  Are you able to sit back from the emotional reactions a book provokes  and look at the style, structure, and elements of story?

Then you might be just who we are looking for!

We are seeking  readers/writers  who are willing to honestly review fiction and non fiction books, not with an eye to selling the product as Amazon or Barnes & Noble or Goodreads often do (especially with Author incentives) but with an eye to steering readers away from time-wasting books and to the ones that are worth the readers investment of hours and imagination.

We are also looking to expand the kinds of books we review, and the kinds of interviews we have.

Ever wanted to interview one of your favorite authors?  The Christian Manifesto might be just the boost/battering ram you’ve been looking for;  an independent review blog carries a nice heft of clout in the publishing world. I’ve connected with Marissa Meyer, Rachel Coker, and Dani Pettrey for interviews  through The Christian Manifesto and have more coming up.

And that’s not all.

Recently  one of our reviews was picked up and placed on the back of a Bethany House book, (Dani Pettrey’s  Silenced) so there’s definitely a chance for fortune and glory as Indy says, when you write for us.

Mainly glory. Not so much fortune.

It’s not an easy place to write for, but it’s a good place. Reviewing is hard work, but then so are most things in life that are worth doing. If you’re interested in joining me and a host of other really talented people then click this link CLICK ME and follow the instructions on the page there. I hope that I see you on the roster beside the rest of the crew, very soon!

Until I post again, Encourage one another Scribes!


Mirram Neal has been fighting with him for weeks. Utter weeks. And while he’s not here in the “flesh” as it were, here is the scan of her line art of my grumpy Daithian. Captures his  I’m cooler than you attitude perfectly, no?    Or as she so perfectly put it “Rea hugging himself in frustration.” So while  YOU wait for the next part of the interview, and while I wait for him to get here—feel free to take her line art and color it, make paper Rea airplanes with it–and otherwise annoy my not so very bad boy, bad boy.   Rea belongs to me, the art to Mirriam, and Jeremy Renner belongs mainly to himself. Don’t repost or claim as your own or I will sic Angel’s fangirls after you.


Well and duh, who is Mirriam? As if you don’t know. Wait, you DON’T KNOW?! AHHHH.  Go here. IMMEDIATELY



So what in the world happened to me? How is Rea doing? Did Rea kill you and or run away?

These questions have been in boxed to me and it makes me feel loved. Thanks guys for noticing! I have had a rough spring. Between my back and my teeth it seems like every time I get my footing I get knocked down again. So blogging/writing has fallen to the bottom of the list. The good news is that April is nearly over and I’m beginning to see the light again. I’m doing better physically; I’ll be off antibiotics this week and am generally feeling better.


So, where do I stand on Rea’s interview? Well, I’m working on part of it but stopped to post this. I know I know, get back to Rea. Well, I will but he’s had to wait as I’m due to write some book reviews and I also have another author interview coming up. Not that he minds, crafty Daithian that he is, I’m sure he’s using his unsupervised time to do all manner of things I’d rather he not do.

This summer (June through August 2014) I’m working on doing something I think that will be kind of cool and this is your invitation to come along on the journey. Each month, I’m going to post writing prompt along with MY version of it and then post it here. I’ll give you seven days to post your own version of the prompt (and these are going to be really short) and then the next week we’ll revise together, edit, and polish our projects.

The idea is to work on skills together. To encourage short projects that become DONE projects, and at the end of the summer hopefully we’ll all have grown, stretched, and be more comfortable sharing with one another.

During the summer I’m also going to be sharing some really cool writing tools I’ve found that are online and free, and also places to submit work.

All of this I’m working on RIGHT NOW, so that the posts will go up automatically, you know in case my face/life/back decide to explode again.

I’ve also got a special treat coming up for the Rea fans, and that should be ready to share this summer as well. So you have lots and lots of things to look forward to, aren’t you glad you stuck it out while the silence was screaming*?

Patience is a virtue.

* Early writer stretch to get you limbered up for the summer. How can silence scream? Tell me in the comments.