Category: writing research


Though there were some lovely moments of 2018 (2 new puppies, Lexi Monarch published, and teaching seminary), I am so glad it’s over! 2018 was one of the hardest years of my life. Each time something new would go wrong, my daughter and I comforted each other with: “Well, this is great writing fodder.” :/ Hopefully, 2019 will be a better year—filled with great books (read and written). Happy New Year!IMG_1794

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Gutenberg Castle in Balzers, Liechtenstein

In July, I took a trip I’ve been dreaming about most of my life: I went to Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, and Switzerland. Despite the heat wave and lack of air conditioning, it was still an incredible adventure. We sped along the Autobahn, toured Mozart’s house, saw where they filmed the Sound of Music, made out like bandits at a Birkenstock outlet, and saw LOTS of castles. The Winged series is set in an old stone castle, so I was eager to see how accurate my descriptions were. In general, the castles were colder, damper, and rougher to the touch than I had expected. Their imposing facades reminded me that they were built for war, not fairy tales. Despite that, I’ve happily gone right back to writing my fairy story set in a castle (reality be danged!).