Writing Adventures

Reagan is a normal small town girl. She lives a normal boring life and she likes it that way. When her best friend moves back home to Bent Ridge, Texas from Idaho, she's hopeful that things will go back to the way they were before he moved.

Peter is ecstatic to be back in his home town for senior year of high school. It will be the first time he's lived with his mom fill time since his parents' divorce. He never felt at home in Idaho and is glad to be back in Bent Ridge. But with secrets he's hiding, maybe things won't go back to completely normal.

Their lives change forever as the government slowly gains power and starts trying to control every detail of everyone's life. Underground rebellions come forward and begin to grow. Betrayal makes all things seem lost.

Reagan realized one thing: Trust no one.

Projected to be published in late summer of 2018. (At least I hope.)

This would be Reagan, Peter, Sawyer, and Nicole, along with
some of the town.

Healing: A Short Story.

I entered this on Anna's short story contest. She featured it and I thought I would put it here. Maybe it will help someone out there.  Anxiety can be hard, but it isn't the end of the line. You can work through this with God.  
"With men, this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible."

The Pain. It would hold me, bring me to my knees in tears. It wasn't a physical pain. It wasn't completely mental, either. It hurts the heart, breaks the spirit, leaves you feeling crushed, but never truly leaves. It stays. It waits for you to have a good day so it can ambush you.

   When you think you've gotten rid of it, when you think you're safe, it returns with a vengeance. It takes control of you. You become addicted to the pain. Addicted to how you feel. You make it normal. It has a name: Anxiety.

   Depression sets in. Stress moves in. The anxiety grips and shakes you. You're pretty much consumed with pain. It flows completely inside you.

   Now all you have is pain and tears. You let the pain take control and you end up lashing out at others, the ones you care about, until you're all alone. But that's what you wanted, right? To be left alone to wallow in your misery?

   It's all gradual, but it happens. You feel no purpose, no point, no hope, hurt, lost, and depressed. You're not at a point of ending it all, nor will you ever be ... but you wonder what your point is.

   Why are you here? What was the plan? Why are you alone?

   But ... you're not alone. There's Someone who's been through it all before you did, and He did it to save you. 

   You know you are loved. You know there is a plan. You know there is a purpose made by an all knowing, all loving God. But the pain is still there. It will take time. It will take healing. But you'll get there. 

   This is why you should always have hope for tomorrow. Another day to get it right. Doesn't mean you will, but everyday can be better. He placed you here for a purpose. There is a reason why you are here. Everything will fall into place.

   Look for tomorrow. The fresh page. The new day. You'll find your purpose if you keep pressing on.

I wrote this on a hard day. It was a few days before
Anna announced the contest. God wanted me to enter it.
Though my nerves went crazy with fear at being so vulnerable, I showed my mom the story.
She helped me polish a few word choices, but other than that, this is it. This is what it is. I may post the exact original, as I wrote it all by hand, but for now, it is only for me. 
I was consumed with anxiety, but I don't want to ever get that way again. 
If you suffer from anxiety, you aren't alone. Someone out there loves you. 
I want to shed a light on this. I want to show you that you are 
so loved. I'm here to talk to in the comments below. 
As always God bless y'all. 


  1. FIRST! LOL!!
    I can't wait until you do, I always love hearing about other people's works.

  2. Second! Lol. I'm nervous about doing that. I really have to work on them first. Maybe soon, but probably not. Its working up the nerve to do it. :)

    1. I understand! I wouldn't show any of my work to anyone except for my family and best friend (at the time, but you know), but then one day my best friend let her friend borrow a first draft of a short story I had written, and that friend read it and gave to another friend, who read it and gave it to another friend, and so on. So then when twelve year old me went to my PEP co-op the next Friday, EVERY kid in my WHOLE co-op had read my story!!! And I remember being so angry at my friend and embarrassed, and then everyone started asking me for more stories... so I started writing short stories and mini series and handing out copies at my co-op, then later I self-published my first novella. All in all, I'd say I'm glad my friend shared my works. It did make me realize how much I loved entertaining people! XD

      Man, that was long! Sorry!!

    2. I love comments, so don't worry. Yeah, I'm just very insecure. I don't let my family read my stuff yet. Only I read it. My mom wants to read it and I'm thinking its time for a second opinion anyway. I just get very nervous.

      I think I would have been mad, too, but you're looking at where it brought you and that's important. I think it's amazing you're self-published and I think I might look into that myself. The traditional publishing industry just makes it too hard to for an aspiring author to even enter the field. But, I'll see where God takes me on my adventure.
      Have a blessed day! :)

    3. I meant to say I love long comments. *sigh* I type too fast for my computer. *shakes head* :)

    4. Not to interrupt this string of comments but I totally understand, Ivie! I let very few people read my writing, and only I have read the majority of it, although I'm considering asking my best friend if he would be an alpha reader for me and read it as I write because I think I need another opinion. It's helpful to have a critique partner who will both encourage you but be honest as well. I'd love to read something you've written sometime once you get up that nerve! :) You seem like an awesome person. ;)

      As far as publishing goes, my ultimate goal is to get picked up by either Bethany House Publishers or Tyndale. I'd be happy with a few others but those are my goals. (Yeah, I know it's not very realistic but I can hope, right?!) I mainly want a publisher for the publicity. I think it would be very difficult to get a wide audience by self-publishing, but that's just me. I see many self-published authors becoming popular, so maybe I'll go that route. We'll see!

      And I hope you really meant that you like long comments, because that was long too! hehe. I often type too fast for my computer as well. (Or think too fast for my fingers. It's one or the other! XD)

    5. I tell my family and friends that I'm cool with being an indie author (self-pubbed), but secretly I have hopes of getting my work published by Harper Teen one day.

    6. @Bethany, you're not interrupting. I really don't mind long comments. (Just ask LHE, lol) I don't think your dream is unrealistic. I don't have a certain publisher I hope for yet. I want publicity, too, because of the message I have. Thank you for the encouragement. You seem like an awesome person, too. Once I get the nerve, I'll probably post little excerpts on here. That might take a while, though.
      Having an alpha reader will probably help. I plan on sharing my story with my mom first since she's asked a lot to see it.

      @Gray, I think we all have a dream of being published traditionally. Who knows, maybe they'll see your book and like it and want to publish it. :)

    7. @ Gray, that would be super cool if you could!

      @ Ivie, thank YOU for YOUR encouragement. I would certainly recommend having your mom read it first. Parents often have a good sense of things and can suggest ideas that will improve our stories while still telling us that our work is good. Do you mind sharing just a tiny bit of what your story is about? If not that's totally fine! :) Just curious.

    8. Oh, I don't mind sharing what my story is about. It's about a teen girl named Reagan who enjoys her small town life. The government has been getting increasingly bigger, making life miserable and she realizes she wants to help, thanks to her best friend who just moved back to the town, Peter. (Her best friend is Peter, not the town, lol.)
      I'm making it a trilogy with lots of twists and turns, but I might also make it longer than a trilogy or have a spin off series.
      Anyway, I'm horrible at description and that's really all I can reveal right now.

      God Bless :)

    9. That sounds really interesting, Ivie! What genre would you consider it? Is it your first story? Thank you for sharing! (And your description was just fine!) God bless you as well!

    10. Definitely dystopian. I shared my story of how I started on Writing Wednesday # 1 if you want to check it out, but to sum it up, I've written other things and started on this one three years ago this August. I have more detail on my Wednesday post, though. :)

    11. I'll check that post out, thanks. :)

  3. THIS IS AWESOME. I love the simplicity of the cover and the story line seems SO GOOD! I would definitely read this book. <3

    1. Thank you! I'm not sure if this is how I'll keep the cover. For now, this is what I have in mind. I'm excited to get further. I have the first draft and outline. My mom's going to be my alpha reader this summer. So for now, I'm working on Book Two. :)

    2. Good luck on it all and God bless you on all your work! Keep us updated <3 I'm highly interested in it :)
      Right now I'm having two people Alpha reading my book that is progress, which is an interesting thing. I guess it helps keep me motivated and gives me a lot of wonderful advice. Initially it was really hard opening up my work to others but it's definitely paying off!

    3. Oh I get it. I wouldn't let my mom read it and probably still wouldn't have if she hadn't helped me with a couple of blog posts
      (editing, proofreading) and I realized then that the wall I was hitting with my writing could be climbed if I let her help me.

      It is very hard to let anyone see my writing. I'll have to have her do it when I'm not in the room. XD

    4. Haha that's literally me! XD
      But seriously be proud of your work <3 not only is it you, you also put a lot of work into it. :)

    5. Thank you. It has been a long time coming with this book.
      Your work sounds lovely, too!

  4. WOW! That cover!!! XD <3 I can't wait to read this!!!

  5. Oh my goodness, I love it already! lol
    I just made the perfect cover and used a picture from Pintrest.....but then I remembered—copyright. It's so sad, because the picture was perfect and everything. I'm trying to look for sites to help me make a cover. I may have found one, but I'm not sure if it would work...the struggle is real. *heavy sigh*
    You're synopsis is amazing. i want to read it so badly. Everyone's so creative. It's crazy.
    God bless. <3

    1. Thank you! I used a website called piZap. It's free, for the most part. I just used the free stuff. I'm not going to buy something when I'm not serious about a book cover yet.

      I just grabbed a picture from google images. I don't think this will be the official book cover, though. Yes, the struggle is real. I had a hard time finding a website, but this one is nice. And if you buy the full version, I don't think it was that expensive, but I might be wrong. I just use the free parts, lol.

    2. You're very welcome. :) Hmm, I need to check it out. You're right about not buying one until you're serious. I guess designing a cover is a last step kind of thing. I mean, the more you write in the story, the more of an imagination you get from it. Sometimes that helps when you are trying to come up with more of a vivid picture. I dunno. lol
      That's neat. Freebies are the best. *cackle* Thanks for the recommendation. :) I'll check it out. <3

    3. Your welcome. The stuff that costs money will say pro on it or if you click it, it will ask you to pay, so there really shouldn't be a problem even if you confidentially click one.

      Sometimes visual helps people get more into their story. While I didn't need a visual, I really wanted to make one, so I did. It can be fun. There is a lot of stuff on there for free, so there is a lot of options.

    4. Ok, that sounds easy enough. :)

      Making covers and copyright don't exactly agree with me, so this will be good. Lol Thanks for your help. <3

    5. No problem. Hopefully you're able to make a cover you like. I've made a couple covers. I thought about putting the one for the second book on here, but it would give too much away about the first book, so I can't do that.
      Eventually, I'll be able to, lol. :)

    6. Hopefully.....*sob*
      Ohhhh, the anticipation you throw upon my soul!!! *flail* I know, drama....but who doesn't like a good ol' dose of...annoyance? Lol
      Good for you, girl. Hey, the world's waiting, friend! JK, tho really, I love your posts. Keep up the good work, and I hope to learn more about your secret writings *rubs hands together and stops, remembering that I don't want to sound evil* Lol
      God bless!

    7. You are so sweet! I will definitely put more up here soon. Maybe I'll talk about my other ideas. Who knows? (Well, God knows.)
      God bless you, too!

    8. Thanks! <3 No pressure....I can be...pushy sometimes. Lol I don't mean to be. It just...happens. Yeah, Lol. God knows.

  6. Just saw this! I LOVE the cover!! Are you going to keep it or is it a mock cover? (either way it's epic).

    1. Mock cover. I'm hoping to do something with people in the cover. But if all else fails, this might be the one. For now, it's a mock cover. Thank you, though. I wasn't sure if I liked it, but a lot of y'all were saying you did. Y'all make me :)


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