5 Successful Strategies to Soothe the Sting of Rejection

Let’s face it. Rejection sucks. No one ever likes to hear, “nope, sorry, your manuscript/project/idea/fill-in-the-blank just isn’t good enough.” But, unless you’re living somewhere on a deserted island, there’s no escaping rejection. I recently entered a story in a contest and found myself on the receiving end of some less than complimentary criticism. To put […]

My 5 Most Favourite Movies in the World (that also happen to pass the Bechdel test)

We’re talking movies and music on Quills & Inkblotts this month. What’s our favourite? What do we like? I’m not a huge music person–I’ve got a writing playlist, and that’s about it–but I LOVE movies. I’m very visual and recall scenes and characters’ faces and costumes long after the dialogue has faded from my memory. Unless the subtitles […]

3 Not So Surprising Things I Learned About Writers

I recently returned from four fabulous days in Nashville where I was able to attend the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference, and, wow, what an adventure! I’ve mulled over all the information I received; all the publishers, agents, and authors I met; and all the experiences I had. I can honestly say it was one […]

ACFW Genesis contest, YA Category WINNER is JEBRAUN CLIFFORD!

We are pleased to announce the winner of the ACFW Genesis Awards in the Young Adult category, all the way from New Zealand, our one and only, Jebraun Clifford. She did it my friends!!!! Were we surprised? Not a bit. Are we thrilled beyond belief? You bet. Is she exhausted beyond belief? You better believe […]

A man and a woman holding hands are in love in this post about relationships in literature by Jebraun Clifford

Who Are the Most Romantic Couples in Literature? Part One

Literature is full of memorable couples and their successful (or not-so-successful) pursuit of one another.  Romeo & Juliet. Anne & Gilbert. Jane Eyre & Mr. Rochester. And many, many more. Who hasn’t sighed with satisfaction when Almanzo Wilder finally slipped a ring over Laura Ingalls’s finger after years of Sunday drives—not to mention that dastardly […]