Happy Fall! :)

Hello people!

Fall is here. Actually it has been for a few days. It keeps getting colder, the leaves are changing color, and life has been busier than ever.

Besides trying to keep up with school, I have been doing various odd jobs. I’ve done some writing and reading, picking out songs on the banjo, playing my mandolin and flute, plunking “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas” on the piano, typing with one hand because my computer is acting up and I need one hand to hold it in just the right way that it keeps it from freezing up.

Ah, life. 🙂

I have also started an Etsy shop, CraftsInKorporated. I only have one item so far, but I want to do more. (If I can think of anything.)

Here they are, crocheted pumpkin coasters. I’ve been making them for years and selling at the local pumpkin patch. But hey, I’ve been wanting to start an Etsy shop anyway, so why not? 😀

I hope all of you are having a wonderful fall!

What’s your favorite season?

For Truth,

Molly

About Angels

Well, I wanted to share this video sermon I just watched. It was SOOO interesting! Makes you think about angels in a new light. (Did you know that angels like donkeys better than presumptuous prophets? (Numbers 22:33.))

Time and Eternity

There’s a quarantine right now. Everyone knows that, I think. Many of us have extra time on our hands. Because of that, I thought I’d share a bit of free reading. This book, Good and Evil, follows the story of mankind from the beginning and even into the future. It’s in comic-book style. Online, it’s in a good and easy format to read. Please feel free to share it as well!

Click on the picture or go to: https://goodandevilbook.com/
Available in many, many languages!

When there is a scare like this, people start to think about eternity. Are you ready to meet your Creator?

The best time to think about it is now.

For Truth,
Molly

Emma|by Jane Austen

Book Review: Emma by Jane Austen

Beautiful, clever, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work.

What is it about Jane Austen that makes every single one of her books enjoyable? Well, for one thing, she had an amazing sense of human nature. She understood people and was able to put that understanding on paper. Her plots are enjoyable, her characters real and believable.

Emma was one of my favorite reads for the summer. And I read a lot of books this summer!

To be honest, Emma herself was rather annoying. Her matchmaking “skills” (or, rather, lack thereof) could definitely get on the reader’s nerves. But still, I liked her, especially nearer to the end of the book.

I don’t think I could really choose a favorite character, but Emma and Mr. Knightley are, of course, right up there.

Great book for ages 12 and up. If you want to read it, here is a link to a kindle edition and a paperback edition.

Talk to you later!

~Molly

The Walker Fire

Hello friends,

The Walker fire started three days ago near Genesee and Taylorsville in California.  It seemed to be nothing to worry about at first, being only between 500 and 1000 acres.  But overnight this fire grew in size from 2,000 to 17,000 acres, and is now over 24,000 acres.  That is about 37 square miles.  I live less than twenty miles of this fire.  It is a little bit intimidating, and we (my family and I) are keeping an eye on updates just in case we have to evacuate.  Mandatory evacuations have already started a bit closer to the fire. 

Where I live there is a lot of smoke and ash is falling like snow – not quite as thick, but that’s what it looks like!

Smoke from the fire

I would appreciate all of your prayers, for all of the people involved – the people who could lose their homes, and the firefighters also.  Thank you all so much!

Molly

Compare vs. Aspire

As writers, all of us have had those moments when we are reading a good book. I wish I could have written that! or Why can’t I ever write anything that good? So, why isn’t it a good idea to do that?

Comparing or aspiring?

One easy thing to do as a writer is to compare your work to that of another – especially an author who is more experienced than you or whom you admire. Why is this a problem? Because, by comparing, what can happen is that your own work is degraded in your eyes.

This can get discouraging when you realize that you can’t write like Louisa May Alcott, C. S. Lewis, Jane Austen, Jules Verne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens, J.R.R. Tolkien, Alexandre Dumas, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, or any author whom you admire.

(I could name more, but the list would get too long.)

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But that’s the wrong way to look at things.

The reason you can’t write like your favorite author is because you aren’t your favorite author. You are you and must write with your own style, realizing that you can’t be anyone else, but you are yourself.

“Well, I don’t like my writing style,” you may say. Well, that’s where the second half of this post comes in. Aspiration.

To aspire is to aim for something higher. To make a goal, to seek ambitiously. This is what we as writers must do. By studying the works of those authors, finding out what made them truly good and seeking to incorporate that into our own writing, we can improve ourselves without being discouraged.

If you still need encouragement, find a friend who is willing to read your work, give you pointers, tell you how much they like it, and be a fan. (Or, if you know someone who needs this, you give it to them.)

Keep practicing. Rather than be discouraged when reading great works of literature, aspire and be inspired. Writing is fun!

And remember, even the greatest authors had to start somewhere.

Talk to you later!

Molly

P.S. this is the 50th post on A Sparkle of Light!

Problems With Double-sided DVDs

A True Story. Feel free to laugh! 🙂

A few weeks ago, a few members of my family and I started watching a movie. As it was a long movie there were two things noticeable at once. (#1) one we couldn’t watch all in one sitting and (#2) it was on a double-sided DVD.

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We ended up finishing the movie after a few evenings, but to our surprise, it was only about half as long as the back of the case said it would be! We realized, between laughs, that we had watched the second half first! By putting side “A” down in the player (that makes sense, right?) we had finished the movie before we’d started it. Oops.

As if that weren’t bad enough, a couple weeks later we were doing almost the exact same thing. Watching a movie that had a double-sided DVD.

After watching for a while, it got late so we stopped it about 15 minutes short of the end of the first side of the disc. Thinking about what the back of the case had said about this movie, we realized that it was nothing like what we had watched!

We’d done it again.

At least we hadn’t finished it first, though. 😛 We couldn’t believe it! And we had even put side “1” down, like the first one had been.

Oh well. I’d like to have a good talk with whoever invented double-sided DVDs.

Moral of the story: make sure you have the right side of the DVD down! 😀

Have a wonderful day!

~ Molly ~