Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday Introductions!

Friday Introductions!
I decided to fill out an online questionnaire. Sorry if it's generic...I copied and pasted it!! But thought it would be a fun change to my usual Friday Introductions on Instagram. So here we go!

Who were you with yesterday? My kids until 10:30, then the neighbors
What woke you up this morning? My son
Where are you? In the bathtub 😝
Is tomorrow going to be a good day? It will be the day I make it
Do you like anybody? Oh my gosh I'm not 12. I like a few people
Ever thrown up in public? Ha! Yes many times
Passed out because of alcohol? Yes
What’s on your mind RIGHT NOW? My aching belly and the fear that the rest of these questions are for teenage Myspacers
What kind of home would you like? A white stucco red Spanish roof tile rambler. 
What do you want to be when you grow up? My own hero
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? A mother of three fabulous children with a trip planned to Africa
What is your favorite color? GreenDo you listen to music every day? Yes
Do you still go trick or treating? With my kids
What was the last thing you ate? Chocolate decadence with salted caramel
Are you a fast typer? 118 WPM
Whats your favorite type of soda? Mt Dew
Have you ever moved? Bunch
Have you ever won an award? A few. Never bingo 
Are you listening to music right now? Nope 
How long ’till your birthday? Seven months 
When were you the saddest in your whole life? March 2009
What do you wish the world had more of? Jesus Christ
What is your favorite way to burn steam? Exercise like a BAMF

What is your occupation? Cosmetologist, author, performance artist
Have you ever heard a song written about you? Yes
What do you do when you’re mad? Work out or cook
Do you swear when you’re mad? Less than I used to
When was the last time you actually cried? 4:13pm today
What usually makes you cry? Besides being pregnant???
Are you usually a happy person? I'm mellow if that counts
What makes you the happiest? My kids
Do you believe in yourself? More than anyone else
What is your favorite hobby? Creating. Writing, music or novels 
Favorite song? Ever??? Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley. Christian: The Great I Am 
Do you have any bad habits? Anxiety
What is something unique about you? Uhh...I have bright green/yellow eyes??
What's one of your favorite things about yourself? My air of confidence
Least favorite thing about yourself? My anxiety
Do you believe in God? Yes
What do you hope to contribute to the world? Strength
Which celebrity are you most like? Rick from the Walking Dead?? Haha. If that counts..he's a character so if a real life celebrity than Emma Stone.
What's your favorite movie? Gaaaaaah how to pick?? All time: Pretty Woman. Lately? Rogue One
Do you miss people? Every day
What did you do today? Raised my kids. Ran errands. Went to the temple and out to eat with my husband. Bubble bath.
If you could give one piece of advice to people what would it be? Get up, dress up, show up. You got this.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Pipeline Book Awards 2017

Pipeline Book Awards 2016
review of Conquest of Canaan: Og by Brittany Shannon

With regards to your submission for the 2016 Book Pipeline Competition, below is the internal feedback from our judges, commenting primarily on the entry's film of TV potential. Although the notes are relatively brief, we trust this will help give you a bit of insight into our process.


This is certainly a very unique approach to an epic biblical narrative as it follows the lives of three young friends as they experience the conquest of Canaan within the ranks of the rising Israelite nation. Historic fiction based in a biblical setting is very rarely done and the last of a notable work of this kind was perhaps Ben-Hur (1959). For that reason, this work holds a level of originality and freshness that could surprise even those very familiar with biblical narratives. Even the characters involved possess an unusual level of realism and uniqueness that is not often present along this vein of storytelling and the use of first person narration is incredibly engaging in the opening chapters. That being said, while this narrative certainly provides a very fresh approach to biblical storytelling, popular trends have already begun to shift away from epic biblical adventures. Since the making of Noah (2014) the success of other biblical adaptations has depreciated in both value and quality. Exodus: Gods and Kings later on in 2014, Risen in 2016, and Ben-Hur at the end of 2016 all failed to accumulate the enthusiasm the studios hoped for, which ultimately diverted all interest away from this kind of storytelling. Until interests and quality are once again raised to the level that an epic biblical narrative deserves, it is very unlikely that producers and studios would be willing to invest in a story like the one submitted here, at least for the time being.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Performer in Me

The Performer in Me

Brittany, here.
You know me. You've heard my voice. You've seen my posts.
Or you have absolutely no idea who I am.

I'll give you a little clue: I'm a stay-at-home mother, now. With a long list of credentials behind me, I accepted my divine calling and had two children back to back, with a third on the way!! I'm delighted to be able to continue two of my passions, writing and doing hair, which I can do from my home.

I've published two novels and do hair part-time. This brings me a great joy, but understand that most of my time is spent devoted to rearing up my children in truth and light. That's my number one priority.

Besides that, my passions include all spectrums of ART.
I've grown up in the performance arts.
I like to paint, take pictures, make vlogs.
I LOVE singing, dancing, and acting.
I've done all of the above since I could walk.
I began writing at eighteen, after graduating cosmetology school.
I spent a decade as a very successful cosmetologist, and then decided to stay home with my children and pursue my writing career.
With a bit of acting under my belt, I've also decided to rebirth my acting skills and take some acting classes. Hopefully, by the time my children are in school and I have a lot of free time, I can get some auditions! That would be a dream.

In the meantime, my third novel and the final installment in my Conquest of Canaan series will come out this winter. Yay!
I have another series you guys will DIE over, and it will soon be ready for publication when I finish up this winter. Super exciting stuff.

Yep I'm one of those nerds who likes "it all". Honestly, it probably means I'm not fantastic at any one thing, but I'm fairly at several, and I'm thankful every day for my talents and blessings.
(Just don't ask me to do math)

I'm so ecstatic to freshen up my performer's resume and see where this new journey takes me. I'm happy to get back to some of my passions, including giving birth to my third child this September. WAHOO! After publishing all of my books, and squeezing in some acting classes, I plan on finishing up all the novels as screenplays, submitting them to production companies, and then composing the film score for Conquest of Canaan. Yep, I also write music...needs some growth, but hey, I'm always up for learning.

Go me.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

It was Only a game: David A Bednar on social Media

I've not been quiet about my feelings on social media, namely Facebook. (Nothing personal to The founder)
It has been apparent to me that technology, while offering so much good, offers--also--so much evil. And the more people entertain themselves with it, the more desensitized they become. Example: movies seem more appropriate, music isn't as bothersome, it's now four hours a day on Facebook instead of twenty minutes. Etc.

I have read a LIFE CHANGING book by David A Bednar, titled Increase in Learning. I highly recommend it. Every word in this book was absent in my youth, and had I known of these things, I would have made very different choices. Not that I regret my life. That's for another blog post. Today I want to focus on Bendar's comments on the evil of technology, specifically the time dwelling on it instead of in real life, and how it is a misuse of our physical bodies as temples of God.

"A simulation or model can lead to spiritual impairment and danger if the fidelity is high and the purposes are bad--such as experimenting with actions contrary to God's commandments or enticing us to think or do things we would not otherwise think or do 'because it is only a game.'

I raise an apostolic voice of warning about the potentially stifling, suffocating...impact some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences have on our souls. I plead with you to be aware of the sense-dulling and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity and that promote degrading and evil purposes. 

Please be careful of becoming so immersed in and engrossed in pixels, texting, earbuds, twittering, online social networking, and potentially addictive uses of media and the Internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person to person communication.

Progressively, seemingly innocent entertainment can become a form of pernicious enslavement.

I am not suggesting all technology is inherently bad; it is not. But I am raising a warning voice that we should not squander and damage authentic relationships by obsessing over contrived ones. 'Nearly 40% of men and 53% of women who play online games said their virtual friends were equal to or better than their real life friends.' -a recent survey of 30,000 gamers.

I implore you to turn away immediately from such places and activities.

Ask yourself these questions:
1. Does the use of various technologies and media invite or impede the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in your life?
2. Does the time you spend using various technologies and media enlarge or restrict your capacity to live, love, and to serve in meaningful ways?"

For me, when I read these questions, particularly number one, I was astonished. This is exactly why several years ago I deactivated my private Facebook account. For me, is was impeding the spirit in my life. I find it amazing, a miracle really, that I had received personal revelation for my life regarding social media, before reading this book. I know it's a powerful tool in today's market. Social Media Marketing is A Thing!! It's a job position! But it is not for me, not even recreationally. I have even immensely limited my time on my one social media platform, and keep it abnormally private. I am trying to safe guard it, and my life, and the spirit I want in my life.

I've also always been somewhat offended by people who only contact me on Facebook. They only message me or invite me places through Facebook. They throw bridal showers or birthday parties through Facebook. I am hurt that picking up a phone and calling, a step beyond texting, is so rare. It means so much to me. I loath the use of Facebook these days, and I know for me in my life it was imperative I get off--and stay off--that virtual world.

It is a huge turn off to me when I meet someone obsessed with their phone. Who really knows what they're doing on it!? I had a coworker once who I thought would make an ideal friend...until, several weeks after they were hired and our friendship began, I realized their severe addiction to their phone. I mean they were ALWAYS nose deep in their phone. This person said they were "working" or checking "Facebook" or on "Periscope" or "networking", always valid excuses for the virtual user, but to me it all said: I DONT CARE ABOUT INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS.
It was so sad to me and honestly I could NOT make a friendship go further. I cannot connect with or get to know, trust, love, and serve someone who is stuck in their virtual reality. I try. Call it a weakness of mine. I struggle a lot with being patient and understanding with these people. This person fit the bill of David A Bednar's words of losing touch and spending so much time in an unreal world.

I've gotten into arguments with people before who were very offended by ME because I deleted them from "friends" lists. It was as if I told them I hated them, because we couldn't be friends on Facebook or Instagram. It was such a confusion to me, because if you don't call, text, visit, send birthday cards. Or even know my favorite color, how can you call me a friend?? What then is the purpose of a social media connection? Nothing good, I can tell you that. It is nothing personal or malicious to delete a "friend", I simply protect my life and want people who really truly love me to be the ones involved. I never want to get wrapped up in the popularity contest. I want people to care about me OUTSIDE of virtual reality. 

Lastly, I knew when it got to a point where I would snap at my kids for interrupting me, when I was doing something on my phone, even answering an email, I knew it was time to refocus. I know compared to past generations I am still on my phone a lot, too much. I hope to continue getting better and despite trends focus on what matters. Real life.
I thank David A Bednar for this book, and ALL of the information I read that I have missed out on all these years. I hope you find time to read it!

Brittany Shannon

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Practice the Pause

I'm sure I'm the only human who suffers from knee-jerk reactions. Right?

 What I mean by knee-jerk reactions is that characteristic or quality we inherited from our parents or other environmental surroundings, that have taught us how to respond in the world. I've discovered the simple solution that helps me face these knee-jerk reactions, such as impatience or anger or even anxiety, which I really suffer from.

For me, I "Practice the Pause".
When stresses, pause.
When in doubt, pause.
When scared, pause.
When angry, pause.
And when you pause, PRAY.

Prayer has been a difficult skill for me to acquire. I wasn't gifted with it, and I went years, I mean roughly twenty years, believing my prayers were either
A. Ignored
B. Not heard.

It was a hurtful twenty years. But I was the one ignorantly causing that hurt. Prayer was just a skill I needed to practice and refine. I was really desperate to learn to control my emotions, my negative ones, maybe even some positive ones. The best way I could do that was to PAUSE. In that pause, it was important for me to pray in the ways I'd studied and practice listening for an answer or watching for it. I studied a lot of psychology, too. Which helped on a mortal level understand the human body and mind. With that, I studied the spiritual side of humans. I learned how to combine them for the ultimate prayer experience.

As with any life change, something that is required is total surrender. It's hard. It's painful. I describe it as walking into a furnace, at your own will and discretion. You know there is fire. You know it will burn. Yet, you also know it is only going to hurt for a moment before you are melted and refined. Suddenly, you are your purest self. In this pure form, you can easily recognize the spirit of God and prayer comes more naturally.

I faced a honest surrender over the last few years. It was a weirdly wonderfully painful journey. In many ways, I "lost" myself. I lost my mortal self, and found my divine self. The self God intended me to be. I know I have many more years to go--AND GROW--but it brings me peace, this new realm of PAUSE.

I encourage you to face the furnace. Be prepared for the sting, but know it is temporary. And the sweet comfort that comes after, and the monumental growth, is beyond worth it.

Share with me your stories of PAUSE!
Brittany Shannon

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Don't Give Up

I tell myself this every day. And every time I face something that seems intimidating.

It's one of the things I love about myself. I don't give up.

Once-just once-in my life, I actually "gave up". On everything. It was a dark time for me. But other than that, I've been a fighter. I've been determined and I have mad crazy self-discipline.

It allows me to succeed, even if the end result isn't success. Does that make sense?
Don't give up. Just don't.

I love that I feel so empowered. On a good day, I picture myself carrying both my kids up the side of a mountain, during the zombie apocalypse, in the rain. And I reach the top hardly out of breath...and take a selfie.
That's me. Brittany.

I'm pretty proud to say there aren't many of my goals I haven't smashed. Sometimes they turn out differently than I had planned, but I simply adapt. Adapt and survive. Repeat.

Life is no fairytale, and rather than be negative and tell you all the stuff that has and continues to go wrong, you need know only one thing about me.
I never give up.

You shouldn't either.

Monday, January 23, 2017

The Breast is Yet to Come

If you ask me (and I know you didn't, but you're here, reading this)
Satan's most clever and brilliant act to date has been the defling of the woman.

He has taken the image and use of a woman's body and distorted it so greatly that most people don't even know it's true purpose(s). 

The world views the woman in one way and one way only: from a man's perspective.

And not a holy man, at that.

You never see a woman depicted through the eyes of her breastfeeding son, or through the eyes of her insecure teenage daughter, or through the eyes of her proud great grandmother.

No. We see one thing.
Make that two.

Yep. Satan has taken probably the most pure form of womanhood and love and made it evil. He has turned the breast into a fascination and obsession (for mostly men--and some women)

Let's get one thing straight. We are mammals. Mammals nurse their young. Do other mammals flaunt their breasts? Are certain mammals considered more sexy or better sex partners or more beautiful if they have bigger breasts? Would you get your mammal breasts implants if they weren't up to par?

If those sound silly, why then do you live in a world where it's acceptable to treat human women that way?

Breasts are NOT a sexual object for the pleasure of man.
I repeat: breasts were NOT designed to be the sexual objects to pleasure men.

Women have breasts to feed our young.
Did you know the same hormone that gets released during breastfeeding is the same hormone that gets released during stimulation?
If a WOMAN receives sexual pleasure from her breasts, good on her. But they were not designed for MAN. To be bigger, better, and faker each generation. To determine a woman's value or beauty.

Men (and any woman overcome with a superficial fantasy about breasts) they aren't for you. They're for the innocent children brought into this life. They produce milk. In amazing ways and quantities. They go through HELL feeding those babies. And somehow still make time for those grasping hands of yours.

Satan knew long before we came to this world how precious and valuable women are. He knew if he could take down the woman. Ruin her. Use her. Corrupt her. He would win.

Our God has sheltered Our Heavenly Mother, but I know we have one. And I totally understand why she is so sacred and special.

Satan, you may have conquered the world, and persuaded a goodly number of women to fall into your vile ways. You may have stolen the hearts of good men. You have definitely skewed the beautiful and virtuous nature of breasts. But you have NOT won. There are still some housands of woman who know their worth and who refuse to cave or even bend in the slightest degree.

Just as the temple prayer recites, my breasts will be the receptacle of pure and virtuous principles.

May the obsession with boobs die a peaceful death. I have faith in us, girls. The Breast is yet to Come!!
By Brittany Shannon