ESV Illuminated Bible, open to Job 19 illustration, slipcase, oil lamp

An Heirloom for the Future: the ESV Illuminated Bible

Not too long ago, I was given the opportunity to receive a free copy of the new ESV Illuminated Bible, in exchange for a review. The FTC wants me to make sure you know this, but believe me, reading this post is well worth your time if you’re any sort of historical book nerd, or you’re a Christian who has been looking for a nice Bible with a traditional feel to it (like I have been!)

The ESV Illuminated Bible, Art Journaling Edition places the full ESV text alongside over 500 elegantly hand-lettered gold ink illustrations by renowned artist Dana Tanamachi. Printed on thick, cream-colored paper, the Bible’s single-column text setting and wide margins provide generous space for additional notes, prayers, and designs—inviting readers to creatively engage with and reflect on the beauty of God’s Word.

When I opened this Bible up for the first time, after ooh-ing and ahh-ing over the beautiful slipcase and cloth-over-board cover on the book itself, the only thing that came to mind was how stunning this Bible is.

ESV Illuminated Bible review

I’ve been fascinated with illuminated manuscripts for a long time, though I’ve never formally studied them. Continue reading “An Heirloom for the Future: the ESV Illuminated Bible”

Worldbuilding Wednesday Hiatus

Hey everyone! I was hoping to not have to write this post, but Life has happened this past week.

My Worldbuilding Wednesday blog hops are going on hiatus.

I was hoping to get ahead on scheduling Worldbuilding Wednesday posts, at least through November and preferably through the end of the year. Yeah, that didn’t happen.

Because one of my best friends was admitted to the hospital on Saturday. She spent 3 days in ICU, and is now finally in a regular room and while they don’t have a diagnosis yet, she is on treatment that is working.

But needless to say, my priorities were rapidly rearranged.

And NaNo is right around the corner (TONIGHT!) and between my ML duties and the care that my friend is going to continue to need for a while, Worldbuilding Wednesday is just going to have to wait.

My plan is to start it back up in January, and probably go twice a month, rather than weekly.

Hopefully sometime this week I will have a post up about my NaNo project!

Hope you all have a safe Halloween! Are you doing NaNoWriMo? What are your plans for November?

PS: You can find out a bit about my NaNo project on the Ferret blog!

Worldbuilding Wednesday – Queens – October 25

Through the end of 2017, Worldbuilding Wednesday themes are going to coincide with the chapters for my new workbook, The A-Zs of Worldbuilding (based off a blog series I posted back in 2014). So, if you’d like an idea of what’s coming ahead, just go peek at that. 😉

Using the theme is not required for participation, but is just a jumping point if you don’t know what to start with.

There is no giveaway winner for last week. (or announce giveaway winner)

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Queens

Okay, so this is less about queens specifically and more about government in general.

If you’ve read fantasy or sci-fi you know that the governments of choice tend to be either monarchies and/or totalitarian systems (respectively). There are some variations, but with the trend (especially in sci-fi) leaning toward dystopian, it’s easy to feel like every story deals with the same government, and is almost always a commentary on current events.  Continue reading “Worldbuilding Wednesday – Queens – October 25”