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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

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Update #3

Hello readers!

Here’s the scoop of what’s been happening.

Chapter eleven is finally finished!  The title is Reversing Night.  It turned out to be a whopping 9,169 words, just over 27 pages!  (Standard pages mind you.  It would be around 50 in book form.)  I’m SO happy to be moving on to the LAST CHAPTER!  I enjoyed writing chapter twelve and I’m rather excited to be revising it. 🙂

Now, since you all are expecting a clip or clips, here you go. 🙂

Cautiously making it over the last rise Ava laid on her belly and looked out over the fortress.  Its banners flapped in the wind from atop its high towers.  A sentry paced the upper battlement, a spear lazily slung over his shoulder.  Was that the only sentry?  Ava scanned the battlements but could find no sigh of another, but wait!  A flash of red and black appeared through the arrow slits, another sentry, perhaps two or three.  Ava waited until they moved on a pace.  The sentry on top turned his back; Ava rose and ran down the hill into a small clump of cotton woods growing beside the moat.  Gazing out from her hiding place she peered up at the walls, no alarm sounded, she was undetected.

Ava rolled out of the way, kicking him in the stomach as she went.  Pulling her sword out Ava sprang to her feet and met his next attack. Ava raised her sword, catching his blow in mid air.  She pushed him back and swing at his waist.  He parried, knocking Ava’s sword aside.  Ava stumbled back, regained herself and charged.

You’ll have to make to with that.  Anymore and it would give too much away. 🙂

I just realized I haven’t really mentioned my Kansas trip on here.  I guess it’s because most of the people who read this blog already know about.  Well anyway, I’m going to Kansas in June for a writer’s work shop hosted by the author of the One Year Adventure Novel Curriculum, Daniel Shwabauer.  The work shop is for OYAN students and we’re going to have a reunion barbecue/camp fire after!  I am so excited and can hardly wait!  It’s coming up so fast!  When they first announced they were planning this it was back in November and then, June seemed ages away.  But time definitely has flown.

The Summer Workshops have started on the OYAN forum and I’m posting chapters in it this year.  (The OYAN forum Summer Workshops are twelve intense weeks of revision and critiquing.  We post one chapter per week and other students critique them and vice-versa.)  I wasn’t planning on posting any of my novel this year, but my inner-editor talked me into it.  I’m a bit nervous about it because, well, I’m the writer and I hate people reading my stuff when I know there’s still work that needs to be done on it.

I guess that’s about it.  I have lots of plans for when I start blogging regularly again so stay tuned! 

God bless,

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  1. Daniel

     /  May 26, 2010

    *wants. to. read. HoH.* *at one sitting* *nods*
    Looks like it is coming along very well! Can’t wait to see the finished product, in paperback, I hope. 😀

    Two weeks!!! *bouncebounce*

  2. storygirl308

     /  May 26, 2010

    *is glad someone is enthusiastic about it* 🙂
    It’s going to be a long time before this novel is in paper back, or any published form.

    *is so excited she can’t come up with an action to show it* 😀

    • Daniel

       /  May 26, 2010

      *chuckles* I’m sure there are quite a few someones who are enthusiastic about it. 😉
      😦 Why not?

      *laughs* Not even words.. just an action with no action.. 😛 😀

      • storygirl308

         /  May 26, 2010

        There’s still alot of work to be done, I still have to go through it again for a draft III remeber?
        It will hopefully be ready to send out to publishers this time next year. First novel=alot more time and work.

  3. Daniel

     /  May 26, 2010

    Ah yes.. Draft III.. oh what fun..
    Draft III actually wasn’t too bad for me on NoS.. Thankfully.
    Awesome.. B-) *is looking forward to this time next year* 😀

  4. Jay Lauser

     /  May 27, 2010

    Very cool!

    But… 9000? You sure that isn’t 90,000?

  5. Can’t wait to read the whole thing!



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