Dear friends, where to begin? It’s been several months since my last posts. I’ve been applying to universities like crazy, and doing senior year, and trying to work on Truth4TCKs 2022 (more info on that soon!). Although I don’t have a new post for you today – I will soon – I have a lovely interview with TCK and writer Karissa Chmil for you. Enjoy.
What’s your story? (Not where are you from, because that’s an annoying question.)
Well, where to begin?
My name is Karissa Chmil, a young nomad on a quest to let the banner of Soli deo Gloria fly across the world one story at a time.
I was born in the United States, and by the age of seven I had picked up a few nomadic qualities—traveling six hundred miles every three weeks will do that to you. A little under three years later, I moved to the French alps, spent a few wonderful years there, and currently live in Western Africa.
Things haven’t always been easy—in the past five years I’ve said countless goodbyes, had siblings spend weeks in the hospital, have lost friends back in America to suicide, and more. But I don’t think I would change any of it—because, by the grace of God that I’m named after, all this fire has only served to bring out the gold.
What brings you joy?
Little moments—laughing with siblings over the most random of things, teasing my friends, walks in the twilight, singing when I’m alone in the house, hearing the little girls I take care of finally learn to say my name, the quiet at prayer meeting as we all cry out to the Lord and let His peace wash over us, long talks with my mom, watching candles flicker at night, teaching my friends simple words in English, slipping into stories, endless email threads with my best friend. . . As a friend’s mom says, “happiness is a feeling; joy is a choice.”
And I will choose, every day of my life, to find joy in the tiny, hidden moments.
What are your favorite latest reads?
I’ve just finished the Wingfeather Saga, which was definitely worth the read. Because of Mr. Terupt is also one I finished (re)reading recently, and I’d highly recommend it. On the nonfiction side, I’ve just begun a book called I Don’t Have Enough Faith to Be an Atheist, and, so far, it’s proved fascinating.
How does your multi-cultural worldview affect your reading life?
I would say that my multi-cultural worldview makes every book I read deeper, because I can see it from so many different angles. French culture, American culture, honor-shame culture—all of it makes me see the characters and their decisions in a much more significant light.
Tell us about your blog!
Storylight is a blog that focuses around the tagline Remember the stories, which champions the idea that, when you’re hurting or confused or you’ve messed up at something, you can go back to the stories you’ve read, to the character’s you’ve grown with, and let them teach you and heal you.
It features flash fiction, bookish articles (such as Is Reading a Waste of Time?), book reviews, book recommendations, and soon-to-be author interviews—in short, it’s a hopeful, purposeful, bookish atmosphere, and I’d love to see you over there!
There you have it, dear friends! I’m planning on getting back to posting regularly after this long hiatus, and thanks for being patient with me. I hope you go and check Karissa’s new blog out!