Welcome to my blog and future website!

The name’s Emily McConnell, though some people know me by my pen name, Calamity Rene. I’m a young adult living in the beautiful state of Washington with five of my eight siblings, my parents, our four cats, fourteen hens, chinchilla and two horses. I’m redeemed by Jesus Christ and am proud to call myself one of His children. I’m so glad you’ve stumbled across my little corner of the internet, and I hope you are blessed by your browsing ‘round here!

Why the title? Well, I'm a very imaginative person, and my imaginary world is a very big part of the reason I blog and write. I feel very blessed by God to have been given such a big imagination, but like all gifts, it's one I need to control. It's not good to spend all your time thinking up new stories, instead of spending time with real people in the real world! Thus the description: (and the real one, too) 
We need to balance everything we're given.

To give you the run-down of what this blog is about, let me first explain that I am an aspiring author. Over the last several years I’ve published articles in small newspapers and magazines, mainly non-paying freelance informative stories about a non-profit horse organization I’m part of. My hope and dream is to become a published author, be it traditional or self-published. Currently I have two full-length novels in the final stages of editing, one a Contemporary Young Adult Christian novel dealing with the big questions of life and the other a Young Adult Historical Fiction novel about the Cold War. Finally I'm working on finishing up a volume of short stories revolving around my immortal family the Mornellys, also known as the Immortal Six. I have many other projects as well that are begging for me to brush them up and let them be seen by the world! Even though I don’t have any of my works available yet, I have been encouraged by publishing houses, editors and authors to get a blog and a website started to begin building my platform. Sounds odd to me, I always thought you did that after you got published. But I’m willing to give it a shot. :)

On this blog you’ll find all manner of posts-- what it’s like to live in Washington, humorous stories about my horse, Bodie, previews and sneak peaks for upcoming books I’m working on, inspiration for fellow aspiring authors, contemplations on life and God as well as short stories and fun activities. In short, lots and lots of randomness. You can also look forward to a lot of random facts about the world, namely Russia and Sweden due to my undying interest in the Swedish and Russian cultures, and my hope to become either a bilingual interpreter in both those languages or an English Second Language (ESL) tutor.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a blessed day. Whether you’re a writer, a reader, a linguist, a horse lover, a person full of imagination or an adventurer, my wish is that, should you read something on my blog, that you come back refreshed, inspired and excited.

God Bless, my friends!

-Emily McConnell


  1. Anonymous4/03/2015

    Hi Emily, I just wanted to say that you're blog is looking good, and i'm sure the remodel is gonna turn out great!

    1. Thank you Anonymous! I'm assuming I know you... in fact, I'm pretty darn sure I know who you are. B-) The one person I let use the computer today... ;) Thanks for commenting!

  2. Hey, Emily! You are awesome!

    1. Kichi! Thank you so much. :) I really appreciate that, especially coming from you. ;) I recognized your art style, haha. Thanks for commenting and glad you're reading the blog! Take care!

  3. Hello Emily!
    Is the horse you're standing on Brodie? He's very handsome! :D
    Nice about page! Nice to meet you.
    -Angela | thepeculiarmessenger.wordpress.com

    1. Oops, sorry, Bodie. :)

    2. Hello Angela!

      Yes, Bodie is the horse I'm standing on. Due to his shoulder problems now I wouldn't do that these days, but a couple years ago I had so much fun learning and teaching him tricks. :)

      Thank you for checking out my blog, I looked up your sanctuary/ministry and I think it's amazing! You're doing what my sister has always dreamed of doing.

      God bless you and thanks for commenting!

  4. Hi!

    First off, you have a beautiful horse! I have a big, black Tennessee Walker, and love him to pieces. He's rather spoiled and he knows it!

    Amazing story and so touching. I was tearing up here at our kitchen table!

    Anyway, I'm Ashleigh, the gal behind the blog, Prairie Gal Cookin'. I recently started a new post series and link-up: The Writer's Corner on the Block. I would love if you could drop by and link-up, as well as read some of the post and leave a comment with your thoughts! I'll be featuring story snippets in every post, so if you have any interest in submitting a story to be featured, you can also find more info in the post! :)


    1. Thank you for stopping by, Alisha, and thank you for the nice comment. I will be sure to check out your link up and seriously consider it. :) Oh, Tennessee Walkers are GORGEOUS, my neighbor almost bought one once. She was so beautiful. <3 :D

      Take care and blessings, thanks for stopping by my blog!


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