- one of my books if I fail to meet my deadline
- chocolate (for both me and the winner!) if I do make it.
Friday, April 30, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
Never did any passage of scripture come with more power to the heart of man than this did at this time to mine. It seemed to enter with great force into every feeling of my heart. I reflected on it again and again, knowing that if any person needed wisdom from God, I did; for how to act I did not know, and unless I could get more wisdom than I then had, I would never know; for the teachers of religion of the different sects understood the same passages of scripture so differently as to destroy all confidence in settling the question by an appeal to the Bible.At length I came to the conclusion that I must either remain in darkness and confusion, or else I must do as James directs, that is, ask of God.
I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God. I had scarcely done so, when immediately I was seized upon by some power which entirely overcame me, and had such an astonishing influence over me as to bind my tongue so that I could not speak. Thick darkness gathered around me, and it seemed to me for a time as if I were doomed to sudden destruction.But, exerting all my powers to call upon God to deliver me out of the power of this enemy which had seized upon me, and at the very moment when I was ready to sink into despair and abandon myself to destruction—not to an imaginary ruin, but to the power of some actual being from the unseen world, who had such marvelous power as I had never before felt in any being
just at this moment of great alarm, I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me.It no sooner appeared than I found myself delivered from the enemy which held me bound. When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other—This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!
Joseph Smith, the Prophet and Seer of the Lord, has done more, save Jesus only, for the salvation of men in this world, than any other man that ever lived in it.
Friday, April 23, 2010
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
There is no need for bloggy/writing/conversational paranoia.
I get a lot of, "I'm not an English major, and I don't know grammar. You'll totally freak out reading my blog . . ."
But here's the thing: I won't. And I don't.
When I say that certain gaffs make me twitch, it's almost always in professional publications or other places like that. Blogs and other casual settings, including daily conversation, aren't a big deal to me. Really, truly. There are places where the editor hat and the mental red pen go into a drawer and stay there.
Rest assured, I don't freak out over typos or grammar errors on blogs. I know they're not perfect, and they're not supposed to be.
Which is why I reserve the right to have typos and grammar errors on my blog as well. I have them frequently, and I figure that's okay.
- The first and last words, no matter what they are.
- All nouns, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs.
- All verbs. Even the really short ones, like BE and IS.
- Coordinating conjunctions (AS, ALTHOUGH, BECAUSE, etc.)
- Really long prepositions (BENEATH, THROUGH, WITHOUT)
- Articles (the, a, an)
- Conjunctions (and, or, for, nor, yet, but, so)
- Prepositions (into, from, for, to, on, etc.)
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet (ON, THE, OF, AND too small/unimportant to cap.)
"A Rose for Emily" (FOR not capped, but A is because it's the first word, even though it's an article.)
Lost Without You (First and last words capped, of course. WITHOUT is a long preposition.)
All the Stars in Heaven (STARS and HEAVEN are the only "big" words, but ALL is first and needs caps too.)
See? It's really simple when you know the basics.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Kristina P posted a Glamor Shots photo of herself and invited her readers to post really awesome (read: laughable) pictures of ourselves from the same era.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Monday, April 12, 2010
- Are the wives in the book fictionalized versions of the ones I interviewed? (No. Not even close. I used the interview information to figure out how my characters would react. All of the interviewees were all pretty close in age (26-33 years old, I think). The wives in my book range from 20-55.
- How did I learn about the Flat Daddy Project? (Through THIS blog.)
- Am I a military wife? (Nope. No family members have even been deployed in my lifetime. Dad's a Vietnam vet, but he came home before I was born. My brother was in the Air Force but never deployed. The book was inspired by watching my friend's deployment.)
Friday, April 09, 2010
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
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