4 Lies People Believe About Poetry

Guest Blogger: T.J. Akers I have a confession. A terrible, dark, and…disturbing confession. I like…poetry. There, I said it. Don’t judge me. Okay, so I’m playing up the melodrama here, but poetry once was a beloved form of pop culture and a time-tested institution. In our modern culture, poetry has fallen from grace—or has it? […]

Realm Makers Membership

Today I signed up for a Realm Makers membership! I’ve been excited about this for a while. All the details below are pulled from the Realm Makers website. You can and should check it out for yourself here: http://www.realmmakers.com. 🙂 I signed up for the Basic Membership. Basic Membership $40 for 1 year Membership pricing […]

The Teacher

Due to various life things happening, I have neglected posting for quite some time. I return with the next installment of The Silver Shores The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What came before: The Silver Shores     Preparing     Testing     Auction, Part One Auction, Part Two     Mistress     Breakfast     The Student The Teacher “Herbs will be […]

Wednesday Writing Inspiration

A friend of mine sent me a quote by George MacDonald earlier this week, so I was inspired to share a few with you guys. 🙂 George MacDonald has always been one of my favorite authors. C.S. Lewis even credited him as an inspiration for his own writing.  My favorite book of his is Heather […]

Alumni Ralene Burke Celebrates First Year Anniversary of Bellanok

by Ralene Burke Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s been so long since I’ve been a guest on here, and I miss being here. You all are amazing. These writers are amazing. And honestly I don’t know that I’d be where I am today if it weren’t for New Authors Fellowship. Why?   I met my critique […]

Relax and Watch More Star Trek

A couple of months ago our leadership training at church asked us to write letters to our younger selves. I may post that one day, but this is an updated version of a post I did as part of a collection The Scriblerians did a couple of years ago. Gretchen, you’ve finished middle school. Whew! […]

Why Negative Reviews are Good

A negative review is not bad. A bad review is when someone gives one star on Amazon and says, “I don’t know if I like this book. I haven’t read it yet.” That calls for reporting, except I’m not sure it helps to report someone who’s not clever enough to figure out that when Amazon […]

Fall Update

Hi! I’m finally updating. So, for the last few months I’ve been praying for direction on moving. I’ve thought about building, buying, renting, living in a hole in the ground… you name it. I’ve finally come to the grand conclusion of nothing! I don’t feel like I’ve heard a direct word from the Lord yet, […]

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 […]


  “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…

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 […]

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 […]

Author's Journey

Fresh Voice RJ Metcalf

Fresh Voice RJ Metcalf

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. Since NAF is about unpublished authors, it makes sense to feature writers who are just getting started in their careers. I met RJ(Becky) at Realm Makers this year playing Toon D&D (and crossed off bucket list item from fourth grade – playing D&D). We happened […]

Christian SpecFic

The Final Paladin: The Key to Apollyon

The Final Paladin is a fun fantasy novel that focuses on the legends of Charlemagne and the origins of chivalry. It’s a portal fantasy partly set in the gritty Five Points area of New York City during the Industrial Revolution. And partly in the Fae Realms. Vermillion, who’s known as Peg protects her simple-minded brother, […]

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

Meditation Topics

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 […]

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

A Day of Prayer 

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, […]

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: http://www.anneelisabethstengl.com/books If you’ve heard about Anne Elisabeth Stengl, then chances are you’ve heard about […]

Random Things

Two Movies To Add To Your List

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 […]