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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

Research Tools

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Here are a few of my favorite research books and websites.  Please comment if you have any questions.

Medieval: 

  • Buildings

Books

-Castles – by David Macaulay

-Medieval Castles (Don Nardo)

-Medieval Furniture: Plans and Instructions for Historical Reproductions (Daniel Diehl and Mark Donnelly)

Wedsites

Room in a Medieval Castle

  • Clothing

Websites

ArmStreet.com

  • Food

Websites

Medieval Recipe Translations

  •  Other

-Medieval Law and Punishments (Donna Trembinski)
-The Medieval World (Robert Snedden)

-Medieval Wordbook (Madeleine Pelner Cosman)

-Medieval Life (from Eyewitness books)

Weapons:

  • Swords

Books

-A Collectors Guide to Swords, Daggers, and Cutlasses – by Gerald Weland

-Swords: An Artist’s Devotion – by Ben Boos

-The Book of Swords – by Hank Rainherdt

Websites

Sword Terms

Steps and moves used in fencing

  • Bow/Archery

-Bow Accessories – by Volkmar Hubschmann

-The Bow Builder’s Book: Bow Building from the Stone Age to Today – A Schiffer Book

-Traditional Bower’s Encyclopedia – Bertalan

Names:

Websites

Fantasy Name Generator

Behind the Name

Creatures:

Books

-Fantasy Encyclopedia – by Judy Allen

Anime and Manga Art:

Books

-Step by Step Manga – Ben Krefta

-How to Draw More Manga – by Katy Coope

-Anime Mania – By Christopher Hart

Robin Hood:

Websites

Robin Hood Outlaw Legend of Loxley

Grammar/Punctualtion Help:

Books

Comma Sense: A fundamental guide to punctualtion by Richard Ledder and John Shore

Language

Book

The Language Construction Kit by Mark Rosenfelder

Wedsite

(The Language Construction Kit) http://www.zompist.com/kit.html

Writing/Editing

-A Writer’s Coach – by Jack Hart

-Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft – by Janet Burroway

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2 Comments

  1. Websites would be helpful, too. 😀

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