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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Kill this Thread and Win Venom and Song


Have you ever played "Kill this Thread?" You say you're against all forms of killing? I SO agree…uh, except for this game. Uh, and except for when I find a spider on my bathroom floor. Okay, back on topic.

Kill this thread works like this:

1. Comment on this post.

2. Be the last person to post a comment before the thread "Dies."

How does the thread die? Easy, all that has to happen is for NO ONE to post a comment for one single day. Every time you post a comment, you prolong the thread's life 24 more hours and put yourself in the potential winner's seat!

So, say Biff posts a comment at 3pm today. If no one posts another comment by 3pm tomorrow, then Biff wins the prize. But, if Zelda posts a comment at 2:59pm tomorrow, BOOM, the thread lives on 24 more hours.

Now I've seen this done a number of ways, but one thing I hate is that the comments posted are too quick and very boring. So I'm adding one more REQUIREMENT:

3. Make your comment something meaningful. Give us one of your favorite quotes. Tell us why you like it. Give us something from God's word to munch on. Talk about your hopes and dreams. Encourage someone you care about. Talk about a new band you "discovered." Tell people why they should buy my books--you know, anything meaningful like that! :-D

Oh, and what's the prize? How about a PreRelease Advanced Reader Copy of Book 2 of the Berinfell Prophecies series: Venom and Song--autographed by BOTH authors (CH and Me!)

Sound good?

Post away! Kill this Thread!

1,751 comments:

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Squeaks said...

Hmm...I wonder how long this is going to last (lol!). Well, for starters, I guess I'll start out by saying that I'm in the middle of memorizing Bible verses (that's pretty meaningful eh?). So far I've gotten 4 down the hatch and I intend to do over 365. Back in elementary school I memorized chapters at a time. How many of you folks are finding it hard to remember things as you age? (not that I'm old...I'm less than 1/5 of a century!
One of my youth group leaders knows a guy who has memorized nearly the entire Bible in a specific translation! Now that's what I call memorization!!

Nathan Reimer said...

OOO! I want an PRARC of Book 2.

I'm really excited for you both!

Wayne, can you divulge something about Chris that really annoyed you when writing and that you really enjoyed?

Israle Surrnak said...

I would have to say my favorite quote would be: "I only write when I am inspired-and I make sure I'm inspired every morning at 9:30." I like it because it shows what's in the heart of a writer.

sarah said...

i just finished curse of the spider king and cant wait for book 2!!!!

WayneThomasBatson said...

Hi, Squeaks! Cool that you're memorizing verses. What's a recent verse that hits your heart?

Hi Israel: LOVE that quote! Sweet!

And Nathan, you're supposed to post something meaningful, not request it from me! lOL, but since you asked:

The only thing that really annoyed me about Christopher Hopper while writing...really isn't a bad thing. He just writes to fast! For every 500 words I pound out, he gets like 1,200!!

Oh, and he threw a pillow at me when I was snoring. lol

One thing I love about writing with Christopher Hopper is that he totally has "vision." I mean, we get going on a plotline, and BOOM BOOM BOOM, out come some awesome creative ideas!

Ivorydancer said...

Lol! this will be fun!

One of my favorite... sayings is
"Stranded in the cloisters of my memories; where fiction becomes reality, melodies come to life, characters are born, notes are scribbled frantically, mistakes are made, ships unfold in glass bottles... where my love story meets another."
I wouldn't call it a 'quote' since I made it up myself. And no, it's not my favorite because it is my own :)

But it gives you a blurry picture of just what goes on inside my head... sometimes that is >_> it can get much more complicated :)

But since that is rather unimportant... I will share one of my favorite verses. I cannot say that any one verse is my favorite, because it would be like saying 'I like the F# in Beethoven's Symphony No.9'

"Let no one despise you because of your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."
~1 Timothy 2:12

I like this verse because of the encouragement it gives. It encourages us (as children/teens/young adults) to set a good example for everyone around us, to be leaders and faithful in Christ. It's about doing hard things and setting much higher expectations than those set for us by our culture.

anyhoo... I better skedaddle before I right you a book of all my favorite things :)

God Bless!

~Ivory

Madeline said...

I probly shouldn't post so early on...waste of time lol...but anyway. I'm reading Oliver Twist right now and it is a scream! The dry, witty humor and sarcasm is totally my thing. I absolutely love it.

S. J. Deal said...

This is a poem I'm writing.

Prodigal

I:
Dark is your heart.
Shadows of evil.
Consuming your mind, your soul.

Every moment, falling.
Dwelling in deepening darkness.
Death’s curse upon you.

Another day, another hour.
Never failing, never ending.
Once more watching you die.

Taken by evil.
Unaware of Satan’s hold.
The heart of sorrow.

Hell’s curse.
Bent upon you.
Stealing your soul.


II:
Lost soul.
Come back home.
Hear Heaven calling.

Overcome darkness.
Oh wandering child.
Dwell no more in torment.

Victorious rise from Hell.
Let Lucifer’s grasp be broken.
For grace conquers all.

Evil’s curse cannot withstand.
The light of love.
Come out and live again.

III:
No, though I travel in the shadow of death.
I will not come forth.
I will remain where I am.

Ever I will stand here.
Nothing can move my soul.
Leave me oh son of Heaven.

Villain of my soul.
I hate your name.
I despise your love for mine.

Enamored with myself.
I will not be shaken.
I will not love you.

Remove your presence from me.
Oh hated one of my soul.
I cannot withstand love’s light.

IV:
Come back my love.
Leave Death’s shadow.
Come back and live again.

One we may be.
Hope for you to stand free.
Friend, you always remain to me.

Move from your place.
Let me speak my name for you.
Only for you.

Ever do I dream of you.
Daughter of Hell though you may be.
I wish to reconcile you to me.

V:
Hatred remains my name.
Do not bother yourself.
Fancying pity for me.

Ask me not for my heart.
I do not want your mercy.
Keep your distance and let me be.

To take me is what you wish.
I remain standing.
Alone, and free.

Ever apart.
That is my heart.
I beg you, depart.

VI:
Forsake thyself.
Embrace my love.
Let us walk again.

Offering my heart to you.
Give me the chains that bind you.
I will take them upon my soul.

Reach for my hand.
True freedom found.
Leave the road you walk.

Go forth from destruction.
Return to me.
My love.

In sorrows curse you yet remain.
Would that you would give me your sorrow.
Will you not come home?

Vagabond of this world.
You have become a wanderer.
Follow me o child of darkness.

Evil’s hold on you is strong.
But my love can break all bonds.
Lost soul, be found.

VII:
Enough! Can you not leave me in peace?
I will not come, I am not lost.
I am where I want to be.

Vile though you may think me.
I will not be weighed down.
By chains of love or ill.

I will not come.
I shall not come.
I am where I want to be.

Leave me now o son of Heaven.
Forsake me. Give me up.
I will never love you.

VIII:
Daughter of Hell.
Anguish marks your soul.
Pain hidden, left alone.

Against my love.
You hide your cries.
Yet ride on sorrow’s wings.

Many tears remain unfallen.
The silent tears of your heart.
You remain alone.

Never comforted.
I hope to comfort you.
Let your tears fall in my embrace.

IX:
Son of Heaven
I do not need your comfort.
You are the Anguish of my soul.

Think not that I need you.
I am free to be alone.
I give myself to my heart.

Oh what tears remain unfallen?
I am free from you.
To what bonds would I sell my soul?

Phantom’s of fear is all.
I am free in my soul.
I will not enter your deadly embrace.

X:
Turn my beloved child.
Daughter of Hell, return.
I wait for you by the door.

Return to the light.
Oh wandering child.
Come home, my love.

Unaware of your glory.
A lost and wandering queen.
Uncouth though you have become.

Take my hand, oh beloved soul.
Follow me through Hell's wandering halls.
Into the light of love again.

Hear my voice in the darkness.
Heed my crying voice.
Turn my beloved child.

XI:
Hell is my home.
Oh son of Heaven.
Hear my cries.

Every thought of my heart.
Death brings its shards of hope.
Perhaps then I will be free.

Let me be, alone.
Neither daughter of heaven nor of hell.
Existing only in my own will.

Love not this broken child.
I cannot accept your love.
I will not hear nor heed.

S. J. Deal said...

Sorry for the double post, ran out of my character allotment.:-D

The poem there is meaningful to me, because in my eyes it is like a conversation between God and a sinner that he loves, or between two sundered friends, or pretty much any type of unrequited love.

It's also meaningful to me because I wrote it. :-D

-Shane

Matthew said...

you're totally right, Madeline, it's a waste of time to post this early, but...

some of my favorite qoutes:

"The ability to speak does not make you intelligent"- Qui-Gon Jinn, in the Phantom Menace

"I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."-Bilbo Baggins, in the Fellowship of the Ring

"DON'T DO THAT! IT'S AN ALIEN PLANET! IS THERE AIR? YOU DON'T KNOW!"- Guy, in Galaxy Quest

“You go to pieces so fast people get hit by the shrapnel.”- Ford Prefect, in the Restaurant at the End of the Universe

“Life is pain. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something.”- Westley, in Princess Bride

"And this is the marvel of marvels, that He called me Beloved, me who am but as a dog."-Emeth, from C. S. Lewis's "The Last Battle"

"I believe in God like I believe in the sun not because I can see it but because by it everything can be seen"- C.S. Lewis

"Courage is not the absence of fear but rather acting in spite of it..."- C.S. Lewis

"All the world's a stage, all the men and women merely actors, they have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts"- Shakespeare

"What are we holding on to, Sam?" "That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo. And it's worth fighting for."- Frodo and Sam, the Two Towers

sorry about the long post, but I've got a few fave qoutes. :)

I wonder what'll happen if Mr. Batson kills the thread?

Aidan Romero said...

My favorite quote I can remember is "The only reason anything is impossible is because nobody cares enough to accomplish them," I made that one up a while ago. It deals with everything we try to do, but give up on because it's impossible.

Seth Skogerboe said...

I absolutely refuse myself the right of commenting... whoops. Okay, favorite quote. C.S.Lewis: I believe in Christ like I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but through it I see everything else.

Seth said...

I wonder if a question (or two) counts as a meaningful comment... Anyway, are winners of the ARG eligible for this? And, even though this doesn't really apply to this blogpost directly... when does Venom and Song come out? June right?

Seth,
http://the-narrowing-road.blogspot.com/

~Prism~ said...

How cool! This sounds interesting, and I wouldn't be surprised if this lasted quite a while...

I found out today that I truly do learn from my mistakes. Do something once, and you're not too likely to do it again. (And this was in an science experiment, nothing serious! :))

God Bless,
~Prism~

The Writer said...

I wonder if Thoreau would say our lives today are "twittered" away by detail?

I have the strangest sensation that this thread may never die...

My favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:38-39. Talk about reassurance!

Emma D. said...

i don't know.... let me think i think that my faorite 2 quotes are 1. After all of our hard work, only four people really knew what the beatles were about.
and
2. books to the ceiling, books to the sky, my pile of books is a mile high. how i love them, how i need them, i will be old by the time i read them.

i think that people should buy your books because they are awesome and are the best. i told like all of the kids at my school to read your books and some of them did. now at lunch, we talk abou your books. you have a lot of fans here in Newport, NC.

i just finished reading the lightning thief series, and it is really good. but, not as good as the Door Within trilogy. have any of you read the lightning thief series?

Hey Squeaks, i'm only 11, but i do find it hard to remember stuff as i get older.

Israle, i really like that quote. and ivorydancer i really enjoyed reading your quote.

I really really want to win this contest. i have never won a contest before and i would like to win this one. so PLEASE don't write anything for 24 hours! i need this book!

Love,
Emma D.

Barie said...

I just found out today that one of my closest friends may have a very serious disease . . . I wish I could say something more cheerful and meaningful, but that's all that is on my mind right now.

And while we're on the subject of quotes, here a quote from a fortune cookie that friend of mine once got.
"That's not chicken you just ate"

Oh, and don't anyone dare comment after this!! lol, jk, jk

Eagles Wings said...

I have been reading over two verses, 2 timothy 1:7 and 1 corintians 14(For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline) and(God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.)I find it very comforting that no matter what were going through that God comforts us and we can handle all our troubles with His help.

Jon M. said...

Wow... I have never heard of this game before. lol, awesome!
I wonder, how long will this thread go on for? A month? Two months? Five? I guess we'll see!

jacob said...

One of my favorite quotes was said by William A. Ward --- "God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today. Have you used one to say 'thank you'?" I like that quote because it shows that each day is a gift from God, and we shouldn't take it for granted. And we also need to thank him for everything he gives us every day.

Hannah Y. said...

Great job, Squeaks, on getting more Bible verses in your memory! I'm trying to do the same thing; I started when I realized I could memorize half a movie after a couple of viewings -- meanwhile, I read my Bible everyday. I should have more of THAT in my heart.

Izori said...

Here's my favorite Bible verse(s):

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

--Psalm 19:1-4 NIV

I love how it's so poetic and awe-inspiring!

Brett said...

Love your books Mr. Batson!!!!
Some of my fav quotes have to be:

"It's dangerous buisness, Frodo, going out your door. You step out into the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no telling where you'll be swept off to."
-Lord of the Rings (Biblo Beggins)

And I must say, the Holy Spirit is the most wonderful mystery of all

Chris said...

This game sounds fun. I'd LOVE a pre-release copy!

Actually, I'm one of those who won the ARG, so I was supposed to get a free copy of V&S. Unfortunately, when I picked up my prize at the bookstore all that the people had there was the spider necklace, and nothing else. Which is fine.

I guess that makes me eligible, huh? Goooood. ;)

I think book covers are an interesting subject. I love a good, captivating book cover, like the one for V&S. My favorite book cover would probably be the one for Eragon, because when you look at tiny features of the dragon on the front, it looks pretty ugly, but when you look at it as a whole, it's stunning. It helps that Saphira is my favorite character from the Inheritance books, I think.

Cora said...

I love this contest style! I may use it someday...

I have a lot of favorite quotes. At the moment, my favorite is your first paragraph of this post. :-D

Another is: "Never let your worries get the best of you. Remember, Moses started out as a basket case."

Jennifer

mermaidgirl45 said...

Hello Mr. Batson! First, I think this sounds like a really awesome game, and I'm looking forward to seeing all the different posts... I'm afraid this is going to go on for a rather long time... =D

I would like to also thank you. I read The Door Within Trilogy I while ago, and it's never left me. It really moved me and I can't even tell you how it changed me. I really appreciate it, and just wanted to let you know that your writing really does have an amazing effect and God is doing some incredible things with the gifts He's given you. =)

A passionate fan, MG45.

Swiftstorm Tribe said...

Oops.. Mr Batson... is it possible to change my name in my comment to Thomas? And could you delete this comment please?

Swiftstorm Tribe said...

I like the quote by Wernher von Braun saying "The Rocket will free man from his remaining chains. The chains which still tie him to this earth. It will open to him, the gates of heaven." I memorized this at a Space and Rocket Center. I'm not sure why I like it.... maybe just because I memorized it XD

mermaidgirl45 said...

EaglesWings, that's my life verse! I'm not even kidding! That's so cool! =) I found it one day when I was reading. It's a great verse, and I use it a lot!

Cora said...

By the way, Jacob, I love that quote you posted (the quote by William Ward, in case another Jacob comments between now and the time this comment is published). Really makes you think about what you're using (or wasting) your seconds on.

Jennifer

Anonymous said...

My favorite quot eis : Never live in denile because the crocodiles will always come back to bite you in the rear. But always live in the truth because the truth will set you free.

Squeaks said...

Wow...so much traffic lol!

In reply to Mr. Batson...

The verse that really pings my heart right now is Psalm 86:5...it states:

"You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you."

This was the first verse that I memorized (I'm currently on 1 Kings 8:23). It really speaks to me because the verse is pretty much sums up our basic needs. God is forgiving of our sins and good to us. He is abounding in love and He's ready to divvy out that love to us when we cry out to Him. I'm reminded of this verse whenever I'm upset, alone, or feeling down. It brightens my day to think that I only have to call out to our God and He'll respond with love, care, and forgiveness.

Anonymous said...

Haha, I always wondered how anybody wins these kinds of contests.

Some of my favorite quotes are:

1. Faith makes a Christian. Life proves a Christian. Trial Confirms a Christian. Death crowns a Christian.

2. Friendship is made in the moment when one person says to another, "What? You too? I thought I was the only one." -C.S. Lewis

3. Loved isn't a word. There is no past tense for the word. If you love someone, you always will, no matter what.

4. Writers block: When your characters get fed up with all you put them through and go on strike.

One of my favorite verses is Romans 8:28 "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
I currently have memorized over 52 verses, the references are the only things that get me confused.

I have a feeling by this time tomorrow there will be at least a thousand more comments. :)

~Kelsey~

Madeline said...

S.J. Deal -

That poem - was - amazing!

I like it because it shows how God doesn't care that you're a sinner - he won't ever let up calling you to him!

NC said...

"I'm never late, I arrive precisely when I mean to. by Gandalf

I like this quote because my family is late to a lot of things.

Nathan R. Petrie said...

Clever idea Mr. Batson. Too clever. This thread will live forever. You know that :D lol We're all quite dedicated fans.

So it will be a battle of dedication :D What happens if we tie? ;)

"Only the diligent will comment on the remains left behind" DUN DUN DUHHHHH

Anonymous said...

this is amazing, great contest idea...my favorite qoute(however you spell it:)) is by John Keith Falconer
I have but one candle of life to burn and would rather burn it out where people are dying in darkness than in a land which is flooded with light." I like it because my desire is to be a missionary, and I have the same attitude about life as Falconer...I want to live in a land that has no hope of the gospel so I can be used of God to help bring these people to Christ...also...now moving to new bands that we have discovered...I just found a band called skyhawkdrive...they are alright...they have a nice sound to them...

Aidan Romero said...

More quotes:

"Folks in those stories had a lot of chances to turn back, only they didn't." Samwise Gamgee. Lord of the Rings, This shows us that we must persevere and not give up, no matter how hard things get.

"If a WRIMO is a unit of literary quality, what is a NANOWRIMO?" Unknown, very much how I feel about my nano novel.

"Never Alone" from The Door Within Trilogy telling us to that God is always with us.

These quotes were picked from my Flair collection on facebook, except for the last one, that one's from memory.

Eagles Wings said...

So, I was thinking of Spiders ( ya know curse of the SPIDER king) and wondered if anywhere in the Bible there was anything about spiders (OO) Turns out there was...

Job 8:14
What he trusts in is fragile ; what he relies on is a spider's web

Isaiah 59:5
They hatch the eggs of vipers and spin a spider's web. Whoever eats their eggs will die, and when one is broken, an adder is hatched.

Seth said...

Chris: You didn't get the other things? I'd email ch... Anyway, I'm not sure if anyone that won in the ARG is disqualified, I was just checking, and as I have yet to get a response[hint hint] I assume anybody is eligible.

Squeaks said...

Dear me...I do believe this contest will last far into the summer (if not for a couple years!) By that time I think Mr. Batson will get tired of accepting our comments and will just randomly pick a winner so as to ease his headaches of reading through thousands of hopeful (and not so hopeful) quotes and Bible verses.

Anyone up for some comedy? How about this odd quote from John Tudor: "A rumor without a leg to stand on will get around some other way."

Or

Jeph Jacques puts things a little differently (not pertaining to rumors at all): "What's the point of havin' a rapier wit if I can't use it to stab people?"

:P

If you're not smiling by now...check this one out (maybe my humor is a bit dry for you folks): Groucho Marx: "A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five."

*ouch* I don't know if I'd like to have his first name..."Hey Groucho...come over here!" XD Everyone would call me "grouchy" for short lol! (not that I am...)

Sorry Aidan, I think I've passed you up this time...I'll be reading more of your posts tomorrow!! :P (maybe, unless you post again and I post again and then we all start posting b/c we're all bored and have nothing to do but throw quotes and Bible verses around). Oh yeah, and you might want to point that sword somewhere else ;) The Bible can be a bit sharp at times if you know what I mean :P

Barie said...

A favorite quote of mine:

"Ah'd bother ye little, Father. A place tae rest mah heid an' six square meals a day -- not countin' snacks an' supper, ye ken."

-Doomwyte by Brian Jacques

I litarally laughed out loud when I first read that :)

Millardthemk said...

Now this will be a long living thread ;)

I just say the David Crowder band in portland, they were awesome! Recently I discovered the Christian band "Fee" check them out :)

BleachTune said...

If I Find in myself, Desires nothing in this world can satisfy, I can only conclued that I was not made for here. ~ C.S. Lewis

Happiness is...not being lonely~ Kujiwara Kiyo-san

some of my fave quotes... Uh let's see. here are some of my favorite verses
Psalm 91: 1-2
He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD, He is my fortress my God in him will I trust.
John 15:13
Greater love hath no man then this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

thats all I can some up with...

R.P.H said...

What a fun game with an AWESOME prize :-)
Today I found a beautiful song I never heard before by one of my favorite bands.
Here are the lyrics

See His Love
by
Jesus Culture

See His love nailed onto a cross
Perfect and blameless life given as sacrifice
See Him there all in the name of love
Broken yet glorious, all for the sake of us

This is Jesus in His glory
King of Heaven dying for me
It is finished, He has done it
Death is beaten, Heaven beckons me

Greater love no one could ever show
Mercy so undeserved, freedom I should not know
All my sin, all of my hidden shame
Died with Him on the cross, eternity won for us

Such love, such love
Such love is this for me

God's care,
~Ryan

Ariel (Mermaidgirl45) said...

Aidan, I loved The Door Within Trilogy! I wrote a poem about it... Haha. =) Have you heard Barlowgirl's "Never Alone?" It's totally awesome...

One of my absolute favorite quotes is:

"A woman should be so lost in God, that a man needs to seek Him, to find her."

That's like, a girl should love God so much, that if I guy likes her, and wants to date her, he has to find God first! I love it! =)

Jake said...

Phew! I got here in time.

S. J. Deal; That poem is amazing. I wish I could write something like that! :)

Mr. Batson, you and your books have been a huge encouragement to me as I'm trying to write my own novel. If I'm at a difficult part, I think, "How would Wayne Thomas Batson do this?" And it works!

Here's a quote for extra measure;

"A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work will die without putting a word on paper." -E. B. White

Please, nobody else post a comment, I really want that book! Just kidding.

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

Sounds exciting!!! :)
Well, I guess something God is teaching me, is that He can take even the smallest, humblest beginnings of something, and turn it into something huge that will impact great numbers and further His glory.
Right now I'm making a short film with a friend of mine, and am REALLY hoping to be able to enter it into the San Antonia Independent Christian Film Festival next year. . . . But I'm realizing that making a film-especially one where you need to make pretty much most of the costumes, because it's in a different time period-takes a LOT of money!!! And I don't really have a lot of money coming in. So God is working with me on trusting Him in this situation.
Like yesterday, I was outside swinging on our tire swing (a great place to have a quite, peaceful moment to talk with God), when God reminded me that the great big trees that I was swinging under, started out as a tiny little seed. It's easy to think that that seed isn't enough to make such a noble creation, but God was able to do it. And in the same way, even if we don't think that something in possibly, God makes in possible.
So I guess that's just what I'm learning. :)

Assr vísa ykkarr or∂.

~ElizabethMarieKauffman~

Aidan Romero said...

Before anyone asks, I did not choose Aidan because he's in "The Door Within Trilogy." Aidan Romero is my internet name, and the name of my favorite character I made. It literally means "Warrior Pilgrim."

Barie: Yeah, if I had to guess, it was a hare speaking. They're the only ones that need 6 square meals plus suppers and snacks.

My favorite verse is John 3:16.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life."

Galadriel said...

I've been reading A Grief Observed by C.S Lewis. One funny comment in it states that humans can ask questions God can't answer--because all nonsense questions are inanswerable!

Squeaks said...

50 comments...so, what's new? Not much, I suppose. I'm actually thinking about how glad I am that Mr. Batson didn't start this thread today...because if he did then I would never be able to trust it (you know...April Fools??). Exactly what is the point of April Fools? I don't know...here are a couple of quotes to get you thinking:

Chinese Proverb: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.

H.L. Mencken: A man always blames the woman who fools him. In the same way he blames the door he walks into in the dark.

Quintilian: Those who wish to appear wise among fools, among the wise seem foolish.

Seth Skogerboe said...

Galdriel-I love that comment!!! I like looking up his best. Also, I just finished reading Seeing Redd by Frank Beddor, and I sincerely enjoyed it.

Anne K. Riley said...

"Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable, and receives the impossible." ~Unknown

Matthew said...

another one of my favorite qoutes is "It will burn." said by Thomas Warwick in the Once and Future king. it makes no sense by its self, but it's amazing if you read the book. I highly suggest reading it.

I bet this goes past the time V&S comes out. that'd be funny.

A Writer's Legacy: Aristae said...

Been raining a lot lately, thankful for the rain. Really thankful. Hopefully no fires this year.

Nathanael Beekman said...

I'M taking a history class on the rennisants, and there was a quote that stood out to me,
"those who throw out the 10commandments, get the 10,000 commandments."-Dr. Grant
The meaning of this quote is that the people in the rennisants dified the 10 comandments, therefore once those were out they had a law for EVERYTHING!!!!
and unfortunaly thats what happened in our country! :(
WE NEED SPIRITUAL LEADERS TO RISE UP!!!!!
(no one coment :-|)

Jake said...

Hey, Mr. Batson, I had a question...

If this goes on for half of forever (which I expect it will :)) what are you going to do? At this rate, we'll all be old by the time this has run its course. I, for one, am checking your blog once an hour, and I don't expect that I'll stop commenting unless I die. :)

Anyway, back to the fun stuff.

Aiden R.; I had no idea that Aiden Romero mean 'Warrior Pilgrim'. That's cool.


Barie; Which character in Doomwyte was that? I can't look it up; I don't own the book, unfortunately. But as Aiden noted, it is most definitely a hare.

Chris; Covers are definitely essential. The art on the covers, I mean. :) My sister once checked out a book because the cover looked interesting, and now I have read that entire series 3 times and bought one of the books.

Fave Verse(s);

John 1:4 (I think)
"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has overcome it."

Ephesians 6:12
"For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over his present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places."


I like these verses mainly because I'm an ametuer (bad spelling, sorry) fantasy writer. It's a great verse to use in writing.
And because of Frank Perreti's This Present Darkness books. I love those.

Sorry for the length of this comment! I had a lot to say. :)

Anonymous said...

I haven't read The Curse of the Spider King... but this thread must live...

The White Queen: It is against my vows to kill any living thing...

I am not the White Queen I am his son!!!

Joraiem said...

I find this 'kill the thread' quest exciting!

I bought a birthday card for my twin sister on our birthday. It had a saying on in Romanian (I live in Romania) that I wanted to translate for her.

"Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so."-Belva Davis

I found that what was written on the card was based on a Belva Davis quote. But, what was actually written on it I found to be better:

"Don't be afraid of the gap between reality and dreams. Sit yourself in the will of imagination, and the bridge will appear immediately."

Celebrilomiel said...

Recently, I've been reading the book Switch by Chip and Dan Heath. It's very interesting and insightful, providing lots of relevant information and instruction on how to make change happen, from personal change to national change. It's quite inspiring.
In regards to politics, something I've learned is that anyone, regardless of where they fall on the hierarchy, can change something if they know what they want and can effectively communicate and motivate other like-minded people. I find that a pretty cool concept.

Matthias720 said...

Theoretically, this game could go on indefinitely. That being said....

I hope to one day become a locksmith and run my own business. What better way to minister to a hurting world than to serve them in an essential area of daily life.

Betsy said...

Well today is my 17th birthday, so I'd say that's pretty meaningful!
By the way, this is not an April Fools day joke, it really is my birthday lol

Cloe said...

Revelation 22:12-13

12 "Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end."

This verse is one of my favorites.

Jake said...

Well... 63 comments, Holy Cheese...

I am now firmly convinced that this Thread will never end. :) But I'll have fun helping it never end anyway.

I'm feeling kind of sorry for poor Mr. Batson, having to get on the Internet every other hour to moderate comments.

Didn't the post say something about music? Most of the time, I listen to a Christian radio station called Air1. They're awesome. Skillet, tobyMac, Relient K, Fireflight, Owl City, you name it (providing it's a Christian song) they play it.

And for a quote;

"A true king is one who sacrifices himself for his people." -said by ElShua in Runt the Hunted.

Lèrowen said...

Well, first I'd like to say this will the first comment I've left on this blog. And I love this blog!

Well, my favorite quote would have to a very old one. I forget who wrote it but I remeber how it go's.

'He is no fool how give what he can not keep. To gain what he can not lose'.

I really like this quote because it shows and reminds me that the things of this world are not important.

Psalms 107:1 'Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever'.

That's one of my favorite Bible verses. I think we all need to remember that the Lord IS good, even in the hard times.

Anonymous said...

My favorite verse is 2 Timothy 2:22.

Squeaks said...

Lol, Joraiem, did you pick your name from the Binding of the Blade Series?

Yes, I dare say this will go on forever. My current quote for you folks is as follows...

"Compared to zygomycetes, ascomycetes are characterized by a more extensive heterokaryotic stage, which is associated with the formation of ascocarps. Plasmogamy between specialized regions of two parental hyphae produce a heterokaryotic bulge called the ascogonium. The coenocytic ascogonium extends hyphae partitioned by speta into dikaryotic cells, each with two haploid nuclei representing the two parental mycelia..."

And so on. It's what I go through every day with my biology work. Thought I'd just take a lil' break to share my newly acquired information about fungi :P (no I'm not skipping out on class, I'm homeschooled :P and yes I'm taking a little break :P )

Emma D. said...

65 comments already?!?!?!
mr.batson you have a lot of devoted fans here! can't you just give us all copies of the book?
I have liked the Beatles for some time now, but I was wondering, do any of you like the Beatles too?
From,
Emma D.

Cloe said...

Betsy,
Happy Birthday!

Michal said...

Hmm...My favorite passage from the bible (at this current time) is from Deuteronomy 31:6

"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

I love it don't you?

Star-Dreamer said...

I love the door within books... well written with a good target in mind. I SOO BADLY want to get Curse of the Spider King, though I haven't yet. It is totally on my wish list. :)

S. J. Deal said...

I think I'll just post a quote today. :-) (And thanks to those who liked the poem)

My favorite quote this week was:


"O, here
Will I set up my everlasting rest,
And shake the yoke of inauspicious stars
From this world-wearied flesh. Eyes, look your last!
Arms, take your last embrace! and, lips, O you
The doors of breath, seal with a righteous kiss
A dateless bargain to engrossing death!"

From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet

Aidan Romero said...

Yeah, I picked Aidan because it means warrior, and Romero was a name I picked for a cowboy that I had no idea what it meant. A little school project has turned into a family saga.

I actually like classical music, especially by Beethoven and Bach.

We're going to run out things to say eventually.

Ariel said...

Lèrowen, that's a quote by Jim Eliot. And, it's an awesome quote, too. =)

There's one is Psalms that goes,

"Be still and know that I am God."

I love it! It's so simple - just stop and remember God is God, and he's in control. Love it! =D

Nichole White said...

I just started a new blog and I'm very excited. Maybe that doesn't seem that interesting to anyone else, but it is to me. :) I just hope that this time I can actually keep at it... sometimes my life likes to get in the way of my computer work.

That said, I can't wait to actually read Curse of the Spider King. I haven't yet, but it's on my wishlist and I hope to get it soon! I've been stalking it on Amazon... (no, that's not creepy... I stalk books all the time.)

Anyway, if this sounds like a radom muddle, it's because I'm so very, very tired... runnin a 15 hour day on 3 1/2 hours of sleep is not fun... or healthy. My mother says she hopes I learned my lesson, but I can garuntee that I haven't. *Lol* I'll prolly end up staying up to read again tonight.

Eagles Wings said...

(OO) lots of comments....

This shall last awhile i thinks....

When will the next tribe contset be?

Jake said...

This time around, I really don't have much to say... April Fools.

Seventy four comments... And the last half of them all start with 'this thread will go on forever' LOL.

Squeaks; Homeschooling is awesome. I'm glad I found a fellow homeschooler.

Michal; did your username come from the book I'm thinking of?

Ariel; I completely agree with you.

Quote;

"Never put off until tomorrow... What you can do the day AFTER tomorrow!" LOL.

Anonymous said...

Okay, since i have nothing better to write i will write my favorite quote from my book. “The Followers will try to create an unstoppable army. As of now they are still searching for the right tools but when they find them, disaster and chaos will reign. Killing them will mean death for ourselves, not killing them will lead to the same fate. For a time it will seem The King has overlooked or forgotten us, but The Eternal One will never forget His people, our tearful cries shall not fall on deaf ears. What darkness can hide the light? None! Though the future seems dark, the Light of The King shall not be extinguished! A battle, with the odds stacked precariously against us, lies ahead. Much blood and many tears will be shed, life itself will seem only a cruel and unending nightmare. Peace shall be a thing only remembered. Those who die before those days are blessed. Those still living shall wish for death to come swiftly and take them to The King’s side. Trusting in The King and some unlikely people shall be our only hope. Yes, though the dark end is near there is always hope. Sometimes only a tiny ember, yet even a small spark can create the tallest and hottest of flames. Hope will survive, and so will the undying love of a Creator for His created.

Yep that's my favorite part!

jacob said...

Alrighty...my favorite bible verse (well..lone of many :)) is Joshua 1:9 which says "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not terrified; do not be discouraged. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."

I like that verse because it shows how even when we're afraid and scared, that God will be with us every step of the way.

Kendall said...

So, I guess I'll tell my hopes and dreams... I feel like God is calling me to pursue a career as an army nurse. I have a passion for serving the men who serve our country, and for standing alongside the hurting and healing. Wherever my Lord leads me, I will follow, and that's where I believe He's taking me!

Star-Dreamer said...

I'll tell you something interesting that happened to me the other day, since we are talking about Bible verses right now. I walked into my math class and all of the beattitudes were listed on the blackboard! Now I thought that was pretty cool!

Paris said...

My fav verse right now is psalm 16:7 bc of a certian person I was dealing with and couldn't stop thinking about it one night. It was rolling around and around in my head and I couldn't sleep. So I grabbed my bible and randomly flipped it open to that verse:

I will bless the Lord who guides me; even at night my heart instructs me.

Snickerdoodle cool! And by the way, I read isle of fire and LOVED it. My brother likes your books too:)

Jake said...

Ahhhh... I should probably be getting to bed, but I want Venom and Song too much to care. :)

Hmm, I wonder if we'll break 100 comments tomorrow.

Anonymous; That quote sounds cool. What book is it from?

"All glory to the LORD forever and ever." -the Bible

Hannah Y. said...

I love seeing all the C.S. Lewis quotes here. One of my favorites is "A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship him than a lunatik can blot out the sun by scribbling 'darkness' on the wall of his cell." God bless, y'all.

Anonymous said...

Um, now what? Lemme think. Can i just say i really hope to win the copy? Is that meaningful enough? lol

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite quotes is from lord of the rings in Bilbo’s speech when he says

"I don't know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve."

My brother says that it is a complement but I still have not quite figured it out yet.

Whose team won for the tribe contest?

One of my favorite verses is Philippians2:3-4

~Jessica~

This is yesterdays and today’s I tried to post it but it did not get posted

Ariel said...

I remember this one time when we were doing yard work. We had these giant logs that we were going to use for our fireplace in the winter. I filled up a wheelbarrow full of them, and my dad challenged me to a race. I slipped on the gravel, and I brought the wheelbarrow down. It was totally vertical, but for some reasons, none of the logs fell. It was so weird, because those logs were huge and thick and had sharp branches on them. They could have really hurt me, and even though they were hardly stacked well, and they were totally vertical, they didn't fall on me. I think that was angelic intervention... I love you, God. =)

Aidan Romero said...

I'm not exactly sure what to comment.

"Writing is an Adventure" Winston Churchill, I believe. It is very true. I start writing and I have no idea where my characters will take me. It's their story, I'm just the chronicler.

Squeaks said...

*Yawn* So tired today :) I helped late into last night setting up for a community-wide Good Friday service. I'm really excited about going today (note, I think I'm 1hr behind the time here...Pacific coast time, so it's like...8ish right now). What's the most exciting quote of the day...how about we'll go with some Squeakified quotes??

"SLEEP!! Sleep is like falling over the edge of a cliff and never getting to the bottom before you bounce back up."

And

"Too much excitement makes your brain choke." (That's from the Dragon's in Our Midst Series by Bryan Davis...gotta love it!)

*yawn* Well...see you folks later! And have a very happy Good Friday morning! (pssst...don't pass up Church for more sleep...it's not worth it :P )

Squeaks.

Anonymous said...

This thread could take a long time to die. One of my favorite verses is Joshua 1.9 Be strong and courageous, do not be terrified do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

I always say this verse when I am scared and it is immensely comforting.

Amanda

Jake said...

Hey y'all! I'm back. Bored of me yet? Don't answer that. ;)

Squeaks; My sisters and I use that Bryan Davis quote on a regular basis. We love those books. And for the first quote, did you make that up? I like it.

Hannah Y.; C. S. Lewis is awesome. In fact, I'll put my favorite C. S. Lewis quote at the end of this comment.

Sooo... 89 comments. Wow. Yep, this Thread isn't going to end. Ever.

"I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: 'I'm ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don't accept His claim to be God.' That's the one thing we mustn't say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said wouldn't be a great moral teacher. He'd either be a lunatic -- on a level with the man who says he's a poached egg -- or else he'd be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But don't let us come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He hasn't left that open to us. He didn't intend to." -C. S. Lewis, The Case For Christianity

Ariel said...

Oh! I just thought of an awesome quote by Winston Churchill! I love that guy...

It was a speech at some university during WWII. The people were expecting an hour-long speech, and I memorized the whole speech:

“Never give in! Never give in! Never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.”

Succinct, encouraging, and the people got to leave an hour earlier. =)

Galadriel said...

You're against killing? What about Falon?

Anonymous said...

Yo, that's a lot of comments.

Anonymous said...

"I would infinantly prefer a book."
- Mary Bennet, Pride and Prejudice

So true! : D

daughteroflight

Anonymous said...

My favorite quote is from Philip Yancy, "A God wise enough to create me and the world I live in is wise enough to watch out for me."

Noah said...

One of my most favorite bands is Casting Crowns, mostly because of their musical talent AND the real meaning behind their lyrics. All Because Of Jesus is one of their songs on a recent album of theirs, The Altar And The Door. This song's purpose is to glorify God in the fullest: "It's all because of Jesus I'm Alive."

PLEASE LET ME WIN! (The Allebian Knight) said...

I'll give this a try. :)

Well, I think that your books are heaven, WTB. Hmm... what should I talk about? Well, my favorite guy in COTSK is Jett Green, but I like most of them. Sorry if I'm not writing something from the bible, BTW. I'm not Christian.

So, um... when I grow up, I want to be a fantasy author. I know I'll strive to be as good as you, but who nose? :)

So, yeah, and I HOPE I WIN (even though I won't :))

Millardthemk said...

WTB: I don't want to be a pansie about this, but I doubt this thread ever dies. Perhaps you could put a time on it? Like...as of July first the last poster gets it? Otherwise this will go on forever and nobody will win :(

Just my thoughts.

Steve said...

I read your Door within trilogy while trying to find something my sons would enjoy reading. After the first book I told me youngest son a little about the book and he immediately started reading it. He couldn't put any of them down. It was nice telling him he had to quit reading and go to bed. Thanks for such entertaining, exciting, and thought provoking books.

Aidan Romero said...

Has anyone else had crazy weather? I can't think of anything else.
I might use the security feature for something.

Cewaysi, it sounds like a name.

Squeaks said...

@Jake, Yes I made the first one up off the top of my head...or as some would say, the spur of the moment! :P Which reminds me... *ahem* "I enjoy gathering idioms for my people." (remember Abraham? from Dragons in Our Midst? Or was the Oracles of Fire? aah...I can't remember; the book was called "Enoch's Ghost" [or something like that])

Anonymous said...

This is going to take foreva!! This is my thrid comment! Come on you thread DIE ALREADY!!! *Pulls out shotgun* lol

Anonymous said...

Hopes and dreams eh?
I want to be an actress. Not for fame or attention. I am a person who does NOT like attention. I want to be an actress for the sake of acting. I'm not sure if I am any good but I love it.
I would love to be writer. Everyone I know complements me on my writing and I enjoy it but I have a hard time sitting still! Right now I am writing a book with my best friend and one all by myself.
I want to learn how to play bass guitar or maybe electric. Acoustic would be great! I want to be a worship leader.
That really wraps it up!
Is it meaningfull enough?

WayneThomasBatson said...

Some folks are beginning to despair that the thread will never die! lol

That's kind of what makes the game competitive. It's like how long will you last?

Sooner or later, people will begin to drop off or forget. Then wham! Winner!

Gillian said...

Well, this isn't a quote, but an excerpt from a story: Innocent Blood.

"The serpent waited, mouth slightly agape, eyes flickering with cruel amusement as she came to the edge of the Loch, and then began wading out to the Stone. The biting cold water lapped around her legs, and she shivered uncontrollably as she reached the Stone and clambered up to the flat top. Numb with fear and cold she waited, resisting the urge to look down at the blood stained rock beneath her feet.

Four times more, the serpent spoke; four others were chosen, and were forced to leave family and friends. One by one they made the lonely march to join Marya upon the Stone of the Condemned. Until at last, five in all, they stood, shivering in the chill wind, awaiting their deaths. Marya clenched her jaw firmly to stop her chattering teeth. The cries and wails of the grieving villagers seemed distant and faint behind her. Time seemed to slow and every second felt as long as an hour. Then silence fell upon the place of Rahedhenauer as the serpent reared back his grotesque head to strike.

Marya closed her eyes tightly, and bowed her head. “It will all be over soon! It will all be over soon!” The thought repeated itself in her mind like the relentless pounding of a death drum. Then strangely her mind wandered, and her thoughts turned suddenly to the tale of the stranger. “I should have liked to know… if the old tales were really true. But it will all be over soon…”

“Stop!” A great cry burst in suddenly on her thoughts and Marya’s head whipped upwards in surprise.
“Stop!” The stranger leapt forward to the edge of the Loch, a sword appearing in his hand as if from no where. The serpent halted mid strike at the sudden interruption, and reared back again, staring at the rash intruder on the shore. A long moment passed, and then recognition, horror, and hatred flashed across the monster’s face in rapid succession. “You?” The serpent breathed out a long ragged hiss, and a baleful light filled his eyes.

“It is I.” The stranger answered calmly. “I have come.” He stepped down into the cold water, and waded steadily out towards the Stone. The serpent remained still; eyes fixed upon the stranger, he appeared to have momentarily forgotten the five condemned villagers.

The stranger reached the Stone, and easily leapt up. Marya and the others shrank back as he strode past and halted at the edge of the Stone. Sword balanced easily in his hand, he raised it so that the gleaming tip pointed directly as the serpent’s eyes. “I have come,” he repeated.
“Why?” The serpent demanded, “Why have You come?”
“To take back what is mine. To reclaim my people,” the stranger responded, “You will not harm them any longer.” A light seemed to glow around the stranger, a light of his own that radiated from within, contrasting with the billowing blackness which emanated from the serpent and hung over the entire island.

“You know the law,” the serpent hissed, and there was laughter upon his breath - cruel, harsh, clacking laughter, but Marya thought she detected a faint trace of something else. Fear, perhaps? “Blood must pay the price of disobedience.”
“The price will be paid.” The stranger replied steadily. Marya watched in horrified amazement as he suddenly hefted the shimmering sword in his hand and flung it. It whirred, thrumming through the air, before knifing downwards and disappearing beneath the bubbling waters of the Loch. The stranger turned back to the serpent, and faced him with arms opened wide. “I have come. You will take me.” It was not a suggestion, nor an offer. It was a command.

The serpent was silent a moment, thunderstruck, then he opened his jaws in a wide ghastly grin. “Yes. I will take you! And my victory will be complete, O Son of my Enemy!”

The serpent struck."

And that's all you get to read and I'm sure you're all dying to read the rest of it... I wish. Oh well, it's the first allegorical short story I've ever written! :)

Squeaks said...

Haha! Mr. Batson, so true! I hope I don't forget :P I'll hopefully be on here going and going and going for ever and ever and ever. Chugalugging along :P (I like to say that sometimes :P )

Stubbornly persist, and you will find that the limits of your stubbornness go well beyond the stubbornness of your limits. ~Robert Brault

Anonymous said...

I shall continue trying Sir Batson! To forget means to die! well not literaly but i wouldn't get to win and that would make me sad! So i shall keep trying.... this may take awhile though.

Anonymous said...

Have you ever found yourself confused when you speak or write? I do all the time I wonder why.

~Jessic~

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

Well, this is my second post. . . . :)

Hmm. . . I guess I'll share one of my favorite quotes:

"When your heart is on fire for Christ, people will show up just to see you burn."~John Wesley

Millardthemk said...

*laughs hard*

My thoughts exactly....I can last a year if I must :P But I have a copy coming already so idk if twould be fair anyway for me to win*if indeed I last*.

Justin B. said...

Recently, my faith was strengthened from reading Anne Rice's "Called Out of Darkness." Besides this, I have removed caffeine from my diet and begun to notice a drastic change in the lessened number of panic attacks.

As of now, I'm progressing through Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time Series. The time dedication for this book sometimes causes me to rethink reading this series. Then again, Robert Jordan's fantastic characters and story causes me to keep reading.

By the way, if you are in need of a brilliant and cool fantasy series. Check out Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn Chronicles," or "Elantris."

Anonymous said...

I am attempting to write a fantasy series that is kinda an allegory for why Jesus Christ died for us. Recently I have been wanting to use my writing skills for the glory of His name and WTB, you have really inspired me to do that!

Thank you!
(By the way, I thought curse of the spider king was freaken awesome!)

Jared said...

I've been writing a book. I have a curriculum that is helping me write it in one year. Most people who do this curriculum don't publish the book they write, but I hope that I'll be able to.

Eldra from Daremo said...

Hmm, keeping an eye on this is a good way to forget that I'm on a fast...
Anyway, I'm super excited to read Venmon And Song! I know it's going to leave off on a cliff hanger, though, as that's what pretty much every trilogy does.
As for a new band I discovered, well, Mr. Baston's interview with Shane Lankford got me interested in The Orphan Project. I checked out some of their stuff and now I want to buy their CDs! Skillet's still my favorite band (going to see them in May!), but The Orphan Project just vaulted way up on the list!

Emma D. said...

mr.batson, you have a mess load of fans here who want the book! i have read the curse of the spider king. it is really good everybody should read it?

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

Another of my favorite quotes is by C.S. Lewis:

"We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."

I think it is just SO true!!!

~ElizabethMarieKauffman~

Anonymous said...

I'm starting to run out of things to say...... Would anyone be suprised if this goes on for three weeks? I wouldn't!

Anonymous said...

Never judge a book by its cover, or an author by book descriptions.
I found it out the hard way and although he is not my favorite author he is better than I thought he would be (not you Mr. Batson :)
~Jessica~

Squeaks said...

*stretch and yawn* *yawn and stretch*

Good morning, good morning...good morning :) I'm happy to be on this blog early today (of course for you interior people it's like 7 or 8 :P that time change always bugs me). Since I'm away for the day, I thought I'd better get up early just to make sure that no one gives us a slip and a winner suddenly pops out of no where. That wouldn't be too terribly fun for us (well, except for the winner lolz).

So what is my quote today? Well...how about we go with a Bible verse...


"The Lord your God is with you,
He is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing."

Zephaniah 3:17

I especially love the part in this verse where it says "he will quiet you with his love". That's quite powerful. Amidst all the hurting that goes on in life, God is there to calm us and quiet our hearts...and just look at the action going on here. We're doing nothing, God is doing everything for us! He's delighting, quieting, and rejoicing with singing! It's such a beautiful verse.

NC said...

Another one of my favorite quotes is:
It is often the weakest things in the world that shame the strong-Michael Card

jolayne said...

I think that it is really cool that Wayne is doing this. i bet by the time someone kills the thread it will already be in stores. (lol)
i'm determind to get the book either as soon as it is out or in this contest. i always read novels to my family on our family vacations and a month ago i read it to my three younger sibilings and my parents when we went to BC they are totally hooked. my dad normally doesn't like books but this is one of the few that he loves. he actually took it from me and wouldn't let my sibilings read it until he was done.
My whole family loves alagories and this is one that has a lot of mystery at the end. i'm not sure how it is going to work out but i am so exsited to read the next one. I find that alogories are very meaningful. they make me look at the bible in a different way. for some reason (don't know why) most people find it easier to read alogories than the bible. i'm the same way, but after reading the curse of the spider king i wanted to read the bible. so, i started something with my family. every time i am reading them a novel i will bring my bible and read a chapter for a chapter. well at least its a start. i'll be commenting more soon.

Anonymous said...

I think that it is really cool that Wayne is doing this. i bet by the time someone kills the thread it will already be in stores. (lol)
i'm determind to get the book either as soon as it is out or in this contest. i always read novels to my family on our family vacations and a month ago i read it to my three younger sibilings and my parents when we went to BC they are totally hooked. my dad normally doesn't like books but this is one of the few that he loves. he actually took it from me and wouldn't let my sibilings read it until he was done.
My whole family loves alagories and this is one that has a lot of mystery at the end. i'm not sure how it is going to work out but i am so exsited to read the next one. I find that alogories are very meaningful. they make me look at the bible in a different way. for some reason (don't know why) most people find it easier to read alogories than the bible. i'm the same way, but after reading the curse of the spider king i wanted to read the bible. so, i started something with my family. every time i am reading them a novel i will bring my bible and read a chapter for a chapter. well at least its a start. i'll be commenting more soon.

jola said...

I think that it is really cool that Wayne is doing this. i bet by the time someone kills the thread it will already be in stores. (lol)
i'm determind to get the book either as soon as it is out or in this contest. i always read novels to my family on our family vacations and a month ago i read it to my three younger sibilings and my parents when we went to BC they are totally hooked. my dad normally doesn't like books but this is one of the few that he loves. he actually took it from me and wouldn't let my sibilings read it until he was done.
My whole family loves alagories and this is one that has a lot of mystery at the end. i'm not sure how it is going to work out but i am so exsited to read the next one. I find that alogories are very meaningful. they make me look at the bible in a different way. for some reason (don't know why) most people find it easier to read alogories than the bible. i'm the same way, but after reading the curse of the spider king i wanted to read the bible. so, i started something with my family. every time i am reading them a novel i will bring my bible and read a chapter for a chapter. well at least its a start. i'll be commenting more soon.

Anonymous said...

Must.... post.... more.... win... win... lol

Jolayne said...

I think that it is really cool that Wayne is doing this. i bet by the time someone kills the thread it will already be in stores. (lol)
i'm determind to get the book either as soon as it is out or in this contest. i always read novels to my family on our family vacations and a month ago i read it to my three younger sibilings and my parents when we went to BC they are totally hooked. my dad normally doesn't like books but this is one of the few that he loves. he actually took it from me and wouldn't let my sibilings read it until he was done.
My whole family loves alagories and this is one that has a lot of mystery at the end. i'm not sure how it is going to work out but i am so exsited to read the next one. I find that alogories are very meaningful. they make me look at the bible in a different way. for some reason (don't know why) most people find it easier to read alogories than the bible. i'm the same way, but after reading the curse of the spider king i wanted to read the bible. so, i started something with my family. every time i am reading them a novel i will bring my bible and read a chapter for a chapter. well at least its a start. i'll be commenting more soon.

jolayne said...

I think that it is really cool that Wayne is doing this. i bet by the time someone kills the thread it will already be in stores. (lol)
i'm determind to get the book either as soon as it is out or in this contest. i always read novels to my family on our family vacations and a month ago i read it to my three younger sibilings and my parents when we went to BC they are totally hooked. my dad normally doesn't like books but this is one of the few that he loves. he actually took it from me and wouldn't let my sibilings read it until he was done.
My whole family loves alagories and this is one that has a lot of mystery at the end. i'm not sure how it is going to work out but i am so exsited to read the next one. I find that alogories are very meaningful. they make me look at the bible in a different way. for some reason (don't know why) most people find it easier to read alogories than the bible. i'm the same way, but after reading the curse of the spider king i wanted to read the bible. so, i started something with my family. every time i am reading them a novel i will bring my bible and read a chapter for a chapter. well at least its a start. i'll be commenting more soon.
PS this is my first time ever posting a coment i even had to set up a google account. so if this message is up there seven times or if there is something wrong with it i am really sorry.

mermaidgirl45 said...

Hello, everyone! I fear this contest shall go on for quite some time. =) We may have the largest online collection of quotes, short stories, and bible verses when it finishes.

I love this verse! It's Psalms 45:11:

"The king is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your lord."

Amazing! Jesus already thinks we're gorgeous, so what does it matter what anyone else thinks? I mean, who can compare to Jesus? Super awesome, and really encouraging when you play the whole she's-prettier-than-I-am game...

Galadriel said...

For lack of anything better to say, an original quote by me



My sanity is like a dimmer switch---I turn it on as low as I can and still see

Anonymous said...

My favorite bible verse is by far John 3:16. It's Easter of course so I have to say that one. It makes me think of God's great sacrafice he made for us. I'm very thankful.

Aidan Romero said...

I'm reading The Wheel of Time series too, and they are very long. The first book is 657 pages long. I have noticed they're kind of allegorical, but I'm not sure if it really is or not.

Anonymous said...

i bet you're right Jola! It probably will be. Ha that would be kinda funny. "Until you find something worth dying for you're not really living." ~Rebecca St. James. (I don't remember what the song is called.

Jake said...

Too true, Mr. Batson! I'm determined to see this through till the end.

Squeaks; Yep, it was Oracles of Fire and Enoch's Ghost. But don't forget Sir Barlow and the 'cat's pajamas'! LOL. And have a good day, wherever you're going.

Eldra; Skillet is tied for my favorite band with tobyMac.

Jared; is the curriculum named The One Year Adventure Novel? Oh, it would be SO funny if it was. I was actually doing the same thing, and I live in the same city as the author, LOL.

Does anyone else have trouble finding a conputer while at a grandparent's house?

"April showers bring may flowers, and may flowers bring pilgrims!" -???

(PS; this might post twice. If it does, here's a sorry in advance!)

Jolayne said...

i'm really sorry that my comment is up like six times. i'm really new to this sorry. i must have clicked the wrong button and it must have been sent in multipul times so sorry.

Cloe said...

"It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one
in between."

~C.S. Lewis

I don't know if this quote has already been posted on here, but this is one of my favorites.

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

131. . . quite a lot of comments I should say!! :)

One of my all time favorite poems is "Goblin Feet" by J.R.R. Tolkien. I thought that I might share it with you all. :)

I am off down the road
Where the fairy laterns glowed
And the little pretty flitter-mice are flying
A slender band of gray
It runs creepily away
And the hedges and the grasses are a-sighing.
The air is full of wings,
And of blundery beetle-things
That warn you with their whirring and their humming.
O! I hear the tiny horns
Of enchanted leprechauns
And the padded feet of many gnomes a-coming!

O! the lights! O! the gleams! O! the little twikly sounds!
O! the rustle of their noisless little robes!
O! the echo of their feet-of their happy little feet!
O! the swinging lamps in the starlit globes.

I must follow in their train
Down the crooked fairy lane
Where the coney-rabbits long ago have gone,
And where silvery they sing
In a moving moonlit ring
All a twinkle with the jewels they have on.
They are fading round the turn
Where the glowworms palely burn
And the echo of their padding feet is dying!
O! it's knocking at my heart-
Let me go! O! let me start!
For the little magic hours are all a-flying.

O! the warmth! O! the hum! O! the colors in the dark!
O! the guazy wings of golden honey-flies!
O! the music of their feet-of ther dancing goblin feet!
O! the magic O! the sorrow when it dies.

~ElizabethMarieKauffman~

Beorn said...

Alright, my turn to butt in ;)

Here's a favorite quote from Auralia's Colors:

But what is my heart? How dare I depend on such a misguided instrument? What kind of wonders might I have seen in this world if I had listened before I spoke, observed before I seized, hesitated before I proclaimed?- -Auralia’s Colors, Jeffrey Overstreet

jacob said...

OK, post 3!! :) I really want to win Venom and Song!!!!

One of my major goals is to be in a major motion picture. I really think God is calling me to spread his word in the movie industry because so many people there are not saved. And in Acts 1:8, he tells us to spread the gospel everywhere we go.

Anonymous said...

Another of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:8-9 because it reminds me that it is not our works that get us to heaven but our faith

~Jessica~

Aidan Romero said...

Shockingly, I am finding inspiration from the word verification words.

I've working on a scene of the Great Betrayal, appropriately, at Easter time.

Jake said...

Well, 140 comments... Fun.
*yawn*.

Oops. For once, I really don't have anything to say.

Let's see... search through the old memory banks...

Hey, Mr. Batson, did you post this on the eve of Easter weekend on purpose? I'm lucky I have a Kindle to post comments from.

Wow, I lost count of all my comments. Hmm. Here's a quote to keep things interesting;

"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone
under." -Ronald Reagan

Good night, all. And happy Easter.

Patrick said...

Happy Easter!

Here's a hymn that I find really encouraging; fits in with Easter in a way, since the ultimate battle Jesus has already won for us through His death and resurrection, then He leads us onward as our King and Redeemer:

Lead On O King Eternal
"Lead on, O King eternal,
the day of march has come;
henceforth in fields of conquest
thy tents shall be our home:
through days of preparation
thy grace has made us strong,
and now, O King eternal,
we lift our battle song.

Lead on, O King eternal,
till sin's fierce war shall cease,
and holiness shall whisper
the sweet Amen of peace;
for not with swords loud clashing,
nor roll of stirring drums,
but deeds of love and mercy,
the heavenly kingdom comes.

Lead on, O King eternal:
we follow not, not with fears;
for gladness breaks like morning
where'er thy face appears.
Thy cross is lifted o'er us;
we journey in its light:
the crown awaits the conquest;
lead on, O God of might!"

Anyone else have any favorite hymns or worship songs?

Christian Bergmann said...

John 19:30

"When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."

Ooooookay, does anybody know what the whole "it is finished" is referring to?? I mean, he hasn't risen yet so whats finished?

Anonymous said...

It still ain't dead yet is it? I still have my shotgun if all else fails. lol (acctually i don't but hey if it works it works!) Hum, another quote. Let's see.... "My mother was a caterpiller, my father was a worm. But i am okay with that now." That is like the best line EVER! lol

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

Post #5. I think that this is my record breaker for how many times I've commented on a post! :) lol.

Happy Easter everyone!!!!!! :D

Mathew 27:45-54, 28:1-10
45From the sixth hour until the ninth hour darkness came over all the land. 46About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, "Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?"—which means, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?"
47When some of those standing there heard this, they said, "He's calling Elijah."

48Immediately one of them ran and got a sponge. He filled it with wine vinegar, put it on a stick, and offered it to Jesus to drink. 49The rest said, "Now leave him alone. Let's see if Elijah comes to save him."

50And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, he gave up his spirit.

51At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split. 52The tombs broke open and the bodies of many holy people who had died were raised to life. 53They came out of the tombs, and after Jesus' resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many people.

54When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, "Surely he was the Son of God!"
. . . . . . .
1After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.
2There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. 3His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. 4The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

5The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. 6He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. 7Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.' Now I have told you."

8So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. 9Suddenly Jesus met them. "Greetings," he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. 10Then Jesus said to them, "Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me."

God bless.

~ElizabethMarieKauffman~

Anonymous said...

Christian,i think He was refearing to His earthly life, because right after that he gave up His Spirt and died. that's what i think. :)

Jolayne said...

Hey you guys it me again (the girl who posted the same thing six times.) i am really sorry for that. Any way it is going to be very interesting to see who will not run out of meanigful things to say. trust me i'v got lots. Today is easter sunday so i'll talk about a movie that i watched on good friday. i watched the Passion of the Christ. it was amazing. i never thought that i would want to watch a movie that is rated R for vilence but it was amazing. i live in a sheltered christian home, which, don't get me wrong, i love, but it was good to see what he went though, not just read about it. it showed me how much he loved me. Another comment on that. not only was he flogged and beaten until he was not reccognized as human but he also took on sin for the first time and God the Father had to turn his back on his son. i don't think that Jesus was fearing the phisical part, it was the spiritual burden that he would have to carry. I've got to go, but trust me i'll write again tommorow

Cora said...

Wow... a lot of comments...

The verses I've been thinking about lately are 1 John 5:11-13. And I won't write them here - Go look them up! :-)

Jennifer

Squeaks said...

Wow! I can't believe that Jake actually topped me on post numbers :P Time to win back my record...jk

I absolutely love F-Troop! It's an old TV series about Fort Courage and a bunch of hilarious soldiers and Injun's... :P If any of you folks are thinking of watching it, I highly suggest checking out the one called "She's Only a Build in a Girdled Cage" XD Most hilarious one I've seen yet lolz.

Quotes quotes quotes, eh? I'm getting a bit tired of quotes. Let's see...how about this one that I just made up on the spot...

"Sesame snaps. Snaps of sesame. Oh, it's Easter...forget the treats I'm off to church." XD lame as usual, and it probably doesn't mean a lick of anything, but hey, I'm just copying the style of good ol' Chief Wild Eagle...he kind of likes to say things that have no meaning. For example.

"If you give me a chipping squirrel I'll give you a happy moose."

Meaningless.

Jake said...

Hey everybody, happy Easter! He is Risen!

Patrick; my favorite worship songs are 'How He Loves' by
David Crowder and 'I Need a Savior' by Among the Thirsty. I love them, both when 'm listening to them and when I'm singing them.

Anonymous (the one with the shotgun); Go VeggieTales! That is seriously the most awesome VeggieTales quote ever.

Okay, time to go eat Easter dinner! Have a great Easter Sunday.

"Time on this earth is like one day in our lives. We wake up the next day and see the Son of God and realize we've our entire lifetime ahead of us." -Me

Anonymous said...

My favourite quote is: "Failure is not an option." Gene Kranz

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

Alrighty. . . here I go again! :)

Uuummm. . . . I think I'll go with a quote that I got from a sermon a while back:

"I'd rather fail for God, then not attempt great things for him."

I think that it should be something every Believer goes by. :)

~ElizabethMarieKauffman~

Squeaks said...

I love that David Crowder song, Jake! I wish we sang it in Sunday service this morning...but the ministry team decided to go for more of the older hymns (not that there is anything wrong with em...I love em, but I really love the contemporary songs too).

This Sunday our pastor talked about being born again. It was amazing. Not much more I can say :P except for a quote that I gleaned from the preaching...

"The tomb is a womb."

Totally awesome...

Squeaks.

mermaidgirl45 said...

Oh! I love VeggieTales! That was quite literally all I watched until I was about six! I love the Silly Songs with Larry... I still listen to those! Haha =D

I also love "How He Loves" by David Crowder. I love that part: "Loves like a hurricane, and I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy." My grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, close friends, etc. all lived in New Oreleanes. When Hurricane Katrina hit, it was a huge deal for my family, and we always watched the news. I remember seeing pictures of these giant trees just sideways from how strong the wind was. I always think of that when I hear those lines, and to me, it's incredible. All these trees that think they're so tall, humbled by something you can't even see, wind, which determines weather, currents, waves, so many things we take for granted. I just love that line: Bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy.

mermaidgirl45 said...

Jolayne, the reading the Bible chapter-per-chapter is an amazing idea! I've read hundreds upon hundreds of books, and I try to read my Bible... But you know how that goes... =/ That's such a fantastic idea, and if you don't mind, I think that would help me so, so, so much! =D

Awesome idea, and thanks! =D

Eagles Wings said...

Happy Easter! He IS risen!

Chris said...

wow, I've kinda been waiting for a while to see if I could have a better chance... not so sure now...
I have a quick question (I'm not sure if it's been asked before, I didn't feel like reading all 150+ posts) as long as it's not totally random or gibberish or anything like that, are we allowed to do regular posts? (like this one)

Anonymous said...

Okay i am really starting to run out of things to say. I don't know how many posts i've done but i think this is over five! I love that i can do all things through Christ who strengthens me so who knows maybe i'll win! lol

Anonymous said...

One of my favorite bible catheters is Job his unfaltering trust in God, it makes me wish I knew the same trust

~Jessica~

He is risen

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

One of my favorite verses is Zephaniah 3:17–

"The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing."

~ElizabethMarieKauffman~

Jolayne said...

Sorry i lied. i'm not writting again tommorrow i'm writting again today. lol. Mermaidgirl45 thanks for commenting on my comments. (and for spelling my name right:)). i was starting to wonder if i was the only one who read my comments, and everyone elses. i'm going to start adding quotes and sayings to my comments just like a lot of you are doing. just not yet. i will be back tommorrow to write some more. i'll be on here every day until summer holidays for sure, so i hope that you've got lots to write about.

On a completely different note. one of the reasons that i love Waynes work is because of the thought he must put into the allagorical part of it. as i have already written, alogries make me look at the bible in a different way. reading a story that you've memerised from the bible you don't always get what it is saying, but turn it into an alogory and it brings a new light into things. we just have to be sure not to loose sight of the real picture. Singing off for tonight, i'll write you all tommorow.

PS sorry for any and all spelling mistakes.

Jolayne said...

It's me again i just thought that i'd better say this as, it is still easter sunday. Because some one already wrote he is risen, the only thing left to say is he is risen indeed.

Squeaks said...

Here is a snippet of a poem that I've written, called "Mercy! Mercy!". If you'd like to check out the rest of it, I've posted it on my blog (click my name and then go to "Hidden Doorways" :P ). I thought it was appropriate for Easter :)

Who...are...you?
My voice cracks. It hurts.
Such purity, love, hope!
A soft cloth cleanses my grime.
Wipes away blood. It’s his tunic.
“I AM who I AM.”

He kneels and washes my feet.
Kneels in blood and mud.
My blood. My mud.
Oh such humility! For me!
Fresh tears drip down my clean cheeks.
Like two streams of light.



Squeaks.

Jared said...

Normally I don't care much for poetry, but that was good. There was an earthquake here today. It was a 6.something in Mexico, but even here it lasted about 45 seconds. I'm surprised nothing fell over here.

Patrick said...

Hi Jake:

I looked up both of the worship songs you mentioned; both were really good; especially encouraging was the line in "I Need A Savior" that says "I lift up my life, because you're always the same". The fact that Jesus is always the same, constant and unchanging in His love and mercy, is indeed an encouraging thought! Thanks for mentioning those songs!

NC said...

Another one of my favorite Quotes is:
"In youth we learn, in age we understand."

Anonymous said...

Mermaidgirl, only until you were 6? Oh come on! I still love 'em and i am ten and four years old! (ha, i love history i think it's cool how they counted thier ages) Anyway, here is a qoute from my father yesterday, "It's ironic, i got purple icing on my face, then my sister got four flat tires, funny." Yeah, good times, good times. lol

ElizabethMarieKauffman said...

Well. . . I'm back! Good morning everyone!!! :)

Now, for something to say. . . something to say. . . . How about another quote? (I've got a lot!) This time by Arthur C. Clarke –
"The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture past them into the impossible."

~ElizabethMarieKauffman~

Katie said...

Well, one of my hopes and dreams is to finish the book I'm writing!! Today I got fifty pages into it...it's great that there are so many budding authors here!

Cson said...

Okay, first post!

I just reread Robert Liparulo's Gatekeepers (I can't wait for Frenzy!) and right before the story starts, there's a quote in the book by Winston Churchhill...

"Never, never, never, never give up."

That's gotta be my favorite quote of all time. :D

Aidan Romero said...

I hope you all had a happy Easter. We actually went to the Saturday service, and the sermon was titled, Easter:A Tale of faith and Doubt. It was actually really good. The music was also good, especially since one of the guitar players was in my 4-H club, and the other in my church class.

Jolayne said...

Good morning, good morning, good morning.
Ariel, i read your story about how God saved you from injury, it reminded me about something that happened to my younger brother.
My brother was with some family friends and they went to a nice little lake/river (not sure what you would call it) my brother cant swim so he was playing in the shallow water. it was so shallow that he didn't even have a life jacket on. He slipped and a wave pulled him into the water. All of a sudden there was a underwater current. it pulled my brother under water and away from everyone else. the father of the family he was with saw him but knew that if he jumped in he wouuld be to heavy and probably die. now as i said, my brother can't swim. he says that he was so scared, but he prayed and every time he really needed a breath smothing pushed him up to the surface. it lasted until he was finally pushed to shore. there isn't a logical way of how he survived. All i can do is prais God.

Anonymous said...

Spring is one of my favorite seasons. From where I am sitting I can see the forcythia bush blooming in our front yard. It is a beautiful bright yellow that just brightens everything.

Amanda

Squeaks said...

SESAME SNAPS:

"Nutritious, tasty treat, in a SNAP!"

Don't we all love to snack when we write?? Okay...maybe I'm the only one lol (actually, I rarely snack, but the box was lying around so I thought I'd be random again!)

@ Jolayne: I'm glad that you're enjoying your Blogger experience :) It's so much fun to twiddle around with...have you checked out the main page of your account? There are cool things you can do, such as set up a profile, create a blog, and follow other people's blogs (so you can keep track of things). Make sure you check out all the goodies blogger has for its users! God Bless!


Squeaks.

Galadriel said...

Well, that is a really cool story.
Who thinks this thread will never die?

Anonymous said...

The Door Within series has special meaning to me because I found myself in it. I found out that I CAN trust in God and that I am NEVER ALONE!!!! I loove this series sooo much!! My favorite quote is
At last Aiden said calmly "I will never deny my king!"

Anonymous said...

That's cool Katie, I've been working on a series for a couple of months now. Book 1 is finished and through the editing process and book 2 is maped out just have to finishe typing. :) I wish you luck!

Jake said...

Hey, everybody.

Jolayne; Since I've been commenting from pretty much the beginning, I've had the privilege to read every single comment as it posts. So, no, you aren't the only one. And thanks for sharing that amazing story.

Squeaks; Wow. What a great poem.. It is amazing.

Katie; Congrats on hitting fifty pages! I remember getting fifty pages myself on my first novel. It's a really important landmark.

"Attempt great things for God- Expect great things from God." -William Carey

Tel Sorenson said...

This one of the greatest quotes I've ever heard!

He is no fool who gives that which he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose. -Jim Elliot

Anonymous said...

"The Duke thinks you are not so wise as he thinks you think you are." -The 13 Clocks

whisper

Jolayne said...

Squeaks thanks for the tip. i will check into it.

Beorn, i own the auralia's colors sieries at first they were really confusing, i couldn't tell if it was an alogory or not. in the middle of the second book i got so hooked.

Anonymous (with the shotgun) that quote made my day, correction my week. lets see if anyone can top it. I still watch vegie tales. way past when i was six (mirmaidgirl45) i am also ten and four years old as anonymous and still love them. lol i blaim it on my younger sibilings.


Jake thanks for that. i am so getting hooked on commenting on everything.

Chris, i'm sure that you can post on normal things, but i'm loving all the entertainment i get from reading everyones post.

Mr. Batson, is replying to people comments classified as meaningful?

I'll be posting more soon.
I'm sorry if this posts twice

Aidan Romero said...

Jolayne: That is a miracle.


Mr.Batson, I have a question. Does the 24 hours count if there are other posts that need to be approved, or if there are no more post?

Star-Dreamer said...

Hey Mr. Batson,

Is it possible to somehow purchase a signed copy from you and mr, Hopkins (I have no idea if I spelled his last name right or not...) I mean, I'm going to keep at this whole kill the thread thing, but if someone else manages to win it (which is very likely) It would still be so cook to have a signed copy... but of course I would buy it...

Star-Dreamer said...

Ah! I just realized his name was Hopper not Hopkins! So sorry Chis! I love your work anyway!

Isirian said...

Well to begin I'll share with you one of my favorite Bible verses is Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."
I really like this verse because it gives me hope. Hope that God has a plan for me and he will use me according to his will. That I will be a tool in his plan.

My dream is to become an author/missionary. I am a MK(missionary kid) right now and I love being part of a culture that is not my own. To share the word of God across the globe while writing fantasy is my ambitious desire for the future. Right now I'm writing in hopes that my books will be published. I hope to publish my works within next year even though I am only 13, it would be a dream come true. Well enough about me, I hope you enjoy this "bio", God Bless!

Eldra from Daremo said...

Actually, Skillet and Red are tied for my favorite band, since I can't decide which one I like more. Guess the only way to tell is to see both of them live...

Star-Dreamer said...

And now, here's an excerpt from my book… because I thought Gillian’s idea was a good one:

A brilliant flash of light flooded the clearing.

Curron dropped to the ground. Pain lashed through his head in giant waves. Light swirled around him in curtains of white and blue, distorting the figures of the Elders through their hazy walls. Fire shot through his hands, turning his blood to flame.

“Curron!”

Onalam’s voice barely made it through the curtains of light. It was as if the light filled his ears and blocked the sound from coming in.

“Curron! Let go of the stone!”

Curron heard the words, but they hurt; they burned in his mind as if they were written with a red hot poker.

“Let go of the stone!”

Pain coursed through his arms, but slowly he uncurled his fingers one by one. The light was now so bright that he dared not open his eyes for fear of going blind. Finally, after what seemed like an eternity of pain, the last finger slipped free of the stone’s smooth surface and he lay panting, breathless, on the ground.

The Daystar shot high into the air. The soft humming grew louder and louder until everyone in the clearing covered their ears from the din. The Seven Elders stared up at the stone in wonder and terror.

But not Curron.

The stone floated in the center of the clearing, white-silver light pouring out from its center in streams of nea-liquid radiance. Everywhere a tendril of light touched, blossom-garlanded trees shot up from the ground in giant columns. Birds flew out from the light, singing raucously with new voices. Waters poured out in cascading waterfalls, flooding the clearing in illusive mists. Animals of all kinds sprung from the radiance and bounded around the gaping observers, oblivious to their watchers’ presences. The stone itself, set as the center of all the wonders, looked like it had transformed into a great hand spread over the specter-creation as if in blessing, and the song it sang played the air like harp strings.

Curron reached out towards it.

“Sthetta! ” The word sprang to his lips unbidden.

Suddenly the creation scene vanished and a series of rapid-fire images flashed before his eyes.

[—… —]

“Stop!” He screwed his eyes closed to shut out the images. “Stop!”

But the images kept coming, even with his eyes closed.

A bloodied cross stood on a hill top. Red roses wound around the bottom of it but they could not hide the gore sunk into the wood. A man stood looking up at the cross, shaking his head in wonder. Not a speck of dirt marked the white of his tunic and breeches, and no mud clung to the white of his boots. His long brown hair was tied back.

In his mind, Curron walked up to the man. “Who are you?” he asked.

The man turned to look at him and smiled. His smile was as bright as the sun and his eyes were so deep and so dark that Curron felt he could fall into them and never find his way out again; he thought he might like that.

The man lifted up his hands to show Curron the palms. Red marks marred the center. Then Curron realized that they weren’t just red marks; they were holes that went clear through to the other side of the man’s hands; he could see sunlight shining through them. Without saying a word, the man reached into a pocket of his tunic and pulled out two nails. He pointed with them to the cross, and suddenly it was as if Curron had developed the eyes of a hawk; he could see the holes in the cross beam where the nails had been driven into the wood.

The man smiled.

“No!” Curron’s eyes shot opened.

(this symbol [—…—] means I left out a part to make the excerpt fit.)

Star-Dreamer said...

And these are the verses I associate with my novel:

“…Ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn and the Day Star arise in your hearts.”
2 Peter 1:19

“[May] the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.”
Ephesians 1:17

(and I’ll make that my last post for awhile… I promise!!! :D

Jake said...

Lunch break! Mmm.

Hey, is anyone else noticing that the amount of comments is slowly increasing per hour? Like, since yesterday?

Jolayne; Same question here. I usually put a quote out just to be safe. :)

Anonymous (the one writing a series); I've been working on a series too. I've got book 1 almost edited, book 2's first draft finished, and I'm in the middle of book three. Writing is seriously awesome and addictive.

Squeaks; Randomness is a virtue. :)

Isirian; Fantasy is my genre of writing. All you really need is a spell check, grammar check, and an imagination. :)

Aiden Romero; When Mr. Batson moderates a comment and it gets posted here, the time that the commenter submitted the comment it is shown below it. I would think that it would only count if no one submitted a comment for a day. But it's Mr. Batson's call. :)

Quote;

"Writing is the best way to talk without being interrupted." -Jules Renard

Katie said...

My favorite quote is one from C.S. Lewis.

"There are some people who say to God 'Thy will be done.' And there are others to whom God says 'THY will be done.' And in the second group are the people who go to Hell."

Jolayne said...

Squeaks
i took your advise and now have my own blog. i am loving it.

for everyone who commented on the story about my brother. it wasn't me it was God.

I'll probably be on again tonight
Endurance and Victory
~Jolayne~

Cloe said...

I really like this hymn.



I Run to Christ
(by Chris Anderson)

I run to Christ when chased by fear
And find a refuge sure.
“Believe in me,” His voice I hear;
His words and wounds secure.

I run to Christ when torn by grief
And find abundant peace.
“I too had tears,” He gently speaks;
Thus joy and sorrow meet.

_____

I run to Christ when worn by life
And find my soul refreshed.
“Come unto Me,” He calls through strife;
Fatigue gives way to rest.

I run to Christ when vexed by hell
And find a mighty arm.
“The Devil flees,” the Scriptures tell;
He roars, but cannot harm.

_____

I run to Christ when stalked by sin
And find a sure escape.
“Deliver me,” I cry to Him;
Temptation yields to grace.

I run to Christ when plagued by shame
And find my one defense.
“I bore God’s wrath,” He pleads my case—
My Advocate and Friend.

Anonymous said...

Star-Dreamer I love your excerpt!!! I am writing a novel too. here is one my favorite excerpts from it.
"Why was life so awful? Why did bad things happen to good people? Why did some things like to kill for fun? Why did some people? What have we become? Eiowing didn’t have the answers."

Star-Dreamer said...

I've been busy updating my blog. I'm getting rather inspired by checking out other people's blogs on here... and seeing writers! That is just so cool!

Anyway, I've added some pages and an excerpt from my book. The cover art was one of my first experiments with digital art... it's just a stand in at the moment, until I have a publisher and an artist to work on it. (and besides... it really needs to be redone... I know I could do better now.)

Anyway, it would be so cool if some of you checked it out as we wait for this thread to finally die. (die thread, die!!!)

Aidan Romero said...

I can't remember where this verse is from but it actually fits the scene I'm working on.

"The Light shineth in the Darkness, and the Darkness comprehended it not." I think that's how it goes.

Hannah Y. said...

Wow. Checking in to see the number of comments, and found 191 for this post. Y'all have great quotes and excerpts!

Anonymous said...

Jolayne, glad it helped! lol Veggitales is so awesome that i am sure i will still love it when i'm three tens. lol Here's anotherone from Khileil "Insight runs very deep in my family, do not worry the first one is free." and you can't forget: "paitnce runs very deep in my family. But not that deep, i am out of here." Ha he's so cute.

Anonymous said...

Wow! I don't know how I did this but I haven't been on WTB blog for a week!
hummmm... one of my favorite quotes? Well I might just quote myself for a good laugh.
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P
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If anyone is from the UG they'll know what that is.
Goldarrow

Star-Dreamer said...

You know, I think we are all trying very hard to kill this thread, I am just convinced that it refuses to die. *le-sigh*

Anonymous said...

spring break is over and I already miss not being able to read whenever I want but, the good thing is I only have a few more weeks of school *shouts of happiness in background* something to think about Ephesians 6:10-18 something my grandmother does and I am trying to do is put all of God's armor every day so I encourage every one to try if they do not already do
~Jessica~

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