Fantasy Art Wednesday

Get inspired with this week’s Fantasy Art Wednesday, where fun fantasy artwork is combined with a writing prompt to get your creative juices flowing.


Enjoy a fantasy take on Santa for Christmas week. Does this wilderness Saint Nicholas give blessings, not to children, but to all the animals nestled in against the cold of winter? He might even bring them to all the hidden fantasy creatures we never see but know are there. Whimsical gifts to the fairy realm, or small bits of treasure to the dragons. But feel free to come up with your own story, and don’t be shy about sharing when you’re done!

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Inspiration Sunday!

Another worthy quote inspired by the season! Have you done this yet? If not, there’s no time like now, and the blessings you’ll receive in turn will outshine any gift under the tree.

“You can never truly enjoy Christmas until you can look up into the Father’s face and tell him you have received his Christmas gift.” ~John R. Rice 

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Simple Wisdom from Gandalf

“‘Where did you go, if I may ask?’ said Thorin to Gandalf as they rode along. ‘To look ahead,’ said he. ‘And what brought you back in the nick of time?’ ‘Looking behind,’ said he.”

As I was thinking about what I might write for the newsletter this week, this quote from Gandalf came to mind. Like so many others, I’ve been both looking ahead with anticipation toward the holidays, but also thoughtfully looking behind as the year nears its end. What has been accomplished that I can be proud of, and what setbacks have kept me from doing more? No doubt all of us have fallen short of our dreams in some areas, yet we may have found unexpected blessings in others.

Joining newsletters with Renee and Joshua has certainly been one of those blessings for me. Through it I have found new friends, as well as fans, and have been challenged to branch out and try new things I hadn’t thought of before. I would say overall it has been a successful year, and all of you have been part of that success! So thank you for sticking with us each week, and for encouraging us to keep writing, blogging, and reaching for those coveted review stars that help us entice more readers.

The new year is always a good time to make a fresh start, and I’m already thinking about what I might do differently for 2017’s newsletters. But before I change things up, I’d really love to know what you think I’ve been doing well, and also how I can make my editions of the newsletter more interesting to you, the readers. I would be extremely grateful if you would take a few minutes to answer this short 4 question poll. Consider this my end-of-the-year review!

Next week’s newsletter will be a special Christmas edition, featuring a rare treat you won’t want to miss! 

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Inspiration Sunday!

A little late today, but no less inspiring. I’m continuing on the theme of Christmas this week…

The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation. ~J.I. Packer 

Turn the volume up on this one…by the end you really will be ready to fall on your knees in awe of our amazing God!

Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – Into the Shadow Wood (Wind Rider Chronicles) by Allison D. Reid

Thanks to Sally Cronin for including my books on her Christmas Reading list. She promotes lots of other great authors on her blog, so don’t forget to check them out. Books make great Christmas gifts. 🙂  (If you’re on a tight budget, the ebook version of Journey to Aviad is still free.)


ISW Cover MedToday’s featured book is the fantasy novella Into the Shadow Wood (Wind Rider Chronicles) by Allison D. Reid and released at the end of September. The story runs parallel to some of the events in Allison’s first book Journey to Aviad (Book 1 the Wind Rider Chronicles) and we will also take a look at that later in the post.…

Source: Smorgasbord Christmas Reading – Into the Shadow Wood (Wind Rider Chronicles) by Allison D. Reid

 

Inspiration Sunday!

Christmas is coming! I love this season…not just the tree, decorations, giving, and social aspects, but the real meaning behind it. I write Christian fantasy for a reason–because my deepest, truest love is for Christ. His entrance into this world is miraculous; our perfect, just, all powerful God becoming one of us for a time. Jesus is the ultimate hero, that all our imagined fantasy heroes are but poor reflections of; selfless, valiant, self-sacrificing, and completely sinless. We have every reason to celebrate. This quote from Augustine really says a lot in just a few sentences–I hope it inspires you to reflect. I’m adding in a little Christmas music for good measure.

He was created of a mother whom He created. He was carried by hands that He formed. He cried in the manger in wordless infancy. He, the Word, without whom all human eloquence is mute.
– St. Augustine