Hello, Dear Reader. How’s Your Soul?

•March 5, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Perfect Rainbow

Today’s Blogging 101 assignment is to write a post addressed to your ideal audience and to throw some bells and whistles in with it for good measure.

I’m a writer, an author, to be more specific. This is my author blog, so its sole purpose is to introduce my brand to readers. When I moved to the island a few months ago and decided to take up farming, I met the young lady from Hong Kong who runs my preferred farm store. As she so succinctly put it, “You, buy your budgie feed from ME!” So, the point of this blog is, “You, buy MY books!” (Not necessarily from me, as I haven’t figured out the ecommerce bit of WordPress yet.) Since, that kind of expression is generally frowned upon in our society, too direct, brash and honest I suppose, other subtler forms of marketing suffice.

So, dear reader and blog visitor, you probably expect me to start hard- or soft-selling you my books and telling you why you should buy MY books, but that’s not what I’m about at all. Oh no. The Bible, my guidebook for living, tells me to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto me. I have no need to chase after your buying power because I can’t actually take any of it with me into eternal life and in the meantime, the Lord shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory, so I’m well taken care of. You need to be taken care of too.

How is your soul? Is your life meaningful? Will it continue after you shed this mortal coil? When you die, will you be done? Or will it just be the beginning?

Romans 10

Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.

For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.

But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Bliss: Pleasures Forevermore

•March 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Psalm 16:11

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Bliss. This topic threw me for a loop. Can there be such a thing as perfect happiness on this earth? The Bible says fullness of joy, real bliss, is to be found in the presence of the Lord. May I be in his presence now and forevermore.

Contentment

Philippians 4:11-13

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

What makes me happy? I thought of photos to take for Photo 101 Day 4: Bliss (& captions). I thought of food, gorgeous nature scenes, a rumpled bed, a worn out Bible, the beach, a scenic drive, all the usual things. However, I’ve decided to go with the imperfect photos that come from real life, so here are the shots from Days 1-3 that I couldn’t use because some little guys that make me happy were being just a little too affectionate to make great (or good, or even decipherable) photos.

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Water

•March 4, 2015 • 2 Comments

Today’s Photo 101 theme is “Water.” I absolutely love water, so I really couldn’t settle for just one picture. It’s a rainy day and I was fortunate enough to find two cruise ships hunched down in a troubled grey harbour with clouds and rain swirling all around them when I ran my errands this morning. To these I added a few upbeat or tranquil photos of water I’ve taken in times past. I hope they’ll give you that “mini vacation” feeling we all need sometimes.

John 7:37-38

Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

John 4:10

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

John 4:14

Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Job 11:16

Because thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away:

A Road Less Traveled

•March 3, 2015 • Leave a Comment

A Road Less Traveled

Today’s assignment in Photo101 is “Street” (and establishing shot). I got up early this morning and took pictures of both streets that go by my house, but decided to use this slightly older picture instead. This isn’t a street, but yet it is. It’s a narrow path carved out where it really shouldn’t be. It’s a problem I need to solve because *the trespassers did it*, but it’s also something that came in handy because it looks quite nice in a photo. It’s a reminder that the path through life is rarely smooth, but obstacles can be turned into opportunities.

Matthew 7:13-14

Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Are you on the road to life, or are you on the broad road to destruction?

Statement of Purpose – Manifesto – Whatever (Deep Philosophical Musings)

•March 2, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I’ve signed up for Blogging 101 and the very first assignment is to explain who I am and why I’m here, so, why not? These are actually very important questions, but for different reasons than you’d think on the surface. Their suggested questions:

  • Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about?
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
  • If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?

Will answering any of those questions address who I am or why I’m here? I think not.

Who Am I?

  • I am the elect of God.

    John 15:16 

    Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

  • I am a new creature in Christ.

    2 Corinthians 5:17

    Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

  • I am a child of the King and a son of God.

    Galatians 3:26

    For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

  • I am the light of the world and a city set on a hill that cannot be hid.

    Matthew 5:14

    Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

  • I am blessed of God and highly favoured.

Why Am I Here?

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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What does home look like to you? Hebrews 13:14 For here haue we no continuing citie, but we seeke one to come.

Opoponax Dreams – Flash Sale

•January 23, 2015 • Leave a Comment

Good news! I’m having a flash sale of Opoponax Dreams on Kobo. The sale is set to run from January 24 – 25, 2015 (no set times, and it might not last for all 48 hours), so hurry lest you miss out!

Reflection in Silver

•October 28, 2012 • Leave a Comment

I’m not one given to labels, because labelling often leads to oversimplification which in turn leads to assumptions and eventually to a path away from the truth. Labelling is an easy, lazy path to lies. I have no desire to align myself with anything but truth.

My laptop crashed following the frenzied week of typing up the manuscript for “Nothing,” leaving me essentially unable to work on anything else. Due to a series of other unfortunate events that had all happened at the same time, I decided to contact the “publicly funded organization in charge of helping writers” to see if they would help with a replacement. I posted this blog’s address as my writing link and apparently something isn’t kosher with the blog, because I received a response so utterly rude that I had to take a week to calm down and not yield to the temptation to use words from Eminem’s more colorful vocabulary in my reply. I will tolerate a lot of things, but I draw the line at rudeness. I have no intention of tolerating that from anyone or any organization, so I responded as politely as I could and now I’m going to address assumptions, labels and the path to believing lies.

Their response, which I tossed somewhere and will dig up later, essentially stated that my work, which they apparently neither bothered to read nor research, “will be of no benefit to the public in the long or short term, is unlikely to reach publication (or find an audience) and shows no evidence of support from the literature sector.”

This, mind you, is a reply received while two of those unpublishable works in question were sitting at the sectional ranks of #’s 2, 3 and 4 on Kobo, coming down from the dismal lows of #’s 1, 2 and 4 in the previous few months. Although I have no idea how Kobo’s sectional ranking system works, it did make me wonder how they came to the conclusion that I would never reach publication. Benefitting the public is somewhat subjective. How exactly does one measure public benefit when it comes to any form of writing? Right or wrong, someone seems to have glanced at my previous post about unagented authors and jumped to the usual label-slapping of “self-published” versus “traditionally-published” and then proceeded to treat me with all the contempt that my upstart self-published self deserves in their estimation.

This is why I don’t like labels, assumptions and general discrimination of any sort. It ends up making the world an unpleasant place. Unknown to all, because I’ve never mentioned it before, I didn’t start out my writing career as a self-published author. I started out with a nice little non-fiction piece in a national women’s weekly with a very lovely picture of my smiling face next to the headline. My next brush with publication involved the inclusion of “Reflection in Silver” (and “Mirrors”??)  in an international anthology, complete with one of those contract things that seem to be so important to the labellers. So, labellers, I’m technically a traditionally published poet and non-fiction writer. If I’d left it at that, I guess I would have been deemed “of merit,” but apparently deciding to take full creative control of my own work now means that the same work and any subsequent work produced by the same individual is of no merit.

Sorry to burst your bubble and complicate your lazy, oversimplified lives labellers, but deciding to self-publish has had no diminishing effect on my talent, which was given to me by God and cannot be taken away by criticism. The only thing that has changed is the label. Maybe you need to rethink your assumptions and your labelling system.
By the way, “Reflection in Silver,” which is still one of my favorite poems, is available in “The Turmoil Within,”  as is “Mirrors.”

Have a blessed week.

 
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