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A Quick Update

I can’t give you all the details, mostly because I don’t have all the details, but the situation has changed with Project Letters to Lauren Faust.  I didn’t send Jayson Thiessen an email today, but that’s because it looks like some new, more promising leads are opening up and I don’t want to use up my lifeline just yet.  Please keep praying that God will work in this situation and that I’ll be able to deliver those letters soon.  I’m actually really excited about this right now, especially knowing that the end may be in sight, but we haven’t reached the end just yet.  I’ll keep you posted, and I promise that unless Lauren reads the letters tomorrow, I’ll post something more interesting.  Thanks for your prayers and your patience, friends.  You’re the best.

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5,000

When I started this blog two years ago, I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Adam Swensen told me that I’d like it, so I gave it a shot, and, as is often the case, God had plans for it that I couldn’t anticipate.  Those plans have included meeting new friends, reconnecting with old friends, trying new things, and learning some valuable lessons.  All along the way, I’ve found my greatest source of joy and encouragement through comments from and interactions with all of you, my readers, and since today marks the 5,000th view, it seems like the perfect time to thank you all for your support.  Thank you for spurring me on in my dream of being a writer, for reading my posts and offering advice and sparking insightful dialog in the comments.  To my family, thank you for showing me so much love, especially since I’ve been gone at school.  I cherish every point of contact that I can have with you, including this one.  To my real-world friends (here’s looking at you, Adam and Danike, among many others), thank you for making such an effort to keep our connection strong even though I’m in a completely different state.  And to the people to whom I’ve been introduced through this blog, like Jay and Tek, it’s been a pleasure and an honor getting to know you and hearing about how God is working in your lives.  I’m glad you chose to introduce yourselves.  I’m truly grateful to everyone who’s come here and been involved in this little piece of my life, and I can’t wait to find out what kind of fun, adventure, and unexpected blessings the coming years bring.

Soli Deo Gloria,

Tim Newton

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NaNoWriMo 2010 Begins!

It’s blue.  It used to be grey, and now it’s blue.  That little box in the upper right hand corner of the NaNoWriMo website stared at me day in and day out last month, grey and dead, stuck at 0.  “NaNoWriMo has yet to begin” it sighed, and I sighed, too, because I wished it weren’t true.

Well, now it’s not.  The update button is yellow again, and that 0 can become any number I want it to be!  The world is my pogo stick!  What to write first?  I don’t know yet, but I have to start writing soon or I’ll burst.  NaNoWriMo is officially nine hours old in the Central Time Zone, and I’m still getting over that fresh new update button.  Imagine how giddy I’ll be when I finally get to click it.  Passers by will probably mistake me for a Twilight fan.  Note to self: make sure there are no passers by when you click the button.

That being said, I wanted to post my synopsis and cover art for this year’s NaNoNovel today in honor of the beginning of NaNoWriMo, and I’ll keep you posted as my word count climbs this month.  Onward to 50,000!

Here’s the cover, the synopsis is below it:

Cover art for my NaNoNovel this year

Synopsis:

“I’m here to give you your life back. How would you like to be immortal?”
When Tran Martin first heard those words, he was pinned beneath his ATV fighting a dozen gashes and broken bones to stay alive. The mysterious young woman offered him a miracle he couldn’t pass up, even if her one condition was a killer – literally. “Each day you must convince a different person to kill you. If you succeed, you’ll wake up in your bed the next morning and live another day. If you fail, you’ll die – and stay that way.” At the time it seemed like a great offer. Three months after he died for the first time, however, Tran isn’t so sure. He’s made a lot of enemies in ninety days, and one of them has finally discovered his secret…

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NaNoWriMo 2010: Let It Begin!

It’s fall once again, and I can feel the unbearable joy of the year’s most fantastic three months in the bright blue sky, the fresh, cool breeze, and the irresistible urge to write a book.  That’s right, friends, in just one short month NaNoWriMo will be upon us!  If you don’t know what NaNoWriMo is, check out their website to learn about this month of full-on gloriousness.  Words cannot do justice to the excitement I’ve been trying to suppress all day as I’ve waited and checked and waited and checked again and checked again without waiting and distracted myself from my bright and glorious anticipation of the website relaunch.  Only a few hours ago, the site came back online, and I’ve been there sporadically ever since updating my profile, scoping out the forums, and learning about two wonderful new opportunities to enhance my noveling rapture: NaNoUniversity and Sponsorship.

NaNoUniversity is nearly irrevocable proof that God is with me in my frenzied writing adventure (that and Hebrews 3:15).  It’s a brand new program from NaNoWriMo specifically for college students.  They offer loads of free resources to help studious young people just like me reach our goal of 50,000 words in one month.  They even have plenty of useful NaNo Club-starting items available for download and distribution, and a forum of their own where I can ask around hopefully for some fellow Moody WriMos.

Perhaps even more exciting, however, is my discovery of NaNoWriMo sponsorship.  It’s just like sponsoring a charity runner, except instead of giving money to a good cause to motivate someone to cause themselves extreme discomfort and go somewhere that they don’t really need to go as quickly as possible, you’re giving money toward several inspirational and educational writing programs in order to motivate someone (me) to produce a work of creativity and art.  If you’re interested in giving ten dollars to the Office of Letters and Light to help them keep their wonderful programs wonderful, drop by my donation page.  Even if you, like me, don’t have ten dollars to just give away, I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I go all out to write a God-honoring, intriguing, original novel (or at least the rough draft that will become such a novel) in 30 days.  Thank you for your support, and if you, too, are a WriMo this year leave me a comment with your username so that we can be writing buddies!  God bless you, and may your October be just as wondrously anticipation-packed as mine.

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