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Saturday
Jan102015

Bible Journaling

Sometimes it's a little intimidating to talk about my faith. As a Christian, I'm never quite sure how I'll be received. But as I've been Bible Journaling lately, lots of you have seemed interested in it and have had some questions, so I thought I'd try to get to them in a blog post.

First, my new Bible is an ESV Single Column Journaling Bible. I was very tempted by another one, but it was so expensive! But this one is great. There's plenty of room for notes or art, and my pastor uses this translation a lot, so I thought it might be good. Usually I prefer an NLT. Really, I think any Bible would work if you're comfortable with slightly overlapping onto the text and use the right stuff so you can still see the words. Totally doable!

Second, the materials I'm using are plain old crafting and scrapbooking supplies that I have on hand. Anything you see that isn't actual printed text was made by me. Which some people seemed confused about. It didn't come with pre-made art or backgrounds. If you're just getting started, some stickers and markers will get you pretty far. I'm a nerd and bought some new stamps and letters just for this, but you really don't need to. Even in black and white, you can make something lovely.

Third, my inspiration is simply coming from the text. If I see a verse or word, or maybe sense a theme, that's what I focus on. My hope is that by creating something next to it, I'll hold onto a piece of the verse a little better. You can usually see the words I've accented near by.

 So how do you get started?

1. Get a Bible or a notebook. If you feel guilty about marking up a Bible, get a journal instead. No worries.

2. Pick your favorite book and start there. I'm a nerd for the Psalms! If you feel inspired early on, I think it makes it easier to make something like this a habbit.

3. Use what you have! I found dabbing a marker on a tissue and smooshing it on the paper makes a really nice background. No need for fancy ink! Don't have pretty stickers? Google doodle lettering and boarders and make it pretty yourself!

4. Let it matter. It's really not about making something perfect, it's about making something period. For me, being creative has always made me feel closer to my Creator. As long as that's happening for you, don't worry about the final product and enjoy the Word.

And that's pretty much it. If you look around, you can find much better examples than anything I've made, and it's inspiring me to try new things and keep this going. I'll probably continue to post my favorites to Instagram using the hashtag #BibleJournaling. If you're making some too, use the tag, so I can see! Hope you enjoy this as much as I am!

Tuesday
Dec232014

Opening Lines of THE HEIR

I could not hold my breath for seven minutes. I couldn’t even make it to one. I once tried to run a mile in seven minutes after hearing some athletes could do it in four but failed spectacularly when a side stitch crippled me about halfway in.

However, there was one thing I managed to do in seven minutes that most would say is quite impressive: I became queen.

By seven tiny minutes I beat my brother, Ahren, into the world, so the throne that ought to have been his was mine. Had I been born a generation earlier, it wouldn’t have mattered. Ahren was the male, so Ahren would have been the heir.

Alas, Mom and Dad couldn’t stand to watch their firstborn be stripped of a title by an unfortunate but rather lovely set of breasts. So they changed the law, and the people rejoiced, and I was trained day by day to become the next ruler of Illéa.

What they didn’t understand was that their attempts to make my life fair seemed rather unfair to me.

Friday
Oct102014

Costco October 11 Event Info

Okay, some of the logistical information on this is a little tricky, so let me share what I’ve learned:

Costco: 1085 Hanes Mall Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27103
(336) 970-2300

I’ll be signing from 1-3PM.

You do not need a membership to come to the event.

You cannot bring your own books to be signed.

You cannot purchase books at the store without a membership.

You can still meet me, get pictures and hugs with me, etc. And if you are creative enough, you could probably figure out how to buy books without getting your own membership (since most of you are teenagers and $55 is a lot of money for a membership).

So, that’s what I know. If you have any other questions or concerns, I would suggest calling the store directly. See you tomorrow!

Sunday
Jun152014

Hi Dad

It’s late in the day, but I thought I’d take a moment on this Father’s Day to mention what seems to be one of your favorite things about The Selection: the dedication. You’ve all seen it. You’ve taken pics and sent it back to me with smiley faces next to it. I know you dig it.

 

So let me explain where it came from. A million years ago, we were talking about how all these people— athletes, movie stars, and pretty much anyone winning an award— will get on TV and yell out “Hi, Mom!” So I promised my dad that if I was ever on TV, I would wave and say “Hi, Dad!”

When the book deal came around, I figured this was the closest I’d ever get, so the first book went to Daddy. Without him knowing, which made it so much better! He's a pretty rad guy. Sucked snot out of my nose once when I couldn't breathe, so he pretty much earned it.

Anyway, as it is Father’s Day, I thought I’d get the story out there. Hope all the dads out there had a spectacular day!

Sunday
Apr202014

The Inevitable 

                So, I feel like this is bound to happen. If you’ve preordered The One, there is a huge chance that it will ship early, or maybe a bookstore will stock it a week in advance. And, because you have waited so long, there is no reasonable way to ask you not to open it up.

                If you come across a copy in the next two weeks, I hope you get a chance to enjoy it. And I also hope that you will allow those who have to wait to have the exact same experience as you.

                I’ve been guarding these secrets for years, guys. YEARS! Please do me the favor of keeping them a handful of days. What would that mean exactly? Well, don’t make plot points your status updates, and maybe don’t tweet your reactions directly at me as lot of readers check my replies. Maybe share the book with your BFF and make them read it really fast so you have someone to gush/rage/whatever with.

                You guys are smart. You’ll figure it out. Just know that this tiny little favor would mean the world to me. Thank you guys for sticking with America and company through this journey. I hope the third book is worth the wait.