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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

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General update

Here is a general update on everything that’s been going in the past few weeks.

The Novel: Chapter six is 1/3 of the way complete. Honestly I’m dreading chapters seven and eight, seven because I didn’t know what I was doing when I wrote it and eight because… *coughs* It isn’t finished. Ya. Oh boy.

My Foot: The surgery was a week ago and I’m sure you all are wondering how it went right? The Dr. said it went better than he expected, so that’s good. I got to see my before and after x-rays last Friday when I got my cast on and oh wow is that screw big! Plus I’m going to have a mean looking scar when this is all over. In two weeks I go in and get a new cast, why? The swelling will have gone down so much by then that the cast I have now will be too big.
Recovering is going… okay. Having to sit back with my foot up, plus sleeping with it resting on a stack of pillows is killing my tail bone! The cast is beginning to get really uncomfortable and tying to sleep is an adventure in itself. I found it rather ironic, I always thought it would be nice to down, relaxing and not have to really do anything. Now I can honestly say I won’t mind it when I can start doing more around the house again. =)

Writing: I’ve had lots of ideas for a new a story I’ve had in my head for a little while. So that’s fun!
Stephen of Scarborough is moving along. I have enough for two more long parts!
I wanted to enter the Vision Forum writing contest, I even had a character lined up for the story, but I can’t for the life of me come up with a plot! (I think I need to start praying about it. God’s given me all my stories so far.)

Spiritual: God always has something new He’s teaching me. Right now it’s “Be Still”. I set a deadline for when I wanted to be finished with draft two for the beginning of January. Well, it’s the middle of November and I’m only in chapter six. (There’s twelve chapters in all.) So being the kind of person I am, I start slamming myself for being so behind, (ignoring the fact that life has not been without it’s interruptions.) As I read my Bible and pray, I hear God telling me, “Be still, I gave you this task. It will be done in my time. Keep going.” I still have to be reminded of that every day; it’s a good thing God’s patient.

Hope all is well with you all out there! God bless!

In Christ,

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  1. Garret Maytum

     /  November 19, 2009

    God really has a way of getting are attention when He whats it. When I broke my foot it felt like God just slapped me up side the head and then He said ‘Hay your not in charge of your life, let Me take control. Something that a headstrong teenager need to hear at the time 🙂 P.S does your foot fill like its on fire because I know my did when it was in a cast

    • storygirl308

       /  November 19, 2009

      Thanks Garret. 🙂

      Yes, but only if I have it down for more than a minute, (and some other times.)

  2. lilacandivy

     /  November 19, 2009

    Didn’t finish chap. 8? (ack!)
    I feel for you (empathy is one of my top strengths, btw. 🙂 )
    It must be getting very boring, tiresome, and uncomfortable just sitting on the couch! (one week down, 5 more to go…) But the bright side is you could get a bunch of Bible reading done… and reading books loaned to you by friends. 😉
    I’m filled with excitement and joy when I hear of how God’s working in your life – it reminds me of just how awesome He is and how glad I am to have friends that know Him as well!!

    • storygirl308

       /  November 20, 2009

      Ya, I’m pretty good at empathy too. 🙂
      It is getting boring, but you’re right when you say I have more time for reading. (I’ve already finished one book and am moving on to the next.) Also my Sunday School class is reading through Ephesian. I’ve read through the whole book in one sitting a few times already. 🙂
      Yes, God is awesome, and I’m afraid I’m a slow learner…

  3. lilacandivy

     /  November 20, 2009

    So Laura, would ya say writing or editing is more difficult? I was just curious as with nano I was thinking editing must be much nicer than writing, but since you’re on the other end you might have another view…

    • storygirl308

       /  November 21, 2009

      Keep in mind it’s different for everyone. As for me… I think writing was easier. (or the whole creating process.) With editing I enjoy making what I wrote better, (and it’s really cool when I know exactly how a scene needs to be rewritten,) but right now it’s like pulling splinters with a toothpick. (Hopefully it will be easier the next time around, my brain will know what to do. 🙂 )

      P.S. I thought the samething Sarah… and it wasn’t, but who knows, it my be easier for you. 😉


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