Delay is not Denial

This is from a text message my wife just sent me. It’s a reminder that God’s plan doesn’t work on our time table. And just because it’s not happening when we want doesn’t mean that it won’t happen at all. It’s a good reminder. Especially for me. Especially now.

I’m sorry about last week. I completely spaced on doing this on Easter. That and considering my “Cryptic Thing” occurred on the Friday before…well, I had a lot going on. At the moment, I’m still inside what I’ve come to call “The Third Gate” (borrowed from Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, which is fantastic. Go read it. As soon as your done reading this). I entered the Third Gate on Friday, the last step in my “Cryptic Thing.” It’s been a week and I haven’t heard anything. That’s okay. Especially considering the paragraph above. But still, this has been one of the hardest and nerve-wracking weeks of my life.

So I still need prayers. A lot of them. That I would succeed in the Third Gate. Where I would be able to pass through it victorious. I’m praying at least four times a day about it. I don’t think I’ve ever wanted anything so bad in my life. Well…that’s not entirely true.

You see, if I get this…if I succeed in the Third Gate…it will be the third greatest miracle in my life. The first is finding a wife who somehow puts up with me. The second is having two beautiful healthy baby girls (even if they are a pain in the rear occasionally). This would be the third.

And I want it. Badly.

It’s my desperate dream.

So please pray for me. Pray that I would not lose my mind in the waiting. And pray for my success in this…even if it’s just so I stop being so darn cryptic about the whole thing!

The OC Inklings

Some interesting things have happened in the last few weeks for the Inklings. We’ve done very well and added two new members to the critique group. Totally thrilled about that. Seriously. There also have been rumblings of change. Some people are discontent with how some things are going. The most encouraging part though is that all of them have been praising me for my leadership of the group. That means a lot. I know that a critique group is a hard thing and I know that my job is part organizer, part cheerleader. I have to keep spirits high, otherwise the thing will fall apart. And so far, it’s going well.

And that leads me to my next part…

My Current Writing Project

The Cryptic Thing is now entirely out of my hands. It’s wholly in God’s hands. I can’t do a thing about it. So that leaves me with needing something to do…and in truth, I’ve been neglecting my writing. My imagination has been howling for a while now. And I’ve decided what I’m going to do next. It was influenced a lot by the Inklings, where I realized that my stories weren’t up to snuff to submit to the group. The first thing they ever saw was my most polished piece of prose I’ve ever written. It was editing like 20 times. Probably close to publishable. And while I don’t want that for everything, I don’t want to throw the critiques with oddities like strange spacing, formatting, spelling and grammar and obvious plot holes.

So…I’ve decided to head back to Stormhaven.

Drat. I had this really cool cast photo I wanted to post here, but I can’t seem to find it. Mhr.

Anyway, Stormhaven was originally inspired by “The Wotch” and “El Goonish Shive.” In fact, it was going to be a webcomic done by Laura and I. I would be the author, she would be artist. It’s a spinoff on some of my other stories I’ve posted in other places too (and yes, I’m being vague on purpose).

Here’s a tagline for you…

“When a prank at a Normal Community College goes horribly wrong, Daniel Makkus Junior finds himself somewhere he never expected: in a town filled with non-magical people. Despite being the son of a high ranking member of the Society Circle, he’s expelled from the Magus Academy and sent to an apprenticeship under retired Warlock Jeremy Rogers in the seaside town of Stormhaven. But there’s a catch: something is stirring within Stormhaven, the beginnings of an ancient power forgotten by all but the oldest of the Society of Sorcerers. An ancient power that has only one goal…the destruction of the Society that had bound it millennia ago.”

In some ways, it’s the reverse of the Harry Potter series. A kid raised in magical society is thrown out and forced to learn to live with the rest of the human race.

I had started rewriting it last year, but ended up shelving the project for another Taylin story shortly before NaNoWriMo. And at the moment, “What Lies Beyond Steam and Magic” needs to sit on the virtual shelf for a bit. I need to give myself a break.

I’m probably going to target this series as young adult…but I’ve always liked the idea and thought it had a ton of potential as an ongoing series. And now, it’s time to get a real second draft together. I’m excited about it. 🙂

In Closing

That’s it for now folks. Wow, a writing post in my writing blog. Shocking! Just please send me your continued prayers about the Third Gate…that I would be successful. But you know what? We haven’t done a PMV in a while. So I found a new high-energy one I REALLY liked. So enjoy!

Okay folks…

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

 

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Cryptic Things

Things are in motion. In fact, I’ve already passed two of three gates. The third gate awaits me sometime in the next two weeks.

My Dad asked me why I keep mentioning these cryptic things. I do them for two reasons. The first is to ask for your prayers. I desperately need prayers that I get good responses for these cryptic things. The second thing is I’m so excited about it I might actually burst if I don’t share it a little bit. Even if it’s in vaguely annoying comments that don’t make any sense except for a very select few.

All of my energy has been focused on the Third Gate. Writing has taken a secondary place. I’ve allowed myself some Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (enjoying the new Crusader class quite a bit), but that’s to settle my mind on things. I can just play on automatic without any serious thought. And that’s been blessed relief.

The most annoying thing occurred this morning. I woke up with a sore throat…that didn’t go away. In fact, it turned into a full-blown coughing fit that got so bad at work that one of my coworkers got seriously worried about everyone else getting sick. They talked to a manager, a very nice manager, who offered to send me home.

She did make the comment “You do look a little weak,” which she promptly stammered, “well, I don’t mean weak since you’re a man and everything–” I smirked at her and laughed, telling her very plainly that I was wearing a My Little Pony t-shirt, have Ponies in my car and all over my house and have two little girls. I don’t really care about the trappings of masculinity. 😛

Heh. That was amusing.

Anyway, I actually got sent home to get some rest. I ended up going to the urgent care, which I use as just a normal doctor. I got a few prescriptions, one being a nasal spray and the second being an antibiotic. Because I cannot afford to get sick this week. So please, I need your prayers for health. I need this thing GONE very quickly.

If God wills it, within two weeks, I will have an announcement. I hope. It’s all up to him. And in the last few weeks, I’ve found myself okay with faith again. It’s hard and I still worry way too much, but the support of my wife, family and friends has been invaluable. I would have completely snapped under the pressure without their support.

So please, lend me your prayers for just a little longer…and hopefully…I can finally share this cryptic thing.

Because it would change everything.

That’s it for this week. Just asking for your prayers.

Thanks for reading today!

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

A New Hope

Yeah, not that “A New Hope.”

But I couldn’t stop myself.

Anyway, thank you all for your prayers. They did not go unheard. Good things happened last Thursday. Very good things. But it’s only another step in the line. At this point, I think I’m seeing a miracle. I’m just praying that God will bring this miracle to completion.

Yeah, still not going to tell you folks yet. Sorry. Can’t. But as soon as I can, I promise to (God willing) make a huge announcement. I’m praying hard. And I still need your prayers.

Writing’s still on hold. Everything’s on hold until this is done. Even though I over prepared for Thursday, I’d much rather over prepare than under prepare.

So let’s talk a bit about gaming.

I’m enjoying the launch of Elder Scrolls Online. I love the unique combat of an active combat system versus the d20-based system we’re so used to with so many other MMOs. That’s what makes ESO so unique and so fun. Also, starting the game out with Dumbledore, FemShep (Jennifer Hale) and John Cleese is just freaking AWESOME. I just totally geeked out. It’s a great game and stunningly gorgeous. I can’t wait to get deeper into the game.

In addition, I cleared Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls. I played it on Hard and honestly? It was almost too easy for me. Got some freaking sweet new gear though. I love the new gear system, it’s so much more satisfying. I only died once during my entire campaign…once during the final boss. And then I kicked his tail. Even the new environments and Adventure mode is good, but I’m also loving Crusader. It’s awesome to chuck out out a spinning whirlwind of electrified hammers and watch them tear into EVERYTHING around you. Phew. Good times.

Well, that’s all for now. Nothing big, I know.

Please, continue to pray for me. This thing I’m working on…well, I’m praying with all my heart that God will make it happen. But at the moment, I’m “waiting on the Lord.”

Oh yeah, also reading the Dresden Files through audiobooks. Totally addicting. Phew.

Now, time for some Pony.

 

(Straight from this week’s episode)

Seriously and this is for kids? Come on, they stole that straight out of Fresh Prince. Modern kids would be clueless. That was all for us. 😀

Good luck and have fun folks!

-rks

Prayer Requests

Well, things are happening. Things I need prayer for. I can’t give any details, sadly. But I’m still asking for prayers. Some of you know what I’m talking about. The thing I need prayer about will occur on Thursday morning.

In truth, I’m terrified. Completely terrified. You know how the Bible says we’re supposed to give our worries and fears to God? Well, when you have anxiety and panic attacks, that’s easier said than done. It’s a minute-by-minute surrender.

Thankfully, I have a few good friends who I’ve opened up to about the event and they’ve all been helpful and very supportive. Thank you.

God willing (and I mean that quite literally), I can share what this is all about in the near future. But right now, I’m just constantly praying for divine help. Because I really need it.

Nothing else this week folks. Everything’s on hold while I do this. I might return next Sunday, it might be the week after. I’m not sure.

Don’t worry, I’m not gone. I just need to focus right now. But I wanted to ask for your help and prayers.

Thank you!

Good luck and have fun!

-rks

 

(Oh yes, this is not an April Fools thing. Totally serious here.)