Monday, July 30, 2012

[Media Monday] Buffering

Another Julian Smith music video! Oh the evils of online videos that refuse to buffer....


- Hannah

Monday, July 23, 2012

[Media Monday] Welcome to OYAN - a skit

Welcome to OYAN is a skit put on by the Laughing Ladies of Lothlorien, one of the critique-groups from the One Year Adventure Novel Summer Workshops & Reunion 2011 that returned this year, reconnected, and preformed a new skit (last year they did one as well).
The skit starts about two minutes into the video; before that is the process of getting the Ladies and extras up on stage.

Welcome to a taste of the randomness that ensues on the OYAN Student Forum.

- Hannah 

Friday, July 20, 2012


This is all Thomas’ fault, and even though I know it is wrong, I hate him.
He scares me.
- from Hosanna House, Chapter 1

 The paragraph above is from the ending of Hosanna House's first chapter.

What do the Point of View character's thoughts and emotions expressed in the paragraph make you think? What questions do they make you ask?

Hopefully they make you ask a lot of questions, like, Who is Thomas? What is his fault? Why or how does he scare the PoV character in such a way that the fear has, in part, turned to hate?

Because that's what good fiction does (and I really want to write good fiction).

It makes you ask questions.

What questions is your work making readers ask?

Post a paragraph from your novel in the comments below and find out!

- Hannah

Monday, July 16, 2012

[Media Monday] Self-massage

This week's video is an informational video my mother found two days ago. It is quite interesting, and the massage (to help clear out your sinuses) really works--I did it to myself this morning.

- Hannah

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Decisions, decisions

For the past month or so, maybe longer, I'd had a thought poking around in the back of my brain.
This week I pulled it out of the recesses of my mind's attic and took a good look at it, to see what it actually was and if I had use for it.

The thought was scary and sad, yet also, relieving.

I realized I have outgrown The Arindraen Series, and decided that I won't be finishing it.

While I still love (most of) the characters, and while Called will always be special and Plague of Darkness is my pet, it's time to move forward.

The series has taught me a lot. I've grown very much as an author thanks to those books and to the practice they've given me. Yet after writing Shadow of Glory and Hosanna House, and having even more ideas, I simply don't have much of a drive to finish The Arindraen Series. My new ideas pull at me more, are deeper (I think), and hopefully, more relevant and compelling.

So while I will be making Plague of Darkness available for purchase, I won't be completing Fate by Proxy or writing Honor.

It's been a learning curve, but now the road is curving in another direction.

- Hannah

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Media Monday [on Tuesday]: Touch the Sky

While I cannot recommend this movie (Disney/Pixar's Brave), I can say that I love the soundtrack. Enjoy!


- Hannah

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

On Hosanna House

Well, after finishing the initial writing process of Hosanna House, I decided to let it sit for a few weeks, during which the "epic epicness" of the OYAN Summer Workshops ensued, along with a short break from writing, and much business with work, et cetera.
With the deadline for the OYAN Novel Contest 2012 fast approaching, it's now time for me to start editing. So a few days ago I picked up my own manuscript, a red pen, and sat down to read it. A friend of mine insisted that I blog the results of my reading, since, in my own words, "I'll probably be shocked at how mean I was when I sit down and read it all at once."

Ericka, this is for you.

I wasn't able to read it all at once, or even in two days. It's taken me four or five because life just has a way of, well, getting in the way.

But I did try to read it with more of a "reader" mindset than an "author" mindset, even while taking notes.

My findings included....

1) Wow. I can really be a mean author sometimes.

2) I love the main character and several of the side characters--a lot.

3) Thomas still makes me go, "Ick!", and the Phelps are jerks.

4) Raine's situation felt realistic, though some parts of it need more emphasis than they currently have.

5) I'd forgotten some of the mean things I'd done.

6) Wow. I can really be a mean author someti--er...much of the time.

On the whole, I loved getting to sit down and read my book like a book, in hardcopy instead of on a screen (because on a screen, I'm tempted to edit too much while I should be reading), and enjoy the story instead of trying to decide what happens next so I know how to write the ending.

Hosanna House, you're the hardest thing I've ever written. You're also probably one of the most important--if not the most important--thing I've ever written. All the research, worries, stresses, and fears have been worth it, because somehow I've managed to create something that is broken and yet, beautiful. It must be a God-Thing.

- Hannah 

Monday, July 2, 2012

[Media Monday] Author Interview -- J. Grace Pennington

Two weeks ago, my very good friend Luke Alistar decided to conduct an interview with self-published author, J. Grace Pennington. He and Grace are friends, and I have only talked with her briefly, so he asked if I would take part in the interview and help come up with questions.



- Hannah

Luke Alistar's site:

J.Grace Pennington's site: