• Faith,  Writing

    An Antidote to Disenchantment

    “If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against the boredom and disenchantments of later years, the sterile preoccupation with the things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength.“ Rachel Carson, The Sense of Wonder So far this year has proven to be immensely encouraging as far as writing goes. I’ve had a few early successes (an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s of the Future contest…

  • Book Reviews,  Writing

    Book Reviews: Writing and Reference Books, First Half of 2022

    I haven’t done any book reviews here yet. To be honest, I’m not the sort of person to write out long, drawling reviews of what I’ve read. I prefer to keep things brief with only a highlight or two. So, let’s get started. What writing/reference books have captured my interest so far this year? Sometimes the Magic Works by Terry Brooks – This is more of a memoir than a text that teaches specifics of writing. That being said, there are some great nuggets of writing wisdom all delivered with a dose of humor and honesty by one of the most prolific living fantasy writers. For anyone in need of…

  • Family

    The Plague Cometh

    Two and a half years into the pandemic, after managing to avoid Covid via mask wearing and homeschooling and working at home, it has finally breached our walls. I’ve been holed up in my room and away from my husband and kids for the past few days and, so far, they are doing well. I feel fortunate to have been triple vaxxed, to have medicines and vitamins on hand, and to have caught the less virulent strain. But mild Covid is still no fun. No breathing problems, thank God! That was my big worry early on as I have chronic bronchitis and asthma. But I did have a nice little…

  • Education,  Faith

    The Value of Children: Reflections of an Elementary School Substitute

    When I’m not writing, I work as a substitute at my kids’ elementary school. Often, on the days that I sub, I spend some time in the evening recording the day’s thoughts and events in my journal. I wanted to share part of an entry I wrote back in February after wrapping up a two day stint with a 2nd grade class. I’m a bit tired and I don’t want to spend all night thinking about the past two days, but I will say one last thing. It’s amazing how quickly (in just two days), you can start building a rapport with these kids. Heck, even in the course of…