I originally created The Diary of a Writer Girl category to share with you my struggles in editing Natalie. Well, it’s been six months since I posted the last installment of Natalie and I’ve only gone back and reedited the first two chapters 😳
For my birthday, I asked for a proof of Natalie from a print-on-demand, self-publishing website, Createspace. It arrived in the mail on Saturday.
I’ve already found a couple of mistakes. I flubbed the last sentence 😛 and somehow the Chapter Twelve title line ended up on the last page of chapter eleven even though I checked all the chapters before I submitted the forum. Submitting and formatting was rather easy…waiting was the hardest! The back cover is a little bit blurrier than it is in the picture (hard to believe!). It might just be the cover type I picked…I love the paper. It’s not printer paper. Its cream, book paper! 😀
I hope to post one day soon that I’ve approved Natalie: Volume I for publishing!
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him. But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Yet it was the will of the LORD to crush him; he has put him to grief; when his soul makes an offering for guilt, he shall see his offspring; he shall prolong his days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in his hand. Out of the anguish of his soul he shall see and be satisfied; by his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities. Therefore I will divide him a portion with the many, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong, because he poured out his soul to death and was numbered with the transgressors; yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.
He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth. By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people? And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.
Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Coming Soon: Natalie: Part 6- Christmas Hope
“Hope isn’t a wish. Hope is trust.”
It’s been two years since Natalie and her mother left Miami, Florida in the middle of night and drove all the way to Florida, Massachusetts. From the discovery of her mom’s past to becoming paraplegic, Natalie’s life has changed in ways she would have never imagined. Life has seemed to calm down. Natalie’s now in high school and is preparing to help host the first Christmas at Drury Hall. But when tragedy hits Berkshire County a week before Christmas, Natalie’s life and everybody else’s lives are once again forever changed.
Who has believed what he has heard from us? For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Do you not know? Do you not hear? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth? It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; who brings princes to nothing, and makes the rulers of the earth as emptiness.
A voice says, “Cry!” And I said, “What shall I cry?” All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Go on up to a high mountain, O Zion, herald of good news; lift up your voice with strength, O Jerusalem, herald of good news; lift it up, fear not; say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” Behold, the Lord GOD comes with might, and his arm rules for him; behold, his reward is with him, and his recompense before him. He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom,and gently lead those that are with young.
A voice cries:“In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.
And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth,
It’s almost been a year since I started this blog. It’s hard to believe that five hundred posts have gone by, three hundred and fifteen Verses of the Day, a hundred and ten Berkshire County Chronicles, thirty-nine songs of the week, twelve Highlight & Read, seven Highlight & Poll, two Highlight & Craft, three Highlight & Contest, ten Moments with Me, two Birthday Shoutouts, four Misc., one Spotlight, and one Girls in the Kitchen.
I’ve had a lot of fun doing this blog even though I have forgotten to actually post on several days…including most of October…moving on. I would have never had the passion to explore The Berkshire County Chronicles in the way I do without this blog. I know its been a while since we’ve heard from Natalie, Charlly, Virginia, and Jessie-Maria but their stories will be finished in time. I hit a major writer’s block on My Crazy Life this October and in November I was busy writing a different novel for the National Novel Writing Month. I know these aren’t really good excuses (except for the November one…that took up a lot of my time!) and I have no excuse to why they haven’t been picked up this December. And to make up for this, I’m bringing Natalie back!
I’ve been planning to bring Natalie’s voice back after I finished My Crazy Life since Natalie starts her next story in the middle of Charlly’s, but it’s Christmas time. My Crazy Life is still stuck in September, and Natalie’s story picks up in December of that year. I don’t know how this will effect My Crazy Life, but I’m really just going with the flow on this. Some stuff maybe have to be changed later on but I don’t have any anything to worry about that. Hopefully, I’ll have the first installment of Natalie: Part 7-Christmas Hope posted early next week!
“I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages
should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.