Archive for May, 2009

Concerning self image…

Wow. That sounded really science-ish. πŸ˜‰

Of course, this post comes to life because I should be working my last official school paper of the year, but I’m not sure what I want to say, so I’m hoping writing a post will give me inspiration. At least, that’s the current excuse. πŸ™‚ My parents will think I am working on the paper, since I’m typing so much. πŸ˜‰

If you’re a human being, especially a teenager, then of course you know about self-image. As a Christian, I struggle with the fine line between having a ‘healthy’ self image, and pride. Some days I’m never happy with how I look. Or how loud I can be. Or my incessant habit of talking to myself… Next thing I know, I think I’m queen of the world. Not the best thought process to follow, but I’m working on it. πŸ˜‰

Throughout the past semester, my mom has been doing a Bible Study on 1 and 2 Peter, and since then, 2 Peter 2:13 keeps going through my mind.

I think it is right to refresh your memory as long as I live in the tent of this body” Peter is describing his body as a ‘tent’. This was the last letter Peter wrote, as his martyrdom was coming, and he was expressing how he will soon put aside his ‘tent’ and be united with Christ.

That got me thinking. Tent. If you’re out in the desert somewhere, or maybe outside in the woods, and it started to rain and hail, and all you had for protection was a tent, you would of course go and take shelter under it, right? You wouldn’t care what color the tent is or how big or small it was. You wouldn’t care if it had a stain on it. You wouldn’t peek outside the tent and go “Oh, look at So and So’s tent. It’s purple. How dare they have a purple tent!” And you wouldn’t look at your tent and go “My tent is green. Ick. I don’t like this tent! I want a different one!”

Who would you do that? It’s just a tent! Eventually, when the storm is over, you’re gonna take it down and walk away. Nobody will care if your tent is green, or how big it was, or whether or not it had a big stain on it. It served it’s purpose; it protected you from the storm. All our bodies are are ‘vessels’. They get us from Point A to Point B.

Of course, it’s important to take care of the tent. If your tent got a huge hole it in, you of course are going to repair it. You want your tent to function as efficiently as possible. And maybe you’ll hang up a thing or two to make it look nicer. Just because.Β  My point is that you shouldn’t take care and repair the tent because you want your tent to look better than someone else’s.Β  Because in the end, you’re just gonna take it down and walk away. There’s no point in worrying about it. Life is soooo much bigger than that!

Another verse that came to mind was this.

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?”

I could be interpreting this verse wrong, but what jumped off the page was the ‘don’t worry about your body’ part. I have my days, when I get all worried because I’m little, or because I’m not so little in all the wrong places. I get worried that I eat to much, or don’t work out enough, or my hair is too different or my clothes are not in style. But I shouldn’t. There’s no point to worry about it. God has it all under control. When we place our validation in Him, worrying about those things just dissipates.

Sigh. Well, I’ve probably wasted enough time on this post. Time to go back to my paper. Darn…

Ttfn. πŸ˜‰


The writer’s heart inside me rejoices! ;)

It’s about time I posted something actually relevant to writing, don’t you think?

I was reading C.S Lewis’s Letters to Children the other day, when I came across this list of writing tips;

1. Always try to use the language so as to make quite clear what you mean and make sure your sentences couldn’t mean anything else.

2. Always prefer the plain direct words to the long vague one. Don’t implement promises, but keep them.

3. Never use abstract nouns when concrete ones will do. If you mean ‘More people died’ don’t say ‘Mortality rose.’

4. In writing. Don’t use adjectives which merely tell us how you want us to feel about the thing you are describing. I mean, instead of telling us a thing was ‘terrible’, describe it so that we’ll be terrified. Don’t say it was ‘delightful’; make us say ‘delightful’ when we’ve read the description. You see, all those words (horrifying, wonderful, hideous, exquisite) are only like saying to your readers β€œPlease will you do your job for me”. ( I will confess, I utterly failed at this until I recognized what I was doing ;))

5. Don’t use words to big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite.

Don’t you just love C.S Lewis? He was absolutely amazing. πŸ˜€

*goes to implement writing suggestions into stories. Watches them come to life. Is ecstatic beyond words.*

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When you’re wallowing in self pity about how horrible life is…

… a sobering reminder of how stupid it is to complain and to be grateful.Β  Complaining earns you nothing; what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.

πŸ˜€


*prays lightening doesn’t strike me from the sky for spoofing the Word of God*

16 There are six things Lauren hates,
seven that are detestable to her:

17 that horrible feeling when you put on contacts for the first time and you blink like crazy for 5 minutes,
when you ask someone to do something fun with you and they say “I’ll think about it” but it really means “no”,
taxidermists and the smell of formaldehyde,

18 that guilty feeling you get when you force your friend to call her crush and say “I Love You” with peanut butter in her mouth,
those who run away from younger siblings then let them get lost in the woods, *nervous chuckle*

19 people who make up stories about your uncle breaking both of his arms,
and the fact that Gmail won’t fix my chat pic.

What can I say? I was bored… πŸ˜‰


I’m not sure I would ever be good at photography…

I’m not sure how many of you know this, but in Feb, I went to the Writing for the Soul Conference, hosted by Jerry. B Jenkins and the Christian Writer’s Guild. (Go Left Behind! ;)) It was awesome. Before I went, I thought I was sort of a good writer. Now, I know that one; I’m not as good a writer as I thought I was, and two;Β  I don’t want to be a good writer. I want to be a great writer. Big difference. Unfortunately, that means more work, but I don’t really have a choice, seeing as God wants me to be a writer, whether I like it or not. Thank God I do like it. At least I won’t be kicking and screaming the whole way. πŸ˜‰

Anyway! Back on topic. While I was at the conference, I met an author named Brandilyn Collins. She’s really awesome, and her books are spectacular. During one of her workshops, (she was showing us how to transition smoothly from one emotion to the other) she read to us an excerpt from her new book Exposure (As in camera exposure? That’s where the title came from. Get it? *nervous chuckle*). It was really great. Brandilyn specializes in suspense. Lots of tension even in the first chapter, which is awesome. After she read it, I determined I would get the book as soon as it comes out.

And guess what! It comes out like today! I’m very excited. Unfortunately, because of various car problems, I can’t actually go anywhere today. *is very sad*

Thus why patience is a virtue. πŸ™‚

Here’s a link to Brandilyn Collins site. The chapter excerpt she read to us at the conference is on her site as well, so ya’ll can read it and get caught up in the paranoid tension. πŸ˜‰

http://www.brandilyncollins.com/

Anyway, that’s all I wanted to say. πŸ˜€

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Ttfn.


Everyone needs a good laugh. :)

I found this in my documents folder while I was writing. πŸ˜€

The Wisdom of Larry the Cable Guy

1. A day without sunshine is like night.

2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.

3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.

6. He who laughs last, thinks slowest. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.

9. Support bacteria. There the only culture some people have.

10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of bad memory.

11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.

13. How many of you believe in psycho-kenesis? Raise my hand.

14. OK, so whats the speed of dark?

15. When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.

16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now. (My personal philosophy for life ;))

17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?

18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?

20. Why do psychics have to ask for your name?

21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, “What the heck happened?”

22. Light travels faster than sound. That’s why people appear bright until you hear them speak.


If only every teenager believed this song and took it to heart! :)

Totally awesome song.

P.S Today is the 3rd month anniversary of this blog, and my birthday’s officially 5 months away. πŸ˜€