I’m Proud to Present . . .

The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of change. Sitting on the front porch, I'm reflecting on this new season of my career. June 15th it was announced that Life Happens on the Stairs won the Breakthrough Novel Awards. I can't say how excited and happy I was to see the results. Since then,…

What is Your WHY?

A few days ago, one of our own from Champaign County, won the Miss Illinois contest. She has been wisked away in limosines on a new adventure to compete in Miss America this Fall. I am so happy for her and her family, since I listen to her dad's radio show every morning on the…

Purpose—What does that look like to you?

It's been a while since I've posted. Sorry about that. Time is once again flying by and here we are already in June. Sitting on my front porch, I've been thinking about "purpose." What does that mean? How does it change over the years? Why do I struggle to find mine? I've worn many hats;…

My Greatest Wish as a Writer

Spring has rolled into Central Illinois, and I couldn’t be happier. I never fear that April 26th will be a beautiful day, as I’ve always joked that it's my dads birthday present to me. I like to imagine every year, he whispers to Jesus, “Can we make sure the sun is bright and warm for…

As Words Turn To Wind

Here it is Spring again, my absolute favorite time of year. Soon, I'll be back on my front porch writing. I can't wait for warm days and sunshine. The four seasons have turned fast this past year. And I can feel more changes are coming. God keeps planting me back in places I've uprooted myself…

The Exemplification Of Carter Winslow – Spillwords

Spillwords.com presents: The Exemplification Of Carter Winslow by Amy J. Markstahler, who writes in her home near the Salt Fork River ... Source: The Exemplification Of Carter Winslow – Spillwords

Novel Vs. Movie: Tough Choice This Time

I love stories. Books, movies, people's experiences, I'm not biased to any medium. I think this love was passed to me by my grandparents, and I am my mother's daughter when it comes to rewatching a movie I love countless times! We have a passion for movie composers too, which I think is partially why…

Confessions of an Isolated Artist: Thoughts About #MeToo

The cold winter winds have entered Central Illinois and I’m no longer sitting on my front porch. However, in the warmth of my cozy cottage I have some thoughts to share. I have a #MeToo story to tell. I won’t though, not in detail. I can’t. After fifteen years, I still hate talking about it.…

Confessions of an Isolated Artist: Olly Olly Oxen Free!

Today marks the end of my 30 day challenge. I am so relieved to be past this part of my journey. It's not just because of the challenge, for other reasons as well, but overall I feel this was the best decision I've made since sending my son back to public school. Sitting on the…