Guest Posts, Writing Tips

Guest Post at Kingdom Pen

While I was not able to write a post this weekend, since I was in Chicago on a school trip, one of my articles was recently published on Kingdom Pen, and I thought I would share it with my readers here as well.

Kingdom Pen is a wonderful place for Christian teenagers to find a supportive writing community. As their website says, “Kingdom Pen exists to encourage teens to write well, write purposefully, and to always write for Christ.” Not only does this website offer great articles on writing and publish stories and poems written by teenagers, but they also have an amazing forum with a supportive community. I’d highly recommend that you check out their website if you have not already 🙂

Article: Why It’s Okay to Have Clichés in Your Fantasy Novel

I have posted about cliches frequently on this blog and even one of my most popular posts is on this subject. But since one of my professors remarked that Christianity can be summed up as “kill the dragon; get the girl” and I posted some of Tolkien’s thoughts on faeries stories, I have been thinking more and more about how truth relates to fiction, especially as truth relates to cliches. I know a lot of you are fantasy writers and are working hard to twist cliches, so you might be interested in this article.

I hope your Monday is going well, and I promise we will have a normal, writing post next week 🙂

God bless,

Gabrielle

Devotionals, My Guest Posts

My Guest Post on Lisbeth’s Blog

My wonderful friend, Lisbeth, who I met this year in my online world history class, asked me to write a devotional for her blog a couple of weeks ago, and she has just posted it. She is an awesome writer, and it is so cool to watch God work through her on her blog! Lisbeth has a calling to help orphans and also loves photography and reading.

Please check out her awesome blog! Here is a link: Learning to Dance in His Reign

I got to write about two of my favorite topics: hope and philosophical approach to apologetics. Hope means a lot to me personally, so I was really excited when I got to write a post about why I really am a Christian.

You can check out my post by clicking on the picture or through this link: http://learningtodanceinthereign.blogspot.com/2015/03/march-guest-post-greater-hope.html

 

Below is part of my original hope devotional which did not make it into my blog post on Lisbeth’s website. I came up with the idea for the devotional after reading (well, re-reading) C. S. Lewis’ Silver Chair, and so I thought it was only fair to include the passage which inspired me and my take on Lewis’ passage. I would encourage you to read my post on Lisbeth’s website before you read the section of my post which was removed.

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In one of C. S. Lewis’ Narnia books, The Silver Chair, the characters end up trapped in this dark, underground world below Narnia where they cannot see the sun, sky, or anything else that makes up Narnia. And a witch tries to convince them that Narnia does not exist at all. She tries to convince them that her underworld is all that there is—and against all facts, she succeeds. Through twisted logic, she convinces them that the sun is not real, that Aslan is not real, even that Narnia is a figment of their imagination. But one character, named Puddleglum, still holds fast to his faith in Narnia, and he says this:

“One word, Ma’am… One word. All you’ve been saying is quite right, I shouldn’t wonder… So I won’t deny any of what you said. But there’s one thing more to be said, even so.

Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things—trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have.

Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.

And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a playworld which licks your real world hallow. That’s why I’m on Aslan’s side even if here isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia.

So…we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”

So while, our Christian faith is by no means blind or without supporting facts, sometimes we need a greater reason to believe in God. For me, this reason is that I have a greater hope than this world. God gives me hope, so I can proudly say, just like Puddleglum:

“Suppose I’ve only dreamed, or made up, all these things—heaven and creation and the Bible and prophecies and Jesus himself. Suppose I have.

Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the “real” ones. Suppose this black pit of earth is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one.

And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. Christians just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But us babies playing a game can make a “playworld” which licks your real world hallow. That’s why I’m on Jesus’ side even if here isn’t any Jesus to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Christian as I can even if there isn’t any Heaven.

So…I’m setting out in this dark earth to spend my life looking for God and Heaven. Not that my life will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”

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God bless,

Gabrielle