Monday, October 24, 2016

Verse of the Day

"The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding."
Proverbs 9:10 (NIV)

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Beautiful Books 2016 - Sunlight and Shadows

Happy Tuesday! Hope everyone is doing well this evening. :)

Today I'm going to be doing...

beautiful books

I'm planning to work on several short stores for NaNo this year instead of just one, so I might use the remainder of the month to do one or two of these for my upcoming stories. The only problem with posting the answers for short stories like these is that it gives away a lot of the story... ;P

Anyway, even though I've already started this story, since I also plan to work on it for NaNo, today the answers will be for...

Sunlight and Shadows

Here we go!

1. What inspired the idea for your novel, and how long have you had the idea?

I’d written several stories earlier in the year military-related, and someone suggested I should write a longer story pertaining to military characters. I first had the idea and started writing sometime in July.
2. Describe what your novel is about!
When 14 year old Aubrey Mathis hears the news that her Marine brother, Ryder, was injured while deployed in Afghanistan, her world is turned upside down. Worse, when he returns home, he's like a different person.
Devastated and heartbroken by the likely suggestion that her brother has PTSD, Aubrey's emotions are pushed to their limits.
With the Fourth of July and her sister's wedding rapidly approaching, will Ryder's condition improve or deteriorate? Can Aubrey trust God to help the family through this trial?

3. What is your book’s aesthetic? Use words or photos or whatever you like!

I'm just gonna use this... :)

4. Introduce us to each of your characters!

Aw, man, I have way too many characters... I'll start with a couple of the major ones, using several words to describe their personalities...
1. Aubrey Irene Mathis - Likable, loving, slightly mischievous
2. Cass Dalton Mathis - Calm, dependable, loyal
3. Ryder Weston Mathis - Charming, cheerful, outgoing (of course, this is before the accident and his PTSD)
4. Jeanette Elizabeth Mathis - Sweet, cheeky, outgoing (just like her twin, Ryder)

5. How do you prepare to write? (Outline, research, stocking up on chocolate, howling, etc.?)

Usually it involves lots and lots of research and a little bit of outlining. I used to be a super big planner, but I’ve realized I planned a bit too much, so I pulled back some.
6. What are you most looking forward to about this novel?
Finishing it!!!!! ;P
7. List 3 things about your novel’s setting.
  • 1. Texas
  • 2. Summer
  • 3. 2014

8. What’s your character’s goal and who (or what) stands in the way?

Aubrey wants to see her brother get better (physically and emotionally). I guess doubt is the biggest thing in her way.
9. How does your protagonist change by the end of the novel?
She learns to trust God and His perfect plan.
10. What are your book’s themes? How do you want readers to feel when the story is over?
Hm… I guess the themes could include having faith and trusting in God, no matter how hopeless the circumstances may seem. And I hope the readers have a happy/sad feeling, are glad they read the story, and learned something about God. :)

And there you have it! Hope you all enjoyed! 

How's everyone's week going so far? Can you believe we're already halfway through October?

~Livi Jane 

Monday, October 10, 2016

More Military Characters!

What's up, everybody? (I'll just act normal and pretend it hasn't been like ten days since I last posted.) Ahem.

Well, NaNoWrimo is just around the corner, and I'm super excited! *cheers*

So, in preparation for November, I'll probably be doing quite a few posts about my characters from my NaNo projects this year. :D

I think I might've mentioned this in my last post (I'm too lazy to go and check), but I have several short stories (that probably won't listen and end up way longer) that I want to work on.

I'm really excited and can't wait to get started! 

Today, I'm introducing...

Drew and Remi 💙:
Andrew "Drew" Joseph Waters and Remi

These two are already at the top of my favorite characters list (tied for first with basically every other
one of my characters, but y'know).

Energetic, protective, and loyal. Those three words describe Remi 100%. The large, sturdily-built German Shepherd has spent her whole life in the military, trained to sniff out smuggled weapons, dangerous explosives, and chase down the bad guys. She loves her trainer and handler more than anyone or anything in the world, and will do whatever it takes to please him and keep him safe.   


Andrew Joseph Waters:
Twenty-three year old Drew Waters is a corporal in the Marines. He is of average weight and height, with a slightly elliptical face shape. Drew has a light brown buzz cut and baby blue eyes that stay calm and serious the majority of the time, especially when it comes to important missions, but they also always have a curious gleam about them. He prefers to listen and observe rather than talk. Drew has a laid back side that comes out when not in combat. He loves being one of the K-9 handlers, and his dog, Remi, more than anything. She's saved his life and the others in his unit multiple times. She helps make the long days and nights overseas seem not quite so lonely, and help him not miss his family so much. His retired parents live back at home in Florida, along with his older brother, Josh, sister-in-law Chelsea, and their two children, Fiona and Brock. 

Drew Waters:

Eek! I am so excited to start on this story. I just hope it comes out as well as I want it to! It's actually going to be loosely based on a true story (part of it, anyway), so... :) I want to get it posted on here as soon as I can (probably sometime in December, if things go well).

Thanks everybody for taking the time to read! I hope you all enjoyed getting to know Drew and Remi!

Have a lovely evening!

~Livi Jane

Saturday, October 1, 2016



Can you guys believe that it's already OCTOBER? Goodness, this year is just flying by! (And it's now officially fall, and fall means Thanksgiving, and Thanksgiving means Christmas!!!!!!!!! *Pulls out Christmas decorations* *Sips hot chocolate happily*)

Charming Photos of Winter Scenery:
Ahhh...Christmas... (only 85 days left!!)

But September certainly didn't last long!
I guess a lot of it had to do with my crazy schedule. I'm sure this month will be just as busy!

September was a great month (even if it was busy)!

Flag Football:
I don't remember how much I've talked about this before, but I'm helping my dad coach my eight year old brother's flag football team this year. It's a little bit like herding cats, but it's a lot of fun! I'm also helping out with my thirteen year old brother's team.
The first games were last Saturday, and both of my brothers' teams won and had a great time playing. It was hot, though! *sweats*

Work went pretty well this month! I got to be in window (drive-thru) for the first time. That was actually pretty fun, and it seems to makes the time go faster because it's pretty much non-stop. :)
And all of the people I work with are super awesome. :D

I really didn't get much reading done at all this month... It was pretty pitiful. I reread a couple of my books, but I think the only new one I read and finished was book recommended to me by Jesseca Dawn. It's a western/mystery titled 'Never'. It was a great book!!
I'm also currently reading a book called 'Are You Liberal? Conservative? Or Confused?'.
It's been very interesting, actually! It's part of the Uncle Eric series we've all had to read for school.

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So, at the beginning of September, I mentioned how my writing goal for this month was 4,000 words. I knew my schedule would be crazy and I'd be lucky to get any writing in at all.
Well, I managed not only to hit my goal, but to go over it, ending the month with a word count of 4,860 words!!!!!! :D (And most of it was written in probably three sittings XD.)

I think I'm going to stick with my goal word count of 4,000 again for the month of October. I may raise it to 5,000 if I think I can get it in time, but we'll see how that goes depending on my October schedule. :)

Also, October means preparing for NaNoWrimo!! Yippee!!!! I'm really excited about NaNo this year. I'm planning on writing several short stories, and also work on my main project, as well. The problem is, I have several ideas for my short stories already and want to write them now! Guess I'll have to content myself with working on character sketches and research for the stories instead. ;)

(And I am planning to (hopefully) post the short stories I write for NaNo on here eventually!)

Image result for nanowrimo 2016
Yay for writing! :D

Anyone else planning to do NaNo this year? I think I'm going to be using the YWP site, that way I can pick my own word count goal.

Okay, well... I don't think I have much else to say, so I'll stop rambling now...

How was everyone else's September? What are you looking forward to this month?


~Livi Jane