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

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Dodging Bullets: a skill every writer needs

Posted by: Rebecca.

You know you’re a writer when…you realize the skill of dodging bullets isn’t just for cowboys and Continue reading

Scribe’s Playlist — Tribute to Realm Makers Attendees

Posted by Bridgett.

Scribe's PlaylistRebecca and I will be boarding a plane this morning, venturing on to a strange realm filled with wonderful (and even stranger) creatures…Er, I mean, writers.

To honor those amazing, creative inventors of speculative fiction, we decided to depart from our usual playlist fare. So, to the attendees of Realm Makers 2014, this one’s for you!

To everyone else, I dare you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

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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

Scribe’s Playlist — Superhero

Posted by Rebecca.

Scribe's Playlist

Caught in a downpour without an umbrella? Needing a Superhero? There are plenty of storms and fights we face in life. We don’t have to weather them alone. God wants to be that superhero and help you. Just ask.

So, I invite you to share my headphones for a moment and enjoy…

Superhero

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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

Book Trailer—Bryan Davis’ “Reapers”

Posted by: Bridgett.

Hear ye, hear ye! Today, the scribes offer a bonus post for you!

Why all the fanfare? A few weeks ago, I interviewed bestselling author Bryan Davis and posted a follow-up to the workshop he presented for my writers’ group. In the interview, he discussed his latest novel, Reapers. At the time, the book trailer hadn’t yet been released.

It has now!  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

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