Look at this!! Isn’t it awesome?? Mike Slaton, my illustrator who did such a great job on my first book, “A Cry From Egypt,” is already diving into the illustrations for book 2, “Mercy at Sinai!” Here’s a sneak peek for the first illustration! I love it! Mike has been taking college level courses for art and it’s obviously paying off! Doesn’t it look great? Can you guess who’s in the picture and what she’s looking at?
This past Saturday I spoke at a small homeschool conference in Smithfield, NC, with the Johnston County Home Educators’ group (or JCHE). I was so blessed to be able to speak and really enjoyed my time there. I had many teens, and several parents, in my room for each session, and they all stayed so engaged and attentive! It was amazing! God definitely blessed it. I gave two new sessions for the first time ever. The first session was entitled, “What Do I Do With the Rest Of My Life?”, which was brand new for me! Then I gave my “How to Write a Novel” talk, which I thoroughly enjoyed. And my last talk had a packed out room, which didn’t surprise me too much because of the topic. I was speaking on “How to Have Healthy Guy/Girl Friendships,” which seemed to be a blessing to many. These talks were recorded, and hopefully by the end of this summer they will be available on my website!
Doing three talks in one day (actually three talks in four hours!!), I didn’t really know how it was going to go or how my voice was going to hold out. I also didn’t feel incredibly prepared for these talks, and while I wasn’t nervous, I was worried about stumbling over my words or taking away from the message of my talks. I’m very thankful that my parents put me into acting at the age of five so that I wouldn’t be afraid of public speaking! It definitely worked! But I’ve also learned through my acting experience with a Christian group how you always need to be relying on God for the strength to do everything, even just taking a deep breath in between sentences. I’m very thankful that the talks went so well and that people were very encouraged by it.
Again, I apologize for not keeping you all as up-to-date as I would like! I know I told you all that I was speaking with my dad at the NCHE (North Carolina Home Educators’) Conference the last weekend of May. We spoke on “The Value of Non-Academic Education.” The talk was very well received, and we both had a blast doing it! Unfortunately…. We forgot to get the CD of our talk, and so it will be a while until it’s up on the website and available to you all. But it will be someday! I got to talk to several people afterwards who were encouraged to pursue their dreams and not just sit back and be idle in between all of their schoolwork. I also talked to others who were considering looking at alternatives to college or at least getting a jump start in college via apprenticeships, AP classes, CLEP tests, etc. It was a joy and a privilege to be able to speak at NCHE!
We also had our first ever “Meet the Character” day! Several of my friends dressed up as characters from my book! They played different characters in the radio drama, and we had so much fun explaining what pictures were, how to drink out of a straw, why people were dressed differently, etc. The kids loved talking to them, and they all stayed perfectly in character! It was a blast! See if you can guess who’s who in the picture below!
Stayed tuned for further updates!
I apologize for not blogging recently! So many crazy and wonderful things have happened, and I will be updating you over the next few weeks! But here’s the biggest upcoming thing…. I will be speaking THREE TIMES at the Johnson County Home Educator’s Conference in North Carolina this coming weekend! The first session is at 10:30am on Saturday, June 22nd, and is titled, “What Do I Do With the Rest Of My Life?” The second session is at Noon and is titled, “How to Write a Novel: A Homeschooler’s Journey from Start to Finish.” And the final session is at 1:30pm and is titled, “How to Have Healthy Guy/Girl Friendships.” I’m very excited and very blessed to have this opportunity! If you are anywhere close to us, please come visit our booth, meet some of the characters from my book, and hear the sessions! The conference is FREE! Click on the link below for more information. Thank you! Look for more news soon!