Hell Awaits You

This image came across my Facebook newsfeed the other day. The friend who posted it is not a Christian, and so naturally mocking of Christians and jokes about Hell being cool ensued. After much deliberation I decided against commenting, to either explain or decry the things this sign says and how Christianity doesn’t say what […]


Alphabet blogging: C is for…

Cookie! No, wait, that’s not it. Chocolate! No! Stop it. You do not need a snack. That’s the exact conversation I had with myself as I sat down to start this blog post. I couldn’t believe it. My brain had suddenly gone blank, and I couldn’t think of a single word that started with C […]


Organization is like a Drug

When I was growing up, my room was almost always a mess. Seriously. I hated cleaning–and I was definitely one of those that felt that if my room was clean, I couldn’t find anything when I needed it. Of course, it would only take me 2 seconds to find something in my own chaos. When […]

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The low-maintenance lifestyle

On Facebook, a colleague asked for an explanation of this Buzzfeed article: “29 Freeing Truths Of Being A Low-Maintenance Girl.” She just didn’t get it. I figured she can’t be alone, so let me explain.  The low-maintenance lifestyle is based on saving time and money by eliminating nonessentials. Of course, we all have different definitions […]


Challenges and Goals

I love participating in challenges. They’re like productive dares. Who can resist a good dare? I’ve always been the kind of person to do something just because someone said I couldn’t. When I was a kid, we used to go camping in the mountains and there was a series of lakes connected by a creek. […]


Fun With Short Stories

One of my difficulties is getting back into the groove after a long writing layoff. Especially when that layoff occurs in the middle of the story. It’s difficult to leap back into the jumble of emotions which found their way onto the page when you’ve been separated from those specific emotions for a while. So, […]


Alain Harper’s “Kryptonite”

Guest Blogger: John Wheeler Both of my co-authors, one of my most loyal readers recently, some part of my mind that pays attention to what other authors are doing—all have asked me some variant of the question, “What is Alain Harper’s ‘Kryptonite’?” (Actually, one of my co-authors—devious fellow that he is—has invented some pretty clever […]


Character Spotlight: Alain Harper

Guest Blogger: John Wheeler “Be on your guard,” Edward ordered those behind and beside him as he slowly rode forward, not to Sir Martin’s great pleasure. The man he approached wore a hooded cloak, pants, belt and boots all of charcoal gray and an ivory pullover shirt under it. A scabbard on his back, likewise […]

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10 Tips for Starting, Growing, and Maintaining a Mailing List for Authors

Guest Blogger: Pauline Creeden The Dos Tip #1 ~ It’s never too early to start your list. Not published yet? No problem. If you want to have a great launch, having a mailing list already there can help! Tip #2 ~ Explore your options. When starting a mailing list, check out companies like MailChimp and […]



Guest Blogger: Angie Brashear In recent weeks my sons have spent their evenings watching the NBA Finals, energetically cheering on the San Antonio Spurs. Most game nights, their animated antics interrupted me as I attempted to prepare for the release of my debut novel, Of the Persecuted. But it was difficult to get irritated with […]

Author's Journey

Coping with WIP boredom

Coping with WIP boredom

When I wrote about the nonexistent muse, John Wheeler raised an issue many of us deal with: My occasional collaborator … gets an idea and works through it for a while, but then can’t finish what he starts. He says he gets bored too easily—he then starts off on a different fictional framework and the […]

Creative Nook

10 Questions and Answers About Alara’s Call

10 Questions and Answers About Alara’s Call

Over at her Zyearth blog, R.A. Meenan tagged everyone in our Facebook writers group in this Q&A game. So in the hopes that this will give you a slightly less controversial view of Alara’s Call than we had last time, here goes: 1. What is the title of your next book/work? Alara’s Call, book one […]

Critical Views

Christian Fiction Parables

Christian Fiction Parables

Last week, in my post When is Christian Fiction Not? I talked about  the lines between Christian fiction and secular fiction, and how more and more Christian speculative fiction seems to be cross-over, not really appropriate for the CBA market, but not secular enough for the mainstream market. Someone commented that back in the old […]

Life and Such

A New School Year

So, this past week has been pretty crazy around here as we were preparing for the new school year, which starts today. If you didn’t know, we homeschool our 3 kids. I have 2 girls, who are going into 3rd grade, and a pre-k boy. On a whim last Sunday, I decided we needed to […]

Our Faith



Not much writing going on at present. I’ve had the wonderful privilege of attending our yearly pastor’s conference out in sunny California. This is one my favorite times as it’s a great opportunity for me to get away with Jesus and spend time with friends I don’t see but once every year or two. I […]

Random Things

Alphabet blogging: B is for…

Book high. This happened to me last week. I recently found the final book in the Quadrail series by Timothy Zahn, and since it’s been so long since I read the first one (about two and a half years ago, I think) I’ve been re-reading the series. It was a good thing I did, because […]