I’m always a little surprised when the New Year comes to a close. Mostly because I can still remember the previous one so vividly. It’s that irony of life I suppose that you spend those early formative years wishing the days would go faster until you finally get to your goal and pray the days would slow down a bit. Continue reading
I’m gearing up for my favorite Holy Day and as such I’m thinking about the Halloween treat I will have for everyone on the 31st of this month. I wasn’t able to do my 31 horror shorts as I’ve done in the past, or even 13 little ditties that make one listen closely for the things that go bump in the night, but I’m committed to having something for you all on one of my favorite days of the year (my birthday has to rank #1 of course). My collection of shorts hold all that I have done with regards to the macabre, but there are a few tales tucked into the ramblings of my blog. Continue reading
Today is a special day for me because it’s the 4th anniversary of my very first blog and the announcement of my first published short story. Today’s milestone is even more exciting because it also marks the announcement of my first self published short story. It’s amazing to see how I’ve grown when I look at that first blog. Continue reading
I feel as if every time I turn around there is some sort of international day of celebration for the mundane or obscure. I believe it’s a perk of living in an age when one’s quirks can be transmitted across space and time, and shared with others that are like minded. Today it seems is International Read Naked Day, and when I read the “about” section of the organizers of today’s festivities page I did a mental fist pump. Their description of the joy of reading was so closely connected to my own, I sighed with contentment. I love reading and by extension, I love books. Although I’ve been converted to the world of reading apps and tablets, there is an indescribable happiness I receive from touching an actual book. To quote e.e. cummings, “I like what it does, I like its hows”, and when someone says they don’t like to read, I recoil back from them with a shudder. Continue reading
Today has been a partially lazy day, mostly because I had great intentions to get some writing done on the next book in my Ambrose Family Series, but alas the road to good intentions is paved with internet distractions. Instead, I’ve started the process of sprucing up my blog and getting writing stuff in order. I recently received the rights back to several of my books and I’m filled with both excitement and trepidation. I’ve re-released some books already but I feel as if my path is being planted more firmly in a direction I wasn’t that sure about taking. Self-publishing was not initially a direction I saw myself, but as I’m always up to a challenge I’ve decided to see where it takes me. Granted, these stories are easy test subjects because the bulk of the work has already been done having had them submitted to a publishing house. Yet, I get a little giddy thinking of the possibilities that await me as I embark on this new journey. Now, if only I good stop looking at bearded men on Tumblr life would be more productive.
I don’t think it has ever happened, but I have two new releases out that are both sequels. I can’t begin to describe how excited I am by this. I’m the first to admit I’m terrible at following up with secondary characters I’ve introduced. Continue reading
I’ve been caught in a spiral of indecision when it comes to my most recent WIP. The hero is a very stern dragon shifter with some control issues. My heroine is quite the character herself and did I mention he’s also a single dad with teenage children (three to be exact). I have grand plans to make this a longer story than my usual fare and possibly the lead into a series. Gah. I’ve been wrapped so tight over how to make all the pieces in my head work together that I’d decided to take a break.
When I’m usually stuck on a story and have no energy to create a new one I go perusing through my collection of forgotten WIPs. Dragon Papa is actually from the pile and I figured if I found something different enough from my current story to work on, it would spark a little creativity in my newest project. Fortunately, I found just that. If you’ve read my short When Opposites First Attract (if you haven’t you need to get to it sharpish) you may remember at the very end I slipped in a sister character. At the time I’d planned to create a world around the crazy Wallace family and their Pack but alas, like most of my grandiose ideas, it never happened (a bit of recurring theme in my life).
I’ve often joked that the folder of forgotten WIPs is in fact a graveyard of good intentions, but as I reread the story and began to tinker with it, I realized that a story isn’t truly dead unless I delete it. Possibly comatose, frozen in a perpetual state of disarray, but if there is even the possibility for resuscitation something can be made out of it. I’m pleased to announce I did just that. I’ll be even happier to announce when it’s been picked up and moving through the cogs of publishing. Until then, I may go poking around and see what else I can find. Until a stern Dragon Papa requires my attention once again, of course. Gah.