Gretchen E K Engel

My New Favorite Hero

My New Favorite Hero

I have a new favorite hero (sort of). If you’ve followed me on NAF for any length of time, you will know that my ultimate hero is Gilbert Blythe from the Anne of Green Gables series. That has not changed, at all. You just cannot top the handsome, intelligent, earnest, and hard-working Gilbert. He missed […]

Review of Kat Heckenbach’s Relent

Review of Kat Heckenbach’s Relent

NAF alumna, Kat Heckenbach has a new book out, Relent. I fell in love with Finding Angel and the whole Toch Island Chronicles series, so I snapped up a copy of Relent the second she posted a link on Facebook. I then abandoned a library checkout to read it. And will admit to staying up […]

Modesty – It Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

This post isn’t writing related but every once in a while we tackle controversial topics, so here I go. If you’re one of my Facebook friends, you already know this. I rail against the modesty movement. Mostly because of the whole one-piece suits only rule common in youth groups, something I hated as a teen […]

Don’t Mess with My Hero

Don’t Mess with My Hero

This post isn’t exactly spec-related, but it is about story. I’m a big fan of all things Anne. That is L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley as in Anne of Green Gables. The book series ranks as one of my all-time favorites. The Canadian television movie 1980s series with Megan Follows and the late Jonathan Crombie is one […]

Running for the Prize

Running for the Prize

I stood somewhere I never expected. On a winner’s podium in the first place spot, for the most unlikely reason, running. Yes, I run in timed races, so it’s not impossible except that I’m not a fast runner. Saturday, I participated in a color run in conjunction with a Walk 4 Life to support Living […]

For the Second Time

For the Second Time

For the second time in my life, a book has brought me to tears. I don’t cry easily. The only other time this happened, George Bush (41) was President and the Simpsons was in its first season. I was sixteen (or maybe seventeen) in third year French class. As the only third year student int the […]

A Good Run

A Good Run

Sunday I went for a 5-mile run that ended up being 5.5 miles. It wasn’t my fastest run but it was one of my best. I even had a running partner to the end of our street (pictured above). Her total run was a half mile, not bad for a 9-year old. The day was perfect, […]