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Friday, October 28, 2011

Halloween and NaNoWriMo

Hey everyone! How are you all doing? We have some awesome stuff coming up next week and I'm super excited!

First, Halloween!

Who is ready for that? I plan on writing a Halloween short story for all of you so I can post it up so look forward for that! Also, on Halloween I'm going trick-or-treating. I know, I know. I'm a teenager and I'm still dressing up and going trick-or-treating, but it's going to be so much fun. I mean, who doesn't love getting free candy from strangers while dressing up as something that you like? I mean, I'm dressing up as a hippie which is completely me cause I think I'm a total hippie/tree hugger. Haha. What are you all dressing up as? I definitely want to know!

Second, NaNoWriMo!

This is my third year entering NaNoWriMo and I'm ubber excited! I mean, who doesn't love trying to write 50,000 words in only 30 days? I admit, this year I might not be putting maximum effort into trying to write so many words because of my AP Language and Composition class at school, but I will try my hardest to try to keep myself on par with the daily word counts we're supposed to have. *shrug*

I'm also very excited to announce that I got friends to join as newbies this year! Right now they're still panicking about not having a plot, and I'm telling them to roughly think a beginning and and end, write it down, and just ride on the seat of your pants; at least, for NaNoWriMo. I mean, after in editing or rewriting you can go back and actually plot and outline your story, because now you'll know where you want to go, what you want to write, what you wanna say. Still, I'm enjoying seeing them and trying to help them as best as I can, because I was a newbie once (two years ago *cough*) and it's kind of lame to have to figure out everything about NaNoWriMo on your own. I'm happy to help.

Another thing, I'll have weekly wordcount updates for how many words I have, and how many words your supposed to have for that week and so on and so forth. I'll also have a few encouraging sentences for you to read and keep you motivated so look out for that! :D

See you all soon!

~M.A.Chase♥

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty by Neil Hanson

Title: Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty
Author: Neil Hanson
Release date: n/a
Rating: 4/5
Publisher: High Prairie Press
Book Summary:
In a poetically elegant and highly accessible story, Neil Hanson provides a moving account of a man who journeys to the edge of death with his father, discovering a mystical surprise there. Explore the strength of "uncertainty" as a gift through which the magic of Wisdom and Truth might enter our life.
Those blessed with any doubt regarding the spiritual dimensions of life will be richly rewarded with a story that will nurture the search for Truth that is often hidden behind the veil of certainty. Those who have not yet pushed aside that veil may find in this story a window through which to grasp the blessing of uncertainty

Review:
Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty was a worthwhile and inspiring book. It was beautifully written as a letter to a father who had just passed away. From Neil Hanson's point of view, this story has his thoughts on the event as well as his thoughts during the actual writing of the book. In my opinion,it helps the reader feel more in touch and in tune to the author as well as the memories and the story being told.

It has a beautifully strong message as well on how as a young man he found "G-d" and how he found how these spiritual powers are just given to you, but they must be found.

I give it a four because I would have probably liked to have read a few memories of his father that Hanson finds prominent and weaves easily with the story. Over all it was a well written story and I would definitely recommend it!

Guess what everyone! Neil Hanson would want to give a copy of Peace at the Edge of Uncertainty to you! Just comment below with your name and email address and I'll let you know if you win!
~M.A.Chase♥