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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...

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 I'm now 45 years old. I have 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 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, with which I'm currently trying to figure out what comes next. 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 July 6, 2020
  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 2020
Book Visit
  The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan   2nd
  Waiting for Your Ministry by Grantley Morris   Nth
  Star Trek: Ishmael by Barbara A Hambly   Nth
  Adorning The Dark by Andrew Peterson   1st
  The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle   Nth
  The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle   Nth
  Star Trek: Federation by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens   Nth
  The Silmarillion by JRR Tolkien   Nth
  Escape From the Twisted Planet by Harold L Myra   Nth
  God Told Me by Jim Samra   1st
  Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves   2nd
  Victory Over the Darkness by Neil T Anderson   Nth
  Waking The Dead by John Eldredge   Nth
  Moving Mountains by John Eldredge   1st
  Influence by Kate Motaung and Shannon Popkin   1st
  Killing Kryptonite by John Bevere   2nd
  The Paradigm by Johnathan Cahn   1st
  On Death by Timothy Keller   1st
  The Veligent by Melody Pena   Nth
  Get Your Life Back by John Eldredge   1st
  The Mermaid and the Simpleton by Barbara Leonie Picard   Nth
  The Goldfinch Garden by Barbara Leonie Picard   Nth
  The Shallows by Nicholas Carr   1st
  The Lady of the Linden Tree by Barbara Leonie Picard   Nth
  Radical Candor by Kim Scott   1st
  The Faun and the Woodcutter's Daughter by Barbara Leonie Picard   Nth
  The Unseen Realm by Michael S Heiser   1st

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