Life and Such

A Rebirth of Havok

A Rebirth of Havok

There’s this life changing moment when you see something that you’ve written in print. A wave of amazement and incredible joy. “I did this! I wrote a thing and someone liked it!” But along with that euphoria comes an incredible fear that says, “You just got lucky. You barely squeaked by.” There are so many […]

Finding inspiration  – with Lego!

Finding inspiration – with Lego!

A few weeks ago, I shared about my love for comics. Comic books taught me about heroes, conflict, and fighting to the end. I find inspiration between those pages and in the colorful heroes and villains. I grew up as the youngest with two older sisters. I spent much of my tweenage years on the […]

Go buy a book

Go buy a book

I returned from my first writer’s conference with a short stack of new books. I perused the book store, met with a couple of the authors, and chose books that looked interesting. I gobbled them up when I got home. Each book blew my mind. These were some of my jumps into christian science-fiction and […]

Brain Dead or Realm Makers 2018 recap

Brain Dead or Realm Makers 2018 recap

Following close on the heels of my “What I’ve learned from Realm Makers” series was my time spent at Realm Makers 2018. I know I talk about this conference a lot, but this is my second family. These people get me, and not just “they’re nerds and like Star Wars.” They get my struggles, my […]

What I learned from Realm Makers – part 2

What I learned from Realm Makers – part 2

The Realm Makers conference is one of my most-looked-forward-to moments of the year. Last week I talked about my first trip to St Louis and how my creative process was so greatly impacted. The following year I made a late night trek to Philadelphia, PA and spent my first night in the airport. Yup, my […]

Trucks, Planes, and Canoes

Trucks, Planes, and Canoes

Photo by Gretchen E.K. Engel Zippy Longtail and I are off to Realm Makers. Our journey began last Monday after work. Zippy took a half day from his job interpreting extraterrestrial satellite transmissions from the Very Large Array (VLA) satellites near Socorro, NM and came to my house so we could leave a bit early […]

The Story of Comics

The Story of Comics

Last week here on the New Authors Fellowship, I posted about several up and coming books that I was excited about. In that post I talked about a couple video games that had amazing stories, but before video games, and before books, I was reading about some marvelous heroes and their penchant for saving the […]