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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 2017, I've reached a full decade 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 owe so much to those wonderful people, for 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'm trying once again!

What to say? I'm Christian, determined to be forever single, and am 42 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 ten 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'm currently rewriting the third. 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 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 Apr 18, 2017
  Hyarmi Records  
Geren books place
Renewer Rising
Geren sequels place
  Shout of Joy  
My 'Misc LJ'
last updated Nov 3, 2017
  Hope's Passage and poems  
Elfwood gallery
Assorted fantasy art
Vue Portfolio
Assorted CGI art
  Windstone Forum  
My 'happy place'

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

Writing Projects
Name   Word Count   Status   Latest Progress  
  The Deceptions of Hu-Havenn 19,640     Complete!     Nov 13, 2017
  The Desolation of Triune 3,800     Stopped     May 2, 2017
  The Furthest Leap (novella) 31,720     Complete!     Jan 30, 2017


Anything Goes in 2017
Book Visit
  Driven by Eternity by John Bevere   1st
  Victory in the Wilderness by John Bevere   2nd
  Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung   1st
  I Am Strong by John S Dickerson   1st
  The Holy Spirit by John Bevere   1st
  The Utter Relief of Holiness by John Eldredge   Nth
  Doctor's Orders by Diane Duane   Nth
  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
  The Pursuit of God by A W Tozer   Nth
  Beauty by Robin McKinley   Nth
  Walking with God by John Eldredge   1st
  Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst   1st
  Return To Me by Gregory Reed Frizzell   2nd
  Crash the Chatterbox by Steven Furtick   1st
  Heavy Rain by Kris Vallotton   1st
  The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp   1st
  Knowing the Heart of the Father by David Eckman   Nth
  He Speaks in the Silence by Diane Comer   1st
  Face to Face with God by Bill Johnson   1st
  Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann   1st
  The Faun and the Woodcutters's Daughter by Barbara Leonie Picard   Nth
  Song of the Beast by Carol Berg   Nth
  The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars   Nth
  The Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin Jr   Nth
  A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L'Engle   1st
  A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle   Nth
  The Rock that is Higher by Madeleine L'Engle   1st
  Humble Roots by Hannah Anderson   1st
  Desert Dog by Jim Kjelgaard   Nth
  Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper   Nth
  Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans De Waal   1st
  The Insanity of God by Nik Ripken   1st
  Beneath a Scarlet Sky by Mark Sullivan   1st
  The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackerman   1st
  Culture Care by Makoto Fujimura   1st
  The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells   Nth
  The Serpent Sea by Martha Wells   Nth
  The Siren Depths by Martha Wells   Nth
  The Edge of Worlds by Martha Wells   1st
  The Harbors of the Sun by Martha Wells   1st
  Brightly Burning by Mercedes Lackey   Nth
  The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford   Nth
  The Black Stallion by Walter Farley   Nth
  The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey   Nth
  The Giver by Lois Lowry   Nth
  Gwinna by Barbara Helen Berger   Nth
  The Fear of the Lord by John Bevere   1st
  A Wind in the Door by Madeleine L'Engle   Nth

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