Monthly Archives: January 2011

What Are You Reading?

Last week, fantasy author Donita K. Paul shared about her reading habits and some titles she’s recently read. Today, I’d like to open up the floor for people to talk about what they’ve been reading of late. Maybe we’ll all … Continue reading

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Creating Realistic Characters:
Tips and Resources

In fantasy novels, sometimes the unique world and setting can take center stage. Other times, the intricate plot, where the entire world hangs in the balance, receives primary focus. However, a novel will truly come to life when you know … Continue reading

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January 2011 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour:
Dragons of the Valley, Day 3

Being the lovely, gracious woman she is, Donita agreed to write a guest post for my blog. In her post, she reveals how her reading habits shaped her writing…so enjoy! What this Writer Reads Donita K. Paul I’m often asked … Continue reading

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January 2011 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour:
Dragons of the Valley, Day 2

Just for fun, I thought I’d create a few polls today about one of the best features of Donita’s world–her unique races (and characters). If you haven’t read the books, you can learn about the seven high races and the … Continue reading

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January 2011 Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour:
Dragons of the Valley, Day 1

In Dragons of the Valley, ripples of unrest and rumors of war begin to spread across the land of Chiril. To make matters worse, an attempt to protect three important statues formed from one of the cornerstones of the world, … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway: Dragons of the Valley
by Donita K. Paul

Next week, the CSFF blog tour will feature Dragons of the Valley by Donita K. Paul, and in preparation, I’m launching a giveaway for the book. Donita has made a name for herself writing YA fantasy with dragons. All her … Continue reading

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Long or Short Novels:
Which Are Better?

Last week, editor Nick Harrison discussed cutting words and scenes during the editing process and the value of knowing what to eliminate, which is a vital part of self-editing.  However, in the post he also seemed to come out in … Continue reading

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The Rocks of Death Valley: A Mystery

I don’t know about anyone else, but earth’s inexplicable mysteries intrigue me. So it was with some interest that I recently read of rocks traveling great distances on their own, leaving a trail behind them to mark the paths that … Continue reading

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Holy Imagination

As dreamers and readers and story-weavers, we possess vivid imaginations, well accustomed to enlivening unfamiliar settings and characters and worlds. Yet even those who seem the most prosaic and down-to-earth, still have imagination, because God instilled in all humans the … Continue reading

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Mythic Creature: The Manticore

Name: Manticore, manticora, man-tiger Appearance: Imagine a beast with the body of a lion, red in color (like blood, some claimed) and the head of a man, with an enormous mouth, stretching ear to ear and ringed with three rows … Continue reading

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