Author’s Journey

The Great Roach Hunt

The Great Roach Hunt

“There’s a giant roach loose in our house. On an unrelated note, we have insurance, right? In case the house accidentally burns down?” That was the text I sent my husband one morning. Anyone who knows how I feel about crickets (Cricket Warfare 101: Subtlety, Sabotage, Misdirection, Psychological Warfare, Treaties and Allies) can well imagine […]

Five Favorite Heroes

Five Favorite Heroes

“Peter did not feel very brave; indeed, he felt he was going to be sick. But that made no difference to what he had to do.” C.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia

Make New Friends

Make New Friends

Remember that childhood song about making new friends and keeping the old? Silver and gold. That’s been me recently. We started a new small group at beginning of the academic year. It’s the second one we’ve been in since moving here. Some of my closest friends in my town came from our first group. I knew all of […]

The Imposter

The Imposter

The Amulet Saga Volume Two: The Traveler What Came Before: Seeing     Escape     Bandit     The Road     Beggars     Healer The City     Spy     A Place to Stay     Outlaws     The Camp      Trader The Wedding       The Third Son     The Search   The Imposter   “We’ve found her!” Ada looked up from her mug of tea at the […]

The Editing Battle

The Editing Battle

“A writer is someone for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” Thomas Mann Sometimes writing feels like you’re in a battle with the blank page or in a battle with the pages of words you’ve already written. Sometimes it really feels like this: But there are also the times when […]

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

Sacrifice On the Altar of Ego

I love Carolyn Arend’s “Altar of Ego”. It’s a song whose lyrics I need to think about often. Last week I was thrilled with the response to my post about the emphasis placed on motherhood and being a wife especially within the church. I started with five words that define me and ended with a question […]

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 4: Climate and Clothes)

World Building—Creating a Culture (Part 4: Climate and Clothes)

I’m continuing my series on world building. Come check out Part One, Part Two: Stereotyping, and Part Three: Building a Religion. Climate and Clothes When building your world, especially if it extends beyond your character’s main place of residence, a map is extremely helpful. I have a rough sketch of a map that I drew […]