You'll notice things around here are a wee bit different. New look, new title--same me. And for my peace of mind/ease of access, same URL.
The "former" blog Just As I Am, I've had since I was, oh ... sixteen? Maybe younger. It was my first on-my-own blog after having blogged with my mother and sister a while at My Simple Blessed Life. That blog, as well as Just As I Am, saw me through many different "stages". A season of wearing skirts, homeschool high school, attempts at being a book blogger, slightly sanctimonious devotional-type articles, growing up and graduating, crap-load of picture posts, tags, awards, you name it. I have many old posts saved in drafts here that make me at once smile and shake my head at how young I sounded. Yes I know I'm only twenty-one as of the 24th, but seriously. My writing's had a lot of growing up to do. I've also seen and recorded some pretty fun times through out Just As I Am's duration. Many memories with my Idaho sister Gabrielle have been recorded here, not to mention that through blogging I met my sweet sisters-by-heart Sarah and Rachelle.
The Story Behind the Name:
Sarah, Rachelle and I are fond of nicknames for each other. The chief ones we use are Restless Bird for Sarah, and Daring Girl for Rachelle. I believe it was Rachelle who decided to brainstorm a nickname for me. We couldn't exactly say Just as I am Girl for me. Eventually, we came up with Vintage Soul for me. I took a "Guess Your Age" quiz a few weeks ago, and while my sister got her exact age when she took it, I got 68. Needless to say, I've always been an old soul. Ever since I was a child and learning to read I wanted to live in another time period. And I could spend days in antique stores. Vintage Soul fit me well but as I was praying through a slight blogger identity crisis, the name just didn't fit my entire blog and what my words were all about.
If we have a one-on-one conversation lasting more than ten minutes, I'll probably bring up the Civil War. For all my introversion, I can be quite the outspoken "Yankee" as my Southern heart-sisters are fond of calling me. My heart is softening towards the South--in general and even as I look back on history, fear not. I knew I wanted a name to encompass me--one that could stick and stay unchanged when I have a wedding ring and a new name someday. With a little help from my friends, I settled on A Northern Belle and couldn't be happier with the look of it.
What You'll Find Here:
- Daily life as a 20-something working woman: I live happily at home with my parents, three siblings and two cats. I love the happy noise, busyness and keeping busy helping out and contributing. I'm human, and I'd love more quiet or even extended periods of time to write uninterrupted, but I wouldn't change a thing about living at home with my family and working part time as a medical receptionist nearby.
- Singleness: I happen to fall into this season of life and I'm navigating all it's ups, downs, and bridesmaid gowns with a searching, striving to be content heart that is praying boldly for my future husband.
- My work-in-progress heart: I love the community and fellowship blogging brings, but first and foremost I write for the Lord. Every word in my novels, every word here on this blog. And oftentimes on this blog, I write to process, to learn and to speak truth to myself.
- My Novels: I have countless novels to write yet, but at the moment I am working on a six book historical standalone series all set in Pennsylvania during the Civil War called The Keystone Legacy Series. I am just finishing the first book, Amongst the Roses, I'll let it sit awhile in first draft status before refining away the dross and querying it to agents. I'm excited for Amongst the Roses' sequel entitled A Rose Long Awaited and will begin outlining in earnest soon. I write a lot about writing and my heart whilst figuring out these stories on my heart, so be forewarned. *smile*
- The Civil War. My all-time favorite era--one I cannot learn enough about. I'm quite the history geek/fangirl over it, actually. And at the moment I'm enthralled with my home state of Pennsylvania's role in the War Between the States. It's my firm belief that in historical text and fiction, the North is grossly underrepresented or completely stereotyped. That's the short version of my rant. And it's also one of my chief reasons for writing historical fiction.
- A few things you won't find here: I love books as much as the next gal, and I am all for helping out fellow authors with publicity ... but life being what it is and needing to devote time to my own novels, I am not a book blogger. I will happily retweet or "share" on Facebook news about upcoming or new releases and host my fellow indie-author sisters on here as I'm able. This blog is also an award-free blog.
So all that to say ...