A Writer’s Life

You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

I wrote this out of a struggle I had, and still have. Just because I’m writing an article doesn’t mean I have it figured out. I still have to remind myself of the things I know in my head time and time again…

See, I want everything I create to be perfect; I always have. I love reading well-written books. I sometimes ‘hate’ them at the same time, because I wonder how I can ever write as well and make as big an impact with my own writing. It’s not pride issue of wanting to be better than others. Rather, it’s the desire to create stories and characters and themes that touch lives and to do it in the best way possible. If someone has done it better than me, then that means I can get better. And if I can get better, that means I wasn’t good enough.

Right?

But eventually, I realized I didn’t have to be the best.

And that it was fine.

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October’s Monthly Prompt

First the winners of last month’s challenge:

september prompt

And the winners are…

*drumroll*

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Behind-the-scenes Burning Rose Facts

Behind-the-scenes Burning Rose Facts

As many of you know, I launched a book this week! Burning Rose is now for sale on Amazon, my own site, and tucked away in the corner of several dragon’s bookstores/treasure hoards. Anyhow, I thought you might like a peek of the behind-the-scenes of the writing and stories.

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Burning Rose is Here!

Burning Rose is Here!

At long last, a paperback copy of Burning Rose is here! You can now order the first three Legends of Light novellas in one hard copy!

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Magic in Legends of Light

Magic in Legends of Light

The most common question I have received in relation to my writing is ‘what sort of magic, if any, do you have in your stories’? It is a valid question, and the views of Christian writers and readers varies widely, from those who love Harry Potter to those who don’t even want to read Lord of the Rings. So, in light of launching Burning Rose tomorrow, I decided to answer it for all of you who may still wonder.

Do I have magic in Legends of Light?

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September Highlights: Work, mainly

September Highlights: Work, mainly

My Life

Lots of writing. Well, for the first half of the month. Mainly Fidelyon. I got that finished. By which I mean this draft is finished. It still needs a little work before it’s ready for beta readers.

Also, I started my new job at Culvers. I’m enjoying it, so far. Yes, yes. I know. New things are enjoyable and then sometimes they get boring. But I think I’m going to like this job quite a bit. They put me on register on my fourth day. Besides, I get to watch and interact with people. Maybe I’m not quite as much an introvert as I thought. XD

Hope

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September Vlog

September Vlog

Another Vlog! Again, part of the Very Awesome Vlog Challenge.

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I could ramble about it but just… yeah. Watch it. Enjoy it. Or not.

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Burning Rose Cover Reveal!

Burning Rose Cover Reveal!

You all ready, guys? Because it is here! I get to show you the cover for Burning Rose, my paperback collection of the first three Legends of Light novellas!

Burning Rose header

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September’s Monthly Prompt

First the winner of last month’s challenge! This next challenge will be a little different so make sure you read the instructions.

fantasy prompt

And the winner is…

*drumroll*

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August Highlights: Endings and Beginnings

August Highlights: Endings and Beginnings

My Life

Well, knitting hats, helping around the house, working with Kingdom Pen, blogging, self-publishing my first paperback book, and trying to write a few hours a day was apparently not enough in my life. I may have just gotten myself a job at Culvers.

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