Friday, November 16, 2018

Shared WIP Tag: Week Three!


Welcome to week three of the Shared WIP Tag! Be sure to check out the other posts of those who are participating! See list and links HERE, in my first Shared WIP Tag post! (Yes, I'm too lazy to list them all here...*headdesk*)

Today, we are talking about the villain aka the antagonist. I have to tell you though, these has been the hardest questions to answer (and I even helped come up with some of these questions!)

Ready or not, here we go!

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1. Introduce the main antagonist of your book!
Now how am I supposed to answer this without giving everything away? That's part of the suspense! (In other words, I need more time to think of his/her name!)

2. What do you (the writer) have in common with the antagonist? What do you not have in common? 
In common: We both like things neat and tidy, no loose ends.

How we differ: My book's antagonist is cruel and heartless, seeking power no matter the cost.

3. What does your antagonist do when he/she is mad? Do they have a soft spot?
He/she gets extremely angry, but doesn't act on his anger until he has a calculated plan of action. 

Yes, my antagonist does have a soft spot.

4. Who is your antagonist's worst enemy? What is their greatest fear? 
His/her worst enemy is vulnerability. Greatest fear is of being caught off guard and/or losing his/her power.

5. What is your antagonist's weapon of choice? 
A Deringer Model 1842 Navy percussion pistol. Another weapon the antagonist uses is fear.




{Picture from Pinterest}

6. How would your antagonist surprise your reader? 
Can't say because of spoiler! I know, now your curious, aren't you?!

7. What is one thing your villain would never do? 
He/she would never trust his/her partners in crime. Every man to himself.

8. What lie does your antagonist believe about the MC?
My book's antagonist believes the MC will soon balk and crumble under enough pressure.

9. What is your favorite thing about your antagonist?
I have no clue, my antagonist is the bad guy, how can I like him/her?? Besides that he/she makes the story more suspenseful...

10. If your antagonist was your MC, what would your book look like?
A lot of struggle and emotional turmoil.  

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That concludes week third's post about the antagonist! Hope you enjoyed reading, and I hope you have become curious about Dakota's Dream! 

Also, I have some really great news to share with y'all! I had the privilege to beta read a short story written by non other than Julia @ Lit Aflame! Tomorrow, she is revealing her short stories' cover! So, be on the lookout for a cover reveal tomorrow!!! Who does't LOVE cover reveals!!!???

Well that's about it! I hope you enjoyed reading my very vague answers to these villain questions! As you can see, I want my story to be exciting, but I'm not quite sure if I have a good "bad guy" motive... yet! 


Do you find it hard to come up with your book's antagonist? Do you like books when the bad guys repent in the end? Or do you like books that the villain never finds redemption? (I am still trying to decide, myself!) Did you like this post? 
Lettuce chat! :) 





Wednesday, November 14, 2018

To Stay Awestruck


To Stay Awestruck
Written by Brooklyne
Indescribable! 

Never let His glory fade 
The beauty of this earth He made 
From the countless stars, to every small grass blade. 
Never let His glory fade 

Uncontainable!

His mercy’s are new each day
Thanking Him always when you pray
For His rich blessings He bestows, come what may
His mercy’s are new each day

Incomparable!
His love, He freely gives
Those who are searching to believe 
Love is what made Him suffer so that we could live
His love, He freely gives 
Unchangeable!
We are His chosen children
To spread the Truth we’re given
Living in peace with our sisters and brethren
We are His chosen children

All powerful! 

Just for us, He sent His Son
He has already fought and won
Leaving the ninety-nine to rescue the one
Just for us, He sent His Son

You are amazing God!

How then, do we forget?
All the criteria He has met
It seems all we do is worry and fret
How then, do we forget…

To stay awestruck?



This song, Indescribable, is what inspired this poem which I wrote at 12:30AM. My writing inspiration never sleeps! :) Anyway, I hope you are encouraged by this poem, To Stay Awestruck. Let this post serve us as a reminder to stay awestruck of our Amazing God! 


Have you ever forgotten to stay truly awestruck? Name one thing that you find amazing about our God. Thank you so much for reading this poem! Have a wonderful autumn day, and I will see you in the comments! :)





Friday, November 9, 2018

Shared WIP Tag: Week Two!


Welcome to week two in the Shared WIP tag! This Friday, we will be talking about the protagonist-- the main character. I have one "main character" then I have a secondary main character. Basically, I'm writing from these two POV's. I will be answering the questions for both of them in different colors to make things easier! 

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1. Introduce your MC a little (name, maybe a description or picture, etc,) and tell us something quirky about them.
Main Character Full Name: Dakota Skye Whickner 
Role: Heroine//Oldest Daughter//Sister//Friend
Age: 19
Hair color: Long, strait, dark brown, past her hips
Height: 5'9''
Favorite color: Forest green, dark red, blue, and earthy colors
Ambition: To move West.
One sentence summary: A young woman who desires to move to the country and become self sufficient.
One paragraph summary: Dakota has always longed to leave the hassle of city life far behind. Although, convincing her family to move West is no easy task. But when circumstances arise, do they have a choice in the matter? Plunged deep into what she once thought was what she wanted, will Dakota rise to conquer the challenges that come her way in order for her dream to come true? 

Something quirky about Dakota is that she is very good at identifying herbs and wild medicinal plants.

Secondary Main Character Full Name: Adam William Brown
Role: Hero//Brother//Friend
Age: 17
Hair color: Short, curly, medium brown 
Height: 6'0'' 
Favorite color: No favorite color
Ambition: To find a home.
One sentence summary: A young man struggling make ends meet and searching for a new beginning. 
One paragraph summery: Adam is on a quest to break free from his past that leaves him living on the streets and destitute. The only thing keeping him alive is the sweet face of his little sister. Trouble seems to follow him wherever he goes and when a rare opportunity is offered to him, giving him the chance to leave the streets of New Orleans and travel by steamboat, how could he refuse? Will his dark secret keep him captive, or is there hope for this young stray?  

Something quirky about Adam is that he secretly can play the piano. 

2. What does your MC value the most?
Dakota's values: Nothing is more important than family. Nothing is more important than doing the right thing. Nothing is more important than moving West.

Adam's values: Nothing is more important than his little sister. Nothing is more important than finding their next meal. Nothing is more important than leaving New Orleans. 



{Picture from Pinterest}

3. What is your MC's wildest dream? What is their greatest fear? 
Dakota's wildest dream: To live off of the land and start a family someday. Note: Dakota has many dreams but cannot write them all here because it would be a spoiler... Lets just say, Dakota is a dreamer.

Adam's wildest dream: Adam has better things to do than to dream about the future.

Dakota's greatest fear: She fears she has brought her family into something that they cannot handle, herself included. And blames herself for the difficulties on the trail.

Adam's greatest fear: That something bad would happen to him and his sister would be left alone.

4. What is your MC's favorite food? Can they cook? 
Dakota's favorite food: Anything sweet. Her favorite for special occasions is molasses stack cake. (Personally, molasses stack cakes do not sound appetizing to me. But I looked up food on the trail, and since my main character has a sweet tooth... Ya, so, molasses stack cakes it is, then!)

Adam's favorite food: He'll eat anything, but not before his sister eats first. 

Can Dakota cook? If biscuits hard as rock and corneal mush that is burnt coal black qualifies as cooking, then yes. 

Can Adam cook? He makes do, but prefers cooking on a open fire.

5. What do you (the writer) have in common with the MC? What do you not have in common? 
In common: I have lots of things in common with Dakota... Some would be, her love for wide open spaces, her desire to care for others, and her kindness to the underdog. She also can be shy when first meeting someone.

In common: I have quite a few commonalities with Adam as well. He and I are both introverted and quiet, but will protect and defend "our own" in a flash. Adam thinks outside the box and is creative with the things that he has. We both have curly hair, but mine is more wavy instead of curly... 

Ways we differ: Dakota loves a good debate, whereas I hate confrontation. Dakota has dark brown hair, almost black, and I have blonde. She is very tall, and I am not considered to be very tall. I would say Dakota is more stubborn than I.

Ways we differ: Adam is a guy (obviously we don't have that in common!) *gives you permission to laugh at me* Adam is also very secretive, trying to always hide his true self under a thick facade. Adam doesn't believe God can forgive him of his past. 

6. What lie does you MC believe about himself/the world?
Dakota occasionally believes that she is not good enough.

Adam believe that his past has corrupted any hope for the future that he longs for.



{Picture from Pinterest}

7. Who is their best friend and why? 
Dakota's best friends are her two younger sister's and two younger cousins. Dakota would do anything for them.

Adam doesn't have many friends until later in the book but can't relay much for fear of spoilers!

8. What song best describes them this book? 
To be honest, I'm not sure what song best describes my main characters. It's hard to find songs that would apply to someone living in the 1800's...

9. What is their personality type?
//Kind//Protective//Stubborn//Willful//Helpful//Takes charge//Short temper// Determined//Quiet//

Personality test result: INFP-A (I'm not sure how accurate this was...)

//Gentle//Scrapper//Lost//Smart//Introvert//Careful//Worrier//Fighter//Intuitive//

Personality test result: INFP-T (This is probably more so accurate than the one I took for Dakota)

10. Why should your reader care about this person? 
Dakota is strong, and not just physically strong either. She admits her weakness and is stronger because of it. She is smart, and her love for her family is unbreakable. Although she is quiet at times, she is more so introverted on the inside. And although she might not always feel confident, she is. She is considerate and determined, and very much so the oldest child. 

If Adam's rough past doesn't pull at your heartstrings, then his kindness and gentle personality will. Although he has been through some unimaginable things, he never gives up, and keeps fighting if not for him, than for those he loves. At first, he is very closed up and quiet, but he will surprise you, for there is more to this character than what meets the eye. 

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And there you have it! The second week's questions have been answered! I hope you liked learning a bit more about my main characters! Stick around for next Friday's post about the villain/antagonist(s)! And be sure to check out all the others' posts who participated in the Shared WIP tag! Go HERE, to the first post to find the list and links to the other participants!

Do you relate more with Dakota or Adam?
 Are you excited to read more about my book?
 Share your thoughts in the comments! 



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Living the Width


“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.” -Diane Ackerman 

Hmm… living the width??

I first read this quote in my graduation card from my Auntie, Uncle, and cousins. As I realized what it meant, it posed the question, "How do I live the width of my life?" 
Obviously this varies for different people. But as I asked myself this question, I thought of some things such as having a positive attitude, staying close to God, noticing the small things, finding joy, making a impact, being productive, etc. 

All of those are nice, now not all of them I can say I have achieved. Let's brake some of these down into bite sized pieces. 

How we can have a positive attitude, my ideas are:
-Smiling
-Laughing
-Dealing with the bad but…
-Dwelling on the good
-Singing 
-Dancing
-Writing kind notes to leave around the house
-Not griping about chores/work
-Praying for a positive attitude
-Thank of all the things your thankful for

How we can stay close to God, my ideas are:
-Prayer
-Reading the Bible
-Bible study aka digging deeper 
-Write about God
-Go out in nature
-Practice trusting Him
-Spreading the Word

How we can notice the small things, my ideas are:
-Take your time
-Stop and smell the roses (if you want, take that literally)
-Listen to the sounds around you
-Look for the small things
-Don’t take the small things for granted
-Do something you haven't done in 5 years (Basically do something that reminds you of your childhood.)

How we can find real joy, my ideas are:
-All of the above, but most importantly…I think we have to ask God to give us joy that comes from Him.

How we can make an impact, my ideas are:
-Use your talents!
-Be kind
-Through your words
-Through your writing
-Be different

How we can be productive, my ideas are:
-Don’t be a couch potato
-Get outside
-Get your hands dirty
-Get organized (easier said than done, I know)
-Work hard, but have fun while being productive! 
-Set achievable goals
-Fill your time with the things that you feel accomplished when your done.

In the end, living the width of your life is essentially living it for God.

These are just some of my ideas on how to live, not only the length of life, but also the width as well. I know there are lots of things I missed, because that list was just the beginning! 

How do you live the width of life?


Friday, November 2, 2018

Shared WIP Tag: Week One!


Welcome to the Shared WIP Tag! This is the first post out of five! I am so excited to tell y'all about my book! (And hopefully I will learn more about it in the process!)

Nano is here, and I am writing my very first rough draft! So keep that in mind when you read about my novel! Things are not set in stone, and I don't have everything figured out yet, but that is kind of why I joined this WIP (work in progress) Tag!!!

Thank you so much, Julian, for hosting and organizing this tag! And special thanks to Lisa who did an amazing job on all of the Shared WIP Tag graphics! I would also like to say to everyone who is writing a book, or dreaming about writing one... YOU CAN DO THIS!!! I am cheering you on!


If God has placed these words on our hearts, If we have this strong desire to write a book, If we are willing to preserve through those rough (and when I say "rough," I mean really rough) drafts, then I believe we will succeed! 

Also, be sure to check out all those participating in the Shared WIP tag's posts!

Jules @ Saver of Memories
Nicole @ Legend of a Writer
Ceci @ Ceci Creates
Lisa @ Inkwell
Gray @ Writing is Life
Julia @ Lit Aflame 
Jem @ Jem Jones, Writer
Melissa @ Quill Pen Writer
Ariel @ Scribes and Archers 
Keturah @ Keturah's Korner 
Sarah @ Pen of a Ready Writer 

Now, lets dive right on in then, shall we?

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1. Introduce the story: blurb, maybe cover or anything else! 
Dakota's Dream is book #1 in the Winds of Faith Chronicles! Winds of Faith Chronicles is going to be a five book series based off of my family's move to the country. The catch? We live in the 19th century! This is a historical fiction story using my some of the characteristics of my family members if we were to live in the 1840's. 

The blurb... for now:

 "Living in the 1840’s, nineteen year old Dakota Skye Whickner longs for more. The busy hassle of ever-growing Independence, Missouri is wearing her down, giving her the strong desire to leave the city far behind and move West. To live where she has only read about. The Wild West, a place where untamed land stretches out as far as the ocean is wide. Where adventure and new beginnings are around every rolling hill and mountain peak. 

Adam William Brown is on the run and wishes to find his place in life, one that doesn't involve his painful past. Determined to make a better life for his younger sister, Adam starts his journey west from New Orleans, not knowing what that would entail until it was too late to turn back. Thrust into yet another desperate situation, he clings to what hope he has, but merely hope might not be enough.

Circumstances arise for both of these young people as their dreams come true sooner than they both anticipated. 

Young, old, rich, and poor alike are put to the ultimate test of survival along the Oregon Trail by wagon train. Starting with their very first step into a wild territory, their journey begins on a dusty and difficult trail. Is it possible for them to survive in a land with just as many unexpected trials as there are bountiful blessings?

Dakota’s Dream is a story about a young woman’s courage, trust in God, and two dreams that come true in the most unlikely ways."

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2. Where did you get the idea for your story? What came to you first: your theme, character, premise, setting, etc? 
I have had the idea for this book for a while now. But not only for this first book, for the whole series. It started out as just a inkling of an idea (basically a whim; a "what if I could?") Then that idea turned into a full fledged dream! And though that dream might be crazy for an inexperienced writer like me, I believe God placed this dream on my heart for a reason. 

What came to me first? The characters. 

3. What have you done to get experience for your story (like watching knitting YouTube videos)? What did you put into the book because it's something you know about (like if you're a martial artist, and put that in)?
This story is based off of our move to the country. Our journey and the things that we have encountered on our way from city life to country living has given me the experience for my story. The hardest part is going to be taking some of my personal experiences, fictionalizing it and making it historically correct.

4. What made you decide to write this particular book for NanoWriMo?
I have a few other WIP's, but this book is my main priority right now, so that is why I chose this book for Nano! 

5. Do you research before, after, or during your first draft writing process? Have you done any research for this particular book? How do you usually research?
I would say I do my research during my writing process. Yes, I have done some research for this book before hand, mostly googling when major events happened in history, etc. Y'all, google is my friend! *goofy grin*

6. Do you plot or plan your book in any way before you start writing? What methods do you usually use and what did you do this time?
Hmm, good question! I don't plot every single detail, but I don't trust myself with just making it up as I go. So, I have a few plot guidelines aka a very flexible outline. Now, I would love to use the "snowflake method" for Dakota's Dream. Basically at this point, I'm still figuring out what works best for me...

How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method is such a helpful book for us writers to read! If you haven't read it yet, go and check it out! It's awesome! 

7. Do you hand write or type your first draft?
I definitely type it out! The one time I have hand written anything was when my computer deleted (ok, my dog accidentally stepped on the delete button [long story, but it was tragic!]) a short story and I didn't trust it anymore, so I wrote it all out the old fashioned way! :D

8. Do you have a brainstorming buddy and if you do, who was it this time and how do they help?
My sisters and cousins let me bounce some of my ideas off of them, giving their input here and there, but I wouldn't say they are a "brainstorming buddy."

9. How did you come up with your characters' names? 
Probably the most common way to find character names: Looking up baby names! Although my internet search has a small twist... names from the 19th century.

10. Do you know what your story's theme is? If you do, how did you find it, and if you don't, how do you plan to find it?
My stories theme is "dreams." Just like writing this book is my dream, my MC (main character) has a dream too. This story is about how God gives us dreams, but also how our version of the dream might be different than His. This book is also about hope.

How I found this theme? I think it mostly found me. Everything started falling into place, and It just clicked. 



{Picture from Pinterest}

Dream definition: 
"a cherished aspiration, ambition, or ideal." 
"...typically about something greatly desired."


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Thoughts? What do you think of my grand work-in-progress? Are you writing a novel? Where did you get your story idea? Has writing it become your dream? Let's talk about it in the comments! 













Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October Wrap-Up Post + Special Announcement(s)


Happy fall, y'all! The weather for the last few weeks has been getting cooler, but still nice and sunny in the day! Just this morning, I was walking and the sunrise was so pretty coming up over the trees and shining through the clouds. I love the colors of all the leaves changing!   And I love watching the wind-blown leaves flutter to the ground. (Can you tell I'm getting ready for November, I think I've turned my writer switch on! lets just hope it stay's on!)
October's wrap-up post is going to be really long! So hang in there, y'all! Today's wrap-up post is special, because there is an announcement at the end! Now don't scroll to the end just to see what it is! *spies on you* Ya, figured you would! :) But just so you know, you will have to do a lot of scrolling today! *winks* *clears throat* Ok! Lets get to wrapping up October! 


➳➳➳Vacation to the beach!Racing the sunrise on the beachEnjoying the sunsets on the waterMartin Hospitality (such a good book!)Winning a giveaway!That was definitely a highlight of October!➳GOING PARASAILING! (post about that adventure coming in the near future!)➳Seeing dolphins!➳Watching Hailey Dean Mysteries➳Figuring out the villain of the movie➳First time using a Uber➳Taking pictures of our round bales on our property➳Four wheeler ride with Lil' Sis➳Making goats milk soap!➳New winter scents➳Eating raw, I know what your thinking➳Yes, to confirm your thought, we are crazy! :)➳But we did find some great raw recipes if you ever need any!➳Mowing the lawn➳Catering in birthday meal➳Decorating and finishing "project room" took 3 years, but thats ok, I HAVE BOOKSHELVES NOW!➳(Thinking about doing a room tour soon!*winks*)➳Drawing feathers➳Stacking 300 bales of hay in the hayloft! Talk about Girl Power!➳Hiking➳Taking pictures of a waterfall➳Getting my giveaway prize in the mail!!!➳Working on "Special Announcement" below!➳Starting Goodreads!➳Dealing with stuff➳sort-of-movie-marathon➳Learning a line dance with the whole fam➳My younger cousin rocks at teaching us!➳*hums country song in my head* *thinks"is that even possible to hum in your head!?"*➳Chocolate whipped cream➳Horse farrier➳Harvesting peanuts➳Drying loofah sponges➳Washing windows➳Eating Mexican food➳Jogging early in the morning➳Running a four miler!➳Driving➳Chiropractor➳Taco Bell➳Grooming Rosie➳Did a "chopped challenge" with the whole family!➳Living➳Laughing➳
Loving➳And Learning➳➳➳



➳➳➳At Studio C➳At myself➳On the four wheeler➳At our hayloft concert➳At our puppies➳With my family➳At Lil' Sis for ALMOST mistaking a piece of dog food kibble for a chocolate chip... that would have been a surprise!➳More Studio C videos, because their just so funny!➳At movies➳At a cookie that looks like a smily face... you'll see why it's so funny in the photo dump *smiles*➳Laughing at Photo Booth videos!➳And just because➳➳➳



➳➳➳How my room turned out If I could just keep it clean now!➳Reading books➳Leaves changing colors➳Hot chocolate➳Soup (My mom is the best cook!)➳How Winds of Faith is a great team➳Our animals➳My family!➳Taking pictures➳And taking a walk with Bella➳➳➳



➳➳➳To step out of my comfort zone Why is it soooo hard??➳That things don't always work out how you had thought they would➳That God's plan is better than anything I could come up with➳That I hate change➳That I spend too much time on the computerThat it's best to just make lemonade out of the lemons that get thrown your way➳That it must first rain before the rainbow can shine➳Please excuse the metaphors *winks*➳That the beach gives me writing inspiration➳To embrace moments➳How to dry loofah sponges➳That it's ok to be different, being original is good!To be authentic➳And that no one has everything figured out all the time➳➳➳


>>>Not-so-mini Photo dump from October<<<


Leftovers and a good book on the beach! 


Photo credits to my Dad! 


Beach photography!


Peppermint, Salty Snowflake, Hot Cocoa soap scents! 


My prize! 


Took me about 2 hours...


This picture screams fall!


On a walk with my baby! 


Loofah sponge! 


Sunset with hay bales! 


Made this for a contest! It won! 


Harvest time! 


 Homegrown peanuts! 


"Holly Jolly" winter soap! 


I thought this picture was cool! 


Yellow leaves are so pretty! 


Rosie loves to sun herself! And yes, I did sit on her! 


How can I not include a picture of my favorite FROZEN HOT CHOCOLATE DRINK! *hides* Yes, It's true! We did stop the car so I could roll my window down and take the picture with a nice fall background! You can thank me for that beautiful Pinterest worthy picture, btw! :)


Come on, doesn't that cookie make you smile! 


Love feathers! 


Chopped challenge main meal! Ingredients they had to use: pasta, black bean burgers, spinach dip mix, coconut milk, and crispy onions! It turned out great! And the judge, Papa (my grandpa) gave it a 10 taste, 9 presentation, 10 on time. :)


Chopped challenge dessert! Ingredients we had to use: raspberry chipotle sauce *makes face*, tortillas, chocolate chips, grape nuts, and prunes! Judge gave it a 9 taste, 10 presentation, and 10 on time! :) 

Now for the moment you all have been waiting for! 
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➳➳➳➳➳A SHARED WIP TAG!➳➳➳➳➳
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If that was the announcement, then why are you still scrolling, you ask? Good Question! 
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Because there's more! If I am participating in a WIP Tag...
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➳➳➳➳➳I am writing a book!!!!!➳➳➳➳➳
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And doing Nano This November!


OK, that was more like three announcements! Aaannnddd, I was just a little overdramatic! But, I have never made you guys scroll before, and that was pretty fun, I'll have to do it more often! Muahahaha :)

So, let me tell you a little more about the shared WIP tag hosted by Julian.
On every Friday in November, I will post answering questions about my WIP (work in progress.) Now, just so you are forewarned, I do not know ALL of the questions I am still in the planning stages of my book! But, I hope to know more about my book after the Tag! And wish me luck for Nano, I am so excited, yet I'm shaking in my cowgirl boots with nervousness! *winks* I have never tried to write a full book before! But, I have had this series (I know, the dream gets bigger, it's a whole series I want to write) idea for a long time, and I believe God has given me this dream... 

Does this special announcement effect
 Showers of Blessings posting schedule in November?? 
Yes, and no. I will still continue to post every Wednesday, but for the month of November, I will be posting my Shared WIP Tag posts on Fridays! So, you are in for a treat because you get to read TWO posts each week! Isn't that awesome!? If you have any questions, ask away in the comments! :)

Psalms 119:105 
"Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light to my path."

P.S. Sorry this post turned out to be so long! *hand you cookies for making it to the end*

What is one of your highlights for October? What has God been teaching you this month? What is one of your favorite things about Fall? Are you excited for reading my Shared WIP tag posts? Are you doing Nano this year? What is one of your goals for November? Lets taco 'bout it!