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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.
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  • “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."
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    “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!”
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    "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."
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    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.
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Novel Update: When all else fails…

Here I am, done with chapter seven (entitled “Forgiveness”).  Here’s a look at a scene between the Hero and Mentor.

“Let me see your face,” he said. Ava turned her face toward him, avoiding his gaze by keeping her eyes downcast. Joel placed a cool cloth over her bloodied chin and gently touched a growing bruise by her mouth. “Why do you not look me in the eye Ava? Are you ashamed?”
“Yes,” Ava said without raising her eyes.
Ava tried to turn away but Joel held her chin in his cupped hand. “You know,” she mumbled.
“Tell me.”
Unable to resist Ava gazed into Joel’s eyes. Expecting to find disappointment and even anger she was surprised by the tenderness she saw there. “I… I was a fool.”

As you can see there is allot of emotion tied into this chapter. It loosens up by the end and the Hero and Ally get to have a friendly sparing match.

“My turn,” He drew his sword. “It’s been a while since we’ve competed with weapons Avie. And then it was with bows and arrows.”
“And I would allows beat you.” Ava said smiling.
“Not all the time,” Erin grinned and attacked. Ava blocked, dancing to the side.
“Most of the time.” She swing around and their swords met in mid air with a resounding clang. Ava found herself laughing as she and Erin battled. Erin circled Ava, smiled, and lunged. Ava block and sent him stumbling forward. Erin caught his balance however and turned around in time to parry Ava’s next blow. After several minutes of mock battle the cousins fell to the ground panting for breath.

Now… I bet you’re wondering how chapter eight is going. Well, the re-write is all of two pages at the moment. Yeah. But, I like it and where it’s going, so I’d say it’s going good right now. Here is how it begins.

Ava shivered, her stomach beginning to twist into a knot. “Something’s not right,” she looked at Joel and he nodded his head.
“I believe we have company.”
Erin clutched the reigns, “Goblins?”
“No…” Joel gazed ahead for a moment then turned Airos around, “Quickly.” Kicking the horses into a gallop they fled back the way they had come. Ava heard the whinny of unseen horses from behind and… she listened again. Yes! They were also ahead of them! Suddenly a group of mounted men came into view, blocking their escape. Joel pulled up Airos and turned him around just as another group emerged from the trees behind them. They were trapped.

I couldn’t figure out exactly what was going to happen after that so… I beat up the characters a little bit. When all else fails, kick your characters around. 😉  (It sounds terrible, I know, but hey, that’s what conflict is all about.)
At this point the story is on the threshold of when everything that could go wrong goes wrong. Courage will be tested, as well as faith and trust.
I believe I will be done with chapter eight in the scheduled two weeks, if life doesn’t throw me a curve ball that is. One thing’s for sure, now that I’ve actually started re-writing chapter eight it doesn’t seem that horrible a job. Let’s just hope it stays that way. 🙂

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  1. Daniel

     /  January 27, 2010

    The more you post excerpts the more excited I get about when you finish editing!! It sounds like you have spun quite the tale!
    I’m glad 8 doesn’t seem too terribly bad now that you are getting into it.. 🙂
    Keep up the good work!!

  2. I can’t wait to read the entire thing! 😀 Btw, I have a few pages of my novel you can read… if you want to… if my hands will let go when you try to take them… 😉

    • storygirl308

       /  January 29, 2010

      I’ve been wanting to read a whole chapter of your book. 😀 *can’t wait*


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