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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

Coming Back to Reality

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 dresses as Kirrito and Asuna. ;)

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!

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.

The peoples we got to eat lunch and dinner with. I love this group.

Renaissance Faire Fun

This year my brother and I went to the Ren. Faire with my (fantastical) friend Sarah.  We had a blast and made quite the group: A Pirate/Swashbuckler, Robin Hood/Assassin, and Norse Peasant/Gypsy.  Steven thought we should have started a band… 😉

(Pictures by Sarah)

“Arms. Legs. Neck. Head. Nose. I’m fine. Everyone else?”*

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.

My Year 2010

(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?

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