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 →
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.
As 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 →
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 →
You know you’re a writer when…you can write a 70,000 word book, but writing a short bio about yourself for your one-sheet for a writer’s conference is like climbing Mt Everest in a mini-skirt with high heels on. (The ultimate experience, complete with tests in endurance and how to face challenges.) It may not be a very becoming sight, but I’ve slipped off my shoes… Continue reading →
Tip to self: when packing for the next Realm Makers conference, bring an extra suitcase.
One 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 →