I recently reblogged a post on world building.  Here’s some more insight in writing about a magical world.

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At Writers Digest, Steven Harper Piziks talks about how to write paranormal/fantasy novels. One big difference between fantasy and other kinds of fiction obviously boils down to the magical elements. Piziks says:

“The need to explain the magic [is] the biggest challenge, really. It’s so easy to use big expository lumps, but that bores the reader. “

I can definitely see this as one of the hardest parts of fantasy writing. You want to make sure your reader understands what makes this world/these characters magical, but you don’t want to bore them with an infodump. If your character is living in a magical world, wouldn’t he/she not really call attention to a lot of the magical elements? It would be like a character in a contemporary novel explaining in length what a television is or how a garage door opener works. (Although I bet Arthur Weasley would find that…

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Flash Fiction (18) – Watch Dog

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Prompt from Madison Woods.  Go check out her site to how others responded to this prompt.

Watch Dog

The nightmares come at night.  She wakes sweating and shaky.  Silently, she rises from her bed.

Outside and across the yard she goes.  When she arrives, she throws her arms around the dog and drops to the ground.  Cuddling closer, she can smell the outdoors in the shaggy fur but she doesn’t mind.  She snuggles deeper and drifts asleep into dreams that are safe, into dreams where she is protected.

The dog, used to watching over the little girl, keeps one eye open, and settles in for a long night.

Flash Fiction (17) – Music in Her Ears

Prompt from Quill Shiv, go check it out to read other takes on this prompt.

Music in Her Ears

They haunted her, the echoes of refrains long since silenced.  Any quick turn of her head let her capture the faintest glimmer of light but then it was gone.  The music, the conversation, the glow, and the luster eluded her.

She was trapped in a cocoon of quiet, a world of grays.  She held on to her memories of vivid colors and bright sounds.  But even so, they slipped away.  She reached out, grasping, yearning.  She kicked and fought.  She shouted her defiance.  But it was muffled and choked out by silence.

Unable to remember what she was fighting for, what she was holding on to, she relaxed.  She slipped into the warm comfort of stillness.  Of sameness.

Here is a great post about writing. There are some basic ideas to help writers of all genres. And there is some more in depth ideas on world creating, the focus there is fiction/fantasy, but if you interpret it loosely it can be applied to all genres too. There’s some really great information and methodology tips here. Good stuff!

Witches by Roald Dahl




This isn’t so much a review as a reminder.  Roald Dahl’s books are so much fun to read.  Everybody, man, woman, and child, should read some of his books.

A quick reminder, this book, Witches, is actually quite scary.  It talks about witches getting rid of children by all sorts of horrendous means.  Make sure your child is old enough to read this without getting nightmares.  Oh, and make sure you can handle this without nightmares (I made sure to read it on a week when my fiance wasn’t leaving town 🙂 ).

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The Versatile Blogger

Pete Denton just nominated me for a blogging award.  I’m really excited to be a part of this blogging community.  And I appreciate these awards for their recognition of such varied blogs.

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This rules for accepting this award are as follows:

1. Thank the award-givers and link back to them in your post.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass this award along 15 or 20.

4. Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know about the award.

Now, for seven random facts…(some might be repeats from The Irresistibly Sweet Blog Award)

1.  I currently (and frequently) have a hankering for some green tea.  With just a splash of soy milk.  But don’t confuse me for a health nut, it’s just dang tasty!

2.  I went cliff jumping a couple summers ago.  And fell/slid down the cliff into the lake.  Not my finest moment.  But, eh, I survived without too many bruises or scrapes.

3.  I’m trying to get into nursing school.  And the waiting to find out if I’m in is killing me.

4.  I hope my daughter has red hair.  My fiancé has red hair …so our fingers are crossed.  (She’s currently still bald, hence our lack of knowledge on her hair color.)

5.  Both my fiancé and I drive white subaru outbacks.  Yes, we’re that couple.  But in our defense we got the cars when we weren’t dating each other.  That makes it ok, right?

6.  I just started listening to the Disney Pandora station.  It is my absolute favorite station to rock to with my daughter.  I try not to listen to it too much when anyone but my daughter is around, no one wants to hear my attempt at singing Ariel’s songs, no one.

7.  I love food.  I like cooking it.  Eating it.  Reading recipes (I’m addicted to Pinterest for this very reason).  Going grocery shopping.  I. Like. Food.

All right, now for the nominations (I’m so excited about this).

Em over at Fictional Impulse

Doug at Ironwoodwind

Quill  Shiv

Man Behind the Curtain

Attending Travels

L.S. Engler

Reel Girl

Sarky Tartlet

The Good, The Bad, and The Saggy

The Color Lime

Naturale Chronicles

Boob Juice

The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss




This is a beautiful account of two young Jewish sisters hiding in Holland during the Nazi invasion.  The youngest, Annie de Leeuw, is the narrator and through her naive eyes we are shown two years of hiding.

I really enjoyed this book.  I found Annie’s innocent view of the war and the Nazis to be utterly charming, and I couldn’t stop reading her story.  I also loved the other characters in the book.  Annie’s story, honestly and simply, highlights the compassion and bravery of the families hiding Jews during the occupation.

This is an autobiographical tale.  The author wrote about her war experience for her kids and this book is the product.  While I was reading the book the language, thoughts, and feelings seemed so organic and natural because they were.  Annie asks certain questions in the book, and they sound so true that I know the author actually asked, word for word, those same questions.  It was during those moments I fell in love with the book.

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I would absolutely recommend this book.  It is a story that both children and adults need to hear. Oh, and if my recommendation isn’t enough, that Newberry Honor seal should be 🙂