Thursday, July 27, 2006

Worry not. . .

I have really enjoyed this week of blogging. Last week I stressed big time at even the thought of keeping up with all of the posts for the SFF blog tour, the Speculative Faith blog and Favorite Pastimes occuring this week. I wonder if it will be like this every month. Still, it wasn't nearly as overwhelming as I thought it would be. It was more of a burden for me last week as I worried about it. That must be why the Lord tells us not to worry--the worrying is by far more painful than the actual experience. LOL

The interesting thing about all of it is how much I enjoyed writing about the Middle Ages on Favorite Pastimes. Not to mention that I was able to add in my love of fantasy to the discussion. What could be better? If you haven't had a chance yet, please take some time to browse both of these awesome blogs: Speculative Faith and Favorite Pastimes.

Today I read Karen Hancock's post and she linked to an awesome article at Charis Connection written by Angela Hunt. The post displayed some statistics that, for writers, can be very depressing. However, I read the entire post and when I read the last line, tears came to my eyes. It says this:
The result? A life of living by faith for finances, ideas, and opportunities. But isn't that what the Christian walk is all about?
Since we're going through a similar situation--making choices that will affect us financially, but that we must make if we're to follow God's call--her statemennt is exactly what I needed to hear, to know, for today. No worries!

Blessings!
Beth.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

SFF Blog Tour and Linda Wichman

I've been completely amazed to read all of the fascinating stories about Christian Fandom and how it came to be. Through the blog tour I've also learned what Con-V (or was it V-Con) means and all of those references to con. If you want to read more about that check out Shannon McNear's or Karen Hancoc's link. I think they both go into great detail about how these conventions sparked the creation of Christian Fandom.

I went to the Christian Fandom site today in order to look for reviews and interviews. Not so easy to discover. After clicking on several links I finally found a host of SFF author interviews. I was disappointed that fantasy author,Linda Wichman hasn't interviewed with them yet. However, you can read her interview today and tomorrow over at Favorite Pastimes. I know--a shameless plug for her interview. . .still I thought it was a nice tie-in and if our purpose is to promote SFF within the CBA. . .hey this falls within keeping up those efforts.

Enjoy browsing Christian Fandom this week and all of the awesome SFF blog tour participants!

Valerie Comer
Kameron Franklin
Rebecca Grabill
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Elliot Hanowski
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Pamela James
Tina Kulesa
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith


Blessings!
Beth.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

SFF Blog Tour: Christian Fandom

Join the SFF (Science Fiction and Fantasy) blog tour for the month of July this week. We're featuring
Christian Fandom,
an " interdenominational fellowship of fans interested in the courteous and accurate representation of Christian viewpoints in genre fiction fan communities."

I especially love Fandom's list of fantasy books that includes an extensive list for those who would consider themselves new to fantasy. This list includes a wide range of authors--not all Christians--from Frank Peretti to Stephen Donaldson to J.K. Rowling. An equally impressive list can be found at Fandom's list of Science fiction tites. The site gies you a heads up for which books are Christian or are written by Christian authors.

Now head over to check out more of this impressive list of bloggers who've joined our mission to promote Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy!

Valerie Comer
Kameron Franklin
Rebecca Grabill
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Elliot Hanowski
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Pamela James
Tina Kulesa
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith

Oh yes, did I mention my plans to feature fantasy art on my site? I love it, so I'm sharing some of my favs as I find them on the web. This image as well as Friday's comes from Sfondi Fantasy.

Blessings!
Beth.

P.S Remember to go over to Favorite Pastimes, the historical blog. I'm posting all of this week on the Middle Ages. Fantasy writer Linda Wichman is joining me for an interview.

Friday, July 21, 2006

The Zone

Wooo hooo! I finally made almost 60K on my fantasy novel. But I'm talking rough draft. . VERY rough draft. I decided that it would be better for me to get the gist of the story down, then go back to edit, though I typically edit as I go. But with this type of story, there are so many little things that you don't have the answer for yet, and even big things. What's the point in editing when you don't have all of your story yet. So, the answers are revealing themselves to me as I write. It's been quite an enjoyable ride so far and this is why I love writing in this genre---reading it too.

Even though I hit 60K I'm still not quite in "the Zone". . you've heard of the diet right? Well, I'm not talking about that. I'd relate it more to something like running. I'm a runner wannabe and I run like I write, now that I think about it. I'm trying to work up to running three miles a day. Still working on that, though. I've found that if I warm up for only five minutes (walking) then start running, I can't make it too far--maybe only half a mile and then I'm dying. I've gotta walk another half mile, before I can run that additional mile. Did I mention I'm a wannabe? But here's the thing. . .if I give myself a half a mile to even a mile, just walking to warm up, then I can run forever. . I'm in THE ZONE.

I've discovered this works for writing, too. At least my writing. And like in my running, I had hoped to work up to 3000 words a day. When I start off with that goal in mind, I never make it. Here's the trick, if I give myself over to writing no matter how little it is, then I work into the zone and I could write forever. That is if I didn't have four children who needed my attention. We won't even talk about the dishes. In fact, just this minute I had to leave writing this post to go change a diaper. (not mine in case you were wondering). Now, I've gotta get my thoughts back into the post. Last night I had to leave my successful 13 page writing day to go watch a movie with my teenage daughter--I can at least pretend I have a life outside of writing. When the movie was over, I was no longer in the writing zone and knew it would take me a good hour to get back. I was too tired. Today, I won't have time to work on the fantasy because. . .well. . .remember all of those blogs I keep talking about, I've gotta write all of those posts within the next few days.

All that is happening next week. My character, Bev Trexel's post is up today at the Scenes and Beans blog. Then there's the SFF blog tour coming up next week. Don't forget to read the posts on the Favorite Pastimes historical blog and the Speculative Faith blog. You can find those links in my sidebar. I guess you could say I'm in the blogging zone right now.

Regarding the image, I'll have to edit my post later to add where I found that. I LOVE fantasy art. . it so inspires me!

Blessings!
Beth.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Blogging Updates

I decided to return from a blogging hiatus or whatever you want to call two weeks without blogging. Forgive me, if there's anything to forgive. As far as blogs go, I'm in a position to start pulling out my hair. No, I'm excited about all of the opportunities that have opened up for me in the blogging world.

First, I've already told you about the Kanner Lake Scenes and Beans Project. My character, Bev Trexel's debut post appears this Friday the 21st. In addition, you can read the first three chapters of Violet Dawn here. Go to the Kanner Lake website and read about the series. You'll enjoy reading the character post--it's like you're experiencing the world inside of Violet Dawn. I'd love to hear your comments abou the characters.

Second,Favorite Pastimeshistorical blog debuted a couple of weeks ago. Historical authors explore various time periods and aspects of writing their novels. My week begins on Monday the 24th and my focus: Historical Fantasy. Join me next week for an interview with Linda Wichman. Her historical fantasy novel, Legend of the Emerald Rose was a 2006 Christy Award Finalist.

We've had such success with the Science Fiction and Fantasy blog tours, which begins again next week, that several of us have joined together for a team blog, titled
Speculative Faith: Christians Exploring Speculative Literature.

So, even though I've got my hands full, I'm still committed to writng those ten pages a day so that I can finish my fantasy and move onto the novel I dreamed the other night, along with the thriller I need to work on for the ACFW conference, oh and that boom town historical. Did I forget something? At any rate, I'm at about 40K of my first draft of The Crossing. . .just about to the halfway point.

Oh I DID forget something. You can read my review Robin Parrish's Debut Novel, Relentless here.
Blessings!
Beth
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