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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

The 2013 OYAN Winter Workshops

I have returned from Kansas and the 2013 OYAN Winter Workshops.

It would seem I always feel like Frodo after coming back from an OYAN Workshop, wondering how I’m supposed to slip back into life after everything I’ve experienced.  Then I realize… I can’t. I’m not the same, I can’t go back to how things use to be, too much has changed. But instead of a change that haunts the hero for the rest of his life, stealing away his peace and joy of victory, it’s an exciting change, a change that brings a thrill of anticipation for the future, a change that inspires another adventure.

Mr. S. is an amazing teaching.  I always come away having learned something new and this workshop was no exception.  I really felt God calling me once again to boldly stand up in a very controversial area among Christians.  I won’t say what that area is yet, but it’s something He laid on my heart years ago and after this week, I feel like He just reiterated that conviction.   I still have a lot to learn before I can take the steps in really stepping out, but I am clear about what God wants me to do, it won’t be easy, but I won’t be doing it alone, and for that I am so very grateful.

I plan on writing (maybe) a mini series of post about specific highlights from the Winter Workshops, but until then, here are some picture highlights from the week. 🙂

Mr. and Mrs. S in their epic Steam-punk costumes.

Mr. and Mrs. S in their epic Steam-punk costumes with myself and my friend Daniel.

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Mr. and Mrs. S. once again.

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My critique group – Area 51

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The epic chalk board wall we covered in drawings and what-nots.

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Friends

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Me with my two OYAN sisters Adrienne and Sarah.

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OYANers are special, that’s why I love them. 😉

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  1. godsgirl95

     /  January 11, 2013

    NEW BLOG THEME! 😀 I likes ^.^
    And I love the pictures, sis ❤ Thank you for sharing both them and your encouraging words. Love you!!! *huggles*

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