I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn't understand I was being asked to be best man, it is because I never expected to be anybody's best friend...and certainly not the best friend of the bravest and kindest and wisest human… Continue reading Light and Dark on Baker Street
For the past six months or so I've immersed myself in church history, and it has been glorious. It's also been a humbling, frustrating, and empowering experience. For one thing, I've seen that there really isn't anything new under the sun: most (if not all) of the struggles the Church faces today have plagued her… Continue reading Rediscovering the Saints of Old
As y'all know, I'm working hard on the book proposal for my novel--and as of today, I'm near the 50% mark! It's been a great experience and I've learned so much! But today I'm asking my readers to help me make an important decision: what will the final title of this book be? Yes, it's… Continue reading Poll: What Should I Name My Novel?
I recently watched both Tangled* and Maleficent* for the first time, and I was absolutely enchanted by both! Tangled is a feat of pure Disney magic, easily one of the best "Disney Princess" movies I've ever seen, and hilarious to boot. As for Maleficent... talk about a powerful film that turned an old and, quite frankly, two-dimensional story on its head! The… Continue reading Gothel and Maleficent: A Study in Contrasts
The debate is a hot one: traditional publishing, or independent publishing? (Note: I was recently encouraged to start calling it "independent/indie publishing" rather than "self-publishing." It sounds less vain-glorious, but still confident.) I've been researching the pros and cons of both sides ever since I completed my second draft of Lionhearted--and I must say, each… Continue reading How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)
I've been so mentally busy these past two weeks with studying the publishing process for Lionhearted, I reached this weekend with very little to blog about! Thankfully both Amelie of the Swordmaiden of the King and Emily of The Altogether Unexpected each sent me a tag about a month ago, so I'm gonna do them both in one… Continue reading Two Tags For a Scatterbrained Weekend
Oh my, what a weekend of fun and cuteness! My sister had her baby last Monday, and yesterday after church I arrived here at her apartment so I could help take care of the baby for 24 hours. My new little niece is ADORABLE. She's so alert--but not so much that she won't take her… Continue reading Lions & Road Trips & Cathedrals–Oh My!
I have a folder in the lefthand drawer of my writing desk, and its contents have grown exponentially over the past few months. Every time I find a new quote, poem or article that inspires and encourages me, it goes in the folder. Some of these bits and pieces are selections I've had for years;… Continue reading “For Courage”
I really, really, really wanted chips in my soup. I had been looking forward to that meal all day long: Chicken Fajita Soup--an "E" meal on the Trim Healthy Mama plan--and the one excuse I'd have all week to eat tortilla chips without guilt! I was so ready, especially after a long, tiring day in… Continue reading A Lesson in Perseverance and Delayed Gratification
July 20th isn't just the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing (although that is a very momentous occasion!). For me, it also marks the end of a self-imposed, month-long break from social media. Now, I say this with a caveat: I did get on Twitter a week or so ago when Tropical Storm/Hurricane Barry advanced on… Continue reading Reflections on a Month-Long Social Media Hiatus