Author has written 24 stories for Chronicles of Narnia, Bible, Courageous, Soul Surfer, Misc. Movies, Real Steel, Wreck-It Ralph, Fireproof, and Avengers.
Ariyah is the juxtaposed username of the two people sharing this account: Ariel_of_Narnia and Meryah (both are merely favourite psuedonyms and not our actual names).
First and foremost -- I'm a Christian. I know that there are many people who use the word "Christian" in the broadest sense, so there's little use in trying to convince you of anything in particular without laying out everything I believe right here.
A little tidbit -- If you didn't catch it from my screen-name, I'm also a NarniaNut (this is actually an official nickname of mine). C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia and Paul McCusker's Passages are my main writing inspirations.
Behind the screen-name -- Quite some time ago, I read a book involving a Jewish lady named Ariel. She explained that her name meant "lioness of God" and it somehow stayed tucked in my memory. When I started liking Narnia, I also started associating the name Ariel with it (after all, isn't it just appropriate since Aslan is a picture of Christ?).
Random favourites -- Animals: horses, lions, and dolphins in that order. Colour: green, especially emerald. Bible translation: King James Version. Bible teacher: Dr. John MacArthur with Dr. John Piper just a teeniest fraction of a millimeter behind. Fiction author: C.S. Lewis with Paul McCusker not far behind. Non-fiction authors: Dr. John MacArthur, Alex and Brett Harris, and Dave Hammer (who is also a personal hero of mine). Movies: ones made by Sherwood Pictures (Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof, and Courageous), the Disney/WaldenMedia/Fox The Chronicles of Narnia, and DreamWorks' How To Train Your Dragon.
About my writing -- I've been wanting to write books since I was ten and even tried twice. I deleted both. I knew they were going nowhere and they weren't any good. Short stories and essays were fine writing in school. Then I met Meryah some years later, became fast friends with her, and was given a teeny tidbit of a book-in-the-works that started as a Narnia fan-fiction (of the Susan-fic variety). In 363 days, I'd reached the end of the story and taken out anything referring to Narnia to make the story entirely my own (done fairly early in the process). Still wanting to edit before trying to submit it for publishing and hoping to write sequels. All my writing is fiction though I've written a few based on Biblical events.
More stuff from me -- The Value of Myth is my Narnia-centric blog and Lioness Graphics holds a variety of my graphics jazz.
Awards -- "Sweet Savour" was the runner-up for "The Stone Table Award (for best supposal)" for the Narnia Still Livesforum's 2012 Narnia Fanfic Awards.
Like Ariel, I'm a dedicated Christian. Unlike Ariel, I enjoy Tolkien's stuff more than Lewis'. But it's all good stuff.
Favourite colour: Royal purple and navy blue
Favourite books: Anything by Tolkien (mostly LOTR), Chronicles of Narnia, Do Hard Things, Start Here, anything written by Ariel or my sister Bialystoker.
Favourite movies: Any Disney Chronicles of Narnia, FOTR, TTT, ROTK, Born of Hope, Sherwood Pictures, Chariots of Fire, and The Santa Fe Trail.
I started writing when I was maybe eight or nine. It started with spinoffs on books I'd read (I'd take the plot, change the names of the main characters, and try to pass it off as my own), but I soon started to use my own imagination. I can't remember the exact occasion when I first began my massive series about Sylvania, but it's grown over the last six or seven years, changed worlds three times, and is now co-authored with Ariel's stuff, so we now have ten books or so. This is mostly original work (besides the stolen phrases from other authors we're still trying to fix) so we're unable to post it, otherwise have no doubts that I would.
I also have a CoN story (Helper Comparable) from my sister Bialystoker that she gave up on and am now trying to finish. Ariel wishes me to put a disclaimer on this section: she doesn't approve of it. I don't care.
Soli Deo Gloria!
The Narniac's Creed
I believe in a Lion named Aslan
Who died and rose again
For a greedy child like me.
He is good but not safe,
And the bigger I grow,
The bigger He becomes
At Aslan's roar, even the trees bow down.
Yet He comes to romp and play
With any who will join Him.
He has another name in our world.
And by knowing Him a little in Narnia,
I know Him better here.
He's not a tame Lion, it's true.
But when I am thirsty,
There is no other stream.
So I will take the adventure that Aslan sends,
And whether I live or die,
He will be my good Lord,
Until further up and further in
I finally reach His true country
And leave the shadowlands behind.
Jesus had no servants, yet they called Him Master...
He had no degree, yet they called Him Teacher...
He had no medicine, yet they called Him Healer...
He had no army, yet kings feared Him...
He won no military battles, yet He conquered the world...
He committed no crime, yet they crucified Him...
He was buried in a tomb, yet He still lives today...
Be honored to serve such a leader who loves us.
We believe in the big bang: God said it and bang! and there it was!
We have a one-time gift. A beautiful gift that many people are ridiculed for in this day and age. A precious gift that many people throw away. It's called "virginity", and we plan to not waste it on some jerks who're just gonna dump us later. We choose to be faithful to our future husbands, the men who will love us for the rest of our lives, and to wait for the wedding day! We are proud of our virginity.
If you have ever wanted an inanimate object to go die, copy and paste this into your profile.
If you have ever yelled at an inanimate object, copy and paste this into your profile.
Our characters sometimes talk to us in our heads. Don't worry, we're mentally stable.
We respond/talk to our characters. We promise we're still mentally stable. Mostly.
Who doesn't sometimes wish fictional characters were real?
We've sometimes wished we could go into a book or movie and strangle some of the characters for being so incredibly dumb.
We've both read past two in the morning.
We get excited when we get new reviews.
Writer's block is evil. (Meryah has more experience with it than Ariel_of_Narnia does.)
We love fairy tales, mermaids, knights, swords, bows, and anything of the sort.
We quote word-for-word, at random moments, stuff from books and films (and occasionally a couple TV shows in Ariel_of_Narnia's case).
A good book is a good friend.
Our idea of fun is reading.
Did you know the average American only reads 3 books a year (apparently)? We don't believe it's even possible to read that little!
"I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once." C.S. Lewis