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Talk is Cheap

March 18, 2015

Hello everybody.  I’m finally back, and like I have said before, hopefully for good.  Things are on the upward swing here, and having spent a couple of years trying to figure out what to do with my blogs since I have undergone a bit of app overload, not to mention overload with blogging, podcasting, and writing as well.  Well, I figured out one thing – like the title says, talk is cheap.  I am not going to mention any deadlines, or when I hopefully am going to have something out; it will just happen, and you will know when it does.  I am going to make small deadlines, but they are going to be for me, and me alone.  I have found out that it is the best way for me to work.  As a writer or artist, or no matter what you do, I’d reccommend this action.  Do whatever works for you.  Don’t let anyone else tell you what to do.  You have to find your way with God’s help.  

Ok.  Now for the news.  For the past few years, I have been prayerfully reading and Illustrating Leah Pauls‘ book, The Tale of the Runaway Toenail, and this Saturday, we will be taking it to Pagemaster Publications Service, a local publication service to see what they can do for us.  I am looking forward to this appointment. Once this project is done, I will be concentrating on another childrens’ book.  

Secondly, I have completed chapters nine and ten of Sword of Earth.  I am also beginning to write short stories that tell of each character’s history.  This will also help with the world building for future edits.  

Thirdly, I am still writing for the King’s Poetry blog, and doing a podcast.  Again, I am not going to put myself on a public schedule; talk is worth a penny or less.

Fourthly, I am starting another blog and podcast.  Yes, another blog.  I know I got overwhelmed by it all last time, but I tried to put myself on too strict of a routine.  That got into the “I should do this…”, and it got to be an obligatory thing, rather than something I enjoyed.  That was the thing that kept me away from everything.  Anyway, the Blog is going to be called VIBE Visually Impaired Blogged Ezine.  there I will talk about anything relating to accessibility, especially for the visually impaired.  I will rate gadgets, apps, give hints on how things might be done in the kitchen, how to be thrifty, and more.  I know it’s a lot, but this has been brewing in my head for many years, and now it’s time for it to get out.  

I will still occasionally work on my other blogs such as The Kent Chronicles as well, but what has been mentioned here is enough.  of course things will change as time goes by.  Hopefully this will all turn from pennies to dollars someday with the Lord’s help but if not, that’s ok too.  🙂 Well, until next time, may your Journeys be safe, take care, and God blessl.  Bye for now.

A New Beginning

December 28, 2013

Well, I can hardly believe that 2013 is almost over!  A new year is beginning in a few days, and this site is beginning with a new image.  Why change this from Heart’s Alive?  Hearts Alive is the title of my whole ministry, from my writing to my art, and that includes music.  All my art comes from my heart, but it is nothing if not made alive by our Lord and Savior.

Hearts Alive! will continue on where Michelle Earl’s Writing left off – a news of what’s going on in my life.  I intended for this blog to be just a writing life blog, but I finally realized that they are all connected; they are all worship art.  That means obedience to where the Holy Spirit leads.  So, I ask that you please bear with me during the next few weeks as I continue to figure out how this site will morph into its new one.  I will bring out some polls for you, and I ask that you participate.  It would help me out a lot.

News

As of yesterday, I have edited Maidenhood Sign, a short story I had submitted earlier in the year.  I have submitted the new version to Tesseract18, a science fiction and fantasy anthology.  With the Lord’s help, maybe it will get in there. If not, well, there’s always more magazines and anthologies out there.

I pray your Christmas went well, and that your New Year will be blessed.  May your journeys be safe; take care, and God bless.

Much Ado about Everything

April 14, 2013

Hi everyone,

Much has gone on since I last wrote in this blog.  I have gone through a chapbook making course, so I know that the chapbook will be a long time in the making because I have so many themes in the King’s Poetry that I am going to need to figure out a way to gather them together.  The whole theme of the blog is that the poems are inspired by Jesus, but there are deeper themes.

I am almost through chapter 9 of my book, but I have to redo it.  I think I had better put even my working copies on gdrive.  I can’t seem to keep them in one place.  I’m getting so tired of this.  I also learned today that a chapbook of fiction can be published as well.  Therefore, depending on what happens with my short stories, I will be creating chapbooks of fiction as well.

I am going to be doing some research soon as well.  With my ministry, I am going to have to set up a business, but everyone knows my ministry as Hearts Alive, yet when making a business, it costs money to have the business under a different name, but can I have the business on paper as Michelle Earl Ministries, and have subdivisions of Women’s Afternoon Out, Hearts Alive, and Living Waters Hygene Ministries?  I’m hoping so, because it’s the branding that counts.

So, anyway, there is a lot to think about, but for now, some fun.  I have recently found a podcast that I think is really good, and I’m thinking of submitting Maidenhood sign to.  It’s called Beneath Ceaseless Skies.  It can be found both at the site and on Itunes.  Enjoy.

Update March 18, 2013

March 18, 2013

Hi everyone,

For those of you who celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, I hope you had a good one.  March has brought Edmonton quite a lot of snow, and some of us are not pleased because we had some Spring like weather, and we were revelling in it.  Then again, I like to think of this as the “sugar snow.”  That means the sap is starting to run for the trees, and Spring is on its way.  I hope that’s the case.  Those who make maple sugar and syrup products are probably busy.  Are you one of them?  Make a comment here if you are, and tell me how things are going.

On to things with my writing.  I have good news and some not so good news.  I’ll do the not-so-good news first.  I submitted my piece, “Maidenhood Sign” in to a magazine, and it has been rejected.  That’s ok.  I’m going to try another, and hopefully it will get submitted somewhere.  If not, I might put it on triond.com  Triond is a site where you can get money for submitting photos or articles.  I have some photos and a poem there.  I haven’t received much of yet, but I forsee it being worth it, especially when I link it to my other blogs, and of course, when I get my website up.

Secondly, by the end of the month, I shall be starting my bi-weekly podcast of the King’s Poetry.  Leah Pauls is recording her song, “I’ve got the Joy”, and has granted me permission to use it for the podcast.  I am thrilled.  Her website is here

I have other news as well.  As of this week, my art, my writing, and my blogs as well as other ministries all fall under Hearts Alive.  I am now treating this ministry as a job – a not-for-profit one, but a job, none-the less.  I try not to do much on Mondays, because this is my day off, but I had to get this out while it is fresh in my mind.

My goal this week at the very least is to do a page of text, and at the most to finish chapter 9.  I’ll give you permission to hold me accountable, and you can jump on the bandwagon if you have goals, and I’d do the same thing.  Will you join me?

It’s Amazing!

March 6, 2013

Hi everyone,

I wrote this post at the beginning of February, but it got saved as a draft in the wrong blog.  I wanted you to view it before I posted new material.

Michelle

Just like the title says, I feel amazed.  The difference between how I felt during the past couple of posts is like night and day.  I have felt like I have had the equivalent of a blood transfusion from the Lord with regards to my writing.  You see, writing for me has been my oldest of ministries; I have been writing since I was a child.  In essence, when I am healthy, I can’t not write.  I am so thankful to be back to writing.

I am writing to you from Travelodge Edmonton East.  Right at the end of the Breakforth weekend, my husband and I went there for a personal retreat.  We do what we want, and what we want is to soak in the Lord.  It has been a wonderful week so far.  I have began to work on my book for the first time in months, and I have finished at least 2 poems.  I pray to be back in the swing of things soon.  I still have to be careful, but I feel better.  How do you deal with this in low times?  Do you just veg?  Do you have another form of art you switch to like me?  Or are you also like me and get depressed?  Feel free to comment here.

Little bit of everything

January 23, 2013

Hi everyone,

I won’t say things are totally back to normal with regards to my writing, but it’s better.  I have been writing letters to Jesus for the past three days, and that has been helping.  I know that through Him there is hope.  I am just in the valley, and I need to ride it out.  With His help I can do it.  I have to take it like I am recovering from an illness, and it has been like an illness.  It affects me physically when I try to write, and I don’t like that.  Writing to God has helped.

This weekend I am going to Breakforth 2013, an event I look forward to volunteering for every year.  I am volunteering as elective room host.  That means I am the person to take the tickets and make sure the room is clean after every session.  Writing is one of the intensive learning workshops I am taking and I pray the Lord shows me what I need to know through it.

On the Audioboo front, I didn’t get to go through the festival earlier in the month, but that’s ok.  I did a boo about cooking, and now I’m doing something about the breakforth countdown and what I am doing each day.  It’s here.

Ok, now you’re probably wondering, “Where’s the podcast?”  I have been feeling that the Lord has been telling me to get it right.  I have selected an artist to provide the instrumental track for my podcast.  Her name is Leah Pauls.  When that is done, I shall start working on my podcast.  It’s coming.

So what’s coming?  I’m just praying that I can do what the Lord wants, and I pray that people will stick with me and understand.  Until then, may your journeys be safe, take care and God bless.

Prologue, 1, 2, now 3!

March 30, 2011

I know the title seems weird, but what it’s talking about is the book, Sword of Earth. I have just finished chapter 2, and now, in chapter three, the third member of the party, Scarlet Fira is introduced. Scarlet is the elemental guardian of Fire. They are imprisoned and find a way out. I am looking forward to working on the rest of the book.

I am also working on my blogs, as you can tell, as well as reshaping my ministry, Heart’s Alive! It’s purpose? To encourage a relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, art, and music. When I have redesigned the website, I’ll let you know.

I have been thinking about ways to explore settings lately and exploring that with Fantasy lately. I’m thinking of doing it with Sword of Earth too because we need to convey the setting to the reader. Any ideas?

Another year…

March 9, 2011

Well another year has come and gone as of today since it’s my birthday. I look upon the past year and marvel at what God has done in my life. He has broadened my ministry in many ways. The first is the blogs that I write in – this one here, for one, the King’s Poetry, the Food Tunnel, and Fantasy’s Fancy are the others. I also have another one, Writing with the Earth, which is a combination travel and writing blog, but I rarely write on it anymore. When I do, I’ll let you know.

The second is becoming a leader in our prayer ministry for our church. I look after Tuesdays in our 24/7 non stop prayer movement. What a way to get closer to God! Further to that, I have a shift that is dedicated to prayerful art. Another name for it is called Worship art, but it’s basically art done prayerfully. You listen to God and He shows you what you should paint, draw, etc. He may even tell you in a word.

The third thing is that I have expanded my worship painting to include prophetic prayer paintings that I give out to people. They are on little 3×5 canvasses – usually no bigger than a 4×6, and they can be of anything. Then I write something on a card and ask God who to give it to. He guides me to the person and I have a way of giving it to the person that the prophecy is usually received.

Fourth, I am working on doing the same thing for the ladies’ drop in of our church. That’s more of a challenge because I don’t paint so much at home, so I can’t get as many together as I’d like.

And the last thing is my writing and poetry that I haven’t put here. I host in an open mic at the Carrot as well as read there. That, along with working on my book, Sword of Earth, I am pretty busy, but what I’m really saying is that the Lord has really taken me out my shell in many ways. I’m truly grateful, because I know He has plans for me, and they are to prosper me. That’s from the Bible, and I really sense it this year. Now if I could just declutter my house…that would be awesome!

God bless you!