Musings...

Sunday, 27 November 2011

It has been a while since I've posted any personal updates about my life and what's been happening around here lately, hasn't it? In fact, I haven't posted anything really at all besides a few Cup-A-Tea Poetry posts and quotes from other things! Sorry about that, dear friends. Truth be told, life has been... okay, let's not say it*; since I've said that so many times. Life has been an adventure, a bit rough and chaotic at times and (I cannot escape the word I am sorry) BUSY*! Yet also filled with many joys and blessings of the Lord... 

I have been....
Busy with schoolwork...
I've definitely become more busy as we near the end of the school year with schoolwork. For instance, I'm doing lots of Maths lately. Basically, with lots of help from family, I've now stopped hating Mathematics (most times), and now just tolerate it. Who knows maybe one day I'll come to love it, but I do have my serious doubts about that!!! History has been fascinating to study and I am loving and having no real trouble with any of my other subjects which I am immensely grateful for!

Busy with music...
Hmm. Well, the mood that accompanies this word for me has been of late. P.L.O.W.I.N.GYes, plowing through scales, octaves, thirds sixths, that feel like an impassible mountain. And those queer bowing styles that I've been learning lately... grrr!!! Okay, it hasn't been that bad. Really. Just something that needs a little perseverance and patience. I'm actually really, really enjoying Humerisque by Josef Dvorak. Allegretto Moderato by F. Seitz hasn't come on as nicely, but I am slowly getting there. I think my biggest hurdle with that pieces been that semi-quaver section where I've got that absurd bowing that I've got to learn, using ONLY my loose, supple writs and not my arm or elbow. But the Lord has been helping me a lot and I'm slowly getting the hang of things. I certainly don't think I could have persevered without His help in this. I'm learning so much too as the Lord shows me my own sinfulness and pride and His work in my life surely comes even in this area of life. My need of Him in everything.

Busy with housework and chores...
Not much to be said about this...It is a daily thing, isn't it?
Cleanup, chores, housework. My Gracie and my room has been a chaotic mess the last few days, with all kind of things. Clothes piled up on desks because there is no room in drawers because I had no place to put winter clothes etc... It certainly doesn't contribute a cheerful spirit to anyone's mind! Well, today I threw myself into doing a bit of tidying up and cleaning the clothes and things and it is looking a whole heap better if I do say so myself. Lord willing, in the holidays, I plan to redesign and tidy the bedroom so it would look really pretty and girly :). Otherwise, I've been enjoying it so much staying at home lately. Doing things, thinking. It has been a real blessing!

Busy with family ;)...
Haha, the other day I saw Gracie dress up her stuffed animals and I just had to take a photo shot of her 'friends'. Aren't they so cute? I have to say Gracie LOVES Meime :). Grace is such a sweet little sister and so often brings a smile to my face! Hmm...my family has been very busy too :). Everyone seems to be rushing around doing things etc... lol, but I am really grateful it isn't like in some families where everyone is dislocated from the other person's activities. Oh no! Our family gets really involved in everything which is such a blessing :) and it is really wonderful to be able to do things together, sing together, share with one another help and pray with one another.

Busy with writing...
That has not been entirely true... I mean I have written, but I have not been BUSY with writing unfortunately, due to so many other things that have kept me busy. BUT! Ideas and plot lines, inspirations you might call them, have crammed their way into my brain, screaming to be written, so I have scribbled them down on my notebooks and rough notes for a future date when I can set to really working on my story again, hopefully in the Christmas holidays which I am soooooooooo looking forward to. I wonder who else is? I really want to get a lot written in the holidays Lord willing, and did I tell you, my dear friends, that I'm planning to finish The Crown of Life sometime next year if possible? I know there is a chance that I won't be able to reach that goal. But I'm definitely going to try!  Just to update you a bit on my story, I had a few major plot changes and additions midway in the story. It will be kind of a merge of most of my main characters: Marcellus, Claudia, and Flavius. Marcellus will have to deal with lots of intrigue and danger along the way while he searches for the truth about Jesus, and Claudia too will face heartbreak and pain as she deals with many other issues. I can't wait to actually get started on that part!!!

And busy with end of year realization of what we have (and haven't) done this year.
Truly, hitherto has the Lord helped us!
Christmas and the New Year is fast approaching, and with it reflections of what this year has held for us, the things we did and often failed to do. God's grace in our lives, and His guidance and dealings in our lives; our spiritual growth and our setbacks... at the end of the year, it is important to remember that... "the Blood of Jesus Christ cleanses us from all sin" and that through His grace we may set the past behind us and run the race ahead of us with patience and endurance and with renewed vigor by His Spirit that strengthens us. Let us not be weary in the work that the Lord has given us. Let us look to the Lord in gratefulness for all His blessings and goodness this year, ask Him to forgive us where we've failed and seek His mercy and grace that we may start afresh!

Lastly, here is a beautiful arrangement of the song, "Amazing Grace" by John Newton, sung by the Celtic Woman that I'd love you to hear. Remember to pause the "Mix-pod" music before playing this! Disclaimer: please be aware that I do not personally recommend "Celtic Woman" band or their albums, however this hymn arrangement sung by them blessed me very much and I felt I'd like to share it.

Many blessings, dear sisters! I will quickly mention that I won't post as much  until the holidays come, but I can't wait to blog more then Lord willing. Also if any of you would remember that History post I did about Lady Jane Grey? Well, Lord willing I plan to finish the history serial then as well! I pray you had a blessed weekend in the Lord and as we start this new week, let us walk in His love and light and rejoice in His goodness. May we be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height--to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that we may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  (Ephesians 3: 14-21, adapted from NKJV)
Lots of love in Christ!

Writing Tip of The Week

Monday, 21 November 2011

The other day I found a scribbled paragraph from a book I read on a small paper among my notes and thought it interesting to share with you :-D.

"The best form of resistance is created by constructing mutually exclusive goals for your protagonist and antagonist. That is, if your protagonist gets what she wants, your antagonist cannot get what he wants, and vice versa. Think of both sets of goals and objectives in positive rather than negative terms; make both characters actively want something, rather than simply having your opponent want to prevent the protagonist achieving her goal. It is immensely helpful to your plotting if both characters are simultaneously moving forward: collision therefore becomes inevitable." ~From "The Creative Writing Coursebook," article (chapter) written by Val Taylor, pg. 220.

I don't think this necessarily applies to all writing, but it is certainly something to think about. For example, in the Crown of Life, my protagonist and antagonist have a mutual goal, namely gaining a seat in Rome and be given prestigious posts at the Palace of the Emperor. The protagonist reaches that goal, the antagonist doesn't in the beginning of the story where the collision happens, which consequences in a switch where the protagonist' goal changes (to seeking the truth), the opponent finds himself in a struggle and his whole desire is to prevent the protagonist achieving his goal while simultaneously having ambitions and goals for himself. I hope that made sense :). So... what do you, fellow writers, think?

~Joy

Cup-A-Tea Poetry Corner 11/11/11

Friday, 11 November 2011

Many countries have a special day of remembrance for those that fell in their wars. For example, in France there is Armistice Day, and in America, Veterans Day. In Britain and the countries of the English Commonwealth, we commemorate those who fought, and are still fighting, in wars for their country on Remembrance Day which is always held on 11th of November. It was on this day that World War One ended in 1918, when the armistice was signed in Compiegne, Northern France, at 5am. Six hours later, the fighting stopped, and in commemoration of this, there is a moment's silence at 11am, every 11th of November. Hence, for today's Cup-A-Tea Poetry Corner, I wanted to share this ode or poem, as today, 11/11/11 is Remembrance Day. Here it is:



For The Fallen
by Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)

With proud thanksgiving, a mother for her children,
England mourns for her dead across the sea.
Flesh of her flesh they were, spirit of her spirit,
Fallen in the cause of the free.

Solemn the drums thrill: Death august and royal
Sings sorrow up into immortal spheres. 
There is music in the midst of desolation
And a glory that shines upon our tears.

They went with songs to the battle, they were young,
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the gong down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.

They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables at home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England's foam.

But where our desires are and our hopes profound,
Felt as a well-spring that is hidden from sight,
To the innermost heart of their own land they are known
As the stars are known to the Night;

As the starts that shall be bright when we are dust,
Moving in marches upon the heavenly plain,
As the stars that are starry in the time of our darkness,
To the end, to the end, they remain
...
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the gong down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.

Yes! We will remember them, those who died for our country's freedom, and those most of all who died for Christ throughout those tumultuous years ... 
"Lest We Forget."

Shaz In Oz is hosting a craft Candy!

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Hmm. I know I am doing a lot of advertising here :-), just wanted to mention that Shaz In Oz is making a craft Candy (something like a giveaway) for reaching her 1st blog Anniversary! She's a lovely Christian lady, and you'll love all her craft projects, they're truly amazing and you may get a tip or two as well so head her way to have a look at her lovely blog, Cards Calligraphy-Shaz In Oz and do her a wonderful favour by perhaps following? I forgot to mention that the prizes are really great :-).
I hope you don't get tired of me rambling on following blogs!!!!
Here is her Candy link.

God bless,
~Joy

Elizabeth Rose's Giveaway

Did you know that Miss Elizabeth Rose is making a Giveaway on her lovely blog, "Life On Literary Lane" for having reached 200 followers? I just thought to share it, since it has some really antique prizes that you might like to enter in to win; I am not 100 % sure those who live outside US can participate but you can ask! I always love blogs that have insightful posts, encourage others to live for Jesus, as well share their own life happenings, and what the Lord speaks to them about with others. There are so many lovely blogs out there (check my blog list for a few favourites), and I can definitely say that I always look forward to seeing any new posts by Elizabeth. Anyhow, I might just add that part of the giveaway entries is that you have to post about it on your blog... *cheeky grin*. Anyway! So, if you aren't too busy, head to her blog and see what she has on, and if you really like it, why don't you follow as well?





That's it for now!
Blessings,
~Joy