Lists – Life – Love –

For the last week I have had company here in Minnesota. A lovely lady who was my roommate in Australia; Abbey. We have been busy running around and about. I haven’t been able to write as much as I would have liked to. We went to church in Fargo last night and then we went to Detroit Lakes today, laying in the sun.

I somewhat feel like I’ve been hit by a hurricane, Irene hit me – not the east coast. Well, you know what I mean. It’s the feeling that you are worn out and want to just relax and hang out with your love and listen to freeing music. One thing I have found out over the past few weeks is that I am definitely an intrevert. I always thought that I was an extravert, but even though I like to talk – I get overly tired and quickly when I have to hear so many people complaining, speaking negative, and other things as such.

To Do:
1. Read the first chapter of a friends book and edit it.
2. Start excersizing
3. Drink, drink, drink water.
4. Lift weights
5. Start finishing up chapter 3 and such of the “Created Ones”
6. Look for jobs
7. Apply for Visa
8. Think of story Ideas for the ARTSpulse
9. Clean room and organize desk

Things to keep your eyes out for:
1. Review the book, The 13th Tribe
2. Review the book, Stained Glass Heart
3. Write devotional for WOW – writing on the Word (devotional writers).

I am just so amazed with all the things that I must do.

Pray for me that I get enough words in this week. Love you all and stay in the King and he will protect you!

In Christ,

Devin ><>

Born that way???? **POLL**

Hello Lovely People,

It’s been a few days since I last wrote you all. I have been extremely busy since the last day that I wrote you. I haven’t been able to write as much as I would have liked to. Although, I did get some written yesterday when I was at the Barnes & Noble waiting to go pick up a friend who was visiting me from Australia.

I listened to a lot of music yesterday, because I drove from Grand Forks, North Dakota to Fargo, North Dakota. I had dropped my sister and mother off at the airport because my sister left for College. I miss her already.

I am currently looking for some answers for book research. Please fill out this poll and write in a comment why you chose the options that you chose. You can choose multiple choices at the same time. Just let me know what it all means.

http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/Poll/Embed/WEB22CYM3PSTJ7#.TliZnAPvyCM.facebook

Have you ever felt like not talking to certain people? Ever felt worn out or possibly even like you just want to go to your room and not be stared at or talked to.

I will write again soon! Please enjoy the poll. I am doing book research. I don’t agree with the lifestyle, don’t get me wrong – I have family and friends who are involved in those lifestyles in their mind and/or their every day life choices.So please help me out with this and be praying for me as well!!!! Love ya all, Devin

Traveling, inspiration, blue-monkey

Hello my fantastic readers,
Lately, i’ve been thinking about all the things i need to do to make myself a better person. Do you ever think this way?

Today i got to see a lovely friend from Australia. It was really nice to see her again.

Another thing… I didn’t write any today. It feels horrible. I need to start getting down at least 1,000 to 2,000 words a day. So i need to make myself at least reach the 1,000 word zone and I need to set a time for God/writing time (either in the morning or at night early before i speak to my boyfriend.)

I think there is one major thing that wages war against my creativness – that being negativity. I hate it when people are so negative and complain about everything… I’ve just thought about this a lit this last week. People like that are leaches and they suck my energy. Do you have people or things that suck your energy and inspiration?

I guess, i am just home-sick for my Lord! I know that the dungeon – my writing is bringing this out! I now understand the saying “we write to know ourselves!’

Another thing, as soon as I got home today, I found out that the reviewing company (which, I review books for, sent me a new book to review!) I am excited to read it and review it. So, I will keep you posted. :)

Speak soon!

Devin

Mirror of deception…

deception |diˈsep sh ən|
noun
the action of deceiving someone : obtaining property by deception.
• a thing that deceives : a range of elaborate deceptions.
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Hello people (I need to find a way of addressing you all, better than people or “Hello All!” I will think of something unique.)
But, yes this morning started out absolutely wonderfully, I got to speak with my boyfriend for a few hours on skype. He always has a way of inspiring me and pulling more creativeness out. :) Which is absolutely amazing! I know when I was at the “Ragged Edge Writer’s Conference” I heard many people speak about how they don’t have spouses or family that support their writing. I am absolutely blessed when it comes to that as my sister, brother, and mom are really good soundingboards for Ideas.  My boyfriend is the same way, he listens and then helps me see things, I didn’t see before, which is really nice to have. I remember Robert Liparulo was speaking about how one man was a writer and how his wife didn’t approve of his writing, to the point of messing/deleting files. This sad story ended at the crossroads of divorce or stop writing. Which, I find it would be a sad spot to be at… here you love this person and yet you love writing (and the person you love doesn’t love your gift that God gave you.) The man quit writing (I mean, I am glad he loved his wife.) I am so happy I don’t need to make choices like that and that my family has known me as a writer ever since I was 4 (I put on plays and drew/wrote stories) and I am also happy that my boyfriend knows me as a writer too. He encourages me and helps me chase after God. I just love him and my family for that. I just wanted to put this throw-out, out here.

Besides that I have been writing, as always, I have been writing some stuff that has to do with Identity. How it was that we were created. God poured his love and joy into everyone of us and yet we stand in front of a mirror seeing all the flaws that he must have forgotten to fix. We live in a world that is consumed with these issues. I was thinking about this earlier when I started thinking about things I could change, like “Devin, you need to lose weight, because you aren’t pretty enough.” or “You should do this because you aren’t good enough.” Why is it that we get these thoughts put into our heads?? I know that a long time ago I had, had depression and it was more out of fear. Because, one day I had this voice say that I would kill myself and I knew I would never, but just the frightfulness that I got from even thinking that I thought that, when really it was the devil – because he likes to convince people they are thinking things when really it is him giving us things to think about that consume our time so we end up worried, fearful, sad, and other emotions that would distract us from doing what God set us out to do.

Another few people who dealt with this, was at the beginning of time. Their names were Adam and Eve. They were perfectly made. Had everything they needed to live wonderful lives. They had God there to see and talk to, in person. And yet, the Deceiver came… like always. He came and said, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” (Genesis 3:1) Satan posed a question to Eve. She then said to him, ““We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” (Genesis 3:2-3)

That is where it all went wrong, Satan posed a question. And that question is still lurking in Satan’s bag of tricks. He will pose a question to make you worry, fear, sad, and cause you to lose blessings that God has given you. When Adam and Eve gave in to Satan’s ploy… they lost out on the Garden of Eden and that they would also meet death.

Satan’s questions pose as to “you don’t love him, do you?” or “you’d kill yourself…” or when standing in front of the mirror, “God surely didn’t create you this way? did he?” or “God doesn’t really know how you are on the inside. He doesn’t know who you really are.”

I don’t want this post to scare you, because I am definitely not suicidal or depressed anymore. But I wanted to point out examples from my life that you could see this “Trick of Satan’s”

The story I am working on is about this. How God made us perfect and how people want to change themselves (or are made to believe that they really were not created the “man” or “woman” that God created them into. I got this idea over a year ago with how our country and world has been changing. People care more about the trees being cut down than the future men and women of our world who are being snuffed out even before their first breath with abortion, the gay rights that are spreading all around the world (note: I have friends who are gay or have dealt with gay lifestyle, so I am by no means being judgmental, I love the person, I just don’t agree with the lifestyle because I SEE HOW GOD MADE THE PERSON.)

So I will be needing much prayer as I delve deeply into this story, because I know that Satan will try to pose questions. Why would I hear this morning, “Devin you need to work out because you are not pretty.” I know he wants to try. I heard that and thought, hmmm… yes I need to work out… but the latter of that statement wasn’t true because God says I am beautiful, even though some days I may not feel beautiful. 

Get NaKeD (My sister and I were thinking a cool shirt to promote my story would be named “GeT NaKeD: and see how God created you.” or something like that! (you were born that way!)

Then the LORD God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being. Gen 2:7
I put this verse here because you can hear that he actually BREATHED his breath of life into us. That in itself should give you goosebumps… The GOD who created the earth made YOU… YOU!

Back to my “GeT NaKeD” statement, it’s even proved in the Word. :)
Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam[f] no suitable helper was found. 21 So the LORD God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs[g] and then closed up the place with flesh. 22 Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib[h] he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.

23 The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
24 That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. 25 Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.
Gen. 2:19-24

Tell me what you think! I know this was a LOOOONG Blog entry… But it’s on my heart. Welcome to my dungeon.

Devin


Little Blue Monkey in a Brown Monkey’s world -Little planet drifting through the universe; lost

Today hit me hard… “I felt like a little planet just drifting through the huge universe; lost.” I now know what Ted Dekker was saying about not fitting in, in the world. Also about, when you are writing a piece that you really have a STRONG connection with and you feel like others don’t have that strong of a connection with it. It also makes me think of what the Bible says on this topic:
“I have given them your word and the world has hated them, for they are not of the world any more than I am of the world. 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. 17 Sanctify them by[d] the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.” -John 17:14-18

It’s just some days I feel like no one understands me, almost like I really am this “little blue monkey”, that was one amazing thing about the Ragged Edge Writer’s conference. Everyone there was pretty much the same, everyone thought deeply and felt deeply. I wish more people in the world were like that.

I wrote today and figured some more stuff out with my fiction piece. I will share some stuff soon. I was editing the Book Reading videos and they should be up and running soon.

I really miss my boyfriend and really just wish I could have a hug.

Devin <3

Check out my book reading… I read my excerpt… the first one is from the book “New Branch of the Journey”… If you enjoy it, and would like a copy of the book, let me know. It’s available for $25. :)

http://www.youtube.com/user/devinlillianberglund?feature=mhee

Do you feel deeply ?

Book Reading UPDATE! -August 18th-

Hello Lovely People,

Today I had a book reading for the book, New Branch of the Journey. It was an awesome experience! I will post pictures and videos in the New Branch of the Journey tab above, for you to watch. Mind you it is my first-ever book reading. We had 4 of the writers present. We had a couple that are friends of mine who were celebrating their 26th Wedding Anniversary, and a woman from Twin Valley, named Joan won the SWEEPSTAKES book. It was really a wonderful festivity!!

Earlier today I was busy writing and editing. I got my excerpt ready for my reading! It’s a type of writing that is unlike any of my other story styles – BUT I very much enjoy the characters and story so far!! I will also post the excerpt tomorrow!

I just wanted to update you all, about the reading and my writing as of late!

I will post again soon!

Love,

Devin

P.S. Don’t you just love it when people pray for you? If you could keep me in your prayers, as I will be doing some intense writing tomorrow, my goal is 3,000 words… It almost feels unreachable, but I know I can do it. (I think I will created a prayer needs tab… so you can know what God is up to in my life and what I need prayer for.)

What do you need prayer for?

The Ragged Edge Lifestyle!

Hello Readers,
Today was a good day, busy. I just kept my mind extremely busy with writing, for one, because I have a book reading tomorrow in Fargo at the Teaberry! I am extremely excited about it and yet a tad bit nervous, as I have never read my writing in public, except to my family. It will be a great adventure. I get to enjoy it with 3 other writer’s who also wrote in the “New Branch of the Journey.”

I am still typing up notes slowly and also reviewing things that the authors spoke about at the conference! Today I wrote a total of 3,050 words on my novel. I am so excited with where it is going, but it will be interesting where these characters take me. I just thought I would post before going to bed, and that I would write again tomorroow after finishing the excerpt that I will read at the READING.

Other than the writing side of my life: My sister leaves in a week for Vegas, she is going to study Dance and Choreography there. She will do amazing; I know that for a fact, but I will miss her! Then my boyfriend has been busy with his architecture assignments lately, so I have been lifting him up in prayer, as I really miss him. It’s really hard to tell you how much you grow to love a person day after day of not being in the same town, State, Country, or Continent. I just REALLY MISS HIM!!

Well I am going to go to bed, I think I will read some of Robert Liparulo’s (one of the authors who spoke at the Ragged Edge.) book 13th Tribe.

I just realized it, I guess my life is on the Ragged Edge.

Love, Devin

Have a lovely night or morning wherever you are in the world! :D