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I’ve got a song about a zebra stuck in my head. (Thanks, Francesca.) Unusual, like the other songs on her album, is just that catchy. And believe it or not, I am actually making progress on my novel this rainy day. Despite the distractions. Of which there are plenty. Francesca Battistelli’s new album included.

I would like to be as profound as I was yesterday or as informative as I was about hipsters last year or even as funny as I was last month when I discussed bloopers, but, alas, all my creativity is being funneled into my novel today. You will have to take me as I am, rugged and raw and overtired from seasonal allergies that suffocate me nightly. I feel a little like Dug (from Up), my brain constantly shouting “Squirrel!” (or, in this case, “Zebra!”). Then again, creativity is often born out of insanity. For proof of that concept, just check out this video, featuring one man, twenty-one Disney/Pixar voices, and the deserved hit: Let It Go (from Frozen).

To return to the subject of the novel… My new character–Otis–is shaping up, finally filling in giant gaps that would make Maine’s frost heaves jealous. And if you’re not from Maine, those frost heaves are really, really, really, really big. Thank you, Otis. Your love of cheeseburgers, your beret-wearing head, and your healthy fear of Russian-spouting computer hacker Tasya are just what I needed to get back into my writing rhythm.

Until tomorrow, friends, I remain your overly-creative and slightly-zany author,

Jessie Mae

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This weekend Maine Bible Quizzing hosted its District Finals tournament. At it, the teens compete to see who goes on to the Regional tournament. Some of the kids who got busy and dropped out of the program return and at the end of the evening have a banquet (which for some of our homeschooling seniors is about as close to prom as they can get). So this was not a tournament I could miss. Yet I had conflicted dates. Sunday at 1:30 my friend was having a bridal shower in Virginia—fourteen hours away.

I settled on staying at the quiz until 3ish and then heading to New York. Sunday morning I got up and drove the rest of the way to the bridal shower, arriving a whole ten minutes early. I am really glad I made those arrangements. I would not have wanted to miss the quiz.

The youth were so much fun. I was an official, working with an old rival and friend–Scott. From Veggie Tale questions to Disney questions together we tried to make the time when the kids were not competing as much fun as possible. What came out of it was this gorgeous flower chalk drawing (I do not know who to give credit to, but it was one of the teens) that is reminiscent of the one in Disney’s Tangled. Props to whoever is responsible.

But as much fun as all that was it paled in comparison to the worship times we had. Usually I lead a singing time on Friday night with my guitar. This quiz we squeezed in two additional opportunities for the kids to worship in song. The last one was at lunch time. I pulled out my guitar and started playing. Instantly, the youth started to move in around me. Though they only have 40-ish minutes for lunch, they spent more than half of it in praise of God. To hear their voices willingly raised in worship of the Creator was incredible!

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