Monday, May 18, 2015

Life Happenings

Hello all! I have quite neglected you recently haven't I? I have been slightly busy with finishing up the school year, raising funds for a summer missions trip I am going on, and putting together a summer reading challenge for my church.   Besides that, nothing much has been going on. 

Some times I laugh at myself when people ask what I have been up to. I reply with the same as always, "school." It certainly has a way of stealing every last second of your time. My friend likes to tell middle schoolers to treasure their time now, before high school strikes. 

Hope you all had a fantastic May the 4th be with you! I made Star Wars cookies and brought them to church. Afterwards we went home and watched the classic Star Wars films. 

I'm not exactly fantastic at decorating cookies like that, but they still taste good. 

Well, I will be sure to share more later. For now, let me now what you did on May the 4th. 

-Melody


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Recent Novel Project

So I am doing April Nanowrimo. But sadly my schedule is so crazy I can only write 25,000 this month instead of 50,000. Here is my username if you are interested in watching stats or reading more about my book: Melody.Faithy98


Anyway, this current novel is a little mystery. And what is a mystery novel without crime? Of course it's crime! Well, I am in need of some fresh inspiration, and also a new name for a character. 

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My character's name at present is Audrey. Problem: I have another main character named Andrea. Way to close and confusing. So I am going to need a better name for her. I'm willing to take any suggestions right now. 

Also, I need some inspiration. I need some Pinterest boards to go through, that will peak my creativity levels. My stories synopsis is this: A trouble making artist gets wrapped up into solving murder crimes with the FBI. Any suggestions? 


Alright, now it's time to share a little excerpt with you all. Enjoy!

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The room was empty. But the sight on the wall made his stomach turn. The stench in the room made him want to wretch. In crude cursive painted in blood across an old wallpapered wall read these words, The Hunter is now being Hunted. Hunter shut his eyes as he tried to suppress his reflex to gag. He tried to stop the shaking in his hands as he pulled his radio out and flipped it on.

“Audrey, come on in.” He whispered cautiously. “Seems the place is clear.” He finished.

“The agency should really have better discretion on who they assign to a murder case.” A strange voice declared behind him. 

Hunter spun around in horror, a terrifying jolt of fear shot down his spine as he stared at a tall man in a mask, holding Audrey in a vice grip. The girl looked terrified with tape plastered over her mouth, her eyes simply screamed at Hunter for help. 

~

So what did you think? Pretty creepy, right? Ok, maybe I do need to work on creepy levels, but hey I'm new to that aspect. So I am open to any inspiration you folks can give me!

-Melody

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cold Attack

So I am sick. Nothing big, just a cold. But I think we all know that hopeless feeling of being unable to do things. The crippling tiredness that comes over you, where every part of your body stops wanting to do things.

It's not fun, but hey, it's life. A year ago when I was sick it got pretty bad. It was after a week long trip in Virginia. I come home with the worst fever I have ever had. That was one of those times I asked myself, "Is this the end? Am I really dying this way?" Please tell me someone else has thought that when they were sick. Otherwise I must just be seriously dramatic. :-)

Anyway, when I am sick I tend to completely go into consume mode. Which means here comes Youtube, Netflix, old novels, and Spotify streaming all day long. I am currently rereading the Circle series. I can never get enough of those books. Watching Rhett and Link on Youtube. Going through old Disney movies. Listening to the new Cinderella movie soundtrack, which is superb. favorite track is, La Valse de L'Amour. So gorgeous. 


Besides sleeping, what do you do when you are sick? 

-Melody


Monday, April 6, 2015

My Single Success at Cooking

So, I am the worst cook ever. The most I can do is freezer food, and I am dead serious. I have always been awful, and pretty much wreck anything I cook. Both my sisters are fantastic at it, so I don't see that great of a need for me to be doing it right now, right?

Well, when my sisters and mom aren't home, my mom asks me to make dinner. I am stunned and horrified, especially since we are going to have company that night.

So with a big step of faith I head to Pinterest. After hunting around for a recipe we have the ingredients for, I begin the process of making it. Chicken pot pie soup, sounds good enough.


Half way through I realize we are out of potatoes. Great. So I simply don't include them and do extra veggies, hoping for the best. Then I find out we don't have another thing. I kept improvising, just begging for it to work. By the time I finished, it did in fact taste awesome!


So to top it off, I pulled out the canned biscuits we had. With a fine Karate chop, I opened each can. After the biscuits were finished, I proudly served it to my family. 

Everyone loved it, even the guests, it was a score. 
But then, my brother goes, "So, it's gluten free, Abigail can have it?"
I turned pale as I watch her finish up her bowl. "I used flour in it!" 

We had to just hope for the best, and thankfully she wasn't effected to poorly by my mistake. 

So, there you have it, my cooking success. Well, besides a few slip ups. I guess I can cook. But just not always amazing. 

-Melody



Saturday, April 4, 2015

He is Risen

How one's life can change in a year. 

I don't know where to begin. I have learned an incredible amount in a year. Resurrection Sunday of 2014, I didn't even know if I believed in Christ anymore. I had thought I loved and trusted Him. But, I was so hurt and lost, I wasn't so sure anymore. I felt such a great storm in my heart. I was angry, but afraid. 



I learned a valuable lesson this year, trust in Jesus. 


Having to come to the reality that I didn't trust Him, was one of the most painful moments of my life. I was holding back. I was afraid. 

This Resurrection Sunday, and unbelievable joy has overwhelmed my heart. I feel such a deep peace and comfort in Jesus. I love Him, and coming to grips of the idea that He suffered for me, is life changing. 

I had heard all the right words. I had heard the message a thousand times. But coming to grips with it all, and truly feeling the impact of Christ's sacrifice, took me a while. I didn't really believe He could love me that much. Why would He die for me? I was a small person on this large planet, falling into sin so easily. Forgetting his sacrifice. Why would he ever die for me? 

He loved me. He, the maker of the universe, loved me! 

This realization fully sank into me, and I felt the weight of my fears fall away. I could lean on Him! He would take my burden's and I didn't have to be afraid or hold anything back. I could put my trust in Jesus. 

This Resurrection Sunday, I look forward to celebrating with a full heart. Having peace and joy pour forth from me as I celebrate the love my Savior has for me. 

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, 
and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28