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Redirection (Not a Real Post)

I don’t have a *real* post for you this week. I’ve been sick and running all over the place between work and babysitting. I’m also preparing for the SAT this Saturday and getting a Bible study ready for Monday with the time I do have at home. Plus school starts in a few days. And for some reason, I feel the need to list for you every single reason (excuse…) that I have for this cop-out post, so there you have it. My week in a nutshell.

Through all of this, I’m tired and I do not want to keep going. I’ve felt this way before and I pray that it will pass soon, but for now it’s still here. I wanted to redirect you to an article that I just read a few minutes ago which I found both encouraging and convicting through my disenchantment with life. Please take a few minutes to read it and respond to the lovely writer who God used to say such true things.

Dear Tired Rebelutionary, Don’t Give Up

Kira

Why I Write

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Writing is my passion. That’s easy enough to see (and if you can’t see it, I will gladly tell you about it for a full three hours). I’ve loved to write for longer than I can remember, though some of my earlier ventures barely qualify as actual “writing.” I’ve poured a lot of hours into studying and practicing my craft, striving to become better and better. And there’s a reason for that. I want to share with you why I write and why I feel that it is such an important thing.

I’m sure that everyone has been to a library or bookstore at least once. Did you visit the teen section while you were there? Let me describe it for you.

Most every teen section in every library and bookstore is the same. As soon as you enter it, the books become darker – the covers are black, often with spidery silver lettering across them. There are lots of depictions of aliens, vampires, and “hot” teenagers locked in each other’s arms. If you open the books, you will get exactly what you bargained for. Dramatic betrayals, hopeless depression, and endless love triangles (or squares) fill hundreds of pages. All of them are gripping and keep readers turning page after page. But none of them are redeeming.

The Bible teaches that the things we think about are what will shape our hearts and, thus, our lives. Millions (if not billions) of people are consuming these sad excuses for books every day and having their minds conformed to the ideas and beliefs threaded through them. And every day more and more are being written, printed, and released to the population.

I write to fight against that.

It is my goal to create masterpieces that glorify God and present good stories. Stories that don’t end in tragedy and promote sin. I want my books to be of high quality and of high moral value. In a world that is so depraved and lost, I write to offer light and hope because I know the only true Source of that hope.

My explanation for why I write is not a long or fancy one. It is simply a desire to bring light to the shelves of libraries and bookstores so that teenagers are reading better literature than Twilight and thinking about things more redeeming than The Fault in Our Stars.

I believe that Christians who write have a responsibility to do that – to bring that light to readers through their work. And I pray that I do that with every word that I put on a page.

Kira

Why do you do what you do?
What keeps you going in the face of obstacles?

“These are a few of my favorite things…”

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I’m sure you’ve heard the song in The Sound of Music where Maria sings about her favorite things. A huge storm is raging outside and the children are all cuddled in the same room. They sing about “raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens” and the like.

Well, here are a few of my favorite things.

Food: Because we must begin with the important things. I love Caesar salad and butternut squash soup. Oh, and cheesecake. Unfortunately, the soup and the cheesecake are a huge pain to make (so if anyone wants to send me some, I will be eternally grateful).

Seasons: Fall. Hands down. It’s got my birthday, Thanksgiving, and sweaters.

Sports: Soccer and running

Siblings: Like I would divulge that information!

Blogs: The Rebelution, Helping Writers Become Authors, Story Embers, thedancingrunner, etc.

Time of day: Early morning when I can run in the peaceful world.

Animal: Dogs!!! I like to say that I want to get a dog of a size that I could ride it into battle (should the need arise).

TV show: Doctor Who (I plan on a marathon when I get my wisdom teeth out this summer)

State: Virginia! I love the beautiful mountains, plus we have beaches too.

Coffee: Um, yes. I mostly drink black coffee, but I can really do anything as long as it doesn’t have mint in it. Mint chocolate anything would probably have to go on the least favorites list.

Kira

What are some of your weirdest (or normal-est) favorite things? Do you have a dog you could ride into battle? If so, can I meet him?