Realms of Imagination http://www.realmsofimagination.net Realms of Imagionation! The Writing Website of Sci-Fi Author Steven Lake! en-us Overcoming The Seemingly Impossible http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/overcoming_the_seemingly_impossible http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/overcoming_the_seemingly_impossible Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:49:43 -0400 There are some people in this world who make the impossible not only look possible, but show each of us that nothing is impossible if you are willing to make the effort and commit yourself to never quit. One such person as this is Mandy Harvey. She was born with hearing, but lost it when she was 1 ... A Book Revival And Resurrection http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_book_revival_and_resurrection http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_book_revival_and_resurrection Tue, 13 Jun 2017 14:03:54 -0400 After much thought and consideration I've decided to take the time and go back through all of the novels I've already written and both improve them, as well as possibly even expand them, change up how they exist in their respective universes and so on.  What will come out of this is a m ... Curing Writer's Block - 8 ideas for you! http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/curing_writers_block_-_8_ideas_for_you http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/curing_writers_block_-_8_ideas_for_you Mon, 12 Jun 2017 23:14:03 -0400 I had an interesting topic come up recently with a fellow author who was also working on a book.  His discussion was that he'd hit a really bad case of writer's block and didn't know how to get out.  It brought back some memories to me of times I've been blocked while writi ... A Little Auction Fun http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_little_auction_fun http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_little_auction_fun Mon, 12 Jun 2017 20:50:44 -0400 For those of you who know me, you know how much I love auctions, the thrill of the chase and the deal of the day.  Auctions are a blast and make great entertainment.  Plus you never know what you'll find there.  That's why I'm posting these three videos as I think they absolutely fit my love of a ... Death, Grief and the Writing Experience http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/death_grief_and_the_writing_experience http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/death_grief_and_the_writing_experience Sat, 10 Jun 2017 20:27:04 -0400 One of the things I find interesting about writing is how often it intersects with the realities of life.  For example, many of you may not know that recently, back on April 26th I lost my mom to dementia.  It's been a rough several weeks since then, but through it all God has sustaine ... Corinthianism in the Church http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/corinthianism_in_the_church http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/corinthianism_in_the_church Tue, 23 May 2017 09:41:36 -0400 Lately I've been noticing a rather disturbing trend among believers. Not all believers, but certainly enough for me to sit up and take notice. What trend is that? I would roughly call it "Corinthianism". Paul lays out what this is very well in 1 Corin 1:12 where he says, "Now this ... A Rocking Chair And An Empty Place http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_rocking_chair_and_an_empty_place http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_rocking_chair_and_an_empty_place Sat, 13 May 2017 16:28:17 -0400 Ya know, it's weird sitting here today thinking about mom's stuff, especially on the eve of mother's day. For the past 17 days since she passed nothing much has been done with the majority of it. Sure, a few things got outcycled already and went to people who really needed them, just as ... The Inheritance http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_inheritance http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_inheritance Thu, 04 May 2017 09:52:43 -0400 One day, many years ago, a very rich old man died and left his sizable estate to his two sons. In his will he laid out two halves to his estate. One half was filled with fancy cars, mansions, boats, stocks, bonds, lots of money and more. The other was a tiny slab of land, a few hundred acres at most ... Faith To Move Mountains http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/faith_to_move_mountains http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/faith_to_move_mountains Mon, 17 Apr 2017 09:32:02 -0400 A young man once sat quietly in his dinning room looking at a table full of bills before him. On them were stamped many things, including "past due", "last notice", and "shutoff notice". It wasn't as if he refused to pay them. Deep, deep down in his heart he wanted ... Ducks In Heaven http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/ducks_in_heaven http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/ducks_in_heaven Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:42:55 -0400 Here's a little humor for your day.  Enjoy. :) ------------------------------ Ducks In Heaven Three women all die in a car crash and go to Heaven on the same day. They are waiting at the gate when St. Peter arrives and greets them, "Welcome to Heaven, ladies. There is only one rul ... A 3 Step Plan To Success In God http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_3_step_plan_to_success_in_god http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_3_step_plan_to_success_in_god Mon, 03 Apr 2017 15:08:27 -0400 Thought for the day: Years and years ago a very good friend of mine and business genius gave me an interesting piece of advice that's stuck with me the rest of my life. Not because it sounds good, but because I've seen it work, and it never, ever seen it fail. What is that piece of advice? W ... Use Me Greatly Lord - A Modern Parable http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/use_me_greatly_lord_-_a_modern_parable http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/use_me_greatly_lord_-_a_modern_parable Wed, 01 Feb 2017 12:18:32 -0500 One day a idealistic young man stood before God, and said, "Lord, use me greatly!" So God made an enemy for him in a local judge. If the young man opened his mouth and spoke anything of Christ, the judge would fine him. Still the young man witnessed and preached despite the pain and troubl ... The Stolen Ribbon - A Dream of Encouragement! http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_stolen_ribbon_-_a_dream_of_encouragement http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_stolen_ribbon_-_a_dream_of_encouragement Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:20:24 -0500 Hey all, I've got an interesting one for you. This came to me last night in a dream. I don't see it as being prophetic, but rather very encouraging, as it carries a great message with it. Anyhow, here's the dream. It begins with me standing outside. It's dusk, so lots of shadows, ... Reliable News Sites http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/reliable_news_sites http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/reliable_news_sites Wed, 11 Jan 2017 15:40:22 -0500 The below text comes from a good friend of mine and is an excellent resource for helping you sort through all the fake and questionable news running around the internet and through the main stream media. I can’t guarantee these will raise your I.Q., but you will be more informed from a co ... The Lessons Of Poverty And Giving http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_lessons_of_poverty_and_giving http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_lessons_of_poverty_and_giving Wed, 28 Dec 2016 14:27:49 -0500 For those of you who've been on this little journey of the last year, I'm sure some of you remember the crazier moments when frustration, anger, a bit of impatience, and just this overwhelming desire to get out of debt, get out of this hole, this money pit, and this rolling financial disaste ... Murphy's Laws for Auctions (humor) http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/murphys_laws_for_auctions_humor http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/murphys_laws_for_auctions_humor Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:29:14 -0500 Murphy's Laws for Auctions: 1.  Everyone's a tightwad until they get to the things you want, and then everyone's a millionaire. 2.  The items you came to the auction for are rarely the ones you leave with. 3.  The worse the weather, the more people show up.  The ... A Dream And A Message http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_dream_and_a_message http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/a_dream_and_a_message Tue, 01 Nov 2016 23:01:12 -0400 Earlier tonight, feeling all worn out for the day, I decided to lay down and go to sleep early.  But as I was laying there, thinking about the day, my mind drifted off onto the subject of false teachers (don't ask me why it headed that way, save divine redirection) and I began to think abou ... The Addictions We All Have. Yes, Every Last One Of Us. http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_addictions_we_all_have__yes_every_last_one_of_us http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/the_addictions_we_all_have__yes_every_last_one_of_us Mon, 31 Oct 2016 14:18:09 -0400 Have you ever wondered what it looks like when someone with an addiction "falls off the wagon" in a moment of weakness? For an alcoholic, you will find a bottle or two, upwards of a case of beer or liqueur in their place. Someone who is addicted to drugs, you might find a few joints or som ... Two Different Views (A modern parable) http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/two_different_views_a_modern_parable http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/two_different_views_a_modern_parable Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:56:22 -0400 Russell looked out across the land before him and was dismayed at what he saw.  There was nothing but miles and miles of barren desert in every direction he looked.  He glanced up at the sky and covered his eyes as he stared at dusty brown, empty skies in the midst of which hung a scorchin ... Quality of Prayer vs Quantity http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/quality_of_prayer_vs_quantity http://realmsofimagination.net/blog/quality_of_prayer_vs_quantity Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:41:06 -0400 Thought for the day: I hear so many of you complaining or commenting about how dark it's getting in this world, and rightfully so, or even how much Satan is attacking you, how life is the pits, things are getting bad, etc. We all know that God uses trials to draw us closer to Him, and to loosen ...