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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.

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Counting Down the Days

Only 10 more days until the One Year Adventure Novel (OYAN) Workshops and Reunion!  Toto, we’re going back to Kansas!  (in case you were wondering I really do have a Toto. 😉 )

I can not wait to see my OYAN family again.  They are some of the most incredible people I have ever known.  They have changed my life in so many ways.  I am so grateful to God for bringing OYAN into my life.

Last year was like a breath of fresh air.  Being surrounded by so many loving and like minded people was simply amazing.  I’m looking forward to another week of rejuvenation and fellowship.  It’s going to be an epic week!

Last year there were 87 students + their families.  This year there are over 100 plus family members.   And…. this year I have a video camera!  I have a tribute video already planned with music picked out and everyone.  So this year when I get back, look out for videos as well as pictures. 🙂

One more weeks!!! 😀  Can you tell I’m excited? 😉

Bryan Davis on Revision

Bryan Davis speaking at the 2011 OYAN Summer Workshops in Olathe Kansas this past July.  I thought you guys would like to see this, (even my OYAN readers who were there 🙂 ).

Having been there I can say it was the best talk on revision I have ever heard.  I still have my handout from this and refer to it constantly.  Hope this helps you in your editing endeavors.

P.S.
I’ll be posting some editing tips that I have discovered through this round of Heart of Hope edits soon.  Passing on my club. 😉

P.P.S
Can you see me? 🙂

P.P.P.S
Here is a link to the slides handout he gave us.
http://www.daviscrossing.com/PolishingYourMasterpiece.pdf

Check out Mr. Davis’ website HERE.

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…

What a cliché title right? But I couldn’t think of anything else. 😉

Wow, what an amazing week. I feel like a different writer then when I left. This past week has been one of the most inspiring, refreshing, renewing, incredible weeks of the year. I learned so much and made some wonderful friends along the way. Old friendships grew and new friendships were born. I can’t really describe how incredible it was.
I had an amazing critique group and I just want to say that you guys rock and thank you so much for all the helpful critiques on Choices.

Seeing all my friends from last year was awesome, I missed everyone so much being there was like getting a breath of fresh air. It’s so renewing to be surrounded by like minded people, I appreciate OYAN so much and everyone in it. You guys are brilliant. 🙂

Guess what? I MET BRYAN DAVIS!!! 😀 He is an incredible speaker. Hearing his heart for Christ and for writing was so inspiring. Even hearing him teach about editing was great. After his first two sessions I was ready to charge into revising! I love him even more as a writer now. His testimony, his passion for writing and his faith in Jesus Christ, he is defiantly an author I wish to mirror.

As always Mr. and Mrs. S. were brilliant and I was so thrilled to see them. They are changing a generation, raising it up to be Christ representing lights to show the way in a dark world of dark fiction. Who knows where we would all be without them, thank you Lord for the Schwabauers.

One meeting that week was an answer to prayer. Finally hugging Janey and holding her tight; I can’t find the words to describe that moment. We had to keep reminding each other that she was really there. I am so very thankful to God for bringing her to the US. I love you Janey!

Saying goodbye to everyone was so hard. Good thing we’re all only a few clicks away, else we may have been even more depressed then we already were. The morning we said our final farewells it poured. The weather had been beautiful all week, but that day, the sky cried. A friend said of the cloudy sky and rain: “That’s what happens when you get eighty-seven depressed writers all in one spot, we change the weather.” 😉

Can’t wait ‘till next year! Until then, I have two novels to revise.

(Pictures and more posts to come!)

Off on the Yellow Brick Road.

I’m heading off to Kansas for the second One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshops and Reunion!

Am I excited?  Excited is an understatement, I am stoked!  I can’t wait to see everyone again, plus see my amazing sister in Christ/friend from across the pond for the first time in the two and a half years that I’ve known her. 

It’s going to be amazing. 🙂 

Kansas, here I come!

TTFN!

Toto, We’re Not in Kansas Anymore.

I’m back! 😀  My trip was AMASING!  I can’t wait ‘till next year. 🙂 

I learned so much and it was incredible to meet all my online friends.  Already I miss Kansas and everyone who was there. 

The order of events went something like this:

Day 1-Thursday:   Left for the airport, arrived with no difficulties.  At the airport mom and I checked our bags and went to Starbucks.  🙂  The wait to get on the plane wasn’t long at all and before I knew it the plane was racing down the runway and lifting into the air.  We landed in the Kansas City International Airport in Missouri.  Once off the plane we got our bags, found the rental car dealership and headed for Olathe!  (Pronounced O-lay-tha.)  It was cloudy but the country was beautiful!  Rolling green hills and lush forested areas.  It was hot too!  Around 97% humidity and it stayed in the 80’s nearly the whole time we were there.

After trying to get the GPS to work, and navigating the Kansas highways we made it safely to Olathe and to our hotel.  After we got settled we went exploring and found a Wal-Mart and Starbucks. 🙂  By the time we got back to the hotel it was late and we were bushed, so we called it a day and hit the hay.

Day 2-Friday: Woke to clouds mixed with wonderful sunshine. 🙂  Did some more driving around and talked on the phone with a friend, who we were going to meet for lunch along with his family.  After a bit of phone tag we decided on a place to eat and were given directions to get there.  Turned out one road was mixed up with another and we drove in a few circles before finally arriving at the restaurant.  Lunch was awesome!  I really enjoyed hanging with my friend and his family, plus, Mr. and Mrs. Schwabauer “crashed” the party!  As soon as I say them a ran over and tackled Mrs. S. with a hug. 🙂  (Okay, maybe not “tackled”.) 

After lunch, (which lasted about three hours,) we all went back to our separate loggings to get ready for the first part of the workshops that evening.  To make sure we didn’t get lost finding the university mom and I left early.  Half of me was nervous walking into the building where the workshops were being held.  The other half was bursting with excitement!  Here I was, in Kansas!  About to meet nearly all my online buddies!  What a feeling. 

It started with students founding other students, hugs, excited shouts, laughing and “Oh! It’s  you!”s all-round.  It was awesome. 🙂  I think half the fun was finding everyone.  I knew a few by face and others I had to look at their name tags. 

The workshops began with an address by Mr. S which was fantastic and ended with a performance by the Green Leaf Improv. Team.  Those guys were great!  I laughed so hard my cheeks hurt!

Day 3-Saturday:   Cloudy weather again, but still hot and humid.  The first workshop of the day was about how to open a novel and how not to open a novel.  I took lots of notes and Mr. S’s talk was awesome.  Next we broke for lunch which was in another part of the campus.  It was pouring down rain (and I mean PURING!)  A nice thunderstorm was going on and thankfully I got a ride to the lunch hall.   After lunch, the last half of the workshops and critique group.  Critique groups was great and I got a lot of helpful comments and criticism. 🙂 

After all this we all headed for the church where the reunion was being half.  Mom and I were the first ones there.  That night was amazing and loads of fun.  The Schwabauers invited a professional juggler, who was hilarious, and Mrs. S. brought swords!  I was standing by the door when she came in carrying them and we had a little due. 🙂  Lots of pictures were took and we all had a blast.  We played a rousing game of Ninja, (I kept loosing 😛 ) and made lots of jokes. 

The end of the evening was a bit depressing because we all had to say good bye.  Nobody wanted anyone to leave.  In the end it was a bitter sweet Farwell.

Day 4-Sunday:  Mom and I were invited to join the Schwabauers along with another parent and student to go to their home church and we did.  I wish I could go again, but it’s a little far. 🙂  After mom and I went out to lunch with the Schwabauer and two of my friends from the Forum along with their sister.  It was so much fun!  I got to say goodbye properly and that was great. 

It was after three by the time we left the restaurant and mom and I went to the Mahaffie Farm and Stagecoach Stop and road the stagecoach.  Then we went back to hotel and crashed. 

Day 5-Monday:  Went to Independence Missouri.  Went to really cool museum, road in a covered wagon, and walked on what use to be the Organ and Santa Fe Trail.  It was great! 

Day 6-Tuesday: Hung around town, did some shopping, went to the Great Mall of the Plains, saw a movie there, and ate at an amazing BBQ place called Oklahoma Joes.  Went to the Stagecoach Park in Olathe, it was so beautiful, and there was a rainbow. 🙂  

Day 7-Wednesday: Packed.  Went back to the Mahaffie Farm to take more pictures.  Left for the airport and said goodbye to Kansas. 😦 

All in all the trip was incredible!  I can’t wait to go back.  😀 

Here are some pictures.  Enjoy. 🙂

P.S. Now that I’m back I’m going to start blogging regularly again.  🙂 

Lunch at Red Robin

Me with Mr. and Mrs. S.

(Left to Right) Knight of Elyon, Mer-mer, Sharpie, Samii, Snuffles, Amber and Leaf.

Group shot 😛

OYAN Reunion-The Whole Gang

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