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!
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
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”
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”
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!
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
Here's your apology in advance: my sister Emily is getting married in 19 days, and so blog posts may be sporadic and/or short 'n sweet for the next couple of weeks! In the meantime, I'm quite busy and occupied with a few other interesting things apart from wedding prep. Here's a quick, fun peek into… Continue reading It’s a Whimsical Life
I think I've pretty much established my passion for World War II history on this blog. It's been my favorite time period ever since I was little. So many of my favorite movies/TV shows revolve around it, our whole family vacation this year centered around walking in the footsteps of the famous Band of Brothers--and… Continue reading Trekking Out of the Hobbit Hole: WWII Re-Enactment!
Good morning and Happy Labor Day! After spending a glorious weekend at my aunt and uncle's lake house, sitting on the dock with the wind and waves, enjoying brownies and barbecue, baiting my own fishing hooks with LIVE SHRIMP and also baiting crab traps with FROZEN FISH with my bare hands (see how I rose… Continue reading Movie Review: “The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society”
Are you depressed? Anxious? Needing some rest and relaxation from creative endeavors, work-related stress, heat exhaustion, and/or the looming immediacy of upcoming weddings, holidays, and other various and sundry Social Occasions? Then look no further for a half-hour's respite than Newhart*, a sitcom from the 1980's about a city-slicker writer and his wife who run a bed-and-breakfast… Continue reading TV Review: “Newhart” (OR, This Is Better Than Therapy)