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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

5 Excuses to Stop Making

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As writers we are full of excuses, and I am no exception.  If there is “good reason” for why that draft still sits unfinished, (or why it hasn’t even been started yet…) we will find it.  Here are five excuses to stop making and just write that book!

1. I don’t have time.

We make time for the things that are important to us.  If it’s important to you, make the time.

2. I don’t know if I can write this.

You won’t know unless you try.  If it’s an idea that is close to your heart go for it.  I’ve learned from personal experience that God plants certain ideas into our minds for a reason.  Some stories were meant only for you to write.

3. I’m not done developing.

One of my favorite excuses.  There comes a time when you need to stop researching, stop putting all those minuscule details together and just sit down and write.

4. I’ll start next week.

Code for, “never”.  How any times have you and I made this statement in our heads and then Monday rolls around and we write zilch? Too many times.  Start today.  It doesn’t matter if today is Friday or Thursday, there is no day like today to start.

5. It’s a dumb idea.

The excuse of desperation.  We’ve grown so use to making excuses for why we haven’t started for so long that know the idea has aged.  We’re so familiar with it, it no longer feels appealing.  Now is the time to silence that’s inner voices and remember why you loved the idea in the first place.  Focus on that point and start there.

There you have it.  No more excuses.  Go write something today!

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