…the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.

Hello,
I have been listening to the audio books of “The Screwtape Letters” by C.S. Lewis. I so, badly wish that I could have met C.S. Lewis. Sometime after my trip to Australia I want to make a way back to England and see the C.S. Lewis house. It’s just amazing how you can feel like you know a writer from their writing voice. I want to make a difference on a person’s life like C.S. Lewis made a difference in my life.

“If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world.” 
― C.S. Lewis

Have you ever felt that way? I remember always feeling that way when I was in high-school. I was always a little different than the other kids. I always made friends with the under-dogs and maybe I could have been considered an under-dog as well. I didn’t want to be like everyone else and I guess I never was. In high-school I went through some of the loneliest times in my life. I remember coming home from school crying because, I didn’t have many friends. I hid behind the covers of books… Narnia was definitely some of them and I definitely found myself wishing for a greater place, like Narnia. A place where people would except me for who I was. Every once in a while I feel that same way- that wishing I could escape to another place where I could just fellowship with the Lord. Leave the land of people hating others, and stress and drama.

I have been busy writing a lot of my evil characters lately and it has caused a lot of mental and spiritual drain on me today. When you write dark stuff, if ever? Does it affect you in an such ways?

“We Christian writers must paint evil with the blackest of brushes, not to sow fear, but to call out the monsters to be scattered by our light. If Satan cloaks himself as an angel of white, intent on deceiving the world, any attempt on our parts to minimize evil is only complicit with his strategy… Turn to the light; don’t fear the shadows it creates.” -Ted Dekker (At least Ted knows my feeling!)

“It isn’t Narnia, you know,” sobbed Lucy. “It’s you. We shan’t meet you there. And how can we live, never meeting you?”
“But you shall meet me, dear one,” said Aslan.
“Are -are you there too, Sir?” said Edmund.
“I am,” said Aslan. “But there I have another name. You must learn to know me by that name. This was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.” -The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – C.S. Lewis

So, I hope this note of inspiring quotes and a little bit of my backstory all find you well and living blessed! :) I have thought about writing a memoir about my past… would that be something you all would be interested in?

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

Writing Goal met for today…

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that frightens us most. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and famous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that people won’t feel insecure around you. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in all of us. And when we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” – Maryanne Williamson

I have been typing out my notes from “The Ragged Edge” and while doing that I have been revisited by the thoughts and things that the authors spoke about. It was an amazing experience, truly, to talk to Ted Dekker, Eric Wilson, Robert Liparulo, Steven James, Tosca Lee, and also by getting to know some amazing writers from around America. I met two girls and we started a writing group via email. I am super excited to see how it goes!

The quote above means heaps to me, Tosca Lee told us all about it, and you know what? It is 100% true! Not just a little bit true… but completely true. My sister and I are in Minneapolis now and will be heading home tomorrow, so, I am extremely excited to get home so I can write, write, write. I decided I would like to have the first draft of my book “The Created Ones” done before October. So, that means I must WRITE everyday and a lot!

I made my wordcount for today! I wrote 1,390 words. YAY!

I also decided that I would start reading more, so a few days ago I started reading Robert Liparulo’s book “The 13th Tribe” and the cool thing about this book, is that it’s the pre-release book and he let it out for the Ragged Edge writer’s only, so I am reading it and if I get a review in before November (which, I will.) My acknowledgment will be in the front of his book.

Two last updates:
1. Sweepstake: Let your friends on facebook/email/blogs know about my blog and  facebook writer’s page – Just let them know about me by posting my blog or facebook writer’s page on their wall or something and then show/tell me what you did. Give me the Url and I will be able to see it! The winner will be told, on August 18th.
2. Book Reading: August 18th, 7-8:30pm, at the Teaberry in Fargo (on Broadway, Downtown.)
3. Arts Publication: I have a writing meeting coming up with a Arts publication in Fargo North Dakota on the 23rd. I am excited and will definitely share more about this soon.

It will be tricky and up and down like a roller-coaster because along with my goal I will be going shopping and stuff in Minneapolis (as my sister will be going away to college next week!) It is so hard to believe that she is old enough for college, as I still see her as the little tomboy sister, with a baseball cap, pocahantas shirt and jean skort with crooked pig tails. I miss that cute little person, but to think that she has grown up and is still here. It’s just hard to see that soon, she will be in another States following her dreams.What are your dreams? Tell me yours and I will tell you mine in the next post. :)

Tomorrow, my writing goal will be 2,000 words. Welcome to my dungeon, ready for a trip? Buckle up because, I promise… it is going to be unlike any other.

Blessings!

Devin

Making a difference – Shining.

I really want to make a difference with what I write. I am looking through all my notes from “The Ragged Edge” conference and am completely inspired. God has a plan in everything that we experience, and go through in life. Something that Eric Wilson had said when he spoke at the conference was that there was a time he was angry with God and his wife asked what he would like for father’s day and he said he’d want the inspirational poster that says, “God is the Author of life” and later that day he broke down crying, because he had realized as an author that the Character’s are at the mercy of the writer. And in this sense, God designed and shaped each person as they are, so they can’t just turn from God and spit in his eyes.

I am in the process of writing a book, I am rewriting my chapter one, I need more of a “BOOM” to start out with. Please keep me in your prayers, as it does help and I need all the inspiration and dreams/images from God.

Keep Checking Back, I should have some information on tomorrow about what I did the second day at “The Ragged Edge”.

Today my sister and I went through St. Louis, it was an absolutely exciting day.

Well I best be going to bed as it is pretty late here.

-Devin Berglund

The Ragged Edge, Part One [August 12, 2011] – Writer’s are a strange breed

My Role Model for writing. :) Hello Everyone,
I didn’t write last night, because I was so sleepy. I felt like a steam roller had rolled over my brain. I got sooooo much information that my brain almost exploded. :P There were 5 authors there including Ted Dekker. The others were Eric Wilson (Fireproof), Robert Lipuralo (13th Tribe), Tosca Lee (Demon), and Steven James (The Pawn). They were amazing. It’s really hard to explain to you how amazing it was.
     “You are a BLUE monkey in a brown monkey’s world.” – Ted Dekker.

One thing that I really took away from the first day of the conference was that I am not alone. Devin Lillian Berglund is not alone, in this world. “Writer’s are a strange breed.” Ted Dekker. I am very happy to know I wasn’t just this strange, weird person that wrote things and thought about the world in a weird and different way than others. Ted spoke about how writers and artists feel things different than other people. We see the world and feel it with our senses about 10 times stronger than others, and that leaves us being more open to deep and dark feelings. Each of the authors spoke of a dark past: either of rejection, lack of love, suicidal thoughts, or depression. No wonder a lot of writer’s in the past have committed suicide. (It’s really sad to say this, by the way!) Because God has given us (artists and writers) that sensitivity. It is part of our gift and something that we can give to the world.
Some of the things that they spoke about hit deep because I to have had a darker past… just like everyone has probably experienced at one time or another, which are depression and suicidal thoughts. I am majorly touched when I even watch the news and people die or are killed. It’s really sad.
Why I bring up the deep, scary thoughts from my past is because we were all brought back to the times that we experienced pain, fear, or joy. Tosca had us revisit those times, and at moments I felt like I was in a psychologist’s office bearing my soul to the page. Tosca said that if we can make people feel that way in our writing… that we will succeed in what we write.
So, tomorrow my sister and I leave from Franklin, TN. Wish we could stay longer. :) I will continue writing about my thoughts about the Ragged Edge conference, as I have been moved and am going to write, write, write until my book is done. It will be done, in two months. If I set a deadline… I know that I can do it!
My sister and I are going to explore Franklin and find something to eat. I will write again very soon! Promise!!
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Speak soon!!

Devin

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