Isolated in Pictures

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The reader in you may not find as much satisfaction in viewing pictures as in reading a novel… but I hope you’ll enjoy this visual teaser about my novella, Isolated.

Below are twenty-three pictures from the stock photo websites (not mine) – one to represent each chapter. So here’s my 23’000 word story in pictures:


Fun fact: the manuscript is actually 30’863 words long at this point in time. That makes for an average of 1’342 words per chapter. You be the judge: do each of the following pictures successfully fill the shoes of 1’342 words?


Chapter One:

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(from shutterstock.com – I don’t have rights to the full image, hence the watermarks.)

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What About the Norm? (When Things Go Wrong – Part One)


Then Louise’s mind changed gears. She thought of her parents and little sister. Are they in danger? She teetered on the verge of concern then decided otherwise. They’re the ones who should be worried. Do they even know that someone took me hostage? They should have been there for me. A knot formed at the back of her throat. Tears of hostility burned her eyes. Their God… Just when her heartbeat had begun to slow, it pulsed faster again – this time with anger. Their God should have been there for me.

-Excerpt from Isolated, subject to change in final revisions


Louise is the young protagonist in my novella, Isolated. Though she wouldn’t admit them to others, she has some strong ideas about this God, the God of her parents and sister, the God of the Bible.

She herself doesn’t love Him, serve Him or even believe in Him. But assuming an all-loving God truly did exist, shouldn’t He have protected her from her kidnappers? If an all-powerful God really did oversee the affairs of the world, shouldn’t He have intervened? If this God truly was concerned with justice and capable of executing it, why didn’t He?

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3 Benefits of Vulnerability – A Study on Vulnerability

It’s been more than a month since the last post in my series on vulnerability. In fact, I felt I had to go back and read all four of the previous installments to remember where I had left off and regain my train of thought. In case you want to do the same, or if you’re a new reader wondering what I’m talking about, feel free to check out the following links.


Previously in this series:

  1. Word of the Year – 2017
  2. What is it? – A Study on Vulnerability
  3. Walking in the Light – A Study on Vulnerability
  4. Light of the World – A Study on Vulnerability

The last posts contemplated the hard side of vulnerability – the exposure of sin, the shame of facing condemning truth. This living in the light business is pretty heavy.

But the last thing I want you or me to believe is that following Christ is all about being vulnerable for the sake of suffering as an end, or that we can earn God’s favor by doing so.

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Shoutout to the Cover Designer

As of yesterday, there were exactly four months remaining until the publish date of Isolated. Let’s celebrate with some themed content.

On May 1st, I unveiled the working cover of Isolated. If you look closely at the back half, you will see a watermark in the bottom corner:

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This is the signature of the skilled designer, Michelle Rene, founder of Mundus Media Ink – the artist responsible for my cover design.

Here’s my shoutout to someone who has patiently and persistently worked with me, first to create the design, then to tweak it over and over to bring it in line with my vision. Not only is Michelle the designer of my book covers, but also of my website graphics. Does this next image look familiar?

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She designed my header, too.

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Learning the Hard Way

Well, this is very interesting.

A few days ago, I wrote a blog post to publish today.

I had thought it was a good one, too. This one was without some sort of a structure as most of my other posts are. It was written quite spontaneously, and for that reason, I thought it would be a breath of fresh air to a blog that has the potential to fall into a drowsy routine.

But it’s gone. Here I am, staring at a blank document, wondering what happened to that draft and if there’s some place that I’ve forgotten to look.  I’m also recalling a certain blog post that I read and reblogged during my hiatus: Don’t Forget to Keep Your Sacred by Belle at her blog Seeing Everything Else.

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