Ren Black

A Day in Ren’s Life

A Day in Ren’s Life

To say I’m a morning person would be a blatant lie. As to schedules and consistency, I’m still working on the mantra, “schedules are my friend.” “Work day” doesn’t exist in my reality. As a Homeschooling mother of five kids under ten my world is daycare, medic, teacher, taxi, cook and maid all dumped into […]

WIP Report for June 2013

WIP Report for June 2013

Admittedly very belated, but we have some hard-working writers here well worth acknowledgment. Avily Jerome: The Days of Noah 34,933 words New end date 6/31 (Yeah, I keep moving it back every month. Sigh.) Kristen Stieffel: Title: Hope and Pride Condition: Editing Current Word Count: 108,000 Projected Total: 110,000 Projected Finish: Sometime this year Biggest […]

Chasing Little Blue Bugs

Chasing Little Blue Bugs

Somewhere in the flat, dusty expanse of New Mexico my Husband gave into the aggravation of the tedious speed limit and turned the driving over to me. Living in Texas with 70 to 80 mph speeds has spoiled us. We pulled a ‘Chinese firedrill’ so the cruising speed he’d set stuck around. Well, sort of […]

WIP Report for May 2013

  Will Ramirez: Author: Will Ramirez WIP: Sky Calling Target Word count: 100,000 Current Word count: 21,000 Goal date to finish: August 30, 2013 Draft/ editing version: 1st Draft Toughest challenge you’ve faced this month: Getting back into the swing of first draft writing after focusing so much on editing lately. Biggest Encouragements: Getting my […]

Humanizing Evil?

Humanizing Evil?

I cannot seem to write a purely evil villain. All the villains in my stories have distinct human qualities. There is the corrupt Emperor who drinks away his obsessive paranoia. The only person he truly trusts is a lone childhood friend, who he jealously monopolizes. Or the evil religious leader who is terrified of his […]

WIP Report for April 2013

WIP Report for April 2013

This month, in addition to the chart and written comments from our authors, Tim Ward helped us create our first ever NAF podcast. We had a partial crew of Tim, Will, Avily, Kristen and Ren all giving intros and talking about how things have been going, including some two very exciting bits of news! Go […]

Homeschooling Twist on Fantasy Gaming

Homeschooling Twist on Fantasy Gaming

This week I tried something different with the kids and homeschooling. We did a fantasy adventure. It’s something I’ve thought about before but never got around to setting up until lately. I took some loose inspiration from role playing games, but without dice or battles (yet). It played along something like this: The kids knew […]

Abandoning the Bandwagon

Abandoning the Bandwagon

My target market is not “Christian Speculative Fiction”. This has been looming in my mind and heart for a long time. I’ve battled it, denied it and avoided it. Although I’m a self-proclaimed “Jumper”, I think secretly in my heart I hoped to find a place here in this niche, at least on the fringes. […]