the Christmas spirit tag

Hello there! I’ve been tagged for this tag by a good friend of mine. I’m not allowed to say who she is (for reasons you’ll soon understand), but I’m thankful for her and for her tagging me, and I’m excited to do her tag.

But first:

the rules

  1. This is an anonymous tag. DO NOT link back to the creator or whoever tagged you — the goal of this tag is to spread Christmas spirit anonymously. Consider it a sort of “pay it forward” — you don’t know who started it, but you’re there to continue it. You can say thank you, of course, in the comments of whoever tagged you, but it’s all very “Secret Santa” when you create your post.
  2. Answer the copy-and-paste-able questions (GIFs, photos, song lyrics, poem extracts, etc. are all welcome).
  3. Share one thing Christmas taught you.
  4. Tag as many people as you can thing to help spread Christmas cheer around the blogosphere (my word, that rhymed).

And now…


the questions

(and my answers)

What is your favorite Christmas Bible verse?

I absolutely love all of Isaiah 53, especially in the NIV (which is strange, because in almost every other case I pick the ESV). It’s not technically a “Christmas Bible verse,” I guess, but it reminds me that Jesus came to die. That the reason He was born as a baby was so he could save us from our sins. And in that way, it really is a Christmas verse. As is nearly every verse in the entire Bible (:Read More »

The Story Hunter by Lindsay A. Franklin // cover reveal

My friends, today I have something amazing to share with you! One of my favorite Christian fantasy writers, Lindsay A. Franklin, will be releasing The Story Hunter on May 19, 2020. This book is the third in her Weaver Trilogy.

I am so excited! I first read The Story Peddler (book one) this summer and was left in awe of Lindsay’s skill and style. It’s a beautiful, adventurous tale about a girl whose stories become glass sculptures as she tells them. She follows the rules about which stories are the right ones for as long as she can, but eventually the truth breaks free – and so begins a journey where she discovers that there are others like her.

Book two, The Story Raider, came out this year. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but I plan to as soon as possible! The first one left me with many unanswered questions and set itself up very well for a great second installment.

And now, I’m privileged to reveal to you the cover for the third and final book in the Weaver Trilogy:

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(now I see why people do this when they do cover reveals)

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(but I won’t make you wait much longer, I promise)

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in this tale, there is no hero // a legend

Hello, everyone! Here’s a snippet from my WIP Remnant. I’ve been working on it lately and thought I should give you a taste of it. (And if you wonder later, yes, it’s supposed to start in the middle of the story.) I hope you enjoy it!

Note: this part of the story does get a bit dark and disturbing, so if you don’t like reading about death, then don’t read on. I don’t mind if you need to skip this one (:


Once, long ago, there lived an elf who gloried in darkness. 

His name was Brasnin, and when he betrayed his kind, he was remorseless.

When he was young, he fell in love with a girl named Rene. She was beautiful and powerful, and her eyes were deep and heavy with dread and hope, for she saw the future.

They planned their lives together. She saw the shape their story would take. She saw what he would do. But she could not make herself stop loving him, and so she put her fear away and gave him her love.

One day he stood and said his vows of service. Read More »

I choose to rejoice

Today is hard.

I try to be brave, but I hide in the dark. I try to do the right thing, but I mess up. Again. I try to be good, and I fail.

I try to see the good in any of my surroundings, but I can’t.

I try and I try and I TRY but nothing’s worth it. The dark presses in on me. I can’t see the light. I can’t see anything anymore.

Where are you in all of this, God?

Where

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wildflower sisters // a photoshoot

My little sister asked to have her hair curled. My other sister decided it was a perfect opportunity for a photoshoot. I decided it was the perfect opportunity for a photography post! (Featuring quotes, of course. When I write a blog post, expect quotes.)

So, in the style of Allison @ A Farm Girl’s Life, I present to you:

wildflower sisters, featuring quotes

The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.
// Isaiah 40:8 //

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Project Inspire – encourage others in their writing journeys

Project Inspire, a blog tag created by the amazing Jenna Terese, was created to inspire and encourage writers. I saw this tag on Amelie’s blog and decided to do it!

This tag is something we really need. It’s hard to remember that you’re not alone. I’m an introvert and I don’t love spending time with people (well, okay, I do, but it drains me and sometimes I can’t handle it), but I need friends to remind me that I’m not the only weird, introverted teenager with a story to tell. It’s easy to think of myself as unique (in a bad way, like no one will ever understand me), and I’m so grateful to everyone who’s reminded me that I’m not alone. That I have a community. That there are others who like classic books, need time alone to recharge, have an Andrew Peterson obsession, are fangirly and serious at once…

Everyone needs a community – people who are like you, people who remind you that you are not alone. If you don’t have a group of people who encourage you, I hope and pray that you find one, and I volunteer to be the first person in it (whether or not we have things in common). I’ll be your encourager and I’m going to start with this blog post. Read More »

cathedral: dust // a story

Hello, readers!

I’m taking this story down (on 3/28/2020) because I shared a LOT of material from my book Cathedral on here, and I’ve decided to keep it private until I release said book. 

If you want to read something from the book, one piece I kept up is “admission.”

I’ll announce the book’s release sometime this summer or fall! 

The stories are true,

Maya

mid-year book update

This is supposed to be called the mid-year book freak-out tag (but I’m not freaking out – yet – plus no one tagged me). I don’t think I’m supposed to post posts (both of which are tags) so close together (but I’m doing it anyway). I don’t usually post about what I’m reading (but I’m going for it).

Behold, the mid-year book update.

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