For the past two weeks, we’ve run a poll to discover what types of blog content our readers prefer. Participants’ names were entered into a drawing for an autographed copy of Havok magazine, featuring one of Bridgett’s flash fiction stories.
Shara’s hopes of at last fitting in with her fellow Ehlief are as bright as the green and brown strands of her fanned tail, as high as the notes she can’t stop singing. Until, that is, she learns the price of discovering her true destiny…
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Shara’s tale, “Vinesinger,” my debut fantasy flash fiction story, releases today in Havok magazine!
What is flash fiction? What’s an Ehlief? Never heard of Havok magazine? And more importantly, where can you get a copy? Continue reading →
A few weeks ago, we posted our plans to try out and evaluate new types of blog content, all leading to your chance to help us choose and to win a fun prize. Here’s an excerpt…
Your friendly internet Scribes are on a quest to bring you the kind of content that you will find encouraging, uplifting, helpful, or just plain fun. To do that more effectively, (…) we will run a poll, asking which types of content you prefer.
Will you want us to continue posting music that inspires us? Would you benefit from a writing tip each week? Do you like encouraging or light-inspired quotes? Are the devotional-style or humorous articles we share at the beginning of the week your favorites? Or is it the “Fantasy Friday” writing- and speculative fiction-related content you prefer?
How can you join this quest? What are the choices, and more importantly, what’s the prize? Continue reading →
I think most of us have, at least sometime during childhood. Many kids I’ve known feel they must have a closet light, night light, or hallway light on to even have a chance of closing their eyes and falling asleep.
Understandable. After all, darkness hides or distorts the true nature of the things around us. A pair of jeans on a chair morphs into a monster. A robe on a peg suddenly resembles that sheet-clad ghost on Scooby Doo. And if it’s really dark, who knows what may be lying in wait under the bed?
In 1776, America’s founding fathers did just that. They took a bold, scary, irrevocable step that led to total freedom from British authority.
If you live in America, can you imagine some guy from England showing up at your doorstep today, demanding you pay a fine for violating some law established by the British parliament? You’d laugh in his face.
Last weekend, our church hosted guest minister Russell Kalenberg. His message gave me an entirely new perspective on what it means to declare independence. As I listened, ideas not only for this blog post, but for my life as a writer and believer, started brewing.
So, what does it mean to declare independence? In this land of liberty I and many others are blessed to call home, from what do we still need to break free? Continue reading →
The quote above could have been written just for the current stage in my writer’s journey. Revision…on steroids.
Mark Twain’s words don’t just apply to writers, though.
They do brilliantly sum up the entire writing process. A great idea or profound point will never have the impact the author intends if it’s buried within a host of unnecessary or less-powerful words.
But easy? Yeah, NOT.
How is the quote relevant for non-writers? Well, have you ever caught a severe case of foot-in-mouth disease? How often have you wished you could hit the delete button on some “wrong word” you’ve texted, e-mailed, or spoken?
Purpose. Calling. Ministers and self-help experts say everybody has one.
What’s yours? Have you found it yet?
Do you ever wonder why some people seem called to greatness, while others never hear such a summons?
If you are a Christian, do you feel somehow less “called” because you don’t stand in a pulpit before a stadium of thousands, run a missions team winning souls, or translate Bibles in obscure languages to reach people in forgotten pockets of the world?
What about talent, career, and vocational callings? Are we contributing less light to the world if we never pen the book that changes thousands of lives, or compose a musical score that causes even hardened criminals to weep, or run a company so prosperous it can donate enough money to save entire communities from starvation?
Do you wonder whether there even is, has ever been, or ever will be a calling on your life? Continue reading →
Writers are often inspired to tackle tough questions of politics, philosophy, or faith. Sometimes we set out to explore such issues. Sometimes our characters blindside us with them.
Lurel, the main character of a fantasy short story I wrote earlier this year (below), did just that. All I’d set out to do was enter a contest!
Her question: Are we redeemed from the curse, or do we reap what we sow? Or is it both?
Starlight danced across the rippling river water as Lurel tugged the amulet from beneath the lace bodice of her borrowed gown. Never had she worn anything so fine, but Lord Blackthorne insisted a pauper’s homespun wouldn’t suffice for baiting a unicorn. Continue reading →