Buccaneer Blogging – Social Media & Airport Good-byes

Hello Everyone,

It has been a little while since I last posted. On Sunday, Johan and I dropped my sister off at the airport. It was a hard thing to do – see her walk off into the gate alone. I miss having her here with me. I would have to say that one of the things I hate the most in life is saying good-bye to people I love. I always loved traveling in airports when I was younger, but lately I have connected airports with “saying bye”. It isn’t fun, but I know I will get to see those people again. After Cassidy walked into the gate, I saw a little girl sucking on her thumb with her blanket walk by with her mother and I couldn’t help but to think of the little sister of mine who was just getting ready to board a flight alone. I am glad to say though that Cassidy made it safely home after about 24-hrs of traveling!

Today, Johan and I had a good day though – I set up a treasure hunt in a grocery store for him. It was exciting. I will post pictures soon.

But, I didn’t post my review of the hunger games because I got busy with other things those days. I will be sure to post the review up soon though. I am going to start looking for a more full time job and am currently taking an online writing and marketing class.

For the Buccaneer Blogfest today, I am supposed to post on: Social Media: Share your feelings and opinions about social media and it’s relation to writing and reading.

Social Media… hmm… well, other than it being a huge distraction for me. I really love it. I have Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus, YouTube, Pinterest, and also LinkedIn. I really love all of the sites and could spend way too much time on there. Speaking of which… How do you cut your time off on social media to get work done? Do you have a designated time for it? Or do you do it as a reward? 

Facebook
Twitter
Google+
YouTube (I will be uploading more videos as I want to start vlogging. I believe it would be a cool new media to approach my platform with.)
Pinterest
LinkedIn

Check out my sites and follow me! :) Also Follow my blog here, if you haven’t yet! :) The more the merrier!

 

Top 5 favorite books…

My top 5 favorite books of all time!

This is a tough one, because I have a big list of favorite books. But here is my list of my fave. 5.

  1. The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe – C.S. Lewis (I have loved this book ever since I can remember. C.S. Lewis created a world that I wanted to escape to. I had a longing every time after reading his books to escape there and walk with Aslan. He is the Author that made me want to be a writer too.)
  2. Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis (This is also a classic Lewis novel, although I read this one quite a bit later than I had when I read the Narnia books. I was absolutely pulled in by his characters.)
  3. 13th Tribe – Robert Liparulo (I loved this book of Bob’s! I got to read the galley of the book and absolutely loved it to pieces. The characters were so real to me. I could feel their emotion as well!)
  4. The Baker’s Wife – Erin Healy (I loved this story!!)
  5. Showdown – Ted Dekker (I love books that allow me to escape from my world. And this one did. I also love books that have the constant fight between good and evil.)

Upcoming Fun:

July 25th – Buccaneer Blogfest : I’ll give you my best of the best list. My top five favorite books of all time?
July 26th – I will contribute to the Star Tribune’s Travel Blog “World Class” http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/travel/blogs/World_Class.html
July 27th – Buccaneer Blogfest : I will be reviewing the “Hunger Games” book one today. Be sure to make it back for the review.
On the weekend I will be having a blog break because my sister will be leaving Brisbane on the 29th. But I will be back with you all on Monday.

Finding Inspiration in the Mountains of Azul

I just got back from visiting the Blue Mountains, New South Wales. My sister, boyfriend, and I went to Sydney first for a few days and later me up with a few friends in Katoomba. I loved Katoomba! It felt like we had just driven into another era. The train station was a cute one you’d imagine could be seen on the English Country-side. After finding something to eat we decided to head over to Scenic World where we would be able to see the “Three Sisters” well!

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I hadn’t ever heard of the “The Three Sisters” until we were planning the trip and still I didn’t really know the story behind them! If you know anything about Australia- there are stories behind everything! The Aboriginal Tales of The Three Sisters is about three sisters from one tribe. The elder of their tribe was trying to protect them from the other tribe so he turned them into stone! A battle broke out between the two tribes and the elder was killed. So he wasn’t able to ever turn them back from the stone. So there they stand today!

We stayed at a very nice house that we rented in the country. It was so relaxing. There was a fireplace. All night we played games and enjoyed one another’s company. That night I slept so well. It reminded me of back home in Minnesota cuddled up in my covers with no noise. The silence was almost like a lullaby to me. Didn’t realize how much I missed it. But, it was super amazing to sleep that well again.

There were moments in the Blue Mountains where I was walking on a pathway and I felt my character’s presence. Now, I can imagine a few people think that might sound a bit odd… but I felt the story. I know it’s there.

While in the Blue Mountains I kept thinking about a few of my characters from my book! Especially Dustin, since he lived on a mountain! Another thing that truly sparked my imagination was our second day in the Blue Mountains! We drove to Jenolan Caves. There is a part in my story where Dustin is walking through the mountain entrance and the cave is the first impression of the land below! Cold, sharp, dark, and scary!

I mean what would you think of the world – if you hadn’t ever been off a mountain and then all of a sudden when you are leaving the mountain you walk through a cave – what would your first impression of the “World” be like?  

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I greatly grab inspiration from all around me while I travel!

Do you get inspiration from traveling? Do you travel?

I know a few different answers I could get from this question! A few being “Devin, I can’t travel because I don’t have enough time or money!”

I have an answer for that though! It doesn’t matter where you are or how much money or time you have! What matters is – do you want to travel? Do you want an adventure?

If the answer is yes, then here are a few things you can do to spread your wings out on an adventure!

  1. Adventure under my nose? 
    Seek inspiration where you are! :) At work? At School? OR on a long drive from one part of the country to another part of the country. Make vlogs along the way. Make your daily life an adventure! When my boyfriend and I went on a road trip back home in America last summer – every few hundred miles we drove we tried to make a new video. In our eyes it felt like we were documenting our adventure.
  2.  Start Picture Noting – I recently started picture noting! All you have to do is have a camera and things around you that inspire you! Take pictures of places that could be in your novel! See people crossing a busy intersection? Or a little elderly man resting on a bench in a park? Take pictures of the things that can bring to life certain moments in your writing! I usually just do this with my iPhone! :)
  3. Take a different route home – who knows? You might find a neat cafe you will love visiting to escape busyness or you may find a relaxing park where you can go after long days!
  4. Read a book – this one is probably a Der-Devin Moment since we all know that when you read you can take adventures you probably couldn’t otherwise!
  5. Write Down Everything when you get an idea! At least before you lose the ideas!
  6. Borrow inspiration from people, things, stories, places, and people! Borrow ideas and make them your own.

What do you do to funnel your inspiration?

Where do you go to get inspired? Do you have a special spot?

Have you ever done picture noting? Or do you have any other ways that capture ideas and inspiration?

What am I reading?

Today’s post in the Buccaneer Blogfest challenge is to write about what we are reading at the moment. To tell you the truth – I haven’t had much time to actually read much, but I have been working on reading the first Hunger Games book! I haven’t quite decided if I love it yet.

1. Who here has read “The Hunger Games”?
2. Did you like it? Why or why not?

Upcoming Fun:

July 23rd – Buccaneer Blogfest : I will be posting about the last three books I’ve read?
July 24th – I will be posting about inspiration and the blue mountains, New South Wales.
July 25th – Buccaneer Blogfest : I’ll give you my best of the best list. My top five favorite books of all time?
July 26th – I will contribute to the Star Tribune’s Travel Blog “World Class” http://www.startribune.com/lifestyle/travel/blogs/World_Class.html
July 27th – Buccaneer Blogfest : I will be reviewing the “Hunger Games” book one today. Be sure to make it back for the review.
Weekend I will be having a blog break because my sister will be leaving Brisbane on the 29th. But I will be back with you all on Monday with more.

The World’s Unfortunate Events….

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Last night I saw statuses on Facebook about the shooting in Aurora Colorado. It’s the moments like this in life where you end up questioning things in the world. My sister, boyfriend, and I were watching the American News Broadcast on the coverage from Colorado. It was almost like a nightmare coming to life. Which is sad because it probably was a nightmare for those who wanted to see the movie and experienced that night.

Just a few days ago I went to “The Dark Knight Rises” with my boyfriend and sister. It was cutting edge and full of twists and turns! I only dream about strange events and characters when writing. But when something like this terrible event at the Theater in Colorado happens it blows my mind away because it’s like a villin from a book or horrid movie is on the loose. But the sad thing is that it’s for real. It gives me the shivers and my heart goes out to all of the people who had to go through that experience in that theater!! I can’t imagine sitting in a theater while watching something so intense while someone starts shooting people all around me. It would have taken me a while to grasp that ‘this is for real’. It’s moments like this that you are reminded that life is short and worth it. I heard a true story about a person who ended up dying in that theater from protecting his girlfriend. That is amazing and shows a true hero. His love for his love saved her life. We need to live like that… We need to live in love. And car for people around us spreading Christ’s light.

When events like this happen many people tend to be more on the negative side, but I really like what people have been saying about being positive and remembering the people’s stories. Why focus on the bad person when you can focus on the people who had lives like all of us. It makes me want to always remember the people’s lives, because they had dreams and stories to be told. While this bad man who wracked Havoc on the theater will only be remembered for the horrible acts he committed on innocent people in a theater.

But deep inside my stomache I feel the pain for all the people involved and the people who lost loved ones. If anyone reading this post knew anyone or was involved I am greatly sorry and am praying for you all.

I will post again soon! God Bless!!

Devin Berglund

“The Light Bulb Effect” the moment I knew…

For the Buccaneer Blogfest, today I am supposed to share with you all the moment I experienced the “light-bulb” moment for my story.

I really like how the idea came about. First of all I am greatly inspired by the things that I see, hear, and experiences and in my dreams I see things all the time.

This story originally came from a dream. Of two human like yet supernatural people (almost like angels) who saved a little girl from these evil soldiers. The little girl was the secret to changing humanity.

I often thought of it in the sense of what if one person held all the abilities to change the complete human race. Then people could change who they are. So people could re-create themselves. I find it to be a story showing love and redemption. And also showing that we have a loving God who made us unique. I see so may people today wandering around trying to change themselves. They are not happy with the “them” that God created.

During the time I got the idea for the book I was taking my fiction writing Capstone course(final writing class in whole major). I wrote the first 8 chapters and I am amazed by how much it’s changed since then.

After writing about 60,000 some words I decided that it couldn’t be just one book… Because there were too many details and stories that needed to be told.

Then I started writing the first book and a few more characters became strong and well known to me. I ended up using inspiration from so dreams that I had, had when I w little. These three characters haunted my nightmares. The first story is majorly focused on life and choosing life over death and blessings ov curses. We all have choices to make in our lives and those choices will lead us to consequences. Eith ending in life or death.

So in a short answer – I seem to get many of my ideas from dreams and also from nature. For instance I just got back from the Blue Mountains and I got some amazing inspiration and ideas for my book.

Buccaneer Blogfest 16-18th

Hello Everyone, I want to apologize that I am a tad bit behind on the Buccaneer Blogfest, but late is better than never, eh? Yesterday I was in a car all day and got back to Brisbane at a pretty late hour. We drove from the Blue Mountains so it took about 13 or so hours to get back to Brisbane. For the Buccaneer Blogfest I was supposed to post a paragraph from my work in progress. This is from my current work in progress, which currently has a working title. Hope you enjoy it though!! :) I am really excited about this story and the characters.

Dad always told us stories about the land below. He always told us the stories of his adventures in the land. Sure for some it may have been interesting or exciting, but to me it was frightening. Frightening, because I don’t want to leave the Mountain and go to the land below. I want to stay on this mountain forever, but Dad has made it known ever since I was little that I would follow in the families traditions, which meant that I also have to leave the mountain. It’s what our family line has been doing for as long as anyone can remember and is threaded deeply in our people’s history and culture. As soon as a boy becomes my age and finishes school, he must go down off the mountain and train. Even though I have fought against the idea ever since I was young, I must follow through because that is what we do. That is a Preventer’s life.

What do you think about it? Where do you think it is going? Let me know! :)

Today I am going to the Jersey Boy’s performance at the Theatre here in Brisbane. I will be sure to let you know how it went! I am excited about it. It’s hard to believe that Cassidy will be leaving. I will really miss her. Makes me miss my family.

For the Buccaneer Blogfest I am also supposed to introduce you to someone very important to me. His name is Dustin.

Devin: Hello Dustin, Thank you for joining me today! 

Dustin: Yes, no problem at all. 

Devin: What would you say the greatest step in your journey has been?

Dustin: Well, I am a Preventer. Some people may not know what that means, but putting it in simple terms – I am a warrior of sorts. I lived on a beautiful mountain, before I had to leave it to live with my uncle. He is also a Preventer, but he fell so much in love with the country below that he stayed with his wife.  I am currently taking a break from training. Not all of the people on the mountain are Preventers though and that is the part I was extremely jealous about. I kept asking myself, “Why me?” “Why do I have to leave when there are so many others that would just switch places with me in a heartbeat?” So, I would have to say that has been my greatest step. It was scary because you see – before that moment I had never been off the mountain much a like all the other guardian kids, but I had heard stories about all the gruesome and horrible things that happened – which no Guardian lives by or respects.

Devin: Yes, I can understand how that would have been hard. Even though there has been trial and heartache is there anything that you have really enjoyed? or learned while being at your Uncles?

Dustin: Yes! But, I haven’t been here long so I suppose I will be learning a whole lot more in a very short amount of time like about sword fighting and controlling my gifts and powers while surviving down here while trying to blend in without pulling to much attention my way.  

I have certainly enjoyed hearing my Aunt and Uncle’s stories. I can’t imagine having growing up like my Aunt. She had a tough child hood.

Devin: I always love listening to parents, family, and friend’s stories! Could you share with us her story? 

Dustin: Uh… sure, I guess. Well she was born with a magical gift where she can control things with music. She loves music so much that today she has music playing on her harp at all moments throughout the day. 

She had a brother and he also had a magical talent – although I really don’t know what his gifts were. There parents knew about his magic because he rebelled and lived the life. Her parents had at one time used their magic but said they would never use it ever again and because of that they pushed their son away. Not on purpose, but by accident. By doing so he ended up getting mixed up in a bad crowd or rather with one woman in particular. The people in that village new her as Lady Aaron – a witch of sorts. All awhile this was happening my Aunt was growing up and practicing her music and talents. Her parents praised her and loved her talent with music. Although they didn’t know that her music was her magic so they were fine with her magic because they were unaware of it’s true strength and purity. 

One horrible day she was sitting in the barn’s roof and looked through the open door from behind a hay stack. She could see her parents down below. They were working in the tree grove and garden. In the distance she could see 3 women in red capes walking their way. She identified them as the witches daughters. They started killing her parents in a gruesome way and when they started coming for her – that was the moment she was the most scared. 

Devin: Oh, my! I really can’t imagine how that would have been!

Dustin:  I know, me either. Because while growing up on the mountain we barely had such horrible things happen. If something bad happened the person would have been dealt with in a strict way. There is a story that my Dad told me when I was younger about two Convict Guardians. I am not sure if the story is real or if it is rather a folk lore or such. But the two Guardians went bad and started killing a few kids and because of that the guardian Preventers took them half way to the entrance of our mountain where there is a cave and it is very dark and cold there.  They were dealt with there.

Devin: How were they dealt with?

Dustin: They were turned into black trees that will always watch people go to and from the land below to the mountain as a reminder that they will never be able to see the mountain or be in total peace again.

Devin: Wow. Well, that is quite an interesting story. 

Dustin: Thanks, I am glad you are enjoying it. 

Devin: I really am! Thank you for joining us today, Dustin! 

Dustin: It was truly my pleasure!!

Let me know, what do you think about my character – Dustin? Are you interested in knowing more about him? Let me know what you think?

 
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