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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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A Writer’s Tool Box – Websites

There are so many good resources out there for writers now-a-days.  A writer has an army of books and websites to pick from to stash away in their tool box.  Here’s a peak at a few websites that are in mine.



You have to be careful with this one, it’s a great tool, but it’s also a big distraction.  If I’m on Pinterest looking for story related stuff, I’m looking through a specific search.

I use Pinterest to create Story Boards for characters and books.  I also use to it save reference pictures of places, clothing, weapons and whatever else relates to my stories.

For characters, I pin pictures that resemble them, what kind of clothing they wear, things that show who they are and what they’re like.  If one is an archer, I may have several different kinds of bows in their board and different styles of the kind of garb they may wear.  My character Tara is an herbalist, so in her board, I have things on herbs and pictures of vials filled with healing potions.

I have three made up worlds, so having a board with place/landscape reference pictures is very helpful.

A also have a random board for things that remind me of my stories, or things I might want to save for a future story or character.  Inspiration for another time.

I love using Pinterest for writing because with it, I don’t have to clutter up my picture files on my computer and all the pictures are saved on the internet, so if my lap top crashes or I get a new one, I don’t have to worry about the files.





I LOVE this website.  I want to buy everything on it, but it’s also a really good place for clothing and armor references.

Again, this is a website, if you’re like me, you can get lost on browsing and just sit there drooling over all the awesomeness it contains.  Use it with a mission in mind if you’re looking for a quick clothing reference while your writing.  Drool in your spare time.



Behind the Name

Looking for that perfect sounding name with the perfect meaning and country of origin?  Look no further!  Not only do they have first names, but they have a sister website just for last names as well.  Not only do they have dozens of countries to choose from, but they have mythologies too!

You can search alphabetically, by country or meaning.  So many names and possibilities at your finger tips.




More resources to come!

What are some websites in your writer’s tool box?



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