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Peace Lily

Peace Lily

This is a painting of my sister’s plant. I sketched it with a mechanical pencil and layered watercolor on top. I chose cold-pressed paper because water dries much faster on it than the smoother, hot-pressed alternative. I didn’t do any wet on wet this time and instead waited for my strokes to dry before adding more.

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Sojourner

Sojourner, dear wanderer, looking to the sky, wondering at the message you can’t demystify. Do the stars speak? Does the answer leak from the twisting stars and ink to answer why?

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How Should Christian Authors Depict Sex?

Of all the topics we’ve covered in our tricky subjects series, sex may be the most controversial. Yet, in the ongoing aftermath of the sexual revolution, sex is possibly the most relevant subject of the four in our current culture.

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How to Make Tragic Backstories Count

Characters with tragic backstories are as common as parentless Disney protagonists. Depressing pasts are widespread in the fantasy genre. Want to give a main character a rough edge and make readers feel sorry for her? Slap on some traumatic memories.

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Moonlit Poetry

Why do you hide so often? Are you shy? You glow too brightly for that. You look lonely. You also look whole. How do you manage that? I want to understand you, but you keep a part of yourself hidden away.

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How Should Christian Authors Depict Swearing?

Swearing, like most subjects in the Christian community, has created its share of controversy. Are English words, which are nothing more than subjective pairings of vowels and consonants, offensive to the Almighty, or only when combined with His name? Should we avoid saying certain words around children? What about typing them out?

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Shadow Heir

Josan clutched the doorframe, doubling over with a ragged cough. Smoke pricked his eyes with a hundred tiny daggers. He gagged, pressing his face into the crook of his arm.

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