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...

2020 is here, bringing me to thirteen 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 possibly thank you enough, but I don't plan to stop trying either! =)

What to say? I'm Christian, determined to be forever single, and now 44 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 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 of Life, aka t'DoL) 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
  Shout of Joy  
My 'Misc LJ'
last updated Dec 31, 2019
  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 2019
Book Visit
  The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan   1st
  God, Where Are You?! by John Bevere   1st
  The Shadow at Evening by Chris Walley   Nth
  The Power of the Night by Chris Walley   Nth
  The Dark Foundations by Chris Walley   Nth
  The Infinite Day by Chris Walley   Nth
  Deerskin by Robin McKinley   Nth
  Unexpected by Christine Caine   2nd
  The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce   Nth
  A Gathering of Gargoyles by Meredith Ann Pierce   Nth
  The Pearl of the Soul of the World by Meredith Ann Pierce   Nth
  A Long Fatal Love Chase by Louisa May Alcott   Nth
  Enjoying Intimacy with God by J Oswald Sanders   1st
  It's Not Supposed to Be This Way by Lysa TerKeurst   1st
  Inexpressible by Michael Card   1st
  Optimisfits by Ben Courson   1st
  Alphabet of Thorn by Patricia McKillip   Nth
  Unshamed by Christine Caine   1st
  Mystic And Rider by Sharon Shinn   Nth
  Dark Moon Defender by Sharon Shinn   Nth
  Thanks for the Feedback by Douglas Stone and Sheila Heen   1st
  The Knowledge of the Holy by A W Tozer   1st
  Between Life and Death by Kathryn Butler, MD   1st
  Theodicy of Love by John C Peckham   1st
  New Morning Mercies by Paul David Tripp   2nd
  The One Year Experiencing God's Presence Devotional by Chris Tiegreen   2nd
  The Holy Bible (ESV)   Nth

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