Breathing Life Into Art

In my artist’s mind, inspiration can come from literally anywhere. From dreams, to the swirl in my coffee, to a random conversation. If you catch me staring into space, chances are it’s because something just inspired a plot twist or new artwork. But my favorite inspirations always come when I’m reading scripture. This time was […]

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Art Parallels Faith

Let me start by saying this blog post will be a little different. It’s meatier than my usual inspirational messages. It’s a challenge. A thesis if you will. A call to action. And an algorithm of our souls. It stems from the language of a faith-filled artist. And I hope my words make sense as I relay the pictures in my mind.

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A Superseding Hope

Hope. Some days it feels like hope is all we have left. It’s a word we take for granted.

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Living Blessed, even in 2020

*NEW BLOG*
It’s been one year. One whole blessed year. Like marriage or a child’s age, it feels like a lifetime and yesterday all at once.

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Perspective Is 2020

Boo!
It’s 2020.
For most of the population, I can think of nothing scarier on this Halloween.

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The Color-Filled Life

Art. It’s in us, coursing through our veins and capillaries. It surrounds us in the very air we breathe, the words we say, and through our fingertips as we type. Our eyes suck it in without us even knowing it. So, why is the world trying to squeeze all art from existence?

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A Joy-Filled Pandemic

“How are you fairing during these trying times?” seems to have replaced the usual “How are you?”
With this in mind, I’m going to be vulnerable with ya’ll right now.

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You Wouldn’t Understand

We live in a divided country. A divided world. And often times, divided families. I wonder what would happen if we realize our differences can bring us closer?

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Finishing The Long Game

In writing a story there’s an event called the “muddy middle.” Otherwise know as the murky middle, the sagging middle, and the nebulous place. It’s not a fun place to be in, but it’s necessary in getting to the finish line.

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Risk vs Fear

It’s amazing how lightening fast fear can creep under our skin. Nowhere is safe. Nowhere is without risk. But when did fear stop the human race from living?

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Author Of Our Future

We live in an era of uncertainty. And I hate not knowing. I say I love surprises, but in reality I’m too much of a control freak to enjoy a surprise properly.

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Words of Hope

When I chose to be a writer, I didn’t realize the hold it would have over me. With such a jumbled mess of phrases floating around in my brain, it’s sometimes difficult to choose which words are the most important to say or write.

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The Fear of Success

When I was 20, I went to Culinary school in NYC. I loved it. The city was big, bustling, daunting, yet beautiful. I was on my own for the first time in my life, free to make my own choices, and free to succeed or fail. I’d made it through the entire program with flying […]

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Following the Leader

Five years ago, God laid on our hearts that He wanted us to move. We didn’t know where or when, but we felt the pull south…

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Forever Blessed – No Matter What!

I’m sitting here nestled on the couch, surrounded by boxes, finishing a hot bowl of my grandmother’s Japanese soup, and trying to find the words to relay the last couple weeks of my life. The only descriptions I can come up with are “blessed” and “forever changed.” …

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Desiring Weird

I’ve come to a revelation this month. It’s not a brand new idea for my mind. In fact, if you’re a friend of mine you’ve probably heard me say this before: I’m weird. i.e. unnatural, odd, bizarrre, freaky, unearthly, and not normal. I’m not a shy person – goodness, no! – so I’m not afraid […]

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Changes Bring New Life

When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. – Viktor E. Frankl

Wow, that quote hits me square in the forehead. It pretty much sums up the last two months of my life.

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Short Story: Two Rules

Stories are my life. Not a day goes by where I’m not considering a new book, revising a plot, digging deeper into a character’s backstory, imagining a distant world, or creating something totally different. My usual creations are novels, plays, or poetry. It’s been years since I dabbled in the art of short stories. I […]

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The Novel Life of Tessa Gloom

For months I have poured myself into one goal: creating an original play. Weeks of writing, painting backdrops, creating props, casting, hours and hours of practices, running lines, rewriting lines, working with talented young actors, trying to find working microphones, figuring out sound and lighting, creating playbills, flyers, and tickets, scheduling issues, etc. It’s all […]

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The Theater, The Theater

The stage has followed me since the age of seven. I was selected to star in a Christmas church play, in a production called “It’s the Truth Ruth” as the character of Ruth. I can still sing my catchy solo in my head when I hear that title. Those were the days; when people didn’t […]

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