Prompting Inspiration

Posted by: Rebecca.

Tuesday’s post from Bridgett was about reigniting inspiration. Everyone struggles with needing to be inspired, right?

I have an awesome (yes, I’m an 80’s kid) group of brainstorming partners, and our recent sessions have been great. I’ve got proof, notebook pages full of ideas for my WIP. However, practical application, sitting in the chair and transforming those ideas into words on the pages has been a bit slow for me.

So, I decided I needed to reignite inspiration. Spending time with the Master Artist, listing to music and reading, and having some fun with writing prompts. There are so many great websites for writers and ones based on writing prompts…here are a few I found. Continue reading

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A Writer’s Secrets to Fantasy Creature Creation: The Ehlief

Posted by: Bridgett.

Reader: Where do you get your ideas?

Bridgett: Depends on the idea.

Reader: Okay, well…You have all these weird creatures in your books and short stories. How do you come up with them?

Bridgett: Hmmm. How do I even begin to answer this question? 

Havok magazine 1.3 featuring "Vinesinger"

Havok 1.3 featuring “Vinesinger”

Last week, in celebration of the publication of my fantasy flash fiction story “Vinesinger,” I promised to let Light’s Scribe readers in on one of my secrets to creating bizarre creatures.

So, how do I answer the above reader’s question?

When in doubt, I blame the niece and nephew.  Continue reading

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

“You write what?” A Speculative Fiction writer’s answer.

Posted by: Rebecca.

It’s interesting to me when people find out you’re a writer, they get excited and the first question they ask, “What do you write?”  When I answer speculative fiction, the question, and their excitement, turns inside out and shape shifts into, “You write what?” 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

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

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

8 things my writers’ group learned from author Bryan Davis

Did you know, readers are like ducks?

Bryan-Davis-logo-wp-thI didn’t. That was, until I attended the workshop bestselling author Bryan Davis presented for my writers’ group in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

So, how are readers like ducks? Read on to find out, and to discover 7 other bits of wisdom my fellow writers and I learned.  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

Book Review — Raising Dragons

Welcome to Fantasy Friday!

352270I recently read Raising Dragons by Bryan Davis. This first volume in the bestselling Dragons in our Midst series blends elements of fantasy with normal, teenage high school experiences, all presented from a Christian worldview.

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