Castle Epic Fantasy

How to write short stories

Guest Blogger: Wyatt Dalton Short stories are a great way to build publishing credits. But for those of us used to writing long, complex works, it can be a real challenge. So here are some dos and don’ts for epic fantasy writers breaking into the short story market. Don’t: open with a prologue or other […]

Christmas House Lights

America has two Christmases

It’s that time of the year, when we start hectoring our neighbors about “Jesus being the reason for the season” and “keeping the Christ in Christmas.” My question is whether we’ve already lost this fight. On Monday, the Swagbucks site asked in its daily poll whether people like Christmas music. In the comments, one person […]

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The Gnomes

So, I totally forgot to blog last week. Like, genuinely, legitimately forgot. I know, I know, I’ve been blogging every Thursday for eons, it should be a well-ingrained habit by now. But here’s the thing: I forgot it was Thursday. Seriously. I had no idea what day it was, so by the end of the […]

Antique World Map by Roger Kirby-resized

Alphabet Blogging: M is for

Maps. Ever since I first opened up The Lord of the Rings, to be greeted by a beautifully detailed map of Middle Earth, I’ve been in love with maps in books. Even before that, though, while I never did much with maps, I still liked looking at them. To me, a map has always signaled […]

Sacrifice

The Art of Sacrifice

My kindle recommends lots of stories. I’ll try new authors from those recommendations sometimes. Most write well with expansive worldbuilding and intriguing story-lines. I must have tried eight or nine samples recently. I’ve bought none. My most recent attempt was so promising. The fantastical elements of the world were unique. The plotline drew me in […]

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Why Do Females Dominate the Dystopian World?

Guest Blogger: Nadine Brandes   Katniss Everdeen. Tris Prior. Cassia Reyes. Linh Cinder. Recognize any of these names? It’s okay, names were never my strong suit either, but the book titles might help you: The Hunger Games, Divergent, Matched, Cinder. These books have several things in common. First, they’re all YA dystopian novels. Second, they […]

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So What’s So Horribly Horrible About …THAT…

Guest Blogger: H.G. Ferguson It’s October, that time again. Again, Halloween looms. It is also a time when TV is stuffed with various and sundry offerings of such a nature that many, if not most, Christians shun them as they would a Black Mass. I refer of course to the horror film (and TV), which […]

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Don’t be your own limiting factor

Guest Blogger: Jennifer Slattery Sometimes the words flow and our fingers can barely keep up with the creative bursts firing from our brains. Other times, it feels as if every sentence is a struggle and we begin to wonder, can I really do this? What if I don’t have what it takes to be a […]

Cover art for Light in the Gloaming, which JB released last year. www.amazon.com/dp/B00E1W6E1C/

Writing Fiction About Truth: Are There Bones Inside God?

Guest Blogger: J.B. Simmons One night I’m laying beside my four-year-old son, telling bedtime stories. We’re talking about how fish have bones. Then he asks: “are bones inside God?” I’m stumped. Maybe I start talking about theology — the trinity and other deep stuff. Better yet, maybe I should respond with another story. Isn’t that how […]

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Important People

Happy Labor Day! Did you know that Labor Day was originally started as a way to acknowledge the “social and economic achievements of American workers.” (Dept. of Labor) So, I thought we’d acknowledge some of the achievements of our current writers here at NAF! Ren Black: This year, Ren welcomed another baby. Yay! While she […]

Author's Journey

Looking Back at NaNoWriMo

Looking Back at NaNoWriMo

NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, is over. In some ways, that’s a huge relief, and in others, it’s a disappointment. The goal, of course, is to write a 50,000 word novel in the month of November. I’ve completed it some years. I’ve gotten close others. Last year I didn’t even try. This year, I gave […]

Creative Nook

The Problem with Immortality

The Problem with Immortality

There’s a new show this fall called “Forever.” The main character, for unknown reasons, can’t die. He dies, but then he comes back. So, he has made it his life’s mission to figure out why he can’t die by studying death, his own–every time he dies he writes down a record of the experience–and other […]

Critical Views

American Idols

American Idols

Apparently, the internet is in a tizzy today because of Kim Kardashian’s butt. Yeah, that’s a real thing. I have no interest in knowing why her butt is such a spectacle, so I haven’t looked up the pictures that are making her more ridiculously famous than usual, and I have no intention of it. I […]

Life and Such

Mickey Mouse for governor

Mickey Mouse for governor

Why didn’t I think of that? The Orange County Florida Supervisor of Elections compiles a list of all the “invalid write-in names” entered on ballots. To be valid, a write-in candidate must register with the supervisor for a specific race. That ensures we don’t elect someone who is unwilling to serve. No word on whether […]

Our Faith

I can’t take your pain

I can’t take your pain

My friends are in pain. Family members have died. One has an incapacitating autoimmune disease. Another has breast cancer. Yet another has a confounding set of symptoms and no diagnosis. More than I can count have depression. One morning while I was praying for a friend who was going through an unusually painful flare-up of […]

Random Things

Alphabet Blogging: L is for…

Well…I’m sorry, guys. I thought for sure I had a post written and scheduled for last Wednesday. I must have been half asleep or something. Maybe I dreamed it–I tend to do that a lot, dream that I did something only to find out that in real life, I didn’t. Huh. OK, on to the […]