Kenzi Melody
I pulled the blanket tighter around me as the walls shook in the Irish wind. The old house is drafty even on the warmest days, and one can only drink so many cups of tea to fight the chill. With my laptop sitting open on my lap, I opened my most recent novel manuscript and...
Note: This is an adaption of a post I wrote for landlords on Here’s a link to the original if you want to see it! What is success? It depends on who you ask. Is it stepping into a red Ferrari on the way to a six-digit job in a sparkling high rise somewhere?...
The ride home was hot and tedious as always. A low growl was forming in my stomach as I peeled my hand off the leather seat to adjust the air conditioning. It was barely functional. The turn signal had been beeping for five minutes straight as we sat in traffic, sweltering under the weight of...
I was once told that “your life is better than fiction because it’s real.” I go to the kind of university where “C.S. Lewis” is used as a cheer at basketball games. Yes, we call that a “small Christian liberal arts college.” You thought that was a stereotype? Think again. The point is, I’m not...
Note: once upon a time I wrote a SUPER long post about fairy tales. I’ve decided that that was WAY too much for anyone to digest at one time, so I’ve decided to rewrite that information as a series. Enjoy. 🙂 I read once that “novel-reading fills the heads of young girls with romantic notions…the...
Are our lives built for only one passion? There are perks to having more than one primary interest.
That may sound a little sappy. I’m not talking kissing-in-the-rain romance here. I’m talking about the tool that can transform an “okay” piece of writing into a masterpiece. Emotion. Make your readers laugh, cry, or scream, and they’ll never forget you. That goes for anything you write, fiction or nonfiction. No one wants to read...
In an alternate universe, I could be in a mental hospital. Okay, that’s a bit of a crushing blow. How about I back up a bit? A recent conversation got me thinking about where I’d be without my faith. My mind is a swirling pot of dialogue, characters, and scene structure. When I’m bored, I...
What if you could talk to any fictional character you wanted? What would you tell them? What would you thank them for? I was given this assignment as a school project a few weeks ago. I wanted to share what I came up with and encourage you to do the same. Dear Lucy, I was...
“‘Child,’ said the Lion, ‘I am telling you your story, not hers. No one is told any story but their own.’” (C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy) Imagine walking through the woods on a cloudy night. The sky draws in close to you like a velvet cape, shrouding the trees in misty darkness. The...
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