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Less observant than a kindergartner

I may presume myself to be smarter than a fifth grader, but there are many types of intelligence, and on at least one of them I failed to rise to the level of a kindergartner. Not some hypothetical kindergartner or an average of all kindergartners, but a specific kindergartner who showed me up in the […]

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The Cleaning Fairy

The Rise of the Gnomes, Part One: The Cleaning Fairy Father walked into the house. He tripped over a toy truck that lay just in front of the doorway, nearly losing his balance. His walk was further impeded by an array of blocks, stuffed animals, and marbles that covered nearly every inch of floor. Hanging […]

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Alphabet Blogging: K is for…

Killjoys. Killjoys can, unfortunately, take multiple forms for authors. They don’t even necessarily have to be human. One of the biggest killjoys for me is the comparison game. Every so often, I look at what other authors–or sometimes even other creative types–are doing. How much success they’ve found. How they’re writing several books a year, […]


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 […]

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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

Falling off the blog wagon

Falling off the blog wagon

I haven’t blogged since October 23, which is just nuts. Yeah, you’ve seen me here since then. I’m talking about over at my own site. I had a real roll going on with a series of blog posts about editing (whoo-hoo!). But seriously, when I attended the Florida Writers Association last month, I was surprised […]

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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

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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

Why do gentlemen defer to ladies?

Why do gentlemen defer to ladies?

A man held the door for me at the gym the other day. This is a common enough courtesy, but for some reason it got me pondering. This man was much bigger and stronger than me. He was also younger than me. So maybe he was a gentleman holding a door for a lady, or […]

Our Faith

How can we evangelize in the 21st Century?

How can we evangelize in the 21st Century?

In the media run-up to the release of the new Left Behind movie, I saw this picture posted on Facebook: This postapocalyptic survivor theoretically asks, “Why didn’t anyone warn me?” And my only response is…seriously? Hasn’t the church been warning people for two thousand years? We have. The problem is, few people are listening. And […]

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Alphabet Blogging: J is for…

Jigsaw puzzle.In other words…story plot. (Stretching a bit there, maybe? I couldn’t come up with anything else for J.) But, whether you’re a plotter or a pantser, sometimes story plots really do feel like jigsaw puzzles. Those really, really big, 1,500 piece ones. And to make matters worse, it’s of an abstract painting. And your […]