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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: A Look at Chapter Seven

Chapter seven is what you might call a “breather chapter”. Six was cram packed with mysterious hints, “Ah oh”, moments and ended with the characters first battle. Now, the battle over, the characters have to pick themselves up and move on. In this chapter they find a shelter of trees hidden in the forest where they shelter to tend their wounds. That place was a lot of fun to describe and I really like how it turned out. Take a look.

The horses’ hooves shuffled through the thick bed of leaves, turning some over to reveal their wet undersides. In a few places water dripped from moss cover tree limbs, letting loose the heavy moister. The place Joel led them to was just as he described it, “a living tent”. The skeletal branches of dozens of slender trees intertwined over head and nearly all around. A thick blanket of moss enveloped each branch from where it sprang out of a trunk, to the thinnest tip. Small pin pricks of sunlight filtered through the woven branches, speckling the ground with sunrays. Ava expected the ground to be damp, but when she dismounted and placed her hand on the layers of leaves, grass, and moss, found it as dry as if it were on a wide open plane. The air seemed warmer and friendlier in the forest made shelter. With plenty of room for themselves and the two horses, the three companions set about constructing a small sick camp.

Can you see it? Feel it? One thing I noticed about how I describe the inside of a forest I found interesting was; I always mention the moss. I guess that’s because where I live you go to the woods and nearly every trunk, branch and stump is either covered or just speckled with fuzzy wet moss. Even the trees in my back yard have a few inches of their trunks covered. It’s funny how little things like running around my friends woods, climbing trees, sparing with my brothers and catching snakes can help accurately describing something for a story. (Okay, they don’t catch snakes in this book, but hey, I’m still revising. 😉 ) In fact, there’s a part in yesterdays Stephen of Scarborough post that I wrote using emotions and sensations from a personal experience. Can you guess which part?

So far chapter seven is untitled and my shortest chapter, hopefully that will change by the end of either this week or next. It’s amazing how a process like this can change you. From what God has shown me, to everything I’ve learned about writing I can honestly say writing this book has changed my life. I don’t know where’d I’d be or what I’d be doing if it wasn’t for this amazing task God has given me. I only hope that this story will change as many lives for the better as it has changed mine.

God bless,
~Laura

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3 Comments

  1. Daniel

     /  January 13, 2010

    Can I go to that place? Sounds very peaceful. Love to sit down there with a notebook and a sketchbook. 🙂
    I’ve found that doing stuff (like what you mentioned, except I’ve never caught snakes… just shot them.. <_<) helps a lot with my story telling. 🙂

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  2. Nairam

     /  January 13, 2010

    Yes!! I love books that change your life!! I just hope I get another one…

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  3. God will continue to give you inspiration, or show you another door. 🙂 Whatever He has planned for you, it’ll be good!
    Lol, was any of the moss inspired from our fort… the romps through the woods?

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