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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.
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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.
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We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…

What a cliché title right? But I couldn’t think of anything else. 😉

Wow, what an amazing week. I feel like a different writer then when I left. This past week has been one of the most inspiring, refreshing, renewing, incredible weeks of the year. I learned so much and made some wonderful friends along the way. Old friendships grew and new friendships were born. I can’t really describe how incredible it was.
I had an amazing critique group and I just want to say that you guys rock and thank you so much for all the helpful critiques on Choices.

Seeing all my friends from last year was awesome, I missed everyone so much being there was like getting a breath of fresh air. It’s so renewing to be surrounded by like minded people, I appreciate OYAN so much and everyone in it. You guys are brilliant. 🙂

Guess what? I MET BRYAN DAVIS!!! 😀 He is an incredible speaker. Hearing his heart for Christ and for writing was so inspiring. Even hearing him teach about editing was great. After his first two sessions I was ready to charge into revising! I love him even more as a writer now. His testimony, his passion for writing and his faith in Jesus Christ, he is defiantly an author I wish to mirror.

As always Mr. and Mrs. S. were brilliant and I was so thrilled to see them. They are changing a generation, raising it up to be Christ representing lights to show the way in a dark world of dark fiction. Who knows where we would all be without them, thank you Lord for the Schwabauers.

One meeting that week was an answer to prayer. Finally hugging Janey and holding her tight; I can’t find the words to describe that moment. We had to keep reminding each other that she was really there. I am so very thankful to God for bringing her to the US. I love you Janey!

Saying goodbye to everyone was so hard. Good thing we’re all only a few clicks away, else we may have been even more depressed then we already were. The morning we said our final farewells it poured. The weather had been beautiful all week, but that day, the sky cried. A friend said of the cloudy sky and rain: “That’s what happens when you get eighty-seven depressed writers all in one spot, we change the weather.” 😉

Can’t wait ‘till next year! Until then, I have two novels to revise.

(Pictures and more posts to come!)

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  1. Pippin

     /  July 5, 2011

    I wish you were still in Kansas… 😦

    But wow, what a fantastic week! I’m still trying to process it all.
    I’m so glad we got to be in the same critique group again. 🙂 What fun!!

    Best wishes on your editing!

    And remember…if you roll your eyes, I’ll catch them. 😀

    Love ya, dear. ❤


    • storygirl308

       /  July 6, 2011

      Critique group was amazing, I’m never going to forget those awesomely crazy times. 😉

      To you too! and with your contract. You’ll have to keep us all posted on how that goes. 🙂

      Thanks, that’s good to know. 😉 😀

  2. *hugs* I wish I was in Kansas again. And yet, I don’t. I think I’m finally starting to get over my homesickness 😀 BTW, who said that about we writers changing the weather? (e-mail me :))
    God bless you girl!

    • storygirl308

       /  July 11, 2011

      I wish I was in Kansas again with all of you. 🙂


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