Through the Forest

After a few attempts to work out the opening scene to Henry & Sophia, yesterday I returned to the Forest of Dearbháil during my weekly 1-hour #WritingSprint. The result was 1,227 words and Sophia on the move hoping to learn more about the Dark One who lurks about in the woods and what he seeks.

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Departing Dearbháil

This story started with a writing prompt - déjà vu - but has no true opening scene. Today's #WritingSprint was dedicated to uncovering a possible opening for this novel.

Winsome, Amazing Grace

Have you ever felt like you don't belong or wondered how you fit in or where you fit in? If so, you're not alone and Jesus sees you, just like He saw Zacchaeus up in that Sycamore tree.

Words of Conviction

The words of our stories have the potential to change hearts and inspire minds and plant ideas because as Aldous Huxley says: "Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they'll go through anything. You read and you're pierced. How are you wielding your words?

When Writing, Be Obsessive

I love this quote from Franz Kafka. "Don't bend; don't water it down; don't try to make it logical; don't edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly." I challenge you to steal 15 or 30 minutes this weekend and heed Kafka's words. Follow your writer soul and let your words bleed onto the page.

The Sacred Magic

As Sophia and Máire wake to a new day, each must face what comes next on her journey to find the Sacred Magic of the Irish Isle and the faeries of Dearbháil.

But for His Grace

Oh, how I love the picture of winsome love and deep compassion we see in that moment of Jesus drawing in the sand as a woman stands accused and exposed before Him and a crowd of the religious elite.