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#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Three#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Five

Voice I’m Studying – Kristin Hannah – The Nightingale

The winter of 1940 was the coldest anyone could remember. Snow fell day after day, blanketing the trees and fields; icicles glittered on drooping tree branches.
And still, Isabelle woke every Friday morning, hours before dawn, and distributed her “terrorist papers,” as the Nazis now called them. Last week’s tract followed the military operations in North Africa and alerted the French people to the fact that the winter’s food shortages were not a result of the British blockades—as Nazi propaganda insisted—but rather were caused by the Germans looting everything France produced.
(Excerpt from The Nightingale)

What I Wrote:

The year of 2020 was the strangest year. An unknown virus-like plague unleashed on our land, domestic terrorists flooded our cities streets with fire, burned buildings down and killed innocent people in cold blood. Months went by, that were filled with more violence in the streets. Technology censoring citizens, channeling the kings and queens of old, just short of beheading you for speaking out against them.

I woke every morning to cover what was really happening. You see, I am a citizen journalist. I can’t tell anyone my real name, for fear that big tech and big media would come after me. 

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#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Three#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Four

Voice I’m studying – C. S. Lewis – The Horse And His Boy

The Horse had lifted its head. Shasta stroked its smooth-as-satin nose and said, “I wish you could talk, old fellow.” And then for a second he thought he was dreaming, for quite distinctly, though in a low voice, the Horse said, “But I can.”  (Excerpt from The Horse And His Boy)

What I wrote:

The cat lifted its head. Miss. Turnvahl soothed its little head with pats, “You look like you’ve been through a lot. Lucky we’ve found you.” She glanced around at the grass huts and dirt roads. They were on a mission of sorts to find underprivileged gifted kids to help. She looked at the cat again and smiled, reaching down to pick it up. Their eyes met. The cats ears twitched as a small innocent voice escaped the small floof, “You wouldn’t believe everything I’ve seen.”

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How To Heal Up At Home From Covid-19

As you know this awful virus has been making its rounds throughout the land. Johan and I both got it at the beginning of the month. In the middle of it, I decided I’d write a post about what we did that helped us heal up at home.

Now this is what worked for us. I’m not a doctor and can’t say what worked for me will work for everyone else, because this virus seems to affect everyone so differently. But I wanted to do my part and share what worked for me in hopes that it’ll help someone else heal up as well.

Johan and I both had mild-cold-like symptoms. I had it a bit worse than Johan did with congestion, stuffiness, and extreme exhaustion. I swear I’ve NEVER felt so tired before. Even walking to the bathroom tuckered me out.

Right after testing positive contact America’s Frontline Doctors and get a consultation with an MD. They will prescribe you the medicine that helped Johan and I. You’ll just need to fill in an application with your symptoms, pay $90, and then the doctor will call you in 24-48ish hours. Then the doctor will talk to you about your symptoms and about treatment.

We were prescribed Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), Zinc, and the antibiotic azithromycin. All three of these drugs helped me feel better. I’ll talk more about them below.

Everything That Helped Us Heal Up

There is a lot of fear around Covid-19. I think it’s the surrounding uncertainty that is so scary!

We prepped our freezer with food a few weeks before and we are so thankful we did that. Because we couldn’t go out and about to get groceries during our time at home. Make sure you prep your home, pantry, and freezer. ALSO your medicine cabinet (with things like DayQuil, NyQuil, Mucinex, and vitamins.)

Here’s a list of different things you can do that helped us:

1. Lots of Sleep

During sleep, your body does most of it’s healing. So making sure you get tons of sleep is SO important.

2. Breathe In Steam

This is something that helped clear our air passageways and helped cut down the junk in our chest as well. Just fill up a pot with water and put it on high on the oven. I added some essential oils (peppermint and Immunity Boost) to help more. With Covid-19 we lost our smell and taste. This was such a bizarre experience. Like day two into having no smell, we could smell an unpleasant smell that smelled like burned garlic or cigarette smoke. It was awful. I mean I couldn’t even smell the peppermint when inhaling the steam. And that’s a POWERFUL smell when your nose is feeling like normal.

3. Drink Tons of Water

I swear. Getting dehydrated is awful.

One night that happened to me and I almost passed out. It was so scary. So make sure you drink tons of water. Hot tea, lemonade, and also hot Tang is so good too. Feels good on the throat.

4. Take It Easy

Don’t overdo yourself. I’d break out into sweats or get a tremendous headache if I washed the dishes or did the laundry. This is hard because everyday we dirty clothes and dishes.

So there were a few days where the dishes weren’t done.

5. Take Meds.

SERIOUSLY, you guys. Get a prescription for Covid-19.

Go to American Frontline Doctors and that will get you in touch with a doctor who will help you and prescribe you something that will help.

All three of the drugs they prescribed me helped me. There were no side effects at all. After taking my first dose of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) I got my smell back. I was so happy about that.

I just wish that it was easier for people to get Hydroxychloroquine.

6. Get Yourself A NetiPot

I had awful congestion and it was hard to breathe through my nose. I couldn’t get anything out of my nose, but having the NetiPot helped me tons. This is something I’d recommend everyone grabbing next time they go to Target or Target dot com.

7. If there are more than one in the house (Make sure you separate yourself from each other until you know you both have it.)

After we found out that I had also tested positive for Covid. Johan and I were able to be together again. Honestly, it’s much nicer having people with you in this. I’ve heard of many others who have had to go to the hospital and then they are completely alone. It’s hard to heal up alone and afraid. My heart goes out to those and I pray anyone and everyone who gets this virus heals up like we did.

Doing All of This Helped Us Heal At Home

During this season, I’ve been utterly thankful for HOME and having a safe place in this crazy crazy world. If you haven’t already, get your things together (stock up your food, medicines, and vitamins) and make your home a safe haven. The best place to heal is at home. In your own bed. In your own kitchen.

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#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Three

Voice I’m studying – Little Women — Louisa May Alcott

What I Wrote:

“How are you?” The girl leaned over in the dirty parking lot and held her fingers out to the stray cat with a bony structure. It cowered, staring at her with its gibbous eyes.

“It’s alright. I won’t hurt you.” She pulled a piece of jerky from her back pocket and held it out for the cat. “Looks like no one wanted you either. I know how that feels, to be alone and afraid. We can look out for each other.”

With that, the cat was curious and slinked closer to the girl and the jerky. It’s nose wiggled at the smell of the salty meat. The girl set it down on the ground for it to eat. The cat moved closer when she took her hand away.

“It’s alright.” The girl smiled. The cat smelled the piece of meat and began eating it ravenously.

I’m so excited about this, as it’s a snippet from a book that will be published! Love it!! Hope you enjoy it too!

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#100DayChallenge #OperationFindVoice – Day Two

Voice I’m studying – The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton

What I wrote:

They’d been in the ship for a week so far and it was dank and dark. Caden had passed in the night. It was early morning now, as the mother held her wilted child in her arms and rocked him back and forth in the darkness. Tears dripped down her eyes. All three of them were supposed to be going to America to meet Papa, to make a new life. He’d gotten to America before them and now they were following. This wasn’t what she’d had in mind. She’d imagined stepping off the boat the way she’d stepped on, with two laughing children. She had to keep him hidden.

She’d seen what happened to the last person who passed away — an elderly man. Buried at sea. She understood the idea of keeping the disease out of the ship, for others safety, but surely they didn’t mean her innocent Caden. That’s why they had to keep him hidden. That couldn’t be the way that Caden would leave them. They couldn’t ever tear him from her chest. 

Creaks and cracks could be heard from above as people walked about on the deck. Waves hit the side of the wooden ship which cradled them all. What would be ahead for them? She couldn’t see her life past Caden and Marissa. The little girl stood next to her mother with a somber look filled with loss. Tears dripped down her face. She didn’t know what was happening and why her brother was there one moment and the next he was gone. The mother lifted a finger to her mouth and let a shoosh escape from her lips to stay quiet. She felt the tears drip down her own face. Then she wrapped her arm around Marissa and hugged her little girl. They cried together in the secret shadows of the ship knowing what await them if he was found.

I’m so excited about this, as it’s a snippet from a book that will be published! Love it!! Hope you enjoy it too!

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#100Day Challenge #OperationFindVoice – Day One

Voice I’m studying – All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr:

What I wrote:

Oil derricks

At sunset their dark silhouettes sit against the red and orange sky. They continuously work, never stop churning, like the inner workings of a ticking clock, with a rowing motion, machine power, penetrating the earth. Working men from all over the nation flooded the small Western North Dakota towns during the Bakken oil boom of 2010. I returned after getting a letter from my sister. You could come back and make big bucks on the oil fields. It read, And you can come stay with me. Since it’s pretty spendy elsewhere. The remote place I grew up in had quickly transformed in my absence. The apartments and townhouse prices skyrocketed, since the men working on the oil rigs were making millions, some women went missing, man camps of trailers, small uniform buildings shot up across the state. It wasn’t as safe as it once was. It was the wild west in reincarnate.

I’m so excited about this, as it’s a snippet from a book that will be published! Love it!! Hope you enjoy it too!

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#100DayChallenge Month One

It’s 2021!

2020 was an interesting year. I think that 2021 is going to be a much better year!

This year, I’ll be going on a 100 day journey throughout the books I really love to learn from those authors. It will be a 100 day challenge where I’ll be studying the voice. I’ve called this my #OperationFindVoice. I’m so excited about this.

During this challenge, I’ll share a snippet from a book everyday and I’ll also share something I’ve written similar to the voice in the book’s snippet I chose for that day.

First Month’s Journey Itinerary:

  1. Day 1: All The Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
  2. Day 2: The Forgotten Garden – Kate Morton
  3. Day 3: Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  4. Day 4: The Horse & His Boy – C. S. Lewis
  5. Day 5: The Nightingale – Kristin Hannah
  6. Day 6: Shadows Beneath – Collection of Short Stories by Brandon Sanderson, Mary Robinette Kowal, Dan Wells, and Howard Tayler
  7. Day 7: Miss Peregrine’s School For Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
  8. Day 8: Shadow & Bone – Leigh Bardugo
  9. Day 9: Mistborn – Brandon Sanderson
  10. Day 10: Treasure Island –
  11. Day 11: Harry Potter & The Sorcerors Stone
  12. Day 12: Raiders From The Sea – Lois Walfrid Johnson
  13. Day 13: The 13th Tribe – Robert Liparulo
  14. Day 14: Divergent – Veronica Roth
  15. Day 15: A Voice In The Wind – Francine Rivers
  16. Day 16: The Diving Bell & The Butterfly – Jean-Dominique Bauby
  17. Day 17: Shadowmancer –
  18. Day 18: Time Stops For No Mouse – Michael Hoeye
  19. Day 19: Anne Frank
  20. Day 20: Emily Dickinson
  21. Day 21: Nightwalker – Marie Lu
  22. Day 22: Sky In The Deep – Adrienne Young
  23. Day 23: Psalms 91 – King David
  24. Day 24: Hollow City – Ransom Riggs
  25. Day 25: Princess Diaries – Meg Cabot
  26. Day 26: Hansel & Gretel – The Brother’s Grimm
  27. Day 27: A Shakespear Sonnet – Shakespear
  28. Day 28: A Lead Falls – e.e. cummings
  29. Day 29: Bread & Wine – Shauna Niequist
  30. Day 30: Imaginative Writing – Janet Burroway
  31. Day 31: Library of Souls
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New Blog Design!!

Just a little while ago my website was hacked and I had to have them wipe it and I had to start ALL over.

Gotta looooove technology. We are annoyed with it when it doesn’t work how we want it to and lost without it.

I’m so excited about the things that will be coming up here on my blog soon. I’ll be sharing short stories, our reading/writing boutique, and much more. Super excited!