Hello hello! Have any of you ever pondered individuality? The uniqueness of every human? Maybe it’s just one more piece of evidence that I’m a weirdo (the writing’s been on the wall for years, anyway. Good thing I’m okay with it! 😉 ), but every once in a while the complexity of the people around me strikes me anew. Recently it’s been my Historiography class that’s gotten me thinking about it. The two realities of all that people have in common and the uniqueness of the individual make for fascinating class discussions, and give lots of fodder for thoughts to keep you up at night.Read More →

Hello hello! You guys have probably noticed that I like plants, what with Henry’s powers and my springtime obsession with The Secret Garden. There’s something about growing things that excites my imagination. Maybe it’s because I’ve grown up in Southwestern New Mexico, where the color green isn’t something you take for granted. But when green does come…oh, it’s beautiful. When the rains finally come in the summer, the hills can change from the dull dead-grass color they are the majority of the year to a beautiful bright green of new grass in days. Even in the dry times of the year, there’s something so awe-inspiringRead More →

Hello hello! It’s been a while since I posted one of my random musings, and I ran across one that I’ve never shared before. But before I get to that…be watching for some exciting news about Born in Darkness! Like, oh I don’t know, maybe a cover??? 😉 I don’t have an exact release date yet, but (Lord willing) the release will be mid-April at the latest. It’s getting to close!!! And now, for my musing… What is the sense you can’t imagine losing? Which one would break you with its absence? We always think of what it would be like to be blind orRead More →

Today I’ve woken up. After days, weeks, even months of a strange sleep, once again I’m struck with an understanding powerful beyond description. Coming through a class on the last supper in the Gospel of John, I’m struck by the bittersweetness of it all. Here Jesus is, nearing His death, knowing what He will face, knowing He will be betrayed and abandoned and denied by those who’ve followed him the most closely, knowing He’s being hated and condemned and killed by the very people He came to save, knowing He’s about to face unimaginable pain and suffering, and knowing it has to happen. He can’tRead More →

By all means, write what you know. Look at the world around you: take off the blinders, step out of your own mind, catch glimpses of lives as utterly unique and unknowable as the mysteries of the ages. Never stop learning, never stop growing, and never stop using every lesson in your writing. Take this vibrant life given to you and use it; soak it in and pour it out with every ounce of talent God has given you, and then hone your skill to do it even better. This is vital. There is nothing new under the sun, and no story worth telling doesn’tRead More →

Do you ever see something – a vista, a sunrise, a meadow – and feel like it’s hinting at something more? Do you ever feel the sunlight, or hear the water in the stream, and pause to listen with your whole being because there’s something else in that sound and you don’t want to miss it? Do you ever read a book, or listen to a song, and imagine a place that feels like home even though you have no idea how to find it? I do. I see it in the world around me, in the sunlight on the leaves and the mountain flowersRead More →

Alright, full confession: yesterday I was focused on spending time with family and didn’t get around to writing a blog post. But I’m going to use my forgetfulness to my advantage… I love Thanksgiving. I love that we have a day dedicated to giving thanks for our lives and what we have. I love that I get a break from school so I can come home. And, I’ll freely admit it, I like the food. There are a lot of my favorite foods that I only get a chance to eat at Thanksgiving (mainly cranberry sauce and mincemeat pie). Most of all, I love whatRead More →

The last two weeks have been hard. It’s that time of the semester where everyone is in need of a good nap, students and Professors alike. When due dates for big projects are approaching, too quickly for the comfort of many, and it seems like there’s no time to slow down. There’s always more homework to do, another assignment to work on, another event you promised to help with or go to. Keep pushing, keep working: sleep a little, drink too much coffee… Take a break to go to an event that brings joy, but also drains you of what little energy you had left.Read More →

There’s something so intoxicating about a story in my head. A new story, with new characters taking on lives of their own within my thoughts. For days, sometimes weeks, it’s all I think about in quiet moments. It’s such a sweet and wondrous feeling to imagine the people and all that happens, to feel what they feel and be able to picture it perfectly in my head. It’s such a special privilege to see how they grow and change, to be with them in moments of strength and brokenness, triumph and tragedy. For some stories, that’s only the first step, and what comes after isRead More →

I’ve already written about what my favorite time of year is at home and why, but it might surprise you to know that my overall favorite time of year is something different. Despite my love of storm clouds, wild flowers, and blackberry picking, summer isn’t my favorite season. Despite my fascination with snowflakes and frost, winter isn’t either. And contrary to my yearning for spring and all things green, springtime doesn’t make the top of the list. My favorite season is fall, autumn…that time of wondrous transition that is always too brief. When fall approaches, my eyes are drawn to colors I normally dismiss: gold, orange,Read More →