The Power of Story

Here’s a sneak peek from my latest guest post at International Christian Fiction Writers I had the privilege of being the speaker at a holiday camp last weekend, though at first I admit I was a little terrified apprehensive at the prospect. While I regularly teach Sunday school, I have, on average, only fifteen kids […]

5 Fantastic Reasons to Love Realm Makers

It’s hard to believe it’s been six weeks since the Realm Makers writers’ conference. After it was over, I spent almost a month visiting friends and family in sunny California. I’m finally back in New Zealand (with spring right around the corner), and I’ve had some time to reflect and collect my thoughts about the […]

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 […]