They played this song over and over at the retreat I did in Colorado last weekend (John and Stasi Eldredge "Captivating Advanced" event) and wow, did God use it to touch my heart. Maybe it will touch you today.
Give it a listen :)
(Will be sharing some of what I learned at the retreat here soon!)
I just realized I hadn't blogged in like seven days...probably because in the past 3, my car died, got stranded at O'Reilly's Auto Parts, and towed to a mechanic the next day (the SAME day my kindergartener got strep throat and missed two days of school) and then I bought a car.
Yep. Was officially OVER breaking down all the time, never knowing which sensor and warning lights on my dash were legit or just a malfunction, not being able to see my odometer at night to see how fast I was going because that bulb was burned out, having to buy new tires almost every year...over the cracked windshield and faded fire dept. window decals that no longer apply to me. Over the stained seats and floor mats. Over the blind spots and the way it never seemed to match what speed I was apparently actually going (said a cop).
So, Tuesday this week, my Sebring and I broke up. DONE. Finished. OVER. And there was no "it's not you, it's me." No, it was ALL the Sebring! haha.
Don't worry. My new Camaro and I are very VERY happy together :)
FYI - I'm heading out of town in the morning for Captivating Advanced in Colorado, a women's retreat taught by Stasi Eldredge, and I am SO excited. Please pray for safe travels and for God to do a work in my heart in any way I need. And that I can be a blessing to someone there!
Thank you! How is YOUR week going so far?
PS - the story about my car and how it broke down will be coming next week ;)
Selena's life isn't
turning out to be the fairy tale she imagined as a kid. That hope seemed to vanish long ago when her dad kicked her
and her mom out of the house. This summer might finally hold the chance of a
new beginning for Selena ... but having to live with her snobby cousin in Lake
Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab wasn't how Selena was
planning on spending her summer. She soon begins to wonder why she committed to
give up her "bad habits" for this.
Things don't seem too bad, though. Especially when Selena gains the attention
of the cute neighbor next door. But when her best friend back home in Brooklyn desperately needs her, a secret that's been hidden from
Selena for years is revealed, and when she becomes a target for one of her
cousin's nasty pranks, she finds herself having to face the scars from her past
and the memories that come along with them. Will she follow her mom's example
in running away, or trust that God still has a fairy tale life written just for
Tessa Emily Hallis a 19-year-old author of Purple Moon, her YA Christian fiction
novel to be published September 2013 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.
She is also the editor over the faith department for Temperance Magazine, a
column writer for Whole Magazine, a contributing writer for More To Be, as well
as the PR for God of Moses Entertainment. Other than writing, Tessa enjoys
acting, music, Starbucks, and her Teacup Shih Tzu—who is named Brewer after a
character in her book, as well as her love for coffee.
I wanted to write a character-driven
story about a teenager who has fallen way from the relationship she once had
with God after her dad kicked her and her mom out of the house. In the story,
Selena is forced to leave her apartment in NY and stay with her snobby cousin
in Lake Lure, NC while waiting for her mom to get out of rehab. It was initially
inspired by the song “By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North, as well as the skit
that many churches have performed to the song “Everything” by Lifehouse.
In what ways can you relate to your
Even though Selena has a completely different past and family
situation, I did incorporate a little bit of “me” in her. For example:
she’s passionate, a dreamer, an artist, somewhat of an introvert, has the same
style as I do, a romantic, and loves coffee a little too much. I've also given
her some of my flaws. However, when I wrote “Purple Moon”, I mainly tried
crafting Selena in a way that I hoped many teenagers would be able to relate
with—whether they share the same backstory as she does, possess many of the
same qualities, or are experiencing some of the same struggles that Selena deals
with in “Purple Moon”.
When did you start writing Purple
Moon, and how long did it take?
I started writing the first version
of “Purple Moon” when I was fifteen. When I was sixteen, I completed the first
draft and landed a publishing contract with Lighthouse Publishing of the
Carolinas. It’s difficult to pinpoint how long it took to complete “Purple
Moon”—the more I learned about the writing craft, the more I continued wanting
to go back and rewrite the story or add a few changes. However, I have finally
reached a point where I am happy with the story and can’t wait to get it in the
hands of my readers.
are you working on now?
I just completed my second book, “Unwritten Melody”, which is
going to be a stand-alone novel. As of now, I am brainstorming and beginning to
write the first draft of “Fallen Leaves”, which will be the second book of the Purple
Moon Series and a continuation of Selena’s journey throughout the next season
of her life. I am also going
on a blog tour this fall and will continue to write the
teen column for Whole
do you hope to accomplish in your writing career?
I hope to never stop writing,
whether or not that includes having my work published or seeing my name on the
best seller list. I hope to never stop encouraging people—especially
teenagers—to follow their dreams. But more than anything, I hope that my
stories will represent the power of God’s unending love and His transforming
grace. That’s my number one goal, my number one reason for wanting to pursue writing
for the rest of my life.