I love the Winter Solstice. I love the winter time. I love the dark days and cold weather and hope of snow. But, the winter solstice also makes me melancholy, because I know that Autumn is ended, the days are getting longer, and warm weather is coming. It all passes so quickly. Just like that the summer returns. Just like that I’m waiting for falling leaves, foggy mornings, the chance to wear boots and sweaters, the promise of Christmas, the joy of light in the darkness.

Happy Winter Solstice! I hope the day finds you warm and safe.

Favorite Lines

Jonah climbed up the pile of trash and bodies. He grabbed the high edge of the RoadBlock and pulled up. The pushing fight between the gangs rose back around him. Bullets zinged. Explosions grunted. Hand-to-hand combat gasped. Flames snapped. Death-cries of boys and girls accented it all. Jonah couldn’t smell, but he knew what he should smell: hot rubber, dirty water freed by heat, singed hair, and the cooked end of man.

I have recently finished doing a quick read through The Cost of Two Hands. Now, I’m reading The Sparrow and The Star. My goal is to finish it before the end of the year. I love the Sparrow and the Star, even with all the work it needs. It may be my favorite book written, thus far. Jonah has come into his own, there is so much darkness laced with so much hope. I love it.

I also love this paragraph. It’s dark and hard, but it is a paragraph I would grab my pen and highlight if this was a book off a shelf, and not one I had written. I just love this paragraph.

Quote of the Weekend

Courtesy of Pinterest.

Some day I want to use this as the outline for a Faerie Story.

Quote of the Weekend

He loved soldiers. He had once thought all men who wore the red coat were rogues and thieves, the scourings of the gutter, and since he had joined the army he had discovered he was right, but he had also learned to love them. He loved their patience, their ferocity, their endurance, and their bravery.

This quote is from Sharpe’s Fury by Bernard Cornwell. I love it.

Quote of the Weekend

Image from Pixabay.

I’ve really enjoyed binging through Criminal Minds. I’m sure it’s not super accurate, but it’s not obnoxious, or maybe I just don’t know enough about profiling. I’m sure real profilers aren’t in the field making arrests nearly as often as the BAU are, but I still really enjoy it. I think it’s cause of the team. I love the team. Hotch is my favorite, but the team as a whole is perfect. In season 6, the episode called Lauren, Garcia leaves this message for Emily just before she ‘dies’. I love it. I love this so much! It reminds me of my Scarecrows. 🙂

Quote of the Weekend

Image from Pixabay, layout from Canva.

Fortunatus is one of my favorite characters. He’s an evil villain who experiences an undeserved rescue and is saved. He’s my first saved villain. He is a redeemed unlit and I love him.

Quote of the Weekend

Quote by me! Image from Pixabay.

I’m not fond at all of the idea of a leap of faith. Our faith isn’t unfounded. It’s based on the works of the Lord, his promises, and his Word. It isn’t blind. It isn’t just faith in faith so that we all have warm fuzzes. Faith is based on truth, God’s truth.

This is a line from my book The Sparrow and the Star. It is book two of the Artists Return series, and still in the editing stage. I have a handful of beta readers going over it right now and I’m excited (and terrified) to find out what they think. But, this is one of my favorite lines. The Sparrow and the Star has far more hope bleeding through the pages than any other book I’ve written. The amount of hope has actually surprised me. I’m normally a very gritty writer, but this book is a bright light of hope. It’s also, surprisingly, one of my favorite books. I love every bit of it. It makes me excited for book 3, if all my readers don’t abandon me for its lack of grit and grim.