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Five Tips for Making a Living World

Guest Blogger: Karina Fabian One of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten in my Mind Over trilogy was that my world Kanaan was one of the best worlds-as-character the reader had seen since Dune. The best part for me was knowing that the world had hardly become a character yet. The review was for the […]

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Adventures in Travel: Going the Long Way

Since becoming a full-time freelancer in 2011, I’ve been teaching at writers conferences, which means I’ve done a lot more travel than I did when I worked for the newspaper. In the last couple of years I’ve flown to St. Louis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, and, most recently, Grand Rapids. Next week I’ll be off […]

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Misdirection and the Gullibility of the American People

Dr. von Ratner eyed the incubators through the two-way mirror. They sat in the waiting room, arms crossed over their chests and trembling, terrified, but not of him or of what he was about to do to them. No, they feared the consequences of their own actions. They believed he was here to help. Von […]

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The Need for Opposing Worldviews in Christian Fiction

When Christian authors talk about religion in their books, the main topic is often how we’ve incorporated a biblical worldview. I have another question to throw at you: how are you incorporating non-biblical worldviews? Why bother with focusing on religions that clearly aren’t Christian? 1. Realistic Variety — The world is filled with non-Christians. It […]

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Spicy Water And Other Incongruities 

 Yes, those are jalapenos in ice water. Chalk this up as “only in Tucson”. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of drinking tap water from The Old Pueblo, you’ll know drinking water flavored with chiles that might burn your taste buds would be a welcome addition. This particular concoction was at a posh hotel, so there […]

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Forged Steel Cover Reveal

Downtown. Coffee shop. 2 AM. One minute, Josh is firing off sarcastic remarks at his best friend Marc – the next, they’re running from shape-shifters. Apparently, even best friends don’t share all their secrets. Now Josh is in danger. He can see the monsters among the humans. When Marc is kidnapped, Josh finds himself pulled […]

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How To Set Up a “Which Character Are You?” Quiz with Playbuzz

Guest Blogger: Nadine Brandes Readers like to interact with their favorite authors and their favorite characters. One fantastic way to let your readers do this is to create a Which Character Are You? quiz. I recently set one up for a Facebook Party I threw for my book, A Time to Die. Here are some things I learned through […]

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Yes, My story starts in a brothel

Yes, I also went to seminary, and still love Jesus very much. So what happened? Am I trying to tempt people into lusting after prostitutes? Do I enjoy the look when people look up from the first page and think, “What kind of story is this?” The story is about a husband who has lost […]

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I Wrote Some Words Today

And I liked it. Don’t laugh. Sometimes putting thoughts into words is hard work. It wasn’t tonight, but it’s been very hard lately. Oh yeah, I’ve got all the excuses. Actually other people make them for me. “You’ve been through so much change lately.” “You’re very busy.” I guess. Who isn’t busy though? And when […]

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Writing Shorts

Writing Shorts

As you know if you’ve been following me for awhile, I’m pretty into short fiction. My short story collection, The Heir, is coming out soon (stay tuned!), I’ve done quite a number of short stories on this blog, and of course I’ve done plenty of them via Splickety/Havok. I really like writing it. I like […]

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The Resolution

The Resolution

After they murdered The Cleaning Fairy, The Gnomes started running amok. Mother instituted The Plan to take care of them. So the gnomes began The Retaliation. This started The War. Now, the war must end. The Rise of the Gnomes Part Six: The Resolution Mother sat for a long time, just staring at the leader […]

Critical Views

Jury Duty

Jury Duty

My husband is at jury duty today. He mentioned it to a client whose computer he was working on yesterday, and the client immediately began commiserating. My husband responded with, “I’m actually looking forward to it.” His summons actually came at a pretty good time for him. Since he works for a school, his summer […]

Guest Blogs

Interview with Morgan Busse

Interview with Morgan Busse

I am so very excited for my good friend and critique partner, Morgan Busse. Last Tuesday was the release of her 3rd book (and also the final book of the her trilogy). I thought you all might want to get to know a little bit more about her and her books (which I highly recommend). […]

Life and Such

Weight Loss Is Not About Willpower

Weight Loss Is Not About Willpower

Secrets from the Eating Lab, a book by Traci Mann, somehow manages to be both reassuring and discouraging. Nevertheless, I love this book. The author won me over before she even gets to page one, because in the preface she notes that willpower is not what influences weight loss. Despite what most people assume, a […]

Marketing and Promotion

That’s Not How Advertising Works

That’s Not How Advertising Works

You know how when you’re watching TV, you see the same ad at least eleven thousand times? And how if you’re watching something online, you get the same commercial two or three times in a row sometimes? The internet has made it easy for advertisers with data tracking. If you look up shoes, you automatically […]

News for Writers

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

Submit Your Stories to Havok Magazine

If y’all aren’t following Havok magazine, you should be. This flash fiction magazine is the place to get your quick hits of speculative fiction, and it’s a great paying market for you to submit to. Each issue of Havok has a theme, and submitted stories must fit the theme. Below are themes for upcoming issues. […]

Our Faith

Cinderella as Christianity

Cinderella as Christianity

The news has been full of all kinds of craziness the last week. From gay marriage rights to the Confederate flag to dire warnings about dry drowning and lyme disease, you can’t be on the internet without seeing some sort of negativity. I tried to stay out of the gay marriage debate. I really did […]

Random Things

Excess Baggage 

Excess Baggage 

  I had an experience this past week that had great spiritual parallels. I made my reservations for Realm Makers last month. However, if I hadn’t happen to see a newspaper article, I might have missed the entire conference. We live in a small town that only has an airline because of a federal program […]