Welcome, I’m so glad you are here. I’m Shaina Merrick, the sassy writer behind The Beauty of a Story. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t love storytelling. I told long, rambling stories to anyone who would listen, my younger siblings usually being my captive audience. It didn’t take long to realize that ink and paper lasts longer than my memory. Enter, the writing journey. I have learned how to plot a story down to the tiniest detail, how to build a believable fantasy world from scratch, and how to create characters that might be able to pass for real people. I also learned that I prefer to let the story speak for itself, rather than find the story before I write it. (Discovery writing, anyone?)
Stories, whether they were the ones I wrote or I read, taught me to slow down and take in the world around me. The best stories pointed me to the beauty and glory in the world outside the page. There is vast wonder in the world outside my door, and stories taught me where to look. Art opens our eyes to see the world a little differently, to see the wonder in wardrobes and alleyways, and find adventure in our everyday life. Life is beautiful, and I hope to write stories that show people the beauty that is around us every day.
Here, you will find (usually sassy) reviews on good books, and how I am slowly finding my way to enjoying every bit of my admittedly rather normal life. Even the dishes. I hope that as you join me in my ramblings and discoveries you to will find the hidden beauty in your life.