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Shouts of Joy

A collection of gushes

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Joelle Duran
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Day-to-day gratitudes and accomplishments in the life of Joelle Duran

My Heartfelt Gratitude...

Now that it's 2015, time has carried me eight years past the most devastating year of my life, though its shadow still hangs over me every hour of every day. My gratitude to those who could spare the time to show me kindness and compassion during those horrific months can only increase! If it were not for those who were so caring as to follow along with my daily life in shouts_of_joy, keep me in their prayers, or take the time for an encouraging e-mail, note, or phone call... I would not be here now, nor would I have lived to finish the greatest achievement of my life in the writing of all five Geren books, written my three novellas, or completed my seventh and eighth novels, The Chronicles of Delarun and The Fourth Emissary. Thank you, thank you, thank you for your kindness and decency!

What to say? I'm Christian, determined to be forever single, and just reached 40 years of age. I've a great love for God's creation, and I've loved fantasy and fantasy stories since I discovered The Lorax and The Hobbit as a kid. Now I'm long out of college and out of debt, and I'm working a good job in the 'real world,' with one Bengal cat, and a small horde of houseplants sharing my home.

Being the contrary sort that I am, not only do I want to get collections of icons that break no copyright laws...I also want a journal that's just for positives! Quite enough bitching and ranting out on the web; here is the utter opposite.

I've been posting here regularly for over eight years now, and most of my entries are about the daily joys of things I've seen, experienced, or accomplished. (I try to spare the world the disturbing experience of continual gushes about t'DoL.)

So that's what is in this journal. Happy gurgles, thankful blathering, grateful gushing...just burbles of delight as this lover of sorrow expresses her joy.

"Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!"
Psalm 126:5

My passion in life revolves around a set of five books comprising a huge fantasy story, of which I've finally finished writing the fifth. As for writing itself...I hate it. The only reason I can make myself write is because my love for the characters in my stories (primarily The Defender) is strong enough to overwhelm that dislike. If my love for him ever dies, then I shall write no more...but I'm not worried about that happening! February of 2013 brought me to the twentieth anniversary of when I first started drawing a man with wings bright-hued like a parrot's and wondered who he was... Now I'm more insane about him, and all his world, than ever. It has been quite a momentous 'chase,' and I look forward to where my pen will take me.

My Stumping Grounds
Avarii Wings
Triune books place
  Hyarmi Records  
Geren books place
Renewer Rising
Geren sequels place
  Hope's Passage and poems  
Elfwood gallery
Assorted fantasy art
  Windstone Forum  
My 'happy place'

Stories Resources
Stories Descriptions Portal Page Stories Timeline Map Mania!
  Pronunciation Guide     Stories Bubbles     What's cooking...     Beginnings  

Writing Projects
Name   Word Count   Status   Latest Progress  
  The Reformation of Tarreg   7,300     In Progress     July 26, 2015
  Renegade 2,840     Paused     Apr 13, 2015
  Unpaid Leave 4,990     Complete!     Jan 24, 2015


Anything Goes in 2015
Book Why Chosen Visit
  The Fatal Tree by Stephen Lawhead   Enjoyed the first four   1st
  Corus The Champion by D Barkley Briggs   Received as gift   1st
  Unlocking the Heart of the Artist by Matt Tommey   Sounded helpful     1st
  The Song of Unmaking by D Barkley Briggs   Received as gift     1st
  The Ravaged Realm by D Barkley Briggs   Received as gift   1st
  The Shadow at Evening by Chris Walley   Love these to pieces!     Nth
  What's So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey   High time I read something by him     1st
  The Power of the Night by Chris Walley   Love these to pieces!     Nth
  The Dark Foundations by Chris Walley   Love these to pieces!     Nth
  Disappointment with God by Philip Yancey   Sounded helpful     1st
  The Infinite Day by Chris Walley   Love these to pieces!     Nth
  The Mystery of the Shemitah by Jonathan Cahn   Ignorance is folly     1st
  Forgotten God by Francis Chan   Sounded good     1st
  The Christian Imagination by Leland Ryken, editor   Straight up my alley     1st
  Four Blood Moons by John Hagee   Intrigued     1st
  The War of Swords by D Barkley Briggs   Enjoyed the first four   1st
  Storm Siren by Mary Weber   Sounded fun   1st
  How Not to Write a Novel by Howard Mittelmark and Sandra Newman   Airport fodder   1st
  How to Develop a Powerful Prayer Life by Dr Gregory R Frizzell   Received as gift   1st
  Grammatically Correct by Anne Stilman   Helpful for editing   1st

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