What Now?

Dear readers,

If you read what I wrote last week, Our Light in Paradise, you’ll know that I’m still struggling with grief. Putting words on the page, no matter what they’re about is a struggle. I want to, but it hurts. That being said, I want to give you an update on my projects and what I’ll be working on over the next bit of time.

For Prince of Salves, it’s been weeks, I know. I’m behind. Everyone’s worried and curious about what Listross will do next. I have not forgotten about him. Part of what’s keeping me is that I’m going to have quite the surprise on it’s way, and I want it to come across just right. So, I think by January 27th, I’ll at least have the outline done. Hopefully even have it posted.

Grand Wizard’s Quest, my novel, is being pushed off. I’ll pick up Ethrynn’s adventure’s again, but I want to hone my skills in writing stories in general first, so I’m going to be spending more time writing short stories. Novel writing is just too much to think about.

That being said, I’m going to be doing a lot of writing prompts, probably from the Writing Excuses Podcast and my homework for the Writing Class I’m in. If any of the exercises are interesting enough, I’ll post them here. I’m also giving myself a minimum word count of 200 words a day to push out. They may not be the prettiest words, but they will be words.

I want to leave off, with my answer to this question that comes from the book Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. The question, off of page 20 is, “Write a freeform response to the following: When readers read my novels, I want them to feel _____ at the end. That’s because, to me, novels are _____.” I wrote down my answer to this in the waiting room before I met with my midwife at the same appointment I found out Leor didn’t have a heartbeat. This is my response:

When readers read my novels, I want them to feel inspired to be more like Christ and fall more in love with Him. That’s because, to me, novels are two things. First, an escape from the lives we are currently living, and secondly inspiration to live these difficult lives better than we currently are. They give hope that with Christ, if we continue to endure, to persevere, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. This life is difficult, yet. I know that well, but I also know that we have power in Christ to change maybe not what’s going on in the exterior, but our attitude. If one person decides to be cheerful, even in the most darkest of circumstances, it can shine a light brighter than even we realize. Also, sometimes it’s nice to be able to worry about something that doesn’t matter. To kick our feet up and get lost in the pages of adventure.

Those words, which God knew I needed to write that day will help me push through this time of mourning for me. Thank you for your support!

In God’s love,

Amber Skye Mileusnich

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