Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Floppy Disc? Seriously!!!!

I came home this morning from helping out a neighbor, and found the kitchen table covered in old computer gear and modems from the last twenty years. Apparently the attic was being cleaned out, and Mom decided that they needed to go. I mean seriously, why would we need these old computers around? But before saying good-bye, I had to plug in the old e machine, for sentimental reasons. This is the computer that I used to type out my first complete copy of Adventures of Amy book one.

It's funny how my perspective has changed. This computer used to be REALLY cool because it had a disc slot! Now I look at it and think . . . "Is that a floppy disc slot? How old am I?"

I'll never forget the agony of typing a sentence, and then sitting back and watching the letters appear one by one in slow motion. Moving the mouse across the screen was an ordeal of it's own!

I typed in Works Word Processor, so when I decided to upgrade, I had a fit getting the file to show up on my 'new' old computer. It showed up as gibberish, but my oldest brother came to the rescue and somehow got the next computer to read my file.

Do you see the black line on the screen? It used to scroll by very consistently. I tried to save it to a USB stick, but after right clicking the document, the only options to 'send to' were either floppy disc, or CD ROM. Since the CD slot didn't work, that left me with the floppy disc option, and I don't have many of those sitting around . . .

Wow. Reading the unedited version of book one that I typed out when I was thirteen is . . . it's hard to describe. In some ways, it's hilarious! I mean the story has changed SOOOOO much since then. I mean I have a totally different villain! In other ways it hurts. I want to just grab a red pen and hack it to pieces! The grammar, the story line, and pretty much EVERYTHING about it is AWFUL!!!!! I wonder if in another few years I'm going to look at what I'm writing now and groan at it?

I tried e-mailing the document to another computer, but when I tried pulling up the internet, it said . . . Dialing . . . And I'm like "WHAT!?!?!?" I'll never forget the days of dial up. I remember being across the lawn, at Grandma's house and calling home to ask Mom a question, but the phone said busy. "She's probably using the internet. I'll just run home and ask." It was so natural at the time! Now, dial up seems so . . . old. 

Do you see all those cords, and the size of that thing?!?!?!!? I'm REALLY THANKFUL for my laptop!!!!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ty Carson

  Last winter, I wrote a book about Ty Carson, and then put it on the shelf and ignored it till this last fall. When I pulled it out and started editing, I knew that it was going to be my next published book. I wrote the rough draft to the second and third book in the series, and have been editing them, and having my amazing beta readers work on them as well. This week, I got copies of my first two proof copies in the mail. Now, I'm working on final edits, letting my final beta readers at it, and working on final cover design issues. Do any of you have a cover design program that you love?
     Lord willing, if things stay on schedule, I'll be releasing at least the first two, and possibly the third, at the ND Homeschool convention where I'll be doing a vendor booth.
    So, you're probably wondering, "Who is Ty Carson?" Well, here's a basic overview of Ty Carson, and his trilogy.

  Book One - Graveyard Bend

There’s nothing like spending the summer with a grandpa that you don’t remember ever meeting. . . Especially when he’s murdered the day you arrive.
     It's been ten years since Ty Carson's policeman dad was killed in the small town of Graveyard Bend, and he hasn't been back since. . . until now.
      Fourteen-year- old Ty Carson wants nothing to do with the boys’ home as he searches for clues to the alleged murder. Can a baseball game, a figure dressed in black, and an old gun collection be the things that he needs to find friendship and bring him closer to God?

Book Two - Traffic at Graveyard Bend

There’s nothing like getting new neighbors . . . Especially when people disappear on their property.
     After a summer at the boys’ home, fourteen-year-old Ty Carson can’t imagine feeling at home anywhere else. Things seemed perfect . . . until the new neighbors arrived. The traffic from the neighbors at all hours of the day and night seemed bad enough, but then the new boy showed up.
    Can a new kid, threats against the home, the new neighbors, and his mom’s absence, help Ty learn to trust God? When Uncle Wyatt leaves, can Ty and the gang do the right thing? Or is losing the home inevitable?
     With a gun in his hand, and fear in his heart, Ty has to make a decision, but will it be the right one?

I haven't written a synopsis for book three yet but the title is, Chaos at Graveyard Bend.

I would appreciate prayer as I'm working on finalizing details for the books, and as I try to be wise with my time and get everything done that I need to. 

On another note, I've REALLY enjoyed getting to go skating and have some AWESOME games of hockey with family and friends! Thank you, Caleb M. for taking the time to make the rink great!

Every January, we make portzelky, and since we already have the deep fryer out, we usually make egg rolls and wantons. I've always liked Chinese food, but there's something about the homemade ones that are WAY better than any I've ever had at a restaurant. 

That's all for now, until next time, this is Priscilla J. Krahn, reminding you to let the joy of the Lord by your strength!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

New Plans

  Well, it's a new year . . . as if you needed to be reminded. Obviously, with the new year, I've been thinking about what I hope to accomplish this year. (Like everyone else:)

    There are several areas of my life where I have plans to accomplish things. Lord willing, I'll be able to accomplish at least some of them.

  WRITING - I am planning to publish the Ty Carson trilogy in February, and then working on a rough draft for something else. I'll be announcing more about Ty Carson soon, but the 'other' project is still in the, 'I'm-not-talking-about-it' stage. ;)
  IN PUBLIC - I'm planning on attending the North Dakota Homeschool convention with a book table vendor. If you're in the area, I'd love to see you! I'm also considering the South Dakota Homeschool convention but I haven't actually signed up for that yet.

  SUMMER - I'm going to be spending the summer at Northland Camp again. Only, this time, instead of being a teen counselor, I'll be working on a store team.

   SPIRITUALLY - Some years, when January 1st hits, I look back at the previous year and think, 'Wow, that was a great year.' Other times, I look back and say, 'That was tough.' This was one of those tougher years. It wasn't like there was any one thing that was hard, it was just an overall, spiritually challenging year for me. Hopefully, in 2018, I'll continue to draw closer to God, and more specifically, that I'll not get discouraged, but that I'll be able to be victorious in my Christian life. We all have struggles, but through Christ, we can have victory. I'm hoping to have a year of spiritual victory, trusting God, and serving Him however He leads.

  FALL - Survival. Yep. I'm hoping to survive another corn maze season. :) :) Honestly, as much as I may act like it's going to be the death of me, I actually do enjoy the craziness of it all! :) :) ;)

So, there you have it. A run down of what I'm currently planning on for 2018. Whether or not it all happens exactly as I think or not, is yet to be seen.

Here's a picture of me signing my contract for Northland.

I had a great time this week going out with some of my AWESOME cousins and friends. A simple cup of coffee or breakfast can be so amazing when shared with friends! Thanks, gals!

And one of my cousin/friends sent me this picture! :) :) STAY SAFE, PEOPLE! And finish out all those Christmas goodies! :) :) :) 

Also, my publisher contacted me with a few opportunities for Mission of a Lifetime to potentially get some awards. If you would like to help make that happen, I would REALLY appreciate it. Here are links to two places that you can nominate Mission of a Lifetime.

Until next time, this is Priscilla J. Krahn, reminding you to be thankful in EVERYTHING, and don't freeze! :)

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Feast of Stephen

  Happy Feast of Stephen Day!

   Wait. . . WHAT???

You heard me right! Today, is the Feast of Stephen! Have you ever sang the song 'Good King Wenceslas'?
                              You know. . .

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even

Well, today is the feast of Stephen that the song is referring to. And the Stephen that the feast celebrates, is the Stephen in the Bible who was stoned as the first martyr for Christ. So take a moment today to remember those who have suffered for their faith, and to pray for those who are suffering for their faith.

Today also happens to be Boxing Day. And this does NOT refer to a boxing fight. Instead, it refers to the day when you take boxes of food and necessities to the poor and needy.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Tis the Week Before Christmas. . .

Since some of my married siblings are going to be out of the area for Christmas, we did our family Christmas with them early this year. :) 

It was a great day celebrating the birth of Christ with my family.

You're probably sick of Christmas baking pictures, but we put together some plates for the neighbors with gospel tracts. I took the picture too soon, because after I took it, Hosanna wrapped them up with a pretty bow.

Since we opened some of our presents early with the married kids, I got this! I keep calling it a Fitbit, but it's not the Fitbit brand, so I'm really not sure what to call it . . . Whatever it's called, I'm enjoying it!!!

One year, Mom got these three angels in a white elephant thing and I always put them in the window. Since there are three of us single aunties. . . can you guess which one the nieces and nephews think is me?

I LOVE this picture the married kids got for Dad and Mom. It's missing the newest grandson, but besides that, they're all there! 

Tomorrow, is our church's Christmas Eve program at 7:00 p.m. and we'd love it if you could stop by! The birth of Christ is worth celebrating! Without Jesus, we have no salvation. So PRAISE GOD for His Son!!!!!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas Baking

We usually always put together several plates of Christmas goodies and give them to neighbors, bring them to church, family get-togethers, and anything else we can think of, so we do a lot Christmas baking!

Some years, I don't do as much of the baking as I did this year, but after not baking all summer, I've REALLY been enjoying the kitchen!

Yes, this is fruitcake. No, I've never made it before. No, it wasn't as horrible as everyone seems to think it is! No, I didn't use brandy even though the recipe called for it! I should have taken the picture later, because I ended up drizzling it with white chocolate. (That was the best part:)

These are peppermint cream cheese mints. We weren't done drizzling them when I took the picture, but you get the basic idea.

And of course, we usually dip hundreds of these little pretzels. I was REALLY glad that Miriam did most of the pretzel dipping this year because after dipping all of the maze ones, I was tired of pretzels! But not so tired of them that I didn't want to eat them . . .

I'll try to post pictures of other things we made later.

I LOVE CHRISTmas. I really enjoy all the family get-togethers, but the thing I love the most about Christmas, is my dad's favorite Christmas verse. 1 Timothy 1:15 ". . .Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. . . "  As you go about the season, don't overlook the reason for the manger. The baking, the decorating, the lights, the family, they're all things to be thankful for, but don't forget why He came! We NEED a savior, and Jesus is that Savior! What amazing love!!!!!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Impromptu Photo Shoot

Today, we went to Grandpa and Grandma Krahn's for lunch, and on the walk home, we couldn't help but notice the snow covered trees. My sister Hosanna grabbed the camera and we did a quick photo shoot! We've had a lot of light snows lately that make me feel like I'm living in a snow globe!

So, this beef heifer wasn't being very cooperative and walked off, but I do live on a farm!!!

Okay, so when I'm walking through the woods with other people, I DON'T normally grab trees! However, when you know the person behind you has a camera . . . you do things a little different! When I'm by myself, I've been known to rip holes in clothes from climbing trees . . . 

And, of course, Dad's dog, Mike, felt left out so he had to come see what we were doing!

Does anyone else have trouble smiling naturally while looking at a camera? 

I tried throwing some snowballs, but the snow was too cold to stick together.

As you can see, we do still have some flax straw if you need to buy some!:) 

I found this on my phone the other day! Mom sent it to me a while ago. . . Apparently it makes everyone think of me!?!?!? :) :)

A huge thank you to everyone who stopped by the craft show! I had a lot of fun!!! A special thank you to two of my AMAZING friends who helped me out!

We ended up babysitting some of the grandkids all day, so Mom invited some of the others over and we had a Christmas party! They decorated cookies, had a treasure hunt, and heard some stories.

I hadn't done these iron on bead things in forever, but when the nieces wanted me to do something with them, I pulled them out! It was a lot of fun to see them enjoying it so much. I used to spend hours doing this kind of thing. 

Then, this morning, I made another latte. This one was a white chocolate, peppermint latte, and although it wasn't quite what I was expecting, it was still delicious! 

Sometime, in the next few weeks, I'll be posting an excerpt from my current work-in-progress, but I'd like to wait till I finish the cover. Since the program I was using to design the cover is having trouble, it may be a little while. Until next time, this is Priscilla J. Krahn, reminding you to enjoy your family and have a merry Christmas!!!!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

December 1st

     Since my dad doesn't like Christmas overrunning Thanksgiving, we always wait to decorate the house till December 1st. It's one of my favorite days of the year! My mom posted pictures on the family blog, so I don't need to re-post them here, but as the Christmas season draws near, I want to encourage you all to remember WHY we celebrate Christmas. Last Christmas, I wrote about Eight Reasons Why I Celebrate Christmas, and today, I just want to remind you of point three. CHRISTMAS IS A GREAT TIME TO SHARE CHRIST!!! As you go about Christmas shopping this year, make sure you take the time to share the gospel. Give a gospel tract, and brighten the world by letting your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father, which is in Heaven.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Author Interview!

 If you'd like to get to know me a little bit better, Ruth O'Neil interviewed me on her blog! Some of the questions were really hard to answer, but I enjoyed it anyways! :) You can read the post here.

   I got connected with Ruth through the Indie Author Sale, which is still going on! Adventures of Amy books are$0.99 on kindle!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Black Friday Book Sale!

I'm THANKFUL for books!!!! 

The kindle versions of the Adventures of Amy books are on sale this weekend with the Indie Author Sale!

   Regular Kindle price - $2.99 - Sale price $0.99

There will also be a LOT of other books by independent authors for sale as well! From November 24th-30th the huge selection of discounted books is available at indiechristianbooks.com. You can also join the Indie Christian Authors for a week long Facebook party during the same dates.