Devotionals, personal development

Quick Devotion on “How to be Still”


BE STILL CALLIGRAPHY

Trust can be an impenetrable thing. We like to be in control of everything ourselves, some of us more than others, “Being still” before God means that we quiet our anxious thoughts, we put our phones down, we eliminate all distractions, we get alone with God and we pray. We wait. We trust. It’s an act of relinquishing and consecrating all to God control of our lives. When you give your life to Him, He takes care of every detail. This is something that I am learning constantly, and still learning to do when I feel I can’t trust anyone or anything else that is going on.

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Regency Inspirational Romance


I hoped to have read the list of 20 books in My Book Collection, but because of the whole move from Merredin to Scarborough it’s been too busy to just sit down and take the time to read, except for today….. I hardly had anything to do, so I pulled out a book that I had my eye on for months and I am completely taken by this one, because it is set in the Regency Period. I particularly like the period in the early 19th century because it was followed by the Victorian Period and was during the reign of King George IV.

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3 Books to Inspire


I probably have already said this, but I love reading. I like to keep cultured, and have a love for history, art and language. I have only done one post on My Book Collection mentioning 20 books to read for this year, but this year is closing sooner than I think! I thought it would be a good idea to do a book review on one of them, or on a favourite book of mine.

1. One of my FAVOURITE books is “The Undomestic Goddess” written by Sophie Kinsella. She is one of the best writers out there! She is extremely exceptional at English language and comes up with witty characters. So she writes with great articulation and vocalisation.

This is a story about a office lady working for Carter Spink. 29 year old Samantha Sweeting is a high-powered lawyer in London working onwards and upwards for that career climb to be a partner for the firm. She works long hours, and has no home life putting all her energy into her work life, until…..

One day she makes a terrible mistake. Costing her career!!!!! She gets terrified thinking she will be fired from her hardworking job.

Instead of speaking to the boss she walks right out of the office, gets on the first train she sees, and then finds herself at a stately house in the countryside where they have mistaken her for their maid! She ends up working as a maid for a big, beautiful house in the middle of nowhere and works there instead.

Not knowing how to turn on the oven, Samantha learns how to do home duties, things she could never do before in her life!!!!!

She learns how to bake, cook, do laundry, iron, etc and during this time learns to love this new life in a wholly unexpected way.

Her employers don’t know she’s really a lawyer, educated at Cambridge with an IQ of 158 from London. So, she learns to live the life of a housekeeper.

A lawyer turned housekeeper is an interesting turn of events and the ending is even more surprising!

This book does NOT disappoint! Does she go back to her job? Or does she keep on working as a housemaid?

You can go to this website to buy. In England it is only $8 pounds.

It is actually a number one bestseller! And I can see why!!!!!!

To me, it’s the greatest heart-warming piece of chick-lit! Full of laughs and fun! Kinsella is full of genuine charm in writing this book. I read this book within like TWO days! It is that funny and contemporary!

2. Shopaholic Abroad

I am currently reading the second book in the shopaholic series. My favourite series ever!!!!! Everyone knows the first book, “Confessions of a shopaholic” and this second book is more about shopping!!!!!

Becky Bloomwood has been offered a job in New York! So there’s The Museum of Modern Art! The Guggenheim! The Metropolitan Opera House! And Becky Bloomwood does mean to go to them all, honestly. It’s just that it seems silly to not check out a few other famous places first, like……

Saks, Bloomingdales and Barneys! Yep! The famous SHOPS!!!!!

And one of those fantastic sample sales where you can get a Prada dress for $10, or was it $100!!???

Get ready for the BIGGEST culture shop of your life.

3. The third book I want to talk about is actually based on ancestors of mine!!!! It is called “Separate Lives” by Gwen Chessell.

She became interested in the story of Sir George and Lady Eliza Grey when writing on Sir Richard Spencer (my greatx4 grandfather) who is Eliza Grey’s father.

Here is a snapshot of the blurb:

I am only just starting on the book, so I can’t give a detailed review just yet, but this book intrigues me because of the history.


Eliza Lucy Spencer was born early in November 1823 and was welcome in a close-knit family, and she joined her two brothers, Hugh Seymour and Edward, and her sisters, Mary Ann and little Augusta. Eliza’s father was Captain Richard Spencer (as mentioned previously), a sailor hero of the Napoleonic Wars and perhaps the illegitimate son of Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, and her mother a member of the local gentry.

The Spencer family lived in a large house above the harbour, but picturesque little haven encircled since early medieval times by the arms of the ancient Cobb. Living in Lyme Regis.

In 1830 when Eliza was seven years old, her father had decided that they emigrate to Australia. They thought of New South Wales or Tasmania. They ended up settling at Strawberry Hill Farm in Albany, Western Australia.

(I got a picture taken of myself here when I was 29. On my “Travels in Australia” post. I was so glad because my grandmother had a photo of herself here as well. )

So, in February 1833, the life of the family changed abruptly. On 22 February Richard Spencer was knighted the accolade of the Royal Hanoverian Guelphic Order being in King William IV’s personal gift to him.

The town of Albany was the first settlement on the western side of Australia. It had been established in 1826. In 1793, Captain George Vancouver had taken possession of the region and had given the name King George’s sound to the Seward approach to what would become Albanys harbour, in honour of King George III.


The promontory overlooking the harbour opening off the Sound and Vancouver named this after George III’s grand-daughter, Princess Charlotte, calling it Princess Royal Harbour.

There is more information on Wikipedia also.


If you love history, especially in Australia, this book you will LOVE! Gwen writes historical biographies with a special emphasis on 19th century colonial personalities.

It is a very interesting book, and I would love to write just like her! She writes with a gripping and engaging flair! And I was so excited to receive a reply from her when I decided to email her! How wondrous! She lives in England and visits Australia to do author talks every now and then. So, like I said if you have a fondness for Australian history/literature, THIS you will utterly be ardent about.

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Writing Workshops


Today I had such an awesome day! I have never had such a productive Sunday in all my life!!!!
I attended TWO workshops in Merredin at the Community Resource Centre. It cost $40 per workshop and it was with The Society of Women Writers WA. 

My granny was a member so it has been a desire to join as well, like I have said, she has played a BIG role in my life and I believe there is a story that she left behind. I need to read her book! She’s left a Legacy for me. 

I met Maria Bonar who is the Vice President and Wendy Stackhouse who wrote a book called “Two Old Boots and a Backpack“! We had a conversation about Rio and a bit about her travels. 

Wendy hosted the workshop, Self Publish to Amazon and Creating Book Covers which went from 1pm to 4pm. She wrote the course in a book called “Visual Guide to Publishing on Amazon – Self Publishing” which I only bought for $10. On Amazon it is $8.96 and you can download it onto Kindle, your laptop or iPhone! 


It has many helpful tips within the publishing arena and the idea of creating a book cover and designing it sounds like my kind of fun!!!!! 

The first workshop I attended was “Storytelling” which Helen Iles presented. There was only me in the classroom!!!! Hehe 

She helped me a lot with the idea of creating a novel which I have mentioned previously, but I haven’t felt as confident about writing a book because I go through stages where I don’t think I’m quite educated and don’t know big words! I only went to Footscray City Secondary College from Year 8 to 12! But I know I shouldn’t talk down on myself because who knows! I’ve always believed everyone is talented. It’s like singing, you may think you don’t have the voice but if you go to lessons and keep on practicing you can fine tune yourself.

If you’re thinking of writing, why not give it a crack! I never in my life thought I would be a blogger!!!!! And look where I am now. 1014 followers currently & that makes me driven!!!!! And want to fine tune my writing even more. I’m no typical Aussie where I can talk about outback stories even though I am in the outback! Haha! But I try and do my best. I am a city girl at heart and my stories would be different. I could write a story about an office girl, or an intern who wants that promotion in a magazine company!!!! Now, That’s my kind of story! Something like The Devil Wears Prada. 😜

Back to basics, the storytelling workshop honed in on character analysis and we talked about my idea for a novel. Things you have to ask yourself are, is the main character religious? What’s the personality like? What does she love to do? Level of schooling? Ambitions? Who’s her best friend? Does she have pets? All these things and more have opened up my mind and more brainstorming for my characters. 

Things I haven’t even thought about have come to the table and I have to think about my characters occupation, birthday, brothers and sisters – it has opened up to a whole arena! And I am going to try my best at writing. I talked about this openly in Wondrous Writing as well. 

I also had to write a short synopsis of my favourite book (The Governess of Highland Hall) using SIX emotionally powerful words. 

This is what I wrote.

“As Julia travels back to Berkshire, England from doing missionary work in India, she applies for a job at Highland Hall as a governess. It is truly an extraordinary journey as she faces times of reflection and deep-thought teaching the Ramsey children about qualities of virtue. William Ramsey, the widowed father is astonished by her level of education that he falls in love with her heart that is full of compassion and pure innocence.”

Does that GRAB you!!?? If you’re a sucker for historical romance like me, then I am sure that synopsis works for you! 

One thing I learnt! 

Don’t restrict your pen!!!!! 

That was the FIRST thing I learnt and I am hoping this one little sentence gives me hope to just write on! 

Also, Put time aside.


Time Management

Allowing yourself time is the best thing you can do. If you have mountains of chores to do, prioritise them, spend some time writing for 10-30 minutes or whatever you can do and then get back to those chores! And then when you have a time where you are bored and have nothing else to do. WRITE! 

I just finished packing the dishwasher, then I asked Mum what else I could do and she said no and I was happy to go back to my blogging!!!!! It gives me such excitement and a passion to do this and have never felt a fulfilled heart like this before. Honestly, you will feel so much achievement when you have finished publishing that article!!!!! 


Introduce characters, conflict and plot

Do some research for character names and maybe randomly Google names of places for your set location! Research the time period. For example, I am going to start reading THREE books I have listed in my Book Collection blog, Venetia, Cotillion and Sylvester written by Georgette Heyer because these book covers and stories and time period of the regency period appeal to me. And I hope I write something similar to that genre. 

Read, read, read.

I think I have said this before, but it’s what inspires you to write!!!! Having an open mind to new things and openness to learning opens up a whole new world!!!!! You will then get ideas for conflict and a storyline, and what to put in. 

I still have MUCH to learn! But I just wanted to share with you what I learnt today and I am excited to read, write and learn! 

So, I hope what you have read on this blog has inspired you to either write, read or type! 

I love my trusty laptop! And my fingers typing away like mad! I hope hope HOPE there’s a story in me…….. 

                              ❤️

                Exquisite Emmalisa

P.S Wendy was such a lovely lady so I bought her book for $10, all about when she went backpacking around South America. We talked a lot about blurb, and this grabbed me.

Read this entertaining adventure as the two fifty year olds traverse one of the world’s most diverse continents, discovering not only its beauty and hidden treasures, but also a greater insight into themselves.”

Can you spot the “emotional” keywords? 


Also you can go to The Society of Women Writers WA website

http://www.swwofwa.com

P.P.S

A member of the society, Anne Marie Price wrote a book called “The search for the King James Bible“. The title grabbed me as I am interested in biblical history and it sounds like a good story too! 

I downloaded it on Amazon for Kindle and it was only $3 to purchase! I am completely intrigued!!!!!!