I have been writing since my second year of college, but I didn’t publish anything until summer 2012. Winning the Writers On the Storm writing competition in 2011 with In God’s Time told me I was supposed to take it more seriously. God uses interesting things to give us a push in the right direction at times.
When I make time and the weather permits (i.e. not too hot or humid), I enjoy crochet, cross stitch, and spinning my own yarn. In 2015, I added beading and jewelry-making to my hobbies. I’ve had a lot of fun with that, and it’s something I can do even when it’s hot and/or humid. I’ve even started publishing some of my beading patterns on Etsy.
I enjoy photography – particularly all things nature. I love to see the ways many God put his fingerprints on the world, whether in grand mountain views and meadows or the tiniest flowers and insects. As an extension of that, and because I’ve ended up with more photos than is imaginable, I also enjoy scrapbooking. Some of my photos can be found at www.morguefile.com. (A fabulous site to check for royalty free photos to use for book cover designs and web projects, by the way. Some mighty talented folks contributing there.)
In the past, I taught a women’s Sunday school class and co-taught a women’s Bible study, which was an incredible adventure. I’ve always told people the best way to learn is to teach. All the studying required to teach a topic properly ensures you WILL learn that material. I created my own handouts and other materials, which was time consuming but well worth the effort. I loved watching those “A-ha!” moments that occurred when the ladies “got” what I was sharing. As much as I love it, teaching is a heavy duty responsibility.
“Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we shall incur a stricter judgment.” – James 3:1 (NASB)
If the fact we are accountable to the Lord for what we teach doesn’t keep a teacher on the narrow path, I don’t know what would.
I enjoy participating in NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writers Month – which requires 50K words to be written in one month. I also participate in the Camp NaNo events. They made a change in 2013 to the Camp setup so each “camper” can set their own word count goal. As of 2019, they have combined the two websites into one. You can find me there as user “xandert“.
If I’m not reading fiction or writing, I have no problem keeping busy. The Lord gave me a knack for and keen interest in research. Natural medicine is an area of avid research interest (herbal medicine, homeopathy, ABFE, and nutrition specifically). Due to the vaccine-induced injuries I live with, as well as vaccine-induced issues in my dogs, I’ve also spent years researching that topic.
If you’d like to reach out to me, find me through my Contact page.