#393: Sherlock

Last year I was introduced to the BBC TV show Sherlock, which if you’ve never heard of it before is a modern day version of the Sherlock Holmes stories. I was hooked from the very beginning and it’s become one of my favorite TV shows. I’ve enjoyed the Sherlock Holmes stories for a long time and seeing them modernized is so neat, especially the more well known cases. I love the way the show is shot and produced, so you get an idea of what’s going on in Sherlock’s head as he tries to solve the case. Since I’ve started watching the show I’ve reread some of the original stories and it’s given me a new perspective on them and helped me understand them better. I can’t wait till the next season to see what they’ll do next!

#393: Thank you Lord for the Sherlock TV show, so I can have a better perspective on a classic story and enjoy it even more!

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#392: “The Story” Contest

As you probably have guessed if you’ve been reading this blog for a while, I LOVE to write! Fiction, non-Fiction, Journalism, Poetry, etc. I love writing it all. But my favorite thing to write, what I’m most passionate about is fiction. My dream job is to be a Christian novelist. In recent years between this blog and a few other opportunities I’ve gotten a lot of my non-fiction and Journalism articles out there, but not my fiction.

Back in March I heard about a Christian fiction short story contest called “The Story.” I was SO excited to be able to get some of my fiction out there and possibly win a prize or two. Now you have to understand I haven’t written a short story in years, I write novels and novellas. When I was younger I couldn’t write long stories because I just didn’t have enough ideas to drag out into a long story. Now I have the opposite problem, I have so many ideas I can’t keep them short and don’t know what to cut out, and the word count maximum was 1000 for this contest. But I decided to take on the challenge.

I had a great idea for a novella which I knew I could cut down to a short story length, but it proved to be harder than I imagined it would be. I tried different things but nothing worked at first then I took a step back and thought about what was really important to the story, changed the focus slightly and had my first short story for the contest. This process helped a lot when I wrote my second one, where I took a couple of scenes from the novel I’m currently working on changed a few small details, and had my short story.

Well the contest winners were announced July 1st and… I didn’t win, I didn’t even come in the top 50. But that’s ok. I got some of my fiction out there, grew as a writer, and had a blast! I hope they do another contest next year because I’ve got a couple of great ideas for more stories, but even if they don’t I’m grateful I had the experience!

#392: Thank you Lord for “The Story” Contest. It was such a great experience for me as a writer, and so much fun!

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#391: My Trip this Summer

For my regular readers I’m sorry I haven’t posted in a while, but I’ve had a very good excuse: I’ve been out of the country! I’m back now, and let me tell you it was an amazing trip! I traveled with a group of friends to an orphanage for children with special needs. We spent time with the kids, and ran a VBS.

I had so much fun with these kids! There was one boy who can’t walk at all but is just small enough that I could carry him around. Every time he saw me he would say “Up” and I would pick him up and carry him around. He has limited use of his hands too, but has found ways to use what they can do to do what he needs. He’s inspired me even more to try not to let my own disability stand in my way and try as much as I can.

I had some really great conversations with one of the older boys. He’s too old to be adopted, but he really cares about the people around him and tries to make them feel special. Most of our conversations were hilarious, but underneath all of them I could see his heart, and tell he’s really being used there in wonderful ways.

I don’t know how much of an impact the VBS had on the kids, (I hope it had a big impact, but I don’t know) but it certainly had an impact on me. I got to play one of the women at the cross and the empty tomb, and let me tell you its impacted the way I see those events. During the skits I felt like I was there and felt real emotions. I know I will never see those events the same way again.

#391: Thank you Father for what happened on my trip. May it have a lasting impact on my life, the lives of the team, and the kids we went to see.

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