Blogging Life, Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Writing, Young Adult Life

The End of the Right Kind of Writer.

Yes, you have read that right. The RKW’s velvet red curtains are closing, and I’m slipping off behind them to work backstage. In other words: this is the last post on the Right Kind of Writer.

What?! Why??” you might be thinking. Sorry, I guess this might seem really random. I’ve only told a few people, actually, but I’ve been thinking about it for months.

As for the why? There are a number of good reasons, that all boil down to these:

It’s an unnecessary burden, time-consuming, and a distraction.

An Unnecessary Burden

Blogging. . . I can never decide whether it’s been more fun or painfully difficult. I know for sure that it’s strained my logic, creativity, and writing in amazing ways, but it’s been hard.

Who knows how many brain cells I’ve lost from blogging stress! I wish it were all fun, but recently, only a few times have I sincerely enjoyed it. It’s just. . . a lot; even too much. And I know that a lot of the pressure is something I put on myself. However, the way my brain works, this is the best way to lift that burden.

Time-Consuming

I’m a slow writer and a slow thinker. I’d much rather prefer quality over quantity when it comes to blog posts—and another reason I’m quitting blogging is that my blog writing is deeply lacking quality, as I try to reach every deadline, and miss several.

Back to topic, though, both qlty and qty take time. . . lots of it. The RKW has taken time from school and WIP writing mostly, but many other activities else as well. I don’t think I’d want to know how many hours I’ve spent on this platform-building project.

Even as of now, I could be doing several more pressing tasks, but I wanted to get this out of the way as soon as possible.

A Distraction

Not only is the RKW a literal distraction from other activities, but it’s a distraction from the type of audience and blog I truly want. I have a crazy mixed audience, and that’s a big reason why, on average, only about 10% of my followers interact with my posts.

The RKW is more of a lifestyle blog covering a too-broad area of topics. Imagine if I tried publishing today—I’d be super lucky if even 15% of my followers bought the book for motives other than me being their friend or family.

With a very focused, intent, and quality blog, the percentage of interaction and financial involvement per person would probably be much higher. A blog like that is what I’ll be considering when I’m closer to publication.


Those are the chief reasons. I hope you understand why I’m stopping; I’ve weighed the pros and cons several times, and the pros skyrocket the cons. I’ve prayed about it, and I believe this is a good decision.

Then What’s Next for Me?

Concerning writing, I’ll be working on the Work-in-Progress I talked about a couple weeks ago. I’ve been making good progress on it, and I’m excited to see what the finished project will look like!

I’m continuing or planning some other non-school-related projects as well, like driving, guitar, the marathon, and getting a job. Without the immediate stress of a blog, I can better focus on those too.

As for publication. . . I don’t plan on publishing my current WIP. One of my ideas is that I go through a few drafts of my current WIP for practice, write a novella, then focus on a new book for publication. My goal is to get traditionally published. This would be awesome, but we’ll see what God’s plan is, if it’s anything like mine.


Now of course, I need to thank people. I won’t say names (because I don’t have the space, privacy reasons, and I hope you know who you are), but, if you’ve given advice, supported this blog in person and online, shared a post, helped with graphics, and/or if you’ve listened to my stressed-out ranks, I am grateful and indebted. *bows*


To those who have subscribed recently: I’m sorry you get this news so early in your involvement here!

I have good news, though! I’m not deleting this blog—it’s still going to be up on the Internet, maybe forever (or maybe someday I’ll make it private or something; who knows?).

Thus, below I’ve compiled a list of my ten favorite Right Kind of Writer posts (not necessarily in order), for you to (hopefully) enjoy.

1. The Autumn Haven: a Short Story

This was the second piece of fiction writing I published on my blog (but we don’t talk about the first one 😉). I was surprised and humbled by the responses I received toward the story. It’s probably my favorite post.

In this story, I focused on showing, not telling.

2. Change of Environment = Increased Productivity

You should see the original piece. 😅 Again, I was mildly shocked by the number of people who liked this post. I was a beginner and my writing was horrible. Since its first publication, I’ve continued to edit it to make it a much more readable and helpful post! It’s probably my second favorite post.

3. From Reign to Ice: a Short Story (Full Version)

This post served as a cover reveal, second half, and full version, of a short story. I had released the earlier half that ended in a cliffhanger. I really enjoyed writing it!

In this story, I focused on character development.

4. When Your Hardest Doesn’t Go Highest (Society’s Secret Scandal)

This post didn’t get a huge response, but I felt it was a healthy reminder for me personally. It’s short (for me), but I think the message is important.

5. Kingstorms: a Flash Fiction

I released Kingstorms during the summer because I had no other post prepared. I’m glad people enjoyed it! I guess it’s one of my more popular posts.

In this story, I focused on emotion.

6. Quantity vs. Quality: a Question of Ethics

This is an ethically, logically-focused post on some thoughts I had in my mind. I hope it inspires thought and debate!

7. Why Fasting is Better Than You Think

My Church family had just concluded 21 days of prayer and fasting when I posted this. I didn’t think it was very well written, but my parents shared their thoughts and edits on it, and when it was published, people seemed to like it! I hope it made them think.

8. I Finally Finished Beyond the Wolf

A celebratory (and advice) post!!! Throughout my blogging history, I brought up my two-year Work-in-Progress Beyond the Wolf several times. I expected it to be 50-70K words. It was over 100K. Goodness, I was so relieved to have finally typed up the ending.

9. To The Discouraged Writer

I wrote this post of encouragement when I had been doubting myself. It’s not very good, but emotionally, it helped me and I guess several other readers.

10. Yellow Balloons: an Album Review

Among all of these, this is my most recent. And, honestly, it is my tenth favorite out of the top ten. This is a review of one of my favorite albums, Yellow Balloons, by David Dunn. It’s *cough* not short, but I put a good deal of my heart and thought into it.


And here we are again. This post is long. . . but did you expect anything different from me? 🙃 Goodness, I think I might actually miss blogging. Who knows. Well, God does.

I could ramble on, but indeed, I don’t have anything else of importance to say.

So, farewell, and God bless!

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Young Adult Life

What I’ve Been Up To + Some Thoughts on Children’s Ministry

July has shot by like a rocket (and I’ve definitely been feeling the heat of the boosters! 😅). I’ve been doing a whole lot, as usual. That’s one reason this post is so late (sorry!). But even though things get overwhelming quick, I’m grateful to God for the opportunities he’s given me.


One such opportunity is CYIA. What’s that? First, let me explain what CEF is.

Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) is a worldwide organization, in nearly every country of the world. Its mission is to spread the Gospel to every child in the world. Their vision has been to do this through the youth (teenagers) of the world. They recruit young people to reach even younger people.

One such means of recruiting youth to reach children is CYIA—Christian Youth in Action. It is an intense, eleven-ten day training, where us youth (ages 12-18, generally) learn how to share the gospel with kids (ages 5-12, generally) through 5-Day-Clubs, specifically.

What are 5-Day-Clubs, though? They are clubs, or gatherings, of kids, once every day, Monday through Friday. We teach the Gospel through games, missionary stories, Bible lessons, and more.

So those are the main activities I’ve been doing this summer! If you’re still confused, comment. 🙃

CYIA Has Had a Big Impact on My Life

It’s strengthened me mentally, physically, spiritually, and more. I’ve become bolder in public speaking, I’ve grown a stronger love for children, and I’ve gotten better at memorization.

But those are only a few things! From building friendships to learning how to avoid drama, and beyond, the lessons and skills I’ve acquired are truly something only God can give me.

I’ve also learned so much more about the importance of children’s ministry.

Friends, Children’s Ministry is SO Important!

Here Are Some Reasons Why.

1. They are the next generation. So are we teens. The more who know the truth of the world and the love of Jesus, the better. The more we teens are challenged in many things, the stronger we become if we persevere.

2. Jesus had a special connection with children. He said, “let the little children come to me.” Who knows how many of those children he had just met, when he was teaching somewhere in the Middle East? He accepted every one of them.

When others rejected them, even the disciples of Jesus, he went and talked with them, taught them in ways only the Creator of all beings could do. We can’t connect with children quite like Jesus can, but we can try, can’t we?

3. They’re unwritten stories. As a writer, I think about peoples’ lives as stories often. I sometimes try to imagine them as people with backstories, fears, desires, and goals, similar to the characters I fantasize about in my mind.

Most children’s lives are just beginning. They could either have a villain’s backstory that forms them to be unforgiving cold people. . . or we could help give them the right kind of childhood, however we can. From asking how their day was to playing tag with them.

Childhood is vital to the growth and chapters of someone’s life story.

4. The Bible talks about how only a child’s heart can enter the kingdom of Heaven.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” -Mathew 19:14, NIV.

And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever takes the lowly position of this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” -Matthew 18:3-5, NIV.

So what do these verses mean? That only kids can enter Heaven? No, of course not! It could take me a whole post to explain these (read more about kids and Heaven in last week’s post!), but the point is. . . little children have some things that most older people do not. Free imagination, simple trust, such as that.

Children have a special place in most people’s hearts, but especially in Jesus’. They must be reached.

So. . . What Can You Do?

Kids need the Good News—the Gospel—and like Jesus once said, the harvest is plenty, but the workers are few. Most people reading this are probably youth: young people, hopefully with a love of Jesus.

Thus, I encourage you to find a way to serve Jesus and spread the News through children’s ministry. Here are two ways:

1. Research your local CYIA! Get in touch, text, or call the leaders. I guarantee you—if this blog is available to you, so is a CEF group. At https://www.cefonline.com/, you can find the information you need for where you’re at. It takes just a little research.

2. See how you can get involved in children’s ministry in your church. I’ve served only a few times in Sunday school. It’s not for everyone. However, I’m not going to say that it’s not for me—though as of now I’m in the church’s tech team (composed of only youth 😉) and a regular volunteer wherever. See what you can do!

 But do more than just preach at kids—though we kinda do that with 5 Day Clubs, we get very involved with the kids. Try getting involved in the lives of the kids in your church, neighborhood, or apartment! Then step by step, share the Gospel.

Have a good, God-filled rest of the week! See you in August.

Relevant Updates, Writing Advice

I Finally Finished Beyond the Wolf

Friends, it’s been almost two years. Imagine me there, a little 13-year-old in early July 2020, having only just decided to pursue writing seriously in April, and joining the Young Writer’s Workshop only about a month after that. I was quickly scribbling down a new WIP (work-in-progress) idea in my journal, not wanting to forget it.

I liked it and was planning to outline the project to write it out during National Novel Writing Month, November. I first titled it, A Wolf’s Call. (I love how that title had no real involvement with anything. 😏) Some plan. I gave in to pantsing and ditched outlining after four chapters.

I first planned it to be 60,000 words, then dropped it down to 50K. The words just didn’t stop, and my end word count goal kept growing. 60K, 65, 70, 75, 80. . . now, the final tally is 100,901 words. O-0 I finished it Saturday, the 4th.

Isn’t it epic?! If I remember correctly, the friend who made this stand-in cover for me also suggested the name of this book. If you are here reading this, thank you!! I am indebted. (:

I did not expect it to reach that at all! Beyond the Wolf—the new and current name of this project—is my first WIP full 1st draft. I’ve learned SO MUCH from writing it. It sometimes takes grinding out a lot of trash before you learn what gold actually looks like. (; If that makes any sense.

Some of what I’ve learned. . .

How outlining saved me from further insanity.

You know now that I pantsed basically the whole book. Only near the end did I scribble a general outline—on the map I made for Beyond the Wolf (BtW). It was basic, but it was enough. I finished it after all, didn’t I?

That’s not all, however. There were two more novella projects I began in the long BtW process. The first I called Finding Home. The second, which I mentioned in January, was called Heirs of Guinn. Both were meant to be pretty short.

For Finding Home, I wrote a fairly efficient outline, from beginning to end. When I got about 3K words in the actual first draft, however, I noticed that FH wasn’t working. I dwelled on the ending a bit, then decided it wasn’t worth my time, writing FH.

I was SO excited for Heirs of Guinn (HoG). I got pretty far in the outline for HoG. I focused a lot on planning out character development but then noticed that there was no meat to it. HoG was a really shallow concept, and the ending I started planning just didn’t work. I quit that one too.

I have no regrets on stopping both these novellas. They were shallow and boring, I now see. Outlining those both saved me so much sanity! I would have wasted plenty of time with little reward.

Why did I continue Beyond the Wolf, then?

BECAUSE. If I quit BtW after putting SO MUCH work into it, my mental health would go down the drain. And now? I feel so accomplished after finishing this! And I’ve learned a lot.

In case you didn’t know, I don’t plan on continuing any further with BtW. It is really, really bad. It lacks quality in its entirety. But now I know what trash really is, right? I have no regrets.

3 tips for you that BtW taught me.

1. Never have too many main characters, or characters in general! I had over 20 main characters, and it exhausted me. Most shifted from side characters to main ones. There were so many of them that they all ended up having zero real development (except for one little dude, Bolt; I’m a bit proud of his character arc).

Keep your characters at a minimum. Too many characters confuses both you and your reader. What no author wants is for the reader to give up reading—and because there are too many characters, of all things!

2. Concept matters! Concept is the whole idea of your book; the plot put in a few sentences.

The concept for BtW is not great: “a bunch of rebel wolves are attacked by armies of the emperor wolf. They band together and travel to take down the ‘big bad wolf’ emperor. They gain allies in moose, coyotes, and more along the way.”

It sounds so silly. So work on your concept! You’ll need it for yourself, and when friends ask what your book’s about. 😀

3. Themes are vital!! Halfway through BtW, I tried adding them in when I learned about them. It doesn’t work like that. You need your themes to resonate throughout it all.

They are the virtues or skills that you dissect throughout the story and what your characters are challenged to grow in. Forgiveness, self-control, caring, contentment, peace. . . whatever it is, they are super important!

So, what’s next for me?

I’m definitely not going to work anymore on anything involving BtW. But I’ve been plotting in my head a new writing project, and I’m really excited to start writing it down! Balancing out my perfectionism and impulsion by making a full but simple outline, and allowing myself to write down important scenes that pop into my head.

I’m also going to keep blogging consistently throughout the summer. Honestly, I will be very busy with writing, math, science, and other summer activities and events.

Right now, though, I’m just so relieved that I’m done with Beyond the Wolf. 😅 It’s been a long journey, and I’m thankful to the Maker for carrying me through it all.

Just trying something new. . . hehe.
Christian Living, Relevant Updates, Specials

This Will Not Last is Published!

The day has arrived—This Will Not Last by Laurel Jean is published! 🥳🎉

I’ve been promoting this anthology for quite a while, so I expect I’ve adequately stirred you up! You can purchase This Will Not Last here, on Amazon! Not only will this book perhaps be a blessing to your spirit, but you will also be supporting an up-and-coming young author. 😉

“Eh, I was thinking about purchasing TWNL… but I’m not really doing great in my faith, so I think I’ll pass. Sorry! Maybe I’ll buy her next book.”

Sir, ma’am, this is a collection of poetry for the weary soul! That may be you. I personally am often weary. This was written for the worn-out to remind them that, in Jesus, the pain won’t last! The suffering won’t last! Sorrow won’t last! Weariness won’t last!

Click on the Amazon link. Order this book! Support the author. May your heart be touched by the words printed on those pages. 🙂



On another note, from Reign to Ice—Parts 1 and 2, as well as the Conclusion—will be released on the 15th! I’m hyped about this and hopefully, you are too! I’ve received some great feedback on fRtI (thank you, editors!), and I’ve made some edits on Pt. 1 for the better.

Want to hear what happens to Daegal and the rebels? Curious about Emperor Hadeon’s next move? Visit the Right Kind of Writer on the 15th of April to find out! 😎

With God’s help,

~Daniel Amador

Credit to Laurel Jean for graphics. Image #2 rounded by myself.

Relevant Updates, Specials

Preorder a Copy of This Will Not Last! (w/ Specials)

The time has arrived! Preorders for This Will Not Last by Laurel Jean are now live! I’ve talked about this book of poetry here (title reveal) and here (cover reveal), but in two weeks, the big publication day will be upon us!

So, you can either wait two weeks before buying… or you can preorder now and receive several snazzy specials that come with the early purchase… 😎

The Specials:

  • a signed copy of This Will Not Last
  • a poem from the collection hand-lettered on a greeting card so you can share the gift of poetry with a friend
  • free shipping (🤯)

~Preorder Here!~



Read Laurel’s post here!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Blogging Life, Randoms, Relevant Updates, Specials

100 Followers???

Guys. My goodness, THE RKW REACHED (and surpassed!) 100 FOLLOWERS!!! This… wow, many thanks to everyone who has followed and supported me. I really appreciate it—it means a lot. 🙂

And thank you, Jesus! This is a very generous gift. Thanks for always being there in this blogging rollercoaster.

To all you faithful readers and followers, I do hope I bring you insightful, quality content, and I hope following is worth it for you! 😀

Now for some celebration. Of course, we all need chocolate…

Chocolate!

I’ve also compiled five great “you know you’re a writer when” moments, turned them into fun little graphics, and made this small slideshow for you. So here you go!

You know you’re a writer when…

I hope you liked them! Of course, they’re not super professional or anything, and maybe a bit flashy, but I really enjoyed making them!

Now, time for the…

Q&A!

The difference with this is that it’s a Question and Answer for you guys, my readers! You’ll hear from me at least three times a month consistently, but unless you have a blog I follow, I don’t hear much from you.

So here are three questions I’d really love for you to answer!

1. What’s your favorite genre—for writing and reading? I’m only assuming that you write, but because you’re reading this I know you read something.

2. What’s one virtue you want to grow in this year? It doesn’t have to the one. Just one of them if there are multiple.

3. What’s your favorite indoor and outdoor pastime?

Don’t feel obligated to answer all or any of them, but I’d really like to hear your answers if you don’t mind! 😄

That’s all for today. Thanks for reading!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Relevant Updates

The New Blogging Plan

Hey! I’m back, and the month of February passed pretty quickly, I have to say. Today I’m going to jump in and explain the new blogging plan for the Right Kind of Writer! I don’t want to take too much of your time to explain, so I’ll be brief.

  1. I’m officially posting three days a month! The first and last Mondays and the 15th of every month.
  2. I have divided my topics to fit the three-post-plan:
  • The topic of the first Monday is writing. I’ll be switching between giving writing advice and sharing my own writing.
  • The 15th’s topic will be random. FREE REIGN, WHATEVER I FEEL LIKE POSTING! It might be a blog collab, some random life thoughts, all the FuN sTuFf!
  • The topic of the last Monday will be Christianity. In true honesty, I often feel very unqualified to talk to you about Christianity and offer advice because I am imperfect; I’m a sinner. And yeah I know we all are sinners, but that’s kind of how I’ve been feeling. But I can’t stop delving into His Word just because I’m scared I’ll say something wrong, thus me forcing myself to step out of my comfort zone.
  • There’ll also be Specials from time to time, whether for holidays or some other important event or announcement.

3. I’m not going to be doing many book reviews anymore. I realize I’m not very good, and I need to read many more books to develop that skill.

4. I reached and surpassed 100 subscribers!! Thank you all so much!—I’m saying that much but the rest of the thanks and celebration is reserved for next week. 😉

I believe that’s all… yeah.

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Christian Living, Relevant Updates

February Hiatus + Your Help + Poetry Book Cover Reveal

February last year was fairly uneventful on the Right Kind of Writer. August that year was even less—only one post published! Both of those two months ended up having the lowest statistics (lowest views, visitors, comments, and likes) in their halves of the 2021. I then realized something else: they are both exactly half a year apart, separated by five months on either side.

So an idea popped into my head. What if February and August are the months where I take a pause from blogging and inquire of my readers’ thoughts on the RKW? 🤯 In fact, the last time I asked for your thoughts was in July, the month just before August. I tossed that idea around in my head a bit, and I really like it. February is when school goes in full throttle after Christmas break, and August is the concluding month of summer vacation.

Plus, I need a break. From my point of view at least, I’ve been lacking and slacking in quality—putting quantity over it. Blogging is getting tiresome, but I still love doing it. So I’m putting the plan into action. 😎

I am taking an official break from blogging in the short month of February. If I do happen to show up sometime within the month, it’s to make an important announcement—maybe I’ll be required to post something for a book launch, or a friend starts up a blog of their own, or something.

As for whether I’ll take a break in August, only God knows what’ll happen in the future, but I do plan to. For February though, expect several changes!


If you’ve made it this far in the post, I applaud you. 👏 But this is where you are really needed! Here, I’ll say it again for those in the back—and those skimming. 😉

I NEED YOU!

I would really appreciate your thoughts and all that jazz on this blog of mine! So I’ve created a form. It’s quite simple and straight-forward, and I’d be very grateful if you filled it out!

Click here for the survey!

Thank you very much! I hope to come back after February with several great-quality, stimulating, thoughtful, and fun posts. 😀



Cover Reveal

Two weeks ago I announced the title reveal for blogger, writer, and poet Laurel Jean’s book of poetry, This Will Not Last. Today, I have the honor of presenting the cover to Laurel’s anthology!

Before I do, though, I like to take the time to give a brief message from her involving the meaning behind the cover:

…if I’m being completely honest, one of the first reasons it’s fairly simple is because I’m not extremely experienced in graphic design, but the control freak in me wanted to design my own book cover, in spite of that. XD I do genuinely appreciate simplicity, though. While writing poetry, I love to use a minimal amount of words to get my point across, and I feel that the cover of This Will Not Last really reflects that minimalism. Also, I really like how it looks like there’s light dimly shining through a blue haze on the cover. That definitely portrays the spirit of the collection!

Laurel Jean

Now for *ahem* the cover.

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Credit to Laurel Jean for cover.

Is it not lovely? Allow me to get more solemn for a moment. I see the cover and it gives me a feeling like I’m drowning, a feeling that I’m surrounded and it’s hard to breathe. Then, I see a light. It’s dim, yes, but truly it is there! Even as I’m clutching tightly to my chest, straining for life, I can know that this will not last.

The idea of TWNT is as simple as that. It’s poetry for weary souls, pointing us to the Light—to Christ, and to the truth that this time of suffering won’t last. I do love that. The cover, the title, and the blurb (found here) depict that beautifully.

Here’s another TWNT graphic:

Credit to Laurel Jean for graphic.

That is all for February. I hope you enjoyed reading, and thank you to those who filled out the reader’s survey! God bless, and see you in March!

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Relevant Updates

CWW Wrap-Up + Poetry Book Reveals

Well hello there. Looks like you want to know who won Crazy Writing Week 2022. If so, you’ve come to the right place! And if you’ve come for the free donuts and ice cream, you’re in the wrong room. Just down the hall and to the left till you reach room 137. . . though I can’t guarantee any more sweets remain. 😉

For the first time in the memory of Daniel Amador, my team has come out as. . .

CHAMPIONS!!! THE PEACOCKS WON VS. THE FLAMINGOS! AHAHAHAHA!!! *ahem* Anyway, yeah, that came as a shock to me. I’ve been in CWW four times before, and from what I remember, my team lost three times and tied once. Or maybe I had lost twice, tied once, and won once. . .  who knows. Anyway, you Flamingos did great too! You almost had us till those final few hours. 😀

Now, here are some of my CWW stats!

Word count: 6,489. I think this was a pretty good score for me. I do recognize that it’s not a disappointment. I don’t remember what I got for the other CWWs I attended. . . I think most of them were around 1-5 thousand. Come 2023, hopefully I’ll beat this score with flying fingers colors!

Main project worked on: Beyond the Wolf—first draft.

Other projects: Heirs of Guinn—outline. Blog post—first draft.

Acheivements: 1) I reached 70,000 words in BtW! 🤯 No project of mine has ever come close to that (not that any of my other projects pass even 1K in the first place XP). I estimate it’ll be finished at about 85K words now. 2) I outlined several chapters for HoG and made several major decisions in the direction it’s going.

So yeah, that’s that for topics concerning CWW.

Now what of the poem book reveals?

As a member of writer, poet, and blogger Laurel Jean’s Street Team, I have the great privilege of sharing with you the title of her soon-to-be-published book of poetry, as well as some other bits of info concerning it! At the moment there is little more I know about this book of poetry than you soon will, so I’m excited to be along for the ride in this launch team! Without further ado, I present to you the beautiful title. . .

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This Will Not Last

The blurb:

Raw and achingly honest, This Will Not Last is a collection of poetry that captures the fluctuating emotions that lace life’s pathway. 

Wonder, grief, happiness, and heartache all have their turn to shine in this collection, ultimately bowing to the truth of their transience…and the sturdy realization of God’s unshakeable goodness.  

this death 

this shedding 

of all I’ve known 

must come before the rays of sun 

burst bright upon my soul 

to wake 

a seed of what’s to come. 

this death 

this dying will not last 

this, too 

this, too 

this, too, shall pass. 


That poem is indeed lovely—not to mention that the blurb itself was written poetically. This anthology seems to have within its binding introspective and spiritually rich thoughts that many could find healing in. I guess we’ll have to wait till April to find out. 😉

Here’s a snazzy little graphic Laurel has allowed me to share:

This gaphic is the property of Laurel Jean

That is about all I have to share with you today! Do be sure to check out Laurel’s blog—which I myself have thoroughly enjoyed following—and click here to find more about her.

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador

Specials

New Year—New Expectations, Part 2: My 2022 Plans

Happy New Year, Everyone!

The number sequence 2-0-2-2 has crept its way into calendars, clocks, minds, blog posts, and more. The future has become the present, and we were swept up in it. On December 31st, in part 1 of this 2-part series, I talked about how to fulfill your resolutions. Today I’m going to share with you some of my plans and goals for this year. Even though these aren’t technically resolutions, I’m still going to try to practice what I ‘preached’ about a few days ago.

Even though I know not everything turns out the way I want it, I have several expectations, hopes, and goals for this year, and today I will share several. By the way, some of these concern you, my reader, particularly concerning the future of this blog! As well as upcoming writing-related opportunities and sneak-peaks.

In 2022, I want to. . .

Writing.

  • Participate in Crazy Writing Week, 2022—January 4-11. Crazy Writing Week, or CWW, is an online event where hundreds of writers gather to write like crazy! It is totally free. Two teams compete against each other to write the most words and/or spend the most time on some writing-related activity. It’s a great motivation booster!  (And if you want to participate but not compete, you can join the neutral team. 😉) It used to be three times a year, but now it’s just one time. So this is your only chance for the whole year! Though it starts on the 4th, CWW opens up on the 3rd—TODAY—for people to get acquainted with the community, get hyped up, etc. I’ll be there, and I hope you will too! 😀
  • Finish up the first draft of Beyond the Wolf. I’m so close to finishing the first draft of my book Beyond the Wolf (BtW)! I hope to complete it before January 15—halfway through the month; though, of course, it could end up being 80,000 words or something instead of my goal of 70K. 😑 My goodness, I’ll be so relieved once I’m done with that draft! I’ve been working at it hard for so long. 😅
  • Begin (and then finish) Heirs of Guinn. In preparation for the next writing project after BtW, I’ve started outlining a novella project temporarily called Heirs of Guinn (HoG—man, me and my funny Work-in-Progress acronyms)! I’m much more confident in the plot and characters of this story than I was and am of BtW, so in the future I may perhaps write some HoG sneak peaks—what it’s about, snippets, character interviews, topics like that. I’m excited and I hope you are too!
  • Participate in Camp NaNoWriMo. Camp NaNoWriMo—National Novel Writing Month—is the more laidback version of the actual NaNoWriMo in November. From what I understand, it’s in July and instead of writing a minimum of 50K words in a month, it’s whatever you want it to be. Most commonly, 20K words. It’d be my first time participating.

Blogging.

  • Reach 100 subscribers (and 150+ by the end of the year). Guys, the RKW is literally so close to 100 subscribers!!! As of now, when I’m writing this, this blog only needs 3 more followers to reach 100. I’m definitely elated about this news! Now I’m trying to decide what to do to celebrate. As a subscriber of mine, feel free to share some ideas of what you want me to organize/do! 😄
  • Write more book reviews. I was given several books for Christmas, and I’m excited to jump back in and start reading more again, as well as do a few book reviews! As I begin publishing reviews, you may notice that most of them will vary in quality and style, as I continue to polish and refine my book-reviewing skills (if I had any to start with). 😎 So if I start getting more ‘picky’ compared to older reviews, it’s because I’m learning to get better at seeing more pros and cons of a book. Future book review possibilities include, but are not limited to: Dehali, Tartarus Chronicles book #2 by Keith A. Robinson (find review of #1 here), The Bruised Dream by Alabama Rose, Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger, and *waves hand around* Some Wayne Thomas Batson book (I’m undecided as to which series to read next).
  • Make more posts based on Christian and Biblical morals and beliefs. I have so many drafts in this area of my posts, and I’m finding it hard to stick to one topic for a post and write about that. I have lots of ideas and everything going through my head, and it’s difficult to put them to the paper efficiently, concisely, and truthfully. But I’ll try. 🙂

Reading.

  • Read More. I’ll try to read some of the books listed earlier, as well as others. Reading is fundamental to writing, so what kind of writer would I be if I didn’t read more often?

Faith.

  • Lead a child to Christ. What do I mean by this? Every summer I participate in a training called Christian Youth in Action, or CYIA. It’s an 11 day intense training where youth learn to teach the gospel effectively to children through 5 day clubs. Now, you can learn more about this when I write about it in the summer so I won’t explain anymore. But many of my fellow youth have led children to believe Christ. I’ve never done that. Now, this is something out of my control and I suppose what’s most important for me is to try to reach these kids and what’s most important overall is for them to come to Christ, no matter who leads them.
  • Read the Bible every day. I could have done much better with this in 2021. I hardly read (chronologically) on the weekends, and I’ve missed several days several times. My bible is very, very thick—the thickest book I have—, and with my lack of consistency in other years, I’ve been chronologically reading this holy beautiful book for multiple years. I can’t remember exactly when I started, but it was a while ago. I’ve picked up how much I read every day, and I just finished Ephesians.
  • ‘Pray without ceasing.’ This is tough for me to pray so often. Many times I’ve forgotten to pray when I finished a passage in my Bible. I do need to pray more. And not just about things I want and need, but to thank and praise Jesus. He definitely deserves more than all the praise I can possibly give Him.

Regular Life.

  • Begin learning how to drive. I turn 16 this year, so requesting my dad begin to teach me as well as organize the lessons will be something I need to get myself to do.
  • Begin learning an instrument. My dad wants me to start learning guitar, but taking the initiative to have my mom or someone else teach me and then actually practicing is something that’ll take motivation accountability. I do also want to try out drumming/using a cajón. I know if I try I can do it but it really is hard for me to start up something new and keep it going.

And those are most of my plans, goals, and hopes for this new year, 2022.

What are some of your goals and plans for 2022? Are you excited for this new year? Scared? Nervous? I’d love to hear your thoughts too! 🙂

With God’s help,

Daniel Amador