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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

September 4th, 2008

Four years ago this past Tuesday I became a member of the One Year Adventure Novel online student forum…

Four years ago this week I became StoryGirl and joined the OYAN family… and my life has never been the same.

Little did I know what exactly I was getting myself into that first time I logged in.  I had never been on an online forum before, and I really had no idea what it was or what to expect.  There I was, seventeen going on eighteen, a senior in High School, just beginning to seriously dabble in the world of writing, and then WHAM! I suddenly found myself the world of OYAN.  (And no worries, it was a good WHAM. 😉 )

I don’t think I had ever felt so at home in a new place before.  It’s a weird thing to say about a forum on the internet, but that’s the best description for it I can come up with.  I was welcomed in with open arms by people who were just like me!  Writers, nerds, Tolkien fans!  And best of all… people who understood completely my passion for stories and writing.  Having a place where I could ask questions, seek help and encouragement, even sympathy, was like finding a slice of heaven.  For those of you who are writers, you know that writing, being a writer is a very solitary thing.  With OYAN, I suddenly discovered I wasn’t alone, and never had to be.  We were all doing it together.  Writing different stories, in different genres, but we were always there for each other when it got hard, and we still are.  (We’re a force to be reckoned with. 😉 )

Over the past four years I have been so blessed through OYAN.  I was given so much through one writing curriculum.

Strong friendships.

Encouragement.

The tools I needed to become a great writer.

Fellowship with like-minded writers.

A place to be myself.

Crazy people who were just like me! 😉

Challenges I needed as a writer.

Support.

Help when I needed it.

Shoulders to lean on, (or even cry on).

An incredible second family.

Amazing experiences.

And most of all…. love.

Yes, love.  To me, OYAN means love.

My life has been changed so much through OYAN.  God has used it to make me not only a better writer, but a better Christian who is closer to Him as well.  He has used the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made through it to help and change me in more ways then I’m sure any of them realize.  When I say it changed my life, I really mean it.

So, to all you OYANers reading this… Thank you.  You have been such a blessing to me.  You all have changed me, as a writer and as a person.   Thank you.

And to Mr. and Mrs. S.  Thank you.  For creating the curriculum, for supporting us and being there for us.  Just for everything you do.  Thank you.

From the bottom of my heart…. Thank you.

God bless you all.

OYAN forever!

 

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  1. BrightWatcher

     /  September 9, 2012

    Wow… You just described the OYAN forum perfectly… 0.0

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  2. godsgirl95

     /  September 9, 2012

    OYAN FOREVER AND EVER AND EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! *hugs* Happy OYAN b-day, Laura dear 🙂 You are one of the great treasures God has given me through this wonderful curriculum, and I am so SO thankful for you ❤ Love you bunches upon bunches sis 🙂

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