Showing posts from February, 2017

Hiatus Announcement and February's Jumble of Books

Hiya, everyone! Okay, so. This post is going to be doing double-duty.
First of all, I have impulsively decided to take a blogging hiatus from now until at least Easter. Beginning tomorrow, I will disappear entirely from the blogging world. Which means I shan't be able to enjoy anyone's lovely posts or reply to comments or anything! Fatima posts are included in this hiatus, sadly. (If someone wants to adopt that feature for her own blog while I'm gone, feel free!)

But it's okay, I'll be back. 

Hahahahaha, that got sappy fast. On to the next thing! Thankfully for the length of this post, I didn't read as many books in February as I did in January. Here are the four I finished:
A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens

I'd read this at least once before, and read it again at the beginning of the month for school. I don't feel qualified to say much about it in review. It speaks for itself. It's a rare book that makes me both cry real tears and laugh aloud, …

Some Words from Our Lady

I was tempted not to do a Fatima post again today, since it's been a long day and it's already rather late. But then I thought, why not simply raid my Pinterest board and slap together a post from that? (The idea probably comes from the "Quote of Inspiration" posts Anna @ Swords and Quills does weekly. So thanks, Anna!) 
Fatima Pin #1:
Short and sweet as it is, that pretty much sums up the Fatima message: be holy, love Jesus. Only this will bring us lasting happiness. It's so simple, yet so challenging.
Fatima Pin #2:

That one's a little more somber. There are consequences to our actions--serious consequences. Our Lady has come to warn us and to remind us of the basic religious duties we've forgotten. Pray for sinners! Pray, pray, pray for sinners!
Fatima Pin #3:

Another one with a grave and heavy tone to it. But it's so true, isn't it? We think our lives here are all that matter; but they'll be gone in a flash, and then what? 
It brings to m…

Historical Heroes

So, I can't be the only one who relates to this funny little thing from Pinterest.

The thing is...not all the men I'm half in love with are fictional. A lot of them are just dead. If that pie graph were designed by me, there would actually be much more yellow in it...and 99.999% of the yellow would be historical figures.
So I thought it would be fun to do a post revealing just how much of a sentimental goose I really am. Let's review five of my historical infatuations, shall we?
And no, not all of them are actually infatuations. I tend to think of them as "my heroes." It's's very suspicious that most of my heroes happen to be dashing young military men, isn't it?

(Oh! And speaking of awesome historical figures, I just found out it's Bl. Jacinta's feast day today. Jacinta is my favorite of the Fatima seers...hopefully it's not bad to pick I simply needed to mention that! She's so inspiring.) 
Horatius Cocles


Daily Sacrifices

I'm in a hurry at the moment, so today's "Fatima post" will be much more like a "Fatima thought." :)

So, a big element of the Fatima Message is "sacrifice." It's kind of what jumps out at you when you read about the lives of the three little Fatima seers, especially Jacinta and Francisco. These little children suffered so much, so cheerfully, for love of God. Every time they saw an opportunity to make a sacrifice, they took it, whether it meant giving up their lunch of their own accord or suffering patiently through the agony of influenza.

We might look at these three heroic children and think, "Gee, I can never make sacrifices like they did." And maybe we never can, in which case God will never give us any trial as big as theirs.

But just because we might not be called to such huge sacrifices as the Fatima children were doesn't mean we shouldn't make sacrifices. After all, Mary and Jesus have asked it of us!

I suspect that h…

Beautiful People: Ricky and Sophia

It's time for another Beautiful People post! Yay! This is a monthly link-up hosted by Cait and Sky. It's been a long time since we've had one of these, since the focus has been on books and new year's plans for the past four months or so.

February's theme is couples. After considering Mr. and Mrs. Mouse from my middle grade fantasy Lillian and Biff and Renna from my space novella, I've decided to go with Ricky Hartford and Sophia Rainier from my middle grade novel The Time Traveling League.

Ricky is a World War One American pilot stationed in France.

Sophia is a Southern belle from an antebellum plantation...somewhere in Tennessee, I'm thinking.

1. How and why did they meet?
Sophia ended up in the Time Tunnel pretty much on accident, as a result of trying to help the main characters Alice and Jeanie out of captivity on her father's plantation. They took her with them to the Den, where the members of the League hang out, and that's where Ricky and Sop…

Meet the Books! An Untitled Space Opera

Eep! It's time for another Meet the Books! link-up with Belle Anne @ Worlds of Ink and Paper. I have decided to take this opportunity to tell the world about the project that ran away with my imagination last month without much permission...but first, a little background.

I've recently discovered that the way I write stories is this. I get an idea, and plunge imprudently into a first draft. For several weeks, or months, or maybe even years, I abandon myself to this work in progress. And then--usually after I've finished a draft--it loses its luster. I shrug my shoulders and move onto something else. Once in a while I look back at the manuscript and cringe.

And then, one day, that old story idea pops up in a totally new form and I say, "Hey! I should go back to you!"

Actually that's only happened twice. Once with Lillian. And now with...this story.

It was originally dreamed up in 2014 under the title Amid a Million Stars. Back then it was the first novel in a …

First Saturday Devotion

Note: The information in this post has been taken from a holy card distributed by Love and Mercy Publications.

It's Saturday, which means it's time for another Fatima post! And not only that, but it's the first Saturday of February. First Saturdays have a special significance for those devoted to Our Lady's Fatima message.

We've been talking about the events which happened around Fatima in 1917; but to explain about the First Saturday aspect of Fatima, we actually have to fast forward in time to 1925. We also have to shift our focus from Fatima, Portugal to Pontevedra, Spain, where Lucia, the only remaining seer of Fatima, had become a nun in a convent there. 
One day in December, Mary and the Christ Child appeared to Sr. Lucia and lamented the sins of mankind. Little Jesus said,
"Have compassion on the heart of your Most Holy Mother, covered with thorns, with which ungrateful men pierce it at every moment, and there is no one to make an act of reparation to re…