My Worship Playlist

Happy Monday!

A little while ago, I talked a little about why I make music part of my personal devotions time, and some of you asked for some recommendations for songs to use for intentional, personal worship. Well, today I’m finally sharing the list of songs that currently comprises my personal worship playlist.

I’m including some of the lyrics to each song, and if you click on the song, it will take you to the best YouTube version (theoretically, a lyric video) I could find!

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What a Beautiful Name.

“What a beautiful name it is,

Nothing compares to this,

What a beautiful name it is,

The name of Jesus.”

For the Cross.

“Then on that day, what seemed as the darkest hour,

A violent hope broke through and shook the ground,

And as You rose, oh the Light of all the world was magnified,

As You rose in victory.”

O Praise the Name.

“Then on third, at break of dawn,

The Son of heaven rose again,

O trampled death, where is your sting?

The angels roar for Christ the King.”

God, You Are My God.

“No praise can define You,

No thought can contain You, God,

No other one is holy,

No other one is robed in righteousness.”

Be Enthroned.

“And unto You, the slain and risen King,

We lift our voice with heaven singing,

Worthy are You Lord.”

Resurrecting.

“By Your Spirit I will rise from the ashes of defeat,

The resurrected King is resurrecting me,

In Your name I come alive to declare Your victory,

The resurrected King is resurrecting me.”

Captain.

“Jesus, my Captain,

My soul’s trusted Lord,

All my allegiance is rightfully Yours.”

Boldly I Approach.

“Behold the bright and risen Son,

More beauty than this world has known,

I’m face to face with Love Himself,

His perfect spotless righteousness,

A thousand years, a thousand tongues, are not enough to sing His praise.”

Simplicity.

“I come in simplicity, longing for purity,

To worship You in spirit and truth,

Only You.”

In the Garden.

“And He walks with me,

And He talks with me,

And He tells me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever known.”

My Worth Is Not In What I Own.

“I rejoice in my Redeemer, 

Greatest Treasure, Wellspring of my soul,

I will trust in Him, no other,

My soul is satisfied in Him alone.”

Fall Afresh.

“Spirit of the living God, come fall afresh on me,

Come wake me from my sleep.”

Be Thou My Vision.

“Riches I heed not, nor man’s empty praise;

Thou my inheritance now and always.”

Crowns.

“I will not boast in riches,

I have no pride in gold,

But I will boast in Jesus,

And in His name alone.”

All I Have Is Christ.

“Oh Father, use my ransomed life,

In any way You choose,

And let my song forever be,

My only boast is You.”

Come Thou Fount.

“Oh to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be,

Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to Thee.

O Come to the Altar.

“Oh what a Savior, isn’t He wonderful?

Sing alleluia, Christ is risen,

Bow down before Him, for He is Lord of all,

Sing alleluia, Christ is risen.”

Sweet Hour of Prayer.

“In seasons of distress and grief,

My soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare,

By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.”

Even If.

“You’ve been faithful, You’ve been good all my days,

Jesus, I will cling to You come what may,

‘Cause I know You’re able,

And I know You can.”

Do It Again.

“You made a way when there was no way,

And I believe I’ll see You do it again.”

It Is Well.

“Whatever my lot,

Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well,

It is well with my soul.”

Call Upon the Lord.

“Jesus’ name will break every stronghold,

Freedom is ours when we call His name.

Jesus’ name above every other,

All hail the power of Jesus’ name.”

You Love Me Anyway.

“See now, I was the man who yelled out from the crowd,

For Your blood to be spilt on this earth-shaken ground,

Yes, then I turned away with a smile on my face,

With this sin in my heart, tried to bury your grace,

And then alone in the night, I still called out for You,

So ashamed of my life, my life, my life,

But You love my anyway.”

Grace Unmeasured.

“Grace unending all my days,

You’ll give me strength to run this race,

And when my years on earth are through,

The praise will all belong to You.”

What Grace Is Mine.

“What grace is mine that He who dwells in endless light,

Called through the night to find my distant soul.

And from His scars poured mercy that would plead for me,

That I might live, and in His name be known.”

To Live Is Christ.

“My great desire is to be with You,

But this is the place You chose for me,

This is the place You chose for me,

To lift my cross and give everything,

This is the time You gave to me,

This is the time You gave to me,

For me to live is Christ.”


Have you heard of any of these songs? Do YOU have a personal worship playlist? Do you think you’ll start one? What do you think about including music in devotions?

With love,

Rosalie

P.S. – the winner of the paperback copy of The Girl Who Could See is Kat Vinson of Sparks of Ember! Keep an eye on your inbox for an email from me, Kat! :D

P.P.S. – also, if all goes according to plan, next week is the (legendary) tour of my bullet journal. You’ll want to hold onto your hats, kids. ;)

11 Things I’ve Done to Avoid Working on My Novel

Procrastination is a thing, kids.

It’s a real issue.

You likely struggle with it (or have struggled with it at some point in your life). I struggle with it. It’s amazing—all the things we do when we procrastinate.

No, I’m not saying it’s okay or cool to procrastinate (even though we sometimes do cool thing when we procrastinate); in fact, I very much advise against it. But, I don’t typically take my own advice.

So I’ve fallen into another procrastination rut, and today I was thinking about all the things I’ve done to avoid working on my WIP. The list is fairly varied—from things everybody does (like mindless hours on social media) to a few slightly more… unique ways to NOT be working on my novel. No, I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

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  1. Doing dishes.

This is lame on a few different levels. First, I’m supposed to be doing dishes anyway, so this shouldn’t be a phenomenon. Second, dishes? Instead of writing, dishes? Instead of plotting rebellions and battling dragons, dishes? Something is very wrong with this picture.

  1. Sleep.

Everyone probably does this, but I got it bad. Napping, guys, so alluring on a day off or a Sunday afternoon. Should I be writing? That would be a yes. Am I going to take a nap instead? Probably.

  1. Marathoning Limitless.

I can justify this a few different ways. Relaxation. Creativity recharge. Unique storytelling. It feeds my mad genius. Blah, blah, blah. (p.s. – you should probably watch Limitless the TV show. It only lasted one season, but that one season was en pointe.)

  1. Planting tomatoes under a blazing, blistering sun.

Yes, those tomato plants did need to get in the garden and all that jazz, but it came down to tomatoes or novel, and I picked tomatoes (and did I mention that that sun was blazing and blistering?).

Also, since planting said tomatoes, I’ve been able to opt out of more than one quick writing session to go water the tomatoes because apparently you can’t just stick them in the ground and expect great things (something about care and horticulture or something or other), and so that has resulted in several occurrences of “Oh, I should go write, but it’s a real bummer *wink wink* that those tomatoes need water to survive”.

  1. Reading various blogs about editing and revisions.

In case you’re new to Penprints, you should probably know that I’m in the editing stage of my WIP. Most of the heavy lifting is done when it comes to big revisions, but there are still a few things that need to change to redirect the story in a better direction. This is where the wonderful internet comes in.

The Story of How I End Up Reading Blog After Blog About Editing:

Me: “I’ve got half an hour of free time! I should go write!”

Also Me: “But do you really know what you’re doing? You should probably do some more research on this whole editing thing before you, you know, actually do editing.”

Me: “But I’ve read a couple books on editing and lots of blogs already! I just have to muscle through this and do it!”

Also Me: “Shhhhhhhhhhh. Just go find some more blog posts that talk about the ten thousand things you have to keep in mind while editing. It won’t overwhelm you at all.”

Me: “Good idea. Overthinking this is definitely the way to go.”

  1. Cleaning my room and study.

In case you didn’t read that right, I’ll say it again: cleaning my room and study. Wut? I thought about working on my novel, and the idea was so frightening to me that I decided to tear apart my room and then put it back together (that was three evenings down the drain this time) so that I wouldn’t have time to go through revisions. Something is very wrong with me.

  1. Starbucks trips with my friend, Amanda.

Now, this may not sound like a bad thing, and it isn’t (it’s that whole iron sharpening iron jazz). However, when Amanda and I get Starbucks, it’s not like an hour of chatting it up and talking about all the things. It’s like three solid hours of greatness. (Full disclosure, I actually see no down-side to this one because relationships trump writing every time, but I felt like I had to mention it because our latest hang out may or may not have resulted in neither of us finishing our to-do’s for last week. #oops #sorrynotsorry) (ALSO, Amanda is the gardening guru who gave me those tomato plants I told you about a minute ago, so there’s that too.)

  1. Lying around on the couch thinking about editing.

This is when I’m “trying to get motivated” because apparently a rapidly approaching deadline is not motivating enough. I sprawl on the couch and think wistfully of how I wish my novel would edit itself, and, please, for the love of all that is good, actually turn out to be the stunning, amazing, earth-shattering novel it is in my head. Too much time is passed in wistful reflection on the couch. Far too much.

  1. Marathoning season 3 of The Flash.

Yeah, this also has happened. I’ll tell my sister, “Arielle, I don’t have time to watch a movie tonight because I have to work on my novel. All I’ve got time for is an episode of The Flash.” But then, five episodes later, no editing has occurred.

  1. Rereading the earliest versions of Beauty and the Beast.

I convince myself this is a good thing because it’s “research”. Lol, it’s not.

  1. Writing this blog post.

First, I spent half an hour trying to come up with something to blog about this week. Guys, I can edit almost a whole chapter in half an hour sometimes. Then, of course, I chuckled manically while reflecting on all the things I’ve done instead of writing and spent the rest of the night (aka: Prime Editing Time) writing up this post on all the things I’ve been doing instead of working on my novel instead of working on my novel (see what I did there?).


So now I’m going to actually go work on my novel and stop procrastinating. Or not. We’ll see.

What about you? What sorts of things have you done in the name of Procrastination? What are some projects you’ve been avoiding? How do you not procrastinate (and you can’t say you “just do it” because that is cruel and unhelpful for those of us ailed with procrastination tendencies)?

With love,

Rosalie

P.S. – don’t forget to enter to win a print copy of The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson (this giveaway is open only to you, my dear followers).

P.P.S. – I find this whole post depressingly amusing and ridiculous, just so you know.

21 (wildly amazing) Reasons to read The Girl Who Could See

It’s a Friday.

I know what we’re all thinking: “Why is there a Penprints post on a Friday? Is the world about to end or something?”

Well, we all know I’m practically married to my blogging schedule. It’s either a post on a Monday or Tuesday or nothing at all for three months (I’m obviously using “married” in the loosest sense of the term). Unless, of course, there’s something earth-shattering or it’s book news.

Well, today is a day for book news that’s earth-shattering!

I’m taking part in the blog tour celebrating the release of The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson, and for my stop, I’ve decided to compile 21 (wildly amazing) reasons to read The Girl Who Could See.

Book info + giveaway(s) info at the end of this post!

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You should read The Girl Who Could See because…

1. I say so.  This = the best reason on this list.

2. Um… that cover. In the event that you haven’t seen me share it all over my social medias, here it is that you may behold its beauty.

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3. Um… that premise.

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4. It’s a primer for both the science fiction and fantasy genres (so if you don’t “get” those genres, you should read this book to get your feet wet).

5. The book hangover – part one.

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this = a good thing

6. It electrifies imagination. This is one of those books that makes me want to write epics and shout all the music at the top of my lungs and paint gorgeous art (mostly of the cover). Whenever I read it, my mind almost explodes with all the things I want to do!

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7. It engages emotions. I don’t tend to get too wrapped up in books when it comes to feelings (I mean, for the most part), but The Girl Who Could See had me completely engrossed emotionally. See “book hangover” reasons for further insight.

8. It’s a small book, and so you can read it fairly quickly. This one’s for you peeps who don’t want to invest hours upon hours reading a book; you can read The Girl Who Could See in a couple hours and then spend all your subsequent free time obsessing thinking about it.

9. The story is just so enjoyable. I haven’t enjoyed a story as much as this one in a lonnnnnnnng time; it’s just so wonderful to read.

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10. The book hangover – part two.

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believe me when I say this is a good thing

11. It’s YA (young adult fiction) without all the teenage drama and angst, which we definitely need more of can I get an “amen”?.

12. If you read it, you can message me so that we can gif-battle our feelings about this book.

13. The book hangover – part three.

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trust me, this is good.

14. I’m starting in on my third reading of The Girl Who Could See since February.  THIRD. For those of us who struggle with math, that means I’m going to have read The Girl Who Could See three times in five months (I had it for beta reading, and then again for review reading, AND THEN AGAIN JUST BECAUSE IT’S SO GOOD).

15. The number of copies I currently own. It’s approaching excessive just kidding, that’s not possible.  I own it on Kindle, I have a proof copy on its way to my house, two hard copies that arrived after I pre-ordered it, and then another hard copy that is currently somewhere between an Amazon warehouse and my bookshelf. That’s a lot of copies of just one book, but I NEED THEM ALL.

16. I hate the term and idea of “feels”, but I can honestly say that The Girl Who Could See gave me the feels. So this is basically a restatement of #6 because I can’t say it enough.

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17. The book hangover – part four.

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this is a good thing

18. The Girl Who Could See is a beautiful contribution to the art of storytelling.

19. You will want more. More of the characters. More of the story. More of friendship. More of adventure. More of the impossible.

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20.  The book hangover – part five.

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this definitely = good

21. I just really love this little book. And you obviously need alllllll the info about the book now that you are convinced that you should read it (because you’re convinced, right??? RIGHT????).


The Blurb:

tgwcs coverA Novella

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

Buy The Girl Who Could See here.

Add The Girl Who Could See on Goodreads here.


The Author:

kara.jpgAs the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre. At seven- teen, she released a fantasy novel, Pearl of Merlydia. Her short story is included in Kathy Ide’s 21 Days of Joy: Stories that Celebrate Mom. She has published many articles, including one in the Encounter magazine, and she received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer award in 2015.

Find Kara on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her website.


The Giveaways:

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As part of the blog tour, there’s a scavenger hunt giveaway going on! So, I’m giving you a clue, and then you go off to find the other clues at the other stops (listed below) to enter to win one of 5 signed copies of The Girl Who Could See!

The clue for Penprints:

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The stops (aka: where you go to get the rest of the clues).

Emily Bergstrom -> Emily Mundell -> Tabitha Caplinger -> A Little Thought Garden -> Meghan M. Gorecki -> Bethany Jennings -> Annie Louise Twitchell -> Gabriella Slade -> Abigayle Claire -> Sarah Baker -> Jebraun Clifford -> Emily Kopf -> Rosalie Valentine -> Kylie Gregory  -> Olivia Rose.

ANOTHER GIVEAWAY!

Remember, I said giveaways. Emphasis on the plural there. I’m also hosting a little giveaway just for you, my wonderful followers. So, fill out the Rafflecopter entry form to enter to win a print (albeit, unsigned) copy of The Girl Who Could See!

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A winner will be picked from my giveaway on June 18 and announced on June 19.

You should really just enter both giveaways so that the odds are a little more in your favor, just saying…


Did my (wildly amazing) reasons convince you to buy this fabulous book? Have you seen this book around your social media at all? What new book releases are you excited about?

With love,

Rosalie

P.S. – basically this post can be summed up in these 8 words: Everyone should read The Girl Who Could See.

P.P.S. – I feel like I deserve an award for giving 21 (wildly amazing) reasons without giving a single spoiler. If that’s not a feat worthy of recognition, I’m not sure what is. So whenever you kids wanna get me that award…. ;)

The Penprints Flash Fiction Dash [the giant wrap-up post]

The time has come to wrap up the very first ever Penprints Flash Fiction Dash (refer back to this post if you don’t know what I’m talking about)!

There were 44 initial sign ups, 44 prompts went out, and 26 stories came back! My mind = so blown by how excited people got about this challenge and by the uniqueness of each story submitted.

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How this wrap-up works:

All the stories are linked to the prompts below, either via a PDF file or a blot post on the author’s blog.

The stories are divided into very broad genre generalizations (and if I didn’t know what genre to stick it in, it went in “other”), and the last two stories are separate from their genres because they were inspired by song prompts rather than picture prompts (I didn’t want them to get lost in all the pictures, so that’s why I put them at the end in their own little category).

Scroll through this post and click on the picture prompt(s) of the stories you want to read!

NOTE: I do not own any of the following pictures that were used as prompts, and I also don’t own either of the songs used as prompts.

Fantasy.

The Reeducation of Kylee Flintlock by Kat Vinson of Sparks of Ember.

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Impossible Love by Adaline Griffiths.

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Till the Wind Changes by A.K.R. Scott.

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Empty Image by Amanda Cox of Hope Perch.

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Painted with Light by Kathryn McConaughy of The Language of Writing.

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Under the Surface by Moya Tobey of An Existence Transcribed.

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White Winds by Emily Jayne.

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The Confession by Rachel Leroy.

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Paper Boat by Melinda Wagner.

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Ellusa by Katherine Massengill.

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The Dragon in the Mini by Chelsea Hindle.

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Science Fiction.

Strange by Evan Hildreth of Plot Hole Fragments.

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Poisoned Time by Kyle Shultz.

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So Close by Leah E.

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Contemporary.

The Backup by Heather Tabata.

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Clouds by Alina Kanaski of Ordinary Adventures.

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Bird-watching and Other Human Pursuits by Jebraun Clifford.

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Ali Green by Lindsey Tessa of Story Haven.

Other.

Away by Michael Blaylock of Fencing With Ink.

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Underwater Dance by Nicole Fritz.

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Hoofbeats in My Heart by Sarah Rodecker.

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A Delusional Path by Annalia Fiore.

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Historical.

Anika Rojkkers’ Experience of 1953 by Laura Danner of Flowers in My Basket.

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Stories from a song prompt.

Collapse of the General Eternal by Just B. Jordan written from “Ghost of a King” by The Grey Havens.

Birdie by Emily Kazmierski written from “Keeping Your Head Up” by Birdie.

The giveaway winner!

All the writers who sent a story back to me (even if they didn’t want it included in this post) were entered to win The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction as well as a one year subscription to the Splickety Publishing Group magazine of their choice!

So I picked a name out of a hat (okay, I just typed all the names into a random name picker, but that’s just boring sounding), and I need a drumroll people.

*whispers* Are you giving me a drumroll?

The giveaway winner is Laura Danner, author of Anika Rojkker’s Experience of 1953! Woohoo!! Congrats, Laura! I’ll be shooting you an email in a day or two!

And congratulations and thank you to each of you lovely people who signed up and wrote stories!

So, which story was your favorite? Have you fallen in love with flash fiction yet??

With love,

Rosalie

P.S. – yes, yes, this post was supposed to go up yesterday, but I encountered major technical difficulties. Thus, this amazing wrap-up post was delayed a day. :( Trust me, there was much growling and groaning and gnashing of teeth as I tried to trouble shoot the technical hiccups. Updates on delays and post sneak peaks and such can be found on my Facebook page, just so ya know.
P.P.S. – writers who participated in this challenge, keep a weather eye on your inboxes as a debrief email should be arriving within the next couple of days.

Summer Bucket List 2017

By this time next week, it will be June. And June means summer. And summer means hot and sweat and sunburn and mosquitoes and also a bunch of other unsavory things. But it is also a time of magic and rest and blah, blah, blah (or so I’ve heard).

Full disclosure, I kind of really dislike summer, guys. I’m very partial to winter, in case you’d forgotten. In comparison to the pristine cold of winter, summer is a sweaty sock (read: no bueno). But, being the extremely mature human that I am (because it’s not childish at all to abhor a season) I have decided to make the most of summer and try to enjoy myself a little. So, I’ve put together a bucket list for Summer 2017.

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In no particular order….

– finish Draft Four of Beasts *internal screaming*.

– submit Beasts for its editorial review (lol, kill me now).

– reread The Out of Time Series by Nadine Brandes (shocker).

– submit another piece of flash fiction in hopes of publication.

– finish my study of the book of Isaiah (I’ve got 21 out of 66 chapters done).

– purge some of my things in an attempt to have less things and live more simply/less tied to this world.

– launch my newsletter *cue the applause*.

– stay up through one night to see the sunrise.

– take advantage of all the daylight by getting up earlier and making use of long days yet still get my body enough rest to function healthily (doing this well is like trying to bring balance to the force: it may only work in theory).

– keep a vegetable garden (I will be taking full advantage of all the garden-wisdom of my friend, Amanda–she’s like a garden ninja-queen who can grow thyme from seed, and also she introduced me to bullet journaling, and so there’s that too).

– make decisions on the Penprints redesign and implement them (yeah, we’re all just going to ignore that I mentioned this like two months ago and still haven’t done it).

– drink allllllllll the water because I love water and I love drinking water because water is life and water keeps me from totally dying in awful summer.

– reread Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous (this is a book I think I’ll have to reread every year).

– go the month of July without listening to music (this one may kill me, but I want to rediscover the beauty in silence and the sounds of life).

– submit a devotional somewhere (um, wut?).

– go a day without technology of any kind.

– get a hammock; nap and read and write in said hammock.

– wear henna.

– visit two different farmers’ markets.

– wear face paint (because I can).

– get a skateboard and try to skateboard without colliding with the ground or cars or other people.

– go on a retreat.

– try to make a Nepali dish (Nepali food = so. good.).

– make soap (also with my friend, Amanda).

– own my pale skin. (I’ve got some very strong European lines on both sides of the family, and the little bit of Cherokee that’s in the mix all seems to have gone to my brother, Luke, who can tan in three minutes flat. I, on the other hand, have all the pale, European genes that just burn. This year, though, I’m not going to try to get tan in any way–no sprays or lotions or unprotected time in the sun. This year, I’m owning that I’m pale and choosing be happy that super light skin is healthier for me than burned or slightly tanned skin. *overly long spiel ended*)

– wear sunscreen like it’s my job (^^ refer to the previous item^^).

And that’s all I’ve got for today, kids.

What about you? Any fun summer plans? Do you have a summer bucket list?

With love,

Rosalie <3

P.S. – there is no post script for this post *collective gasp*.