Tag Archive | Family

Trucks, Planes, and Canoes

Trucks, Planes, and Canoes

Photo by Gretchen E.K. Engel Zippy Longtail and I are off to Realm Makers. Our journey began last Monday after work. Zippy took a half day from his job interpreting extraterrestrial satellite transmissions from the Very Large Array (VLA) satellites near Socorro, NM and came to my house so we could leave a bit early […]

The Most Important Moment 

The Most Important Moment 

There were so many fun, crazy, touching, and important moments that happened at Realm Makers this year it should have been hard picking just one. I mean I took took a call from my husband (who was trying to find me) just as I was about to meet Ted Dekker. Perfect timing! My kids got […]

The City of Good and Evil

The City of Good and Evil

  “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV) These are Paul’s words to the Romans, but are easily applicable today. Paul lived in a […]

Do writers have friends?

Do writers have friends?

As with so many things, the answer to my question is not binary. “Do writers have friends?” isn’t honestly a yes or no question. Some do, some don’t. I imagine many of us fall on a spectrum between. In a recent episode of their podcast A Tiny Sense of Accomplishment, writers Sherman Alexie and Jess […]

Organization is like a Drug

Organization is like a Drug

When I was growing up, my room was almost always a mess. Seriously. I hated cleaning–and I was definitely one of those that felt that if my room was clean, I couldn’t find anything when I needed it. Of course, it would only take me 2 seconds to find something in my own chaos. When […]

A New School Year

So, this past week has been pretty crazy around here as we were preparing for the new school year, which starts today. If you didn’t know, we homeschool our 3 kids. I have 2 girls, who are going into 3rd grade, and a pre-k boy. On a whim last Sunday, I decided we needed to […]

A Post That Isn’t About Writing

A Post That Isn’t About Writing

Whew! I think that’s the longest series of posts I’ve ever done on the subject of writing. It’s time for a break. A week from tomorrow is my son’s first birthday. As I write this, he’s snoozing in his room, cuddled up with his favorite blanket and toy dragon. How in the world did that […]

Getting Organized, Part 3

Organization is a lot of work–initially. Once you’re organized, staying that way is pretty easy. If you fall back into old habits and the organization slips . . . I know, we don’t want to think about that. I bring it up, though, because it is important for each person to find the type of […]