Another month is here and gone. Canada's and United States' birthdays have recently passed. I am certain that some people celebrated them, unlike last year's kind of celebration because of this present social distancing issue. While the world carried on, I spent my week in my comfort writing something for my YouTube channel this time. In addition to this, I am still researching for my non-fiction book. There were a few inspirational phrases and ideas but not enough to make a full chapter yet. At this moment, while listening to The Summit Church sermons on YouTube, I became happy, given the enthusiasm the way this pastor pour out his contents. God has made me felt elated while absorbing all that He wanted me to learn. His Holy Spirit tingled my heart with joy, and I became hungry for His Word again. I am surprised by this. I don't know why I am surprised because God knows me just as he knows everyone else whom He created on the planet. I do not know when will my book be published. I hope there won't be any disappointments. I hope God will bless me this time.
June, as it turns out, has some warm and some cool days. I prefer cooler days, of course. The hot and sticky humidity isn't my cup of tea, even if it's by the beach. My choice of a vacation spot would be a place with snow, even if some melt by the end of the day would be ideal. I don't understand people and their love for the desert. What is the hype in there? It's why I stay in Canada. However, this week is getting humid. I like the sunshine beaming down because of this virus thing is still out there. Did you know that the sun can kill the virus? I didn't know that until I read in a few articles that hospitals and some companies use UV-ray lights to kill bacteria. I am presently scratching a few mosquitos spots. Yes! It is also why I don't like hot and humid--these pesky insects come out! I stopped writing and had taken a break but I haven't stop researching. I am getting lots of inspiration through listening to a few YouTube channels. I had changed my YouTube channel structure: I made it into a podcast video rather than just rolling the inspirational words with background music. I like this better. For one thing, I found it less work to do. Stay safe out there, my friends! Be virus-free!
This month of May, I remembered to do my taxes. This deadline extension gave me a breather from digging into my pile for last year's receipts. Unfortunately, this deadline has also put a damper on my spirit throughout this whole time. Thus, I commenced. I did put some chapters in my nonfiction. I am still working on my theme, as well as the argument thereof. When I looked up, I hadn't realized that I had only put a dent in this topic. It's the DNA of this kind of writing. I'm glad I was able to discover some of my past reference books during my time of archeological receipt-digging. Due to this lockdown, libraries aren't open yet to help me in this department. Now I have to spend more time rereading them to assist me in this research, but not before my taxes get done. Now, if only my allergies don't get in the way, my eyes are itchy. Spring has sprung, and apparently, these pollens like to make their appearances, too! Strive forward!
This whole world feels like a complete lockdown. The global news showed major cities are close to ghost towns. We know that the residents are staying home as "encouraged;" -- maybe that word is too mild, to say the least, -- more like regulated by each nation's government. I was just inspired to say that these videos could be a forecast of what is to come when our Lord Jesus returns: that those who remain might see the emptying streets with only a sparse of the remaining stubborn ones who refuse to apologize for their sins. I am only glad that we have this opportunity to act now while we are still on His saving grace. If you think this is scary, we are only seeing the beginning of things to come. I think it is scarier if we think we are mightier than God, but that would be foolish. Wouldn't it?
If I let my imagination go wild here, it is almost like what retirement is about. Staying home isn't that bad. The problem is those who need their regular income to pay for their monthly expenses; or those who have their businesses to run because of their debt. These times are hard for them. I can almost see someone being called to work, but the matter of this contagious virus spreading around is bringing up more than just nervousness. Or, those who are wondering if their savings are enough to cover feeding their family. Both situations are justified but dreadful.
What I don't understand is the twenty-something generation who haven't stopped partying in groups despite the megaphonic call to stay at home curfew was announced nationwide. I know it is "Spring Break" for them but do they have to travel and stay on beaches with other large groups of young people like themselves? Do they not think they have to head home afterward, infected with the virus and then spread to other members of their family? Jesus was right about this generation: They think only about themselves! It made our PM so irritated that he came up to the podium on the eighth consecutive day and announced numerous times to everyone to stay home. He was shy of announcing the Marshall Law. He was practicing mercy. Praise God for Christian Prime Ministers!
Since I'm practicing my "social distancing" so I won't get the CoVid-19 virus, I have been typing away my thoughts on the first half of this month's events and catching up on the news. The only silver lining in all of this is that there's an extension on the deadline for filing the income taxes.
This morning, I was reminded of the dreading taxes I had to file before the deadline. It is definitely something I know for certain that no one will miss when our Lord returns. Presently, I am still researching materials so it won't be in the process of publishing for several months. I had another inspiration earlier on another topic, which means I should get going tapping away on my keyboard. I had hoped to make it a concise book but not too short so there's worth reading. There are so many misunderstandings when people read the Bible, and it just irks me how could people get so much misinformation on reading simple sentences. Like, "For God so loved the world..." and "Jesus wept." There are many more like this. What I find so bizarre is that when people just reject it and come up with one of their own. This is just the beginning of my findings. I hope my explanations will be clear and won't put my readers to sleep. For now, this is just an update blog. I have so much to do. Until then...
My writings are now very different. I spent most of my time researching info and getting inspired by others. I had to start with my theme, of course. It would help to know what my book will be about, seeing that there are various topics to discuss. Then I went straight using my online Bible app, YouVersion. This free app is fantastic! Even though I would have written pages by now if it were some fictional story, however, I do have to start somewhere writing my first non-fiction. If God allows, I hope to prove a point in this new Christian themed book. Already, I have another argumentative statement in mind, in this case, apologist viewpoint in areas where some believers may find it grey, and I haven't even put my manuscript through publishing yet! Of course, I hope to prove to others that they were wrong basing on the biblical standards. I feel as though I am writing my thesis, something I could not imagine myself doing. I found it fascinating to be writing again, especially when the topics are something I feel strongly. It is all in God's hands, as always. Praise the Lord!
Happy New Year, everyone! I had posted my convictions on my Facebook last month, telling everyone that I knew writing fiction should not have been on my agenda as a Christian to write. So, here is an update on my writings: I am still working on my non-fiction. Truthfully, I am enjoying my findings in God's Word to help me write my somewhat thesis. Praise God for His infinite wisdom! To discourage anyone from looking for my second fictional book, I have as yet to put it through publishing. God kept me from publishing that one. It would have been great explaining some of the characters thereof. However, God is still my Lord, so I am not complaining much. My thesis to my non-fiction is about reading the Bible and its importance. It may appear not very interesting to anyone who enjoys fiction, but I found these Christian inspirational repertoires fascinating to read. If I had kept all of them over the years, there would have been boxes full in my room. This is my update as of today. Thank you for your interest.
Harvested pumpkins are lining up at the markets. All sizes and weights of these winter squashes give their consumers ideas of what to make of them. Some families are having fun carving their first pumpkins, while some, like myself, prefer to pass on by and head straight for the sweets department like pumpkin pie. I've carved out pumpkins before at school and home. The hardest part had been to choose what kind of facial expression because you have one chance to do it right. I was never intricate in these facial carvings. It always looked like the works of an elementary school student. Nowadays, professional carvers are working their craft that looked like they came from an electronic printer with very intricate details. Unfortunately, all pumpkins, like the story of Cinderella, put on their best faces only to last for one Halloween night. I say this to indicate my next book, which hasn't a title yet. So, I will say this much in my Book Two: God has us in the beginning. Then like all pumpkin carvers, there is an idea what kind of face to put on each particular pumpkin He has created. Each of us has His love, His plan, and His goodness. It isn't until we turn away from Him that He goes searching for us. In each process, He moulds and reshapes us until He is satisfied. Luckily for me, the pumpkin-carving season gave me a thought to tell part of my Book Two without actually giving the whole fiction away. So, without going further, I wish you all a safe and happy Halloween.
It is a new month with schools starting for all students of all levels. I have been busy watching videos and learning a great deal from other writers. It is refreshing to see many writers are either doing awesome, and some doing not so well. I feel myself among them, finally. I am presently in line with those who are struggling, mainly because I have so much work to do. In a way, this is good. Many manuscripts to finish, not to mention the housework responsibilities, the dog-sharing responsibilities too, and my YouTube channel to keep up. This Fall season is a great time to go outdoors and breathe in that cool, crisp air, the wisp of that cooler breeze into my hair and face when I go out. It is a great time to just relax and let go of the stress of work. Unfortunately, I don't have that luxury. To do well, I must march onward. The test of life comes from my daily routine of writing and work. With my morning pumpkin spiced coffee in hand, September has begun.
This month of August starts with many manuscripts in the making. My Book Two will need to be reviewed before I send it out to the publishers. My Book Three has started, as well as my other two genre manuscripts. Busy, busy, busy! Hope you are enjoying your summer.
Diana s.f. ng
I love reading, writing, cooking, baking, and pets.