Literacy: An Amazing Gift from God

The other day, we went to watch a movie. We don’t often watch movies anymore because we simply don’t have time and too often the values presented within are contrary to our own. However, this movie intrigued us, so we took our oldest three children and went. It was called Patterns of Evidence: The Moses Controversy.  It began as an apologetic for Mosaic authorship of…

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Where It All Began

The story of Jerro that we reference in our books is an actual book that I (B.) wrote before we even started writing Elvensty.  It was to be the first of a series written for a junior high audience.  Though we never released it, the story helped flesh out the concepts that eventually became backstory of The Swordflower Saga.  In Elvensty, Palo gives an abbreviated…

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On Spreadsheets and Calculators

One of our main writing tools is spreadsheets.  This is M.’s specialty, and he may go a bit overboard in the use of them.  We have our Master Calendar Spreadsheet along with book specific sub-calendars.  We have a spreadsheet of the temperatures for the Crossing and the Hiding and how they would affect the planet’s climate.  We have a spreadsheet for the characters split into…

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The Uniqueness of Similarities

As an author, one of the most difficult things is writing believable characters. Every person has oddities and unique foibles that make up who they are and yet there are enough similarities to have them begin blending together. For example, one of the popular personality tests places everyone into 16 little boxes which gives indication that each personality type is the same. The idea of…

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Aventye

When B. first envisioned the world of our books, it had a dual star system. This begged the question: what kind of impact would such a solar system have on its inhabitants? In two star systems, the suns typically orbit around each other, so they would likely mark their calendar by the orientation of their two stars. As each sun passed in front of the…

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