How Brandon Sanderson’s Laws of Magic are helpful Laws of Religion too.
Live Quiz React! Anjanette Barr takes the Wheel of Legends Quiz
Mar 17, 2023
Anjanette Barr is one of our favorite collaborators, an super-fan agent for authors! Today she’s taking the Wheel of Legends quiz to determine her author role.
Why Christians respect horror as a genre
Mar 8, 2023
Horror as a genre can contribute something positive – depending on how it’s handled. But it’s not a pleasant positivity. These kinds of stories are cautionary tales.
Tolkien’s dream of a world beyond war, the evolution of virtue, & our call as storytellers
Mar 7, 2023
Summary: The World Wars seemed to birth an unlikely legend, the saga of Middle Earth. Tolkien wove a new mythology for humanity, to help us move beyond a nostalgia for violence. Our world needs new stories, rooted in the goodness of the world, in the merriment of...
Let’s stop it with the ‘Catholic Version’ of things
Mar 1, 2023
"We need a Catholic version of genre fiction," she was telling me. "It's important that our teens have Catholic versions of things to grow up with." At first I agreed. But then, a moment later, something sounded off. I couldn't figure out what, so I nodded and moved...
Why maps are the beginning, not the end of discovery
Feb 23, 2023
2 books called to me like grimoires throughout my childhood. An illustrated Bible, and the Usborne Book of Facts for Kids. Both were thick tomes dense with details and stories. My favorite part was the maps. A great big poster of the continents hung over a dresser in...
Find your tribe: my 4 top fiction writing communities I follow to inspire my writing journey
Feb 18, 2023
Most writers are part of plenty of writing groups, either forums, Facebook groups, or writing communities. If you're uber creative and love giving and getting feedback, and you're on tight budget, where do you go? Plus, where do you go that honors your love of your...
A Writing Community for Teens | ‘The Shepherd’s Pie’ Interview with Antony Kolenc and Dominic de Souza
Jan 16, 2023
Antony Barone Kolenc interviews Dominic de Souza, the founder of Legend Fiction, about the importance for teens to have a writing community for self-expression and mentorship, and we review his site, Legend Fiction.
There Be Dragons: A Primer on Dragons in Storytelling
Nov 14, 2022
Our imaginations today are fired by many kinds of dragons: Smaug, Maleficent, the DragonRiders of Pern, Drogon, Godzilla, Sisudatu, Toothless, Sandworms, Mountain Banshees from Pandora, and so many more. And now LegendFiction's first online convention is themed 'There...
Dominic de Souza – Homeschool Success Through Creative Writing – Catholic Homeschool Week
Oct 10, 2022
Children and teens who can sort and share their inner lives prove to be more successful everywhere – in business, friendships, and more.
Why fiction is incredibly important in the ‘sacred pilgrimage’ of life
Oct 3, 2022
The kinds of stories we tell today come from extremely ancient rituals. That’s right. Telling a story, and writing fan fiction, first started as a deeply religious act.
Crossing Thresholds: Why kids love adventure, and adults resist it
Oct 3, 2022
When I was a young writer and reader, I used to get mad at all the characters who would resist the call to adventure.
‘Silhouettes of Truth’: 7 Quotes from St. Basil on How to Read Literature
Mar 16, 2022
Back in the 4th Century, a Christian named Basil (later canonized) codified how his students were to approach their study of the classics of Greek and non-Christian literature
My top 4 tips for dealing with writer’s block and fiction
Mar 8, 2022
Everyone gets writers block. It doesn’t mean you’re a failure, or the story sucks, or it’s time to drop it all and go be a mechanic.
Questions & Responses! from the ‘How to be a Catholic Author’ Workshop
Feb 16, 2022
Good questions came in about being Catholic, about writing, and my own writing journey. As promised, here are the responses!