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Weekly Writing Update: Lillian Lives!

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So, my writing goal this week was to write a chapter of Lillian. And guess what? I succeeded. I now have Chapter One written.

Granted, I don't know if this Chapter One will work or not. It might be way too boring to hook readers. But at least now I can forget about setting the stage and dive into telling a story.


My word count in Lillian is now 3,196. About two-thirds of that was written this week. Not very impressive, but it's a start. :)
Next week's goal? I hope to add at least another chapter, and get into the habit of writing every day no matter what. That's a habit I'll need if I want to win NaNoWriMo in November.
Well! That's it for me. What are your writing projects looking like? And does anybody have any tips on what makes a good first chapter? 

Catholicism Explained - the Assumption

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Our discussion about Marian Dogmas is almost at an end - we've discussed the first three and are about to launch into the fourth, the Assumption.

So far, our Catholicism Explained posts have covered:
The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic? Sacred Tradition The Sacrament of Confession Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God Mary Ever-Virgin
The Immaculate Conception
Thoughts on the Immaculate Conception
What the Assumption Is
What is the doctrine of the Assumption? Basically, it's the belief that, at the end of Mary's life, God took Mary's body into Heaven along with her soul.



"'Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory, and exalted by the Lord as Queen over all things, so that she might be the more fully conformed to her Son, the Lord of lords and conqueror of sin and death.'…

Gregory's Bio

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Well, our last "character election" was quite an exciting one, and in the end, Gregory was the winner by a very narrow margin. Now we bestow upon him the laurel wreath of victory - that is, having his bio posted as prelude to an interview.

(Yikes, to read this introduction you might think Gregory was a centurion or something. Indeed, someday I shall write a book set in ancient Rome...but it is not this day.)

Gregory Age: 9

Gregory is a fun-loving, mischievous little boy whose life so far has been very poor materially but very rich in family love. He's a little ball of pranks and sunshine, hair always tousled, eyes always dancing. He loves and adores those who love and care for him, and he hates Ellen's onion-and-carrot soup.

Go ahead and ask Gregory any questions you can think of in the comments, and I'll post his interview soon!

Weekly Writing Update

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For a few weeks now I've been playing with the idea of giving weekly writing updates on this blog. After all, what's more fun than blabbering about characters and plots and writing block and such? Besides, having a certain day when I have to answer the question "What have you been writing lately?" might motivate me to actually write.


Because I've been in a bit of a slump lately. That seems to happen whenever I'm confronted with the Herculean task of - editing. (Cue thunderclap, please.)

Or maybe it's not such a Herculean task. Maybe I would like it if I sat down and tackled the beast. Like math; math works that way. But I ramble.

There's so much on my writing to-do list I haven't been getting any of it done. It's sad. I just don't know what to focus on. Should I take out decade-old Lillian and whisk it into shape? Or start on that second draft of Ellen's story? Or should I run off with that entirely new and temptingly tantalizing time-…

Catholicism Explained - Thoughts on the Immaculate Conception

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So, as I complained last week, I didn't cover the Immaculate Conception very well in last week's Catholicism Explained post. Which is a shame, because the Immaculate Conception is one of my favorite things to think about.

Therefore I have decided, instead of doing a structured CE post today, to ramble a little bit on why we flawed humans need the Immaculate Conception - why we need a woman who never sinned.

Oh, and here are links to our past Catholicism Explained discussions.

The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic? Sacred Tradition The Sacrament of Confession Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God Mary Ever-Virgin
The Immaculate Conception



So, Catholics believe that God preserved Mary from Original Sin from the moment she was conceived, and that she never committed any sin throughout her life. That's rather a nice thought, but it doesn't seem to have much impact on our practical spiritual lives, does it? 
I think r…

Arthur's Interview

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It's time for Arthur's interview! High time, yes?     

Me: So, you've been a guard at the palace for about a year now, Arthur. Are you proud of that position?
Arthur: Well, I don't think it's any more honorable than working in the fields, if that's what you mean. But I am proud that I was chosen for the job.
Me:
Are you happy?
Arthur: *shrugs* As happy as I'll ever be. Guard duty is more enjoyable than field work, and now that I earn a small salary I can help Mother more than I could before. As long as I've got Mother and Gregory and Ellen and Abel, I can't complain.
Me:
Do you have any plans for the future?
Arthur: I don't know. It's hard to see farther than a few days at a time. Most men of my position marry and start a family eventually, so I guess that's what I'll do.
Me:
Who is your best friend?
Arthur: *thinks for a moment* Abel. Nothing against Gregory, but Gregory's too young to be interested in the same things as I am. …

Catholicism Explained - The Immaculate Conception

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To paraphrase Aragorn: Someday I will put up a Catholicism Explained post early in the day...but it is not this day. 
(Note: because of my extreme procrastination, I feel that this post is exceptionally poorly-written. I may have to come back and rewrite it at a later date. So bear with me, and be sure to tell me exactly where I fell short in the comments, okay?) :)

We're three-quarters of the way through our discussion of Marian dogmas! So far, this series has covered the following topics:
The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic? Sacred Tradition The Sacrament of Confession Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God Mary Ever-Virgin
Today we're going to talk about the Immaculate Conception.
The Immaculate Conception



When Catholics talk about the Immaculate Conception, they're referring to the belief that Mary was preserved from Original Sin from the moment of her conception. Because He knew the role she would play in salv…

Beautiful People - August

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And Beautiful People strikes again! ("Strikes" may be the wrong word, as strikes are not normally welcome and Beautiful People most certainly is.) This fantabulous link-up is hosted by Cait and Sky.

Dare I introduce not only a new character, but a totally new book, in this Beautiful People post? Of course I dare! To be sure this book isn't serious at all, more of something I'm writing just for fun than something I hope to finish and polish and publish someday, but - hey, I can dream, right?


So I might as well feature Jeanie Mulligan from my newly-started story The Time-Traveling League today.

Give a brief overview of her looks. (Include a photo if you want!) Jeanie's on the short side and looks rather younger than her thirteen years. She's got a round, childish face with big blue eyes and long, curly brown hair.

Share a snippet that involves description of her appearance. Haven't got one yet, but I'll pull a few sentences from the thousand words or so …

Mary Ever-Virgin

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I say, I've got two Catholicism Explained posts one on top of the other again! Dearie me, I don't like when I do that. *Sigh* Oh well. We've only just begin to explore Marian dogmas in relative depth, so let's get cracking!
Previous Catholicism Explained posts have included:
The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist
Is the Eucharist Literal or Symbolic?
Sacred Tradition
The Sacrament of Confession
Why Do We Need Priests? Marian Dogmas Mary the Mother of God
Today (okay, tonight, it's late) we're focusing on Mary's virginity.
Mary Ever-Virgin

It's a staple teaching of Christianity that "Jesus was conceived solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary" (Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph 496). Mary was a virgin when the angel Gabriel appeared to her at the annunciation, and she remained a virgin throughout her pregnancy and delivery of Jesus.
So, as with Mary's divine motherhood, this dogma is not so much focuse…