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Here is a picture of a saint bernard soaking up the sun for your morning. And his BFF the shih tzu, as always, near by.

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In Which I Almost Exploded in Excitement

To watch the trailer again, or start typing?? Such a difficult decision!

It was enough excitement having the new Desolation of Smaug trailer released today (ok…at this point only watched it twice). That in itself would be enough to gush in a post and again be excited and again with the planning that dang it this year we will not be cold!! Apparently 1 pair of socks is not enough for waiting for midnight showings in the Northwest.

BUT THIS HAPPENED:

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair is in the works

I had completely given up that there would be new Narnia movies. At least ones that continued and weren’t a reboot. AHH. Ahem. Yes, a little excited. We’ll get to see Puddleglum! And I do so hope they get the same kid for Eustace as they had for Voyage of the Dawn Treader, because he was perfect.

 

412teens.org

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At the beginning of this year, my sister’s dear friend MangyCat said her work was starting a new website specifically for teens to answer theology and life questions. To say I was thrilled about this ministry was an understatement. I had been researching into the parent company, gotquestions.org, and was very impressed.  It is so difficult to find answers to questions to Bible and theology questions online that offer directly what does the Bible say. Not just someones opinion, but what does Scripture say. I have found gotquestions.org to be invaluable, because even if I don’t entirely, 100% agree with their interpretation of a passage, they’ve done the research of the verses pertaining to an issue and I can go in, pull the references, and come to my own conclusion.

412teens is based off of one of my all time favorite verses, “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example of those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12.  It is there to encourage young people to ask their questions- no question is dumb- and have it answered in a manner that is clear, and yet not have it watered down or not be supported in Scripture.

A couple of the articles I had the chance to write:

How can I know if something is a sin?

What is faith vs. fear?

And some of my favorites by other authors:

How should a Christian teen handle an unwanted pregnancy?

Should Christians go to parties?

Even if you don’t read any of the articles, it is one of the most creative and fun looking websites I’ve seen in a while, so check it out.

New Beginnings

When you find yourself thinking, ‘if I was still blogging, I’d write about this!’, it’s probably time to start blogging again.

I pulled up my first try at a wordpress blog and see that the last post was July 14, 2012. Yes, normally this is called falling off the face of the planet. I have been keeping busy though. Last year was my first year participating in and completing NaNoWriMo, and now I am a writer for 412teens.org (which is awesome and you should really check out.)

If you know me, you know I’m not a creature who handles change well. Which is ironic considering much of my job is interpreting new technology. I like things staying the same. Which is why I was with LiveJournal for so long. I am very hobbity in that I like to be able to settle in and know that I can leave and have adventures(!)….but come back to warm and safe familiarity. Which is coming to my next point: TheLonelyIsle.net

Oh, The Lonely Isle, you have been my home on the web for the last decade. I originally created you as a place to host and show off my POTC premiere pictures. You were originally made on Microsoft Frontpage 2000 and it took me *months* to get you successfully switched over from the freebie host site you were on over to thelonelyisle.net. You’ve been through three complete overhauls in the last decade and never gotten much publicity. You managed to stay at the top of Google for years. You safely hosted the pictures from my Germany adventures and the reviews for my novels. You have been the source of explaining time and time again that I was not ‘lonely’ when I created you, nor was I going through a tough time of life. You are taken from both Tolkien’s and C.S. Lewis’s work. And now is the time to say goodbye.

When my yearly renewal came around in April, I knew it was time to pull the plug. I have done nothing with The Lonely Isle in the last couple years. It looks dated. It sits there and sucks up money. Since April I’ve been saying ‘next month I’ll make the decision!’….and then another month went by. It is set to expire next month unless I renew it for ‘one more month’ like I have been doing all year. This time however, I will not be hitting the renew button.

This new blog will devoted to this new stage of life. Before I had focused my blogging more on photography, and while I hope to still tinker with photography, I am going to put my time and effort into writing. I will also be linking back here to my writings on other websites. My dear friend suggested that I start a fictional serial here as well, which…we’ll see.