Six more months!
Am I excited?
Am I going crazy?
Not just yet…
Six more months!
Am I excited?
Am I going crazy?
Not just yet…
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on April 26, 2013
My book, Night of Shadows, is out!
For those of you who don't know what it is about, here:
Ninja are hired to depose tyrants and protect kings, but they aren't just assassins. The ninja have a sacred covenant, by which they guard the world from shadows.
Isamu Raiden's family have been the keepers of this Covenant for thousands of years and the time approaches where this task will fall to him.
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on April 14, 2013
The literary world has changed drastically since authors such as Tolkien and Lewis first published their manuscripts, and it hasn’t necessarily changed for the better.
As I look through book stores at the suggestive covers and careless content of popular books I’m filled with a sense of dread. This is what young people and adults alike are reading?
Have you ever stepped back and really looked at today’s modern fiction? Both Secular and Christian? Continue Reading
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on April 11, 2013
There’s a wedding dress, my wedding dress, hanging in our laundry room and a little box with two gold bands is now in my possession.
This is really happening.
Yes, believe it or not, the realization that I am getting married is still sinking in. I still have moments where I stop and just about can’t believe it. Then it sinks in a little more and I suddenly can’t stop smiling.
God is so faithful.
I get to spend the rest of my life with my best friend.
Yes, this is really happening.
I’m getting married.
Daniel Beals, we’re getting married.
(Check out our wedding website!)
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on April 10, 2013
My fiancé’s book is being published! =D
(Click the link and check out the post on his blog.)
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on April 6, 2013
Hello readers! I just wanted to give you guys a heads up on some changes happening with the blog.
I’ve grown and changed a lot since beginning this blog back in July of 2009, and I’ve been thinking, it’s time it grew and changed with me.
The first change I’m sure you’re all wondering about is the name. Why did I change the name? Well, because this blog isn’t just about writing now. Yes writing will still be a big part of it, but it is no longer the main part, and for me, the name just didn’t fit anymore. My goal as a writer will continue to be writing for the glory of Jesus Christ, that will never change, nor will the main purpose of this blog, to encourage a new generation of writers to join me in writing for His glory. Because of all the changes in my life, my goals, and my writing, I just believe it’s high time to give this place an update.
I have lots of new plans for the blog. One will be to share recipes as I begin a journey of learning to cook my favorite things without sugar, and eventually, without wheat. I will be adding another page called “Creations” for easy access to these recipes.
I also plan on adding new writing categories to help with world development, character development, story development and a few other things.
Another thing that has changed a lot are my books. That page is due for an upgrade, as well as “Book List” and “Research Tools”. My about me page needs an update too… Pretty much all my pages will be getting an update.
I also plan on adding more pages and categories as my life continues to change. I have lots of new ideas for this blog and I am excited to see where it goes this year. Who knows, maybe I’ll be writing on here more.
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on March 31, 2013
I believe it’s about time I gave you all a writing update… so, here we go.
First off, Choices, Chances and Aeden book 3.
Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about those books and their future. I’ve been trying to write Chances and edit Choices, and well, they just were not working. After much thought, mental argument and frustration, I came to a conclusion I really didn’t like. I need to re-write Choices completely and shelve the other two books. Why am I doing such a thing? I shall explain.
Choices is a book that is very dear and close to my heart. It is also a very personal book and flowed very naturally when I wrote it. Chances and Book 3 are not. Because of how close this story and these characters are to me, it wouldn’t be right for me to force it out just for the sake having more books. Honestly, I just can’t do that. So for now, Choices will be a stand alone book. Will it be like that forever? Honestly, I hope not, that’s really up to the characters and whether a natural plot line presents itself.
As for re-writing Choices…
For one, I was 16 when I wrote it. I have grown and matured a lot as a person and as a writer since then, and the book really hasn’t. My awesome critique group at the OYAN Summer Workshops really helped me see this. Those sessions were very eye opening to me about the story. I’ve grown up since Kate first met Terren, and now it’s time for them and their story to grow up as well. So as of right now, I am going to start all over, re-outline and everything. It took me a while to finally admit to myself I needed to do this, but, I figured if Tolkien, Bryan Davis can do it, so can I. I truly believe this is what the book needs and the story will be better for it. Wish me luck!
In other news, I am in the midst of creating a brand new fantasy world. This world will include two new races, Asian unicorns, multiple dragon breeds (it’s not cool without dragons ), and (hopefully) a rich and vast history. Right now I am working on some sort of a naming language for it. (A much more daunting task than I first imaged, for I am no Professor Tolkien.) So far I have at three stories I plan on setting in this new world, quite possibly more. What’s it’s name you ask? Well, it doesn’t have one, not yet.
Well, that’s it. Right now I’m in the midst of wedding planning and not doing much writing. Hopefully I will be back at it after the exciting event this fall and after I am settled in Oklahoma.
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on March 6, 2013
Pictures taken by Katie Elizabeth Photography.
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on February 19, 2013
There has been something amazing and wonderful happening in my life that I have been waiting to share with you for some time. I posted the picture on Thursday, so you all are well aware about what has happened… but now, I get to talk about it. All I can say is God is so faithful. When we trust Him there is no limit to the incredible things He can do. His love is unfailing, His timing perfect, His dreams, well, they are beyond anything I could have ever hoped for.
My dreams have come true.
I’ve been granted the desires of my heart.
My cup is overflowing.
Everything has changed.
Everything is perfect.
I’m going to marry my best friend, Daniel Beals.
Remember THIS POST back in December? Well, those dreams were about Daniel.
Though I’ve known Daniel for several years, this journey (for me) really started fall of 2011. Daniel and I had grown very close over the last year and I had come to realize just how much his friendship meant to me. Before I had tried to think of him just as a friend, a brother in Christ, but as New Year’s and 2012 came around, that became very difficult.
As the months passed our friendship changed. We became even closer. I knew I cared about Daniel, cared a lot, and I wanted to tell him, but more than that, I wanted to stay with in God’s will. I suddenly find myself praying nearly all the time. For Daniel, about Daniel… constantly giving God my feelings for him, and my future, whether it included a life with him or not.
The first several months of 2012 were hard. I tried to keep the mind set that Daniel was some other girl’s husband, I kept praying and handing how I felt over to God, I tried to keep from going crazy. On a walk one day, I came to the realization that Daniel had become my best friend. I knew I wanted the man I married to be my best friend, and the idea that Daniel might not be that man, honestly, made me feel depressed. I decided that I would rather not marry anyone than lose Daniel or his friendship. (I am so very thankful that God had other plans.)
One night that summer, during a closing shift at work, I spent the whole evening praying. It was slow that night, and I had six hours before closing and clocking out. I prayed about Daniel, telling God how much I cared about him, how scared I was of losing him, and I desperately I wanted to just tell him how I felt. I wrestled with God, going back and forth between almost letting go, to coming up with a reason to hold on. Finally… I let go. I gave Daniel to God. I gave my dream of Daniel to God. It was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I didn’t know what would happen, but I knew my future and my dream was in good hands.
Then the OYAN Summer Workshops rolled around. When I saw Daniel again, face to face, I couldn’t stop smiling, and actually surprised myself with with the suddenly thought of, “I love him.” Also, I was pretty sure that God was telling me, “Yes, he’s the one.” That week was interesting, and when it comes down to it, rather hilarious. I tried to let Daniel know how I felt, without actually telling him, and apparently, how we both felt about each other was very obvious to everyone there… except us.
In August, Daniel and his mom came to visit. That week… I just about went crazy. The whole time all I could think about was how I was going to let Daniel go back to Oklahoma without telling how I felt. I prayed so hard that week. Preparing myself for the goodbye I thought was coming. I decided that if Daniel didn’t say anything that week, and left without confirming how I thought he felt too, I was going to slowly end the friendship. I felt like I was being fake with him by not saying anything, and I couldn’t continue on with our friendship staying the way it was with how I felt. Then… God gave me my dream.
My mom sent me with Mrs. Beals to run an errand. When we got back, Daniel and my parents were sitting at the kitchen table, and my two younger siblings were no where to be seen. I should have been more suspicious, but I wasn’t. I thought it was rather odd, and continued on my way upstairs to the restroom. My mom followed me up, knocked on the door and asked me if I was alright. I thought that was a little weird. She told me to wait for her before I went back down stairs, and there was something in her voice that made my heart leap. When I came out I asked if everything was alright. She just smiled and said yes, then took my arm, placed it through hers and led me downstairs. We walked into the kitchen. There was Daniel, his mom and my dad at the kitchen table. (I was still clueless as to what was actually happening.) Mom left me standing in the middle of the room and sat down. Again, I asked if everything was alright and what was going on. My mom looked at Daniel and said, “Well, are you going to tell her?”
Daniel stood up and walked towards me. As he talked, he never looked up. I just stared at him. He told me he had asked my parents permission to court me, and they had said yes, now he was asking me for mine. Suddenly I couldn’t remember how to talk. I managed a quiet “yes” as I thought my heart would explode with happiness. I couldn’t believe what had just happened and was in a daze pretty much for the next couple of months.
Since August, Daniel’s and my relationship as grown even more, and on February 8th, 2013 he asked me to marry him.
I walked in the door from work, to find a big vase of red roses along with a card with my name on it sitting at the kitchen table, and, my siblings waiting with cameras. (Again, I was clueless, and readily accepted my sister’s explanation that Daniel wanted pictures.) As I opened and read the card, Daniel walked up behind me. I couldn’t believe he was there. I turned around and gave him a big hug, then he knelt down on one knee, pulled out the most beautiful ring, and proposed. Of course, I said yes.
God has been so good. I have grown closer to Him through getting to know Daniel, and through falling in love with him. The last year and a half has been an incredible journey, and I can’t wait to see what this next road holds, walking side by side with the love of my life.
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on February 17, 2013
Posted by L.E.R. Jenkins on February 13, 2013