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True Dreams

Most, if not all, of us have seen that TV show, or that movie, or maybe we’ve read about it in a book.

Two people, madly in love—maybe even engaged—and then one person gets a job offer.

Not just any job offer. It’s their dream job. The one they knew they wanted when they were five years old.

But along with the job offer comes the different state that it’s in.

So the one person says to the other, “I can’t hold you back from your dream. You’ll grow to resent, or maybe even hate me. I couldn’t live with myself if that happened so you have to take it.”

And then the person takes the job, the couple breaks up, and all the fans are mad. Or sad. Or both.

There are some who would argue, “They could work it out if they just tried!”

Or some who say, “They must not have been truly in love, then.”

(As my dad pointed out, you don’t marry someone you can live with, you marry someone who you can’t live without.)

In my experience, though, sometimes the person who says, “You have to take the job” doesn’t listen to the person who was offered the job!

I think sometimes people fail to realize that dreams can change. Dreams don’t have to be goals, but sometimes they can be people.

I’ve been thinking about this lately, and as I think about it, I keep thinking about in Tangled when Eugene told Rapunzel, “You were my new dream.”

Maybe the person’s dream job did offer them a position. But that dream job may look a lot less appealing then the person they’re in love with—especially if to do that job they have to leave that person.

Just something I’ve been thinking about lately.wuv

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Currently December 2016

Can you believe 2016 is coming to a close? It went by so quickly, and I’m not ready to start thinking about the year being 2017. It’s still 2010 isn’t it? It’s hard to believe that was seven years ago!!

Many things happened this year, and I think all in all it was a good year. A really good year.

I’ve already talked about some of the things that have happened this year, I talked about my summer, and I think that’s when the most exciting stuff happened.

It is already the 8th, but I guess I’ll update you all on what I’m up to Currently.

Currently

Listening to~ Christmas music, and the new One Republic Album, and my sister just let me borrow her Piano Guys CD, so I’ll be listening to that soon!

Watching~ Well, I’ve been watching Downton Abbey, I’ve watched several Christmas movies, and this Saturday, I’m going to go see Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

Baking~ Kristin and I are going to make sugar cookies later and decorate them. It’ll be very Christmas-y and nice. And maybe we’ll have to make it a new tradition. 😉

Reading~ I actually just finished the book I was reading. I was reading (don’t judge!) Twilight for the first time. I’ll admit, I did actually like it. I don’t love it, but I do like it, and I am interested to see how the other books are.

Writing~ Okay, I know I don’t blog that much, but you may know/recall how I’ve been talking about editing for the last 15,000 years of my life. (Okay, but for the last year– that’s actually NOT an exaggeration) and… honestly, I’m procrastinating, but I’m getting closer to finishing (you know, once I start again), and when I’m done I already have the next project picked out! I want to start writing it now, but I know the idea/s aren’t strong enough, and if I give it time it will get stronger… besides if I started writing it now I may not ever finish editing, so maybe it’s a blessing in disguise. 😛

Adulting~ I don’t remember if I ever said anything about this, but I got my drivers license a few months back, so I can drive myself to and from work like a real adult. 😉 I also signed up for a few classes this winter. I kind of feel like I’ll be in college forever, but people keep telling me it’ll go by fast. (And oddly enough, I’m not sure if I’m comforted by that fact… haha, I’m complicated)

Looking forward to~ CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!! Would you honestly expect anything else from me? 😉 Only seventeen days left! I still need to do almost all of my shopping and bake some cookies and put up some outside Christmas lights, but it’ll be fun.

What are all of you currently up too?

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Guest Post With Author Tessa Emily Hall!

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Today I’m doing something a little different! Tessa Emily Hall just had a new book come out Unwritten Melody and she has agreed to do a guest post for me. 🙂

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About the book: Does breaking free require breaking the rules?

 

Cassie Gilbert lives every day in the shadows of her deceased mom’s rebellion. But now that she’s seventeen, she finds herself longing to break away from her grandmother’s suffocating rules, experience what it’s like to be a regular teenager, and fulfill her songwriting dreams.

 

James Russo, former American Spotlight contestant, escapes to small town Willow Creek, SC hoping to flee from his tarnished past. When a school project pairs him with the shy principal’s granddaughter, he’s determined to get to know this Emily-Dickinson-obsessed and typewriter-using girl. His plan? Convince Cassie to co-write songs for his demo album.

 

As Cassie gets to know James over “project meetings” (more like opportunities to match her lyrics with his melodies), she becomes intrigued by his sense of adventure and contagious passion for music. But soon, his past becomes exposed. Cassie’s left to wonder—did she make the same mistake Mom did by falling for the bad boy?

 

Then, Grandma’s control pushes her over the edge. Cassie must choose between remaining in the chains of yesterday, or delving into her own freedom by completing the melody her mom left behind.

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                                           Behind the Setting: Willow Creek, SC

There’s nothing quite like a small town. Perhaps I’m biased; I have, in fact, lived in a small, southern town for my entire life. But what I love about these towns is the closeness of a community. The way people come together to support one another. Southern hospitality. The familiarity of faces when you go to your local coffee shop or grocery store. I love the unique history that small towns seem to have written onto the old buildings that make up their downtowns.

 

This love for small, southern towns is what initially birthed the inspiration for the fictional town of Willow Creek, SC.

 

Willow Creek is far smaller and more country than the little town I grew up in. It does, however, contain traces of my hometown, as well as the towns that surround it. Willow Creek’s “city life” can be found in the ghost town of downtown, and its rolling countryside stretches for miles. The town’s creek, which is what Willow Creek is known for, is surrounded by towering willow trees. Most of its residents live on a farm, drive a truck, and listen to country music.

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Throughout Unwritten Melody, Cassie is resentful toward this small town of hers. Not necessarily because she doesn’t appreciate it; rather, she feels as though it’s kept her confined within a cage. She’s desperate for the freedom that could come with seeing the rest of the world.

 

I guess that’s the only flaw in a small town: If you stay there long enough, it’s almost as though you become brainwashed into believing it’s as far as the world reaches.

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Still, though, Cassie does have a deep appreciation toward this little town of hers—even if she doesn’t like to admit it. It’s where she grew up. It’s why she is who she has become. Her family’s history whispers their secrets at the creek, the library, Gary’s Diner, and even Dream Bean Café.

 

Although Cassie is desperate for an escape from Willow Creek, she may very well find that the escape she’s longing for can only be attained by staying exactly where she is.

 

                                                                      Questions for you…

 

If you could live in any fictional town, which town would you choose and from which book? Why?

 

 

 

                                                                  Giveaway!!

 

Enter for your chance to win the Unwritten Melody Prize Pack! Two winners will be selected and announced on Tessa’s blog the final day of tour (Friday, December 9th) and will be notified via email.

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This prize pack includes…

 

  • E-copy of Unwritten Melody
  • Signed paperback copy of Purple Moon
  • Unwritten Melody mug, filled with goodies
  • Unwritten Melody swag, including a bookmark, pen, and poster
  • Starbucks mocha flavored instant coffee
  • Free Unwritten Melody: Page-By-Page Secrets PDF
  • Handmade journal
  • Typewritten thank you note

 

*This giveaway is open to the US only 

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Tessa Emily Hall writes inspirational yet authentic YA fiction to show others they’re not alone—and because she remembers the teen life like it was yesterday (or a few years ago). The debut novel she wrote at 16-years-old, PURPLE MOON (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a Selah 2014 Finalist. Her second novel, UNWRITTEN MELODY, releases with Clean Reads November 2016. She’s the Founder of PursueMagazine.net, a magazine that inspires teens to embrace their calling. She also enjoys helping writers achieve their dreams through her internship at Hartline Literary Agency.

 

When her fingers aren’t flying 116 WPM across the keyboard, Tessa can be found making healthy homemade lattes, speaking to teens, decorating her insulin pump, and acting in Christian films. She writes in a small town nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Southeastern coast. Her favorite way to procrastinate is by connecting with readers on her blog, mailing list, social media (@tessaemilyhall), and website.

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Thanks for stopping by, Tessa!

And don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you leave. 🙂

 

Blog Tour Schedule

Don’t miss the next blog tour stop! Be sure to visit the following blogs on its designated tour date. You can also email tessaemilyhall (at) gmail (dot) com and request to receive the Blog Tour Packet. At the end of the tour, Tessa will send you the downloadable PDF that will contain all of the content from each blog tour stop.

 

Tues., November 1 – Christ is Write

Wed., November 2 – Adriana Gabrielle Writes

Thurs., November 3 – The Depth of My Faith

Fri., November 4 – Sarah Ruut

Mon., November 7 – God is Love

Tues., November 8 – The Bibliophile Angel

Wed., November 9 – Emily Rachelle Writes

Thurs, November 10 – Word Changers For His Glory

Fri., November 11 – Christian Teen Book Reviews

Mon., November 14 – Phyllis Still

Tues., November 15 – In The Bookcase

Wed., November 16 – Girl Meets Publishing World

Thurs., November 17 – Anna Schaeffer

Fri., November 18 – Ramblings of a Writer

Mon., November 21 – Naomi and Books

Tues., November 22 – Reading is My Superpower

Wed., November 23 – Zerina Blossom’s Books

Thurs., November 24 – Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud

Fri., November 25 – Labor Not in Vain

Mon., November 28 – Barbara Bruitt

Tues., November 29 – Katy Kauffman

Wed., November 30 – Jen Pheobus

Thurs., December 1 – Northern Belle Meg

Fri., December 2 – 2Me From Him

Mon., December 5 – Nicole Quigley

Tues., December 6 – The Destiny of One

Wed., December 7 – Catherine Castle

Thurs., December 8 – Rachelle Rea Cobb

Fri., December 9 – Leslie L. Mckee

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Thank you, Veterans.

I recently saw something I thought made an interesting point. (though if you get down too it, I don’t agree…)

It said that war is worse then hell, because the guilty go to hell– but even innocent people are harmed by war.

(I don’t exactly agree, because we are all guilty and deserve Hell… but it is an interesting idea.)

The other night I was watching a TV show and it was set during WWI. There were young men in the trenches, they were fighting and getting hurt. There was a scene in a hospital with many wounded.

Again there was an interesting point made. Someone said that when you are on the front line, you pray to be spared, but if that isn’t meant to be, you pray for a bullet to kill you cleanly.

And watching that, I realized, that isn’t war. That is a representation of war. An idea of war. A glimpse, maybe, into what it is. But it isn’t war. For starters, while WWI happened, the story was fictional!

I can watch many things, and read, and even visit historical places, but– and truly I am grateful– I have not experienced war.

And I hope I will not have to face war.

War isn’t glory.

It’s… I don’t know what it is. I can’t explain what war is.

I believe it would be worse then I imagine.

I am now coming under the impression I will never know what war is unless I ever go through it first hand. Even then, could I explain it? Because, surely, if it could be explained, in all the years and all the wars, someone would have found the words.

It hurts my heart when I see old men wearing their WWII veteran hats, or their Vietnam veteran hats.

So many of them were the age I am now or even younger when they went off to war, and while they obviously lived through the war, I wonder how it affected their lives even after it was over.

I know not everyone sees the worst of the war, many people do paper work and are never sent to the frontlines, but still. Especially when I think of people my age, how many of them would be selfless enough to truly fight for what was right this day in age? I believe most of them are too busy throwing tantrums when things don’t go our way.

I saw a picture one time, of an old man wearing a veterans hat and a little girl standing next to him. It was captioned something like the old man said to the little girl, “For you, I would do it all over again.”

I always feel really awkward when I try to or think about, thanking veterans. But they deserve it.

Thank you, Veterans. Thank you so very much for making this society as good as it is. I don’t deserve it, but I truly appreciate it.

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With Rachelle Rea Cobb!

I wasn’t sure what exactly to call this…. it isn’t a guest post or an interview… haha…

Today I’m talking a little about author Rachelle Rea Cobb’s books! She wrote The Steadfast Love Series (Book 1: The Sound of Diamonds, Book Two: The Sound of Silver, and Book 3: The Sound of Emeralds)

I haven’t read her books yet, but I look forward to when I DO get around too it. (And if you haven’t read any yet either– make sure you enter the giveaway she’s hosting! The link will be at the end. 🙂 )

Who is Rachelle Rea Cobb, you may ask?

About: Times gone by snatch Rachelle Rea Cobb close, so she reads and writes about years long ago– her passions include the Reformation, Revolutions, and romance. Rachelle wrote The Steadfast Loves series during college. Five months after she graduated, she signed a three-book deal with her dream publisher, WhiteFire. She’s a homeschool grad, Oreo addict, and plots her novels while driving around in her dream car, a pick-up truck. In June 2016, she married a man with the same name as her fictional hero, and they live happily ever after and in Small Town, South.

Since today Rachelle is celebrating the birthday of The Sound of Silver, I’m only going to post that back cover– not all three. Wouldn’t want to overwhelm you too much, right?

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The stalwart saint, fighting for faith…and the redeemed rebel, fighting for honor.

After Dirk rescues Gwyneth from the Iconoclastic Fury, she discovers that faith is sometimes fragile–and hope is not as easy as it may seem. Now truly orphaned yet not alone, Gwyneth continues her quest to learn more about the love of God preached by Protestants she once distrusted.

Dirk’s quest is to prevent his sullied name from staining hers. Will his choice to protect her prove the undoing of her first faltering steps toward a Father God? Once separated, will Dirk and Gwyneth’s searching hearts ever sing the same song?

Make sure to hop on over andhttps://widget-prime.rafflecopter.com/launch.js“> enter the giveaway for a necklace and a book! (winner’s choice of the three!! All you have to do is click here.)

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#WIPJoy September 2016

First off, I’m sure you’re wondering: What does #WIPJoy mean?

Well, I’m going to explain it all to you. 🙂

Let me begin with WIP (in the writing world) stands for Work In Progress, and the Joy is at end of the hashtag, I assume to either make it stand out on it’s own, and/or because you’re sharing the Joy!

Anyway, this hashtag is kind of big on twitter (at least to me and the people I follow).

If you’re on Twitter you can follow Bethany A. Jennings (@simmeringmind) because she’s the mastermind behind the whole idea.

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As you can see, #WIPJoy gives you questions that you answer about your story. I did it on my WWII story, but I only made it about two weeks in before I stopped. I thought, though, that it would be cool if I did a blog posts with my answers so they would be all together, AND for the people who aren’t on twitter. 🙂

 Day 1: (This is just a reminder that on Twitter you are limited in how much you can say per tweet.) A WWII novel about a girl raised by her grandparents, is terrified about turning out like her mother.

As a result of all the bad relationships in her family, she doesn’t know what real love is.

Day 2: I’m editing my story (This Very Moment) for the thousandth time. *sigh* but it’s nice to see it improving!

Day 3: Cherish, discover, heal, trust, and forgive.

Day 4: I think (at least for me) my story evokes a lot of nostalgia. Sad you’re growing up, but knowing that it’s also not a bad thing.

But then, you could take into account one of them goes to fight in a war so it’s not ALL good. My poor characters.

Day 5: Ah, I’m never good at these ‘share a line’ ones because…. I don’t just have some memorized or have a secret stash of my favorite or anything? And I like it better when I only have to think about it for a little while, not when I have to go hunting through my story…. so I don’t have an answer for this one…

Day 6: My antagonist loves himself. Loves being in control.

Day 7: Marilyn’s mother and her grandmother are probably the ones who have the most interesting history.

Day 8: (Oh I remember this one! I think it was one of my favorites.)

Being poked with a needle.

The smell of fresh bread.

Shouting at loved ones.

Seeing loved ones leave for war.

Taste of a milkshake.

Day 9: The short answer? No, my main character and I don’t really have much past in common.

Day 10: And then again with the ‘share a line’…. *casually skips*

Day 11: I regret never standing up for myself. I’m strong then I think.

Day 12: I think Kenneth hides how much he feels. If he let me know, I might be able to help him. I love him so much.

Day 13: Um. She doesn’t really use weapons… a needle maybe? Words? Haha.

Day 14: I like the old fashioned idea of romance. Deeply in love, approved of my by families, and… kind to each other.

Day 15: (honestly I don’t like the question, because I kind of feel like my characters don’t know they are characters, this is their actual real life… but I did answer it.)

Well, it would be nice if she could remember my name is spelled with ONE n (Marilyn) and she kinda makes my life suck.

Day 16: Um… I have no idea what to say for this one.

Day 17: Yes, yes I do.

Day 18: One day, I feel like I will share some lines of my story with you, but… today is not that day.

Day 19: Ooh, well, you see when I was 13 I wrote the first draft of this story. And ever since then, I have loved it. It never let me go. Even after I knew that that version sucked, I wanted to rewrite… and so I eventually did. (and hopefully it sucks far less. 😉 )

Day 20: A big theme in my book it relationships, so I’d recommend it to someone who finds them interesting or has had problems with them in the past.

Day 21: Probably the said relationships.

Day 22: I know this sounds like an excuse, but my computer doesn’t really like..anything. Like me putting pictures of my blog, for example. But if you follow me on Pinterest I have a board.

Day 23: Well. That’s a really hard question. I kind of feel like it isn’t the typical romance… before you get to the ‘happily ever after’ they go through a bit of pain…

Day 24 and again… skipping! 🙂

And this blog post is already pretty long, so I’m just going to wrap up there. So. Now you know a tiny bit more about my story (I feel like I should do a blog post actually about my story now…)

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Currently~ October 2016

Hi, all! It is October first now, and Fall is (and has been for a little bit) officially here!

And since it is, I figured it was a good time to do a ‘Currently’ blog post!

Currently….

Reading~ A Lady Unrivaled by Roseanna M. White

So far I like it! Look for a review coming up soonish.

Watching~ NOT SOUND OF MUSIC THAT’S FOR SURE.

*ahem* I mean, I’ve been wanting to watch The Sound Of Music for weeks and you know? I can’t find our copy anywhere! I even looked places I knew it wouldn’t, and even went into the dark depths of the closet where we keep the Christmas stuff and I still couldn’t find it! I’ll just have to buy my own personal copy, but it still made me sad.

Anyway, I AM watching Hart of Dixie season three. I’m not sure what I’ll watch after this, though….

Writing~ A few months ago I started a new story for an idea I’ve had a for a little while now… but the idea was still too small, and even though it was an ‘old’ idea, it wasn’t big enough yet, it still needs time to grow into something big. So I wrote a few hundred words, and the happy feeling pattered out and I knew, what I knew when I began the story: there isn’t enough.

So, after not writing again for a few weeks, I started writing another idea that I’ve had for awhile. A bigger idea. An idea I love and I think I can actually finish. You know what it is? A SEQUEL!! (That will take you to another blog post I did where I talked about my story a little bit.)

It isn’t a sequel to my WWII story, but to the story I finished before that one, called Pieces of My Heart. 😀 Here is the Pinterest board if you want to look at it!

Eating~ At this very moment… nothing. 😉 But I did get some caramel so I can make caramel apples again! The last time I made them– my first time making them– was three years ago, the same year I started blogging.

(Oh yeah, so um, happy birthday, Naomiandbooks…)

Looking forward to~ Besides fall? I’m really looking forward to fall. 😀 I’m, of course, looking forward to the holidays. (ALWAYS) Honestly, I’m just interested to see where this next time/phase of life is going to take me.

OH! And I’m looking forward to the Celtic Festival that’s coming up in a few weeks! That’s always a good time. Well, except for that time my sister Kristin and I were walking by ourselves and this creeper older guy drove up and was like, “Hi girls, need a ride?” He drove off and Kristin and I were like, “Walk faster, walk faster, walk faster.” Oh, and then there was that other time I got a ring stuck on my finger, I feared forever. (or losing my finger.)

So that’s what’s going on Currently. But I also feel like this was also a throwback post– I linked a lot of stuff I wrote a long time ago….

What’s going on with YOU currently?

 

 

 

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