I am not lost…

July 4, 2016

Fictional Celebrations

I was going to have a title that was so much more boring than that one, but thank goodness I came up with a better idea. DAY SAVED.

So! For my Stateside luminaries, happy Independence Day! (For the rest of the world, happy 4th of July anywho. Love you.) One of the favorite summer holidays, full of picnics and grills and fireworks and s’mores and oh yeah, something about our country and England. Yay?

We have a lot of holidays floating around for one reason or another (and even more that people have just made up for fun/an excuse to celebrate) and we expect them each year. So what do you do when you’ve created the world…and they don’t have the same reasons to celebrate as we do?



May 9, 2016

Talk Bookish to Me

As I’ve probably mentioned before, I started out my writing life as a fanfiction author. One of the foremost glories a fic author can receive are reviews. Comments, kudos, reviews…these are what keep a fic author breathing. We can’t do it for money, more often than not we don’t even have our “real” name attached to it, so all we can do is place it at the mercy of our fellow fans and hope that they like it.

And we know all too well how vicious fans can be if they don’t like your portrayal of their beloved characters.

So why is it that we seem to forget this kind of feeling when we start writing “real” fiction?


March 23, 2016


When I got my Kindle for Christmas, I went on a bit of a spree trying to find books I could track down for either free or very low cost. I can’t recall how I tracked this one down–I’m guessing it showed up somewhere in my library as a free download, but the blurb looked interesting. A husband and wife, and the world around them shaken to its core. Sure. I like stories with suspense and intrigue, and it’s hard to pass up the low low price of free. So I picked it up, and about a month later got around to reading it.

I’m starting to wonder if that’s actually a good idea anymore. (Picking up free books at random, not picking up this particular one. But.)


March 9, 2016


This summer, my best friend was talking to me about a book she’d read which took place around where we’d grown up, and was written by a local. I was still unemployed at the time, so she very kindly bought the book for me–and then I promptly failed to read it for months. (Because I’m really good at doing that.) So at the beginning of the year, I made a promise to myself that I was going to start reading through the books sitting on my Kindle and Nook that had been there for ages.

I don’t know why I waited for so long on this book. I was denying myself such joy.


January 25, 2016

Inspiration from Another Time

I’ve been very lucky to grow up in a family who value writing and books as much as I’ve grown to. (Post hoc ergo propter hoc, probably.) I was always encouraged to read, and had access to a wide variety of books in addition to any I might pick up myself. I’ve always been grateful for that–but it’s given me a set of references apart from a lot of the other people/writers my age don’t have.

It’s an interesting conundrum.


January 11, 2016

Curse of the Third Book

(Man, that sounds like an awesome short story or something. Anyway.)

I seem to have a curse laid upon me when it comes to obtaining books. I seem to have brought it upon myself, way back in high school, unknowingly. It began with an author I have come to love dearly, and am glad of having become aware of, but…well, let me tell you the tale.


September 2, 2015

BOOK REVIEW – Of Gods and Madness: The Faithful by Justin D. Herd

I had originally been a portion of a blog tour for this book (as you saw my promo post for it a post or so back) and was scheduled to give a review on that day. However, there was a stipulation in the tour (understandably) that if you could not give the book a 3-star or higher review, that you wait until after the tour finished to post your review.

…Well, the tour’s over now.


November 12, 2014

NaNoWriMo Week 2: Never Give Up!

This is a great sentiment for Week 2 of NaNoWriMo, but honestly…we all know why I wanted to write this.


Any excuse to put this into a blog post. ANY EXCUSE.


November 5, 2014

NaNoWriMo Week 1 – Is It Secret? Is It Safe?

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For the month of November, I’m taking it as my civil duty to help out the Wrimos of the world. If you’ve been around for a while, you may have seen my guest post last November over on Denise Drespling’s blog (if you’re new in town, you can read my post here) about how I believe that NaNoWriMo changed my life. This is my 9th year in the program, and my (hopefully) 7th year of completing the challenge. It is my 3rd year as an ML, and my 3rd different region to be living in. I was ML of New York::Elsewhere for two years, and will still serve as virtual ML there this year, but am currently in “training” to be the co-ML of Virginia::Richmond next year. I love the program, and I love helping people along the way. So in addition to the pep talks that go out to all the Wrimos, I’m going to put out posts each week of November to help the Wrimos (and anyone else who’s writing this month, for any reason!) to help along the way.

Week 1 is today.


October 22, 2014

I’ve Got Some Books On My Shelf…

…and I’d like to wipe them out.

Yes, you heard me. I want these books off of my shelf. I want the whole shelf to be empty. I want all the books gone.


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