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NaNoWriMo 2016

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Sorry I haven’t posted in awhile. This little author has gotten quite busy in the past month. One of the main reasons is that I’m attempting to join in on NaNoWriMo this year. The National Novel Writing Month is a great way for anyone to jump start their writing. And since I finally finished and published Finding Home: The Lost Brother this year, I thought it was time to start writing the third book in my Finding Home series. I’m planning on this being the last book in the trilogy. But who knows what could happen. A fourth book could end up popping into my brain at some point.

For anyone interested in what this next book will be about, just know that a lot of things still need to be worked out. I’m in the very early stages of writing. But because of NaNoWriMo, I have almost 20,000 words written so far. This book will be focusing more on Princess Serina’s perspective and the working title for now is Finding Home: The Pirate Princess. From the title it’s easy to see that there will be some swashbuckling adventure in this book. I hope any of you out there who have read the other books will check this one out when it is finished.

And if there’s any aspiring authors out there, this in the month to start! Join in with NaNoWriMo and start writing. It’s amazing how much you can get done when you have a goal and a lot of other people helping you stay focused.

Sign Up For NaNoWriMo Here

I may have fewer posts for the rest of this month, due to all of the writing for NaNoWriMo. But maybe that means I can post some sneak peeks of the third book when this month is over.

Also, I’m very excited to be speaking to the students at DeZavala Elementary next week. So you can expect a post about the school’s Author Visit in the future.

Hope all of you are having a great week!

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Poem for Grandpa

So my past week has been a flurry of emotions, stress, ups and downs. My 94 year old Grandpa passed away on Saturday and I just got back from the funeral yesterday. Everything’s been so busy that it’s been hard to stop and reflect on the relationship I had with him.

He wasn’t my real grandpa, that grandpa died when I was 6. Grandpa Eddie came into my life 12 years ago when he married my grandma. It was strange at first to have this new person be part of my family but over the years I got to know him very well and I want to write a poem in his honor.


What can I say about a man who’s seen so much?

Who lived through times of war and peace,

and saw so much of history.


His life revolved around the farm.

Feeding cows, bailing hay,

watching the sky for signs of rain.


I cannot recount all you’ve seen,

the people you’ve loved,

the things you’ve grieved.

All I can say is thank you from me.


You always had a Coke to share,

a smile to offer, a laugh to give.

You took care of my grandma,

welcomed us with each visit,

sold us your old Mercury,

and paid for college tuition.


When I tried my hand at writing,

you read my book,

and told everyone around,

that it was really good.


There is so much more,

that I could say,

about your love, faith, and generosity.

But I’ll end by saying this;

Though not by blood,

you will forever be

my Grandpa Eddie.

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The Liebster Award

Thank you to My Librarians for nominating me for this award.

Here’s a link to their site:


1. Why did you start your blog?
I was finishing my first novel and someone advised me to begin blogging so that people would know who I was.

2. Who is your favorite book character?
That’s tough, there are characters I love in every book I read. But I have reread the Hobbit recently and I did play Bilbo at a murder mystery party, so I’ll go with Bilbo Baggins.

3. What is one of your favorite quotes? “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

4. If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
The child I sponsor in Haiti

5. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“A Texas Girl”

6. What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
I love playing board games or making puzzles inside. But outside, I love swimming, or star gazing.

7. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
I’ve always wanted to learn how to do the spins and jumps in ice skating.

8. 15 hours of a train journey through a scenic route or a 1 hour plane journey?
Depends on where I’m going and who I’m with, but I’d probably lean towards the long scenic route.

9. If you were to get an opportunity to live anywhere in the world, which place would you choose?
I love where I live now, and though I’d love to visit other places and maybe even live there for a limited time, Texas will always be home to me.

10. Would you ever go skydiving/bungee jumping/deep sea diving/paragliding?
I think all of these activities would be fun, though the deep sea diving might be a bit much for me, and it would be hard for me to go through with the bungee jumping.

The rules for Liebster Award are as follows:
•Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
•Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
•Nominate 5 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
•Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
•Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them.
I have nominated the following bloggers for the Liebster Award:

Beauty Through Ashes:

A Simple Taste for Reading:

Getting There:

The World According to Victoria:

Stealing All the Sevens:

Here are your 10 Questions:

1. Why did you start blogging?

2. If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?

3. What’s your favorite book?

4. Who’s had the biggest influence on you?

5. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?

6. What’s one of your favorite childhood memories?

7. If you could turn one book into a movie, and it would be really well done, which one would you choose?

8. What’s your favorite animal and why?

9. What’s your favorite scent?

10. What’s the craziest dream you’ve had?

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What is Christmas About?

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It’s only five more days till Christmas hits us once more. But what is it all about?

Is it about pleasing children?
Maybe it’s about giving gifts or telling people you love them.

Is it about a little baby in a manger?
Or going to church and listening to hymns.

Is it about hanging stockings and waiting for Santa?
Or staying up late partying with friends and relatives.

Christmas can mean so many things to each person.

Sometimes all it means is a break from school, or a couple days off of work.
It could even mean more work as the Christmas rush crowds the store you work in.

It could mean a profit for businesses that have been staring at red numbers for the last two months.

It could mean new movies to go see, like The Hobbit, Saving Mr. Banks, or The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

What’s it all about? Why all the busyness, stress, commercials, lights, music, and hullabaloo?

Why do we get so excited at this time of year?

Is it just a habit? Maybe the excitement of childhood just kicks back in,
or is it something more?

I don’t know about you, but this is what I think Christmas is about…


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It’s been sung about, talked about, and preached about for years.
How did an infinite, all-powerful, huge, perfect, holy, all knowing, all seeing, almighty, wise, perfect, beautiful God and King, become a finite, helpless, tiny, vulnerable baby. And why would He do such a thing?

If your life was perfect, free from stress, worry, hurt and pain, and you could control everything, would you leave that life and enter into a broken, painful, stress-filled life, where people are seeking to kill you and you can’t do anything about it?

That’s what Jesus did for us, and that’s what Christmas is all about. He left His perfect home, to bring are messed up world peace. He left His perfect life to give our broken one hope. He loved us, when we were unlovable. And one day He died on a cross in our place, so we could live.

As you go about the last minute Christmas preparations, remember what Jesus offers you: Peace, Love, Joy, Hope, and Salvation. Don’t leave his present unopened, enter in and enjoy what He longs to give you.

Merry Christmas!

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Need a laugh or need connection?


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So life isn’t always easy, And sometimes we feel worn out and tired, overwhelmed and frustrated, or just apathetic about everything. This past weekend I was feeling some of this, and then I came across some videos on You tube that lifted my spirits and just gave me a reason to laugh.

Here’s one that I hope will make you laugh too.

But one reason why I continued to watch these videos and share them with the people around me wasn’t just because they made me laugh. A lot of things on You Tube are funny and most of the time I watch a video I don’t share it with others, I just enjoy it, then move on with my life.

But I think these videos occasionally resonate with something deeper that every person longs for: connection, friendship, relationship, and belonging.

Here’s a few videos that I think capture this:

After watching these videos I was suddenly very thankful for the relationships I have in my life, for the people that tell me happy birthday, for the people who welcome me home after a trip and celebrate life’s big milestones.

And I think that’s what we all crave. Going through a tough time in life is inevitable, it happens eventually to everyone. But when we have people who truly care about us and lift us up when we fall down, then it isn’t so hard. I kind of wonder if the saying shouldn’t be “laughter is the best medicine,” but rather “connection is the best medicine.” When we are connected with someone, and can laugh or even cry with someone, that’s what really heals our ailment.

I think this is a big reason why going to a church is important. I know some people think it’s not for them, maybe they still follow God but they’d rather do it alone, or just don’t have time for all those “church activities.” But I’ve found that connecting with a church, and really getting to know people and spend time with them, brings a richness to life that no money could buy.

I don’t want to be preachy but I just realized today how important deep lasting relationships are, and how much we all need and long for them.

Hope you enjoyed my ramblings or at least had a laugh at the You Tube videos, leave a comment if you want.

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Little Rays of Hope

Little Rays of Hope

Sometimes it’s only in our darkest storms that we can finally see the most beautiful things

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Fun to Read

Alright, I know we were all forced to read books in school growing up. This probably scarred some kids and made them think reading is no fun, it’s just work. But that’s not why people wrote books. It’s not about being bored out of your mind and completely lost as to what is actually happening in the story. It should be fun!

If you are one of those people that doesn’t enjoy reading, I’m glad you’re looking at my blog. But if you love to read, feel free to give your input. I’d love to hear how you got into books, what series you read growing up, anything really.

As for me, I started liking to read at a young age. This could be because my mom let me choose what I wanted to read. The first series I remember reading was the Boxcar Children. Anyone remember those? I loved those books, because I really connected with the characters. There was a group of kids, 2 boys and 2 girls that solved mysteries together. I have a sister and two brothers, so it totally fit my idea of a normal family. Anyway, I read almost every mystery that came out.

Speaking of mystery, the Hardy Boys was my next phase of reading. I sped through those books and went to the library constantly, trying to find one I hadn’t read yet.

The downside to a series though, is it gets repetitive. Basically each story has the same structure. The bad guy changes, a few of the setups are different, but when you start seeing the same chapter titles like “Escape” and “Capture” you start to sense the pattern. So my days of Hardy Boys ended. I still have a few books on my shelf, but just the first few that seemed original.

I’ll write more about my history with novels and reading in my next post. But feel free to give me suggestions for topics. I’m still getting the hang of this blog thing. And I’m sure there’s lots of children’s books and series that were great and I didn’t write about them today.

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This week has been hard… full of tragedy for many people. Boston bombings… a fertilizer plant explosion in West, TX. Many people have been hurt, even died. It’s made me stop and think about life.

My life sometimes seems full of little tragedies. Little things don’t go my way and it seems like the end of the world. But then you compare those little things to something like this… and I guess I should be thankful that I’m not the person dealing with this big tragedy. But I still hurt for the people who are going through it. I guess it’s kind of like reading a book. You connect with the protagonist, maybe even the sidekicks and when something terrible happens to them, you empathize. We’re wired that way, to react to others’  emotions. I saw a documentary once about how the same areas in the brain light up whether you were actually feeling an emotion or if you just saw another person displaying an emotion.

It’s like the scene in Les Miserables that always makes me cry. Whenever I see Anne Hathaway crying as she sings I Dreamed a Dream, I can’t help but tear up with her. In some ways, maybe that’s a blessing. Whenever we go through something horrible, it feels like no one else can understand or feel what we feel, when really… maybe they can.

Well, that’s my post for tonight, it’s not exactly about novels, but it seemed appropriate. Boston and West residents, I’m praying for you.


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A World of Novels

Hello there, I’m Lydia and this is my attempt at a blog. I’m hoping my sister helps me out a bit. You see, we both really enjoy novels, and not just reading them, but writing them as well.

I think it was about two years ago when Alicia first started writing novels. She did the NaNoWriMo challenge and actually wrote 50,000 words in one month.

I have a different story… I’ve always liked reading novels. I could finish one in a day if I had the free time for it. But one day, back in high school, I started working on my own story. I didn’t know if I could ever finish it. But I wanted to try. So fast forward a few years and you’ve got my younger sister finishing her first novel. She’s written more in a month than I have in 5 years. So I got my butt in gear and started writing, editing, planning… basically I was inspired to actually finish.

And I’m happy to say I’m getting pretty close to being done. I still have some tweaking to do, and some illustrations to make, but the day of publishing is fast approaching me.

So anyway, I went to a conference about writing and one of the big things I took away was having a blog… So here I am.

I’m hoping to review books, spark conversation, and well have some fun. And I hope you are too!

So if you feel like participating please leave a comment, tell me what your favorite novel is, or what the first one you read was.

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