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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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    ~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.
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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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Two Steps Forward and One Step Back

Things have been going much better since Monday.  (Thanks for praying!)  I made the choice to take the whole week off from revising chapter eight.  Instead, I’m working on re-outlining my hero and doing some much needed research that I should have done before I started revising.

The reason why I am taking time to re-outline my hero is because I don’t know her as well as I should.  Really knowing your character is a very important part of writing a believable story.  If the characters are not real to you, they won’t be real to your readers.  One of the major things that a few people have told me after critiquing my novel was that the hero did a lot of things out of character.  Now, if the readers think the hero is not acting like herself and I don’t, there’s a problem, hence, I am re-outlining her to really dig into who she is and what makes her tick.

As with the research, well, I’ll just say there were a few gaps and mistakes that needed to be filled in and/or fixed.  For example, I wrote that one of the characters receives twenty lashes, twenty lashes would kill you, (oops, my bad).  And other things that had to do with culture, building interiors, sword types, and language related things.   

So now I have a nice pile of books beside me to plow through!  Three books on swords, (I like swords, 😉 ) one on castles, one on law and punishments, (fun I know,) a Medieval word book, (that I am very excited about,) two on Medieval life and one on Medieval furniture. 🙂  

Hope all your weeks have been going great!  I work tomorrow, so Friday’s post will again be on Saturday. 🙂 

God bless and thank you once again for your prayers!


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  1. Nairam

     /  February 11, 2010

    Hey, what are the names of those books? *interested* Kudos for a fantasy writer who’s studying historic stuff! (I know you probably aren’t the only one, but…)

    Glad it’s going better! I have 450 words down over here on chapter 1. 😛


  2. Daniel

     /  February 11, 2010

    What kind of lashes? (curiously) cause a few kinds of whips wouldn’t kill you at 20 lashes.

    I’m gonna have to start working on developing characters more myself.. *sigh*

    I research, Nai.. 😛

    Hope your research goes well, Laura!


  3. Nairam

     /  February 11, 2010

    Authors. >.>

  4. storygirl308

     /  February 14, 2010

    I’m not sure what kind of lashes, that’s another thing I’m researching. 😛

    Here are the names and authors of all the books I got. 🙂

    -Medieval Law and Punishments (Donna Trembinski)
    -The Medieval World (Robert Snedden)
    -Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions for Historical Reproductions (Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly)
    -The Book of Swords (Hank Reinhardt)
    -Medieval Wordbook (Madeleine Pelner Cosman)
    -Medieval Castles (Don Nardo)
    -Medieval Life (from Eyewitness books)
    -A Collectors guid to Swords Daggers and Cutlasses (Gerald Weland)
    -Swords (Ben Boos)

    And there you have it. The last one is really cool! 🙂

  5. Sir Emeth Mimetes

     /  March 3, 2010

    OT law mandated a maximum of 40 lashes. Paul was beaten with 39 stripes many many times. Etc.

    Twenty lashes will not kill you, not even with a cat-of-nine-tails. Though they would incapacitate you for a looong time. 🙂

    • storygirl308

       /  March 3, 2010

      Thank you for the info. Just goes to show I should have done the research BEFORE I wrote that scene. *rollseyes*

      • Sir Emeth Mimetes

         /  March 3, 2010

        It is impossible to research everything, but that is a good thing to research. 🙂

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