Real Life Stuff – the word edition

Welcome to the first installment of “Real Life Stuff” – discovering who the person behind all these words really is. This was originally going to be one post. And then you all asked some great questions, and so I’ve broken it into a couple posts instead. For today, all the stuff about writing and reading that you wanted to know (and probably more than you wanted to know).

I am a writer. 

I write because I have to. Because I cannot not  write.

I usually write on my laptop, on the sofa, where I can look out the windows and see lots of trees (one of my inspirations). Only thing is it’s terrible posture, and my back has been letting me know that lately. So that might change in the days ahead.

My blog got named somewhat randomly. When I started blogging, all the obvious url’s were taken, so I started thinking “What will stick in people’s minds?” And then I said something about “dogfur and dandelions” in a conversation with my husband, and it stuck out to me. (For more about how that ties in with my blog’s purpose, read this.)

I am a grammarian. I proofread all my own work, and love doing it. And yes, I do notice your misspellings and improper grammatical usage. But no, I will not point them out to you unless you ask me to do so. (And if you need an editor for anything, let me know!)

I also write poetry, some of which is shared at Dandelion Digest, my other blog. My inspiration usually comes from nature or from prompts at Poetic Bloomings.


I am a total bookworm.

I usually have at least 3-4 books in progress. I enjoy nonfiction about theology, Christian living, writing, health, and nutrition. And I also like historical fiction, old classics, mysteries & suspense novels, and Christian fiction that doesn’t have much romance in it. Some of my favorite fiction authors include Tess Gerritsen, Kathy Reichs, Agatha Christie, Mary Higgins Clark, and Dee Henderson.

I could spend hours at the library. I do, actually.

And I do have a Kindle, and love using it; but no, it does not compare to holding a real book in my hands. However, it is quite handy for waiting in doctor’s offices and traveling long distances to see family. I love having a huge library on it, for no matter what genre I feel like reading. Also, it’s a lot easier on my shoulder than a 1000 page book would be. And there’s loads of freebies!



 {a few of our bookshelves}


I love reading – and writing about – my Bible.

In fact, it’s one of my biggest passions in life.

My favorite books (right now) are Psalms and Romans. My favorite chapters right now are Isaiah 55 and Psalm 103.

I currently use a MacArthur ESV Study Bible. And yes, I write in it.

When I want to study the Bible further, I usually start with I skim through the commentary entries (KD, JFB, MH, Clarke, Gill, Barnes), compare various translations (KJV, ESV, NASB), and check out the Strong’s definitions. I did take 5 semesters of Greek in college, and occasionally am able to utilize that as well.

But I really prefer to look things up myself in systematic theology books, Bible dictionaries, and regular books on specific subjects. I also ask my husband lots of questions… we love discussing theological stuff. 🙂


Anything else you want to know about me, but were afraid to ask? Now’s your chance!



9 thoughts on “Real Life Stuff – the word edition

  1. I love Agatha Christie and Mary Higgins Clark too. I just got MHG’s newest from the library yesterday.

    1. I can’t wait to read that one… on the waiting list for it!

  2. Loved this! I am a bookworm. I am trying to be a writer. 😉 This year my goal in reading was to expand and stretch myself in the genres I read. It has been really eye opening. We have tons of books in our house, I use the library (the local one and our Seminary one is huge and fantastic), and I use a kindle. I have never gotten into Agatha Christie, but it has been years since I read her, and my tastes have changed so I should probably try again. 🙂

    1. Johanna, you already write. That means you ARE a writer 🙂
      You should check out “You are a Writer” by Jeff Goins. Very inspiring.

  3. We have many of the same books. Loved seeing your book shelf. What a great idea.

    1. Somehow that doesn’t surprise me, Sarah! 🙂

  4. So fun! We have the same taste in books. I have many of those on my shelf, too!

  5. ” A writer writes because he likes to write.” P.G. Wodehouse. One of my favorite quotes This has nothing to do with writing or reading, but why are there so many men on Christian Women Online? My only guess is that they think it’s a dating site..

    1. Yes, I love that quote too!

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