Books, Trekking Out of the Hobbit Hole, writing

The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

"Every writer should make an effort to attend writers' conferences," they said. "It'll be fun," they said. Boy howdy, were they right!  Caroline (of Cosmos and a Cuppa) and I set out with her husband Daniel and their 15-month-old on Tuesday morning, bound for the Art of Writing Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Before I go… Continue reading The Art of Writing Conference {with notes!}

Life Updates, writing

Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

First, the News! As my readers know, I've been preparing my book proposal for Operation Lionhearted (the title I finally decided upon!), and it's about 80% complete. When I got to the section about marketing and promotion, however, I stalled. Me? Marketing myself and my book?! How is one supposed to even do that without… Continue reading Exciting News, Adventures, and (side)Steps!

Movies

Movie Review: “Doctor Strange”

I mentioned in my recent Sherlock post that rewatching Avengers: Infinity War* and paying a lot more attention to the character of Doctor Strange sparked a renewed appreciation for Benedict Cumberbatch. I mean, I've known about this guy since I was all of fourteen and he was a baby-faced nobody in Amazing Grace, and thirteen… Continue reading Movie Review: “Doctor Strange”

Television

Light and Dark on Baker Street

I am dismissive of the virtuous, unaware of the beautiful, and uncomprehending in the face of the happy. So if I didn't understand I was being asked to be best man, it is because I never expected to be anybody's best friend...and certainly not the best friend of the bravest and kindest and wisest human… Continue reading Light and Dark on Baker Street

history, Mere Christianity

Rediscovering the Saints of Old

For the past six months or so I've immersed myself in church history, and it has been glorious. It's also been a humbling, frustrating, and empowering experience. For one thing, I've seen that there really isn't anything new under the sun: most (if not all) of the struggles the Church faces today have plagued her… Continue reading Rediscovering the Saints of Old

Movies

Gothel and Maleficent: A Study in Contrasts

I recently watched both Tangled* and Maleficent* for the first time, and I was absolutely enchanted by both! Tangled is a feat of pure Disney magic, easily one of the best "Disney Princess" movies I've ever seen, and hilarious to boot. As for Maleficent... talk about a powerful film that turned an old and, quite frankly, two-dimensional story on its head! The… Continue reading Gothel and Maleficent: A Study in Contrasts

writing

How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)

The debate is a hot one: traditional publishing, or independent publishing? (Note: I was recently encouraged to start calling it "independent/indie publishing" rather than "self-publishing." It sounds less vain-glorious, but still confident.) I've been researching the pros and cons of both sides ever since I completed my second draft of Lionhearted--and I must say, each… Continue reading How to Put Together a Book Proposal (I think)

tags

Two Tags For a Scatterbrained Weekend

I've been so mentally busy these past two weeks with studying the publishing process for Lionhearted, I reached this weekend with very little to blog about! Thankfully both Amelie of the Swordmaiden of the King and Emily of The Altogether Unexpected each sent me a tag about a month ago, so I'm gonna do them both in one… Continue reading Two Tags For a Scatterbrained Weekend