Tuesday, August 31, 2021

August Wrap-Up


 

Hello Readers!

Today's post will be short because life is crazy. I haven't even been home very much this month. 

For the first two weeks, my family and I were on vacation in Kauai. It was beautiful. It was amazing to be surrounded by God's creation. We all got to see over a dozen sea turtles, tons of birds of all kinds, fish, and a seal. My sisters and I got to go zip lining, paddle boarding, and kayaking. We also learned how to snorkel, (though I still can't really do it 😆.) We then returned home and a couple of days later, we went to a friend's wedding. 

As far as writing goes, I haven't done much. The only writing-related thing I did was edit a poem and submit it to Story Embers for their 3rd Annual Poetry Contest. 

Both podcasts happened while I was in Kauai. The first was on Sophie Scholl and the other on Katharina von Bora. They were so fun to research and write. I really enjoyed the stories and I hope you do too. 

This month I read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson. I wasn't expecting to enjoy it, but I did and I plan on rereading it at some point soon. I also almost finished Fighting for Life by Lila Rose. So far I've really enjoyed it. 

That's all for today y'all have a wonderful week!

Blessings,

Mattie May 

Monday, July 26, 2021

July Wrap-Up and Announcement

 


Hello Readers!

Random Lifeness:

It's been a while since I've posted; life has been extremely crazy this month. The first week of July was Worldview Academy Leadership Training Camp; it was the best week of my life. After 25hrs of lectures on everything from apologetics to philosophy, I was excited to implement what I had learned at camp into my life. On the fourth day of camp, we went to the nearby pier and went witnessing. My group of four had the privilege of getting to pray with a man who was interested in the Gospel! I am always so amazed to see God working in the hearts of people. After camp ended, my family and I packed up and moved back into our home after almost 11 months of caring for my grandfather. This past weekend I met most of the girls from my small group at Knott's Berry Farm and we had so much fun. My small group was such a blessing and I already miss the girls so much. And now, in less than a week, my family and I are heading off to Kaui!

Reading:

I have no idea if I read anything this month, I might have, I might not have. Honestly, I don't remember. Oops...

Writing:

Well, this summer I decided to do the 100-for-100 challenge. I've been writing 100 words every day for the past 50 something days. It's not a story, just random rambles, other than that I haven't really written anything besides a few poems. I'm not sure if I'll add them to the writing page or not, we'll see. 

Podcasting:

Two new podcast episodes are up! (Dicey Langston & Dorcas Richardson) The country for this month was America (I had to do the USA because of the 4th of July and all) It was so much fun this month putting these together; there are so many interesting people! I'm looking forward to next month because the Country is Germany and I have two really amazing women to tell y'all about!


Announcement:

As I mentioned a month or two ago, FeedBurner is taking away the "Follow by Email" so In an effort for y'all to keep getting updates from this blog I'm moving my subscription to Aweber. There is now a tab that says "Subscribe" I will begin sending out a newsletter or something so y'all can continue to follow my blog and writing. For those of you who are already subscribed you don't need to do anything as I have moved you to the list for Aweber. 


I think that's all for now. Have a wonderful week y'all!


Blessings,

Mattie May


 

Thursday, June 24, 2021

June Wrap-Up and Ramblings

 


Hello Readers!

I'm sorry I'm so bad at keeping this up. I nearly forgot it existed till a couple of days ago when I remembered I should probably update you all on the happenings of my life and writing and podcasting. 

Life:

I've been busy with reading and researching and writing podcasts. My mama signed me up for driving lessons so that has been good. I've had two so far and the cars are still in one piece and all humans in the car while I'm driving have survived my driving. So far, so good. 

Writing:

For fun, I'm participating in the 100-for-100 challenge hosted by Go Teen Writers. So far I have written 100 words every day since it started on May 31st. It's purely for my enjoyment and it's not a real writing project per se, but hey, at least I'm writing. 

Podcasting: 

I've published two podcast episodes! One is an Introduction, and the other is on Olympia Morata who I covered in a blog post Here back in October. For July... well, you'll have to check out my podcast to find that out ;) It has been very fun and I love it. I love these women of history and I love talking about them to anyone who cares to listen. 

Reading has been a bit slower this month because of Life so I have nothing to report on that. 

As always, I hope you all are having a wonderful summer and surviving the heat. 

Blessings,

Mattie May


Thursday, May 27, 2021

Exciting Announcement!!!



Hello Readers!

I'm sorry I didn't post earlier this month, but I have been busy getting ready for the announcement I am going to be sharing with y'all today. I am *so* excited to tell y'all about this! There is also a very much less exciting announcement at the end. 

As most of you probably know, I love history and I especially get excited about women in history. I also love telling others about history and learning more myself! So, I decided to combine my passion for writing and history and telling stories into one thing. 

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I'm starting a podcast!!! 

I'm calling it Blossoms of Courage, a podcast that will encourage the women of today with the women of yesterday. My goal is to launch it on June 1st. And I'm stuck between mild panic and excitement as I try and pull everything together. 

Anyway, if you want to learn more, you can check out the Facebook page Here! and check out the blog Here!

Please follow, like, and join me in learning about these amazing women of courage! 

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Not so exciting news...

FeedBurner is taking away its option to follow by email in the next month or so... I will be either switching to a new site or figuring out how to set up a newsletter type thing so y'all can get updates on my writing and such things. I'll keep y'all updated on any upcoming changes. And what I decide to do in the end.

That is all for now y'all. I hope you have a lovely rest of your week and Memorial Day weekend!

Blessings,

Mattie May





Friday, April 30, 2021

April Wrap-Up


 

Hello Readers!

This month went by way too fast. So fast that most of it is a blur and I don't really remember what happened.... oops... 

I didn't do as much reading this month, because of Reasons that will be announced in my next post... ;) 

I think my favorite read this month was Sir Knight of the Splendid Way, By W.E. Cule. It has been a while since I last read an allegory and I really enjoyed it. I love finding parallels and looking at the symbolism hidden in the story.  

I didn't write much this month, that I remember, maybe a poem or two, but nothing that is worthy of being shown lol. 

Another thing that happened this month is that I started taking an Italian class and I love it. Italian is a beautiful language and I'm excited to be learning it. 

I don't know about you, but I love giveaways, even if I never win, it's still fun and I get to support other authors! A friend of mine, Edna Pellen from Bleeding Ink, is hosting a giveaway for The Fire Rain Chronicles by Miranda Marie! Click this Link to read more and find instructions on how to enter and hopefully win this lovely series!

I think that's all for today, I hope y'all have a lovely weekend!  

Blessings,

Mattie May



Thursday, April 8, 2021

My Favorite Memes (Writing Edition)

 


Hello Readers!

Part of what makes writing fun is that countless writing memes. Writing memes are painful because they are often true. Today I'd like to share a few of my favorite writing memes with you! 

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(This is a bit hard to read but it says: Dark and difficult times ahead, Soon we must face the choice between what's right and what's easy)

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That's all for today folks, hope you enjoyed this post, it was fun to put together! Let me know in the comments if you'd like another post like this in the future. 

Blessings,
Mattie May











Monday, March 29, 2021

Life Update and Other Randomness


 

Hello Readers!

    I can't believe it's already nearly April! These few months of 2021 have flown by. I'm sorry I haven't posted on here in nearly forever, but life went down and I went down with it... I'll try to explain. 

    Since the week of Valentine's day, I have been on an internet fast or reset, depending on who in my family you ask. At first, it was extremely challenging I really struggled with the decisions that my parents made, but as life has gone on and I've seen the benefits and understood where they were coming from, I appreciate the steps they took. Not only has my relationship with them been strengthened, but my relationship with God and with my sisters has flourished during this time. As with any other fast/reset, it's best not to go all the way back on the first day. Since that kinda defeats the purpose of the fast in the first place. So for all of you wondering where I disappeared to... that's where. 

    In my last post here I told y'all that I was dealing with writer's burnout. I'm happy to say that I've recovered... or at least recovered enough where I don't feel like I'm living in a black hole. 

    I've done a lot of reading these past few weeks:

1. Johanna and Henriette Kuyper: Daring to Change their world (Chosen Daughters Series), Abigail Van Der Velde

This one is a reread and I started before the reset. I finished within the first few weeks. It was honestly amazing. Johanna and Henriette have quickly climbed the ladder of my favorite women of history. 

2. Hammer of the Huguenots, Douglas Bond

For those of you who know me, you know that Douglas Bond is one of my favorite HisFic authors. This book was fascinating. I'm fairly familiar with the Reformation in France, and the St. Bartholomew's day Massacre, but this book focused on the events leading up to St. Bartholomew's day. I find books like this very inspiring to my faith. 

3. The Hobgoblins, Douglas Bond

This book tells the story of John Bunyan from the POV of his childhood friend Harry Wylie. Harry's POV is entertaining and the use of old English is charming. John Bunyan is such an interesting person I'd recommend this book wholeheartedly. 

4. The White Rose Resists, Amanda Barratt

A year or two ago my family and I watched the film Sophie Scholl: the Final days. This book shares the story of Hans and Sophie Scholl in detail. For those who don't know, White Rose was a group of college students who were from WWII Germany and dared to write leaflets against Hitler, a crime punishable by death.

 I think my favorite part of the book was that it was written in 1st person. I honestly love 1st person. It's personal and beautiful. My favorite character was Kirk Hoffman, one of the fictional characters. I liked him because of his view of soldiers, as in one part he muses on the life that each man has. I've done that several times and it was really neat to see someone else think the same way, even if they were fictional. Sophie was also a favorite. I liked how she reached out to Analise, who is another fictional character. If you get anything from this short review, it should be: READ THIS BOOK NOW! 

5. Dr. Oma: The Healing Wisdom of Countess Julianna Von Stolberg (the Chosen Daughter Series), Ethel Herr

This was a reread and I don't regret it. Julianna was the mother of Prince William the Silent of Orange (he married Charlotte de Bourbon, who is a favorite lady of the Reformation of mine). Julianna went through a lot of hardship and struggles, losing three sons to the religious wars in the Netherlands at that time. Herr did an amazing job of telling the story through the eyes of Julianna's granddaughter, Maria Princess of Orange. 

That's all the fiction I read... I'm sure you can't tell what kind of books I like...

I've also done some writing and if you check the Writing page of this blog you can read two of my newest poems. 

To close out this blog post, I'd like to recommend Isa. 58, I've so blessed by all fourteen beautiful verses. 

On that note, I'll close this blog post with the hope I can post again soon. 

Blessings,

Mattie May

Have you ever done a fast/reset before? What have you been reading?

Let me know in the comments!