The Defector Book Launch!

The future cannot be changed…

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 […]

Don’t Mess with My Hero

This post isn’t exactly spec-related, but it is about story. I’m a big fan of all things Anne. That is L.M. Montgomery’s Anne Shirley as in Anne of Green Gables. The book series ranks as one of my all-time favorites. The Canadian television movie 1980s series with Megan Follows and the late Jonathan Crombie is one […]

Summer Reading List

“A good library will never be too neat, or too dusty, because somebody will always be in it, taking books off the shelves and staying up late reading them.”
― Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Running for the Prize

I stood somewhere I never expected. On a winner’s podium in the first place spot, for the most unlikely reason, running. Yes, I run in timed races, so it’s not impossible except that I’m not a fast runner. Saturday, I participated in a color run in conjunction with a Walk 4 Life to support Living […]

Anime List

If you’re looking for some writing inspiration, you might want to check out these anime. 🙂

For the Second Time

For the second time in my life, a book has brought me to tears. I don’t cry easily. The only other time this happened, George Bush (41) was President and the Simpsons was in its first season. I was sixteen (or maybe seventeen) in third year French class. As the only third year student int the […]

Wednesday Inspiration

“We’re all going to keep fighting, Harry. You know that?”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

A Good Run

Sunday I went for a 5-mile run that ended up being 5.5 miles. It wasn’t my fastest run but it was one of my best. I even had a running partner to the end of our street (pictured above). Her total run was a half mile, not bad for a 9-year old. The day was perfect, […]


The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores,     Preparing,     Testing,     Auction Part One,     Auction Part Two Mistress   The woman walked quickly, without stopping for anyone. The crowd parted in front of her, a wave that closed in again almost as soon as it opened. Reith stumbled along behind, […]

Realm Makers 2017 and Hard Decisions

So, I finally decided. I won’t be going to Realm Makers this year. Sobs and grabs box of tissues. This was such a hard decision, and one I’ve put off for as long as possible. I love this conference! I love my fellow conference attendees, the teachers, the bookstore, and of course the Nerf war. […]

Author's Journey

Auction, Part Two

Auction, Part Two

The Amulet Saga, Volume Three The Silver Shores What Came Before: The Silver Shores,     Preparing,     Testing,     Auction Part One Auction, Part Two Reith set his jaw, determined not to make it easy for anyone to purchase him. There wasn’t much he could do—the cuff ensured that—but he didn’t have to smile or flirt or endear […]

Christian SpecFic

You Can’t Put God into a Box (or a Book)

Being a Christian means I believe God created the universe. (No this isn’t a creation/evolution debate—the point here is not how He did it, only that He did.) So, God creating space and time means He exists outside of those constructs. God can’t be limited. God can’t be put inside a box. That doesn’t stop […]

Creative Nook

Happy Mother’s Day 

Happy Mother’s Day 

    Hi, this is Zippy. I gave Gretchen Mother’s Day off so she could spend it with her family. Last Mother’s Day she wrote one of her more visited pieces. And this Mother’s day is extra special for Rosie and me. We’ve been late in announcing this, but December 2 we welcomed our firstborn, Shuffler, […]

Critical Views

If I Have Not Love

If I Have Not Love

Every now and then, something comes up in one of my various social circles that makes me think about how we as Christians should behave. Recently, in one of my groups, there has been some really intense discussion on several different topics, from writing to politics to theology and more. And of course, any time […]

Guest Blogs

Character Profile: Jayden Jorah

Character Profile: Jayden Jorah

  Guest Blogger: S.D. Grimm I am really excited for this guest blog post today. Not only do I get to talk about my novel Scarlet Moon, but I also get to do something really fun, and that is talk about my main character: Jayden Jorah. A little bit about Jayden’s appearance first. Eyes: Blue […]

Life and Such

A Twist of Fate

A Twist of Fate

The other week I wrote about how I believe in “luck” under the mathematical terms of random numbers and probability. The example I gave was how I run to praise music and whether or not God overrode the random number algorithm on my phone to “choose” the songs I needed to hear. Well, God wanted […]

Marketing and Promotion

Conference Notes: Realm Makers Early Bird

Conference Notes: Realm Makers Early Bird

We’re here at Realm Makers, which kicked off today with a great early bird session by book marketing experts Suzanne and Shawn Kuhn of SuzyQ. For those who couldn’t be there, here are my  notes, keeping in mind that I missed the first half hour or so while I was at the registration desk. You are […]

News for Writers

Brainstorming Plot Holes

Brainstorming Plot Holes

One of my favorite things to do is to help other people brainstorm through plot holes. I love looking at the big picture, seeing where it needs to go, and figuring out how to get it there. This is a little weird, since I’m totally a pantser, so at least in my own writing I […]