Sunday, September 6, 2015

The Beginning

I love to write. When I was a little girl, one of the first stories I wrote was called “The Caribou and the Blueberry.” It was an adventure in which I got kidnapped and my brother and dad came and saved me. I don’t remember now how the caribou and blueberry fit in… I’ll have to find that box of stories and let you know. 

I digress. I love to write, and, until a few years ago, I had no idea that my writing could be purposeful. That idea came about upon discovering the Rabbit Room. There, I found a philosophy that I had never heard: since God created us, we can create stuff that reflects Him or His light. A few years later, in a class on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion and The Hobbit, I realized that Tolkien was practically the inventor of this idea. 

I fell in love with the Rabbit Room, Tolkien, and the idea that they had taught me. But I stayed in the shadows. I read the posts on the Rabbit Room, laughed and cried over them, but never commented, never thought that I could be good enough to write something that good. Then I started looking at personal blogs of people in the comments, and I just shook my head and wondered how they were so good at writing and articulating their thoughts. 

Then I had an idea — a crazy, crazy idea: I should create a website, where I could blog and have an outlet for my writing. I’m not sure what I’ll write about on here, so you are on an adventure with me — there may be a blueberry or caribou along the way! However, I do know that I want to stick to the idea that Tolkien and the Rabbit Room taught me — I am a subcreator and whatever I create can and should reflect (or as Tolkien says, refract) the light of God. 

Welcome to The Blue Amaranth! 


  1. Hi Karoline :)

    So, I found your blog through a comment you left on a Rabbit Room post. ;) (I'm a bit of a squirrel in the shadows when it comes to the Rabbit Room too . . . I very much like that website, but haven't ever commented yet. I probably will sometime though. . . I'm just newly getting into actually interacting with people online.)

    Anyway, I clicked over here several days ago, and meant to come back and leave you a comment sooner. I think your blog is lovely, and would very much enjoy reading more of your posts as you continue. Did you make your header?

    I hope you have a lovely weekend. I will hopefully come back here soon to say hello again.

    Thanks for making this random visitor smile! :)


    1. Hi Kaitlin ~

      I was encouraged by your post! Thanks for taking the time to comment. :-) I am planning to post more, soon, so I hope you do check back!

      Have you ever done the Rabbit Room Christmas Exchange? That kind of got me out of the shadows, and was super fun (and it just started for this year).

      I did make the header, as part of one of my graphic design classes. :-)

      I peeked at your blog, too, and I will be returning there!

      Happy November, and thanks again!

    2. Aw, thanks for replying :)

      No, never have done the the RR gift exchange, though it does look fun! :)

      Cool. :) I like the design. I'm curious. . . what computer program do you use for graphic design?

    3. Adobe InDesign is what I've used so far.

      Merry Christmas! :-)