JANNA VANDERVEEN

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Our desire to create is fueled by the power of our imagination. We only need to observe a child playing to see that this is true. Take my daughter’s artwork as an example. Within this picture exists a story that only she can explain. If she’d sit still long enough, I’d pick her brain and unravel it, just to share it with you all. But she’s only five and wants to play outside. As a fantasy writer, I… Read More

Watercolor Attempt # 17 I didn’t want to post this latest watercolor painting. At all! Except my husband reminded me that I should be posting my epic fails and disappointments alongside my successes, as part of my blogging experience. Groan…. And he’s right. So here it is. The colors are blocky and the lines rigid. I splattered paint in areas I shouldn’t have. I didn’t capture the essence of wet in wet painting, which bleeds, disperses, and merges into… Read More

Faerie and pixie, Both wearing green, Frolic beside, A blue-flowing stream. Both tiny and large Sprinkling star-dust with glee Proving size doesn’t matter. Where there’s inner beauty. ~ Janna Vanderveen (Click on thumbnail for high-resolution image)

“Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.”   Douglas Adams, Mostly Harmless

My mission is to discern, awaken, and inspire truth in myself and others. “May my tongue be the pen of a skillful writer, my pen be the tongue of a masterful orator, and my words be apples of gold in settings of silver.” ~ Janna

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), I laughed in that side-splitting, gut-wrenching, muscle-hurting way that produces tears and calls for a box of tissues. Afterwards, I made my husband join me and watched it a second time. Together, we enjoyed another round of deep chuckles, while exchanging knowing glances with each… Read More

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 screen on our deck door open and our having flies in the house.  I have spent a great deal of my time trying to explain this concept and have attempted to combat her hysteria by racing around my house like a crazy… Read More