Monthly Reads + Writing Results: October / Goals: November

October is over…sniff. October was also really weird. It was unusually warmer than usual, so unusually warmer that our raspberries kept producing! Usually they’re gone by the end of September! I went out to them yesterday and found one lonely lone ripe raspberry and an almost ripe raspberry (or maybe this was the one that was starting to get icky on one side)

A record was also broken, and it was only when we reached the last two weeks that the weather finally turned normal and started cooling down to that crisp autumn air and the rain was normal – just a couple of drizzles (unlike last year when it downpoured almost every single day – that ain’t normal either, not for October. That’s November’s job).

I didn’t read as much as I wanted to last month, much less finish reading some of the books I wanted to finish reading, but I still read. And wrote. Annnnd I finally wrote a post regarding a thing that was pressing on me…

Thank God for giving us a conscience and a way to cultivate it. I’m also thankful for the Reformation, when the light of the Gospel broke through centuries of false teachings. The doctrines of grace – that we are saved/justified by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, as revealed in Scripture alone, for the glory of God alone – were recovered, the common folk were given the Word in their own language (and the literacy rate jumped!), congregational singing began…

(Granted, there had been Reformers before the Reformation – but then Luther’s legendary/mythical nailing of the 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg gave it a huge kick)

Anyway…


Monthly Reads

King James Onlyism: Is the KJV the Best Bible Version? / Mark Swarbrick

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“If one prefers the KJV, that is a personal choice. People should not be harangued over what version they prefer. Scripture makes it clear (in every version) that the Kingdom of God is not a matter of rules and legalistic arguments.”


This is another good read on the KJV-Only argument, and I’d recommend it be read in conjunction with both The Forgotten Preface by Joshua Barzon and Authorized: The Use & Misuse of the King James Bible by Mark Ward. I do think it could’ve gone a little deeper, but for the most part, I understand what was being said, which could’ve been due in part to having already read the other two books.

*Just to be clear, I’m not against the KJV; I have one, alongside a CEV, NIV, and ESV. I’ve also used the NASB and 1599 Geneva Bible.


Persuasion / Jane Austen

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Awww, this is so sweet! I didn’t expect to read it as fast as I did, given I’ve been stuck in Pride & Prejudice for the past five years, haha. And it takes place during fall and winter, so it’s the perfect read for those two seasons!


Knowing Scripture / R.C. Sproul

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An excellent and easy read about studying the Bible, I really liked Chapter 3 (Hermeneutics) and Chapter 4 (Practical Rules for Bible Interpretation). Highly recommend.


Writerly Updates

Alrighty, so I don’t think that the second episode of Arrows is gonna be ready to go out at the same time as the first. On the plus side, I did expand Episode I. To be honest, I’m kind of stuck on Episode II. I know what I want for it, I just can’t get it to go from Point A to Point B.

The Woodsman started to move again – FINALLY. I got to the spooky part (no there’s no ghost everyone just thinks that ’cause the bad guy is making them think that ’cause he’s the bad guy) and Jonathan finally had to tell Nicki what’s going on. (he’s so stubborn why is he so stubborn)

Lastly, A Time For War hasn’t really gotten a lot of steam; it’s at 2,216 words including the headings I prepped beforehand, and I’ve shifted the timeline to start a few days after Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4. I also renamed two characters – way back in ye olden days, they were named Ben and Lily, then at some point I ended up with a Lily in two other stories and then earlier this year I renamed this Lily to Florence then Flora and now it’s Charity. I also renamed her surname from Buchanan to Adams because I thought it would be funnier if their crazy Uncle Silas claimed they were related to the John Adamses and not James Buchanan…

Ben has always been Ben (and was a villain in ye olden days but then he swticheroo’d to a good guy when…oh my goodness I think it was when I came up with Charity) but last week I renamed him to Nahum because there are never any heroes named Nahum and then I proceeded to read the Book of Nahum in 5 different translations.

It was interesting to compare the texts and see how the message has been preserved from the original Hebrew text into the very ridiculous language that is English…seriously, it’s just three different languages stacked on top of each other in a trench coat – that’s one way I’ve heard it described. My favorite description though has got to be ‘English is what happens when Vikings learn Latin and shout it at Germans.’

But it turned out to be the perfect choice for him because the name means ‘comfort, consolation’ and he’s a sweet cinnamon roll of a character who gives the best hugs (much like his descendant, aka a certain Henry Taylor) and boy do the characters in this saga need allll the hugs and comfort…like, this is the American Civil War we’re talking about…


SNIPPETS

Arrows snippet: To clarify the age difference, Rick & Lorraine are 20-21 years older than Jack & Maggie and become their mentors. (plus a certain son of Jack & Maggie and a certain daughter of Rick & Lorraine get married) // TW snippet: Jonathan doesn’t actually play violin regularly anymore; he’s only tuning an antique violin his grandfather is selling. // ATFW snippet: They’re so cute I’m gonna melt. 🥰


Just to do something new, I’m going to start adding Bible verses to the end of these monthly update posts, and yeah, you’ll probably see me posting the same verses in different translations.

Anyway, the verse I’m sharing today is Nahum 1:7. Hopefully I’m not taking it out of context but it is also a callback to Psalm 46:1 (aka the Psalm that’s the basis for A Mighty Fortress) so I’m gonna share it anyway. Besides, all Scripture is for our edification (1 Tim 3:16-17):

(from left to right, top to bottom: 1599 Geneva, KJV, NASB, NIV, ESV)

The Lord is good and as a stronghold in the day of trouble, and he knoweth them that trust in him.

The LORD is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.

The LORD is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble, And He knows those who take refuge in Him.

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,

The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him.


Whew-ee, was that a long post! Next up will hopefully be the second part of Know The Novel, but we shall see…

How’d your October go, fellow writers? Oh, and here’s some autumny pics that I FINALLY got to take due to finding my battery pack yesterday::

2 thoughts on “Monthly Reads + Writing Results: October / Goals: November

  1. AHHHHHHHH!! Those snippets are fabulous, as was this whole post!!! 😀

    “English is what happens when Vikings learn Latin and shout it at Germans.” 🤣 That is hilarious.

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the snippets!

      Last night, I started adding autumny pictures but then the internet glitched on me before I could save the changes. So hopefully I’ll be able to do that later today!

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