Author Interview with Alina Sayre

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Alina Sayre, author of The Iluminator’s Gift. A fantasy novel for 9-14 year olds.

Synopsis of the novel:

Ellie is a twelve-year-old orphan who desperately wants a family. She just doesn’t expect to find one when she joins the crew of The Legend, a flying ship in a secret rescue fleet. On board, she meets a boy with a pet tarantula, a bully with eyes like mirrors, and a librarian who can read eighteen languages. Unexpectedly, Ellie also discovers a powerful gift that only she can wield. But when The Legend is called to a dangerous rescue mission, Ellie risks losing everyone she loves. Will her mysterious gift be enough to save her and her friends from a deadly enemy bent on destroying their world?

Follow her authoring adventures!

Today’s Been Full of Inspriation

Today’s inspiration is from Kazu Kibuishi

Followed by awesome insight from Alexandria Neonakis

And then Mr. Kibuishi further blew my mind away with

But wait there’s more! This Back to Work ( link ) was all about success, getting things accomplished and not freaking out while doing so.

And  all of this just further backs up what my wise and loving wife has been telling me.

And and all further supports what it seems like God is telling me through my dreams.

“Go! Make the things you dream. Trust I will provide. Work hard on the things that keep you fed. Work hard on the things that feed your soul.”

A bit of creative writing … ya know. for fun-zies

One of the blogs I follow is, Write to Done, which is about encouraging writers. As part of that goal they sometimes have “Scene Stealers“, where the post author starts a scene and then we finish it, in 350 words or less. Today I participated. Here are the results.

The tiny park was almost deserted. Boundary walls, lawn, play area. Two toddlers throwing sand at each other, their mothers or nannies chatting next to them, strollers put aside. Nobody else – not even a gardener or dog or cat.

But the note had been emphatic: “Be there at 1pm. At 1:14, you will get the scoop of a lifetime.”

I fidgeted and glanced at my watch. 1:14pm. Suddenly there was a pierceing flash of light, and a wave of force so strong I felt it move my car. I stepped outside and waited for the world to reach visual cohesion. I kept trying to look for the park but as my vision cleared I realized, there was no park. A perfectly round and semi-sphereical crater was where the park should have been.

In the center was an object, like a coffin off the set of some science fiction blockbuster. It was smooth on the outside, but underneath was a textured surface, like a scarab shell, it even refracted the sun light in that familar way.

I’ve seen this movie, I know it’s damned stupid to touch it; but I felt drawn to it. Against my better judgement I was kneeling next to the thing. I touched the surface of it with a trembling hand, my brain screamed at me to stop. When my full palm and fingers were in contact, it lit up like a CES demo device.

After a moment, the object emitted the hiss of released gas. I lept back, and watched as half of the object tilted toward me, making it’s coffin analogy complete. A figure sat up, it was draped in some sort of cloth, similar to the textured part of the shell. An appendage moved and pulled the material away. I hid my face. This will change everything, I thought.

A moment later I heard a voice in my head. “You’re right. Things will change I am the answer to that great question.”

I peeked through my fingers. “Which one?”, I squeeked.

“Are you alone in the universe.”

Pacific Rim – I love it!

I came for the robot/monster fights I stayed for the joy of it! This is a quintessential summer film. It’s not high art but it is high octane fun! In my mind Guillermo del Toro takes it above an average summer blockbuster, his is more of a labor of love, a sense of craft that makes it more enjoyable. Which is not to make it sound high brow, it’s mostly good fun, but really well done fun. Ehh. I’m droning on here. Let’s cut to the chase.

Do you like giant robots? Yup!

Do you like Kaiju (wikipedia link) movies? Yup!

Do you like Guillermo del Toro’s visual style and story telling? Heck yeah!

If you also answered some from “yes” to these questions then Go see this movie!

I also recommend seeing it in IMAX 3D if you can, it is fantastic!

If you want to hear the Tested crews “Spoilercast” on Pacific Rim check it out here – – They much more eloquently express my feelings of joy about the film