I am not lost…

May 22, 2017

The Trouble With Submissions

So I know I’ve touched on submissions before, and how one gets ideas for them. It’s easy to surf around and say “oh hey, here are nine thousand places looking for stories that sound interesting; LET’S GO!” but it’s less easy to actually write them.

Now here’s my usual problem.

Length.

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May 19, 2017

FICTION FRIDAY: Thimbleful – Turn Over a New Leaf/Hold Your Fire

These two were short, so I’ve smooshed them together into one mega-microfic. (*cough*) It follows my dearly beloved Tarenthal of the Karantiri stories, very early in his time in the Kalvarine woods.

As always, check out Thimbleful Thursday, and all of Lyn’s projects.

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May 17, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE BLUEBELL INFORMANT by Nick R B Tingley

I received a copy of this book free of charge from the author in exchange for my honest review.

I like killers with calling cards. I like the concept of calling cards in general. (One of the video games I’m playing at present uses the concept, and it pleases me immensely.) So in reading the description of BLUEBELL INFORMANT, and seeing the flowers used as such, I was instantly intrigued. (I blame all the Criminal Minds I’ve watched over the years. My brain wants to profile everything, and the calling card just adds a new level of interest.)

As with so many thrillers I’ve read as of late, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I always get a little nervous about body counts (I blame Ethan Cross for that one) but if I wanted to make a judgment on stereotypes alone, given that the main detective is female, I didn’t expect a very high body count.

How amusing, I find out later, that I base that on assumptions.

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May 15, 2017

Learning About Myself

Being unemployed gives me a good chunk of time to look at myself and how I work, because in all technicality, it puts me in the situation I want to be in. Able to devote all my time to writing and other such endeavors, able to focus only on what I want to focus on, all the time in the best part of the day to go walking…

Of course, what it usually turns into is hours of me staring at Youtube, occasionally playing some video games, and then writing for about half an hour each night so that I don’t lose my streak on 4thewords. Not exactly productive.

So what exactly is it that puts me here, instead of where I want to be? Can I get better at it?

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May 13, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: THE PERFECT STRANGER by Megan Miranda

Hey, surprise! A review on a Saturday! This was slated for Wednesday’s post, but when Laura asked me to help with the book cover reveal, I knew I couldn’t pass it up. And for once, my month is pretty packed with books, so I needed to get this out before next Wednesday! Besides, I’m excited to write this one.

Because it’s one that’s going to need a little explaining.

I was provided a copy of this book free of charge by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

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May 12, 2017

FICTION FRIDAY: Thimbleful – Nest Egg

Another lovely Thimbleful Thursday prompt. I went over word count again, because I’m bad at flash fiction. >.> Only by like…120 though? That’s better than usual?

Anywho, this is in the world of RATHER LARGE PUDDLE, set post-book. I’d say there are spoilers, but I’ve been talking about this book for so long and it’s an obvious romance ending, so one would imagine you’d figure this out anyway.

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May 10, 2017

BOOK COVER REVEAL: FRIEND ZONE by Laura Brown

So this is an author you’ve heard me talk about before, because she’s a friend of mine and I love her work! SO… when I got word that she needed some help spreading the news about her brand new book cover, I jumped at the chance! I’ll put the picture below the cut, and leave you with a fun factoid from the author herself:

Before you check out the amazing cover, there are two details I absolutely love; be on the lookout for them. One, the model’s hands appear to be in motion, almost as if he’s signing. Two, my amazing graphic artist managed to add a hearing aid, as Devon himself normally wears two.

I LOVE HER STUFF OKAY

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May 8, 2017

Bullet Journal Update

So I’m not sure I’ve really updated you all since the beginning of my endeavor into the world of bullet journaling. I started in September and had the very best of intentions. November came and…well…yeah. November happened. It’s been spotty for a while, but I’m making a concerted effort to get back up and running with my bujo beginning with today, and the week ahead. Especially since I have a new job (!!!! FINALLY) it’s going to be very important for me to stay organized and make sure all of the things I need to do stay together.

Also, I think a bullet journal or two for work will be a good idea.

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May 5, 2017

FICTION FRIDAY: Thimbleful – May/December

Not sure why this was as hard as it was, but here we are. Thimbleful Thursday prompt was May/December. I have no clue who these characters are, but they’re adorable.

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May 3, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BLACK IRIS by Elliot Wake (writing as Leah Raeder)

I know all of you are probably familiar with my love of this author, particularly his book CAM GIRL, especially if you watch any of my YouTube videos. When BAD BOY came out in December, I was all set to by it instantly, but was told it might help to read BLACK IRIS first, as some of the characters overlapped, and it might spoil the book a bit.

Of course, I was more than willing to pick up another of Wake’s books, and dove in enthusiastically.

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