Denica McCall

Fantasy Writer — Bringing light to hidden worlds

In Disney’s recent remake of the classic Aladdin, the genie says something to Aladdin that I find quite profound. Here, I paraphrase in my own words:   “The more you gain while pretending to be something you’re not, the less you’ll have.”   Jafar—the villain—is the villain because he seeks power, status and riches above …

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Setup: The character, Jasper, finds himself in a very real-feeling vision, where he’s in a desert having to face the accusation and pain of all the people who have hurt him or whom he believes he has hurt in his life. It’s a desert of self-condemnation and loneliness; essentially, this world of lies that he’s …

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“For a moment of silence Theoden stood looking down at Eomer as he knelt still before him. Neither moved. ‘Will you not take the sword?’ said Gandalf. Slowly Theoden stretched forth his hand. As his fingers took the hilt, it seemed to the watchers that firmness and strength returned to his thin arm. Suddenly he …

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Why are writers so afraid? I seem to face a demagogy of unfounded and unexplainable fears throughout a given week, and I just don’t understand. Why the barrage? Why can’t I just enjoy life and live in the moment and stop. worrying. worrying. worrying? It’s like a tick is scratching away at my brain. I …

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It’s amazing how comfortable the edge can feel when you know who you are. When all former needs, expectations, and wounds are left behind. When you’ve instead chosen to embrace the new creation inside of you, the one that is whole and entirely secure no matter what loss once tried to take from you. When …

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