Victory in the March

The screen in the corner blinks from 4:00 to 3:59. Glass shatters in the distance. Tense music fills the small room. An ominous voice warns us of the consequences if we don’t succeed in stealing back a painting before the museum opens. We gather up the final clues, solving them as we go. Another minute down. A stuck door.

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Rebel Heir, Hocking Hills, and Costumes

I did it, guys!

I finished Rebel Heir. More about that in a few moments, but I’m quite happy to have the rough draft done despite all the work I know will need to go into the rewrite.

To celebrate, I’ve taken a trip to a writer friend’s house, then from there to stay with my best friend for a few days. To be quite fair, I’d planned the trip already. Then made it my deadline to get my WIP done. I then beat my deadline for a whole week giving me time to outline new projects. So yeah. Good times.

At Gabby’s house where we played with sais, watched Sherlock Holmes, went hiking, and took pictures on her roof.

Kate’s house has been quite fun too. Even if I did get a bad migraine the day I got there and had to be tended by Kate…who also discovered my phone camera and had too much fun taking photos of the ‘real me.’

My Writing


  • As I said, Rebel Heir is done at 67 chapters and 160,000 words. It’s resting, waiting for me to mend plot holes and rewrite it.
  • Published an article on Darkness in Christian writing on Story Embers.
  • Wrote a flash fiction piece for fun. I’ve got to do more of those.
  • Wrote up a new tagline and am getting plans for overhauling my site. Again. Sometime.
  • Outlined two new projects

Goals for November:

  • Solve the plot holes in Rebel Heir and in the whole universe besides.
  • Take part in NaNo by writing a novelette and novella. More details coming on them soon.
  • Plan a redo of my blog (though that probably won’t happen until December).
  • Attend a Story Embers retreat deal. It’s going to be great fun.

Writing Texts

When a friend discovered who the villain in my story was:

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When a Day Goes Wrong

I was supposed to write an article today about… actually, I hadn’t decided yet. Something inspiring about hope and such maybe. Or a writer’s life deal in Loki gifs.

Then things decided to happen. Not… huge, life-changing things. Or even big things to complain about. Just one little distraction after another.

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Costumes, Sais, and Nightblood

Last year, summer was crazy but it kinda calmed down in the fall. Not this year. I mean, yeah. Might be my fault. Not all of it though.

Like the part about running the house for a full week while both my parents and my sister are gone to bring my brother home from Boot Camp… I’m very proud of my brother, by the way. But pride doesn’t correct the papers of four kids when I’m doing all of their school.

But hey, such is life.

Or so they tell me.


Finally. About time. It’s a 2007 Hyundai Sonata.

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Its name is Nightblood.

Also, I had a birthday. And I got sais. Also very cool. Now to learn to use them–frankly, to use any and all my weapons in general.

Oh, yeah. I also got a costume from the Halloween section at Goodwill and found random train tracks outside a friend’s house at a bridal party. I’m not good at normal party things, guys. Just saying.

My Writing


  • Around 46k on Rebel Heir. The novel is now around 120k long. But I’m coming up on the third plot point now!
  • Wrote a few articles for my blog
  • Came up with a random idea for a book and wrote the first characteristic scene just for fun. I’d show you but then you’d have to wait a few years for the book, so maybe not the best thing.
  • Came up with and outlined a novelette currently titled Amaria Nahvon. It is a Hades and Persephone/Castor and Pollux retelling. Very cool.

Goals for October:

  • Finish the rough draft of Rebel Heir
  • Yeah, that’s it. Because watching kids. And my brother home from Boot Camp. Then going to the Hocking Hills for five days. Busy. So I’ll either get less writing done than normal–or maybe more because I will have less time and so will be focused on it. I’ll let you know next month how it goes.


It’s fall, guys.


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What is life, honestly?

Okay, so there are plenty of scientific answers for what life is. Beating heart. Brain activity. The little things that keep people who look dead from being buried alive. Seriously, it’s freaky. There’s a reason they put bells over graves long ago, so if someone happened to wake up they could pull it. Ever wonder where the term ‘saved by the bell’ came from?

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