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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...

2016 has arrived, and that brings me to nine years since the worst period of my life during the hell year of 2007. Such a blessing to have made it this far, though its shadow is forever with me. Once again, I must express my unending gratitude for those who blessed me in those black months--most of all by following along with my life in shouts_of_joy and caring enough to leave a note. Also by remembering me in their prayers--so precious every one of them! And of course the precious blessings of a note, email, or phone call. I owe so much to those wonderful people, for their kindness, for their mercy and compassion, and also those who displayed simple decency, of which there can never be too much in this world. Thank you, thank you! Were it not for you, my Geren novels would remain forever incomplete, my novellas would not exist, The Chronicles of Delarun and The Fourth Emissary would never be written, and the Triune novels would never be started. I can never possibly thank you enough, but I'm trying once again!

What to say? I'm Christian, determined to be forever single, and am now 41 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 working a good job in the 'real world,' with no more pets, 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 nine 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, and am currently rewriting the second. 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
last updated Oct 7, 2016
  Hyarmi Records  
Geren books place
last updated Jan 4, 2016
Renewer Rising
Geren sequels place
last updated Apr 17, 2013
  Shout of Joy  
My 'Misc LJ'
last updated Oct 23, 2016
  Hope's Passage and poems  
Elfwood gallery
Assorted fantasy art
Vue Portfolio
Assorted CGI 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 Furthest Leap (novella) 1,210     In Progress     Oct 16, 2016
  Dark Wings over Triune 92,720     Complete!     Apr 3, 2016
  Renegade 8,660     Complete!     Sept 6, 2015


Rereads Focus in 2016
Book Visit
  The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia McKillip   Nth
  Storm Warning by Mercedes Lackey   Nth
  Storm Rising by Mercedes Lackey   Nth
  Storm Breaking by Mercedes Lackey   Nth
  Victory in the Wilderness by John Bevere   1st
  The Biotic Message by Walter James ReMine   1st
  Return to Me by Gregory Reed Frizzell   1st
  A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott   Nth
  The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy   Nth
  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling   Nth
  The Princess and Curdie by George MacDonald   Nth
  The Bait of Satan by John Bevere   1st
  The Lost Princess by George MacDonald   Nth
  The Golden Key and Other Stories by George MacDonald   Nth
  Sirius by Olaf Stapledon   2nd
  Bambi: A Life in the Woods by Felix Salten   Nth
  Skellig by David Almond   Nth
  Walking with God through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller   2nd
  Disappointment With God by Philip Yancey   2nd
  The Magic of Fiction by Beth Hill   1st
  The Truth-Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn   Nth
  The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip   Nth
  Fortune and Fate by Sharon Shinn   Nth
  Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn   Nth
  Royal Airs by Sharon Shinn   2nd
  The Elfstones of Shannara by Terry Brooks   Nth
  Be Ye Transformed by Chuck & Nancy Missler   1st

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