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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.
    ~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."
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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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    "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."
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    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.
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    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.
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    "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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Plot Change

I have finally written a synopsis for Heart of Hope’s new plot.  (For some reason writing a synopsis for this book has always been difficult.)

After sitting on the shelf for over two years it’s back out.  I started this book at fifteen and finished it at eighteen and it had a lot of growing up to do.  I fought with it on and off for a year or so until I finally had to shelf it, and honestly, it was the best thing I could do for it.  Now, nine years after it’s creation, Heart of Hope is growing up.   I’ve grown and matured as a writer and as a person.  I have more experience and a bit more practice since then and I’m hoping this rewrite does the trick.

Slowly but surely it’s moving from cliched first book to an adventure fantasy I’d actually want to read.  Hurry for progress!

Anywho…here is the new working synopsis.  Whatchya think?

In a land ruled by humans, elves and dwarves are looked down on as “lesser races”. If you are anything but full human, you are nothing. Avalyn is a half-elf. Her and her mother Rhea struggle to survive in a world that sees them as tainted. When Rhea is arrest and taken as a dept-slave, Avalyn does everything she can to buy her mother’s freedom.

The King of Barita is not content with the human realm, he want’s it all. Allied with an ancient power, he launches a war against the elven and dwarven kingdoms. With the dwarven kingdom crumbling, all he needs is someone of elven blood to bring him the key to the elf’s downfall and Arcana will be his.

Avalyn is given a chance to win her mother’s freedom and pay all depts, but can she betray a people who make up half of what she is? Can she see past a web of lies and see she is not what has been branded on her? Will she discover the truth before it’s too late and if so, will she accept it?


P.S.  Posts coming soon!

“It’s Okay to Walk Away”

“Letting Your Story Grow”

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  1. I am actually having a hard time writing a decent synopsis for my current novel.
    Anyway, Heart of Hope sounds really exciting! 😀 I loved the last few sentences in the synopsis.


  2. Synopsis are tricky things.

    Thank you! 🙂


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