Saturday, July 31, 2010

Teen Inklings, Vol. 13: Autographed Book Giveaway

Welcome back, everyone! In case you hadn’t noticed, our e-zine has been around for over a year now. Whoo! As promised, this month is all about giving back to you, the faithful readers of this web page.

And what better way to do that than to give away an autographed book?

I recently got the chance to read and review Marlayne Giron’s book, The Victor. It’s a medieval tale of love, sacrifice, and betrayal. Go HERE to read my review of it.

I interviewed her as well, and you can check that out HERE.

How to win the autographed book? There’s three ways.

1. If you’re a teen inkling, leave a comment on this post with your e-mail address in an anti-SPAM format (like this: ChristianMiles [at] live [dot] com). If you’re not a teen inkling, take a moment to click the follow button in the sidebar.

2. In order to gain an extra entry, write a blog post about this e-zine and leave the link in your comment with your email address.

3. Go to my book review of The Victor, read it, and leave a comment over there in order to gain a third entry.

It doesn’t matter if you only do one, but your odds of winning will increase if you do all three.

I’ll randomly pick a winner at Midnight on my birthday, August 14th, and e-mail the winner in order to get their mailing address.

That’s all. Good luck!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Teen Inklings, Vol. 12: Doubt

This month I'd planned on writing about Editing and Editors, but I just realized something... this is Teen Inklings' 12 e-zine! We've been here for a year! In honor of our accomplishment, there will be a giveaway next month. Stay tuned! I've got big plans for this little web page.

In the meantime, feel free to read this special version of a devotional I wrote for CLASH Entertainment.

Dealing with doubt.

When I was nine my mom told me God had given me a talent for writing. At that age her words were enough to keep me going, but seven years later things have gotten harder. It’s easy to look at what I’ve written at the end of the day and doubt that God has really given me a talent. Most of the time I’m left thinking, Who in their right mind would kill a tree to publish this?

I never would’ve entered a writing competition if it hadn’t been for my Sunday School teacher, who is also a writer. She encouraged me to enter a contest, so I did.

Doubt set in. Every day my dread for the feedback intensified. Finally, the results came back. I hadn’t finaled. I felt horrible, like I’d let everyone down. Then I read one of the judge’s comments. She’d liked my story, and had advice to help improve it!

Since then I’ve learned that developing our God-given talents is a step-by-step journey. If we let Satan plant doubts in our minds, much like they sank Peter’s steps when he walked on water, they’ll sink ours. I’ve entered two more writing contests since that first one, and, though I didn’t win either, my scores have been higher. In ACFW's Genesis Competition, I was in the top 25% of writers. I’m improving, and someday God will be able to use my talents for His glory. Meanwhile, when doubts set in, I’ll pray. Nothing kills doubt faster than taking my eyes off of myself and setting them on God.