Mythic Orbits 2016: Making an Anthology

Guest Blogger: Travis Perry Mythic Orbits 2016 had a basic motivation as an anthology project: To collect and publish the very best short stories I was able to find by Christian authors, without any pre-defined theme. Stories first had to be interesting or intriguing. Solid endings with a strong emotional payoff were essential, as they […]

The Price of Honesty 

Photo by Gretchen E.K. Engel What is the price of honesty? The answer is it’s priceless. Today I accidentally shoplifted or almost did. Thankfully my husband noticed while loading the car. How it went down. We did the usual post-church Walmart run. I picked up two plastic storage drawer units and had the cashier scan […]


Politics in Art

One of the top events up for discussion this week is the speech a certain actress gave at a certain awards ceremony in which she shared her opinions of a certain political figure. Some applaud her words, some disagree with them. Some say that was neither the time nor the place for such a rant, […]


JaNoWriMo Second Update

I was in my story world again. The characters were real again.

Merry Christmas and Thanks for the Heroes

Every year I get one one bonus gift that’s a big surprise or something very special. This year there were several, but one special gift was actually a Black Friday score I sort of bought for myself (my husband wrapped it up as one of my main presents), the boxed set of Anne of Green Gables. The […]

Creating Memorable Characters

Creating Memorable Characters Part Eight: Character

This is the final segment in my Creating Memorable Characters series. The topics we’ve covered so far are: Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory, and Choices. Today, we wrap it up with Part Eight: Character Ultimately, the thing that makes a character memorable is his or her character. His character is […]


First Update for JaNoWriMo

  “We live and breathe words. …. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors […]

A Time to Mourn

As we’re officially in 2017, I truly hope there are fewer deaths than what we experienced in 2016. Especially for those who are into geeky fandoms and/or those who came of age in the 70s and 80s. Early in the year, Alan Rickman who will always be Professor Snape lost his battle with cancer. The […]

Young funny man in glasses writing on typewriter

Realm Makers JaNoWriMo

So, NaNoWriMo didn’t work out for me this year. My sister was in and out of the hospital the whole month of November, and we were running to St. Louis quite a bit. She’s perfectly fine now! We’re so glad. But, thanks to my Realm Makers family, I get another chance in January with JaNoWriMO! Yay! […]

Author's Journey

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

Creating Memorable Characters Part Seven: Choices

I’m continuing my series on Creating Memorable Characters. So far, we’ve covered Relatability, Uniqueness, Physical Traits, Tics and Mannerisms, Dialogue, and Backstory. This segment is where it all comes together. Part Seven: Choices All of the elements of creating a character, from physical attributes to social interactions to backstory, contribute to the choices your character […]

Christian SpecFic

A Sucker for Bloodsuckers

A Sucker for Bloodsuckers

I love vampire stories from Bram Stoker and Anne Rice to the sparkly ones. Blood Mercy: Thicker than Water is no exception. What I loved about Blood Mercy: Thicker than Water is that it’s not a traditional vampire origin story. Rather than being created by a vampire, the Blood Kind have a disease, the blood curse. They […]

Creative Nook

The Dragons of Legerdemain

The Dragons of Legerdemain

We interrupt this Thanksgiving Day to bring you a spot of shameless self-promotion. A new project I’ve been working on lately is creating dragon head hunting trophy sculptures. I’ve had a really good time figuring out the process and expressing my creativity in a new way. And, as with all my art, I’m excited to […]

Critical Views

Politics and Stuff

Politics and Stuff

Anyone who follows me on Facebook knows I have some pretty passionate opinions about the current state of our nation’s politics. I have posted several rants. And I have written several more that I have refrained from posting. I have genuinely good-willed people trying to sway me one way or the other for good reasons, […]

Guest Blogs

Embracing the new dream…

Embracing the new dream…

Well, hello everyone! It’s certainly been a while. Keven here. Your friendly neighborhood NAF founder, with something I want to share with the amazing readers that have been following us through all of these years. The past few months have seen a change in my perspective on being a writer…something that’s been on the cusp […]

Life and Such

Have a Yourself a Geeky Little Christmas

Have a Yourself a Geeky Little Christmas

Okay I admit to watching the Netflix “Gilmore Girls – A Year in the Life” just like every other latte drinking, leggings and shearling boots wearing white girl. However, what I’m really excited about are the geek-worthy movies because I’m the girl who was standing in line at Victoria’s Secret on Black Friday with her earbuds […]

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

Creating Memorable Characters Part One: Relatability

Creating Memorable Characters Part One: Relatability

I’m a plot-first writer. I have grand ideas and interwoven plots and subplots and story arcs. I discussed on my personal blog the difference between a Plot-First writer and a Character-First writer. All stories need both a good plot and an interesting character. You can have the most interesting and exciting plot in the world, […]

Random Things

Five Korean Dramas for Speculative Fiction Fans

Five Korean Dramas for Speculative Fiction Fans

So, pretty much anyone who knows me fairly well knows I’m a big fan of Kdramas/Korean dramas. I think they’re quite a bit cleaner than American television shows, without sacrificing any quality. This week I thought I’d share five of my favorite Kdramas, ones I think my speculative fiction friends will appreciate. Don’t be intimidated by subtitles. […]