A Christmas Short Story

Alone in the twilight between night and day the green and blue hew of Christmas Lights danced along mixing hews with the starry sky. From afar a young girl of five watched them flicker from the window of her home.

She should have been sleeping, yet some great pull of excitement pulled her to look out that night from her window. It was Christmas Eve, but for her it was just another night. Her family didn’t celebrate Christmas. Didn’t bring her up to look forward to decorating a tree and awaiting Santa’s gifts the next morning.

Yet as she peered out of her room that night she saw the most beautiful sight. Santa flying way up high in the sky. A silver sleigh lead by a team of Reindeer tapping their feet in unison leading him to the next home to stop by.

She felt a feeling of wonder light up her heart. Knowing that the myth was real made her smile really bright. Down into her parents room she ran. To wake them up and let them know the truth of magic she’d witnessed.

They awoke and hurriedly she explained, “Santa’s real! I saw him outside! There’s a sleigh and Reindeer and they really really fly!!!”

“Baby please go on back to sleep. Stop playing around. You know mommy has work tomorrow. We will talk about it in the morning, ok sweetie?”

Discouraged she ran back on to bed, but that morning a miracle just for her appeared. A Christmas gift by her bedside. One that opened up to be a Christmas Ornament of glittering gold that seemed to jingle when she shook it and a notch to open on the side of it.

The little girl didn’t notice the notch that year. She hid her present away and as years went by she’d take it out to remember. That magical Christmas night that one cold December.

As years past the little girl grew up she was now a woman of age 23. It was Christmas once more and she revisited the ornament of her past. This time she noticed the small little latch.

She opened it up and was surprised to see a little button on the inside of it. She pressed the button and was surrounded by snow. Then, when it all cleared she found herself at the North Pole.

There she met Santa and all his elves. He asked her if she’d help him making toys for all the Christmas’s to come.

She excitedly accepted and every November after, the girl who’d never celebrated Christmas became one of Santa’s sweet helpers.

Thank you all for reading! Let me know your thoughts down in the comments below! I had to rewrite the second half of this because it deleted itself somehow and I couldn’t get the original version back, but this story really got my creative juices flowing so I’m still really happy with it!

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Write the Story: Week 3

I’m back with another set of Write the Story mini-stories to share with all of you! I hope you enjoy them!

On to the stories!

1. Magic Interferes in New Orleans

I thought it would be fun to write a little bit of a coven story for this New Orleans magic story. It definitely was fun and a little spicy with the no-nonsense matriarch.

2. A Romantic Scene in an Unromantic Place

I don’t think I’ve ever thought of blacksmithing as being romantic, but after writing this I might’ve changed my own mind. I like this cute little romance between the smith and a cosplayer. I’d read the hell out of a book like that.

3. On a Quest

I thought it would be cute for a mom to go on a little quest to find her daughter a puppy. I’ll admit this wasn’t the easiest prompts for me, but I gave it a go.

4. The Supernatural Invades the Everyday

I liked writing this story. A little paranormal. A little sci-fi. A little horror. It was a lot of fun.

5. A Journalist Crosses the Line

I thought it would be cool to write this as a precautionary tale told again and again that twists with every telling, but in essence provides the same message to aspiring journalists wanting to search for truth.

6. Big Time Deals in the Big City

So uhh, yeah. I watch Minecraft smp live. It’s idiotic, but absolutely hilarious. It made writing this a million times more fun for me so.. judge me as much as you want, but I enjoy it.

7. A Scientist Makes and Unexpected Discovery

There are a lot of sciency prompts in here. I do enjoy them, but this one was kinda hard for me to write. Although I do think it came out ok. I hope you all like it.

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Another Week of Write The Story #2

Back in May I bought one of the best purchases I’ve ever made, my Write The Story notebook. Since then, I’ve been off and on with writing in it, but I do my best to write in it as many times as I get the chance to. Here are the next seven stories I got to write:

1. Friends on the town

This is one of the weirdest, funniest (to me anyway), and fun stories I have ever written. It’s ridiculous, but I had fun writing it and that’s all that matters.

2. Today at the Amusement Park

This is another ridiculous story that was crazy fun to write. A hangover-esque scenario at an amusement park kinda made me wish they made another movie set at an amusement park.

3. A Day in the Life (of your average assassin)

Another fun story to write in a different way. You can tell I was really enjoying it because I used every nuke and cranny of space to write it. It was fun to write a character that has a very normal life, but is also an assassin and I want to read a book like this someday. It would be so cool!

4. The Last Moment of Childhood

It’s not that I didn’t like writing this, but it is kinda based off of what my own last moment of childhood was and the lady that told me I looked too old to be trick or treating wasn’t mean about it at all. But, it left me feeling like a kid in a adults body or at least a body much older then my true age and I didn’t like the feeling. It made me feel like I wasn’t allowed to enjoy childish things anymore. So, it’s a sad spot for me.

5. Wrapping Up a Business Trip

This was a story that I wasn’t totally feeling as I was writing it, but the point of this is not just the fun, but a challenge to how creative I can get with a prompt I’m given. I struggled a bit with this and I was just glad to finish it, but I feel I got something decent out of it anyway.

6. A Couple on a Cruise

This one is straight up a romantic fantasy. I wish someone felt this deeply about me. A really cute and well thought out date/outing resulting in a proposal after several years of dating and experiencing falling in love. Being as into that person as I ever was and them feeling the same way. Maybe someday. A girl can dream.

7. Unsolved Mystery

This story made me feel kinda sad to write because it’s kinda how unsolvable murder cases feel like to me. I didn’t even give my fictional victim a name. Which was something I was mindful of while writing, because in a lot of cold cases I feel like the victims do become that way nameless or at least like the name doesn’t matter. Especially when someone’s story gets run a lot. They become known only for having been murdered and it’s like the life they lived no longer matters.

Well… that got a little deep at the end there. Anyway, I’m excited to continue writing in this and see what comes from it.

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Write the Story: 1st Week of prompts

Last week I wrote about the best purchase I ever made. Which was buying a journaling prompt story book at Barnes & Nobel.

Over the past 7 days or so I’ve continued writing in it and have had a lot of fun creating these little stories. I’m so excited to share these little stories with all of you!

Again I want to excuse my terrible handwriting and any spelling and grammar issues of which will be quite a few. I’m sorry.. it is a hazard that comes with being me. I hope you all enjoy these stories anyway!

1. A Family Mystery Uncovered

I liked writing this one it was cute to think about a grandmother with a secret past.

2. Drama in and Out of the Lab

My handwriting got worse in this one I’m sorry, but I loved writing this story. I like the entry formatting and the sciencey background it has.

3. Chasing the Enemy

This was my favorite story to write. It was so much fun and the Mc has this super fiery personality. I don’t know what else to say, but I very much enjoyed it.

4. An Unexpected Union

I struggled with this story. I didn’t like writing it and it didn’t feel like much fun. I liked the idea of an Unexpected Union, but the words for this story had me stuck. For now I think the story is ok, but it’s not my favorite by any means.

5. A Lunch Date Gone Wrong

This felt like a sitcom type of situation to write. It was fun. I liked the prompt a lot.

6. Business as Unusual

It was about time I wrote something paranormal. Just for that reason I really enjoyed writing this story.

7. The Year is 2563…

This was the first prompt that felt like the beginning of a much larger story. I’m super interested in this concept and I think it would make a fun book.

Well… that’s a wrap till the next time!

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Taking Free Creative Writing Courses

Yesterday was not the best day despite my efforts to remain positive. However, what came out of it was something good. My mom found me some free creative writing courses that I could take and I’m going to take them.

I don’t know what to do about my feelings pretty much all of the time now. I sometimes feel like all the life has been sucked out of me. Yet there are things I can do. My situation isn’t much changed from a few months ago and yet it feels irreversibly different. Or maybe the truth is that it is completely different, because I got a taste of what it was to love and enjoy fully being in the present and lost it all in a short span of time. All while realizing that my dad isn’t going to get any better. That the only care he will receive is preventative and I have no control over the time I have left with him.

I think that I hurt more now then before because I also realized that the break up is permanent. The guy I had fallen in love with isn’t going to come back into my life. I know that now. I lost it because I didn’t really know how to accept that. To think that our time together is as good as another fantasy I lost myself in. The missing too hurts a lot. I miss him all the time. Admitting that is strange. I hate not knowing why. I hate creating my own answers. I hate that it doesn’t matter because it doesn’t change that it happened. It doesn’t change that he didn’t choose me.

So now, I also realize that at the end of the day whoever comes and goes in my life I’m the only one that can be there for me. To pick up my own pieces when my armor breaks. To find my own steps forward. To treat myself right. But, for now I feel like I’m almost in a mourning period. I try to take some steps forward. To find little pieces of peace and hope. Continuing blogging is a major thing for me. The community support during this time has been helpful.

But I know I’ll get better. I have good things awaiting me around the corner. I’m going to write a lot and these classes will help me improve my craft and I’m going to read a bunch of amazing stories as well! I’m going to get back to being myself again.

Right now I write this outside in cold air near a Christmas tree watching as the sky turns from blue to pink as it slowly gets dark. It’s beautiful. The world doesn’t stop being beautiful even when your hurting. People don’t stop caring even if your hurting. One day I know things will get better. With baby steps things will get better. So I’m going to sit here for a short time and enjoy the air and remember what it is to be alive.

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Writing Horror in December

There was a poem I wrote for Halloween that inspired a brand new book idea that I immediately fell in love with. I shared it with my closest friend at the time and they told me that I should definitely write it. I immediately wrote the first chapter and then life happened. I felt no longer motivated to continue the story and it was at a standstill. My life was at a standstill.

However, now more then ever I look back at that story and I’m still in love with it. So yesterday I wrote 1,000 words towards it and I now can’t wait to keep the story moving! This story has the snarkiest Mc I’ve ever written, a mom battling anger and depression, and a house that may or may not be driving one of the two into insanity.

This book is fun because it writes so easily. There is no outline necessary and I can just go for it! I’m letting this story take me wherever it wants to go and so far I’m really enjoying where it’s gone!

I know I can write this book to completion decently quickly. Which is odd and unusual for me. But it’s one of those books that is calling my name and I have a feeling that to deny that call would be a mistake.

Maybe it’s weird to write horror during the Christmas season, but I’m so happy with this story that I don’t really mind it. I can’t wait to see how the first draft turns out!

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Saying Goodbye to My Current WIP

Three months ago, I took myself seriously and decided that if I wanted to be a writer I had to get stuff written and for the first time dedicated myself to a daily writing routine. I told myself that I was going to dedicate myself to one project at a time and see it through.

It all started with this idea of a fantasy where soulmates aren’t horrible to each other and a relationship wasn’t immediate. What spiraled from that was a story that was more then just romance. It was a story of magic, heartbreak, family, and survival. I knew somewhere deep down that this book was never going to be what I had thought up at the surface level, but what was important was that it became a novel shaped thing on its own.

This project became a story that had boundless potential. There became so many tensions, problems, and motivations for my characters and the stakes increased with every page. I was sobbing at one point writing because of what I put my characters through and how far I was going to push them until the end. Every single character became real to me and I hope that one day the novel in my head matches the novel on paper. Right now it’s not remotely where it is meant to be.

As I was writing this book I realized that I had to let go of the thinking that it would be a tried and true first draft. It isn’t. At this stage it needs a lot of work and building upon and it’s a little less then 30,000 words, but it is something. I have the bones of a story I believe in. I can’t wait to shape it into something I feel comfortable in sharing.

Later on today, I will beginning a new story. A story that has become one of my absolute favorite story ideas I’ve ever had. It’s a dating sim inspired psychological horror ya and you better believe I am so excited for it!!!

The next three months will be dedicated to this new project, but in about two I will probably take a look back at my fantasy and start to edit/rewrite/flesh out/add the ending in full to it.

I am so excited for so much! I’m at the beginning of my journey, but the future as of late has looked brighter then ever!

I am happy to say Goodbye to my fantasy for now. I know that one day it will be more then I ever imagined it could be!

Thank you all for coming along my writing journey with me! You give me hope that one day these dreams will be a beautiful reality!

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Writing Advice Series: An Interview With Author Diana Anderson-Tyler

This series is one that I have been thinking about creating for a very long time. I wanted a place where authors could share their advice for new authors as well as sharing their own experiences. To be honest, I was scared to approach authors at first, but at this point I think I have the means to create a regular series.

Diana was one of the first authors I created a connection with through blogging. In a lot of ways I would even consider her a friend. The way that she put herself out there working hard and taking any avenue she could to achieve her dream makes her a person that I look up to. Her unwavering relationship with God is another reason I greatly respect and admire her.

To me it was important that she was the first I ask to be a part of this series. One that I have hopes to continue well into the future. I hope all the aspiring writers take some inspiration from this. I know it’s something that I am going to look back on when I need a writerly boost.

On to the questions!

1. Diana, something that has always inspired me about you is how dedicated you are to fitness as well as your books. How do you find the time to accomplish all of your goals?

Fitness has been a huge part of my life since I was sixteen and my tennis coach suggested I start lifting weights to strengthen my one-handed backhand. I quickly fell in love with the gym and found it incredibly stress relieving and rewarding. The discipline it fosters transfers beautifully into other areas of my life, such as writing, of course! Sticking to a regular workout routine instills discipline, persistence, and perhaps most importantly, patience!

As far as time management goes, I have a pretty regimented daily schedule that, in a nutshell, consists of writing for the first few hours of the day, working on things like marketing, editing, checking email, and blogs and interviews like this in the afternoon, and then working out for roughly an hour in the evening. I find that having a routine that rarely ever varies is critical for productivity. Otherwise it’s easy to let distractions, excuses, and procrastination take over!

2. Not everyone knows the path they are meant to be on from the very beginning. What was the moment you realized you wished to become an author?

This is going to sound like such a cliché answer, but it really is the truth: I’ve always wanted to be an author. I remember sitting at my little wooden table before I knew how to write and drawing pictures of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with unrecognizable designs (intended to be words) scribbled around them. As I grew older, I constantly wrote stories and poems in my journals and penned silly plays for my friends and me to act in. I actually studied screenwriting in college, not so much because I wanted to write movie scripts, but because I knew it would provide a firm foundation on the craft of storytelling.

3. You write both fitness, inspirational, and mythical novels. What is the main message that you try to send no matter the genre?

I never intend to embed any specific theme or message in my books (at least not in my fiction). I prefer to let the story and its players have the spotlight from cover to cover and for readers to read between the lines, connect with the characters, and find personal takeaways as they will. I think that were I to consciously try to convey a theme or “moral of the story,” it would just come off as preachy and heavy handed.

For my nonfiction work, such as my fitness books and my memoirs, I’d say the primary message is full surrender to a loving, mighty, and eternally faithful God.

4. In the past several years you have managed to write quite a few books. Which one of them was the most difficult for you to write and why?

Definitely my fantasy series, The Petros Chronicles. For one thing, writing about Greek mythology required a vast amount of research (which I loved doing!), and for another, writing a series is always tricky because you have to juggle so much information in your head and take detailed, meticulous notes so everything remains logical and consistent. I’ve had to learn the hard way to keep what’s referred to as a series bible that contains everything from character names and descriptions to key dates, important places and the events that occurred there.

5. Writing processes are different for everyone. Do you have a set process or is it different from book to book? What does your typical process look like?

My process usually changes somewhat from project to project, although for my last two novels it’s looked something like this:

• Establish a synopsis first (this gives me a macro view of the story that I can refer to as I write the first draft).

• Write a broad outline that includes things like the inciting incident and major plot points and twists.

• Writing a beat outline which breaks down what happens in each chapter. I will note that this outline changes as I go, but I write it at the beginning so I have a road map of sorts – it’s a great confidence booster/safety net!

• Start writing! I’m not a fast writer, but I am a consistent one. I try to write for two to three hours every morning.

6. One of my favorite books of yours is Armor for Orchids. I loved how much I felt my own relationship with God grew while reading it. What role does your love for God play in the books that you write?

That’s so wonderful to hear, thank you! People often speak of a Muse when it comes to inspiration. Steven Pressfield, one of my favorite authors (of both fiction and nonfiction), actually invokes the same Greek Muse Homer did in the beginning of the Iliad and Odyssey before every writing session. I love Greek mythology, but I don’t invoke its deities. The only god I call upon is the God of the Bible, and I believe it’s He who bestows creative ideas and equips us with the tools to bring them to fruition. This verse in the New Testament book of James comes to mind:

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. – James 1:17

I believe that my ability to write is a gift from my Creator, and therefore I consider every writing session as an opportunity to hear from Him, talk to Him, and honor Him with my words. Even if the story isn’t explicitly faith-based, I believe He infuses it with things like symbols, motifs, and though-provoking prose or snippets of dialogue that can touch readers on a spiritual level.

7. One of the peskiest parts of writing is editing. How do you go about editing your novels?

After setting the manuscript aside for a few weeks (or months, in many cases), I print it off and read it with the intent to pinpoint big-picture issues, such as pacing, character development, and making sure each scene “works” as its own mini story. Then I read it again for more minor issues, like continuity errors and atrocious grammar and glaring typos.

After that, I send the draft off to Penny, my copy editor and proofreader, who takes a few weeks to edit it. Then she sends it back to me, along with her notes, and after I review her changes and accept/discard them as I see fit, it’s formatting time. Once the book is formatted, she proofreads it to ensure that things like spelling, punctuation, and the formatting itself are perfect, or at least as close to perfect as possible!

8. You often talk about your love of Greek myth. Which Greek myth speaks to you most as a writing muse?

Oh man, this is a tough one! But I think I have to go with the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice. It’s just so beautiful and heartbreaking and poetic and poignant in its handling of two themes with which every human being can empathize: the power of love and the tragedy of death. A close second is the myth of Demeter and Persephone, for the same reason.

9. Every book has its parts. Which part of a book do you love to write the most beginning, middle, or end?

I love writing the middle because at that point, I really have no idea what could happen. I feel like a reader who’s learning more about the story and characters with every page. It’s exciting to sit down at your laptop and not quite know where you’re being led!

10. Myself and many others aspire to be writers like you someday. What is your advice for the budding author?

Never give up. Even when life gets in the way and every writing door seems to be slamming, never stop writing. Even if it’s just 100 words a day. Even if you have no aspirations to be published or to let anyone see your work. If you love writing, you must write, because, as Franz Kafka so perfectly put it, “A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity.”

• Write to express yourself. Write to explore. Write to play. Write to find light in darkness. Write to find hope in despair. Write to find peace amid chaos.

About Diana:

Diana has been writing all her life, starting with her own versions of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle comics when she was four. She’s always been fascinated with Greek mythology and comic book superheroes, all of which inspire her fantasy novels. She’s also a gym rat who loves to pretend she’s Wonder Woman while lifting heavy weights and swinging from rings and pull-up bars. She co-owns CrossFit 925 in San Antonio, Texas with her husband Ben.

Diana currently writes entertainment and media-related articles for movieguide.org and contributes regularly to charismamag.com. When she isn’t writing or working out, she can be found playing Scrabble with her husband, watching Marvel and Pixar movies, and pinning recipes on Pinterest that she never gets around to cooking.

You can find Diana at facebook.com/dianafit4faith, Twitter @dandersontyler, and Instagram @authordianatyler.

Her next fantasy novel, The Petros Chronicles: Age of the Ashers, will be released in 2017. Get the full-length novel for FREE by visiting http://www.dianaandersontyler.com/sig….

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A Love Letter to All the Books I Haven’t Written Yet

Dear future novels,

You swim in my head haunting my dreams. You take up more note space in my phone then I ever thought you would. You entice me and make me feel gloriously happy when I think of what you would look like as a full story.

Each and every one of you is unique occupying a different part of my heart. I love each and every one of you (even the ones I haven’t thought of yet). Some of you are contemporary, some of you are horror. Those of you who are fantasy or sci-fi you know how much I dream of writing you well. To all the other genres thriller, magical realism, historical, and romance too..you know I have so many dreams of your existences too!

There are times when I toss in turn just thinking about little scenes that would go perfectly in one story and begging to be seen. Sometimes I feel this soaring deep within my bones just imagining the worlds that I had never seen before.

All you characters are inspiring some sassy some serious… some filled with sadness and others might just be delirious. I love those of you who are angry and just want to fix what’s wrong, but those of you who just want to deal with yourselves that just as valid too. Some of you have magic others are subjected to it. Some of you have none at all and that’s just the fun of it. I can’t wait to write your stories and breath into you all some life. Some victims, heroes, protagonists, all just trying to do what’s right (for you).

I know a lot of you are impatient waiting for me to write your story, but all I need is time to make all of your stories the best that they can be.

I love all the places you take me and I love all of your dreams. I love you future novels. I can’t wait to see where else you bring me.



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A Month in the making: My current WIP

I don’t really have the words for the kind of progress and changes I have made in my life recently. For so long, everything the world threw at me was a block. All I could think was it is useless so why even try. Or even when I try something happens, things don’t work out and I go backwards more often then I move forward.

My mental health was terrible. My heart was in a state of torment and every little thing became a dead forest growing in my mind. I could not give myself to my words because my mind was not ok. I wasn’t happy. Even now my mental health is rocky at times, but the point here is that instead of letting my thoughts win over I am giving myself to action.

I started writing my first draft of my current fantasy WIP on May 31st of this year with 6,000 words having already been written. (I had tried creating a different first draft, but I changed a whole bunch of stuff and rebooted it). Today on July 8th, 2018 about a month and a week later i have 20,000 words and a hold on my story that I never thought I would have.

For the first time in my life I sit and think to myself “yeah I think I can do this”. On May 31st I gave myself 3 months to write my first draft and in the first month I wrote more then I ever had and even though I feel a little behind (especially because I had very sucky days during that time where I didn’t write at all) I also feel like what I want to achieve is possible.

The weird thing is that at 20,000 words I still feel like my story has just begun. I realized that 50k is probably not going to be anywhere really close to the amount of words this novel will eventually have and that’s ok. I also learned that (at least for fantasy) I am an extreme underwriter with a lot of scenes needing more description and fleshing out to feel truly right.

I created a character who has gone through her life like I have and sees her mistakes as mental blocks and feels a bit empty, yet still tries and I made her personal to me. I came up with a new p.o.v with a character born with good intention, but goes bad after seeing far too many bad things and giving into it out of a different sort of good intention. I have a friend character who is funny, but sometimes goes a little bit to far, but only to lighten up hard situations. The characters in this book are so unique and different in my head and I love them all for different reasons.

I never thought I would write a book I wanted to read so badly. The fact that it came from the simple concept of having a soulmate book where the couple wasn’t actually awful to each other and had a healthy relationship is incredible to me. What stemmed from that is so much more then that. It’s magical, sad, hopeful, and at times… tragic (also has cool pets). It isn’t perfect. I don’t even think that it is good yet, but I can see what it could be.

I don’t know where the story will be a month from now. I don’t know how it will evolve. All I know is that the me that thought I could never write a fantasy novel is happy to realize that it was always possible. The me that couldn’t help writing contemporary scenes is happy that I decided that the first real try at a novel was for a fantasy. I’m not sure that if I wrote a contemporary first if I would have ever found the confidence to go for a fantasy, but now I feel like I could write for all the genres I love and that all those stories will be written.

I hope I never loose the excitement for stories that I feel right now. I love my characters. I love them and I let them live through terror and hurt, but I always.. always give them hope. The stories I love don’t stray from life’s ugly moments and my books won’t either. But in life there is beauty too and so I won’t forget to give happiness along the way.

I hope that as time moves forward that my writing only gets better. That I only tell stories that I would give 5 stars to. Right now, my fantasy is at a 3 star, but has 5 star potential. I am going to keep shining out my story till it is the best that it can be.

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