In which I discuss being a Child of God, a Christ follower who fights depression,

who writes Spec Fic, makes photographic images, and is studying art and illustration,

who is a STEAM lover, math and computer tutor, and a 2A supporter.

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Study. Practice. Learn. Draw. Write. Live.

Gathering and uniting the Forces of STEAM with the Warriors of Spe C'f Iic.
Bringing understanding. Lighting the darkness. Defending mankind from ancient evil.

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My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me,
and horror hath overwhelmed me.
I will call upon God;
and the Lord shall save me.
Evening, and morning, and at noon,
will I pray, and cry aloud:
and he shall hear my voice.

Sometimes, way too often, I fail God, but He picks me up, cleans me off, and helps me to continue on the journey of living life and writing for Him.
My childhood home was Alaska, where I had a fair share of adventures, and misadventures, including surviving the largest recorded earthquake to hit the North American continent.
I attended college in Oregon, and currently reside in the Seattle area. Many of my Works in Progress take place in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.
In 2nd grade I became an avid reader, and in 7th grade I began the struggle with myself, and God, of whether or not I wanted to accept the title "Writer."
Since JAN 2016 I've been taking Prozac and I use this blog as a way for me to get myself to work on self-assigned writing projects, a way to encourage myself to get on with the adventure of being a Spec Fic writer.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the King; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. - Psalm 45:1 King James Version

And let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. -Psalm 90:17

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
To devise cunning works, … to work in all manner of workmanship.
… and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom,
that they may make all that I have commanded ... - Ex 31:3 King James Version

The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. - Psalm 19:1 King James Version

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. - Psalm 33:6 King James Version

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. - Psalm 90:1-2

Thou, even thou, art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein, and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee. - Nehemiah 9:6 King James Version

For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. - Amos 4:13 King James Version

15 April 2011

Getting Back in the Saddle

Recently, I've been trying to train myself to get up earlier and to do a little writing. So I was up at 5:20 on TUES, 12 APR, scribing some notes I had scribbled down for this blog post while I was sitting in on a workshop at the Northwest Ministry Conference at Overlake church in Redmond, WA, where I had volunteered to help run the NCWA booth on SAT, the 9th. The workshop was discussing how to build an online community, not just a website. Part of the discussion included doing a blog. It was enough to convince me I needed to climb back up on the horse that had bucked me off last year. I've been dragging my feet about getting back into the saddle of blogging, mainly cause I didn't know what to write about. So I decided I would just write about needing to get back to blogging, and about why I haven't blogged for over a year.

The longer I put off doing something - getting back to blogging in this instance, the harder it is to get back to doing it. When I was in high school I was in a drama class in which we were required to get up and do a monologue. I didn't mind getting up on stage and doing small parts, even though I hated getting up in front of class and giving speeches, but this just went against my grain. When the time came to perform the monologue, I came down sick with a tummy ache. I really was sick to my stomach, from nerves, and mom had MS and didn't have the strength to fight with me to get me up and to school. I ended up missing 14 days of school when my high school councilor finally came by the house to see what was wrong. We all talked, and I reluctantly agreed that I would return to school the next day. Talking about having creepy-crawlies in the tummy, walking back into the school that next day certainly gave me the heebie-jeebies.

So why the long absence? It was about this time last year that my Toshiba Qosmio G25 started having heart palpations, and started giving me heart palpations. I managed to get my docs backed up on a flash drive and then copied them over to the Toshiba Satellite that a friend from church gave me. MAY & JUN of 2010 came and went, and I spent that summer sorting through the various copies of all the backup files I had managed to accumulate.

I wound up throwing away some 7,000 files. Some of these files were back ups of back ups of back ups of ... well, you get the idea, going back to at least 10 years ago. All this to say: I got a little distracted from blogging for awhile, even when I did get a computer up and running. THEN in JAN I managed to kill the Satellite (or at least put it into a coma). In FEB a friend from NCWA gave me a replacement, and I've been busy trying to get all my files restored from the last backup I had performed to the flash drive. After I got close to finalizing this process I started dating my backup files, and working on keeping them organized a bit better.

So, here I am a year later finally trying to figure out what to write about in order to get back into blogging. Last week I opened the old posts to try to get motivated to blog and spent a day fiddle-faddling with the layout and such, including renaming the blog "Ruggles' Roamings," from "Ruggles' Wanderings," wanting to get back into blogging, but a little reluctant to try to climb back into the saddle, after all - "What would my readers think of me having been gone so long, and now here I am expecting anybody to actually care about what I blog. I'm not really a blogger (worse - I'm not really a writer), just a pretender." It was thoughts like these that I had to overcome in order to sit down and write this new entry, and so here we are.

So what's next? I've been working on my short story The Ayes Have It, getting it critiqued, editing / rewriting, getting more critiques, trying to move forward. Maybe I will write about that, maybe I will write about trying to write with a cat in the lap. I still owe you all the conclusion of A Midnight Snack, so I need to get that posted. If you already read the older posts, you may remember that I originally stated that this blog was supposed to be a tool in order to get into, and stay in the habit of a regular writing schedule. I'm hoping that between my recent attempts to get up earlier, and my renewed efforts to continue with my blogging that I will be able to get even more writing done. I need to go make sure my backups are current, and properly dated, so that I don't have to re-live last summer's adventures.

Palm Sunday is coming up, Monday is the beginning of Passover, Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday follow close behind, so as we enter into this holy season, be blessed, in Christ's Holy Name.

Chesed v’shalom aleichem b’Y’Shua haMashiach

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