• Characters,  Fun,  Inspiration,  Work-In-Progress

    The Pool of Companion Novels

    It’s established that I’m not a series kind of writer. I’m also not a companion novel kind of writer. That said, I do have some linked ideas in the pot now that I would love to write, and if I get the first one off the ground, it’ll be that much easier, I think, to write and link the rest. So, that’s what I’m going to try and explain to myself today. Haha. The first story is called “Once There Was Chaos.” I’ve mentioned it before in a setting fairy post, I think. It’s part horror story, part fairy tale I made up in the car one day. I have a…

  • 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…

  • Creative Writing 101,  Inspiration,  Motivation,  Writing World

    “Find Your Teeth and Bite”: 2016 Conference Highlights

    Welcome to highlights from the Fourth Annual Fall Creative Writing Conference, sponsored by MTSU Write. This year, the conference, held the second Saturday of September, was under new management and we got BAGS!! And a mug. Very exciting. 😊 In addition to that, I got to take home the gorgeous bouquet of sunflowers and other gorgeous foliage on my table! But that wasn’t the only thing that changed this year. Previously, poetry, non-fiction, and fiction sessions were all lumped together in the same room – one after the other. I liked this because it was nice to get a little bit of everything. However, this year they did longer breakout sessions instead. All…

  • 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…

  • Happy Dance,  Ideas,  Inspiration,  Work-In-Progress,  Writing Journey

    Dance of the Queue Fairy

    So, I mentioned last week, I think, how I’ve already picked out the story to follow “The Puppet Box.” If you happened to stroll through the sidebar or the Writing Projects Garden, you will have seen it already, one working title “Winter’s Siren” aka “Songbird.” 😀 Yeah, I know, after all the hoop-la I spit about picking a next idea super early, I’ve gone and done it again. Well, if I don’t write this story I’ll die!! (Disclaimer: Krystal Jane is just being dramatic.)  Given how long it takes some of my ideas to grow into something writeable, I figured, why not force all super shiny ideas to the back…