A Bringer of New Things

I want to read and learn all I can, write thoughtfully and truthfully, live according to reason and ever more mature wisdom, and savor every wonderful little gift of life.



Hello, I’m Sarrah J. Woods. Thanks for visiting my blog! Here I write about things I’m learning and enjoying in the areas of writing, reading, and personal growth. I also post creative writings and photos.

I try to see every day as a chance to learn something new. That’s why my blog is titled “A Bringer of New Things,” which is a phrase from my favorite poem, “Ulysses” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Here’s the phrase in its immediate context:

“Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things.”

I wonder what new thing–insight, knowledge, person, experience–today will bring into my life?

I’m a writer from West Virginia, USA. In my free time during and after my day job as an insurance agent, I’m currently working on:

* A young adult fantasy novel

* A memoir about my coming-of-age experiences inside a deeply fundamentalist religion and my exodus from it (you can read a brief summary of my story here)

* Whatever essays, short stories, children’s stories, poems, and song lyrics I can spin out! Mostly I use them to just fill my notebooks, but occasionally I will get up the nerve to submit something, post it on my blog, or share it with my writers’ group.

* On the back burner:

– A niche blog: My Post-God Life 

– A nonfiction book on some specific applications of modern humanist ethics

Obviously, I LOVE writing. But I also love lots of other things, including:

* Learning! And all related aspects: reading, studying, analyzing, thinking, observing, and growing. I love learning about anything and everything, from art to zoology!

* Reading (I know I just included it under learning, but reading seems to need its own whole category!)–I will read almost anything (and want to read everything!), but I especially enjoy reading classic/literary fiction, mysteries and thrillers with strong characters and/or great plotting (and that aren’t too dark or gory), and children’s & YA fiction.

* Being in nature

* Laughing with my husband

* Cuddling with my cats

* Listening to and playing music

* Drinking tea

* Knitting cozy gifts for my family and friends

* Writing longhand letters (I’m always on the lookout for new penpals, so please speak up if you’re interested!)

* Journaling, taking walks, and just sitting still, outside, alone

* Swimming

* Eating yummy vegetarian ethnic food (especially Thai and Mexican)

* Organizing stuff and making lists 🙂

You can also connect with me on Twitter.

12 comments on “About

  1. enywulandari
    March 26, 2014

    Hi Sarrah! My name is Eny dan I currently live in Jakarta, Indonesia. It’s really nice to read your blog as I think you and I love reading books. Hope to see more posts from your blog. Thank you… Cheers!


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      March 27, 2014

      Hi Eny, thanks for commenting! I’m glad you like my posts. I intend to read more of yours as time permits–I definitely love reading, writing, and talking about books! I loved The Mill on the Floss, and soon I hope to post a thoughtful comment on your thoughtful post about it. I’m glad to make a new bookworm friend! 🙂


  2. momfawn
    May 2, 2014

    I think writers and book lovers naturally gravitate to one another, Sarrah. Thank you for following me at Triggershorse. – Fawn


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      May 2, 2014

      Thank you for commenting, Fawn! I’m looking forward to reading your posts. I love making new book-loving and/or writer friends, including blog friends!


  3. Tony
    July 2, 2014

    My favorite people are those who Practice expanding their minds through learning, reading, pondering, reciting and teaching. Thank you, Sarrah.


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      July 2, 2014

      Thank you, Tony! Those are definitely things I value, and it’s always wonderful to connect with people who share those values.


      • Tony
        July 2, 2014

        I agree. That has always been a joy to me to meet someone who loves to read and who has accumulated a lot of knowledge;who speaks her own mind.


  4. Tony
    July 2, 2014

    I’m glad I saw your comment about Parachute. They’re great.


  5. Tony
    July 2, 2014

    Intelligence is what connects us with our Inner Self(s) and all that is beyond in the infinite realm of possibility. Those who live with the blinders of ignorance on—because they have IGNORED the wondrous assortment of learning(s) there are available in the world—can only wonder when someone makes a literary allusion. I wish I could illuminate their minds all at once and have a Great Conversation…with every living soul participating.

    But it is beyond yourself is where you connect with the One.


  6. georgetteann
    September 28, 2014

    Hey Sarrah, I’ve nominated you for the Dragon’s Loyalty Award! If you wish to participate, here are the details: http://georgetteann.wordpress.com/2014/09/27/dragons-loyalty-award/. Thank you! 🙂


  7. Carla Doria M.
    October 30, 2014

    I love your blog and I hope I can hear more from you soon.
    If possible, (I would be more than happy to return the favor with a facebook page or any other social network) could you like my facebook website https://www.facebook.com/cdoriam for more updates on my blog and upcoming projects.
    Thank you very much!


    • Sarrah J. Woods
      October 30, 2014

      Thank you, Carla. Unfortunately, I am not on Facebook anymore, I’m sorry! Best of luck to you.


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