thursday

"Hey, could I drop in with one of the counselors just to 'declare' my program of study?" "Um, drop-in hours are Tuesday and Wednesday—" "Sooo... Can I drop in?" What's the magic word? What am I missing? "It's Thursday." Life has been so lovely lately. God is working (as always, of course), God loves me, and … Continue reading thursday

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2017 WC – 2nd Place: Madison Edwards

“Be grateful for another day. Not everybody made it, so don’t take it for granted.” It was on a bright, humid day in the stunningly beautiful city of Naples, Florida, that I made my first kill. Looking back, I have only regret, shame, and the haunting memories that still stick with me. The sun was … Continue reading 2017 WC – 2nd Place: Madison Edwards

2017 WC – 1st Place: Adryanna O’Keefe

In the kingdom we call Attic, A treasure chest, veiled in dust, Conceals the riches of a dreamer, The visions of a queen. A mirror, framed in solid gold, Entrusts to us an image sweet, Of full cheeks tinted pink as posies And eyes as dazzling as the seas. Fabric cascades in gentle waves, A … Continue reading 2017 WC – 1st Place: Adryanna O’Keefe

days of life

Days pass, and as they do, we pack them up in boxes and call them "Weeks". A few Weeks pass, and we pack them up in a box and call it a "Month". A few Months pass, which get packed into a "Season", and then four of these whisk by and get labeled as a "Year". But … Continue reading days of life

Frozen: Not Another Disney Love Story

Do you want to build a snowman? If you haven’t been hiding under a troll for the last few years, you’ve heard this line from a song in the popular children’s movie Frozen. People of all ages have fallen in love with the music and the story. Despite its often lighthearted tone, it teaches valuable … Continue reading Frozen: Not Another Disney Love Story

General Editing Guidlines

This month, I hope to give out editing copies of my novel, The Fantastical Journey of Gavryn Wickert. I'm writing this post for anyone who wants to help. All you need is... The book. (I have a select team who will receive it from me for free in exchange for valuable edits.) A pencil. (Or … Continue reading General Editing Guidlines

Advice Applied: A Humorous​ Short Story Based on a Mark Twain Speech

Here is a short story I wrote for my writing class that is loosely based on a Mark Twain speech. “Gertrude!” a woman yelled up the stairs to her young daughter. A pudgy, young girl of short stature bounded down the stairs, taking each one as if falling from the one before. Her short brown … Continue reading Advice Applied: A Humorous​ Short Story Based on a Mark Twain Speech

Creating a Main Character for Your Novel

As a writer and weaver of stories, one of my favorite things to do is create characters. I love writing characters more than writing their dialogue, explaining a world, or even creating a plot. Building a character makes you feel like you're making a whole new person. Often, when you've finished, it's hard to believe … Continue reading Creating a Main Character for Your Novel