Young Writer Interview: Micah Collier

You guys might remember me mentioning my blogging accountability partner, Micah, in one of my earlier blog posts. Micah is a fellow writer, blogger, and follower of the Lord. We met on Instagram (I knew who he was from the writing platform I’d been a part of briefly), and we started emailing. Then, he asked if I wanted to be his blogging accountability partner. I was hesitant at first, but I agreed, and I couldn’t be more grateful for him. 

Anyway, today, I’m interviewing Micah. (He also interviewed me on his blog. 😁 Go check that out here.)

About Micah


Humorous, humble, and hearty, Micah Collier is a brother, the oldest of four sisters, and lives with his family in Philadelphia, PA. He loves writing (on paper), playing and watching basketball, he’s a blogger, and a homeschooled high schooler. Despite being imperfect, Micah wants to show God’s love (SGL) to people because of God’s overwhelming love for him. Micah is a six-plus-footer with a mohawk and adores his cat while wanting to help further God’s kingdom through his writing and blogging.

When did you start writing and what inspired you to write?

I started writing when I was nine—we had this Write Your Own Story Book, and after checking its empty pages and sections (which were all colorful), I decided to write in it. The blank pages of a child-friendly book with multiple story topics (superhero, mystery, adventure, etc.) drew me in.

What genre do you write in and why?

I write fiction and action/adventure + fantasy/speculative fiction, specifically. I enjoy the freedom in creating my own world and everything else it brings. That includes not worrying about Earth’s boundaries.

What genre do you read in and why?

Well, I don’t necessarily search for a genre, I just read something I find intriguing. However, I lean toward more of the fantasy fictional kind of stories.

What do you blog about?

I blog about writing, I post encouragement and poetry, miscellaneous posts, faith-based posts, and some life-themed posts.

What are your favorite things about blogging?

I enjoy creating content, writing newsletters, and I love when my readers respond.

What is the biggest thing you've learned through your writing journey?

I learned to have a ‘why’ as a writer and to write for His Majesty. Also, writing is a form of loving and serving people.

What's something you're excellent at in writing and something you don't excel so much in?

I excel at imperfection and inconsistency while I don’t excel in perfection and consistency. I honestly don’t know where I excel, but when perfectionism trips me over my simple phrases, that’s a problem. So, I might call that something I don’t excel in.

What project(s) are you working on (summarize them in a sentence)?

Zest Adventures On Zeppadar Book 1: Brokenhearted

The main character must face the grief of losing his parents while trying to survive on a planet he’s never been to.

The Adventures of Georgie

A sixteen-year-old documentarist with a cringey Bri’ish accent loves animals and recording them; he broadcasts animals—friends join along the way, and he hopes people will love his voice.

I have two others, but they’re technically dormant right now.

What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

I want to become a published author, help further the kingdom (FTK) with my writing (by speaking life through my writing), and I also want the satisfaction of people reading and enjoying my books.

What is one piece of advice you have for other young writers?

I believe you should find your why as a writer (or make sure you have it) and always write for God. It’s never in vain if you write for Him.


That’s it for this interview! Micah actually interviewed me as well (on his blog), so if you want to check that out, here’s the post. Until next time, happy reading!

A Breakdown of My Personality

INFJ personality type

I am an INFJ-T.  At least that’s what the 16Personalities test said when I took it—four times. Yes, I really did take it that many times, just to be sure it was accurate. The percentages varied each time, but overall, everything was the same.

If you don’t know, the Meyers-Briggs Typing Indicator assessment is something a lot of people do and obsess over. As far as I’ve seen, the results seem pretty accurate. As long as you are truthful in your answers, the outcome seems correct, and the page that tells you about your personality type seems to know a lot about everyone…in an almost creepy way.

I thought it would be fun to go over my test results and see what these people have to say about me. I will be critiquing their words and telling you guys why or why not I agree. Just a warning: if you don’t like deep topics, personality assessments, or long blog posts, this is one of those.

General Overview

To start off, the website gives me a general breakdown of my personality. They say I am “idealistic,” “principled,” and that I want to change the world for the better in a lofty and ambitious way. They also add on a lot about how conscientious I am—basically that I have a clear sense of my values, value integrity, and will define what truly matters in an independent way (not letting society or peers influence me).

Okay, I completely agree with this. I am a perfectionist, and I strongly value my morals. Definitely true on wanting to make a difference in the world. Maybe my ideas aren’t always the most realistic, but you can’t say I didn’t try. 😜

As for conscientiousness and all that stuff, I am in 100% agreement. I value integrity very highly. In fact, one of my main goals in any relationship is for my peer to be able to trust me without question. Trust is probably the thing I value highest. I work hard for it, and I want people to be able to talk to me freely—about anything—knowing I will listen without judgement and guard their information with discernment and diligence.

On the other hand, I have noticed my recent oversharing of other people’s thoughts 😳 I guess getting integrated into a workplace takes some getting used to. My brain is still having some trouble categorizing different scenarios and information and trying to process what’s shareable and what’s been gifted to me as private information. I’m learning, though.

Anyway, back to what I was saying….

I want people to know that I have an open mind. I want to be a safe place—where someone can come to sort out their thoughts and feel heard and loved. A place where they can feel free to be themselves, knowing that no matter our differences, I care for them for who they are.

As for integrity, it is true that I hold certain values very strongly. Peers and society aren’t going to make much of a difference. The only way my values are going to change is if experience or wisdom tells me they should, and I don’t really care if it’s not cool with the rest of the world; I don’t want to become like everyone else just for the sake of it.

Seeking Purpose

According to the website, I have a “commitment to make the world a better place.” I see my gifts as something to use to uplift others, and when I spot injustice, I don’t hesitate to step up for what is right—to the point that I want to fix society’s deeper issues.

Again, I think they’ve hit the nail on the head. I see my gifts as something God has given me to help others and glorify Him. As mentioned before, I have a strong sense or right and wrong, so I hate injustice. I do feel a need to fix everything wrong in the world. However, as a Christian, I know this world is a fallen one. My purpose is not to fix it, but to bring others to Christ. 

Digging deeper, seeing how I interact with my workplace really affirms this. I’m a change-bringer. I step into work with an ideal, give it my all, and try to bring about a positive change. When things are less-than-ideal, or when things butt their heads against my efforts, I feel frustrated—suffocated even. And I work in pizza.


It’s not a life goal whatsoever. I’m not looking at it as a potential career. It’s a short-term occupation, and here I am, giving it all of my energy; treating it like I’m the head of management or something. Truly, sometimes I just need to step back and give myself a break. I have to keep reminding myself that I can’t change everything. Not everything problematic is my problem to fix.


I am introverted, yet I care about deep, authentic relationships, which I pour a lot of energy and care into.

True. I couldn’t have said it better myself. (When are we going to get to the part where I start disagreeing with everything?😂 ) I value relationships highly. When I care about something, I care with passion. If I care about you, you can bet I’m going to pour a lot—if not all—my heart into our relationship.

On the flip side of this, having friends means I am exhausted the higher the number. I prefer to have a few good friends rather than a bunch of people I don’t know well.


Oh wait. Here comes the part where I start disagreeing with stuff 😅

“…even constructive criticism may feel incredibly personal or hurtful to these personalities.”

On the contrary, I’m a blunt person, and I like people to be blunt with me. If I did something, and it’s bugging someone, I want to know right away. I never want an invisible obstacle to stand between us. Friends or not friends—there is no in between (although I’m trying to work on that). When in doubt, it’s better to say something or apologize than wait for the other person to bring it up.

To be fair, this is probably because of my upbringing. I have a mom who is very blunt and criticizes me none-too-rarely (for my own good, of course). She touches on everything—from motives, to decisions, to actions. I’ve become so accustomed to this, the only thing that really hurts me (concerning criticism) is non-constructive criticism. If you are just saying things that have no reason or logic behind it, that’s when it really hurts.

To be extremely fair, though, whenever I feel like someone’s upset with me (e.g., when I’m criticized), it hurts. I don’t like when other people are upset. Being the cause of said upsetness is never fun. Furthermore, when the person is right in their criticism, it can sting a little bit, but I like to think that I’m good at distinguishing fact from emotion, and I don’t express the hurt. I disregard the emotions, treat the issue as such, and take any constructive criticism with a grain of salt. It’s good to grow. I don’t want to scare away any potential growth for the future (because if you react poorly the first time, you can’t expect people to come to you with honesty in the future).


Creative: Um, yeah. Writing, art, dance, anything beautiful—I love it.

Insightful: 100% true. Give me enough information, and I’ll develop an entire picture. I want to know everything about everyone. Motive is something I find intriguing, and when my mom asked what I would do for college if I had to choose something, I said psychology. I love understanding humans. Because I do, it gives me insight into my relationships, situations I’m in, and the inner workings of complex systems around me.  I’m not saying insightfulness is always a good thing. It can lead to a lot of self-doubt, anxiety, and offended people. However, I find it a useful and sometimes fun tool when interacting with the world.

Principled: True. Integrity and trust are two things I value highly.

Passionate: When I care, I care deeply. Some people are surprised an introvert can be so talkative and excited about something so insignificant.

Altruistic: I want to do things for the greater good. I take into consideration how others are affected, and I make decisions based on that, even if I’m affected negatively. In fact, sometimes I find myself doing things for the welfare of others, despite the fact that it hurts me.


Sensitive to Criticism: Again, nope. I want what you have to say, and I want it quick and straight to the point. Please don’t beat around the bush. (Maybe just don’t say it in public.)

Reluctant to Open Up: True—to an extent. It takes me a while to get to know people, but once you gain my trust, I’m pretty much an open book. I need to be careful of letting people take advantage of me.

Perfectionistic: If I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it well. If I don’t feel like doing it, I won’t even attempt it.

Avoiding the Ordinary: Yes, I don’t want to be just like everyone else or just do what everyone else does. I want to accomplish great things. However, you need to do ordinary things in order to get to the extraordinary.

Prone to Burnout: I often sign up myself for a lot of stuff without realizing the energy it will take. I’m learning to manage my time and energy better. Scheduling helps me a lot.


*scrolls down the page and looks at the website’s table of contents*

  • Romantic Relationships
  • Friendships
  • Parenthood
  • Career Paths
  • Workplace Habits

Oh, my. That is a lot. If you guys want me to go over it all, I can do that in another blog post or two. (I honestly haven’t even read all the material). Tell me in the comments if you want to see more like this.


*pops back in* I forgot to explain the “T” connected to the end of my personality type. T stands for turbulent, meaning I have a lot of self-doubt, self-criticism, and pessimism when it comes to…well, everything. I agree with this, but I hope to become more of an “A” (opposite of T; also known as “assertive”) as I grow up. Not too much assertiveness, though. There’s a balance between the two.


I think the personality quiz and results were pretty accurate. It was interesting seeing an outsider’s take on my thought process and motivations. Everything was on point pretty much, and the only thing they got wrong was the criticism stuff. Supposedly only 1.5% of the population is INFJ, but that’s still a lot of people, so I think they did a great job of dissecting my personality.

I enjoyed doing this blog post, and I hope you guys enjoyed getting an in-depth look into my brain! And if you want to see more like this, tell me in the comments below. If you want to take the test yourself, you can check it out here:

Again, thank you for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day!

Young Writer Interview: Kathryn Braddock

I’m here today with another young writer interview. Everyone, meet Kathryn Braddock!

About Kathryn


Teenage author Kathryn Braddock finds her passion in writing stories of magic, hope, and light’s victory over darkness. She loves wolves, as seeing some in person inspired her series, The Guardian Trilogy, and she is also a poet and lyricist, finding inspiration in nature. She lives in the big state of Texas.

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Kathryn Braddock

What genre do you write in and why?

I write in fantasy, medieval, and Old Norse, because I feel so much imaginative freedom with those genres.

What genre do you read in and why?

I enjoy reading fantasy as well, and medieval, because of the imagination and how easy it is for me to get lost in those worlds.

Who or what inspired you to write?

Several factors…first, my imaginative personality in my childhood, as I was writing since I was five. Then, I saw some wolves in Colorado and began writing a series about the animals. Then my writing mentor began a class, teaching me everything I’d need to know.

What is the biggest thing you've learned through your writing journey?

How to write plots. The different twists and endings, and what makes it interesting.

How has being a Christian affected the way you write vs. the way you used to or probably would otherwise?

My books are clean, compared to other books of the day, by non-Christians. I also like to add morals to them. Without my Christian writing style, they’d probably just not have as many morals.

What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

I want to learn everything I possibly can, and impact others with my writing.

How do you define success, and do you think you've reached it yet?

I believe success is achieving a goal. Once a goal is achieved, or successful, then a new one can be set up and worked toward to succeed at that.

What is one thing you want to tell other young writers?

Not to put themselves down by reading others’ writing and thinking theirs is so much worse. Everyone has room for improvement, that doesn’t make them a failure in writing. Instead of lining their writing up with someone else’s, they should line it up with their own, to see the improvement they are making.


I hope you all enjoyed this interview! If you want want to learn more about Kathryn and her books, check out the links I posted right below her bio. Until next time (where I talk about turning 18 😉), happy reading!

Young Writer Interview: Mia Harden

I know we haven’t done one of these in a while, but that’s purely because Mia was busy, then forgot about the interview, and I’d already scheduled posts for the next two months. Anyway, now that I have an opening, here she is! Everyone, meet Mia Harden!

About Mia


Mia Harden is a young writer, musician, and actress seeking to honor God through entertainment. She writes novels, musicals, and songs in various genres and enjoys playing percussion in her church’s worship team. When she’s not curled up at her computer writing a story or composing a new song, she is spending time laughing and chatting with her three sisters and four brothers. You can find her online at, where she blogs about anything that’s on her mind in a sarcastic and chaotic way.

Mia Harden

What genre do you write in and why?

I write fantasy on varying levels with a bit of a dystopian flair, and I also write non-fiction! I write fantasy because it is SO much fun coming up with my own rules for my own little world and getting to twist and turn the lore to add new levels of mystery and magic. Worldbuilding for me is almost like developing a character — and I love coming up with characters! *glances at my 100+ characters for my main WIP alone* I also blog! My blog is a bit of a chaotic mess, but it’s MY chaotic mess and I love just letting my words spill out into a post. I may not have many followers, but the ones I have form a nice little community.

What genre do you read in and why?

Oh, all kinds! Mostly fantasy, but I also enjoy reading contemporary, dystopian (a more recent discovery heh), and select non-fiction books. For me, it’s not about the genre, but the premise and the storytelling. I have books on my shelf that cover almost all genres. And I guess that just goes to show how important good writing is!

What do you blog about?

Like I said before, my blog is a bit chaotic. I’m not sure what niche it fits into. Maybe lifestyle? Either way, some of my posts cover things like things happening in my life, my thoughts, my art, and anything else I feel like posting. I like to keep things interesting and run to read, so sarcasm runs a bit rampant over there. I may not have many followers, but I get amazing support from the ones I do have, and for that, I’m thankful.

Who or what inspired you to write?

Ha, this is actually a funny story. I started writing when I was five, and it was actually a theme from a Blue’s Clues episode that inspired me. My cousin/best friend was over for the day, and we watched an episode of Blue’s Clues, where Blue and her friends were writing “secret letters” to each other. I decided that it would be fun to write a secret letter to my cousin and I hauled her off to my room. She made one too. I don’t remember exactly what she did (I think she drew a picture), but I wrote my very first story. It was called “Lizi and the Puppy” and it was about a girl named Lizi who lived on a dog farm. She was taking care of the dogs and saw a puppy named Blue. She wanted Blue for herself and in the end, her parents decided she could keep Blue. My mom really liked my story and encouraged me to keep writing, and now, here I am!

What is the biggest thing you've learned through your writing journey?

​Nothing is going to be perfect. People are going to laugh. They’re going to put you down. They’re going to give you weird looks. And I know it’s cliché but it’s true. You shouldn’t give up. Trust the process and just know that if it’s meant to be, it’s meant to be.

How has being a Christian affected the way you write vs. the way you used to or probably would otherwise?

Well, you can definitely see Christian themes in my first stories. It was the way I was raised and I didn’t know any different. As I’ve gotten older and grown in my faith, I’ve learned to look at the world differently, especially through my writing. There are a lot of things wrong in this world, and my writing is my voice. Even if it changes the life of just one person, I can know that I’ve done what I was given this gift for.

What do you want to accomplish with your writing?

It would be so much fun to have a dedicated fandom to my writing, but even if that doesn’t happen, I have friends and family who are my constant cheerleaders and I can say for a fact that something I’ve written has touched at least one of them. And even if they were lying, I’ve touched myself with my writing. And I think that’s important.

How do you define success, and do you think you've reached it yet?

For me, success is feeling pleased with myself. I have to reach that level of success before I can reach for higher levels, the levels where other people see you as successful. I know I haven’t reached that level yet, but I’ve reached the first level. I’m proud of what has come out of my brain and my creativity is more expansive than I thought! I believe that you can’t be truly successful without feeling like you are. It’s not enough for people to see you as successful, because if you don’t see yourself as successful, even in the least, are you truly successful?

What is one thing you want to tell other young writers?

Find someone who supports you. Trust the process. And believe in yourself. You’ve got this!


I hope you all enjoyed this interview. If you want to join Mia’s chaotic (and I mean that in a good way) community, you can head over to her blog. Once again, thank you, Mia for doing this with me, and thank you all for reading!

New Year’s Resolutions

I’ve never done New Year’s resolutions, since I’ve never really seen the value in them and am always striving to become a better version of myself anyway (more Christ-like). Plus, they seem kind of cliché. However, for the sake of a blog post and recording my subconscious goals on paper…ah, the screen…we are doing this. And then at the end of the year, we’ll do a review of how well I met these goals.

Grow Closer to God

The obvious goal and the entire goal of my life. Since I want to be able to measure up to this in 365 days, I’m going to put this into a more tangible form. I want to be reaching for God in any and all circumstances. I want to be praising him, pleading for His help, and everything else in between, no matter what’s going on. Knowing Him more (reading His word) will definitely help, as well as just making it a habit to be praying all the time. I’ve already found this increasing in my life because of the new friends I have now. However, I want to see this become permanent and something I do no matter if I have the same encouragement or not.

Work on Relationships

With more privilege comes greater responsibility. Recently, the Lord has blessed me with several new friendships. One of them bloomed super quickly and just took off into the sky like the fireworks in the picture above. The others sprouted more steadily. There’s a lot of potential, and I’m both excited and scared to see where they go.

This year, I want to focus on being a good friend, nurturing the relationships the Lord has blessed me with, and being an encouraging person who causes others glorify the Lord and builds up her friends through profitable speech. I’m not sure how I will measure this at the end of the year. However, I do know the things I want to do more: listen, learn, and love.

For listening, I want to hear what people have to say. Whether that be joyful news, prayer requests, or just a rant, I want to give whoever it is my full attention and just show that I care. (And if I say I’ll pray for them, I really mean it. I pray right then and there and then some afterwards.)

For learning, everyone’s got some wisdom or experiences I can learn from. I love hearing stories from older (or even younger) people and knowing their thoughts and opinions on what happened. Seeing things through other people’s perspectives is so refreshing. I want to take whatever I can learn from these people, follow their examples of Christ-like behavior, and just let the Lord speak through them.

For loving, I want to be more…loving. Each person is different. Every person has their weaknesses and strengths. Learning to love them through their flaws and preferences can be difficult, and I want to get better at letting my own selfishness go in order to serve other people. 1 Corinthians talks about what love is, and it’s a whole lot of things I am naturally not. As a Christian, I want to become more like Jesus and let His light shine through me, but I know this is going to be a difficult one—especially with people I don’t get along well with.

Step up My Social Game

I don’t do the best in social situations. I hate small talk, and my first instinct upon meeting anyone (especially a guy) is to push them away and make them not like me. This is obviously not a good place to be in. I find myself regretting the way I react in the moment when I actually have time to think—especially if the person was going out of their way to be friendly and nice to me, because I really do appreciate it.

Anyway, since I got a job as a CSR (customer service representative) at Pizza Hut, I’m definitely going to be put in many social situations. Everything is pretty casual. During the rush (which is when I’ll be scheduled), there will be many customers to interact with, both in person and on the phones. Outside of the rush, everything is pretty laid back. Some of my coworkers are really friendly, and I hope to get to know them better and maybe even make some acquaintances.

Write and Blog Consistently

Here’s a super measurable one. I want to write consistently. Whether that be in one of my WIP’s, a blog post, a journal, or an essay-like email, as long as it requires a generous measure of brain power and thought, it counts. To be extra strict on myself though, I’m going to say writing at least one word in any of my WIP’s every day. I know this will be a tough one when I’m going through the editing process.

As for the second part of this goal—blog consistently—I’ll be producing a new post every Wednesday. Currently, I have ideas planned out into May, so I’ll need to do some brainstorming before the year is over. If you guys want to see anything in particular, go ahead and write it in the comments!

Oh, and I almost forgot—my newsletter! Since adding in all the new sections and exclusive stuff you don’t see on IG or my blog, I have to put in a substantial amount of extra energy into each email. And since I send out one every week…well, hopefully I can keep up with delivering quality content to your inboxes.

Finish Filling Out My Super Secret Journal

I’m kidding. It’s not super secret, and I don’t even know if I can call it a journal. It’s a Google Docs with parchment/old paper images over each page and fancy fonts for the headings and text. The topic of the journal: my in-depth thoughts on marriage, children, relationships, and the like. It’s mostly so I can write out my opinions and thoughts and inspect them in light of Scripture. I know some girls write letters to their future husbands. I don’t do that, but I have a friend who does. I joked to her that while she’s creating something cute and adorable that she can share with her future husband, I’m making something I can dump on him before marriage to be like, “Are you sure you really want to commit to this?” 😂 Of course, assuming I actually get married. Right now, it’s just a way to self-reflect.

Publish TJB

For explanation, TJB is the abbreviation for my historical fiction WIP, The Jewish Baby. Currently, it’s in the stage of developmental editing, and I hope to get back to it after I finish writing the rough draft of my NaNo WIP. Publishing will be a huge process. Especially since I’m doing everything myself. Finishing up the novel is just the first step. Then, comes marketing. (Ah, the life of an indie author.)

Also, for those of you who don’t know, I have four WIP’s. Three are part of a fantasy/sci-fi/dystopian trilogy. The other one is a standalone historical fiction novel set in WWII. Click on the images below to learn more about the trilogy. (Each is a separate blog post covering the topic indicated on the picture.)

Start Freelancing

On February 6th, I turn 18. That means I can start working as a freelancer and easily sign the contracts that most freelancers use in order to avoid getting scammed like I may have just been. (We’ll save that for another blog post when I figure things out.) I’ve never tried freelancing, so I’m excited to get into it and start working from my computer. If things go well, it will turn into a full-time job. If things go only kind of well, it will be a source of side income. If nothing goes well at all, I’ll try to forget about it. However, freelancing has been a dream of mine for some time now, and I’m hoping it can turn into an alternative for things like working at fast food restaurants. (I’m mainly at Pizza Hut for the experience, but we’ll get into that in a few weeks.) Being able to earn money doing what I love—like writing, research, tech stuff, and design—sounds like a dream, and I’m hoping it doesn’t turn out to be just that.

Keep a More Positive Mindset

I am a natural pessimist and overthinker who is good at making anything sound depressing  and hurting her own feelings. I’m also someone who is always pushing to reach the next milestone, attain the next goal, and keep climbing. I have a difficult time seeing the small things and just living in the moment. This year, I want to be more mindful of my thoughts (taking all thoughts captive) and work on just trusting the Lord’s plan. Let’s get a little deep here.

A few months back, I was having a hard time because I couldn’t see where my life was headed. I was extrapolating where I am now into like, five years in the future and getting sad about it. (Ridiculous, I know.) Also feeling like life was a monotonous cycle that would never change. I’m not talking about my writing here. More just my life and if I’d have a family, be independent, etc. It was truly absurd—something most young adults worry about, but it’s a worldly care. I should be trusting God with my future, not falling into hopelessness.

Now I’ve come to a mindset where I’m content waiting on the Lord. I continue the cycle day in and day out. I try to serve the Lord in the small things, like helping my family. If He opens doors and opportunities, that’s great; I’ll go there. But trying not to despair and seeing the joy in the small things—God’s love in everything and everyone around me. His timing is perfect. He has everything planned out already. I just need to live in faith and follow His leading. Easier said than done, but that’s where I’m trying to be. Learning contentment, peace, and rest will all be a big part in this, and I’m already experiencing the joyous rest of laying all my burdens on Him.


I guess these are more goals than resolutions. Depending on the amount of time I have and how much of my life my new job takes up, I may or may not complete some of the bigger ones. However, I think the biggest thing is just growing closer to the Lord. If I don’t accomplish much in the world’s sense, it doesn’t matter if I’m in a better place with God. Our relationship matters above all else. Everything I’m going through now is to draw me closer to Him and to help others to do the same, so I don’t really care if I get X amount of books published in X amount of years.

But Granny, I do know you want me to publish The Jewish Baby, so I will try to do that. I will try to make sure you aren’t waiting that much longer for a real copy. There’s lots of rewriting I need to do.

New Things I’ve Done This Year

So much has happened this past year, and I’m so grateful for everything the Lord has given and taken away, as well as for how much He has allowed me to grow. I’ve had so many new experiences. Some of them were exhilarating, some of them nerve-racking, and some of them heartwarming. This year, I…

…wrote a resume and cover letter

I actually wrote multiple cover letters for a variety of jobs. These ranged from editing, to website design, to all kinds of writing positions. Spoiler alert: I got none of them. I did get interviewed for several, however. One woman (the owner of a clothing store in Boulder, CO) even told me she would hire me for a social media manager/transition role in November, but then she never got back to me, so I was a little disappointed. However, I saw it as the Lord’s way of closing a door and telling me He had other things in mind.

…did job interviews

I did an interview over the phone that went well (although I didn’t end up getting the job). I did a video interview that went terribly. (There were awkward pauses, and my mind went blank at all the wrong times.) I had an in-person interview, where the guy who was interviewing me constantly got distracted because it was rush hour, and people wanted pizzas. Yes, that is the job I have now. There wasn’t much “interview” involved. I didn’t answer one of the questions how I would have, had I really cared about getting the position (I’ll tell you guys about it in a future blog post), but then again, fast food restaurants will pretty much hire anyone.

…got a job

I got a job at Pizza Hut. The hours are flexible, pay isn’t great, but I hope to gain experience and learn new stuff there. My training begins today, and my work hours will be decided in the future. Even the role isn’t very clear. It might be customer service, it could be making pizzas, or it could be a mixture. I’ll tell you about everything in more depth in a later blog post.

…got a phone

I got my first phone in October. (Or was it November?) I’m so grateful for it, as it has allowed me to have more independence both physically and on the internet. Getting a phone made doing many things way easier. It’s been so helpful to me both personally and in relation to my writing journey, and the connections I’ve made I hope will last for many years to come.

…got a driver's license

It was nerve-wracking. It was not fun. I still don’t like driving. However, yes, I do have a driver’s license, and yes, I know how to drive. I’m not the best of it and have terrible anxiety on crowded roads, but I have a driver’s license for ID and emergencies…and if my family wants me to drive them somewhere that doesn’t have a thousand other vehicles around.

(You can read a more in depth blog post about getting my license here.)

…joined a writer community

I joined a writing community…and then left. It was a great experience! I got to see what other young, Christian writers are doing, and I got to meet some people I still keep in touch with to this day. (Okay, it’s only been a few months, but it feels like I’ve known Jessica for a lot longer.) I’m so thankful I got that opportunity, and while I don’t plan on returning, it taught me a lot and allowed me to meet two people I’m very grateful for.

(If you want to read a more in depth post about my experience with the writing community, you can find it here.)

…made new friends for the first time in many years

I spent almost all of my teen years on the road without any constant in-person relationships. There was one period where we traveled with some friends, but we’d known them for years earlier. Now, (almost 18), I live in a house with my family and still don’t have any (constant) in-person relationships. I was also saved right before we started traveling. That’s not a very important note, but it’s something to consider, because it changed the way I view relationships and just life in general. Anyway…

I made new friends this year! I’ve gotten to experience new relationships as a Christian, learning to interact with new connections on my own, while using my own discernment and (not) social skills. Hehe. I’m still learning; it all feels new, especially with the fact that these are online-only relationships, but—I can’t even explain how it feels. Being able to encourage and be encouraged by fellow believers, getting to learn from other people who live in other parts of the world, hearing their stories, and listening to the way they view things—it’s…heartwarming, I guess? That doesn’t even begin to explain it. There’s something on a spiritual level that connects all of the different members of Christ’s church, and being able to meet these people and talk to them is such a privilege. Being able to revel in Christ’s love for us together, even though we just met…so amazing!

All right, the happy rant is over. You may move on XD

…did Inktober

I didn’t know what Inktober was until just right before it began. Anyway, it’s a drawing challenge, where you try to draw something for all 31 days of October. The rules aren’t strict, and it’s mainly something you just do for fun, and that’s exactly what it was—fun. I got to explore different realms of digital art I hadn’t before. I also discovered that I love the spray paint brush on MS Paint 3D. All in all though, it was a pretty relaxed challenge, and I came out with some pretty cool pieces in the end.

(If you want to read the in depth blog post about Inktober, it’s here.)

…did NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo…I don’t even know where to begin. Unlike Inktober, it was not a relaxing challenge. It was not always fun either. After 31 days of drawing each day, I dropped the digital paintbrush and picked up a pen (okay, my keyboard) and committed to writing an average of almost 2k words a day. It was tedious, and I felt like I wouldn’t be able to make it at times. But having an accountability partner who I could chat with and who was very encouraging throughout made everything a lot easier.

Also, here’s one thing I didn’t mention before: NaNoWriMo really taught me a lot about going through life in general. I’m someone who tends to look at the immediate present, extrapolate that years into the future, and get depressed about the results. But that’s not a good way to look at things. NaNoWriMo forced me to stop being so future oriented. As Adam (the guy I did NaNoWriMo with) told me, you just have to take it one day at a time. And that’s what I did. Instead of thinking “I have to write 50k in one month,” I just focused on the 2k I had to do that one day. Then, I repeated the cycle. One day at a time, and I’d reached 56k by the end of November. I’m still future oriented, but I’ve found a better way of viewing things. Also, just trusting the Lord throughout and knowing he can throw a plot twist at you that no one could have predicted.

So, while I’m glad I took up the challenge and learned a lot from both it and Adam, I don’t plan on doing it again next year.

(The blog post I wrote about NaNoWriMo is here, while the one about how I prepped for the challenge is here.)

The writer community I joined (but left) nudged me gently into the world of Instagram. I got to reconnect with a few people, as well as have a starting point for my platform. Right now, I like to share encouraging things I’ve learned from writing, updates about my WIP’s, and general things about my writing life. There’s a whole community of young Christian writers on there. They’re really supportive and encouraging, and it’s great to know that there are other writers out there writing for God’s glory.

…moved into a house

After traveling for years, my family and I moved into a house. There were a variety of reasons we did this, and I’m not going to get into them, but yeah…we live in a house now. It’s a rental. We don’t plan to stay here forever, and things could change, especially with me (the oldest) growing up.

There are pros and cons of having a house versus an RV, but I’m glad we did this. I’ve been able to get a job because of the fact that we’re currently stationary. We’ve also unpacked some things that we weren’t able to have in the RV. One of these things are a sewing machine, and I’m excited to start working on the skirt I bought material and elastic for.

…started blogging seriously

Yep, this very blog you’re on right now. I started it on September 6th, and since then, I’ve been consistently posting every week on Wednesdays. Topics range from writing, to my books, to life as a young adult (or is it old teenager?). Oh, wait, it’s adolescent—though I will be a young adult in less than two months. I like to lump all the categories together as “life as a young Christian writer and creative.” It’s been really fun, and I’m loving the responses I get from you guys 😊

I guess another part of this “blogging seriously” thing is my newsletter. I used to do automatic emails that went out whenever I created a new post. However, I recently switched to writing an actual newsletter. At the top, you get a short snippet of the week’s blog post, as well as a link to the actual post, then there’s usually some updates about my life and writing. After that, there’s usually a sneak peek of what I wrote that week, but it totally depends on what WIP I’m working on, as well as what stage I’m in. Oh, and I sometimes add one or two of my IG posts from the week to the newsletter. People can click on the images to get to the posts and read the caption, even if they don’t have an account. I just added this in like two weeks ago, so we’ll see how long it stays there.

(If you want to get my newsletter and be notified whenever I post, you can sign up at the bottom of this page.)

…got a blogging accountability partner

It wasn’t my idea. I wasn’t auditioning for more friends. However, Micah (who I knew of from my time on Ydubs) came along and started chatting with me on Instagram. I really loved his extroverted, joyful personality and the way he wants to just live for God, so Instagram chatting turned into emailing, and eventually, he offered to become blogging accountability partners. I accepted (even though I’m pretty good at holding myself accountable). We started a Trello board together. We’ve been blogging together for a total of…um, less than a week, but it’s been fun. If you click on Micah’s picture, you’ll be taken to his website, where he talks about writing, shares encouraging stuff, and talks about his favorite food—crackers 😉😂 I’m kidding, Micah. Well, you did write about crackers, but I really admire your love for the Lord. I’ve been reading some of your posts. They’re very encouraging.


So much has changed this year. I feel like I’ve grown a lot both spiritually and mentally, and I attribute it to the new experiences I’ve had this year. Getting to meet people on my own has definitely been a big factor. However, there’s also the fact that I did NaNoWriMo, and then just that the Lord dealt with me a lot on my perspective on growing up. I’m overwhelmingly grateful for what He has done in my life this year. As I go into 2023 (which I kind of don’t even want to say, because we humans decided to split up time into sections and give these sections values), there’s a lot of hope. Lots of hope with some fearful excitement mixed in. I know that the Lord is in control. Thus, I’m going to walk into 2023 courageously, knowing that He’s on my side and leading the way, the entire path already planned out. All I need to do is follow in faith.

Q&A: Life

Life as a traveling young writer is…interesting to say the least. My days vary a lot depending on where I am and what/who is in the area, and weather drastically changes depending on what climate I’m staying in.  I am not in school anymore, so writing is what takes up a majority of my life. Let’s do a quick Q&A and see what my life looks like now as a traveling author.

Edit: I drafted this before we moved into a house. We’ll just go along with the questions, since this is how I lived for four years, and I’ll add edits for the questions that now have different answers.

What is a typical day in your life?

Like stated above, my days vary depending on what my mom has planned, what time of year it is, and where we’re staying. Right now, a typical day in my life looks like waking up late, posting on social media, eating lunch, doing chores, working on some side projects, and writing. I typically do not see friends or other people outside of my family. When we do, it is usually on the weekends, and only if we are in a specific place near people we know.

Edit: We just moved into a house a couple of weeks ago. Since then, my days have changed slightly. I sometimes play Kinect/X-box with my brothers, but other than that, almost everything else is the same. (Kinect is a video game, but instead of having remote controls, you use your body. A sensor tracks what you’re doing, and there’s often a lot of jumping, leaning backwards and forwards, and crouching involved. It’s a total body workout.)

How do writing and traveling fit together for you?

My days are scheduled around traveling, so whatever I can do, I do when we are stationary. On traveling days, there’s not much writing going on. Sometimes I skip entirely. Fortunately, traveling days are usually only once a week. I’m able to enjoy the benefits of traveling on weekends while writing on weekdays.

Edit: Obviously not traveling anymore, so life is somewhat more relaxed. We still do stuff on weekends though, but things have changed, because we’re still moving in.

What is it like living in an RV?

We have a big RV. Unlike most, it has two bedrooms, and only four of us share beds (my parents and two oldest brothers). If you count the loft as a bedroom, then we actually have three. The bathroom is another matter. We only have one, so we have to time things well, take quick showers, and make sure everyone knows when you’ll be in there for long. We came up with some routines and unspoken rules to cope with sharing a bathroom between six people. The main one is faster people go first (toilet, shower, and brushing teeth).

As for space, everything is small. Only one person can be in the kitchen at a time. We’ve learned to navigate around each other efficiently (six people in a one-person wide walkway doesn’t work), and it sometimes feels like I’m in one of those puzzle games where you have to get the block out of a tiny space filled with other blocks.

Also, because space is limited, we have to pack what we own into cabinets and drawers. You just learn to put the things you almost never use in the back. Otherwise, you’ll be taking everything out just to get one item. Then, you have to put it all back in (how you found it, or it might not all fit back in).

Other than that, the only thing I can think of is not being able to own things normal people can. We can’t have a big instruments, a sewing machine, or anything bulky that takes up valuable counter or floor space.

Edit: Again, we recently moved into a house. We now have three bedrooms and two bathrooms and lots of space. We also have a piano and sewing machine.

Thank you, Kathryn Hawke for the question! I’ll be writing another blog post about RV life somewhere in the next few months, so stay on the lookout for that.

What does an ideal day look like for you?

I’m not exactly sure what an ideal day is for me. I like having a schedule, but if something pops up, I’m pretty flexible. Ideally, I would wake up late, stay home doing stuff, then maybe (a few times a week) see friends around late afternoon. Then, later at night, I would write and listen to music or do something else relaxing by myself. I’m an introvert, so definitely lots of alone time. On the other hand, I find that I can be very chatty with people I know well. I enjoy spending time with them. Although my social battery can drain pretty quickly, it depends on who I’m with and what we’re doing.

What does an ideal weekend look like for you?

Hiking. I love hiking in the mountains. Right now, 4 to 7 miles is ideal, along with a big dinner and hot shower at home afterwards. However, I also enjoy just hanging out with a friend.

What are your favorite passtimes?

This might sound weird, but it’s not actually working on books. I have many hobbies and interests. Writing books is only one them, and I’m pretty sure the only reason it’s not at the top of this list is because I do it all the time. Thus, the novelty wears off quickly. I’m stuck between crocheting and reading—oh, and digital/website design, texting/emailing friends, and blogging. *facepalms* Honestly, this is a very difficult choice. At this exact moment, however, it’s blogging.

Favorite place you've been + one place you really want to go to?

Man, there have been so many places we’ve traveled to that are just gorgeous. The west coast with its luscious forests, Alaska and Canada with their amazing wildlife and glacial mountains, Colorado with its jagged peaks. (Can you tell I’m a fan of mountains yet?) If I had to chose one, I’d probably say Colorado, simply because it doesn’t get freezing cold like Alaska and Canada, and there isn’t any danger of hurricanes/flooding like the coast. Colorado has some of the best mountains. Evergreens are some of my favorite plants, and they make the hiking experience a hundred times more enjoyable.

As for a place I’d like to visit…hmm, that’s a tough one. I’m going to just go wild and say New Zealand. I don’t expect to ever be able to visit another continent, but the scenery there is gorgeous, and Jessica wanted to know.

What is your goal as an author?

I want to get the four books I’m working on published within the next five years. Other than that, I don’t have many other short term goals. As for my ultimate goal as an author, I want people to, one, enjoy reading what I write, and two, be impacted by my words. My goal as a Christian is to glorify the Lord. Thus, whatever He wants me to do or accomplish is my goal.


I hope you guys enjoyed this short interview! For those of you who asked questions on my Instagram but didn’t get them answered here, I did several interviews on other people’s blogs which cover those topics. Check them out below:

If none of these answered your question, there’s a good chance I have a blog post planed out on that topic. Until next time, happy reading!

I Finished NaNoWriMo

I did nanowrimo 2022

I actually did it! In 23 days, I wrote 50k words of a brand new novel! It was a grueling, tedious process, but in the end, I’m happy with my progress. How was it? Let’s jump right into that.

Day One

For day one, I stayed up the night before writing blog posts and newsletters for the entire month of November. Once the clock struck midnight, I started writing. I was tired, but I managed to get 1.3k in before going to sleep. I finished the rest when I woke up.

I should also explain that I am a high achiever and like to push myself way too much. Thus, I set a goal of 2k words per day, just in case I ended up not being able to write every day. I also told myself I couldn’t count the thousands of words I was putting into my blog, job applications, IG, and emails. (Some of them were super long.) Spoiler alert: I wrote an average of 2k+ per day. I also finished on the 23rd instead of the 30th.

NaNoWriMo Writing

The first two weeks were probably the easiest. Spirits were high, the novelty was still there, and excitement was in the air. Over the course of 14 days, I got about 31k in—not at all bad for a first-time NaNo’er.

Then, the midway slump hit. Day 15 came around, and I was feeling really tired of writing (as opposed to just kind of tired). I was having issues with my outline, and I didn’t feel “into” my story anymore. However, I kept going through it day by day, reminding myself that I just needed 2k.

I Won NaNoWriMo

And then the 23rd rolled around. I never wake up at 5 am. However, morning came, and instead of seeing it was still early and going back to sleep, I decided to get up and write. Might have had something to do with the fact that there was only 3k left to reach my goal.

At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d finish NaNo that day. I’d spent some time posting on my blog and social media, as well as sending out a newsletter, and by dinner, I only had 2k (as opposed to the 3k I’d hoped to achieve). I then debated whether I should sprint to the end or save it for the next day.

I chose to sprint.

I was excited, and I was writing a good scene, so by 9 pm, I’d reached 50k. It didn’t feel real at first. I was only 40% or so through the first draft, so it also didn’t feel right. However, after telling a few people and looking at the 16 chapters I had in Google Docs, I felt somewhat accomplished. Honestly, it was kind of underwhelming. (Plus, there’s an outline situation going on, but we won’t get into that.)

My Experience + Burn Out

First of all, I knew what I was getting into when I jumped into the challenge. I knew it would be grueling, tedious work, and I knew I would probably get burnt out—and I did, to some extent.

However, I didn’t entirely get burnt out. Even though I’d done a more manageable version of NaNo a few months back (1.5k every week day) which made me feel dead afterwards, I didn’t get burnt out like before. Instead, I feel rejuvenated in some sort of way. And you know whom I have to thank for that?

1. The Lord. Obviously. Without Him, I wouldn’t have been able to do this (or anything for that matter).

2. The friend I did NaNoWriMo with. He’s been so encouraging and such a pleasure to talk to, and it made November a lot easier. Adam, if you’re reading this, thank you. I don’t know if I could’ve done as well as I did without you. You made every chunk of writing something to look forward to, and seeing your example of consistency throughout your (much crazier) life made me want to grow in that area…and just your less worried, more positive outlook on things. You’re writing style is awesome👌I can’t wait to see more of it!

3. Jessica ( and our wonderful email chats. The emails are long and sometimes go into great depth. Most people would be horrified by the amount of questions I ask, but Jessica and I have this in common, so everything works out perfectly. Love you, Jessica! *hugs*

4. The young Christian writer community on Instagram. I know some of you are reading this, so I’ll thank you again. You guys have held me accountable and made every day of NaNo exciting. You have cheered me on and celebrated milestones with me, and on those days when I felt like giving up and going to sleep, I knew I had to update my word count, and it couldn’t look pitiful😜

5. And of course, my family. They tried to give me as much time as possible for my writing. Even when I was feeling stressed out and grumpy from difficult writing days, they were kind to me and gave me my space. Thank you, guys.


In conclusion, NaNoWriMo was stressful, tedious, and sometimes tiring, but every day was filled with laughter, surprises, and fun. I’m thankful I took up the challenge. However, I don’t plan on attending again.

*remembers every time I told myself I was done writing, and a new book idea popped into my head and nagged me until I wrote it*

If you did NaNoWriMo, how was your experience? Did you reach your goal? Tell me in the comments, because I’d love to hear about it!