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Winter Thoughts

Winter Thoughts

Okay, I don’t think it’s a secret to anyone that I don’t blog very often. I hate it, actually. I’ve been avoiding relaunching my website for months because every time I start to do it, frustration sets in within a few minutes of trying to...
Why I Read Shakespeare as a YA Author

Why I Read Shakespeare as a YA Author

Note: This post was originally published on the Professional Writing blog at Taylor University in 2016, but I thought it was important, so I wanted to talk about it again! There’s something special about brushing the dust away from a spine and recognizing the book....
Starting Over

Starting Over

A few days ago I found a patch of purple wildflowers growing in the yard and lay on my stomach in the grass to study them. The earth was warm against my legs, like the heartbeat of something alive. Wind blew my hair against my lipstick and I turned on my back to see...
Why We Need Fairy Tales: Part 3

Why We Need Fairy Tales: Part 3

In the previous two installments of this series, I discussed how God gave us the instinct to create. The stories we tell kids give them the courage to face the dragons they’ll meet someday—but they’re not the only ones who need courage like that. The world didn’t get...