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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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Characters + Candy Store

What would happen if I let my band of characters loose in a candy store?  Probably something like this….

Avalyn and Stephen would have an archery contest with the gumballs. Geoffrey would be watching, now and then tossing his dagger or firing a bolt from his cross bow into a gumball, messing up the contest and causing an argument.

Esten would be examining and sampling the chocolate tools, wondering why someone would want a box of chocolate hammers. Much would be eating anything chocolate and creating quite the mess.

William would be watching the archery contest and keeping Stephen from starting a fist fight with Geoffrey. Ieuan would be chasing after Much.

Marion, Kate, Wrenna and Luke would be sitting on the counter laughing and playing with the sour belts and Swedish Fish.

Connor would be throwing gummy bears at Terren. Terren would be using a jar lid as a shield and firing gummy worms back.

Tyra would be munching on licorice, making little flutes with them, and hiding from everyone.

Silas would be wondering where she disappeared to, alternating between the group at the counter and Esten, and trying not to get involved with Avalyn, Stephen and Geoffrey’s archery arguments.

Minn would be jumping around, chasing flying gummy bears and worms, and snatching sour belts from the girls on the counter or the Swedish Fish that Luke tossed him. Now and then, the little dragon would jump to Avalyn’s shoulder in the middle of her shot, wrapping his tail around her neck, messing her up and looking quite please with himself.

Uraeus would be trying to get his big, amber dragon head through the window and eyeing Terren hoping he would let him in.

Villains, henchmen, and their nasty creatures would not be allowed.


10 Things that Make Me Happy


Image by 28misguidedsouls via Flickr

It’s raining and gray outside, so I wanted to post something with a bit of sunshine.

  1. Hot coco on a raining day
  2. Late movie nights with family
  3. A letter from a friend
  4. Someone telling me, “I thought about you today”
  5. An exciting discovery
  6. Sunshine
  7. Stargazing
  8. Puddle jumping
  9. Cooking for loved ones
  10. Firelight

(I’m such a romantic.) 🙂

What are ten things that make you happy?

Tea and Chocolate

The two things I could not live without… besides books and music anyway. 😉
My favorite kind of tea is a black tea called “Consider the Coconut” made by Tea Time Garden, and my favorite chocolate is Dark Reeses Pieces Peanut Butter Cups. Too bad they don’t go well together ha? 😛

Every writer has their brain food, these are mine. I don’t know what it is about a hot cup of black tea that’s so relaxing, but I just don’t feel ready to sit down and write until that seaming cup, brewed just right with sugar and cream, is sitting on my desk beside me. Mmmm, so good.

One thing’s for sure about chocolate, especially if you’re addicted to it like me, 😛 it’s an exhalent motivator. “No chocolate until the writing goal is done for the day!” You have no idea how that little, Dark Reeses Peanut Butter Cup beckons to me as soon as I make that decision. Torture! But it helps put my mind into gear and my fingers suddenly begin to fly over the key board! It’s like running a race and whoever makes it to the finish line first gets the goodies. 😉

What is your brain food?  What helps you slip into your creative zone while you write? Please share!

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