JANNA VANDERVEEN

A Message of Hope | Psalm 23 When darkness encroaches and death overshadows the valley, have no fear, for I am with you. The shadows are lies and death an illusion. But take heart, for I’ve...

Meet Violet Dahlia Princess, pixie, fairy, sprite, or heroine… I haven’t decided yet. I had a tremendous amount of fun sewing this whimsical character, with her purple hair and big eyes....

The unhindered imagination of children produces the cutest things. Yesterday, my five-year-old daughter created this drawing of herself, with brown hair (she’s convinced that’s the color it will be when she’s older), and a...

Storybook characters really do come to life! At least Snow White’s 7 Dwarves did at Walt Disney world. Wait…is that Sneezy plugging his nose? Is it possible that I stink? Considering it was late...

The Neverending Story was one of my favorite movies as a child. In it, a bullied boy named Bastian, flees to his school attic to escapes the worries of his life. He enters a...

John 4:14

This weekend Bruce and I took a scenic drive around Niagara Falls. It was dusk, fog obscured the setting sun, clouds of mist spiraled out of the depths of falling water,...

A woman and her steed – an enormous majestic lion, have finally come face to face with the power that will save their world from disaster. What stories does this fantasy artwork evoke...

This picture stirs the imagination. Birds, butterflies,  a fairy princess, and a gift of power…. What stories do you see? Photo Credit: http://wakpaper.com & http://desktopwallpaperhd.net Click for full resolution

I love fantasy artwork. Each created masterpiece tells many untold stories which promise to entertain. Look upon this face and tell me that your mind doesn’t crave to know just a little bit more. Stunning!...

I pulled a recent Mike and Molly marathon and watched several episodes in my attempt to catch up with this season’s show. When I watched an episode titled “The First and Last Ride-A-Long” (Season 4, Episode 2),...

There is something about reading and writing science fiction and fantasy literature which stirs my heart to worship. I am repeatedly drawn into magnificent worlds of wonder inhabited by heroes and heroines...

Penelope Bloom is a four-year-old detective ballerina.  She is an adorable, rough and tumble, curious, and strong-willed child who loves to wear tutu’s and princess dress-up clothes while solving mysteries with her friends....

I am currently working on a novel. It is a futuristic mystery-suspense thriller.

We woke up to a big surprise this morning I have to confess, I was worried. The flooding was pretty bad and the storm sewers were backed up. Our neighbor, Shannon, took...

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Have you given the mirror power to determine your self-worth? Who or what is your mirror? Who or what holds the...

Things that interfere with writing the next great American novel: #1. FLIES! I’m not kidding. My daughter Chloe (who just turned four) is terrified of flies. She doesn’t understand the correlation between leaving the...

“What if when we see someone caught in their old patterns, instead of judging them, we judge how much grace and mercy they are going to need in order to find God....

It’s after midnight.  My house is silent except for the gusting wind and the occasional pitter-patter of rain against my bedroom window. My mind whirls with thoughts brought on by a day of...

I love what-ifs. What-if’s drive my creative thinking and fuel my love for writing. They push me past the mundane “box” of my thinking and force me to consider things I wouldn’t,...

Judas. Villain. Traitor. Murderer. Isn’t this how we view the disciple who sealed Jesus’ fate with his infamous kiss. But what if in our vilification of Judas we miss the point of Christ’s...