a book, a post, and a bio for the artist in you

My sister and I have both been writing our blogs for many years now. We often joke with each other, especially after writing a post that took a lot of time and thought, “Welp, my blog is finished! The end. I have absolutely nothing left to say. Ever.”

horse on my laptop

Today is one of those days where I’m not sure I’ll ever have anything to say again. I don’t say that with any anxiety. It happens often enough to where I know it isn’t permanent, but I also know when these days come, the best thing for me to do is to spend some time folding laundry and cleaning my kitchen.

I love those kind of days and I don’t say that sarcastically. Besides, Agatha Christie says the best time to plan a book is while you’re doing the dishes. From the looks of my sink, I will have several books planned by the end of the day.

While I spend some time letting my soul breathe, I wanted to share words from a few artists who have more to say than I do:

1. Matt Appling: Life After Art: What You Forgot About Life and Faith Since You Left the Art Room

“I went to the art room to teach, but found myself learning something profound, unexpected, even life changing: that the art room’s most enduring and timeless lessons are not for kids learning to paint or draw, but for adults who finally want discover how to live the lives they were created for.”

Well, you know that’s a message I can get behind. Matt’s first book, Life After Art, releases April 1. Watch the trailer and reserve your copy of the book. I’ve read it, endorsed it, and recommend it now to you.


2. Christa Wells: For the Mother Artist

“There are embers glowing inside you that won’t.go.out even though you have a human critter or two (or five) to care for and really don’t have spare minutes for artistic flame-fanning.

You have a few domestic goddesses in your life and a few childless superstar artists in your periphery, and as my poet-friend Beth Ann Fennelly wrote:

I want membership in both clubs.

If we dedicate heart and soul and all our waking hours, we may at best become “Honorary Members” which feels sort of like a southern “bless-her-heart-she-tries.”

At least, that’s how it feels most days, because there is either:

1. no homemade bread on your counter OR

2. no new song on your piano.  And that, my sisters, is why I write now to YOU.”

She speaks of writing “Held” when she felt small and lonely – and how it counted way before Natalie Grant recorded it. For anyone who struggles with balancing life and art, read this post by Christa.

3. John Blase: The Beautiful Due 


John Blase has the best about page description of himself I’ve read in a very long time. Maybe ever. I’ve read it different times as I’ve come across his blog, and every time I read it, I tear up. It’s short  and it’s all about him but somehow, it’s about me too. See if you can find yourself in his words.


  1. says

    I love this post…anytime you speak about art and the art of others, I am inspired and soul-fed. This book looks fantastic…and the ‘about me’ page…what creativity and lovely words! Thanks again! (I’m trying to interview as many folks as I can about ‘art’ and ‘creativity’ these days…your words always encourage me and spur me on :)

  2. Katie Neff says

    I love your blog, Emily. I’ve read it for a long time and I’m one of those people who almost never leave a comment. But I just have to tell you today how thankful I am that you’re sharing your grace and art journey with all of us. It has helped me on my way and made me know that I am not alone. Thank you.

  3. says

    I’m just eating your words on creating art (and the fear involved) like barbecue potato chips. I can relate to the whole fold the laundry, clean the kitchen too. There’s rest and safety there. Thanks, as always.

  4. Nancy@ThereIsGrace says

    Thank for being faithful,even when YOU didn’t have words, to share art. Christa’s post rang so true in my soul. Thank you.

  5. Patricia says

    Emily, I’ve wondered for a long time, what role in your journey do you think being an ASL interpreter played? I ask because, to me, there is such an art and beauty to ASL.

  6. says

    Thank you for sharing words you didn’t have! First of all, I was crying the other day to my husband over the frustration I feel of never having much of a turn to create like I want to. I want to be a mom, but be a writer too and it’s tough! Christa’s post came in perfect time. Matt’s trailer for his book made me cry and I want to read it! And you, saying out loud what I’ve thought many times, “Am I out of things to say??” have reminded me to take the time to be and live life and the Creator will stir new things in me again. Thank you!

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