Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

Review: X-Men: Apocalypse

What Is it? X-Men: Apocalypse is yet another superhero movie featuring Marvel characters. The entertainment industry is fraught with them. But don’t get confused (though admittedly that’s easy to do). The X-Men movie franchise mostly belongs to Fox … not Marvel. And while that may sound like a small distinction to make, it’s an important

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Realm Makers 2016: What you need to know

Realm Makers 2016: What you need to know

How many times has someone rendered you speechless simply by asking you what your novel is about? I’m raising my hand because I’ve been there ten dozen times. If you’re a writer (and especially a speculative fiction writer), I guarantee you’ve been there too. I can spend several years on a manuscript, dedicating every moment to

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Why grace, not blame, is the real way forward

Why grace, not blame, is the real way forward

When tragedy strikes, blame is never far behind, buzzing around like wasps at a church picnic. Some people throw darts of blame to divert the pain of their responsibility onto someone else. Others are merely flailing in agony, striking out at anyone and anything conveniently nearby. Some see tragedy as a way to cast blame

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Sharing what you love – A Ren Faire experience

Sharing what you love – A Ren Faire experience

We went to the local Renaissance Faire this weekend. It wasn’t the biggest one I’ve attended, but it was a really enjoyable event. The day was gorgeous, sunny with a cool breeze. Perfect for wandering amongst costumed anachronistic characters welcoming us as, “milord, milady,” declaring our toddler’s stroller her “royal carriage,” and gasping at our

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Don’t judge a book by its genre

Don’t judge a book by its genre

As a young girl, I remember sitting behind a table at the homeschool discount book fair in Derby, KS, hawking the textbooks from our previous year of schooling. There was nothing else to do, really, other than sit there and look pitiful so that people would stop to peruse our selection. This mom stopped at our table with

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Bonus Chapter: Velanna Ittai & The Glass of Water

Bonus Chapter: Velanna Ittai & The Glass of Water

Have you read Meg Mitchell & The Secret of the Journal yet? If so, we have a special treat for you today! A BONUS CHAPTER! Enjoy this fun little romp from the perspective of Meg Mitchell’s adoptive mother, Velanna Ittai! Velanna Ittai sat on her park bench at the center of Boeddeker Park in the Tenderloin

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Writing from Real Life

Writing from Real Life

If you’re a writer, and even if you’re not, odds are you’ve heard the adage, “Write what you know.” And if you’re a writer, it’s probable you’ve sat and thought, “I know about grocery shopping, my work, and living in the suburbs. There’s nothing exciting about what I know.” And so we sit and we

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Culture, Racism and the Christian Storyteller

Culture, Racism and the Christian Storyteller

What role should culture and race play in our stories? And why are we, as Christian writers, so afraid to talk about it? Or, perhaps a better question, Why are Christian fiction books so white?  I’m not even talking about the much-maligned Amish romance trend. In nearly every Christian fiction book that comes to mind, the

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