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Hello! I'm the author of A Prayer Book for Writers. Currently, I am a fifth-year student at Oral Roberts University, working towards a bachelor’s degree in writing with a concentration in literature. I am working on several prayer books right now, and along with recording original music albums (harp, piano, flute, and potentially cello one day), I study fairy tales. My favorite book is Auralia's Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet.

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Last night, I talked with a couple friends about fictional characters and their birthdays, and it made me really want to find out what Jack Frost’s birthday was because I want to celebrate it. He means a lot to me and it’s the least I can do since I can’t physically hug him. But when I searched the internet, I couldn’t find anything. So I decided to make January 27th the day I celebrate his birthday. And then today when I woke up there was snow on our windshields. Jack had been here. And I didn’t even know we were going to have snow! Anyone know how I could talk to William Joyce to find out about this date, either to make it canon or find his real birthday?

Only five weeks till I graduate ❤️📚 It’s weird to think about. This is my fifth and final year at Oral Roberts University, and what a time it has been. I was a very timid person when I first came here in fall 2016, and I am so much stronger now than before. I have met many amazing people and come to know many professors, and even released a prayer book last year in the middle of the spring semester! Despite mixed feelings about the education system in general, I wouldn’t have wanted to go anywhere else than ORU, and if I could go back and decide not to go to college at all, I would have done ORU anyway. These experiences have challenged and changed me, put me into uncomfortable places, and forged me in the fire. I wouldn’t want to give any of it up even though it has been hard. Pretty much every semester, I had days where I seriously considered dropping out of college because of harsh anxiety. And other days I felt frustrated with the expectation of society to go to college and graduate in four years. Not everyone can do that, and even for the people who do, college can be nightmarish. I respect those who graduate in five years, I respect those who don’t go to college, I respect those who are able to graduate on time or even early, I respect those who do college in person and I respect those who do online classes. Everyone is different. You do what suits you. Yeah the overall education system is flawed in its harshness, but I’ve been so thankful for the understanding and graciousness of professors at ORU who try and succeed to make the experience better for students who struggle. In time, I believe things will continue to improve in the education system as people become more aware of how to make things easier and more bearable for students of all learning limitations. I’m just thankful I’ve survived this long, and in five weeks I’ll be able to say I survived college. God has brought me this far, and He will bring me through to the other side.

It’s Christmas Eve, and tonight we opened our gifts. These are all books on my to-read list, and I’m so excited to get to all of them and read them! I heard good things about Rook Di Goo and Fangirl, and Dust is a Peter Pan retelling published by Enclave, and Enclave publishes good books so I’m hyped. Rook Di Goo is a Cinderella retelling that takes place in outer space, and I know the author! I’m so excited to get to that one. The Story Peddler’s premise reminded me a little bit of Auralia’s Colors and of my own series, so I know I need to read it at some point. Snow White with the Red Hair is my favorite and most-rewatched anime—it’s one I can recommend to anyone who likes sweet romances—so I’m slowly getting into the manga. And lastly, the big book about Dostoyevsky’s works and life in context of his world and time period by Joseph Frank. This is an abridged version of his five volume series, and both of these things—the abridged book and the five volumes—won some pretty major awards. And I love Dostoyevsky so this is a must own for me. I wish you all a Merry Christmas ❤️ Take care of yourself and talk to your dear friends. They miss you. Have you read any of the books in this pile? What did you think of them?

Here’s another prayer from A Prayer Book for Writers, the Life section. Felt like sharing it today.

An excerpt from A Prayer Book for Writers. So many times, we grew up in a system that said we would only be accepted and loved if we performed well. That’s the world’s way. It’s not God’s way. He understands we’re not perfect. He doesn’t leave us there but shows us the way to healing and a transformation of the heart which leads to right living. We can try all we want to do everything right on the outside but our hearts are what need the transformation. It’s not hard for Jesus to love because He /is/ love. Ideally, our hearts should be so transformed by Jesus that love comes easily to us, that even when we come across people who believe differently or are mean to us, we feel love towards them because God made them and loves them. A Prayer Book for Writers is currently on sale for a few dollars less than usual for both ebook and paperback on Amazon. The sale ends tonight!

Excerpt from my Prayer Book for Writers. I really like this prayer because I feel like so often writers forget that what they are writing will change them, too, for better or for worse. Are they writing themselves into false beliefs or into the truth about themselves and the world? Stories are maps that express the writer’s version of reality, whether constructed consciously or unconsciously. The book is currently on sale for a few dollars less than usual on Amazon, both the ebook and paperback editions! Happy Christmas!

It’s nearly been an entire year since I released A Prayer Book for Writers! What a year it has been. I didn’t know back then that we were just about to go into lockdown, but I had had a strong feeling I needed to release the book by March 14, 2020. As someone who usually struggles to meet deadlines, everything somehow fell into place at the time. And already, throughout the year several people have told me this book has helped them on their writing journey, and I’m so thankful. To celebrate its one year anniversary, I’m marking down the ebook to 99 cents on Amazon till March 14! Link is in the bio! Do you have any pets that keep you company while reading? Comment below and tell me about them!

These are some older pictures from last fall semester I found on my phone. The sky was really pretty. “Don’t worry about tomorrow...”

My 2021 goals: -Stay alive -Graduate from college -Release another original book (at least one) -Release at least two well-formatted public domain books (more on that in another post) -Develop an official writing/book channel on YouTube -Read 40 books And I’m actually pretty excited about this year. Last year I based a lot of my potential happiness on things outside my control, and this brought a lot of disappointment and heartache. This year, my approach is to do what I can to make this year better for me. And part of that is choosing to trust God again instead of distrusting Him. Distrusting Him led to self-destructive tendencies for me this last year. Now I’m learning to tell myself that everything is going to be okay and that I will be able to handle life. Another thing I’m going to do this year is be more intentional about being grateful for what I do have. Not easy, but it will combat fear and depression, and I decided I do want to develop my own happiness by doing what is in my own power. What are some books on your to-read list this year?

This morning before going to church, I finished writing the definitive chapter one (give or take with some edits to come) of my work in progress, An Excuse for Wandering. Now, this is a story I have been working on for about five or six years, very, very slowly. I have rewritten the beginning at least 27 different times (I have them in my Scrivener), some of which are variations of each other. I never felt at peace with it. Ever since college started for me in fall 2016, I felt like I couldn’t work on my fiction at all, partly because of mental health reasons, and partly because of how much work college had been. And this caused some depression symptoms. Part of me thought I wouldn’t be able to write An Excuse for Wandering till I was 70 years old or something. This is actually one reason I wrote A Prayer Book for Writers—it was partly me praying over this series that’s been on my heart for about 10 years now, though it has changed a lot throughout the years. This last week, I felt strongly that I should begin getting up every morning at 8am—and I NEVER do this, I am usually a night owl—and writing at least ONE sentence in Midarren’s story. I missed a couple days and felt bad, but then felt God’s love again. I feel like He is pushing me to write, like He is helping me and telling me it is time. I have never felt Him be this involved with my fiction writing before, but I know this book is significant and important to my soul. I feel like it is somewhat medicine that my soul needs to write. “Write the book. Set it free.” The first picture is of the front cover of the big paperback journal I got on amazon specifically to write in for Midarren’s story, with a pen on top. It fits the aesthetic of the book pretty well. The second picture is of the cat Lucy on my shoulders and me being excited about it because this is just about the second time ever that she’s done so in a somewhat comfortable way and let me walk around with her on my shoulders. This also happened earlier today in the afternoon while I was making apple oatmeal pancakes. Have you ever had a writing breakthrough that felt like a miracle?

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