• Announcements,  Ideas,  Indie Author Life,  Writing World

    Bookish Swag

    The time has come to figure out what I want to give away with my WINTER’S SIREN launch! With my last book, after much deliberation and help from my sister, I ended up giving away dark fantasy coloring books, a tote bag, copies of my book, bookmarks, a keychain, and I think that’s it, because that’s all I can remember. Since I’m in the business of experimenting, in lieu of giving away my book for launch, I’m going to give away several copies in a Goodreads giveaway. So for launch, I was trying to think of things I would find exciting, but I also wanted things that are themed, kind…

  • Characters,  Fun,  Ideas,  Mechanics,  Writing World

    V is for Villain

    One of my greatest writing pleasures is meeting a new villain! They are some of my most favorite people in all of fiction – books, movies, tv shows. So much so that I used to have a problem with my antagonists overshadowing the main characters. If anyone has ever found themselves in a similar situation, we fix that pairing the villains with more interesting “heroes.” People who are just as fascinating, if not more. In my current project, who the “bad guy” is a little harder to decipher than usual. Dare I say, I don’t have a “bad guy” in the story at all! It’s a matter of interpretation, of course,…

  • Happy Dance,  Ideas,  Indie Author Life,  Novels

    Dance of the Queue Fairy – Part Two

    My story backlog has gotten pretty ridiculous thanks to spending a great deal of time in a neurotic sweat hut. It’s been hard for me to focus, but I found a quote the other day that said, “Motivation comes from within.” Which means, only I could find it. So, I did. Thanks largely to my family putting up with my mood swings and giving me copious amounts of hugs. ^_^ Right now, of course, I’m working on “Winter’s Siren” – a retelling of a classic tale that is going well and should be done by the end of this month! More deets on the inspiration at a later date. I worried that this…

  • Facts of Life,  Fun,  Ideas,  Indie Author Life,  Inspiration,  Work-In-Progress

    Dance of the Setting Fairy – Part Two

    In true me fashion, I changed what story I’m going to work on next after making an official announcement. Lol! I’ve been working on the current project for a few weeks now, but it’s not “The Puppet Box” as I originally intended, in case you didn’t notice its absence in the sidebar. Despite the fact that probably half of the story was already outlined, I have had to change a few things, and those changes have rendered the outline largely, but not entirely, unusable. I was dying to write and didn’t want to wait on a fix, so it’s been pushed back. But everything is good now, and it will very possibly…

  • Facts of Life,  Fun,  Ideas,  Inspiration,  Work-In-Progress

    Dance of the Setting Fairy

    Not too long ago I posted about real life settings versus fictional settings. I’m on a real life setting kick right now. 🙂 In “Legion” we’re in pseudo-present day Asheville, North Carolina. I love Asheville. So, it’s not surprisingly (to myself) that we find ourselves in NC once more in “The Puppet Box” – this time in Winston-Salem on their very own Wake Forest University campus. Outside of mentioning a couple of real places around campus and their real mascot, everything else is made up. For example, I have a “Sorority Row” and a “Fraternity Row.” There is no such thing on that campus. ^_^ Now, I didn’t set out to…