The Magic of Music

Music has always been magical for me. Whether it’s Kate Rusby’s fairytale-esque folk music, a brokenhearted Chopin Nocturne, the hard bite of Switchfoot sound and lyrics, or simply when I’m geeking out to the Lord of the Rings soundtrack . . . I choose the music, and then, impossibly, the music seems to choose me. [...]

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The Power of Imagination

This is a guest post by author Jenelle Leanne Schmidt. When I was asked to write a post about something that inspires my writing, my mind went instantly blank. I struggled with jotting down one idea, then another, but none of it felt right. You see, I’m not entirely certain I can point to a [...]

Catching the Butterfly of Inspiration

This is a guest post by author Brent King. “This is how I want to spend my life: corroborating with the forces of inspiration that I can neither see, nor prove, nor command, nor understand.” - Elizabeth Gilbert Inspiration can be a flitting, fleeting thing. My Vain Effort I have often attempted to follow the [...]

What Inspires My Writing (Pt 2) – and Giveaway!

This is a guest post by author H.S.J. Williams. When I was a little girl, there was a book on the shelf that fascinated me. It portrayed a young native girl sitting on a grassy hill, a wolf lying by her side. Her pensive expression, the wind in her hair...it all evoked my imagination. I [...]

What Inspires My Writing (Pt 1)

Hardship. Hardship is something I’ve known off and on all my life, although the past few years have been especially trying for various reasons. I believe everyone comes to a point during hard times where they have the choice: Be weakened and destroyed by your trials, or be strengthened and learn from them. All the [...]

When Winter Won’t Go Away

I'm not sure what you're experiencing in your part of the world, but here in Missouri, winter keeps coming back. Fortunately, I love winter and snow. Unfortunately, snow makes it harder to get out and DO things. But more hibernating days means more writing days! And I've been taking full advantage of those. My new [...]

Winter Fairy Tale Reading

With the weather getting colder (we’ve already had SO much snow!), it’s just the perfect time of year for cozy reading. As usual, I have a whole slew of books I’m eager to read, so I thought it would be a great time to not only list a few that I’ve read, my opinions on [...]