Monday, March 30, 2015

making history | WEEKLY QUOTE



Well, I'm finally getting back into the schedule of regularly posting Weekly Quotes every Monday (that is, starting today I am). Today's quote I find to be quite brilliant. And it correlates most splendidly to the way I look at life. While I don't believe in misbehaving to the point of acting immoral 'n so forth, I look at this quote as a challenge for women to be bold and stand out; to make a difference, defy stereotypes, and be the change. Most of the women who have made history have done so because they defied the odds, they did what might have been looked upon as misbehaving, they broke traditions and dared boldly. That's why I don't want to be a "well-behaved" women, but rather a bold, hopeful, vibrant, soul living fearlessly for Christ. 

"Well-behaved women seldom make history."
-Laurel Ulrich


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

a bit of story writing - my attempt at a novel | introducing the Arbuthnot Brothers


Back in October of 2014, I wrote a small bit of fiction called Of Old Documents and Maples for Rachel's Chatterbox. Now, oddly enough, I got a lot of good feedback from you all on that piece. I was rather amazed, seeing that I hadn't really put a whole lot of thought into the piece nor was I sure I wanted to finish it. But now that I know some of you like it, and because the characters in the fiction bit were ones that'd been floating around my head and I had been dying to write about, I've decided to take on writing a novel.

This novel, mind you, isn't looking to be finished for quite sometime. I'd say a good 10 years. Writing a novel is rather a daunting prospect at this point, seeing that I am in no way an author of fiction (let alone an author of really much else). So I am taking this journey slowly and steadily. I've been compiling research, vocabulary words I'd like to use (I hope I'm not terribly silly and am the only one who does this), character traits for both my main protagonistsEmory and Cyril Arbuthnotand for other potential characters, historical context and analysis (I plan on writing this novel as an historical fiction detective piece ... complicated, huh?), and so much more. It's been a ruddy blast!

Novel to-be-titled; featuring the likes of Emory and Cyril Arbuthnot
And since my novel will be based around the 1920s, I get to study the masters of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction such as Dorothy L. Sayers, Agatha Christie, Josephine Tey, Edgar Allen Poe, Michael Innes, and Ellery Queen (pseudonym for authors Frederic Dannay and Manfred Bennington Lee). I am rather excited about that prospect, as I am already a huge fan of Sayers, Christie, and Tey. And I've just picked up my first mystery novel by Innes!

Seeing as this is a whole new adventure for me, I am gladly accepting critiques, advice, suggestions, disapproval, reading materials (or recommendations of what to read/study), or dark chocolate. Send all such miscellany to me by commenting on this post, sending it to my email, or the jolly old-fashioned snail mail way to Charity Klicka, One Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, VA 20132.

Here's to a new adventure in fiction writing. Stay tuned for a post a two each month on my process, as well as a few snippets of my work here and there.

Cheers!

All text © 2015 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2015 Charity Klicka Photography

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day - Did You Know?

So it would seem today is St. Patrick's Day.

Now it's common knowledge that St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17, is well associated with green-colored whatnots, leprechauns and pot 'o golds, parades, drinking, parties, and a vague recollection of some guy named St. Patrick.

But did you know that St. Patrick's Day is really the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century? Well of course you knew that!
Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and brought Christianity to its people (source).
Well I shan't go into all the St. Patrick's Day factual details because, quite frankly, I don't have that kind of time. 

But because history is grand, you definitely ought to do a little research on this holiday yourself. And in the future, do research on holidays in general. 

Why do we celebrate the holidays we do? What's the significance? And let me tell you, drinking and partying rarely have anything to do with the holiday celebrated.

ENJOY this fantastic factual chart from History.com on St. Patrick's Day below:


Don't forget to wear green! ;)


All text © 2015 Footprints in the Sand | All Factual Information and All Images © 2015 History.com

Thursday, March 5, 2015

A Few More Days of Marching Into the Battle | when life knocks you down, you get back up


THIS IS ONE OF THOSE WEEKS. What do I mean by that? Well, it's another one of those rather trying weeks. The kind that push and pull you in multiple directions; the kind that test the very essence of you, your willpower and determination; the kind that chew you up and spit you out ... that's what I mean by one of those weeks.

At the beginning of this year, I asked God to disturb me to "dare more boldly" and to "grow me, push me, dare me, every day. (to) break me down and build me up". And by golly, has He done just that.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

drive - Formerly List


My life is anything but peaceful. The photo above was taken during a spontaneous drive I took into the country. I had a lot on my mind, and needed some space. Those are the car rides where I have no destination, but simply just get in my car and drive. When there's big decisions you're facing, an overwhelming school load you're trying to balance with work, or the daunting prospect of change just around the corner, it takes a load of your mind to simply drive it off. Let it go for just 20 minutes, laying it at the feet of the Master and saying "my times are in Your hands" (Psalm 31:15). 

I've also found it helps to create lists of the little things in your life. I notice less my own circumstances and instead appreciate what I've been given and who He's placed in my life by documenting in list format such things.