Last week my husband and I were in Kansas for the 2014 One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshop. As always it was an inspiring week, (and exhausting 😛 ). Though rather tired, I feel ready to really jump back into writing and outlining, and blogging too! There are so many ideas swarming around in my head write now, stories and posts I want to work on. It’s going to be a challenge just picking where to start!
After spending a week with friends, learning and being challenged as a writer, it’s hard coming back to reality – back to the mundane of everyday life. But even so, real life is what inspires stories and gives us the tools we need to tell them. Now to catch up on sleep…
…More thoughts to come…
Here are some snapshots from last week. 🙂
Couples picture! Daniel and I are the ones dressed as Kirito and Asuna. 😉
I got to met and hang out with one of my favorite authors Jill Williamson! If you haven’t read her books you should!
The peoples we got to eat lunch and dinner with. I love this group.
Posted by Laura Beals on June 30, 2014
Posted by Laura Beals on August 19, 2013
Anyone else feel like they were run over by the last few months? I do, (but run over in a good way). This summer was an amazing journey, taking me from one crazy ride to the next. It’s been a glorious, out of control, insane, memorable and thrilling four months. (I can say that now that it’s over. 😉 ) But really, though there were times I was ready to disappear and wait for the calm to descend, it’s been brilliant.
June-July took my back to Kansas and back to my second family. Friends who are the most incredible people I have ever met. You people are amazing and I can honestly say I love you all.
August took me and my family to California to visit my grandparents and see old friends. I still smile when I think of the new memories we made. I’ve been there a million times, but it never gets old.
September has just begun, but already it has brought so much. My best friend of nearly twenty years was married yesterday. Tears come to my eyes when I think of the joy I saw in their faces as they proclaimed their love to the world and joined hands in marriage. It was truly beautiful.
In the mists of all this I’ve been getting ready for school, working here and there, and slowly forcing my way through Heart of Hope draft III. Time has flown by like a whirlwind of events, scattered days and unforgettable moments.
Through it all, God has been molding and shaping me. I feel as if I’ve changed this summer. I’ve grown in faith and understanding of God’s plan for me. I’ve let go of the dreams He was telling me to part with and have finally begun to trust Him completely and with everything.
Looking back over this past summer there were times I was ready to fall apart, give up, hide in my closet and forget about the world. But I got through; with His help I made it. It feels as if I have just taken a long voyage from one land to another. It’s a new beginning. This summer may be over, but there is so much more on its way and I am ready for it.
What about you all? What new memories, crazy moments, or spiritual lessons have you experienced this past summer?
*Quote from Doctor Who series 4 episode “Midnight”. I just had to use it as the title. 🙂 It fit well enough.
Posted by Laura Beals on September 4, 2011
(Starting at the top, left to right.)
The 2010 OYAN Summer workshop — Mr. and Mrs. S. The Great Mall of the Plains, Olathe Kansas. Blueberry Hills, Manson Washington. My sister’s 16th Birthday.
The Fair! Olathe Kansas. My Best Friends Graduation. Demonstrating at the fair with my amazing friend.
Leavenworth Washington. My 20th Birthday. The 2010 OYAN Reunion. Haircuts!
Rumpelstiltskin play with friends and family. Kansas trip. My “new” car. OYAN Summer workshop — The OYANers!
What were the highlighs of your year?
Posted by Laura Beals on December 31, 2010