Magic Mirrors Release - Submission Now Open

Okay, first off, I would like to apologize for how late this post is. I really meant to have this up on the first - it just didn't happen, for a number of reasons:

1. I underestimated how much burn-out I would suffer after the writer's retreat that I attended at the end of April. I knew I would suffer burn-out after Indie e-Con, so my intention was to get as much done ahead of time ... but thanks to that burn-out, I barely got Indie e-Con going, and now I'm struggling to tie up all of its loose ends.
2. I'm dealing with some stress at home that is moving-related. Also house-hunting related. Basically, we need to change our housing situation, but finances are standing in our way. (I actually almost canceled Indie e-Con due to this stress, but knew that if I skipped the second year, it would be harder for me to follow up in the coming years)
3. I worked extra hours at my day job the week following Indie e-Con to make up for taking the previous week off. Including a fourt…

Indie e-Con 2018 Winners!

Note to self: Add "Prize organizer" to my list of people to recruit next year.

Anywho. I'm here to let all of you know who won what in Indie e-Con this year.

To start off: The Book Awards. As there are a lot of these, and they're all so shiny, I've given them their own page. Go check it out, and congratulate these lovely authors on their hard work!

Now, the writing contest. Go here to find out the lovely winners of that contest - and the lovely prizes that they're getting.  The finalist stories will be posted over the course of next week.

Now, for the rest of the winners:

Most comments Sarah Taleweaver (Savannah Grace held her own for the first day or so, but only Sarah kept it up 'til the end)
Word War  Deborah O'Carroll  (This girl wrote 10,174 words!)
Games:  Erika Mathews (Like, she got every "Guess-and-match" correct, and I selected several of her quotes for Bring your own Book) 
Review Drawing Erika Mathews (She also left twice the rev…

Indie e-Con 2018 - Day 6 Wrap-up!

Our last day. Our last day is finally at its close. Wow. It has been a week, and I'm ready to curl in a ball and sleep for the next week (though, alas, that won't happen as I have a Real Job that I must return to.) Thank you, everyone, for attending, and a hearty thank you to all of my lovely authors who made this possible. Especially Savannah Jezowski who put together a smashing meet-and-greet and then stepped up and helped keep the FB page running when I was out of it the first few days.

Speaking the Facebook event page, I'm going to be hanging out over there, running word sprints until midnight CST when the Word War closes. Alas and alak. Once that's done, do come back here and post your final word count for the whole week. (I actually would kiiiinda like to see what mine would be if I counted up all of these intros that I've written this month. I'm pretty sure that it's at least a novel's worth.)


Game: Bring Your Own Book
Fantasy Author Panel

Fantasy Worldbuilding with Emily Mundell

We come to fantasy for the worldbuilding, the chance to explore brilliant new worlds, the likes of which we'll see nowhere else.

If they're done right.

Emily Mundell is here to talk about how to do it right. She's the author of the adorable Sorceress and the Squid, and let me just tell you, the worldbuilding in that book was wonderful. I can't wait to see what else this girl has up her sleeve - and she's got some great tips for all of us!

Emily Mundell Fantasy/Sci-Fi Author of The Sorceress and the Squid Blog~Goodreads~Facebook~Twitter~Instagram~Pinterest

 So, you want to write a fantasy novel? The awesome and also incredibly difficult thing about fantasy is that great worldbuilding is key to creating an awesome and epic saga! Whether you've got a series worked out or just a short story, here are 5 Pillars of Worldbuilding for your fantasy fiction.

  It's imperative to work out the landscape and layout of the world your story is taking place in.…

Christian Themes in Fantasy with Katy Huth Jones

Most of us around here are Christian - including myself. And a lot of us write fantasy. How do we justify them together?

Well, I don't know if we're talking about justification today, but Katy Huth Jones is here to talk about using fantasy to show Christian themes.

Katy Huth Jones Christian/Fantasy/Historical Fiction Author of Mercy's Prince Blog~Amazon~Goodreads~Facebook~Twitter~Instagram~Pinterest~YouTube
What makes a fantasy “Christian”? Does it have to actively evangelize? Have a Christ figure? Be merely an allegory? Or does it count if the characters are godly people with faith in the living God, even if in their world He is called by another name?
I would argue that any or all of these approaches can be used to craft a fantasy story with a goal of honoring Jesus Christ and pointing the way to Him. C. S. Lewis did a masterful job in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe using the allegory approach. With Aslan the lion as the Christ figure, Lewis shows in a very effecti…

Children's Fantasy with Kandi J. Wyatt

Silly rabbit, fantasy's for kids.

... that is how it goes, isn't it?

Anywho, we're talking about children's fantasy now, and we have Kandi J. Wyatt here to talk about it. Kandi's the author of multiple fantasy novels, including Journey from Skoriawhich is specifically marketed to kids.

Kandi J. Wyatt Christian/Fantasy/Kingdom Fiction/Steampunk/Retellings Author of Dragon Courage Website~Amazon~Goodreads~Facebook~Twitter~Instagram~Pinterest~YouTube~Newsletter

So you want to write fantasy for children? What do you need to know? Basically, you need to know how to write fantasy. Yep, it’s pretty much the same basics; however, you will need to keep a few things in mind.

1. Don’t dumb it down.
Really, this is key. Just because you’re writing for kids doesn’t mean you have to use simplistic words and plot. They actually prefer a challenge and parents like it, too. Just look at Lemeny Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events.

2. Remember you’re writing for kids.
Remember be…

Writing Magic with Hope Ann

Magic. Now that's a tricky subject. Personally, I only take issue with it if it's overtly demonic, but every person has their boundaries, and I have Hope Ann here to talk about the subject.

Hope is the author of a brilliant series of allegorical fairy tale retellings that I love, and her use of magic is beautiful. Let's turn things over to her.

Hope Ann Christian/Fantasy/Retellings Author of Burning Rose Website~Amazon~Goodreads~Facebook~Twitter~Instagram~Pinterest~Newsletter Story Embers

What is magic? Definitions of magic are notoriously hard to pin down. From witches hunched over bubbling cauldrons and muttering spells, to beautiful women with love potions, to men using surges to fly—different pictures come to a readers mind when confronted with the word ‘magic.’ I don’t care for the term myself, since in the real world magic is evil and not something to be tampered with. In books, I prefer the having ‘power systems’ because the only similarity to real magic tends to be th…
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