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...

2018 is here, bringing me to eleven years since the worst period of my life during the hell year of 2007. As ever, 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 blessings of a note, email, or phone call. I am so grateful for those wonderful people, their kindness, their mercy and compassion, and also to 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 have been started. I can never thank you enough, but I'm trying once again!

What to say? I'm Christian, determined to be forever single, and now 43 years old. 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 since late 2006, 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'm currently rewriting the fourth. 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 of Life) 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 2018 brought me to the twenty-fifth 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 Apr 18, 2017
  Shout of Joy  
My 'Misc LJ'
last updated Jun 1, 2018
  Hope's Passage and poems  
Vue Portfolio
Assorted CGI art

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

Writing Projects
Name   Word Count   Status   Latest Progress  
  The Lark and the Lion 13,670     Complete!     Sept 15, 2018
  Relentless 5,930     Complete!     Feb 19, 2018
  The Deceptions of Hu-Havenn 19,640     Complete!     Nov 13, 2017
  The Desolation of Triune 3,800     Stopped     May 2, 2017


Anything Goes in 2018
Book Visit
  Crazy Love by Francis Chan   2nd
  The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin   Nth
  Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick   2nd
  Victory in the Wilderness by John Bevere   Nth
  Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves   1st
  Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight   Nth
  Living Life Backward by David Gibson   1st
  The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame   Nth
  Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C O'Brien   Nth
  Hurry Home, Candy by Meindert DeJong   Nth
  Whalesong by Robert Siegel   Nth
  White Whale by Robert Siegel   Nth
  The Ice at the End of the World by Robert Siegel   Nth
  Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel   2nd
  Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel   2nd
  Firewing by Kenneth Oppel   2nd
  Whisper by Mark Batterson   1st
  Walking with God by John Eldredge   2nd
  Chase the Lion by Mark Batterson   1st
  Unexpected by Christine Caine   1st
  Face to Face with God by Bill Johnson   2nd
  Fear of the Lord by John Bevere   2nd
  Waiting for Your Ministry by Grantley Morris   1st
  The Prodigal Prophet by Timothy Keller   1st
  Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey   Nth
  The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key   Nth
  The Last Battle by C S Lewis   Nth
  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J K Rowling   Nth
  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J K Rowling   Nth
  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J K Rowling   Nth
  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling   Nth

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