George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

I found this lovely gem in my reader this morning and wanted to share it with all of you. The whole article (found at the bottom of A Pilgrim in Narnia's post) is worth reading, but here are a few favorite quotes: "To be able to live a moment in an imagined world, we must … Continue reading George MacDonald Quotes on World-Building

Why Some Books are Boring, Or Why I’m Still Stuck in the Middle of Lilith

For those few (anyone?) who has been paying attention to my Goodreads account, you'll notice that it still says I'm reading Lilith, and have been for...half a year now. It's not that the book is particularly long; in that time, I've read War and Peace without the least difficulty.  And it's not that the book … Continue reading Why Some Books are Boring, Or Why I’m Still Stuck in the Middle of Lilith

Writing That Scene: Lilith

In the format of a free, non-traditional critique, Writing That Scene examines the fundamentals of what it takes to make a scene powerful and memorable for readers. The opinion expressed is my own, and other readers’ opinions may differ. The goal is to provide an opportunity for authors to learn from each other and to … Continue reading Writing That Scene: Lilith

Goals for the New Year

I have no particular resolutions and no fixed reading lists, but here are some of my goals for the new year. In addition to becoming a better person (less complaining and more encouraging of others, especially in their writing endeavors), I want to... Read More Books On Writing—My local library has some more that I’m … Continue reading Goals for the New Year

Why I Write Fantasy

One of the questions I have recently encountered is why I, as a Christian, write fantasy novels. Though many have accepted fantasy as an acceptable Christian genre due to the works of MacDonald, Tolkein, and Lewis, there are others who still hesitate since it involves creating a world quite different from ours, where “magical” things … Continue reading Why I Write Fantasy

Review of “Phantastes” by George MacDonald

The book, as a George MacDonald Fairy Tale, is delightful. It wanders quite a bit, but its descriptions have the depths of dreams, where you feel restfully awake. Initially, I had trouble understanding what the book was about until I read an article by Adrian Gunther ( "The Structure of George MacDonald's Phantastes " ). … Continue reading Review of “Phantastes” by George MacDonald