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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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I need to buckle down and finish reading through HEART OF HOPE, but I just don’t want to.  I’m avoiding it… again.  Not good.   I keep seeing “First book!” scowled across the pages in my mind’s eye yet again and it’s bogging me down.  My inner editor (Archie — yes, I gave him a name,) is whispering in my ear that it’s just not worth it anymore.  Well, I’m going to come right out and say it. 


Sure, it’s my fist book.  Sure, I am a much better writer since I wrote it.  But is it really not worth it, or I’m just brain-dead?  Well, one thing to take note on, it’s not exciting to me anymore, and who wants to work on a 60,000+ word novel that’s not exciting to the person who’s working on it?  No one.  So…  how do I get out of my brain-dead state and re-kindle my enthusiasm?  Only one thing comes to mind.


And it’s not just HEART OF HOPE that I feel brain-dead with — Stephen of Scarborough and even… CHOICES.  Yes, even the story I am completely in love with has joined the ranks of documents gathering dust. 

Part of the guilty party is me too.  I’m tired and I haven’t had a good, deep, long quiet time with The Giver of Inspiration for a few weeks.  Hmmm…. here comes that word again.


Prayer, and sleep.   Sleep and prayer.  Prayer then sleep?  Sleep then prayer?  Now I’m rambling.

Well, I’m to brain-dead to figure out a good ending to this post, so I’m just going to end it and get some sleep. 

Good night and God bless.  


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  1. God bless, Laura! He’ll help you figure it out. Or figure you out. Sometimes that’s the real issue. *points at self* 🙂

  2. Sounds like what I am going through right now with my art and your illustrations. The hardest thing for me is listening to God, I pray but I never stop and sit down and just listen to what He wants me to do. I pray that God will relight a passion for Heart of Hope in you Laura.

    Stand Strong.

  3. storygirl308

     /  January 10, 2011

    Thank you guys. 🙂

  4. Brain dead. That sounds familiar. This hits me every evening (I am a morning person). However, reading your blog inspired me. I can at least put down the thoughts of a dead brain. Then, as I sit there typing, the dead brain (Archie) may come alive!

    I review Dorethea Brande’s Wake Up and Live! often. This reminds me of the talisman that Dorethea Brande used, but for Christians it has to be Christ in us, the hope of glory.

    • storygirl308

       /  January 13, 2011

      Thank you for the comment Joaozinho. 🙂
      Archie can be a real trouble maker sometimes, but Christ is the only critic that truly matters. I’m so glad this blog could be a source of inspiration to you. 🙂

      God bless,


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