Tosca Lee

Conference Notes: Tosca Lee in Florida

I’m at the Florida Christian Writers Conference this weekend, where Tosca Lee is our keynote speaker. Here is the barest sample of her brilliance, based on my sketchy notes. This is my paraphrase, not verbatim. Her sessions were recorded; when those become available, I’ll let you know. Keynote One Creativity is a divine expression. It’s […]

The Buddy System

I haven’t been at this “try-to-be-successful-with-my-writing” gig for too long. And I know everyone will define success for their writing journey a little different. For me, I am interested in traditional publishing. I have stories in my head that will someday grace shelves. Some of those stories may work better indie published, but I know […]

Flash Fiction Frenzy – Just Ask Him Already

After a couple of weeks of audiobook reviews, I’m switching back to short fiction. This time for a bit of shameless self-promotion. Specifically, the “Sadie Hawkins” issue of Spark magazine. Spark is the romance flash fiction imprint of Splickety Publishing Group which also includes Splickety (general flash fiction) and Havok (speculative flash fiction), and Spark (romantic flash […]

Romance? No, thank you.

When I first began submitting flash fiction for Splickety Magazine, I was pumped to write for two out of their three imprints: Splickety Magazine is focused on general fiction. My Wild West story was first on that list. Havok Magazine was my bread and butter: science fiction and fantasy. I sent in a barbarian vs. ice […]

Angel Eyes Audiobook Review

I heard of Shannon Dittemore’s books a while ago but only recently discovered her young adult series, Angel Eyes.  I plowed through the first book, also titled Angel Eyes and went straight into the audiobook version of Broken Wings. First, the story. I am picky when it comes to angel/demon/spiritual warfare stories, especially by Christian authors. Angel Eyes passes […]

Don‘t Let Fear Hold You Back

Guest Blogger: Laurie Lucking On the outside, my journey to publication looks relatively straightforward. My first manuscript, begun five and a half years ago, garnered many rejections until I decided to set it aside. But my second story, Common, was only rejected once or twice before finding a publishing home. I never had a contract […]

The Knights Radiant

Over the weekend I finished reading Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Don’t worry, there will be no spoilers today) – It is the third installment in the Stormlight Archive. My summed-up review is as follows: Oathbringer continues to explore complex characters with Radiant abilities, and carries the Stormlight Archive into new territory, unraveling more and more […]

Review: The Ghost Box Audiobook

I’m going to start reviewing audiobooks and shorter fiction. We’re busy, and these are good ways to enjoy great fiction. I’m a huge fan of audiobooks. Nothing makes a long drive or laundry more enjoyable than listening to a good book. I recently reviewed the novella Just Dumb Enough by several Realm Makers, which benefits the […]

To Boldly go…

“Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.” – Star Trek There is something about that phrase that makes me want to join a crew heading out […]

How Writers Can Use Instagram to Promote Books

An Introduction to Instagram, Hashtags, and Book Reviewers Guest Blogger: Kristin Durfee It may seem counterintuitive—photographs to sell books? But if the idea sounds crazy to you, then you are missing out on an entire community of readers, bloggers, and reviewers that call Instagram home. First things first: if you don’t have an Instagram account, […]

Author's Journey

The Emotion Thesaurus

For Christmas last year, I received a new craft book. It had graced my Amazon wishlist for months, and I had heard very good things about this book. Little did I know how much it would change my writing. I hear it said a lot to “show, don’t tell.” But I’ll be honest, sometimes I […]

Christian SpecFic

Review: Reclaiming Shilo Snow

  Mary Weber just released Reclaiming Shilo Snow, the sequel The Evaporation of Sofi Snow. One thing I loved about these books are that they’re a duology. It’s a trend I’m excited about. I’m becoming a bit weary of trilogies and extended series, especially ones that end abruptly so that basically, I’m committing to one […]

Creative Nook

The Great Tournament of Speculative Greatness

Some of you may know that there’s a basketball thing that happens each Spring. I’ve filled out a few college basketball brackets in my time, but honestly, I tend to vote based on which mascot would win in a fight. This gave me an idea to change some things up and have a little fun. […]

Critical Views

Handel’s Messiah: Kind of a Bore

Handel’s Messiah: Kind of a Bore

Am I allowed to say that? We’re all familiar, I think, with the “Halleluiah Chorus,” which is no doubt one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever written. But there’s a reason it’s usually the one part of Messiah that gets sung. And the reason is that the rest of the program is dull […]

Guest Blogs

Publishing Journey from Word Processor to Kindle

Publishing Journey from Word Processor to Kindle

Guest Blogger: Annie Douglass Lima I’ve been writing for as long as I can recall. When I was seven years old, I had a sudden inspiration for what I thought was an amazing science fiction novel and decided then and there that I was going to write a book and be the world’s youngest published […]

Life and Such

Ready Player One – Audiobook Review

  I am the quintessential child of the 80s. Born at the end of 1972, I’m right in the middle of Generation X and about a year or two younger than James Donovan Halliday aka Anorak a video game tycoon who has set up a virtual world called OASIS and has left his fortune to […]

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 […]

Random Things

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year too!   Things have been so crazy at our house for the last few weeks. I’m sure they have been at your house too. 😉 I waited, as per usual, until last minute to wrap my presents. Five hours of Psych episodes and a sore back later, I had […]