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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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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.


September 4th, 2008

Four years ago this past Tuesday I became a member of the One Year Adventure Novel online student forum…

Four years ago this week I became StoryGirl and joined the OYAN family… and my life has never been the same.

Little did I know what exactly I was getting myself into that first time I logged in.  I had never been on an online forum before, and I really had no idea what it was or what to expect.  There I was, seventeen going on eighteen, a senior in High School, just beginning to seriously dabble in the world of writing, and then WHAM! I suddenly found myself the world of OYAN.  (And no worries, it was a good WHAM. 😉 )

I don’t think I had ever felt so at home in a new place before.  It’s a weird thing to say about a forum on the internet, but that’s the best description for it I can come up with.  I was welcomed in with open arms by people who were just like me!  Writers, nerds, Tolkien fans!  And best of all… people who understood completely my passion for stories and writing.  Having a place where I could ask questions, seek help and encouragement, even sympathy, was like finding a slice of heaven.  For those of you who are writers, you know that writing, being a writer is a very solitary thing.  With OYAN, I suddenly discovered I wasn’t alone, and never had to be.  We were all doing it together.  Writing different stories, in different genres, but we were always there for each other when it got hard, and we still are.  (We’re a force to be reckoned with. 😉 )

Over the past four years I have been so blessed through OYAN.  I was given so much through one writing curriculum.

Strong friendships.


The tools I needed to become a great writer.

Fellowship with like-minded writers.

A place to be myself.

Crazy people who were just like me! 😉

Challenges I needed as a writer.


Help when I needed it.

Shoulders to lean on, (or even cry on).

An incredible second family.

Amazing experiences.

And most of all…. love.

Yes, love.  To me, OYAN means love.

My life has been changed so much through OYAN.  God has used it to make me not only a better writer, but a better Christian who is closer to Him as well.  He has used the people I’ve met and the friends I’ve made through it to help and change me in more ways then I’m sure any of them realize.  When I say it changed my life, I really mean it.

So, to all you OYANers reading this… Thank you.  You have been such a blessing to me.  You all have changed me, as a writer and as a person.   Thank you.

And to Mr. and Mrs. S.  Thank you.  For creating the curriculum, for supporting us and being there for us.  Just for everything you do.  Thank you.

From the bottom of my heart…. Thank you.

God bless you all.

OYAN forever!


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? 😉

How OYAN Changed Everything

My entry into the One Year Adventure Novel video contest.


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.

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

Can you see me? 🙂

Here is a link to the slides handout he gave us.

Check out Mr. Davis’ website HERE.

Update #3

Hello readers!

Here’s the scoop of what’s been happening.

Chapter eleven is finally finished!  The title is Reversing Night.  It turned out to be a whopping 9,169 words, just over 27 pages!  (Standard pages mind you.  It would be around 50 in book form.)  I’m SO happy to be moving on to the LAST CHAPTER!  I enjoyed writing chapter twelve and I’m rather excited to be revising it. 🙂

Now, since you all are expecting a clip or clips, here you go. 🙂

Cautiously making it over the last rise Ava laid on her belly and looked out over the fortress.  Its banners flapped in the wind from atop its high towers.  A sentry paced the upper battlement, a spear lazily slung over his shoulder.  Was that the only sentry?  Ava scanned the battlements but could find no sigh of another, but wait!  A flash of red and black appeared through the arrow slits, another sentry, perhaps two or three.  Ava waited until they moved on a pace.  The sentry on top turned his back; Ava rose and ran down the hill into a small clump of cotton woods growing beside the moat.  Gazing out from her hiding place she peered up at the walls, no alarm sounded, she was undetected.

Ava rolled out of the way, kicking him in the stomach as she went.  Pulling her sword out Ava sprang to her feet and met his next attack. Ava raised her sword, catching his blow in mid air.  She pushed him back and swing at his waist.  He parried, knocking Ava’s sword aside.  Ava stumbled back, regained herself and charged.

You’ll have to make to with that.  Anymore and it would give too much away. 🙂

I just realized I haven’t really mentioned my Kansas trip on here.  I guess it’s because most of the people who read this blog already know about.  Well anyway, I’m going to Kansas in June for a writer’s work shop hosted by the author of the One Year Adventure Novel Curriculum, Daniel Shwabauer.  The work shop is for OYAN students and we’re going to have a reunion barbecue/camp fire after!  I am so excited and can hardly wait!  It’s coming up so fast!  When they first announced they were planning this it was back in November and then, June seemed ages away.  But time definitely has flown.

The Summer Workshops have started on the OYAN forum and I’m posting chapters in it this year.  (The OYAN forum Summer Workshops are twelve intense weeks of revision and critiquing.  We post one chapter per week and other students critique them and vice-versa.)  I wasn’t planning on posting any of my novel this year, but my inner-editor talked me into it.  I’m a bit nervous about it because, well, I’m the writer and I hate people reading my stuff when I know there’s still work that needs to be done on it.

I guess that’s about it.  I have lots of plans for when I start blogging regularly again so stay tuned! 

God bless,

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