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Eva Joy tagged me in this fun bookish tag! Thank you, friend! 1. What book has been on your shelf the longest? I just moved all my Dear America and Royal Diaries off my bookshelf and into a “common bookshelf” upstairs. I’d had them in my room for…gosh…fifteen years, at least? I’ve definitely outgrown them at this point, but I’m keeping […]

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Happy New Year, everybody!!! I hope everybody had a great weekend of (safe) celebrations and merrymaking. As for us, our annual New Years’ Eve Bonfire/Fireworks Bonanza got rained out, so I spent New Years’ Eve watching Newhart with my mom and dad. It was very cozy and quiet and…hobbity 😉 Lord willing, we’ll have the bonfire […]

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Well, I hope everyone had a fan-TAB-ulous Christmas! I certainly did…full of cookies, Golden Retriever puppies (well, just one puppy–it’s my aunt’s new baby and I’m in love), Star Trek/Star Wars presents, gumbo, and an abundance of wrapping paper and happy giggling. And yes, I DID see Star Wars: The Force Awakens! I won’t give spoilers, but suffice it […]

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This one looks like so much fun–thank you Ivy Miranda for tagging me! So sorry it’s taken me so long to get to it, though…’twasn’t intentional. Female characters…female characters have always been SO difficult for me. If you look at my list of favorite fictional characters, the overwhelming majority are male, and I’m not sure if […]

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[Reposting because of technical difficulties with the first version. So sorry about that!] So I was alerted to this via Tumblr the other day and loved the idea. Today is the day where we give our favorite authors and their stories a big shout-out, so I thought I’d share with you some of my favorite stories that I’ve collected on my […]

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I have never agonized so much over a book review, not even when I reviewed The Hunger Games. There’s just been so much passionate controversy swirling around Harper Lee’s first draft of (and semi-sequel to) her novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It seems like you either love it or you hate it, and there’s little to no “in-between.” Not […]

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I love to read and read a lot–but I rarely finish a book quickly. It usually takes me a couple of weeks (or three) to finish a book. Exception to the rule: In the Heart of the Sea, which I got for my birthday last Tuesday, started on Saturday, and finished this Monday. Granted, I spent a good […]

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I turned 23 on Tuesday (that sounds rather old, doesn’t it?), and my parents gave me three very special books. I’d specifically requested all three, so they weren’t really surprises–although I’m so excited about reading them, I can’t decide which one I’ll dive into first! The Bridge at Andau is about the Hungarian Revolution of 1956–which, for […]

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Elisabeth Grace Foley of The Second Sentence tagged me with the Bookshelf Challenge! Thank you for tagging me, Elisabeth 🙂 1) Is there a book that you really want to read but haven’t because you know that it’ll make you cry? Hmm. I’ve never actually cried for a book. I know, I know . . . […]

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Lo and behold, I am still here! My excuse for not posting in a while: LIFE. Of course! I’ve been doing a lot of writing–and this, in and of itself, has been an interesting experience recently. Last month was the 2-year anniversary of the birth of My Story, and I’ve been feeling the need to […]

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It’s been a while since I posted a life update . . . or at least, it feels like it’s been a while. Christmas seems like it was three months ago instead of three weeks! 1. Sickness We figured out we’ve only had a couple of weeks of good health since October 2, when TJ […]

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It’s about that time of year again: time for a recap of the past year! This is always so fun. I love remembering what momentous things happened and thinking about how I’ve changed over a year. Truly, I think I have changed in twelve months. A year ago I was still smarting from the 2012 election fiasco. I […]

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I’m terrible at titles. I’m sorry! It’s especially hard when you talk about lots of different things, like I will do in this particular post. First off: I finished editing Second Book on Tuesday! Happy is the writer who finishes editing after weeks of slogging through all 267 pages. Especially when at least two of […]

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A♥ via Compfight I am now officially old enough to buy a gun and have a concealed carry! (*throws confetti*) That’s right, ladies and gentlemen, I am now twenty-one. And to be honest, I was dealing with a bit of depression over it last week as I approached the big day. However, praise God I was […]

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It seems like a long time ago since I posted for the Literary Heroine Blog Party. We’ve had a lot going on at Sunny Patch–just life in general, nothing earth-shattering–so that probably explains the feeling. Here are a few fun things that have kept my attention over the past week . . . First of […]

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The Literary Heroine Blog Party has begun! Be sure to check out Kellie Falconer’s Accordion To Kellie for more details and several bee-yoo-ti-ful giveaways. ~ The Questions ~ Introduce yourself! Divulge your life’s vision, likes, dislikes, aspirations, or something completely random!  (*assumes position of hands behind back and head held high*) Hello, my name is Maribeth! I […]

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Last week I gave my friend Victoria, authoress of the Hope Writer blog, the Liebster Award. Victoria, Emily Gracen, and I have been personal friends for several years (Emily Gracen and I have been friends since she was seven and I was nine, and she introduced me to Victoria about three years ago). Remember this […]

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I have two new History Friends who’ve blessed my life recently. Probably most of you know them already–I can’t believe it took me nearly 21 years to read their story in detail–and to be honest, I always “knew about” them. What homeschool kid growing up in a Christian home doesn’t know about Jim and Elisabeth […]

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The How To Write A Book Now (HTWABN) website was really just thrown into my lap. It was April; I was getting nervous, sick of writer’s block but not sure if the Lord wanted me to take another writing course. My mom suggested that I start researching some writing courses, perhaps one in novel writing. As I […]

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Here’s hoping everyone’s enjoyed my last few posts. I’ve enjoyed them myself, mainly because 1) I’ve only written about things I really REALLY love and 2) I actually make myself laugh writing them. And everyone knows laughter is the best medicine. I suppose I could write about the current state of American politics . . […]

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