Turning the Page


When an adventure nears its end, I feel a mixture of grief and relief. During our stay in Peru, we’ve had good moments–our visit to Nazca being one of them. There have also been moments I wish could be erased from my memory, and though they’ll always hurt, I will give them to Him. He can […]

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I Crossed the Wishing Bridge


In the district of Barranco, there is a bridge called el puente de los suspiros. According to legend, if you can hold your breath while crossing it, you get one wish. Some people say it only counts the first time you cross it; at any rate, I didn’t know of this belief until a few […]

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I Resolve to Know Myself


  When you leave home and go far from your comfort zone, you make room for God to work wonders in your life. Not that He couldn’t work wonders if you stayed home–but it’s  more fun for you if you go where He leads. What have I learned so far? You are never finished learning […]

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Being an Introverted Traveler


I was not made for noise. I know I haven’t been designed to cope with the sounds of a big city. I’m an introvert; by now I’ve accepted the “proper care of introverts,” and I will tell people when something is too much–if I need quiet time–if I’m overwhelmed. Aside: The more people tell me […]

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How Travel Improves Your Writing


So you want to write a book? That’s great! Get out your pen and paper, but I feel the need to ask you have you had an adventure? Have you left your comfort zone? Many underestimate the importance of travel when it comes to writing. The solitary author bent over her desk is nothing but a stereotype. To […]

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In California


While on a trip, you find yourself encountering new plot bunnies. Even when you’re back at home, they aren’t finished; they make themselves known at bedtime, steal your attention from everyday duties, distract you. They’re cute, cuddly, and insistent–you can’t send them off. You don’t want to, either. The more time you spend in a different place (in my case, […]

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An Author on an Expedition


I’m going on another adventure! (THANKS, MOM!) If you’ve read Dissonance, you know there exists a fallen faery tale off the California cost and it’s called Serenade. What? You haven’t read it? Okay, well I just told you–I know these things. What? Yes, I wrote it. That doesn’t mean it’s not true–in some dimension. And today I am […]

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