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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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Looking Forward and Behind

2015 held so much, the biggest being the birth of my daughter.  Becoming a mother was definitely the best thing about 2015 to me.  It’s been a crazy and exhausting year and 2016 will probably be the same, but I wouldn’t trade any of it.

My mind hasn’t fully grasped it’s a new year. Maybe it’s because I haven’t made any resolutions, but am just planning to keep taking life one day at a time.  I tried setting some new years resolutions last year, but due to things in life that happened and were beyond my control, there were never actually resolved. (I can’t even remember what they were. 😛 )  So I have decided to just take everything in it’s stride.  If I finish writing my newest book this year cool, if not, cool.  If I am able to get back in shape, fantastic, if not, *shrug*, I’ll just chase a toddler around for exercise.

New year’s resolutions have never really worked for me. If I needed to make a change, I started right then and there, middle or end of the year or not. Plus, whenever I made a goal of finishing such-in-such novel, or reading so many books in one year, or whatever, something always happened, some unpredictable life event, that messed it all up. So this year no resolutions, just living. Just continuing to work on my health, on writing, on blogging, on relationships and we’ll see what 2016 brings.

Right now I plan on just being a wife, a mother, a home cook, a reader, a writer and clean eating lifestyle liver (and momentary grammar forgetter).  So 2016, shall we dance?


Check out and subscribe to my new lifestyle blog over at vanillapantryblog.wordpress.com.  There I will be posting recipes, meal plans and tips for cleaning up your diet in 2016!


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