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Playing the Race Card

Guest Blogger: HG Ferguson Like it or not, no one can escape it these days, not even us writers—The R-Card. Race relations—or the lack thereof—confront us daily everywhere. To ignore these issues is futile, and to address them is fraught with peril because all too often, on every side of this question, worldview, presuppositions, and […]

Cover Reveal: Ending Fear

Fourteen-year-old Fear learns she was a parachute baby, dumped over the edge of the Gliding Lands as an infant. Running from her abusive Downer family, Fear discovers a new family. One who knows how to love. But then her new little sister is kidnapped and sold to a harem. Fear must go against her namesake […]

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Traveling With Tolkien Part One

“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.”

Photo by Gretchen E.K. Engel

What Matters

If anything good has come out of the events of the past few weeks, it’s that I’ve taken the time to think about race. My world has been pretty homogeneous. I went to a mostly white grade school. My middle school and high school was rural, almost totally white, with a bit of a racist […]

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Running Out of Spoons

I’ve been all out of spoons lately. I don’t normally deal with this issue, though I know lots of people who do. But the thing is, the things that tapped my spoon supply blindsided me. Blogger Christine Miserandino developed the Spoon Theory as a way of explaining her chronic illness to a friend. This caught […]

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To The Younger Me

Things I wish I could tell the younger, writer me: 1.) I wish I could tell myself to pick up a few craft books and study. I knew not that I knew not.😉 2.) I wish I could tell myself to accept criticism with a gracious and teachable spirit. They were critiquing me as a […]

Exercising GEKE Style

I’m up for anything that will get me and/or my family moving. We’ve been wanting to take our kids geocaching. My daughter went with her grandparents and had fun. It’s been something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. I’m sure we’ll end up doing it a few times this summer and fall. This […]

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How I Overcame Fear and Wrote a Zombie Novel

Guest Blogger: Michele Israel Harper I hate zombies. So I decided to write a zombie book. Of course. Candace Marshall and I may not be a whole lot alike, but we share one thing glaringly in common. We both hate zombies. Thankfully, I wrote her, and thankfully, she has to deal with the zombies, not […]

Yridessa the Dragon

Yridessa the Dragon

I’ve been looking for ways to expand my platform, and of course one thing that is totally necessary for a writer is to have a solid social media presence. I keep up with Facebook and blogging, but I don’t do much else. But I’ve been realizing that I need to up my game a little […]

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A Reminder

Give me yourself and in exchange I will give you Myself. My will, shall become your will. My heart, shall become your heart.” C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Author's Journey

To Curse or Not to Curse

To Curse or Not to Curse

The topic of using profanity in novels came up for discussion in a group I’m part of on Facebook. This is a topic that is diverse and can be very divisive, especially in Christian writing circles. People have strongly-held beliefs about language, on both extremes. There are those who say “words are just words, they […]

Christian SpecFic

We Need to Look at the…Darkness…!

We Need to Look at the…Darkness…!

Guest Blogger: HG Ferguson “Wᴇ Nᴇᴇᴅ ᴛᴏ Lᴏᴏᴋ ᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ Lɪɢʜᴛ” has become sort of a rallying cry in some circles of those who write Christian speculative fiction (hereafter called spec fic). It has generated the obligatory “buzz” in the blogs and on its face, appears quite admirable. Its proponents maintain that since we are […]

Creative Nook

The Imposter

The Imposter

The Amulet Saga Volume Two: The Traveler What Came Before: Seeing     Escape     Bandit     The Road     Beggars     Healer The City     Spy     A Place to Stay     Outlaws     The Camp      Trader The Wedding       The Third Son     The Search   The Imposter   “We’ve found her!” Ada looked up from her mug of tea at the […]

Critical Views

I Have My Reasons

I Have My Reasons

I read Me Before You last summer. It broke me. I wanted to throw my Kindle across the room or cry. So naturally I want to see the movie. Why? Because this movie makes me want to save lives. Because people need to know their lives are worth living. Because suicide (whether assisted or by one’s own […]

Guest Blogs

What I Learned From Cutting 70,000 Words

What I Learned From Cutting 70,000 Words

Guest Blogger: Shannon Stewart The second draft of my first YA novel was 165,000 words long. I swore up and down that not one word could be removed without damaging the entire story. *snort* Then I began seeking publication. The more I read from YA publishers and writing blogs, the more I became convinced that […]

Life and Such

When Happened 

When Happened 

There are things in life that you know are “not if but when”. This week “when” happened at least to a certain extent. We moved to the White Mountains of Arizona in 2008, only six years after the Rodeo-Chediski Fire. Five years ago our area experienced the Wallow Fire, which was fairly close but didn’t directly affect us. […]

Marketing and Promotion

Called 2 Speak – Profession and Vocation

Called 2 Speak – Profession and Vocation

What makes you want to speak out? I’m proud to be part of the Blog Hop promoting A Time to Speak. This hop is to spread the word about Nadine Brandes’s new dystopian novel, A Time to Speak, releasing October 16th. It is also to encourage myself and others to speak out for our passions and against injustice. I […]

News for Writers

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Crosshair Press Open for Submissions

Guest Blogger: Amy Davis The Crosshair Press founding team members are Amy Williams, Katie Morford, and Amy Davis. Our respective backgrounds include copywriting, journalism, copyediting, and missionary work, and a plethora of random things like insurance, plumbing, and research. The idea of Crosshair Press hatched around a restaurant breakfast table in Wichita, Kansas, over toast […]

Our Faith

I came with empty hands

I came with empty hands

We’re still recovering from the Pulse nightclub shooting here in Orlando. Orange Avenue, the main thoroughfare the club faces, is open again after being closed for more than a week during the FBI investigation. Businesses along there that had to close are operating again, and the news crews have thinned out. Those of us not […]

Random Things

My Hero

My Hero

I don’t often re-blog posts, but when I do they’re about my husband. This post is an updated version of one I did two years ago pre-NAF. Since it focused mostly on heroes I read then, this one is all but brand-new. This picture was taken 17 years ago today (Sunday). The day I married my […]