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Two Book Give Away--Contest Ends 10/15/09
Winner Announced: Kayla! See post below for full details!


Melissa Rose

What Do You Listen To When You Write?

Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Harold Myra "Children in the Night"

This is one of the books, probably the book that made me want to tell stories for a living and for the glory of Christ. The tale begins with this:

The small boy hunched down, the sea lapping against his ankles. Reaching foreword, he found a stone worn smooth and flat; he rubbed it back and forth on his fingertips. He brought it to his lips, then to the sensitive folds of his eyelids, moving it gently, as if the stone were a tiny, soft animal. In the total darkness of Aliare, smooth felt beautiful.

Myra hooked me with that paragraph, by the juxtaposition of a boy on the coast of a sea playing with a stone like any small child might, and the introduction of a world in darkness. His use of the phrase ‘’total darkness” was so causal and so defining that my mind’s eye switched off, without consulting me, and for the rest of the tale I didn’t ‘see’ anything. But I felt them, tasted them, and heard them just like the characters in the story.

Harold Myra drew me into the world of Aliare and introduced me to that small boy name Yosha, and I joined Yosha on his quest to find light. I mourned with him over the unjust death of his father, his father who was as dear to me as Yosha. I hoped with him as he worked to find what his father believed in, light. And not just any light, but the light that was lost, the place that was lost when the Maker’s order was thrown into chaos and the world split in half.

Through Yosha, through Asel the young woman he meets later, and through the wonder of the cripple Auret who ‘’fell down’’ from the world above to help both of them understand what exactly their hunger for light truly meant, and to show the way for all to come out of darkness, I learned that the sweetest and strongest love always comes with sacrifice. And I also learned that there are two types of Christian writers, those that are writers who happen to be Christian, and those who are Christian that just happen to write.

Harold Myra is a writer who happens to be a Christian. And, that’s what I want to be, I want to write so well that anyone can pick up my story and be entertained, delighted, and maybe even learn something like I did through Children in the Night

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Poll Results

What Do You Notice First About A Book?
RESULTS! Closed 11/11/09

My attention's always grabbed by the cover-53%

I look on the spine for the author's name-6%

The thicker books are the one that grab my notice-26%

I open the book up to the middle and burry my nose in the pages, sniffing. Scent is important-0%

I flip the book over, ignore the cover and the spine and get to the book blurb-13%

Pick Your Weapon! RESULTS! Closed-11/03/09

Hand and Half Sword-16%
Long Bow-25%
Pen-25 %

What Kind of Fan Are You? RESULTS! Closed-10/22/09

Shy. I like reading books but I don't want to meet the authors-15%

Avid. I've read everything my favorite author has written!-38%

Curious. I've e-mailed my favorite author or left comments on the blog and asked them questions-38%

What Kind of Word Smith Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/15/09

I focus on setting-22%
I focus on dialogue-22%
I focus on action-22%
I focus on characters-33%

What Kind of Reader Are You? RESULTS!-Closed 10/07/09

I try and guess where the story is going to go-44%
I read the book and think how I would have written it differently-0%
I race through the story, riding the words like a rollarcoaster-22%
I race through the book and then go back and read my favorite parts again and again-33%

What Kind of Writer Are You? RESULTS!

Character first--1%
Plot First--4%
Balanced Between Plot and Character--5%
All Over The Place--5%

So All Over The Place and Balanced Between Plot and Character tie for the win! All I can say is that there must be some wicked stories out there. I can't wait to read them!

Scribe is Listening to:


Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian Sound Track.

Books on CD: The Moving Finger Read by Martin Jarvis. Original story by: Agatha Christie

Scribe is Reading:

I am? COOL!

I'm apparently referring to myself in the third person too. Go figure.


Nightmare's Edge by: Bryan Davis

The Invention of Hugo Cabert (Caldecott Book) by: Brian Selzinck-FINISHED. Mind blowing! Every storyteller should read this book.

FEARLESS by: Max Lucado-FINISHED. Excellent!

NLT Chronological 24/7 Bible paperback
NASB Online at Bible Gateway


Psalm 49

Psalm 49
A Psalm of Repentance

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