A Little Fun Tagging

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

I just got tagged by Elizabeth from The Endless Road this morning (thanks so much, Elizabeth!), and so thought I might as well have a little fun with the tag =D, though I had planned on posting something quite different today. Elizabeth had some really fun questions that I enjoyed answering...many of which, I'd have liked to include in my question list. The the questions I put forth, you'll find them to be rather literary/bookish in their nature and maybe a bit challenging. But I hope you all enjoy and those tagged will join in the fun!

Here are the rules.
1. Post these rules

2. Post 11 random things about yourself (optional)

3. Answer the questions the tagger posted for you in their post.

4. Create 11 new questions for the people you tag to answer.

5. Go to their blog and tell them that they have been tagged.

11 random things about me. 
1. Listening to epic movie soundtracks is so helpful to me in not getting distracted while doing Mathematics =D
2. I'm going through the painful process of learning to love the metronome while playing Allegretto Moderato  on the violin ... *huge, gigantic sigh*
3. I am better at writing action-packed, dramatic scenes more than static scenes where nothing actually happens :). 
4. I'm quite a terrible procrastinator a lot of the time.
5. I was the youngest child in my family for the first 8 years of my life, and now my little sister, Grace, is turning 8 very soon!
6. I believe it took 2 weeks after I was born for my parents to decide to call me "Joy". Until they did, everyone simply called me "the baby". :)
7. I love reading biographies of Christians in the Suffering Church because they encourage my faith so much!
8. The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien are now on my favourite "Movie and book" list.
9.  History, English and Literature are my favourite subjects at school
10. My family and I lived only a few minutes away from where The Voyage of the Dawn Treader film was being made in 2009! We saw the ship anchored at our bay, and our newspapers had all the news about it... (sadly,  we weren't into Narnia at the time very much nor had we seen the earlier films so we didn't make much of it at the time), but it definitely was fascinating to see the big ship on our bay... and every time I see the Dawn Treader sailing on the water in the movie screen now, I think, "wow, that's beautiful... and it is our bay!"
11. Two books of the Bible that I read so much of are the Psalms and the Gospel of John. They are just so special to me!

Now for the questions from Elizabeth.
1. Which to genre do you prefer historical fiction, a regular novel, or fantasy? Historical fiction definitely would by my preferred genre for both writing and reading, but I've also recently got into loving the fantasy genre (The Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit etc...) and would love reading/writing more of that in the future. 

2. How do you feel about all these new E-readers? (nooks, kindles) My dad and sister, Sarah, use ipads and stuff like that all the time. Dad used to say that nothing compared with a 'real' book, but now he's reading mostly from his ipad simply because he can carry ALL his favourite books around with him without it being bulky or anything.  And Sarah does most of her uni studies (articles to read and all that) on the ipad. Personally, I still love 'real paper' books so, so, so much better!! But I do understand the good qualities in e-readers. I just hope this new industry won't wipe out good-old fashioned books one day!

3. Do you play and instrument? If so what instrument? Yes, I play the violin and I love it so much! I've been playing the violin since I was 11 years old (which means I've been playing for 5 years in full). I used to play the piano when I was younger but it just wasn't my type of instrument to play.... I'm currently working on 3rd grade violin and it's great, abet it be quite challenging sometimes. But I definitely enjoy it!
4. Is there an instrument that you don't play, but wish you could? The cello and viola and guitar would be instruments that I wish I could play... and maybe I will one day :). I love the sound of the piano, harp, flute, trumpet and double bass but I wouldn't personally try learning them. Just because.

5. What are some of your favorite musicians? Itzahk Perlman, Yo Yo Ma are some of my favourite modern day musicians. 

6. Do you prefer white chocolate of milk/dark chocolate? I'm not one for eating a lot of chocolate ( I love carob so much better, and in fact it is healthier). I've never tried white chocolate. I tend to like milk chocolate more, but dark chocolate is nice if I'm in the mood for it.

7. What is your favorite month? Probably December :). April is a lovely month as well.

8. If you had the chance to go to 5 countries what countries would they be? England (and all the British Isles like Scotland, Ireland and Wales) Italy, Switzerland/Germany, America, Egypt... uhm, I'm sorry it seems I've mentioned more than 5 countries... I've got so many places I'd love to visit one day! :p. (Other places, besides the 5 would be Israel, New Zealand, Holland...)

9. Are yo a country or a city person? Or a little of both? I am a country person in that I love wide, open spaces, farm-life, mountains and valleys, fresh air etc... however, my family and I are city people in much of our lifestyle (like living in a suburb, living not too far from the shops, having a small backyard etc...). So it is a little of both, I guess.

10. Who is your favorite character from Narnia? Besides Aslan (who is my top favourite character in Narnia!), it would definitely be Lucy Pevensie <3. 

11. What is your favorite kind of cookie? short-bread biscuits and then oat biscuits are some of my favourite =D (sorry, here in Australia we call them biscuits not cookies!)

My questions:
1. Who are your top favourite classic fiction authors and your top 3 favourite modern fiction authors? (by the word 'classic', I'm referring to authors of the past up to the mid 20th Century, and by 'modern', I'm referring to authors who wrote and lived from the 1960s and up)
2. Which character in John Bunyan's immortal classic, The Pilgrim's Progress, do you identify with the most in their/your spiritual journey? (Christian, Faithful, or Hopeful)
3.  In J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, we see that Sam's and Frodo's responses to Gollum-Smeagol are different.  If you were in either character's position when they had a chance of killing him, would you have done so and rid yourself of his wickedness and treachery, or would you pity him, having carried the burden of the Ring yourself, known its temptation, and shown mercy? (P.S. if you haven't watched/read The Lord of the Rings, you can skip this question)
4. Which do you enjoy more: reading a book or watching a movie?
5. What is your favourite kind of music to sing, hear and play and who do you think was the greatest music composer of all time?
6. Which 2 books of the Bible do you tend to read from the most?
7. Is there a figure in history (outside the Bible) that you love the most? And why?
8. Is there a book or movie that you've read/watched and you've wished something had gone differently and would like to re-write it?
9. What are your 2 favourite scenes in The Chronicles of Narnia (taken from either the films, books or both)?(P.S. if you haven't watched/read The Chronicles of Narnia, you can skip this question)
10. What are some of the books (fiction + non-fiction) or movies that have inspired and changed your life?
11. What do you love most about the place where you live?

And I tag...
Elizabeth Rose from Living on Literary Lane
Jenny from The Penslayer
Mikaliah from Maid for Him
April from My Life in Him
Dakota from Hulule Tylluan
Lady Bibliophile My Lady Bibliophile
Grace from Graceful Maiden
Melanie from Forever His Servant
Bree Holloway from He Designs My Life

Oh, and if ANYONE else would like to participate in this Fun Tagging, I'm tagging you too... so please feel free to join! :)

All images in this post are via Pinterest

A Thought on Suffering [by T. Austin-Sparks]

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Recently, Mum gave me an article to read by T. Austin-Sparks that spoke about suffering and how when one suffers, it is a suffering together of the whole Body of Christ. It encouraged me, so I thought I'd like to share it on here today. When there are battles and sufferings, we can know that the same sufferings are being experienced by our brothers and sisters in the world, and that Christ is with us through it all. I pray it blesses you.
"We, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another." (Romans 12:5)
We are a part of a Body. Many of our sufferings are not on our own account at all. Many of the sufferings of the children of God have nothing whatever to do with their own faults or their own failing. They are suffering in a related way, they are suffering for the Body's sake, they are entering into the battle; the conflict of this one great testimony. Sometimes it is almost uncanny when the Lord has something in view in relation to His testimony of Life, how for no reason whatever, on no account at all, we discover that we are involved and ours is not an isolated experience. All sorts of people all over the place are having the same kind of experience - a terrific sense of pressure, upset, annoyance, anything to frustrate - it is happening all round, testifying that in the spiritual realm, in the realm of the Spirit, there is a fine, sensitive oneness which matters to the Lord, and therefore matters to the enemy.
Do not always take your sufferings as some controversy that the Lord has with you. That is the twist the enemy often gives. Be open to the Lord to be checked up on anything, but do not always take it that the things which are happening to you and causing you trouble and suffering are due to your own failure or wrong. You are involved in something very much more than that.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: The Testimony of the Christ - Chapter 7

God's Faithfulness in a Sunset

Sunday, 18 March 2012

As weird as this may sound for many of you (all Northern-Hemispherians to be precise =D), it is autumn here. Autumn, and raining/cloudy as well.  And I quite enjoy it actually :). I spent all of yesterday afternoon, relaxing alone in my bedroom  and writing on my laptop in The Crown of Life (talk about how good being alone to write is, when most times while writing I'm surrounded with constant family noise!). Whilst I wrote, I listened to relaxing music and heard the steady drumbeats of the rain on our roof. I don't know how it is with you, but rain in summer sometimes signals to me flooding or storm (thanks to January 2011 experience :p). And rain in winter makes everything quite cold, dreary, and wet (most times). But rain in autumn is pleasant to me. The freshness of the trees, grass and plants after rain, droplets trickling on the windows, and the smell of wet earth, cleansed after rain is one that I love. Sometimes we forget, though, what sunshine and clear skies are like. We forget the blue of the sky, and the warmth and glow of a beautiful sunset...

This is what the sky was like in our neighborhood one evening a few weeks back, a fiery glow of gold, orange, yellow and pink and shades of blue as the sun sank behind the hill. It was soooooo beautiful! We were going back home from swimming that day and as I looked through the car window I saw the sky! You can imagine my reaction. As soon as we reached our house, I rushed out of the car, ran to my bedroom and grabbed our camera and ran back outside to take dozens of shots... 

As I gazed up at the sky, I was amazed and awed by the beauty of our Heavenly Father...
His glory and love could be seen in the clouds, and I was reminded of His unfailing faithfulness to His children. That though we fail and stumble, He remains unchanging, faithful and good.
"O Lord, our Lord,
How excellent is Your name in all the earth,
Who have set Your glory above the heavens!"
Psalm 8: 1

In seeing the beauty of the setting sun and the gold-rimmed clouds, I saw that in rain and cloud we'd forget those glimpses of the sunshine and beauty, the glory of God's creation which awes and inspires us. When the clouds hide the face of the sun, when the rain and shadows fall, we do not see the sun and it is hard to remember how it was, and often allow our fears and doubts to set in because we cannot see. Yet our feelings and the clouds masking the sun from our eyes, they don't make the sun or beauty vanish, it only veils it for a time. It is also the same with our life and walk with God. When we see and feel His Presence, it is like we see a glorious sunset, and we know. But there are times where we feel so distant from Him, when doubts arise and when the trials and temptations we face threaten to overwhelm us so that we can't look up. But that doesn't lessen to the slightest fraction, the truth of God's love, care and faithfulness to us, His own children. Because He is eternal, and His faithfulness endures. There is that beautiful quote by Amy Carmichael that I'd like to share about this and I hope will bless you.

Our feelings do not affect God's facts. They may blow up like clouds and cover the eternal things that we most truly believe. We may not see the shining of the promises, but they still shine; and the strength of the hills that are His also is not for one moment less because of our human weakness. Heaven is no dream. Feelings come and go like clouds, but the hills and the stars abide." ~Amy Carmichael From her devotional book, Edges of His Ways)

The beauty ^ of His creation, the swirling clouds and the sunset, they gave me such a comforting sense of God's amazing love and goodness, that I am upheld by His hand and He knows and cares. I want to praise Him and thank Him for everything, including the sunshine and rain, because He is faithful in both, and his mercies and compassions endure forever.

Through the LORD's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
"The LORD is my portion," says my soul,
Therefore I hope in Him!"

The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the LORD."
Lamentations 3:22, 26

Unsinkable Giveaway!

Thursday, 15 March 2012

I just had to post here this morning about the last giveaway Miss Elizabeth Rose and her sister are hosting on the blog "Unsinkable", because it is a really special one. The giveaway is a free signed copy of her book "Violets Are Blue" coming out in April! It has a lovely book-cover to say the least, and from all the excerpts I've read of it so far, it looks like it will be an enjoyable read. As far as I've seen so far,  it is a historical novel set in Edwardian England era, a story of the Titanic, and the theme of friendship. Sounds captivating, aye? So why don't you head over to Unsinkable blog and join in the giveaway here?

Beautiful People- Flavius Apicius

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

As I am in "literary" mood right now I thought I might join in the "Beautiful People" interview hosted by Sky and Georgie Penn. It is basically an interview you do with your characters to get to know them more. So, here I go.... this time I'm going to use the interview for the character of Flavius Apicius. Enjoy!

It was a beautiful stallion. Silky brown, its muscles rippled with every movement, its lustrous black mane flowed down richly and thickly. Flavius stroked its silky neck, and lifted an eye up to his friend over the horse' head. “Beautiful. Have you given him a name yet?” --The Crown of Life 

1. If your character could be played by any actor, who would it be?
As seen in the picture to your right, I think the closest would be Richard Armitage (even though I've yet to see a movie he acts in). I think that it is his eyes that capture Flavius' character the most...
2. Does your character have a specific theme song? no, I don't know many songs that would suite his life or character... :p
3. What’s their worst childhood memory? the murder of his father. Seeing his father killed in front of his very eyes was very traumatic for him. Even though he was but six years of age he remembers it vividly and it haunts him as a grown man. 
4. If your character had a superpower, what would it be? I'm not 100% sure what a superpower is, but I think it would be, in regard to Flavius, the will to rise in his position and better himself, also it would be his natural charisma and slyness.
5. If your character crashed on an island with a bunch of other people, how would your character help the group survive? He'd probably take the lead in trying to help them (and himself!) get out of the island at all costs, despite his initial reluctance to bother about the 'bunch of other people'. If left to himself, he'd try fleeing the island alone, but his honour would not abide this.
6. Are they married? If not, do they someday wish to be?  at the start of the novel, Flavius is betrothed to Anthea, but his fiancee is rather young and immature and Flavius' main focus is to get a seat in Rome and avenge his father's death. However, as time and circumstances change he slowly becomes grows more fond of Anthea and starts thinking seriously of marriage after all.
7. What is a cause they would die for? he'd die if he knew his father's death was avenged, or if his family name was greatly honoured at death, but death is not an option for him, and he defies the very thought of dying unless it is to kill his enemy through his own death
8. Would they rather die fighting valiantly, or quietly at home? as I said above, he'd rather not die at all! But if he was to die, he'd rather die fighting valiantly
9. If someone walked up to them and told them they were the child of the prophecy, would they believe them? he'd definitely not take the 'someone' seriously at first, taking him to be some sort of conjuring magician or a doodling old priest. But if he knew that the child of the prophecy would become emperor, and he was that 'child', in that case he'd very much wish to believe it, even if his common sense told him it is ludicrous. 
10. Do they prefer the country or the city? I'd say the city since it is usually in harmony with his moods. Flavius can't stand the quiet of the country, and it's peacefulness agitates him.
Since I've not done a Beautiful People before, I've taken the liberty of adding here some extra questions from previous "Beautiful People". I hope this isn't going against the rules!
If they are falsely accused of murder, what would they do? How would they react? 
He'd protest his innocence most violently, and react with anger and hatred to the one who accused him falsely. 
Are they happy with where they are in life, or would they like to move on? 
I don't think he is happy where is in life at all! In a way he'd like to move on, or rather move backward to the past "upward in status". Hope that makes sense.
Are they Christian, or will they eventually find Jesus?
at the beginning of the story, it is definitely a "no" answer to the first part of the question. As to later on if he will eventually come to Christ,  since it will give away a plot in the story, I can't give you the answer now (sorry!).
How old are they? aprox. 23 at start, by the end 29.
Do they have any siblings? How many? Where do they fit in? Flavius is the only son of his father. But he has a step-brother, Sergius Apicius, his junior by six years. And might I add, they utterly abhor one another!
What is their biggest secret? It is a big, and dangerous secret, but one I can't say. 
Have they ever been in love? yes, to Anthea... but it is a flimsy and passionate kind of love, not a long-abiding one.
Right or left handed? haven't thought about this one before... I guess he's right handed :)
Does he think inside himself more than he talks out loud to his friends? (more importantly, does he actually have friends?) Flavius has many friends, one of whom is Valerius, who he used to consider (especially in his childhood) closer than a brother. However, Flavius doesn't speak his thoughts very often out loud to anyone, especially his friends with whom he usually puts on a mask of charm and perfection. But it is to hide deep inner struggles and bitterness. Eventually, his continual inner turmoil causes him to slowly loose connection with most of his friends.

The Cast - The Crown of Life

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Image via Pinterest
This post has been long while in coming but late is better than never, right? Okay, if you haven't guessed this already, this post will be a 'literary' one. Lately I've seen quite a few character profile posts on my dashboard, and it has gotten me really excited to do one of my own. You see, a character profile post is basically a post introducing the author's characters, giving a brief description for who they are, and also a profile image that go along with the character. It sounded like a lot of fun and also probably helpful to my writing. So, I decided to go along and try it out. Little did I know, just how helpful it would be! I've had a lot of 'discoveries' about my characters (especially my main character, Marcellus Valerius--yes, I've finally settled on that name for my chief protagonist by the way) and "re-fittings" of many of their personalities. New tensions and pasts were discovered and I'm very glad that at last I can present to you a few of the main characters of my story, The Crown of Life.Please forgive the extreme lack of Ancient Roman period- clothing for most the characters. It was very difficult to find actors wearing 1st century clothing on their IMDb pages =D, but, with the help of my sisters, I did come up with a few. Also, there is a strong tendency that most of the actors don't look very Italian/Roman. Still, they were the best I found. I hope you enjoy!
Important Disclaimer: I do not own these photos, this is purely for fun and not for profit. Many of those profiles are actors from films I haven't seen. By placing their profiles here, it does not mean that I am recommending the films, or promoting the actors, I'm just using the pictures as character profiles to put life into the characters I have in my head. The other thing is the personality and traits of the profile actors are in no way the same as the characters in my story. Okay with all that said and done, lastly, I own all of these characters and all things attached to said characters; their existence makes them copyrighted to me. I'd appreciate it if this is respected please. Thanks =).

(p.s. minor spoilers, but nothing drastic!)

 Valerius Gallus
this is one of the best pictures I found with someone who looked like Valerius,
but he isn't at all THE Valerius of my imagination :-)
Valerius, the only surviving son of an aristocratic Senator, is a quiet young man, steady and determined, with great skill as a soldier in the Roman Army. He lives with his parents and sister, Anthea, in the city of Rome, and was selected as one of the top six tribunes in Legate Albinus' Legion. Having taken on the role of the eldest son, after his older brother was killed in battle, Valerius knows that his parents have high hopes in him. Yet in spite of the promising future ahead of him, Valerius feels discontented with his life, knowing that somehow man was made for a higher purpose. When Valerius' close boyhood friend, Tribune Flavius, returns to Rome after many years abroad the Empire, his arrival brings much joy to Valerius. But when he becomes betrothed to Claudia, Legate Albinus' beautiful young daughter, and gets a summons from the Imperial Palace, ambition and jealousy threaten to tear their friendship apart and set Valerius on the quest for the truth.
        Valerius' character is quiet, compassionate and thoughtful. He feels strongly and has a hot temper if the situation warrants it, yet he can be prone to bouts of depression despite his high-spirited character. Valerius has a soft side to him that he rarely lets others see.  His loyalty and patriotism to Rome is matched with his sorrow over the complacency of the Empire. His greatest desire is to find truth in his life, and to fill the empty void in his heart. 

Claudia Albinus
Claudia is the eldest daughter of Legate Albinus who is the General of Army in Rome and a confident of Nero. After her mother's death at an early age, Claudia and her little brother, Antony, were brought up by her old nurse and guardian, who was a patrician woman of reduced means named Rosa, and privately tutored by a Greek freedman. Claudia grows up to be a well-educated young woman, with a love for learning, music and beauty. She misses her mother deeply, but she is contented in life. Her father, though rather reserved and reticent about his past, holds a special place in his heart for his two motherless children, especially Claudia. Though she doesn't have many friends, having always shied away from social gatherings, she loves people and little children in particular, and dreams of the day when she is married and has children of her own. When her father betroths her to Senator Gallus' son, Tribune Valerius, Claudia feels there couldn't be a happier woman in Rome or the Empire for that matter, until a tragedy takes him away from her, and leaves her alone, searching for reality in her life.
            Claudia's character is dedicated, steadfast and loyal. She is finely cultured as a young lady becoming of her status, and owns a great deal of womanly grace. To combat that, she can be extremely stubborn, willful and owns a fierce streak of pride, though it isn't a self-conceited pride, but a ladylike dignity and self-control. Her hallmark is goodness, gentleness and an inner beauty and happiness that radiates to those around her. Much to her chagrin, her family and close friends consider her a powerhouse, but a fact little known to anyone except those closest to her is that in fact she has deep inner struggles, is oft' lonely, and is earnestly seeking from the depths of her heart for joy and peace, and Something or Someone in which to truly believe and trust in.

Flavius Apicius
Flavius, the only son of the late Governor Gaius Apicius of Umbria, returns to Rome after two grueling years of service campaigning in the Empire, embittered by what life and his uncle have done to him, and is obsessed with only one goal, one ambition, to revenge the wrong done to him after his father's death, and to rise in rank to a seat of power in Rome. Before he had left on the military campaign years before, he had become betrothed to twelve year old Anthea, his friend's sister. Now an older, attractive Anthea, and the warm friendship of Valerius tug on Flavius' spirits; yet his aching past calls to him still and the glittering reward, the crown ahead of him harden his heart, against the obstacles in his way. He has to make a choice between friendship, love and faith, or the ambition to rise, and to revenge. 
        Flavius is a charismatic person, witty and full of charm and sly in his manner. He's proud, and determined by his purpose, his painful past. He easily hides that past by a mask of loud strength, bluff, and intimidation. His actions are mostly driven by deep-ridden ambition, bitterness and jealousy, but when the the very things he fought for all his life go against him, his life disintegrates and he finds himself trapped. He has a strong abhorrence of the Christian faith, seeing how its call, and the lives of those who embrace it, wavers his purpose, and condemns his own tainted life. 

Anthea Gallus
Anthea, being the youngest daughter of Senator Gallus and Lady Cassia, adores her brother Valerius like nothing else and dreams that he'd one day become a hero such as a conquering General, riding out with his troops in victory, so she is very happy when Valerius becomes betrothed to her closest and dearest friend, Claudia. Yet she has an even more nagging fear and awe of his friend, Flavius, who she got betrothed to at the young age of twelve. She considers Flavius charming and handsome, but at the same time dominating and sly beyond her understanding, and is both dreading and yet anticipating her arranged marriage to him. 

Anthea is somewhat immature and naive, and often assigns her motives based on her feelings. She has a wild imagination and to her brother's mind, is a talkative chatter-box! She loves social gatherings, and parties and being with her friends. She enjoys  poetry and classics, and plays the tambourine beautifully. She is impulsive and romantic, and her moods are somewhat temperamental, depending on the circumstances.  She is often deluded in her flights of fancy, but underneath all of that, Anthea has a heart of gold. She is kind and compassionate and longs to have the courage to stand for what is right. She struggles with loyalties between her betrothed husband and her brother, and in spite of outwardly scorning the Christian faith, she longs for the peace that the Followers of the Christos own. But the cost of that choice is one that she isn't sure she can endure.

Julius Gallus
Julius was the eldest son of the Senator Gallus, and older brother to Valerius and Anthea, who died in battle when he was only seventeen. He and Valerius, despite the age gap, were very close, but when Valerius was 14, Julius was sent on a military campaign to fight in Gaul with Consul Apicius (Flavius' uncle) as Commander. His family mourned his death, but believed him to have died in honour, for the glory of Rome. Only Valerius and his friend Flavius (who was with Julius during the battle) know the real truth of Julius' death.

Antony Albinus
Thirteen year old Antony is Claudia's younger brother and only sibling. Antony is deeply introvert, and his favourite arena is the field of intellectual study. However, he is also impulsive and hot-headed, using his fists  on more then one occasion, yet only in defense of those who cannot fight. He thinks very highly of Valerius, and is deeply devoted to his sister especially when their father goes on his frequent military campaigns as General of the Roman Army. He shows an outward concern for Claudia's growing interest in the Christian faith, but Antony himself becomes intrigued by the tell-tale rumours and stories he hears about the practices of the Christians, and secretly starts attending their meetings, just to see if all that he has heard is true. 

Talitha is a little Jewish girl of eight, who plays a major role in the life of Valerius and that of Claudia. Her parents' death is a severe shock to her, but it doesn't break her feisty spirit, or her kind heart. She pours all the love of her sad little heart into those around her, and she grows to consider Valerius like a big brother to her.

If you have any, I'd so love to hear your thoughts on my characters (encouragement and/or helpful criticism), because I know they'll be really helpful! God bless, and thanks for reading =D.

 "But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield." Psalm 5:11, 12 KJV