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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."
    ~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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Heart of Hope: The Process

It’s amazing to think how far this little story has come since it was first imagined sometime in 2005. From 71 hand written pages, to Word documents never exceeding three chapters. Then One Year Adventure Novel came along and added one full 50,000+ word rough draft and one 60,000+ word second draft.

It began as a tale about a girl named Celeste and her cousin Esten. Their village was dying of a mysterious evil plague. It was up to Celeste and Esten to find the elves, who could lead them to a tree with fruit that could save the village. But the tree was guarded by a terrible beast and only with the assistance (some person who I hadn’t named yet) could they defeat the creature and bring the fruit back. Plus, this tree was located in the middle of a maze-lake mountain range called the Kat’s Kraddel.

The very first, hand written page, of Heart of Hope.

Yes, quite the clichéd plot, but hey, it was a start. From there Celeste’s name changed to Fay and the story, though still staying relatively the same, was given some twists and changes. Celeste/Fay and Esten suddenly had to take a journey underground with their mentor named Goel. There they met the terrible creature, a giant serpent named Apollyon and his goblin soldiers. As time went on, the journey to the elves was getting a little side tracked and the hero’s were taking way to many detours, plus the clichés of the plot were driving me nuts.

Finally, everything changed for the better when my mom found OYAN and we ordered it. Once I began that, Celeste/Fay was renamed (for the final time) to Avalyn. The tree was taken out as well as the Kat’s Kraddel. A new villain was introduced, the whole plague thing was wiped out and the plot was given a complete makeover. Even after that, the story still changed. For instants, Avalyn went from having two parents, to only have one, to having none, to having one again. Plus all the little things that change while you’re writing.

The plot now is as follows…

Barita’s king has been murdered. Goel, a mysterious storyteller who Avalyn and her mother gave shelter to is said to be the murderer. Because they offered him shelter, Avalyn’s mother is arrested and taken to the tyrant now overseeing the rule of Barita. Avalyn is determined to get to the bottom of things and free her mother. Her and Esten set out to find Goel in order to set things right. (That’s how it all begins anyway.) And a bunch of other crazy/adventurous stuff happens along the way.

So things have changed a bit since the very beginning of Heart of Hope, even the title. It was first called Arcana, then I wanted to called it Truthheart. When that didn’t stick it was dubbed Arcana: Heart of Hope, ’till finally that was shaved down and it become simply, Heart of Hope.

Since that day back in 2005, the story has been changed so many times I’ve lost count, been restarted at least twenty times, (though I could be exaggerating that bit…), and has spanned thousands of words.

The process with Heart of Hope has defiantly been long and tiring, but worth it. And it isn’t even over! Oh boy…

Time to dive back into editing for draft III.

Yes, I still have EVERYTHING from writing Heart of Hope.  Every started draft, every note, every notebook (or page from a notebook) I ever used for it, and every scrap of paper.  It’s quite the collection and helps to remind me of how far it’s all come.


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  1. Sound familiar. 😉

  2. I so should do a blog post on how I far the illustrations have come sense we started. I Just need to find them all. I am sure we will get it done someday 🙂

  3. You have gorgeous handwriting, SG!

    • storygirl308

       /  September 15, 2011

      Thank you Marcia. 🙂 Though I know people who’s handwriting is far better then mine. 😉

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