Books

Becoming a Book Girl Again: A Journey Back into the Reading Life

I was a voracious reader when I was little. I remember once instance where, after I'd been naughty, my mom disciplined me by forbidding me to read anything for an hour or so. It was a very effective punishment. I also remember coming home from the library with a stack of books one afternoon, then crying my… Continue reading Becoming a Book Girl Again: A Journey Back into the Reading Life

Music

Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

Christmas is as busy as ever--but I do feel a much deeper appreciation for it and the Advent season this year. A combination of Douglas Wilson's book God Rest Ye Merry, Ann Voskamp's devotional The Greatest Gift, and Joy Clarkson's hauntingly beautiful podcasts about Advent have made me fall in love with the rich and beautiful history of… Continue reading Let Heaven and Nature Sing!

Movies

Movie Review: The Martian

It's quite appropriate that my family and I re-watched The Martian this weekend, since NASA's latest exploratory machine, InSight, landed on Mars on November 26th! I'm really excited about InSight, especially since it sent back some absolutely gorgeous pictures of the Martian landscape. (And yes, I do try to keep up with space exploration stuff. Apparently NASA… Continue reading Movie Review: The Martian

Story Structure Study

Story Structure Study: “The Time of the Doctor”

This post actually began as a self-imposed "homework assignment." I never thought it might be blog material! But I have a mild case of Creative Burnout, and as part of my self-care I decided to re-watch a Doctor Who Christmas episode...but with a writer's eye. What I mean by that is this: I dissected and… Continue reading Story Structure Study: “The Time of the Doctor”

Movies

Movie Review: “Dunkirk”

I first saw Dunkirk* last year while it was still in theaters. While I definitely enjoyed it, the experience was hampered by the fact that I still find some British accents hard to understand without subtitles (especially in loud action scenes) and the non-linear storytelling was confusing, even though my brother had warned me about it.… Continue reading Movie Review: “Dunkirk”

writing

NaNoWriMo 2018!

I hadn't intended on participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) this year. After all, I already had my hands full with the third draft Lionhearted, not to mention ongoing pre-production for my next novel, Morleigh Hall.  But then on November 1, after watching excited announcements on Twitter from so many of my writing friends about how… Continue reading NaNoWriMo 2018!

Life Updates

Of Weddings and Cupcakes and Old-Fashioned Desks

It's been far too long since I last posted, but at least I have a really good excuse: my sister Emily and her fiancé Forrest were married on October 20th! My beautiful sister-in-law Jenni snapped this photo right after the wedding--which is the only reason she's not in the picture with us. Her photography skills… Continue reading Of Weddings and Cupcakes and Old-Fashioned Desks