Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Levi Prince and The Fay's Apprentice by Special Guest Amy C. Blake

We're excited to welcome author Amy C. Blake back to Lands Uncharted today to celebrate her latest release, The Fay's Apprentice! (You might remember Amy from when she stopped by for an interview a few years ago, which you can find here.) We'll share more about Amy and her books below, but first Amy will share about the inspiration behind her Levi Prince series. Take it away, Amy!


I’m celebrating my newest release, The Fay’s Apprentice, the third novel in my four-book Levi Prince YA Christian fantasy series. This series features scrawny, redheaded, homeschooled pastor’s son Levi Prince during his summers at Camp Classic, a camp for classically educated kids that’s actually a haven for mythical creatures.

Years ago, when I first dreamed up Levi and Terracaelum, it was only natural that Levi be a redheaded, homeschooled pastor's kid like my own children. Camp Classic came into being because we follow a Classical Christian educational system for our homeschool, and I thought it’d be intriguing to include stories from Classical mythology into my plotlines. The Trojan Horse Traitor plays off of the Greek Trojan horse incident. The Fall of Thor’s Hammer incorporates the funny Norse myth about Thor in a wedding dress. The Fay’s Apprentice integrates the Ancient British legend of Morgan le Fay’s apprenticeship to Merlin.

My Levi Prince series is set in Terracaelum, a realm populated by mythical creatures yet ruled by a human man and a human woman. The name Terracaelum comes from the Latin words terra (earth) and caelum (sky or heaven). Camp Classic is on Castle Island, a tiny island in the middle of Lake Superior. Unknown to most of the campers, the far northern cliff of Castle Island is the connecting point with Terracaelum, which is invisible except when the drawbridge is lowered. Besides the director and his wife, Camp Classic's staff is not human; it is comprised of elves, dwarves, and pixies who pass for humans to the campers who are unaware that they've left Castle Island and entered Terracaelum. Beyond the castle live many other mythical creatures—dragons, mormos, basilisks, dvergar, harpies, griffins, rocs, unicorns, merweavers, lake monsters, and a shape-shifting demon sorcerer named Deceptor.

While my flawed but lovable main character Levi is a homeschooler, making him appealing to home educated kids, he’s also relatable to traditional-schoolers and even adults. While especially geared toward 10- to 16-year-olds, readers of any age will enjoy watching Levi tackle archery, fencing, canoeing, dragon jousting, Latin verbs, History dates, and, of course, Deceptor and his evil cronies in their bids to take over Terracaelum.

If you’re interested in reading Levi’s stories, you can buy my books on Amazon in either paperback or Kindle formats. I’ve included the buy links and blurbs for each book below.

The Trojan Horse Traitor (book 1)

Left on Castle Island to attend Camp Classic, Levi Prince finds himself at the center of an enchanted world of amazing abilities, cloudy motives, and wicked beings that will challenge his very spirit. He begins to form friendships, but life at camp becomes more confusing as questionable activities and uncertain agendas bring about conflict that tests his character in ways he never expected. Finally, faced with a friend's betrayal, Levi is forced to confront true evil. Will he find the courage to stand his ground, and to become the hero he was always meant to be?





The Fall of Thor's Hammer (book 2)

Stay out of the cellar! One of Camp Classic’s firmest rules puts Levi in a dilemma when he hears banging on the cellar door. Could it be a Lake Superior sailor driven into Terracaelum’s underbelly by a storm? Or is it one of the Dvergar trying to lure a foolish camper to certain death? It’s only the first night back in the castle and already Levi must make a potentially disastrous decision: Should he disobey Mr. Dominic at the risk of his own life? Or do as he’s told, possibly leaving some poor sailor to wander in darkness until he starves?





The Fay's Apprentice (book 3)

On Levi’s third summer at Camp Classic, he’s torn between two responsibilities. On the one hand, his parents expect him to watch over his little sister Abby, who has no clue their summer camp is a haven for mythical creatures. On the other hand, Mr. Dominic wants him to train at Fort Terra, a full day’s hike away from his sister, because of Levi’s previous encounters with the demon sorcerer Deceptor. Although he enjoys training with his friends, Levi finds life at Fort Terra difficult thanks to the ongoing tension between him and Hunter and the stress of having his former kidnapper Regin as his chaperone. When the woman Regin claims to be the evil sorceress Anna appears, Levi faces a whole new challenge.





Don't these sound like fun books? Here's a little more about the author:

Award-winning author Amy C. Blake is a pastor’s wife and homeschooling mother of four. She has an M.A. in English from Mississippi College and has written articles, devotionals, and short stories for a number of publications. She’s also writing two series for the Christian market, her Levi Prince YA fantasy series and her On the Brink Christian suspense trilogy. Whitewashed, Colorblind, and Tie-Dyed, featuring three homeschooled girls on the brink of adulthood…and danger, are available in paperback and Kindle. The Trojan Horse Traitor, The Fall of Thor’s Hammer, and The Fay’s Apprentice, about homeschooled pastor’s kid Levi Prince and his adventures in Terracaelum, are also available in paperback and Kindle.


Thank you so much for joining us today, Amy, and congratulations on your new release!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Top 3 Favorite Obscure Fairy Tales by Special Guest Heather Hayden (Fractured Ever After Blog Tour)


We're thrilled to welcome Heather Hayden to Lands Uncharted today as part of the Fractured Ever After Blog Tour! I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Heather to put together a joint giveaway celebrating the April releases of our fairy tale anthologies (find out more below!), and now I'm excited to share Heather's Top 3 Favorite Obscure Fairy Tales! Take it away, Heather!


Welcome to the fifth stop on the Fractured Ever After Blog Tour! I’m Heather Hayden, the author of “The Frog Prince,” a fractured retelling about the son of the frog prince from the original fairy tale. I’ll talk a little more about our anthology in a bit, but first, let’s chat about fairy tales!


Top 3 Favorite Obscure Fairy Tales

I’ve read a lot of blog posts listing favorite fairy tales (and retellings thereof), searching for new ones that might interest me or spark an idea (as fairy tale retellings are a favorite of mine to read and write).

However, although many readers post lists of their favorite fairy tales, not nearly as many post lists of their favorite obscure ones. The lists I find are often dominated by old favorites such as Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty, but there are hundreds of fairy tales in existence today—some of which have only recently been rediscovered.

Today I will be discussing three of my favorite obscure fairy tales. Yes, it says “Top 3” in the title of this blog post, but that’s more to match the blog series which I am guest writing for than strictly the truth—it’s impossible for me to pick my absolute favorites with so many tales to choose from!


#3 – The Tinderbox

I still remember the first time I read this rags-to-riches fairy tale about a retired soldier in a tattered copy of a fairy tale collection. The illustrations accompanying it truly brought the story to vivid life, etching the monstrous dogs and the soldier’s cunning use of his magical tinderbox in my memory.

The Tinderbox follows the adventures of a soldier who procures a magical tinderbox that allows him to summon three dogs of varying sizes. They follow his orders loyally, including kidnapping a princess! Although I’m not fond of that part of the tale (poor princess!), I love the idea of a magical box that can call forth intelligent animals.

If you enjoy this tale as much as I do, you might want to check out Elise Edmonds’s retelling called “The Firestone,” a short story which features dragons and a strong female protagonist. It’s available in the anthology Of Legend and Lore.



#2 – Issun-bōshi (“One-Sun Boy” or “The Inch-High Samurai”)

I have devoured every fairy tale I can find since I was a child, from the brightly illustrated picture books that told various versions of Cinderella to the dense, old tomes packed full of well-known and lesser known tales. German, Chinese, Irish, Japanese, Russian...it doesn’t matter the story’s origin or its contents, I am always curious to learn a new tale or a fresh variant of an old favorite.

Issun-bōshi is the story of a very small boy (only about an inch high!) who sets out to become a warrior, taking only a bowl with a chopstick as his boat and a needle sheathed in a bit of straw as his sword. I love that imagery! Along the way, as in many fairy tales, he meets a lovely girl and fights a terrifying monster (in this case, an oni—a kind of demon in Japanese folklore).

If you’ve read Issun-bōshi, I recommend checking out “The Mech Oni and the Three-Inch Tinkerer” by Leslie and David T. Allen. It’s a fun steampunk retelling available in the anthology Steampunk Fairy Tales.



#1 – The Nightingale

Many fairy tales have a moral lesson at their heart, and The Nightingale is no exception. It warns readers not to throw away what is real for that which is artificial.

The Nightingale tells the story of the Emperor of China and a nightingale. When the Emperor discovers the nightingale’s song is one of the most beautiful sounds in his empire, he demands she come to his court. For a time, the nightingale is his favorite—but then he is gifted a cleverly crafted and bejeweled mechanical bird. Fascinated with his new gift, he forgets the nightingale, who returns to her forest. Only when the Emperor lies dying years later, begging the silent (and broken) mechanical bird to sing, is the nightingale’s true worth realized—she returns, and her song so moves Death that he relinquishes his hold.

When I first read this story as a child, I felt sorry for the nightingale—trapped in court and then passed over in favor of something more outwardly beautiful. However, in some ways, it was a blessing in disguise—no longer the focus of the Emperor’s desire, she was able to return to her beloved home. And when he begs her at the end to stay once more, she refuses but promises to visit with stories of the people in his kingdom. So many female characters in fairy tales are passive; it is refreshing to read a story where she makes her own choices.

If you too are fascinated by this fairy tale, I recommend reading “The Songbird’s Citadel” by J.M. Hackman. It is an awesome sci-fi retelling available in the anthology Encircled.


Thank you so much for sharing these, Heather, I love learning about new fairy tales! Speaking of new fairy tales, here's a little more about Fractured Ever After:

Releasing on April 27th, 2019, Fractured Ever After is an illustrated anthology featuring eight fractured retellings by the talented authors of the Just-Us League.

Here’s the blurb:

Old classics are fractured into exciting new tales in this international collection of magic, mystery, and adventure.

Some heroes go searching for their happily ever after: a dragon cocoon hunter explores the dangerous woods for his sleeping beauty; a prince forces a perfect romance on an unsuspecting maiden; and when a girl leaves town, she must quickly decide to trust—or be wary of—a new stranger.

Destiny is thrust upon others: a disconnected emperor struggles to retain his title; a frog prince leaves his pond in search of answers; and after Rapunzel is rescued, a new quest is awarded to her savior.

Whether it is destiny or choice, all actions have consequences: sibling rivalry pushes one little piggy to extremes and a princess must choose to follow her heart or step up as future queen.

Prepare for an adventure as these eight fantastic fairy tales transport you to places beyond your imagination.

Excited for its release? Preorder it now.


Here's a little more about our special guest, Heather Hayden!

Fueled by chocolate and moonlight, Heather Hayden seeks to bring magic into the world through her stories.

A freelance editor by day, she pours heart and soul into her novels every night, spinning tales of science fiction and fantasy that sing of friendship and hope.

Heather’s publications include Augment, a YA science fiction novel, and several short stories in the JL Anthology series. She is currently working on Upgrade, the sequel to Augment, as well as a gaslamp fantasy series titled Rusted Magic. Her latest short story, “The Frog Prince,” follows Gil, the son of the original frog prince, as he seeks answers. It can be found in the upcoming illustrated anthology, Fractured Ever After.

You can follow Heather’s writing adventures on her website, Facebook, Twitter, or through her newsletter.



Now, do you remember mention of a giveaway?? 



The Just-Us League and the Ever Afters have teamed up to host an amazing giveaway. From now until April 30th, you can enter for a chance to win one of four awesome prizes.

Grand Prize (US only): Two Paperbacks (Fractured Ever After and Encircled), book cozy + shoe ornament, 3D-printed bookmark (pick one design), set of four signed illustration prints.

First Prize (US only): Two Paperbacks (Fractured Ever After and Encircled), charm bracelet, 3D-printed bookmark (pick one design), set of four signed illustration prints.

Second Prize (International): Two Ebooks (Fractured Ever After and Encircled), 3D-printed bookmark (pick one design), set of four signed illustration prints. 

Third Prize (International): Two Ebooks (Fractured Ever After and Encircled), choice of 3D-printed bookmark (pick one design) OR set of four signed illustration prints.

Enter below!

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Don't miss the other stops on the Fractured Ever After Blog Tour to learn more about the amazing authors in the anthology! Here's the full schedule:

April 6th – Jebraun Clifford – Kristy Perkins [interview]

April 10th – J. E. Klimov – Matthew Dewar [interview]

April 13th – Allie May – Alexander Thomas [interview]

April 17th – M.T. Wilson – LB Garrison [interview]

April 20th – Lands Uncharted – Top 3 Favorite Obscure Fairy Tales (you are here!)

April 24th – A4A – Allie May [interview]

April 27th – Heather Hayden – Shannon Yukumi [interview]


Thanks again for visiting today, Heather, and congratulations to you and the entire Just-Us League on your upcoming new release!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

What We're Reading: Shadow of the Fox (Lauricia)


Yumeko is a kitsune. Okay, technically she’s only half-kitsune, but even that’s more than enough to get her into trouble. Although her jokes and pranks exasperate most of the monks that she lives with, her trickster nature could be the only thing that enables her to stay one step ahead of those who pursue her; those who covet what she carries.

Tatsumi is a shadow warrior trained to hunt and kill yokai when instructed to do so by his clan. Equipped with a sword that imprisons a demon, Tatsumi is an unstoppable force – as long as he feels no emotion. Why, then, after a lifetime of training, does the presence of one girl stir up so much feeling? The more he comes to care for her, the more likely it is that he will be overtaken by the demon, but this girl’s draw is irresistible. Even so, he must focus and stay on task until he finds the thing he has been sent to retrieve.

Once every age, the great Kami Dragon grants the fulfillment of one wish to the bearer of The Scroll of a Thousand Prayers. For the safety of the land of Iwagoto, the scroll was torn into three pieces and hidden in four remote monasteries, to be guarded against the possibility of the Dragon’s wish being fulfilled for evil. Now a new age is beginning, and the Kami Dragon will soon rise once more. There are many who long to see their greatest wish come true, and they will do whatever it takes to retrieve the four pieces of the scroll.




Rich in Japanese folklore, Shadow of the Fox is a fantasy novel written by Julie Kagawa. I first learned of this author when I read her Iron Fey series, a collection of novels in which the author takes common fairy tale elements and twists them in a way that is both unique and refreshing. Julie Kagawa then went on to do the same thing with the Christian myth of Saint George the dragon slayer in her Talon series. Shadow of the Fox, the first book in a series by the same name, is rich in a manga/anime flare and weaves a spellbinding tapestry lush with the mythology of the Japanese culture. Fans of Howl’s Moving Castle, Bleach, or Sword Art Online will be thrilled with Shadow of the Fox and the soon-to-be-released sequel, Soul of the Sword.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Top 3 Rare Mythological Creatures (Lizzie)

I hope you've heard that Laurie Lucking and I are part of a new fairytale anthology, Encircled, that releases next week. Laurie's Snow White retelling kept coming to mind as I was trying to come up with an idea for this post. It wasn't the Snow White aspect (though I loved that) that had captured my thoughts, though, but the trees. Or more precisely, the dryads living in the beautiful, mysterious forest. I've not read much about dryads, so I found them fascinating, and I loved Laurie's portrayal of them, especially of the dryad prince. It got me thinking about other beings from mythology that I've only read about a few times. So here are three of my favorite "rarities."


1) Dryads 

These nymphs are tied to their trees and are very graceful. I believe they are mentioned in The Chronicles of Narnia, but I never really thought much about them until reading Laurie's "Edged in Silver." They aren't the same as Tolkien's Ents or Rowling's Whomping Willow (I think it's interesting that Tolkien also has a malicious willow in The Fellowship of the Ring, but willows look innocent enough to me.) They can leave their trees.

2) Naiads

These nymphs inhabit rivers, springs, and waterfalls. In Brandon Mull's Fablehaven, the naiads are extremely dangerous and enjoy convincing humans to join them in the water so they can drown them. One of my favorite characters in Fablehaven (I won't say who to avoid spoilers) was a naiad who fell in love with one of the human caretakers of Fabehaven and left the water, and became a nice person (I'm not sure I'd call her human exactly, but she gained human qualities of compassion and love after leaving the water).


3) Selkies

These Scottish mythological creatures are capable of changing from seals to humans. They are portrayed differently in the three stories I've heard them mentioned in, but my favorite portrayal of them in the animated movie Song of the Sea. A young half-selkie girl has a beautiful, white "selkie coat" that lets her turn into a seal in the sea beside her lighthouse keeper father's house. She must learn to sing the selkie song. So I associate selkies with beautiful white coats and lovely songs, as well as with seals.





Do you have any favorite mythological creatures (beyond dragons and unicorns, that is)?

Friday, April 12, 2019

Interview with Kandi J. Wyatt (An Unexpected Escapade Blog Tour)


We're excited to welcome Kandi J. Wyatt to Lands Uncharted today as part of the blog tour celebrating the release of her latest novel, An Unexpected Escapade! We'll tell you all about Kandi's Myth Coast Adventures below, but first she answered some fun questions for us! Enjoy!



Your character is at a bookstore. What book is in his/her hand right now?

Daisy would have a book on horses, while Ana would find some manga.


I love it! Of all the books out there, why should readers choose this one? (What makes your book stand out from the rest?)

Like An Unexpected Adventure, this is a blend of sci-fi and fantasy for kids who love horses and unicorns in particular. We have a villain who needs to come to justice, and family and friendships that lead us to some real-life issues that junior high students face.


Ooh, sounds fun! What is your favorite music to listen to while writing?

While writing An Unexpected Escapade I listened to Solo Piano Radio. The calming, relaxing piano music helped me focus.


Good choice! Have you ever named a character in honor of someone you know?

Yep! This series has many different characters that are inspired by real-life people. Ana, Daisy, Karlie and Will are all real people, just with different names. Will Long is actually a variant of a man from church whose son owns a boat and took me out on it. That trip gave me photos to use for the sketches that are in the book. Ana’s Uncle Dave is also after a friend who’s always ready with a smile and a laugh.


How neat to include such personal connections! At what moment did you feel like you could say, “NOW, I'm an author?”

Actually, it wasn’t until I had published five books. A year into my career I had to take a hard look at my future. My publisher had gone out of business and left me with the Dragon Courage series partly published. It was when I finally self-published Dragon’s Cure and had An Unexpected Adventure written with ideas for the rest of the Myth Coast Adventures trilogy that I was able to say, “I’m an author.”


Writing and publishing journeys never seem to play out quite the way we expect them to! What other project are you working on now?

I’m currently writing a Biblical Retelling about an Egyptian family during the Exodus. Although, The One Who Is has done amazing things for their family, the younger boys are struggling with their faith. Their idea of a trip to the Promised Land didn’t include a year in the desert. As people they love die, their trust in God is tested to the utmost. It’s the second book in what I hope will be a trilogy that will begin release in April, 2020.


Interesting, we'll be on the lookout for those! Thank you so much for sharing with us, Kandi! Here's the blurb for the first book in the Myth Coast Adventures series, An Unexpected Adventure:

Protect their community or protect their discovery?

For eighth graders Chace, Harley, Will, and Cherise, that’s a life-changing question after they find a dragon’s egg while hunting for thundereggs on the beach. Toss in summer jobs, family struggles, and a National Security Agent, and their summer vacation just became complicated.

Can they find a solution that won’t leave their hearts broken or their community in flames?


And here's the blurb for Kandi's new release, An Unexpected Escapade:

Protect friendship, family or a creature that's not supposed to exist?

Ana and Daisy have been friends since third grade, but a rift in the space-time continuum in their little town may change that. When a unicorn waltzes into the pasture with Daisy’s appaloosas, a poacher, who will stop at nothing to gain the unicorn horn and its healing tears, shows up. Daisy is focused on saving the unicorn while Ana’s parents face sudden life-threatening health issues. When Ana learns about the healing tears, she’s forced to choose between friendship and her family’s health.

Can the girls find the grace to compromise and save Ana’s parents and the unicorn?


Don't these sound like fun adventures? You can purchase An Unexpected Adventure at this link and An Unexpected Escapade at this link. Here's a little more about the author:

Even as a young girl, Kandi J Wyatt, had a knack for words. She loved to read them, even if it was on a shampoo bottle! By high school Kandi had learned to put words together on paper to create stories for those she loved. Nowadays, she writes for her kids, whether that's her own five or the hundreds of students she's been lucky to teach. When Kandi's not spinning words to create stories, she's using them to teach students about Spanish, life, and leadership.

You can connect with Kandi on her websiteFacebookGoogleTwitterPinterestGoodreads, and Amazon. Thanks again for joining us today, Kandi, and congratulations on your new release!!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Julie's Writing Playlist

“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the Universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, gaiety and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good and just and beautiful.” Said Plato.


I remember once in elementary school ( a very long time ago) the teacher gave us a blank sheet of paper. She said close your eyes and draw whatever comes to mind as you listen to the music. This was a fun exercise in the versatility of the mind to be moved by certain musical patterns. 

As a fantasy writer, music is key to helping give flight to my imagination. But it's not just any music that will do. Each scene I'm writing needs a particular type of music to really stir up the imaginative flow. And it's not easy finding just the right piece. I've spent lots of time listening to different songs, waiting for inspiration to strike. 

I've collected quite the playlist over the years and would like to share some of the main ones I listen too while writing.


1) Lord of the Rings Calm mix. This is my all time favorite and normal go-to. This one works well when writing your more normal scenes or ethereal scenes. It's not very helpful when writing high action scenes because this is a calm mix. 

2) Spooky Music Compilation This one is so much fun! It's great for any scene that includes anything spooky, like sneaking through a dark forest or even engaging with mischievous creatures.

3) Requiem for a Dream This one is perfect for a high action/fight scene! It is very dramatic and I can just visualize an epic fight scene whenever I listen to it.

Others: I have a full list of instrumental songs that I skim through but here is a group that is one of my favorites:

Two Steps From Hell: this memorable group has tons of songs from calm to epic. It's just a matter of trying them out. Click on the name to hear my favorite.

What are some of your go-tos for writing? I'd love to hear about your favorites!

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Top Three Follow up: A Need for Speed (KaLyn)


Laurie and I swapped April post dates in anticipation of a special guest on the 20th. Which means two posts from me in the same week, but you won't hear from me again until May.

Last April, I wrote a post on pushing past writing limits. The goal was to improve writing speed and overall productivity by applying principals imparted from two different books: Crank It Out! by C.S. Lakin and 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox. Crank It Out! examined the relationship between natural biorhythms and productivity, while 5,000 Words Per Hour focused on mindset and training your brain through words sprints and consistency.

My biggest takeaways at the time were starting by 7am, sprint exercises, and a dedicated workspace. Today, almost a year later, I’m circling back to share with you the impact of those changes over time.

Scheduling


During the day, when are you the most motivated and focused? Scheduling is all about writing at those times to increase your productivity.

For me, even though I don't consider myself a morning person, it means getting up early. The days that begin by 7 am average a higher word count and are consistently productive. The days that begin after 8 am average a slightly lower word count, mainly because productivity is inconsistent.

Findings


Although productivity gains are low to moderate, scheduling changes have the most immediate impact and are the easiest to implement.

Sprints


The concept of writing sprints is to set a timer and write as much as you can in fifteen minutes. Doing so is intended to help a writer train their brain to ignore their inner editor when drafting and increase word count.

To be honest, I didn’t stick to sprints long (the number of sessions can be counted on one hand). My word count during sprints did increase, but it was hard to shift focus with the frequent starts and stops.

However, several years ago, I’d read an article about working in intervals to maximize productivity by leveraging the brains natural focus rhythms (if you will). The findings concluded that the human brain works best over a long period (like an eight-hour workday) when it focuses intervals in of 60-90 minutes with at least a 15 minute in between intervals. 

So, earlier this year I tried intervals instead and the results have been more than I expected. A meaningful increase in productivity and word count that, so far, continues to make gains.

Findings


Whether it's sprints or intervals, the structured pacing requires a high level of motivation but comes with the biggest gains in productivity.

Workspace


Workspace is about more than having space for a home office. It's about consistency and optimizing your writing environment to minimize distractions and interruptions and maximize focus.

Some items to consider (other than location):

  • Silence, music, or background noise?
  • Brightly lit or dim?
  • Standing, exercise ball, or chair?
  • Clean, cozy, or cluttered?
  • Pen and paper, computer, or wordprocessing device (like Neo2 or Freewrite)?
  • Alone or with friends?

There are many workspace options to consider. Experiment and discover what works for you.

Findings


Workspace changes are variable, both in terms of productivity gains and ease of implementation.



There is one other activity that I haven't mentioned and it makes all the difference: prayer.

What approaches do you use to push past writing limits?