Author: Cynthia “Cyndi” Hilston

  • Staying in Love Long-term

    I have been married for thirteen and a half years.  That may not seem like long to someone who’s been married many more years, but it’s not uncommon for someone to tell me that I’ve already stayed married longer than a lot of couples.  Reaching the ten year mark is quite the accomplishment, I guess! […]

  • A Review of This Dread Road, by Olivia Folmar Ard

    A Review of This Dread Road, by Olivia Folmar Ard This Dread Road is the third and final installment in Olivia Folmar Ard’s Bennett Series.  Each book takes place on the fictional campus of Howard Knox College and University in Bennett, South Carolina.  The books are related in that there are characters overlapping between each […]

  • Lorna versus Laura

    This is my second book, which now has the first draft completed as of Oct. 2016.  It will be several months before the final draft is complete, as it will be read and reviewed by a writers group I&… Source: Lorna versus Laura Updated artwork for my page about my second book, Lorna versus Laura […]

  • Resolutions or Goals? – A Re-evaluation

    To some, the start of a new year is the beginning of promises, a fresh start, a time to try again.  Even though it’s just another calendar year, there’s something mentally stimulating for many to take on a new challenge in a new year, to better themselves, to start a new hobby, or whatever. To […]

  • Pay It Forward…A Reminder

    Pay It Forward…A Reminder

    ‘Tis the season… To be jolly? To go into debt? To give. Because God first gave to us His son, Jesus. In the midst of the craziness of shopping, stressing, overspending, and stressing some more, it’s easy to lose sight of what matters.  Whether you’re Christian or not, whatever reason you celebrate Christmas–whether religious, secular, […]

  • Choose Kindness

    For the first hour of any given day, my mind is not awake.  My wish to ease into the day, to be up before my kids and get dressed and have breakfast alone, is ungranted.  It’s almost laughable.  In the midst of hurrying and scurrying to get three kids and myself dressed and fed in […]

  • Blessings in Disguise – What Raising a Child with Autism Has Taught Me

      “’Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops What if Your healing comes through tears What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise” These words speak to me.  They aren’t mine, but they are powerful.  If you […]

  • You Don’t Know What Goes on Behind Closed Doors – Raising a Child with Autism

    Many of you won’t know what it’s like, but there are many of you out there who understand what it entails to raise a child with autism or any sort of special need.  For me, it’s the most challenging part of my life that I face every day.  My oldest son just turned seven years […]

  • My Wonky Writing Procedure… Or Lack Thereof

    After a week off, we now resume our regular programming… How many of you remember the dreaded research papers you had to write in high school?  Raise your hand.  Better off, don’t raise your hand.  That’s too reminiscent of being back in school.  But anyway, I’ll tell you this: if I never have to write […]

  • The Value of Fan Fiction

    My story has over a million reads and over six thousand reviews.  Wow.  Impressive, right?   Notice that I said “story” and not “book.”   That’s because what I’m referring to here isn’t an original story written by me that’s been published as a book.  Rather, what I’m talking about is a work of fan […]