Giveaway Winner & Content Poll Results

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.

The results are in. And the winner is… Continue reading

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Fantasy Short Story Release: “Vinesinger”

Posted by: Bridgett.

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…

Official logo of Havok magazine: Splickety Publishing Group

Official logo of Havok magazine:
Splickety Publishing Group

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

“Exhibit” — A tiny tale that tackles a huge question

Posted by: Bridgett.

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?

EXHIBIT

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

Help! The Scribe’s need something to read.

Posted by: Rebecca.

Light’s Scribes need your help! I promise it will be painless.  Continue reading

Villains: Why are we drawn to them?

Posted by: Bridgett.

Villains, those characters who make a novel, movie, or story more exciting. The monsters, madmen, marauders, and even mischief-makers who cause trouble for our heroes and send chills down our spines.

Power of the Dark Side coverAs film and literature fans, why do we love to hate them so much?

If you are a writer, do you ever wonder why their scenes are the most exciting to craft?

As humans, how often have we asked the question, “Why does God even allow evil to exist?”

At the 2014 Realm Makers writers’ conference, author L. B. Graham touched on these questions as well as other aspects of villainy, including how to address the realities of evil while still honoring God.  Continue reading

Realm Makers Conference 2014 – encouragement and take-aways

Posted by: Rebecca.

Over the weekend, Bridgett and I had the privilege to attend the 2014 Realm Makers conference. Where do I even begin to share the highlights and my take-aways? Continue reading

Pitching a Book? Only those who prepare shall prevail

Posted by: Bridgett.

I checked the time again. Eight minutes until my first pitch appointment at the 2013 Realm Makers writers’ conference. My first pitch ever.

Time to go. I set down my pen, tuned out the workshop presenter’s voice as he expounded on another fascination aspect of writing speculative fiction, and gathered my proposal materials. This was it. My friends and fellow writers, Rebecca and Drew, gave me encouraging glances as I pushed back my chair and tried to remember how to breathe.

I shuffled from the workshop toward my apointment (with the conference’s keynote speaker, no less), the echoing click of my footsteps a fitting accompanyment to my thoughts.

Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of book death, I shall fear no rejection…

Up ahead stood another doomed soul–er, conference attendee. Good, I wouldn’t have to wait outside the dreaded Pitch Room alone. I attempted to flash her a smile, but the corners of my mouth were as shaky as my insides.

My heart was pounding so hard it must be giving the people in the next room an awesome background beat. Maybe they’d all start moving to the rhythm, and the publisher I was meeting wouldn’t care if I forgot all those words I’d so carefully crafted into a one-paragraph summary of my 700 page novel. Continue reading

6 Things Sword-forging Techniques Can Teach Us About Faith and Writing

Posted by: Bridgett.

As the knight neared the forge, only the backsmith’s back and a muffled, “See to ya in a moment,” greeted him. The burly man kept his gaze fixed on the set of iron tongs he held over the fire, the blade they gripped glowing orange in the midst of the flames.

photo 2The knight fanned away a gust of heated air and blinked the sting of woodsmoke from his eyes. “I can spare at least that long,” he shouted over the din of nearby armorers pounding out shields and breastplates.

“Sire.” The blacksmith favored him with a brief glance and nod. “This blade’s near ready for quenching. Can’t interrupt the process just yet.”

After a few moments, the blacksmith withdrew the red-hot shaft of steel from the forge and dunked it, point-first, into a vertical tube of warmed oil. The liquid hissed and smoked. He lifted the blade part-way from the tube, flames licking along its edge, then plunged it in again. After several repetitions of this, he withdrew the blade and laid it carefully aside to cool.

He snatched up a cloth to mop his shining brow and turned to the knight. “How may I serve?”  Continue reading

Interview with Bryan Davis

For today’s Fantasy Friday post, I am honored to share with you my interview with bestselling author Bryan Davis.

Bryan Davis: bioThough most widely recognized for his young adult fantasy novels written from a Christian worldview, Mr. Davis has authored books for adults, nonfiction titles, and children’s books. He is a gifted public speaker who mentors aspiring authors and encourages children and youth in reading and writing.

On Monday, April 14, Mr. Davis will present a workshop for my Minneapolis area writers’ group, and he graciously agreed to the following Q & A so we can all get to know him a bit better. Continue reading

6 Books I Can’t Wait to Read

a.k.a. Treasures from Realm Makers

Tip to self: when packing for the next Realm Makers conference, bring an extra suitcase.

IMG_0129One of the most exciting items in the 2013 Realm Makers schedule of events was the joint book signing. Attendees had the opportunity to purchase books by their fellow participants or workshop presenters, then interact with these authors and have their books signed.

For some of us, this presented quite the fan moment. (I even have pictures with several literary stars.)

For a peak inside my literary treasure chest, a little insight into some of the topics covered at the conference, and a book review preview…  Continue reading