From the time I can remember, I’ve been fascinated with words. I love crafting them and fitting them together. Each line is like a row of knitting, strong and delicate, creating a pattern of something beautiful.
As I’ve gotten older, I appreciate how writing can truly bring people together. Through writing, I discover myself. Through writing, I learn about others. Through writing, I make sense of the world around me and my place in it.
This blog explores the four big parts of who I am:
I am a writer. I’ve been writing since before I could literally write. My first novels were hand drawings in little steno books. Fiction is my passion, but I’m slow at it. I have to live a while in the worlds I create before I can tell anyone else about it.
I am a wife. My Russian, my husband Alex, and I have been married for three years. We’re still newlyweds, I suppose (?), but every time I put the length of our relationship in words, it doesn’t nearly seem long enough to hold all the life we’ve had. Marriage is my favorite, and I heartily recommend it.
I am an introvert. When I first realized I was an introvert, it was liberating; it explained so much of who I was and what I have to offer. I proudly wear the badge. However, despite what the vogue description of introversion is, I don’t hate people, and I prefer not to stay in my pajamas. I think deeply, I feel deeply, and I love peace and quiet to let those thoughts and emotions flow.
I am a Christian. I believe God made us and loves us each deeply. I believe the world is corrupted, but was not intended to be that way. And I believe that Jesus offers us the only path to true peace.
Those are the greatest facets of myself. These are the things that make up my identity. I have some others, of course. I’m a knitter, I love dry and sarcastic humor, my best friend is Jenny, I love coffee and tea, I’m a personality junkie, a security junkie, and a highly sensitive person. I will never refuse French fries, donuts, or nacho cheese. I am a lefty. I am a consistent-life feminist. I am a Pittsburgher. I have curly hair, and I name my succulents. I love yoga.
This blog will cover a little bit of everything. I’ve been trying to do what the experts say and narrow my niche for years, but I fail every time. My focus on writing and life changes, because we all change. This blog is like a journal, where I ruminate on the things that are important to me and work on becoming a better writer every day. It’s a constant knitting and unraveling as the stories weave together, strong and delicate, to create something beautiful.
I hope you enjoy the ride.