Fight Dragons by Reading Fiction

Did you know that reading good, God-glorifying fiction can allow spiritual truths to resonate clearly, or even point out the seriousness of sin in our lives? Kelly Keller shows how that can be in her article, “On Christians Reading Fiction: Stealing Past Watchful Dragons.”

The Importance of Fiction by JPC Allen — M Liz Boyle

Today I’m excited to have my author friend JPC Allen on the blog discussing fiction. Let’s get to it 🙂 Sometimes, when you are too close to a subject, it’s hard to describe or appreciate it. When Liz asked me to write a guest post about the importance of fiction, the request stopped me cold. […]

The Importance of Fiction by JPC Allen — M Liz Boyle

“The Floor Is Lava” Game is on MeWe Again

I’m hosting “The Floor Is Lava” game on MeWe again! If you’re on MeWe, join the group “The floor is lava, come play!” and join the fun.

Here’s how the game works. Post a funny meme of a person or animal keeping their feet off the floor, or post a link to science facts about volcanos, books about volcanos, or even lava cake recipes. Just be sure they’re family friendly, please.

Then like, share, or comment on your favorite posts. The post that receives the most responses by June 4 at 12:00pm MST will win a free copy of M.H. Elrich’s Toothbreaker. It’s an amazing story involving people with special talents, wolf companions, forgiveness, and redemption. The following link gives a summary of the book.

Post as many posts as you want. I’ll post a few on MeWe for inspiration, but I’m exempt from the game. 😉

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

Japanese Poetry

You’ve probably heard of a haiku, but have you heard of a style of poetry called the tanka? The following is an introduction to haikus and tankas by Joseph Ficor.

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Japanese poetry is very unique. It does not depend on rhyming as much as Western poetry forms. I enjoy this because I am not very good at rhyming to begin with.

The two styles that I like experimenting with are the haiku and the tanka. The haiku is composed of three lines with a syllable count of 5-7-5 for a total of 17 syllables. It must contain a seasonal word. Otherwise, it is called a senryu. I have used it as a tool to write science fiction haiku, aka scifaiku.

Here is an example of one that I wrote several years ago:

Black haired girls
Riding on red black hoverbikes
Travel New Tokaido

Tanka is similar except that it has a longer syllable count: 5-7-5-7-7.

Here is an example that I composed just for this blog (don’t you just feel so special inside?):

I feel bitter now
Circling a black…

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Writing Tips From Kevin Lovegreen

Are you hoping to write your own middle grade novel but don’t want to create bland scenes? These tips by Kevin Lovegreen will give you the basics on how to create vivid descriptions of your characters’ world.

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If you are (or know) a reader of middle-grade adventure stories, you’re probably familiar with award winning author Kevin Lovegreen. His series, Lucky Luke’s Hunting Adventures, is a big hit among the families in our neighborhood.

Lovegreen gives presentations to promote the love of reading, writing, and the outdoors. I’m so happy that he agreed to contribute a blog post with some pointers for youth who dream of becoming an author (or simply passing Language Arts).

Take it away, Kevin!

“think about painting pictures with your words”

Do you want to become a better writer?

If you’re looking for some advice on becoming a better writer, think like a painter. What!? Yep, think about painting pictures with your words. As you are writing, and more importantly, when you go back and edit your writing, try to be as descriptive as possible. Remember, you are always writing to two…

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Be Gritty? Or Be Optimistic?

It’s good to be realistic about how corrupt our world is. But how realistic is too realistic, particularly when it comes to writing stories? Should we be as gritty as today’s news and reveal all the world’s evils? Or be the opposite extreme, too optimistic?

My book review on Laika: Astronaut Dog shows a book giving a tragic historical story a happy ending, even though that ending never happened. I do address the problem of cleaning up history for the sake of avoiding its upsetting elements.

Hannah Mae discusses the dilemma of being too gritty or too upbeat on her FlyingFaith Talks! She shows how the Bible and being ministry-minded guide us on finding that balance.

New Book Review: Fluffy Fox and The Little Turtle

I wrote another book review for Jennifer Hallmark’s blog! This time, it’s about a fox with a big problem but helps someone else in the midst of it. What is this fox’s problem? Hint: it has to do with her tail.

Read to Your Kids, Part VI, Ocean Stories with Beautiful Illustrations — M Liz Boyle

Don’t believe teenagers can benefit from picture books? Read this article from M. Liz Boyle’s website.

Sarah Mackenzie, author and founder of the Read-Aloud Revival podcast, says that we should read a picture book every day as kids grow up, even when they’re teenagers! If this sounds odd to you, listen to the podcast to learn how big kids, bigger kids, and adults benefit from picture books. Read-alouds are unanimously a […]

Read to Your Kids, Part VI, Ocean Stories with Beautiful Illustrations — M Liz Boyle

Short Stories, Please

Looking for a quick read for your young children? Try “Children’s Adventure Stories by James Reeves.” It’s a Facebook Page that’s open to the public, and it’s loaded with short stories along with colorful and fun illustrations.

Story Warren also has short stories for kids, and I just read a clever one called “TellUsClope.” It’s about a giraffe who wishes for a short neck but later learns that a long neck does have a benefit. Want to know what that benefit is? Read more by clicking on the following link: