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    Hello! My name is Laura, welcome to my blog! I write weird stories, collect dragon plushies and stay up too late with my nose in a book. I am a wife, mom and child saved by grace. My hope is that you find encouragement here or at least a smile or too.
    God bless!

  • “Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come forever and ever.”
    ~Isaiah 30:8.

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    We have come from God, and inevitably the myths woven by us, though they contain error, will also reflect a splintered fragment of the true light, the eternal truth that is with God. Indeed only by myth-making, only by becoming 'sub-creator' and inventing stories, can Man aspire to the state of perfection that he knew before the Fall. Our myths may be misguided, but they steer however shakily towards the true harbour, while materialistic 'progress' leads only to a yawning abyss and the Iron Crown of the power of evil.
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "The only just literary critic," he concluded, "is Christ, who admires more than does any man the gifts He Himself has bestowed."
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
    ~J.R.R. Tolkien

    "Writers who see by the light of their Christian faith will have, in these times, the sharpest eye for the grotesque, for the perverse, and for the unacceptable. To the hard of hearing you shout, and for the almost-blind you draw large and startling figures."
    ~Flannery O'Connor

    You write to communicate to the hearts and minds of others what’s burning inside you. And we edit to let the fire show through the smoke.
    ~Arthur Polotnik

    Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne

    "There are forms of insanity that condemn people to hear voices against their will, but as writers we invite ourselves to hear voices without relinquishing our hold on reality or our right to control."
    ~Writing Fiction by Janet Burroway

    Christians have sometimes been suspicious of stories, because they really can influence you. If you read the Twilight novels once a month for a year, I think you'd be a different human afterward—and not a sparkly one.
    ~Nate Wilson

Novel Update: Climbing.

The wind played a low tune through the reeds along the river bank. Sun bursts danced across the water and along the rocky beach, seemingly in step with the earthy music.
(From Chapter Five-“Happy Ending?”)

Hello peoples! It’s been a month since my last Novel Update, here’s what’s up. Chapter five is FINALLY COMPLETELY DONE! (Took me long enough.) Chapter six is on its way to the cutting room and hopefully will be done in two weeks, (fingers crossed). Draft two is now 23,713 words! (Not counting titles), and 76 stander pages! Only 28,287 words, 124 pages, six chapters, and a prologue to go. 😉
Where’s a little over view of what happened in chapter five.

1- The Hero and her Ally were given awesome swords.
He clutched the handle, unsheathed the blade and held it at eye level. Six runes fell down the blade, perfectly etched on the sharp steal. A white, marble-like gem served as the pommel, its smooth sides reflecting the sun light. He grasped the sword with both hands, feeling the weight and looking very pleased…
…She took it and held it in front of her. The blade was shaped like a willow leaf, wide and rounded at the top, decreasing to a sharp point at the end. She looked at the wire wrapping on the handle and ran her fingers over the polished surface.

2- Thoughts of home.
…Content with the silence and the company of her own thoughts, she left his words dormant, thinking instead of what she hoped would be the end result of their journey. Peace. Perhaps a life where she would no longer be an outcast, where her mother could live free of need, free of scorn. She longed for home, for the winter nights curled up with her mother in one of her handmade quilts, the fire crackling merrily in the hearth. Would those days ever be restored? She brushed away a tear before it could run free down her cheek and watched the path in front of her feet. One step at a time, that was all she could do.

3- A horseback chase scene.
“Mount!” He commanded throwing the reins to her. She grabbed them and hauled herself into the saddle. Her cousin sheathed his sword, tossed the bundled up, then mounted behind her. Their leader spun his horse around to face the soldiers…
…“Go!” He said.   Gripping his staff, he gave his mount a hard kick. The beast reared up then lurched towards the armed men…
…The horse’s mains streamed out behind them flashing in her face as she pushed the animal on…

And… wait, I don’t want to give it all away. 😉

There you have it, the near middle. The middle of a novel seems to be the place where every writer gets bogged down, I know I did. I liked my story before chapter five, then I got started on it and got thinking about chapter six, and I didn’t like it any more. But with God’s help and strength I’m getting over the rise and out of the valley. I’m not very close to the top yet, but I have a feeling once I get there, the view will be great.

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7 Comments

  1. Little Sis

     /  October 27, 2009

    Cool. Hmmm… Where have I heard the last sentence before….? =)

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  2. Daniel

     /  October 27, 2009

    Very cool swords, indeed.. 🙂

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  3. Lady Nairam

     /  October 28, 2009

    Yes, very cool swords!

    I’m editing FoL FINALLY again. I’m realizing how heavily I relied on dialogue…heh heh…so I’m working on adding details. 😉 I also just sat down and worked out the “timeline” of my story. I found it currently covers about 110 days (not all have scenes, of course, and the first 1-12 chapters take up only 62 of those…). That was fun. I’ll also be adding probably a whole new chapter…

    Anyway! I’m just starting editing, so I’m more enthusiastic than I will be in a few weeks…

    Another comment–for some reason, my favourite part of my book is 7-onward. I don’t really like much before that..

    Sounding good! Keep plugging away!

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  4. storygirl308

     /  October 28, 2009

    110 days! Wow. I think HoH only spans about… a month? I don’t really know, I’m working on keeping track of it now. Another chapter? Sweet! 😀 Will you post it on OYANF?

    I’m not sure what part of my book I like more, but I’ll take that as a good thing. 😉

    Thanks Nai! You too!

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  5. Lady Nairam

     /  October 28, 2009

    Well, to be honest, the main body of the story is only…oh, 45-ish days. 15 are used up in the first chapter (I don’t USE–that is, write scenes with–all those days that go by!). The last one covers almost two months because of you-know-who needing to recover and a few weeks time between the second-to-last scene and the last…(being vague here. ;))

    I don’t know about OYAN. It might be a little odd to post something from the middle of the book because few will understand the context…I’ve thought if it changed very much, I could ask Mr. S to update its spot on the showcase.

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  6. storygirl308

     /  October 29, 2009

    Ah, I see, yes, that makes sense. I thought is was a month or to later in the very end. There’s a few days in chapter 10 of HoH that I don’t USE either, just time passing.

    You could e-mail it people who are fans, (hint, hint.) 🙂
    I think You should have him update it however large the change. It might bug you to have the one everyone is reading be different from the really finished one, just a thought.

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  7. lilacandivy

     /  October 29, 2009

    Ah, always these little sneak previews…. like little shreds of chocolate melting in my mouth. =) Someday I can eat the whole chocolate bar! (and now I’m hungry!)
    Good job, keep plugging away!!!!

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