Sunshine Award

I was recently nominated for the Sunshine Award by the lovely Lisa Shambrook.

Here’s how it works:

Include the logo and a link to who nominated you.

Give 10 facts about yourself.

Nominate and link other bloggers for the award.

So here are 10 random, interesting, and little-known facts about me:

  1. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve never liked log rides. I’m not really sure why. I like roller coasters, and it’s not the water that bothers me… I think it’s the log. Lol.
  2. Whenever there are hot air balloons in the sky I have to count them. I can’t not count them. And what’s even weirder, is I usually count them more than once. Strange, I know. Maybe even a little OCD-ish
  3. Call me a geek if you want, but I’m a big Trekkie/sci-fi fan. Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Fringe… I fraking love them. Lol, you’ll get that joke if you’re a BSG fan. I also like fantasy… and dragons! The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini was epic!
  4. The very first story I ever wrote was called The Mystery of the Missing Ruby. I was in third grade and had just come to the realization that I could write stories.
  5. I’m always cold. Always.
  6. I’m so cold and pale, my husband and family members think I might be a vampire.
  7. I think Lost was probably one of the greatest TV shows ever.
  8. When I’m nervous I start yawning a lot and I get really cold (more so than usual)
  9. Okra freaks me out.
  10. If I could do any drastic hairstyle in the world, it would be chin length black hair with the layers all flipped out. Oh, and purple peek-a-boo streaks. But my family would probably freak out, and I’m way too pale to pull off hair that dark. So…I gave one of my characters that hairstyle; live vicariously through her, right?
And now, for the bloggers who bring happiness and a ray of sunshine into my life:

Be sure to vista their blogs and follow them on twitter. They are amazing!

Lessons and Outlets

Ever been so upset about something that you wanted to scream, pull out your hair, throw something against the wall, or do any other activity to funnel that rage out of you?

Of course you have. Everyone has.

Writing is definitely an emotional outlet for many, but I’ve always had unproductive experiences in the past. I would be upset and decide to start writing, scribbling furiously on the page or typing like a mad-woman on the computer. But the product that came from my efforts was always, in a word, CRAP. Whatever characters I had created ended up alone, depressed, heartbroken, or coincidentally, they found themselves in whatever predicament I was in at the time. It always turned into a heap of vented emotion on a page, nothing anyone would ever want to read. In fact, I couldn’t even stand reading it and I ended up throwing it all away. And in the end, I was still just as mad as when I started writing in the first place. Maybe even more so because I had all my anger plus the anger I had invented for my characters.

Needless to say, it never amounted to anything, so I stopped using writing as an outlet.

But recently, I had a very different experience. I decided to enter the Farytaleish flash fiction writing contest on the Yearning for Wonderland blog. I hadn’t purposefully sat down to write as an outlet, but just to write in general. However, the hurt was still fresh in my mind. I had no preconceived ideas on what I would write, or what the message of the story would be, I just let the story take shape on its own. And what came out was something I needed to be reminded of. The story, The Color of Love, which I posted here a while back, was about seeing the good in someone despite the wrongs they have done…and loving them through it. You never know the change it can bring about!

Whether or not it won the contest wasn’t the important part.

I needed to write it.

Do you use writing as an outlet? Have you been taught important lessons by your own writing? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear about it!

Happy writing,


15 Habits of Great Writers Challenge-Day 1

I joined Jeff Goins’ 15 day challenge: 15 Habits of Great Writers.
The first challenge: Declare you’re a writer… to a live person. So, today for the first time i actually said the words to someone, “I am a writer.” I’ve told people before that “I’m working on a novel” but I’ve never said it quite so plainly. And it was great to actually say it out loud.

At what point in your career do you become a quote-unquote writer?

You are when you say you are!

Join the 15 Day Challenge!



1. the activity or occupation of composing text for publication

2. written work, esp. with regard to its style or quality


Welcome to! You may be wondering why I’m calling my website Write for Life. Two reasons… First, my desire as an author is to write stories that will illustrate God’s great love for us; love that gave us life. Second, writing has been a passion of mine for years. When I was in the third grade, I came to the realization that writing stories could be an actual career and I decided then I was going to be a writer. Mind you, a third grader’s stories are somewhat cheesy and full of spelling errors, but cute, right? So that’s when writing became my passion and I’ve been writing ever since. And I’ll continue to write well into the future. Hence, Write for Life.

So stay tuned, much more to come…