About Me



Hello! My name is Micaiah Saldaña. I'm so glad that you've stopped by my corner of the internet! Stay awhile, will you? But first, we should get to the reason you came to this page… To learn more about me.

I am, first and foremost, a follower of Jesus. Jesus has changed my life, and it is my deepest desire to glorify Him through the life I live and the words I write.

I’m a Young Adult Christian fiction writer.  The greatest piece of writing advice I have ever received is to “Write the story of your heart.” It is my greatest intention to follow that piece of advice and write the stories that God has placed on my heart to write. I have a passion for writing historical stories about broken people and an awe-inspiring God who can put those broken pieces together and make something beautiful.

When I’m not lost in the stories I spin, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, reading just about anything classic literature or Christian fiction, and drinking lots of salted caramel hot chocolate. I also love cheering on the Chicago Cubs, and traveling all around the world. So far, I’ve visited over half of the USA and about fifteen countries. I'm known to have weaknesses for notebooks of all types, typewriters, good books, and making and eating practically anything with high amounts of sugar and/or chocolate.

I've been published in a few other places besides here on Notebooks and Novels. I’m happy to say that my short story “Dear Jamie, Love Rory” won the One Teen Story writing contest in 13-15 age group and was published by One Teen Story magazine in the summer of 2018 (click here to learn more about it!). I also write for PURSUE magazine in the relationships column (click here to visit PURSUE magazine's website).

Now it’s your turn! Introduce yourself in the comment section below. I’d love to get to know you! 

59 comments:

  1. Love your About Me page! You kinda' know me already. . . Hopefully someday we'll get to meet each other in person!!

    You're a Twenty-One Pilots fan too? What even! I didn't think he was that popular, but I keep finding fans. I guess I might not count as a 'fan' exactly. . . I've only heard a few of his songs (mostly from his album "Blurry Face"), but I've really enjoyed them. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Hanna! =) I hope we can meet each other one day too! It would be EPIC.

      Yeah, but all I really listen to is their newest album, Blurryface. AND IT IS AWESOME. I do really enjoy them, and some of the songs fit with my novel Runaway's playlist. =)

      What's your favorite song of theirs?

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    2. Their song "Fairly Local" made me think of a character from one of my (unwritten) stories! They sing great story music, if you know what I mean. ;-) So I really like "Fairly Local" (it feels like 'my song'), and I also really like "Ride" and "Lane Boy". I'm not really a fan of rap music, but his lyrics in the rap parts of those two are SO GOOD!
      What's your favorite?

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    3. Also, which ones fit with your story??

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    4. My favorite.... #toohardilovetwentyonepilots

      The songs that fit with my story are "Fairly Local" and "Heavydirtysoul." "Message Man" would fit too. They do have really great music!

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    5. "Fairly Local" fits yours too? I love it! ;-)

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  2. OH GOODNESS TWENTY ONE PILOTS I COULD SCREAM ABOUT THEM FOREVER AHHHHHHHHHHH.

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    1. I KNOW ME TOO. *screams with you* *decides the only rational thing to do to stop screaming is to turn on vessels*

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  3. Oh, I love this, Macaiah!! 13 countries?! Which ones?

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    1. Thanks! =) I've been to Luxembourg, Belgium (I lived in Belgium for about two and half years), England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Uganda, Austria, the USA, and Rwanda. I'm surprised myself, and just realized that I forgot Rwanda and Austria when writing this bio... *hides face*

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  4. Whoa! I love traveling! Which countries have you been to? I'm really curious. XD

    storitorigrace.blogspot.com

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    1. I absolutely adore traveling too, although I must admit, there is no place like home. =) I've traveled to Luxembourg, Belgium (I lived in Belgium for about two and half years, hence all the European countries), England, Scotland, Ireland, Germany, France, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Uganda, Austria, the USA, and Rwanda.

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    2. That's awesome! Might I ask where you were born? You have an unusual name which is why I ask. XD

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    3. Totally! =) I was born in Joplin, Missouri. Haha, I do have an unusual name, but it's a name I'm proud to have. Micaiah was an OT prophet who prophesied against King Ahab in 1 Kings 22:1-28. Pretty cool, huh? =) I really like your name!

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  5. I LOVE notebooks, there is no such thing as too many notebooks! I have piles and piles of notebooks I'm probably never going to get around to writing in!! But my favorite one is my white one with gold stripes that says Write on the cover! I also love Nf and for King and Country, too!

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    1. No there isn't-although there is such a thing as too few. ;) I have written in at least a few pages of all of my notebooks-and I'm constanly adding more to my collection. Oh, that sounds like a lovely notebook! They are AMAZING, aren't they? =) What's your favorite song?

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  6. Just wanted to drop a line and say that I love your blog, and I love your name--"Micaiah" sounds so unique!

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! =) I'm actually named after an OT prophet (named Micaiah... obviously=)) who prophesied against King Ahab.

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  7. I'm Narnian too, and I also hold citizenship in Middle-Earth. Just wanted to say your blog looks fabulous, I love your writing, and you have SUCH a cool name! (I actually have been through the wardrobe in real life, so I can claim Narnian ethnicity. :)

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    1. That's awesome! *high fives fellow citizens* Thank you so much! =) I've been through a wardrobe at Focus on the Family, but not the real one. I can try every one I see though....

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    2. When you least expect it, maybe you'll find one with no back . . .

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  8. Adorable blog, Micaiah! I feel you when it comes to having too many notebooks-they're just so tempting! Yes, I love twenty-one Pilots and Lauren Daigle.

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    1. Thank you! +) It is-and there are so many different ones it's hard to pick just one! Oh, they're amazing! What is your favorite Twenty One Pilots song? Your favorite Lauren Daigle one? I know, hard questions... xD

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    2. Ohhh, definitely hard questions. For Twenty One Pilots I'd have to say The Judge or We Don't Believe What's On TV. And for Lauren Diagle possibly Come Alive... I'm really not sure. How about you?

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    3. THAT IS A HARD QUESTION. I really like "Message Man" and "Fairly Local." And for Lauren Daigle, I like "First" and "Trust In You."

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    4. Nice, those are good ones. Especially Message Man. Have you heard of The Lumineers?

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    5. Thanks! I have, and I've listened to a bit of their music. =) Do you like them?

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  9. Hi Micaiah! I just had a quick question. What made you start your blog? And how did you go about doing it?

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    1. Well, around the time I started writing, I discovered a writing blog, Taking My Time (http://takingmytime.rothfuss.us), and had the inspiration to start my own blog. I wanted to share my writing and my faith with the world, not to mention get a jumpstart on creating my writing platform. =)

      First, I picked a platform. I used Blogger at first, but later I switched to Wordpress and now I'm using Blogger again. =) Then I started posting content. As time went on, I learned more about design and such.

      I hope I answered all your questions? =) If you have any other questions, please let me know! Thanks for commenting!

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  10. You have SUCH a gorgeous blog. Wow. I'm definitely sticking around, and I'm a new follower for sure.

    -T
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  11. You have such a beautiful name (and blog). Also, go homeschoolers! :DD

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    1. Aw, thank you so much! =) And yes, go homeschoolers! =)

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  12. We share a lot in common! So glad I found you :) AND YOUR BLOG. Gorgeous. Following...

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    1. That's so neat! I'll definitely have to check your blog out! Thank you! =)

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  13. Hi Micaiah! It's nice to meet you! I'm really interested in your blog, and I'm looking to start one of my own. Though, I'm not quite sure how. I also love writing and am actually working on a book now! (Side note: I'm also homeschooled, and the experience is awesome!) My parents are Brent and Barbra Fields. I know you might not know them, but they are old friends of your parents. I love how you set this blog up, and I hope when I figure it out, I can do the same. Have a good day and a Happy Thanksgiving, God bless you!
    - Ada

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    1. Hi, Ada! Wow, that's so cool that our parents were friends! =D My parents remember yours fondly. =) It's very nice to meet you! Thank you so much for stopping by. =)

      That is very exciting that you are looking to start your own blog! Blogging is a wonderful experience, and the blogging community around here couldn't be better. If you would like any help or tips on starting a blog, please let me know!

      Wow, you like writing too! =D That's awesome! What is your book about, may I ask? AND you're homeschooled? That's amazing! =) I love being homeschooled and wouldn't trade the experience for public school.

      Happy (late) Thanksgiving, and God bless you too! I hope to hear from you again!

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    2. Thanks Micaiah! To start off, my book is on elves, (I really like fantasy stuff!) and they have really awesome names. I'm self-publishing and if you want, I could get a copy of the book for you. I don't mind if you would rather not though.

      The second thing, for the blog, I got lost. The website gave me no instructions what-so-ever so I didn't really know what to do from the beginning. I managed to come up with a name and the layout and I got it on the internet, but there is nothing on it. I'm working on the page where I introduce myself right now.

      I wouldn't trade the home school experience either! I have been pubic schooled though up to fourth grade, then in fifth grade my mom pulled me out. Homeschooled life is much better then public school! Have you been homeschooled your whole life or have you been to pubic school?

      Happy (or merry?) early Christmas! Have a good day!

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    3. I enjoy the fantasy genre as well-and elves?! That sounds really cool! I would love to get my hands on a copy. =)

      Starting a blog can be very confusing. I'm glad that you were able to figure it out. If you ever have any questions or need help at all, please, let me know.

      I've never been to public school before; my mom has homeschooled me my entire life. I am now a sophomore in high school and am loving the flexibility and learning experience that homeschool gives.

      Merry early Christmas to you, Ada! I am so glad to have (virtually) met you. =)

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    4. I will make sure to order a copy especially for you!

      As for the blog, thanks!

      Your lucky. Public school is drama drama drama! I have never been to the public middle school or high school, but from what I've heard, elementary is probably the best, because once you go to middle school, there's more bullies, people tease you, and people start dating at a REALLY young age...

      I'm glad to have met you too! Are you doing anything for the holidays?

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    5. Aw, thanks! =)

      I've heard that public school is a lot of drama-lots of craziness, but I suppose that drama can happy anywhere. I'm happy to say that I haven't seen too much, but drama can be inescapable once you reach high school.

      My family will be staying home for Christmas doing the usual. Presents, big dinner, church, cake for Jesus... What about you?

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    6. Hehe, hey Micaiah. I am SO sorry this is really late. :/

      How have you been doing? I haven't been here in a while so I decided to come visit. I read some of your older posts and they were really good! I have an idea for- haha my dog is jumping up on me cause she wants to go outside. XD Aaanyways, I have an idea for my next blog post but I haven't found a good time to write it. XD sometimes I feel like I'm not posting often enough!

      I'm on chapter 4 on my book! I know I know it's not very far (and the funny thing is I've been working on it for like, 2 years now! XD).

      How's school going? My little sister and I just started a week ago. We go to this middle-school co-op every Monday and get our schoolwork for the week there. Also, I'm really excited for an art class that we are going to take there! (I mean, I'm already part of one but hey, it's double the fun!)

      I think that's all for now. Hope to here back from you soon!

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  14. Your welcome!

    We spend time with family, open presents, have dinner, church, and caroling. Most of that is in the evening.

    Merry Christmas and happy new year! I'm excited for 2018!

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    1. That sounds like a lot of fun. =) I just noticed that your lovely blog is gone. Did you decide not to do it any more?

      Merry Christmas! =)

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    2. Oh, my blog? I had two but I deleted one. The one that is still here is Sketching out your Life. Is that the one your talking about? I just published two more posts on it, so it's still here for me.

      Also, for my book, I wouldn't be surprised if I don't finish it this year. I'm actually expecting it to be finished around sometime early next year!XD

      Happy new year!
      Have a good day!

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    3. Ah, I just found Sketching out Your Life! I was talking about the one you deleted and couldn't find the new one.

      Progress is progress, and don't worry, writing books takes a lot of time, effort, and patience. Good luck and happy new year! =)

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    4. Ok, that's good, cause at first I was like, " WHAT OH NO I DELETED MY BLOG BY ACCIDENT!AAAHHH I WORKED SO HARD ON IT!!!" Then I checked and it was still there, and I was so relieved but confused why you said it disappeared. Then I thought of my old blog....and ya.

      What's your New Year resolution?

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    5. Haha, I'm glad that everything is alright. I don't really have a resolution, but I am trying to exercise and eat healthier, plus have a stricter writing schedule.

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  15. Hi, Micaiah! Oh my word, I LOVE your blog! Your header is so pretty!

    I’m also a homeschooled Christian, and I love writing fiction, reading dystopian novels, playing piano, and listening to Casting Crowns!

    That’s so cool how much you’ve traveled! I would love to visit other places, but I rarely leave my state, haha!

    I’m looking forward to reading future posts from you! I hope you have a wonderful 2018!

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    1. Hi, Riley! =D Thank you so much!

      Wow, it's cool to see that we have some stuff in common. Except I can't play the piano-I'm not very musical. At all. xD

      What I've learned is that there's somewhere to explore no matter where you live. The USA has a lot of cool stuff that we Americans sometimes overlook, but we have so much to see in our backyard!

      Thank you, I hope your 2018 is awesome as well! =)

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  16. Hi, Micaiah! Thanks so much for following my blog, that means a lot to me. You blog is amazing! You've also gained a new follower. :)

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. You're so welcome! And thank you so much, you are so sweet! =)

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  17. Hello there!

    I'm a teenage Christian bookworm who loves Jesus and the Kansas City Royals--your team has my Zobrist! BOO! Just kidding :P I also love typewriters and hot cocoa and traveling--though I've only been to about fifteen states and never out of the country. I enjoy reading, writing, and jamming on my piano to classical music. Give me Beethoven and I'll be happy. I'm a geek--Star Trek, Star Wars, Back to the Future, Indiana Jones--and I adore classic movies and books that make me cry but still have a happy ending.

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    1. Hi there, Abby!

      Haha, thank you so much for Zobrist--he's one of my favorites! =D And I'm glad that you at least are a Royals fan, and not a St. Louis Cardinals one. That's cool that you've gotten to visit fifteen states! I wish I was musical like you, but I don't have a musical bone in my body. xD YES. Things that make people cry but have happy endings are the best!

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  18. Hello, Micaiah! Nice to meet you!

    (Technically, I’m supposed to be on hiatus, but shhhhhh. I was never here. *slinks into the shadows*)

    Hey, YA Christian aspiring authors for the win!! And you’re writing for a magazine? That’s awesome!

    *scans rest of the page* *sees something potentially scary* *rereads it*

    Oh no. You’re not . . . a Chicago Cubs fan, are you???? :)

    Just kidding. I’m personally not a fan of baseball, but if I have to pick someone to watch, it would be the St. Louis Cardinals. (I can just see the horror on your face.)

    Anyways, it was nice to meet you, Micaiah! See you around your blog!

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    1. Hi there, Nicole! It is nice to meet you as well. =)

      Haha, I’ll keep your secret. ;)*high five* A fellow YA Christian writer, yay! =D

      *gasps* A... A... CARDINALS FAN?!?!? *runs away screaming and praying for you* All I can say is... Go Cubs!!! xD

      See you around the blogosphere, Nicole! It was a pleasure to make your acquaintance. =)

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  19. Hey! Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog <33 your blog is super awesome! And you're so pretty <33

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