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 June 2016

Depression, Writers' Group Conferences and Board Positions, and Blogging Again

The last monthly Northwest Christian Writers' Association meeting of the 2015 - 2016 season is done and over.  We will start back up in SEP - come and join us if you are able.  The Writers' Renewal of 2016 has come and gone.  The 2017 Conference is already scheduled and speakers and events being planned.

I worked on doing some tech stuff at this year's conference, after my friend Mindy, the president of NCWA the last two years, called and asked me if I would be willing to come and try to help out.  Between trying to do the tech stuff I made it to two workshops, both by Ben Wolf, one on Speculative Fiction, and one on realistic fight scenes in your work.  More on how those workshops inspired me later.

My depression had caught up to me in an ugly way in OCT of 2014, and I walked out of that meeting, and skipped going to meetings for that season.  I returned to the meetings in SEP 2015 when we changed locations for the second time in 2 years, but only helped with tech stuff occasionally.  When she asked me to help out at the conference, Mindy also asked me if I was ready, willing, and able to return to the board.  And so after a 2 year sabbatical  I have indeed returned as Tech Coordinator.

In JAN I started taking Prozac, as well as thyroid meds, as low thyroid can be related to depression.  Those who know me well say they can see an improvement, and I feel like I'm doing better.  I just have to be careful to not try to over do it and bite off more than I can handle as I get back into the swing of things. 

Being on the Prozac helped me to start feeling better enough to want to start helping out at NCWA again, and so I was able to agree to both help at the conference, and to return to the board.  The meds are also helping with me getting more motivation to do write again, including blogging, hence this new blog post.

Another part of why I started trying to work on this blog is because as part of getting back on the board, Mindy asked me for a head-shot and I sent her the head-shot I am now using.

She told me "Very funny.  If you're not careful I'll post that on Facebook."  People should be careful of what they threaten me with.

It is again my Facebook profile pic, as well as the pic for this blog, and also for my website, my NCWA profile, and all my other social media profiles.  I may change it again in the future, but have no current plans to do so.  As writers we are told to develop a platform.  Well, since I've often been told that my writing is "dark," I figure this is an appropriate pic, and some of my friends that also write Spec Fic have said that with what I write it is an appropriate pic.

So that is why my going around to all my social media sites and changing my profile pic to the above started me looking at blogging again.

Writing is like exercising.  When you get back into it, you want to be able to do all the "lifts" you know you should have been doing.  And yet you need to make sure to work out enough to be ready later to do the heavy lifting.  And now I have to be careful to not overdo it too soon after getting back into it after such a long break away from it.  So that's all for this post.  I have plenty of material I've made notes on, so hopefully I will be posting more regularly, at least for awhile.