“I’m not climbing that! I can’t.” I shielded my eyes and looked up the steep slope in front of me, there just wasn’t any way. “This is the path I’ve given you.” “But, Lord, this isn’t some hill we’re talking about, this is a mountain!” I took a deep breath and tried to calm […]

Why Marvel’s Inhumans is Inhuman

Originally posted on Wishful Thinking:
I had heard that Marvel’s Inhumans was bad weeks before I saw the premiere two weeks ago. I thought maybe the acting was bad, or production values were weak – which I kind of doubted, because Iwan Rheon (Game of Thrones’ Ramsay Bolton) and it’s ABC/Disney.? I had no idea…

Two Movies To Add To Your List

Hey, guys! Yeah, still no fall update… I’m continuing to pray through some of those big decisions. This week I’d like to share two movies which have totally inspired me to get back to my writing. 🙂 1.) Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) As a wild youth, elementary school student Shouya Ishida sought to […]

What Is Your Mission

Mission Impossible: Getting Your Book Published

Guest Blogger: Keith A. Robinson Special Agent – Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to become a published author. This mission is nearly impossible. But if you follow these instructions, you just might succeed where so many have failed. I don’t know about you, but when I decided to try my hand […]

Meditation Topics

I did an in depth study of Philippians 4:8  “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” (NKJV, bold emphasis mine). I happened to do my study in the New King James version. Typically, my […]

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Why I’m a Feminist

Those who’ve read Alara’s Call know it is fundamentally about equality. And when I discuss the subject, I do try to keep the focus on equality, because for too many people feminism is a red flag. They think it means anti-male. But honest feminism is not about pulling men down. That’s misandry. Feminism is about […]

Eight Ways to Handle Stress

So, I was going to write a fall update this week, right? Right. Well, one of the things I was planning on talking about has become something I need more direction for. (Lots of praying happening here.) With that said, I decided to postpone the fall update, again. Maybe by the time I get around […]

Alara’s Marcher Lord Roots

What can I tell you NAF followers about Alara’s Call that I haven’t already? Some of you have been with me on this journey since the days of the Marcher Lord Select contest. When we announced the release date for Alara’s Call, Becky Minor—NAF alumn and founder of the Realm Makers conference—asked me if that […]

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A Day of Prayer 

There is so much going on in the world right now, we need to stop and pray. I’m not sure what that looks like for you. Maybe a day of prayer. Maybe a fast. Maybe jump starting a habit of making prayer a daily habit like brushing your teeth. You do brush your teeth daily, […]

What to Look for in an Editor

All serious writers need editors. Even editors need other editors. I’m sure I’ll get all kinds of backlash from indies and experienced writers saying this isn’t so, but I respectfully disagree. Naturally, the more you learn to write and improve your writing craft, the less editing you need, but no one is completely objective about […]

Ten Tolkien Quotes for your Writing Wednesday Revisited

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”
― J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings

Author's Journey

My Journey to Success

No, this is not a post about a successful person explaining how they achieved success whether it be a multi-million dollar career or a post of great power. I’m talking about the journey to success, which is highly personal. The getting there. Expectations One of the many things I’ve learned professionally that applies directly to writing is […]

Christian SpecFic

Review of Alara’s Call

Review of Alara’s Call

Celebrating the Release of Kristen Stieffel’s Debut Novel I am so excited about the release of our own Kristen Stieffel’s Alara’s Call, The Prophet’s Chronicle Book 1. Although Alara’s Call fits into the fantasy category of speculative fiction as a “sword opera” set in a fictional world, there is no magic. Alara’s visions, and other characters’ […]

Creative Nook



The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores,     Preparing,     Testing,     Auction Part One,     Auction Part Two, Mistress Breakfast Reith woke to a sharp pain in his head. He sat up and looked around. The room seemed to swim before him. Stark white walls, high windows that let in bright […]

Critical Views

Kindred Spirits

Kindred Spirits

One thing that comes up a lot in the writing circles I travel in is the feeling of displacement, and the feeling of not belonging in other groups. Christians who write speculative are out of the Christian Writer clique, and sometimes out of the Christian clique. People at church sometimes don’t understand why or how […]

Guest Blogs

Christian Writers Must Deal With Real-Life Issues

Christian Writers Must Deal With Real-Life Issues

Guest Blogger: Laura VanArendonk Baugh   We are failing as Christians. I recently attended a new writers’ conference, my first which focused specifically on the Christian market. I am a Christian author who writes almost exclusively for the general market, so I knew this conference was not going to be for me the way other […]

Life and Such

My Biggest Fear

My Biggest Fear

Two weeks ago we made plans for Fall Break. My husband had a business trip in Parker, Arizona so we decided to go to Las Vegas. It’s not my favorite location for a family vacation, but there are some things about the city we all really enjoy and some activities we wanted to do. My […]

Marketing and Promotion



On this blog, we often talk about the power of story and the high calling we as creatives have to express Truth in a new way, to show the glory of God in dark places, and to reflect God’s creative image by creating fantastic things. We also lament the fact that we’re in a strange […]

News for Writers

Writing Opportunity!

Writing Opportunity!

Hey, guys! This week I thought I’d share a new writing opportunity. Most of you probably know all about Anne Elisabeth Stengl’s The Tales of Goldstone Wood series. If you haven’t read them, you should! You can find her books here: If you’ve heard about Anne Elisabeth Stengl, then chances are you’ve heard about […]

Our Faith

Irma is Not God’s Punishment

Irma is Not God’s Punishment

This happens every time a major disaster happens. Some crank — sometimes a more high-profile crank than others — claims that the disaster is God’s “punishment” for some perceived infraction on the part of whoever’s getting slammed at the moment. Pat Robertson once denounced my home city of Orlando because of Walt Disney World’s acceptance […]

Random Things

Cover Reveal: The Final Paladin

I am excited about the cover reveal for T.J. Akers’ The Final Paladin. It’s set both in the very real Five Points area of Victorian New York City and in a fantasy world. Back Cover Copy: Life for Peg Bowman is rough in the infamous slums of Five Points, New York, but her brother’s murder changes […]