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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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Reading List

A list of some of my favorite books. (Works of Fiction alphabetized by author’s last name)


Fantasy – Historical Fiction – Science Fiction

Louisa May Alcott

  • Eight Cousins 
  • Little Women 
  • Little Men

Daniel Beals

  • Night of Shadows

Chuck Black

  • The Kingdom Series

Vox Day

  • A Throne of Bones

Bryan Davis

  • Oracles of Fire Series
  • I Know Why the Angels Dance

Esther Forbes

  • Johnny Tremain

Cornelie Funke

  • Inkheart

Carlie Gernhart

  • Fable Weaver

Anthony Hope

  • The Prisoner of Zenda
  • The Heart of Princesses Osra

Jean Lee Latham

  • Carry On Mr. Bowditch

Stephen Lawhead

  • King Raven trilogy

Madeleine L’Engle

  • A Wrinkle in Time

C.S. Lewis

  • The Chronicles of Narnia
  • The Screwtape Lettters

Gail Carson Levine

  • Ella Enchanted
  • Fairest
  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre

Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

  • The Obsidian trilogy
  • The Enduring Flame trilogy

James A. Owen

  • The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica

Daniel Schwabauer

  • Runt the Brave

E.D.E.N Southworth

  • Ishmael

Elizabeth George Speare

  • The Bronze Bow

Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Treasure Island
  • Kidnapped

Rosemary Sutcliff

  • The Eagle of the Ninth

J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings
  • The Hobbit
  • The Silmarillion
  • Book of Unfinished Tales

John White

  • The Archives of Anthropos

Jill Williamson

  • Blood of Kings trilogy
  • Replication: The Jason Experiment



  • Do Hard Things: A Teenage Rebellion Against Low Expectations by Alex and Brett Harris
  •  Just Friends: Guarding you heart for a wonderful someday by Mike Ray and Cary Schmidt
  • What Jane Austen Taught Me about Love and Romance by Debra White Smith
  • So Long Insecurity by Beth Moore
  • The One Year Adventure Novel (Writing Curriculum) by Daniel Schwabauer
  • Comma Sense by Richard Lederer and John Shore
  •  Vanya: A True Story by Myrna Grant
  • God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
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  1. lilacandivy

     /  December 15, 2009

    I’m currently reading the Candlestone (and am pretty close to the end…) Did you notice the very weird metaphor he uses on pg. 275, when Billy’s looking at the candlestone? It made me laugh! Here, I’ll post it below –

    A thin swirl of barely visible light streamed into a dense grouping of the stone’s minute facets. It looked like a tiny vacuum cleaner sucking in a trail of dancing pixies from all around the room. On the other side of the gem, a steady, dim beam poured out, like someone inside the stone had strangled the pixies, flattened their corpses with a mallet, and squeezed their bodies into a shaft of dead light
    (copyright Bryan Davis)

    What’s up with that!! 🙂 It’s like he was in a silly mood and wrote the first thing that came into his mind.

    • storygirl308

       /  December 15, 2009

      Funny! I have yet to read Dragons in Our Mists. Though I can’t wait to get to them. 🙂

      • From the sound of your Christmas gifts you like them. 😉 (did you get the whole series?) Let me know when you finish the Candlestone!

      • storygirl308

         /  December 30, 2009

        I really like them. 😀 (Yes, I got all of “Dragons in Our Mists”.) I’m reading it right now and will be sure to let you know when I’m finished. 🙂

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