NaNoWriMo update: Hit 50k, went on, still going

No, I'm not going New Age on y'allI hit 50k last night which was my NaNoWriMo word count goal, but then I passed 51,188 and I’m still going. Plus, having discovered new writing books, sites, and software, I’m delving deeper into the theory and craft of writing. Fascinating stuff. Thrilling, actually. Have also begun to have glimmers of other stories, in part sparked by writing for this NaNoWriMo project, and in part sparked by the dramatic theory I’ve discovered (re-discovered, really, but the original discovery was so long ago I barely remember it). Not wild about some of the what I see as Freudian-influenced aspects of it, but on the whole it is pretty interesting and has furnished me with much to ponder. Have had insights into crafting a novel that I haven’t gotten anywhere else, so there’s that.

Flannery O'Connor's recently published A Prayer JournalAlso want to mention a couple of books I received recently: four by Ron Hansen, who I discovered via an interview on Raymond Arroyo’s show on EWTN, The World Over Live. Here’s what I got: Kindle versions of Mariette in Ecstasy and Exiles: A Novel (funny, I have an unfinished novel by that same name), and used copies of A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction, and Atticus: A Novel. Also downloaded the Kindle version of  Flannery O’Connor’s recently published A Prayer Journal. My to-be-read pile is taller than my house. Happy sigh. :)

The World Over: More Commentary on the HHS Mandate, Feb 16

Watch the YouTube video of the Feb 16 2012 edition of EWTN’s The World Over with Raymond Arroyo with guest Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, DC and the author of a new book, Seek First the Kingdom, on the US Catholic Bishops’ response to the HHS mandate.

Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible, CD set, App for Mobile Devices

Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible, 22 hours on 18 CD's, App for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPadLent begins on March 9th this year and so does 40 Days for Life. And this Easter marks my 15th year as a daughter of Holy Mother Church. So I’ve been casting around for devotional material that will help me progress spiritually, as a disciple of Christ, especially portable books or apps I can access on my iPod. I was delighted to discover the Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible, starting with the free MP3’s of the Gospel of Mark, available on Raymond Arroyo’s website. Then I was even more delighted to discover the app for iphone/ipod touch. Continue reading “Truth and Life Dramatized Audio Bible, CD set, App for Mobile Devices”