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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

…On and On.

Adventure always comes when we’re not looking for it.  We’re just living our lives when suddenly someone or something comes along and completely changes our entire world, and from that moment on nothing is ever the same.  You’re pulled out of your quiet comfortable life and thrown onto some crazy road, unprepared and without a pocket handkerchief.

Was I thinking a year ago that at this time that I was going to be getting married in three weeks?  No way!  Was I even thinking last summer that I would be anywhere near close to getting married within the next year?  Nope. Not only was I not expecting to be getting married so soon, but I never thought I’d be leaving the area I’ve spent my entire life in and moving 2,000 miles away from everything I’ve ever really known.  Yes….The dwarves arrived while I was quietly eating supper, took me as their burglar, and pulled me with them to go steal back their gold from a dragon….and like Biblo, (the real hero of that story), part of me is thinking, “What just happened?”

I find it rather ironic actually.  For so long I had been praying for my future husband, asking God to use me, to take me on an adventure and make me His hero.  When I fell in love with Daniel, I started praying harder, asking for God’s best, for His timing and to make something happen if it was meant to be.  And by golly, He made something happen and what’s even more of a surprise, His timing has made things happen a whole lot faster than I ever dared hope!  My brain just having a hard time keeping up… 😛

So here I am, on an unexpected journey, heading off to the unfamiliar and leaving the known behind me.  But the great part about it is, it IS an adventure and one I am going to get to share it with my husband, my best friend.  Together and with God’s help we’ll take this road, pass through the mountains, the valleys, and the dangers of the dark wood, fighting side by side when enemies surround us and try to tear us apart.  I know with God on our side, standing as the third party in this adventure and guiding us along the way, there is no beast so terrible, or creator so foul that could stand in our way.

So here I go.  Stepping out onto the road, keeping my feet, but being swept off all the same.

 

"I'm going on an adventure!"

“I’m going on an adventure!”

 

Roads Go Ever…

This song had been playing through my head for a couple of days now.  The Hobbit is my favorite book and as time goes on I find myself relating to dear Bilbo more and more.  Why?  You shall find out soon.   More thoughts to come, possibly quite rambly, but thoughts none the less.   So stay tune. 
Roads go ever ever on,
Over rock and under tree,
By caves where never sun has shone,
By streams that never find the sea;
Over snow by winter sown,
And through the merry flowers of June,
Over grass and over stone,
And under mountains in the moon.
Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar.
Eyes that fire and sword have seen
And horror in the halls of stone
Look at last on meadows green
And trees and hills they long have known.
~Bilbo Baggins The Hobbit

Writing for His Glory (New Page)

The literary world has changed drastically since authors such as Tolkien and Lewis first published their manuscripts, and it hasn’t necessarily changed for the better.

As I look through book stores at the suggestive covers and careless content of popular books I’m filled with a sense of dread.  This is what young people and adults alike are reading?

Have you ever stepped back and really looked at today’s modern fiction?  Both Secular and Christian?  Continue Reading

Confessions of a Frazzled Writer

crumpled-paperI believe it’s about time I gave you all a writing update… so, here we go.

First off, Choices, Chances and Aeden book 3.

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about those books and their future.  I’ve been trying to write Chances and edit Choices, and well, they just were not working.  After much thought, mental argument and frustration, I came to a conclusion I really didn’t like.  I need to re-write Choices completely and shelve the other two books.  Why am I doing such a thing?  I shall explain.

Choices is a book that is very dear and close to my heart.  It is also a very personal book and flowed very naturally when I wrote it.  Chances and Book 3 are not.  Because of how close this story and these characters are to me, it wouldn’t be right for me to force it out just for the sake having more books.  Honestly, I just can’t do that.  So for now, Choices will be a stand alone book.  Will it be like that forever?  Honestly, I hope not, that’s really up to the characters and whether a natural plot line presents itself.

As for re-writing Choices

For one, I was 16 when I wrote it.  I have grown and matured a lot as a person and as a writer since then, and the book really hasn’t.  My awesome critique group at the OYAN Summer Workshops really helped me see this.  Those sessions were very eye opening to me about the story.  I’ve grown up since Kate first met Terren, and now it’s time for them and their story to grow up as well.  So as of right now, I am going to start all over, re-outline and everything.  It took me a while to finally admit to myself I needed to do this, but, I figured if Tolkien, Bryan Davis can do it, so can I.  I truly believe this is what the book needs and the story will be better for it.  Wish me luck!

In other news, I am in the midst of creating a brand new fantasy world.  This world will include two new races, Asian unicorns, multiple dragon breeds (it’s not cool without dragons 😉 ), and (hopefully) a rich and vast history.  Right now I am working on some sort of a naming language for it.  (A much more daunting task than I first imaged, for I am no Professor Tolkien.)  So far I have at three stories I plan on setting in this new world, quite possibly more.  What’s it’s name you ask?  Well, it doesn’t have one, not yet.

Well, that’s it.   Right now I’m in the midst of wedding planning and not doing much writing.  Hopefully I will be back at it after the exciting event this fall and after I am settled in Oklahoma. 🙂

Blessings!

~Laura

My Reading List

Finally wrote out my reading list.  Curious as to what is on it?  Well, here you go.  In no particular order…

  • Till We Have Faces – C.S. Lewis
  • Out of the Silent Planet – C.S. Lewis
  • A Time for Anger – Frank Schaeffer**
  • Kingdom of the Cults – Walter Martin**
  • When Dreams Come True – Eric and Leslie Ludy* (**)
  • When God Writes Your Love Story – Eric and Leslie Ludy**
  • When God Writes Your Life Story – Eric and Leslie Ludy**
  • Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus – Kyle Idleman****
  • Not a Fan: What Does it Mean to Really Follow Jesus? – Kyle Idleman****
  • J.R.R. Tolkien: Architect of Middle Earth – Daniel Grotta-Kurska
  • From Darkness Won – Jill Williams
  • The Pirate Coast: Thomas Jefferson, the First Marines, and the Secret Mission of 1805 – Richard Zacks***
  • Tahn – L.A. Kelly****
  • Looking for the King – David C. Downing

That’s all of them… for now. 😉

* Currently reading
** Recommended by my parents
*** Started reading a long time ago but never finished
**** Recommended by a friend

The Hobbit Trailer!

I am totally geeking out right now! 🙂 The trailer is finally here!

Welcome 2011! Books, Movies, and the Best of 2010.

Here we are in a new year!  2011, can you believe it?  I remember New Years Eve 1999, the year 2000 just sounded so futuristic and strange, we thought we would never get use to it.  Now it’s 2011, eleven years later and well, we’re use to it. 🙂  This year, for me, has been one giant rollercoaster, but a good rollercoaster, (and that’s saying something since I don’t like rollercoasters. 😛 )

 Recap:  

I had the second sugary on my foot; I finished draft II of HEART OF HOPE; I got to go to Kansas and meet, in person, some amazing people; my little sister turned sixteen; my little brother turned thirteen; my niece celebrated her first birthday; I had some amazing times with close friends and family; I started writing CHOICES; I bought a car; my oldest brother asked his super awesome girlfriend to marry him (she said yes, 🙂 ); and I turned twenty.  Not to mention all the little things that happened in between.  (Not to mention Doctor Who. 😉 )

As for the books I read and the movies I saw in theaters, (I’m adding movies this year.):

Movies:

  • Extraordinary Measures (rating – **** Great story, ruined with language.)
  • Robin Hood (rating – ** Interesting story, content, not so good.)
  • Toy Story 3 (rating – ***** Great family movie.)
  • Megamind (rating – **** Hilarious and very entertaining.  I think I remember some rude comments, hence only four starts.)
  • Tangled (rating – **********  Awesome!  Perfect family movie!  One of my favorites.)
  • Voyage of the Dawn Treader (rating – ***** Fantastic!  See it.)
  • Tron (rating – **** Awesome action and adventure story set in a super cool digital world.)

 Books:   (!=good !!=great !!!=favorite/must read)

  • The Candlestone – by Bryan Davis (!!!)
  • The Circles of Seven – by Bryan Davis (!!!)
  • Tears of a Dragon – by Bryan Davis (!!!)
  • A Prisoner of Versaillies – by Golden Keyes Person(!)
  • Swords – by Ben Boos (!!)
  • Favorite Medieval Tales – by Mary Pope Osborne and Troy Howell(!)
  • The First Four Years – by Laura Ingals Wilder (!)
  • Just Friends: Guarding you heart for a wonderful someday – by Mike Ray and Cary Schmidt (!!!)
  • I know why the angels Dance – by Bryan Davis (!!)
  • By Darkness Hid – by Jill Williamson (!!!)
  • Fable Weaver – by Carlie Gernhart (!!!)
  • The Sword of Shannara – by Terry Brooks (!)
  • The Hobbit – by J.R.R. Tolkien (!!!)
  • Vienna Prelude – by Bodie and Brock Thoene (!!)
  • The Eagle of the Ninth – by Rosemary Sutcliff (!!)
  • Starlighter – by Bryan Davis (!!)
  • Comma Sense — by Richard Lederer and John Shore (!!!)
  • So Long Insecurity – by Beth Moore (!!!)

Unpublished Books: (All of which were awesome. 🙂 )

  • Night of Shadows — by Daniel Beals
  • Becoming Human — by Jared Schmitz
  • Messenger — by Sarah Ulrich

 There were lots of good books this past year, and a few good movies too. 🙂

What’s up for this year?  Tons!
I start college; my brother’s wedding; another Kansas trip; my other brother and his wife will welcome to the family another baby and much more! 

I’m super excited about this year.  God was so good and faithful through 2010, I can’t wait to see what He has in store for me in 2011.  My hopes for this year is that I will get HEART OF HOPE to a point where I can send it to publishers, finished CHOICES and do the same and just keep writing and becoming the person God wants me to be.  🙂 

May God bless you all in this new year!

-Laura

One thing I do:  Forgetting what is behind and straining foward what is ahead, I press on towards the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 3:13-14

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