You’re not alone if you wish to get into reading. I don’t know how long it will take you, but it took me about a year and a half. At first, it was halting. Then, I blazed my way out of mental and emotional barriers (using techniques I’ll tell you about in a second).
I hear the desire to read more in random conversation. I see it while scrolling through fellow #bookstagram followers’ posts. I and others have nostalgia for books. I think we hold an idealized version of our younger selves as voracious readers, too, which is fun.
Maybe a country is like a person. It can get a new style, grow up, go through things, and come under layers of influences, but there are still original parts inside both a country and a younger person. You can get to know these parts.
I’m reminded of something sweet in this Kansas town I think I saw in American Christmas movies as a child. Something about how this country is, or was, or wishes to be.
The captain and I (the co-pilot) landed here in Coffey County, Kansas, just before midnight. We came in a Cessna Caravan. …
Ms. Uland lives in Denver, Colorado, but boomerangs around several continents as a pilot. Her travels in this world inspire and inform her stories, but her work is also inspired by roots in pure fantasy. She grew up like so many halfway inside The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, and many other wonder-worlds.
Sometime after studying Creative Writing at the University of Denver; working with coaches, photographers and make-up artists in art modeling; four years of business writing for a financial firm; two motorcycles; and a year as a flight attendant, she has come back to her roots at last…
Hello, there. I am the self-published author of “The Monster in Her Garden.” It’s a mighty weird experience figuring out the themes of your own book once it’s out there.
In the story, a pesky suitor intrudes on a woman’s life in the country. Mayhem erupts because of her illegal pet dragon. It culminates in a choice of who shall live and who shall die.
Readers call the setting highly dystopian — yet it is based on colorful, beautiful Renaissance Italy.
It’s a short, fully illustrated, professionally edited, German-art-covered fantasy. It’s a thirty-minute read (self-published on Amazon). Self-publishing on Amazon…
“In the midst of turbulence, we hang onto hope.” — Laily Gifty Akita
Two white-shirts — me and my copilot — sit side by side behind a parabola of glass. We are 38,000 feet above the ground. All is serene. Good time to admire some clouds, I figure.
Down and to the right floats a layer of clouds. It looks like sheep’s wool. Lumpy and fluffy. Beneath that, lakes dot the land like spots on a Dalmatian.
But below is not the only place clouds lurk. We gaze forward and see this.
By Savanna Rain Uland
So there’s a guy who believes in establishing belltowers and giving traditional sermons and generally serving weird pagan forest communities; he’s a Franciscan like that in this fantasy world.
And there’s this girl with a love of designing buildings who gets drawn to a settlement because it offers way more chance to design buildings that actually get built. Also, she really, really wants a family. She has serious abandonment issues, and has a sweetness that is so core to who she is. One problem, she is reckless and rebellious and self-destructive.
The bellfounder and the girl…
“… Have you pen and ink, Master Doctor?” “A scholar is never without them, your Majesty,” answered Doctor Cornelius. — The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
This story is about the mystery of people who travel public transit with giant backpacks stuffed to the brim. But it’s really to inspire people who read and write to be prepared to read and write. It’s got some advice in it, too, for getting ideas, and mentions a forgotten type of writing that will make people in your life happy.
Reading and writing can turn you into The Backpack Person on public…
Your country can satisfy a foreigner’s wanderlust. Why not yours?
Every time you leave your country, you learn more about the nation from which you came. But every time you travel within your country, you learn more about what you don’t know.
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Domestic travel, especially in the American South, changed me. By the end of this story, I hope you’ll be inspired to give the areas of your homeland a try, too.
My aunt once said the South was her favorite place to travel. When I was little, I could not understand…
Defn.: offense — the state of being insulted or morally outraged.
There is this idea out there that being offended is weak. The theory goes something like this:
“Offense is only for when somebody’s sense of prim & proper got bruised. It’s an annoying person’s emotion.” (It has a darker side, too, but we’ll get to that later).
Everybody gets offended, but not everyone calls it the same thing. How many times have you heard a classically masculine man say, “I’m offended” or “that’s offensive”? Probably never.
Let’s examine some phenomena.
Vindictive pranks. Calls to OSHA. Punching a…
Your looks, your smell, your sound: We talk a lot about the first, and a little about the second. It’s time we talked about beautifying how we speak.
Your everyday tone is part of your long-term success.
“Where are you from?” I asked. I didn’t know it yet, but that was a question the man from Texas didn’t like to answer. He was hiding his accent.
From a young age, he had yearned to bust out of his small-minded town. He wanted long-term success. …
Author. Pilot. Video maker.