Wow, what a crazy ride it’s been!

Okay, here’s the deal…

I last posted here in April of last year. Yes, I still think about the Sons of Kalev project. Yes, I REALLY wish I had the time to write. But the reality is that my workdays start with me waking up at 4:00 am. I get to the office just before 6:00 am, I work at the office until 3:00 pm, get home at around 4:00 pm, work at home until about 7:00 pm, and finally relax until going to bed at 8:00 pm so I can get exactly eight hours of sleep before doing it all again the next day. That’s my life.

And I want you to know that I’m not exactly complaining, here. I absolutely love what I do for a living. Essentially, I’m a web designer, and that’s what I do for most of my day, but I’m also currently learning other web technologies so I can add web developer to the list of jobs I can do. Put simply, I’m just flat-out swamped. Every single day. It’s a great career to have, and I’m resolved that this is what I need to be doing.

The only downside is…

I REALLY want to write that story!

I just can’t right now. That makes me sad, but being able to support my family doing another job that I also love makes me happy enough to shed tears. I’m truly blessed, and I know it.

So, the point of my post here is this:

I don’t know when I’ll finally be able to write this story, or even if I’ll ever be able to write this story, but if God wants me to write it, then He is perfectly capable of providing the circumstances that will allow me to be able to write it. Until then, if I think of something while I’m working to support my family that would pertain to the Sons of Kalev, I’ll document it. I have an online folder where I store such things. Beyond that, I wouldn’t expect much to happen. But if and when it does, I’ll post it here, first.

Thanks to all of you who have supported and encouraged my writing. Many of you became dear friends along the way, so your time and effort was not wasted.

Be well, everyone.


Friday Fun – Beating Writer’s Block

I love helpful advice like this. Acquiring writing discipline is one of the big things that separates professionals from amateurs, and serious amateurs from hobbyists.

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Friday Fun is a group post from the writers of the NHWN blog. Each week, we’ll pose and answer a different, get-to-know-us question. We hope you’ll join in by providing your answer in the comments.

QUESTION: We recently asked you what questions you’d like answered in our Friday Fun post. Today, we’re answering the following reader question:

FriFunQuestion7JME5670V2smCROPJamie Wallace: Hi, Laurel. Writer’s Block is something each of us battles at one time or another. I have days when I believe it’s a real thing and days where I know it’s all in my head. Either way, I’ve dealt with it enough over the years that I wrote a four-part series on the topic:


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Taking Writing More Seriously Than Ever – And Proving It

In my quest to be a significantly more serious and focused writer, I’ve decided upon a course of action much more bold than I’ve ever considered before. I’m going to write to the best of my ability and submit my writing to contests. If I win something, that would be nice (and my eventual goal will be to start winning contests on at least a semi-regular basis), but my initial goal will be to simply get better at writing by taking it seriously and doing the work necessary to improve.  Continue reading “Taking Writing More Seriously Than Ever – And Proving It”

Finding My Publisher

Advice to the pub-lorn

I’ve read lots of great advice from published authors on how to become published. I’ve collated, amalgamated, and distilled this advice into a plan of action for getting published; and since being published is the reason why so many of us write, it just makes sense to post it here.

Now, it goes without saying that everything begins with quality writing. But right now, I want to regard that as a separate issue, the writing. There’s plenty of time and opportunity to deal with the process of writing and how to make it better, and I’ll be sure to write about that on many an occasion. But what I’m talking about today is something rather ancillary to the writing.  Continue reading “Finding My Publisher”

My First Attempt at Writing in Over 18 Months Contains an Early Surprise

So, to borrow an anachronism from the sport of football, my writing ‘offense’ perhaps ought best be described as “three yards, and a cloud of dust.” That is to say, that I’m generating a flurry of activity, but I’m not going very far or very fast.

Specifically, I’m alternating between continuing with my research, which is currently focused on the Egyptian Old Kingdom (specifically, the sixth dynasty) and writing story and character sketches to see where my writing now stands after my extended hiatus.

I initially thought that these sketches would strictly be writing exercises, but I rather like the character that I came up with in my first sketch. Continue reading “My First Attempt at Writing in Over 18 Months Contains an Early Surprise”

The New Website Grows

Hey all,

Setting up this new website from scratch (I don’t even have a dedicated domain name for it yet) means that I’m starting over completely. When I set this page up a few days ago, I had just enough time to write the first blog post, compose the About Me page, and find a template I don’t hate. Today, I’ve added three new pages and a new blog post (No, don’t go looking for it, you’re reading it right now).

I feel like I’m going to be much more pleased with this new site (even if I am having loads of trouble finding a look for it that I can live with). My old website was all over the place with self-aggrandizing content, self-serving blog posts – ultimately a labor of self-love – just like my writing at that time. My new writing is going to be much more deliberate, thematically consistent, and ultimately an act of worship offered up to God, and it’s my hope that this new website will be a reflection of all that.

So, I’m not looking for this website to grow into the sprawling mess that my first website became. It’s just a humble internet presence where I can communicate with fellow writers and attract critical readers and, hopefully, excited publishers some day.

I hope it is well received.