Where did November go? Seems it just got here and now it's gone! Well, enough of that. Let's get into this post, shall we?
Whew! Where to begin! We started the month the way we ended last month, at the Ambassador Baptist College Missions Conference. Such a wonderful blessing!
We also were blessed to aide in a two week long revival at a Preacher friend's church in Liberty, N.C. My dad preached, we sang, and we got to see God move! It was extended twice! What a tremendous blessing!
For thanksgiving, we were able to attend a special service, sharing God's blessings and singing His praises! God is so good!
I know there were more meetings, but to be honest, my brain is tired and I don't have the calendar in front of me! #authorbrain!
The big event this month was getting to see all my siblings for Thanksgiving! Both my sisters and their families came in and we all got to celebrate together!
We've also started the Country Christmas Train ride at the Denton Farm Park! Come and see us! We're working at the Reid Plantation, giving tours and such :)
Oh! And just the other night, we got to go to a Drive-thru Nativity! It was so pretty, y'all! Very powerful!
Y'all. It happened! My Very first year of Nanowrimo and...
That's right! I won! I feel kinda dazed...all that writing and I'm still not finished with my story!
But that being said, I am officially moving forward with A Song of Home and am currently half way through October! YAY!
I read five books last month! Looking forward to some other lovelies I collected over November!
1. Secret of Shadow Ranch (Nancy Drew #5) by Carolyn Keene 4 Stars
The mystery was satisfying, but there were several comments about boys that I did particularly care for. And a "historical" figure mentioned fell in love with an outlaw...yeah, not my favorite. Also, we are introduced to three characters we've never heard of, but the book is written as though we should know who they are! Umm...what?
2. Time to Share (Patchwork Mysteries #2) 5 Stars
This was another grandma detective mystery, with a Civil War twist, and I really enjoyed it. There was something in it that I didn't care for, but at the moment it escapes me...I forgot to take notes on this one. Overall, it was a cute read!
3. The Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew #6) Carolyn Keene 3 Stars
Mentions a "cult" that is a cover up for counterfeiters, girls save the day, but put themselves in grave danger in the process...not one of the better books. Not totally bad either, just not for me ;)
4. Even in the Grey by Laura Guenot 5 Stars
Y'all! This story was so sweet! I loved it so much! I "met" Laura through the blog and have really enjoyed getting to know her better over the last few months. I purchased the ebook last week and I loved it! Am I fangirling? Yes, I'm fangirling! There was a mention of hand-holding (and y'all know I'm not a romance reader) but that was a minor thing :) The message of forgiveness, the train, the WWII-ness of the story, crayons (I LOVE CRAYONS!), soldiers, snow! AHHHH! This whole thing was so beautiful! It did progress a little fast, emotionally, but, as stated, it is a short story and the pace doesn't take away from the set at all! It's just so...oh, just go buy it!
5. Heritage of Praise by Rebekah Morris 5 Stars
Another beautiful story! It hit me very hard, because we had just lost a dear elder lady in our circle of friends, just before Thanksgiving and we miss her so much. This story is about the Heritage left to us by those who have passed on. Miss Morris did a lovely job weaving this story and I love it so much! (And I love run on sentences apparently!) Again, get this book!
Well, here were last month's goals...
1. Post a Blog every week Check!
2. Write November and Most of December's posts before December 1st! Haha...no that didn't happen. Why do I even set this goal for myself? Lol!
3. Work on Revisions on A Song of Home (Maybe hit August or September on my book calendar?) CHECK! I surpassed this! I'm in October!!!!
4. Read 5 Books Check!
5. Work on Special Project Nope, not this month.
6. Re-read The Land of Cotton and Our Heritage to Save Nope to that one too. Next month?
7. Win Nanowrimo? YES!
Let's see how much I can get done in December.
1. Get to November with my A Song of Home Revisions
2. Post a blog every week (Plus participate in something super fun...more on that Dec. 14th!)
3. Read at least 5 books! (The Land of Cotton being one of them!)
4. Make Peppermint/Chocolate cookies with my younger siblings. (These are so good, y'all!)
5. Finish gift wrapping.
6. Read some Christmas stories to my siblings (And myself!)
7. Take time to reflect on the Reason for the Season. No need to get too caught up in the commercialism!
8. Do a Christmas craft with the little ones.
Throwing in some non writing goals!
Alrighty! Here are your Story Prompts!
And here are your story prompts...
That's all for now! Have a Merry Christmas and happy December!
Hello everyone! Hope you are having a lovely Friday! This is the next to the last post in this series on the writing process! Hard to believe it isn’t it? My 2nd completed Series! (Click here for the 1st post in my 1st completed Series. Click here for the last post in this current series!!)
Oh dear. This is a post on grammar and I just totally abused the exclamation points. So sorry…
Okay, so I don’t have a set process for the grammar edit…because, I don’t do it! My Grandpa Miller is a retired English teacher, so he has graciously agreed to edit my work for me. However, I will gladly list a few grammar mistakes that you can look for in your work.
1.The Comma Splice. This is something to watch for and that my grandpa is constantly showing me.
Wrong way Ex.: Bobby ran down the stairs, at a rapid pace.
At a rapid pace is not a complete sentence. As a general rule, you should only use commas to separate two complete thoughts.
Right way Ex.: Bobby ran down the stairs, and he jumped over the boxes in his way.
Of course, there are exceptions…
Jumping over the boxes, Bobby continued his rapid pursuit.
Bobby turned, cocked his head, and continued on his way.
2.Improper use of Exclamation Points! See what I did there? Hee, hee 😉 I love exclamation points and probably use them too much, as you all probably know. But seriously, sometimes it comes across as if you are yelling at someone the entire time. I understand it conveys excitement too, but as a rule, keep it to a minimum in your writing. This will be something I will combat until I am old and gray haired…
When in doubt, use a period.
3. A dangling Modifier. My brother-in-law actually taught me about this (via my sister😉).
Ex. While walking across the yard, the bike plowed into Joey.
Now, this is a bit confusing, as we are picturing a bike walking across the yard. Here’s how to fix this.
Ex. While walking across the yard, Joey was plowed over by a bike.
Okay, so maybe not the best example, but that’s the gist of it.
4. Passed vs. Past. I’ll make this simple, even though I get them mixed up all the time.
Ex. I passed him on the road.
Ex. It’s in the past.
5.There, Their and They’re. Elementary, I know, but so many times these get misused! Here’s some examples of proper use.
Ex. I put the napkins over there. There, it’s finished!
Ex. Their house is on my street.
Ex. They’re moving to Nebraska. When they find out, They’re not gonna be happy.
There are many grammar rules, these are just some of my nemesis! Stay tuned for next month’s posts! We’re gonna have so much fun! It’s Christmas after all!
Disclaimer. I do not recommend anyone go out Black Friday shopping. Seriously, it's dangerous. Sorry to be the party crasher, but I heard of too many people dying over it. It ain't worth it. :) This has been your Black Friday PSA.
Shopping on Black Friday at home is totally permissible! In fact, I advocate for it. And this sale, of literally dozens of books lasts through MONDAY!
While I cannot endorse all of these books/authors (Because I haven't read them :) I'm sure everyone can find some books they'd like to have on their shelf/kindle! And Coffee Shop Christmas is on sale for $5.00! This will be your last opportunity to get her for this price, because soon, the 2 for $10.00 bundle will be disappearing!
AND...everyone that orders between now and Dec. 20th (while supplies lasts) gets a free Coffee Cup bookmark/gift tag with their purchase! My sister Faith made them and they are soooooooooo cute! So be quick and order, because I have a limited supply!
Hop over to http://perrykirkpatrick.com/sale/ for a full list of books available and enter a giveaway! Coffee Shop Christmas and The Land of Cotton are part of a 2nd Place ebook giveaway prize! So be sure and enter! Have fun and God Bless!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! You may remember that I did an article like this last November. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to do it again this year! This year, I will name 10 different things I’m thankful for! Enjoy!
That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
1. God’s protection during Hurricane Florence and Michael. These two threatened our home church and radio station, and yet we are still broadcasting! Everyone is safe and we had an amazing share-a-thon! In addition to operating costs, we were able to raise $25,000 for storm victims! God is good!
2. My new nephew. June 26th was very special for our family. It was the first time us still at home had been at the hospital while a new member of the family was coming into the world!
3. The King James Bible. God’s preserved Word for English speaking people has been such a blessing to me my whole life, but I’ve looked at it with a new appreciation this year. His Word shall stand!
4. More Radiance Blog. Oh, ladies, if you have not read this blog before, I recommend that you do! Rebekah Joy does an amazing job encouraging women of all ages (especially young ladies) in purity, waiting for the right one, modesty and Bible study. She is such a blessing. Can’t recommend her enough. www.moreradiance.com
5. My Local Library. Rediscovered the wonders of the library this year 😊 Love it!
6. My Piano Teacher. She is amazing, y’all! If you went to Gera’s wedding, she was the pianist!
7. Clean Water. We should never take this for granted. So many people go without it!
8. My Laptop. Without it, I couldn’t get post on my blog or publish my books!
9. The United States of America. Can we pause a moment to thank God that we live in the greatest nation on earth?
10. You! If it weren’t for each of my readers, I would have no reason to write!
Have a very happy Thanksgiving! Why not make a list of things you are thankful for this year? If you have a blog, share them with your readers. If not, share them with your family!
Hello everyone! So glad to get to spend another Friday with you! Our 10TRF series is back and I'm so excited to share with you some facts about this sometimes over looked Battle, Chickamauga! Enjoy!
1. What does it mean? The name Chickamauga is an Indian word, we all agree on that, but is it Cherokee for "Bloody River" or "River of Death" or is it Creek for "Dwelling Place of the Chiefs?" No one really knows, but the one I hear the most is Bloody River. Which leads us to...
2. Bloody Pond. According to the men who fought in this battle, the fighting was so fierce and men were so desperate for water, they dragged themselves over the Chickamauga Creek for relief. There, their blood mingled with the water and supposedly turned the creek red. Pretty scary!
3. Mother Vs. Officer. During the fighting, Confederate soldiers became so hungry, some of them raided a potato patch at a nearby farm. An officer quickly ordered them to stop, reprimanding them for stealing. Mrs. Deborah Thedford, the lady of the house intervened, saying, "Hold on, Mr. Officer. They are my potatoes and they are my boys. Let 'em take 'em." Among the raiders were her sons. Mrs. Thedford opened her home to the many wounded during the battle, among them two of her boys. She became known as the Mother of Chickamauga.
4. Costly. This was a Confederate victory, badly needed after a crushing defeat like Gettysburg, but it wasn't won without a high price. 16,170 Union soldiers were reported dead, wounded or missing/captured, 18,454 for the Confederacy. It is ranked as the second costliest battle of the Civil War second only to Gettysburg.
5. The Traitor. Gen. George "Pap" Thomas, nicknamed "The Rock of Chickamauga" following the battle, was actually from Virginia and left his home state high and dry to join the Union.
6. Old Pete to the Rescue. Chickamauga is considered a Western battle, so many may be surprised to find Gen. Longstreet, a famous Eastern theater fighter, listed among the Southern commanders of this battle. Following the Battle of Gettysburg, "Gloomy Pete" loaded his men on trains and came to the aide of Gen. Braxton Bragg in Georgia.
7. A Nod to a Hero. While Braxton Bragg is not know for being the best fighting General of the Confederacy, he was indeed a fighter and Southern hero, worthy of respect. He is one of 10 Confederates who have U.S. Army forts named after them, his namesake being Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, N.C. What better way to honor men who served their country than with a fort?
8. Welcome to the Peach State. This was the first battle fought in Georgia. But it would not be the last.
9. On the closing day of fighting (the battle lasted from September 19th to September 20th, 1863) confusion occurred when the Confederacy attempted to encircle three Union units. A fourth federal outfit opened fire to aid their comrades in escaping (A few did, but most were captured). When Southern units turned to fire on the federals, they accidentally opened fire on a Confederate Unit coming to help them. Thankfully, things were straightened out before things got too bad.
10. Where did this happen again? If you look up the Chickamauga National Battlefield, you may be confused as to why part of the park is in Tennessee. Since the battle was fought in the Northern most corner of Georgia, fighting spilled over into Tennessee. Most of the fighting took place in Georgia though.
This battle and much more are covered in my newest book, "The Rivers of Sorrow."
Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
King James Bible
Until Next Week,
Christian. American. Southern. Author.