Hi. *waves* My name is Madeleine.
I have a slight addiction to new notebooks and chocolate, and I have this weird habit of reading upside down. Mornings are really not okay with me unless lots of coffee is involved, and I am rarely without a paperback and/or fluffy socks. I have three younger sisters who love to laugh and give hugs, and we share a mutual love for dragons and our golden retriever.
As much as I consider myself a local coffee shop tourist, I like collecting stamps in my passport as well, and I babble about characters I love as if they were real people. I also really really love paper and creativity and singing about Jesus.
I’m currently living in North Carolina after graduating with a degree in Creative and Media Writing from the University of Portsmouth in England. I originally started a blog hoping to write down some stories and adventures from my travels, and now it has continued to include any other miscellaneous writings and wonderings that happen to cross my mind.
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?” (Matthew 5:13)
Some stories, paintings, songs, and words have captured beauty in extraordinary ways, enriching the earth’s narrative with more life, more color, more flavor, and more depth. Each has contributed yet another piece of evidence that a Great Artist has been on the move once more, who signs His work, and leaves pieces of Himself for us to discover as we follow.
The Salt Compass is a collection for those coordinates, those lampposts, mirrors, treasure maps, and ancient tomes that have recorded and revealed The Artist’s fingerprints for others to find, enjoy, and admire. It also serves as an outlet for me to leave signposts of my own where I have stumbled upon enchanted woods full of His footprints or caught glimpses of His hand at work myself. I love that we all find different pieces, and I love highlighting those who have been brave enough to mine deep, and contribute to the masterpiece He is forging, the beauty every artist longs to unveil.
Here’s to the creators and dreamers and writers and thinkers who have pointed me True North with their craft. You have taught me so much, and I am so grateful. You have made this adventure brighter and aligned my compass more times than I can record here, though I will try my best anyway.
“I want a life that sizzles and pops and makes me laugh out loud. I want to eat cold tangerines and sing out loud in the car with the windows open and wear pink shoes and stay up all night laughing and paint my walls the exact color of the sky right now. I want to sleep hard on clean white sheets and throw parties and eat ripe tomatoes and read books so good they make me jump up and down, and I want my everyday to make God belly laugh, glad that He gave life to someone who loves the gift.”– Shauna Neiquist