Little Brothers

I wrote a poem recently (ish) about little brothers…

If you have any younger brothers, you can probably relate to this poem.  Enjoy!

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When my little brother runs around,

I think I need a brother pound!

He steals my stuff and tears it up,

Is it time yet for his nap?

Next thing I know he’s shooting me,

With a gun in hand and kicking my knee.

Then he’s playing with figurines,

Killing them all with war machines.

When he’s finally done with that,

He runs outside and chickens scat.

Off somewhere to make more trouble,

He smashes rocks, creating rubble.

Then he finds a stick and pretends

That it’s a sword until it bends.

He’s back inside, racing through the door,

His next idea is mushing Play-Doh into the floor.

I try to tell him not to do that,

Immediately after I wish I hadn’t.

He’s so angry with me that he hits

Me as hard as he can with his little fist.

How can a little guy hit so hard?

I think for life my arm is marred.

He’s spanked for the fourth time that day,

“No spankings if you’re good,” I hear Mom say.

Ten spankings and he cries just a little,

So little, in fact, it’s actually pitiful.

I race upstairs to my room and find,

His name all over the wall is signed.

When I run back down to tell my mother,

There I find another bother.

The toilet is clogged in the bathroom,

And from his room I hear a BOOM!

When I clean up every mess,

I wonder how my day became a stress.

But on the couch I see my brother,

Listening to a book read by my mother.

I realize he’s not a monster after all,

And I don’t wish that he lived in a stall.

Even if you annoy me a bunch,

I love you so very much.

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What about you?  Do you ever wish your brother lived in a stall (kidding)? 😛

5 Great Novels For Fantasy-Lovers

I love fantasy.  Don’t know if I’ve ever told you that, but I do.  I love it so much that I’m going to write a fantasy novel this summer.  I love fantasy a lot.  The images below pretty much sum up my attitude about fantasy:

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What is fantasy, anyway?  I think we would all agree that it is a genre of literature, but what makes it different from the rest of the literary genres?  What makes it a unique genre?  Here are some elements of the fantasy genre from this article:

  • Events occur outside the ordinary laws that operate within the universe.
  • Magic is central to the fantasy genre.
  • Fantasy stories often involve journeys and quests.

According to this article (which you can find here), fantasy is…

Fantasy is a form of literary genre in which a plot cannot occur in the real world. Its plot usually involves witchcraft or magic taking place on an undiscovered planet of an unknown world. Its overall theme and setting is a combination of technology, architecture, and language resembling European medieval ages. The most interesting thing about fantasies is that their plot involves witches, sorcerers, mythical and animal creatures talking like humans, which never happens in the real life.\

Guess what?  After this post, I’m going to write a[nother] post about why Christians can write fantasy, even though some may object to the idea of magic in their novels. {Hint: You’re the author; you control what you write!}

Anyway, I’ve created a list of fantasy novels which I really enjoyed, so if you love fantasy, you should definitely try reading these books:

1.  The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

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If you haven’t heard of the Lord of the Rings, you might just live in a hole in the ground.  You also might be a hobbit.  The hole probably isn’t a nasty, dirty, wet hole.  It’s a hobbit hole.  Okay, I’ll stop.  {For those of you who haven’t read the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, that was a Hobbit reference. 😉 }  This is probably one of the best fantasy series of all time.  It’s that good.  J. R. R. Tolkien is a master world-builder.  He creates a world–Middle Earth–that is realistic.  This world he created is so complex that he even wrote entire books about the lore and legends and history of this world.  It’s incredible.  The books in the series are as follows:

  • The Hobbit (which is not technically part of the Lord of the Rings series, but anyway…)
  • The Fellowship of the Ring
  • The Two Towers
  • The Return of the King

2.  Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

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Yes, I’ve read Harry Potter.  Now before you start screaming at me, let me tell you something: these books are some of the most brilliant novels I’ve ever read–and I’ve read a lot of novels.  J. K. Rowling creates a world of magic so vivid, the reader can picture it quite clearly in his or her mind.  Another post coming on why Harry Potter is not a bad series for a Christian to read.  I’d love to hear your thoughts about reading Harry Potter, too. *winks mysteriously*

These are the books in the series (they’re pretty long [the longest is 800 some pages], but they aren’t hard reads, and they’re so action-packed and suspenseful that you won’t be able to put them down):

  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix 
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

3.  The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

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Although the first book, Eragon, was not my favorite, I loved the rest of the books in this series.  Christopher Paolini creates yet another realistic world of his own.  His world has a Tolkien-ish feel to it, but it is his own and unique.  The way he uses magic in his series is also unique and fascinating (after all, to be considered a fantasy book, it must contain magic).  The books in this series are:

  • Eragon
  • Eldest
  • Brisingr
  • Inheritance

4.  The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

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This series is one of my all-time favorites (okay, all the books on this list are some of my all-time favorites).  In the series, the Greek gods are real, and therefore, there are demigods who must fight monsters like in the myths.  If you’re a mythology geek (I almost typed greek XD ) like me, you’ll love this series.  And if you’re not (I pity you), you’ll still love this series.  The books in the series are as follows:

  • The Lightning Thief
  • The Sea of Monsters
  • The Titan’s Curse
  • The Battle of the Labryinth
  • The Last Olympian

{There is also a second series, and I believe the author is writing a third.  I can’t recommend the second series because I haven’t read all of it, and I’ve heard some bad things about it.}

5.  The Wingfeather Saga by Andrew Peterson

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Okay, I’ve still only read the first three books (I’m finishing the last one this summer), but I can tell you from what I’ve read these books are amazing.  Andrew Peterson really creates another realistic world of his own, with its own feel and its own culture.  It’s amazing that so many authors can create worlds that are so different, isn’t it?  Anway, read these books!

  • On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness
  • North! Or Be Eaten
  • The Monster in the Hollows
  • The Warden and the Wolf King

Have you read any of these books?   What did you think of them?  Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see a full review on any of the books above!

 

 

 

Why We Need More Christian Writers

Words.  

Words have an impact on people.  Why do you think the Bible repeatedly warns against using the tongue to bring people down?

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. ~~~James 3:7-8

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. ~~~Proverbs 8:21

Whether we like it or not, words are important.  They are so important, in fact, that the Bible mentions the “tongue” a lot.  Writers are important because writers know how to use words.

We need more Christian writers, because, like it or not, people are affected by the stories they read. Stories help shape who we are.  Why do you think Jesus uses parables to make a point?  Because stories are more effective than just telling people what’s right and what’s wrong.  People remember stories better than a list of rules or a list of facts.

Jesus was a great story-teller.  Think of the stories Jesus told.  Yes, they all have a point they’re making.  But just put that aside for one moment and consider the stories Jesus told.  They are all great stories.  Take, for example, the story of the Prodigal Son.

1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable:

11 And he said, “There was a man who had two sons; 12 and the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me the share of property that falls to me.’ And he divided his living between them. 13 Not many days later, the younger son gathered all he had and took his journey into a far country, and there he squandered his property in  loose living. 14 And when he had spent everything, a great famine arose in that country, and he began to be in want. 15 So he went and joined himself to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have fed on the pods that the swine ate; and no one gave him anything. 17 But when he came to himself he said, `How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, but I perish here with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired servants.”‘ 20 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was yet at a distance, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and embraced  him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his servants, `Bring quickly the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet; 23 and bring the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and make merry; 24 for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found.’ And they began to make merry.

25 “Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 And he called one of the servants and asked what this meant. 27 And he said to him, `Your brother has come, and your father has killed the fatted calf, because he has received him safe and sound.’ 28 But he was angry and refused to go in. His father came out and entreated him, 29 but he answered his father, `Lo, these many years I have served you, and I never disobeyed your command; yet you never gave me a kid, that I  might make merry with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours came, who has devoured your living with harlots, you killed for him the fatted calf!’ 31 And he said to him, `Son, you are always with me, and all that is mine is yours. 32 It was fitting to make merry and be glad, for this your brother was dead, and is alive; he was lost, and is found.'”

~~~Luke 15:11-32

What a beautiful story!  I know I want to write stories like that.

What do you remember when you go to listen to someone speak?  Sure, maybe you remember what the speaker was trying to get across in his speech.  But what usually sticks with me the most after listening to a speaker or a sermon at Church is the stories the speaker uses to make his point or as an analogy.

Christian writers can and will have an impact on people through writing.  The stories don’t even have to be true; fiction is just as effective as (maybe even more effective than) non-fiction in getting ideas across. The stories we Christian writers write don’t have to be sermons. In fact, non-sermon stories are usually more effective. But the Christian morals that we convey in our novels DO affect people–-whether they like it or not.  If you’re writing to glorify the Lord, the light of Jesus WILL shine through in your writing, and you WILL have an impact on other people through your writing.

Not every Christian is called to go over seas and be a missionary.  Don’t get me wrong; I’m not saying that some people aren’t called to do that.  However, God has placed you where you are for a reason, and He has given you gifts and talents, which He wants you to use to advance the Kingdom of Heaven.  Writing for Him is a calling.  Follow your calling.

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The Bible is a love letter from God to us–a story.

Poetry Challenges

So, a new poetry challenge.  Because poetry’s awesome, right?  Right. *looks around the room and glares at anyone who didn’t say right*  Yes, I’m attempting to start another poetry series…where I write a poem about something different every two weeks.  Y’all can join me if you like.

Here’s the first challenge (I actually wrote this poem for a contest, which I entered and won which I didn’t enter because I missed the deadline, but anyway, it was still fun): describe or give shape to an adjective.  I chose the adjective “warm,” and I wrote a poem about it.  It was lots of fun thinking of creative ways to give shape to the adjective warm!

WARM

The sun’s rays are warm,

Pouring light down,

On gentle slopes and tiny farms,

While echoes among hills resound.

 

The colors red, orange, yellow,

Are warm and bright,

A crackling bonfire

On a starry night.

 

A breath of warm air,

Blown through my fist,

Relief from the cold,

Then my breath turns to mist.

 

Soaking up warmth,

In a bath full of water,

Warm is also the love,

A father feels for his daughter.

 

Warm cake from the oven,

The sugary delight dissolving,

On the taste buds of my tongue,

My stomach’s growling solving.

 

Under piles of blankets,

I snuggle in bed,

Warm, toasty, content,

I’ll cover my head.

 

Warm is found,

In hot summer weather,

Warm ponds to swim in,

Lots of berries to gather.

 

My family on the couch,

Love bursts in my chest,

This makes me feel warm,

God, put my love to the test.

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What do you think of when you hear the word warm?  How would you have described “warm?”  What adjective would you have picked?  Comment below with your ideas or poems!  Also, (I don’t think I say this enough, so I’ll say it now) if you have any critiques for this poem, I would absolutely love to hear them in the comments!  Critiques and feedback help me grow as a writer/poet, so I’m always willing to listen to them.  Really, don’t be shy. 😉

Book Spine Poetry

Book Spine Poetry.  It’s really quite fun.  My sister and I arranged books in stacks to make different little…poems.  I got this idea from writefury. {Hint: GO CHECK OUT HER BLOG!  YOU’LL LOVE IT!}

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Just because quotes are awesome.  And this one is about titles, so it’s kind of relevant.  Okay, it’s not relevant, but it’s true. 😛

This is loads of fun, so I’d encourage you all to try it, too.  Post your little Book Spine Poems in the comments!

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Gathering blue,

Many waters,

Catching fire.

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This is probably my favorite one. ❤

The abandoned,

The stranger at home,

Go set a watchman,

Seven days left.

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Great expectations,

What happened to Tad,

The kill order.

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A little princess,

Saved by love,

The basket of flowers.

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North or be eaten!

The boy who never lost a chance,

Son,

The High King.

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The dark is rising,

The children of Húrin,

Victory on the Walls.

This was so much fun!  Thanks writefury for telling me about Book Spine Poetry. 🙂  What was your favorite one?  Please comment below!