Who wants a free book?

I have a problem. My robot is starting to say things better than I can.

Yes, I have a robot. Don’t ask why. None of my dragons were ornery enough to take over marketing emails. But today she actually has a pretty sweet giveaway to tell you about. She thinks it’s all her idea.

It might be best to let her keep thinking that.
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The Ending of All Things

My life, such as it is

It is the ending of this year, at least. I still don’t know where 2017 went. I mean, I’ve two more days left in this month. Surely I can do something yet.

I did see Star Wars – on opening night even. It’s what one happens when an INTJ has an ENFP sister who makes her go out and have fun.

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Fidelyon: ‘Y’ with Ethaniel

Ethaniel, the main character in my novel, Fidelyon, has taken it upon himself to introduce you to his world by going through an alphabet of terms and names.

There is one word I heard for nearly my whole life.

A word engraved on the bronze disc I wear around my neck at all times. Only two kinds of people wear bronze. A half-blood.

And a Yathome.

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Batteries, Movies, and Songs

November Highlights


Okay, so maybe that doesn’t seem like a huge thing. But when one’s computer dies if unplugged for more than a minute, being able to move it around, charged and cord-free for several hours on end, is one of the most marvelous things ever.

OH! And have any of you seen The Man Who Invented Christmas? I saw it on Thanksgiving with my mom. I have no words.

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Save Money by Spending It

Kinda. I mean, money and exchange for books. It’s a good trade. Especially when the authors can use that money to get you more books. Anyway, I just want to tell you about a cool sale coming up.

Thanksgiving is about being grateful. Black Friday makes up for it. But one can be thankful and still buy stuff without trampling people in lines. I love online shopping. I stay up to midnight more often than I should anyways.

Enough of that.

Yes, there is a sale coming up.

There’s also Facebook party going on over this next week, from the 24th to the 30th. There will be meet and greets with authors. Giveaways. Cool things. Check it out!

Find the Facebook Party here

And yes, Buring Rose will be on sale too. More details in two days. 😀

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They said WHAT? 21 things non-writers say or ask

As writers, we suffer (or laugh) our way through a number of questions, comments, and looks.

So I decided to grace a number of questions with my own sarcastic answers.

Things I’ve been asked (in various ways):

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October Highlights: Culver’s, Confrences, and Concerts

My Life

I knew when I started my job at Culvers that I’d not have as much time for writing. I didn’t count in the mental exhaustion of trying to write after a day of work. Still, it’s not the two part-time jobs I have that has slowed me down this month so much as it’s my struggle with my Snow White retelling. More on that in a moment. But it’s not been easy and it’s still not quite together.

I have been enjoying Culver’s. Curd Nerd weekend was quite fun. We got free shirts and got to dress in a more casual style.


Two of my brothers and myself

And I went to my first concert this month! I love the group For King and Country and it was very cool to see them perform live.


photo credit to my sister, Joy

And yes, I am reading while in line to get inside. Don’t judge. It was an interesting part and a Brandon Sanderson book, okay?

My Writing

I attended the Indiana Faith and Writing Confrence this month and got to spend the day with two dear friends. Plus, of course, there were the workshops and meeting new authors and generally having a good time. I may go again next year, though I’m holding out hopes of attending Realm Makers in 2018. If I do that, I may not be able to attend this one too.



Photo credit to Corissa, Maiden of Praise



I didn’t get as much done as I wanted this month.

  • Fidelyon: I read through the whole novel and I’ve noted the parts I need to smooth or cut or work on. I’ve also been reworking some of the prophecy bits.
  • I’m working on Snow White. The working title is Treaty’s Curse. I have a kinda have draft written at 15,000 words. Now to work through it and make it all make sense.
  • Launched Burning Rose.


  • Finish Treaty’s Curse, send it to a few beta readers and get it ready for general editing
  • Correct part one of Fidelyon
  • And no. I’m not doing NaNoWriMo

My Writing:

  • I published a poem, Between Two Worlds on Kingdom Pen. It’s one of the favorite poems I’ve written to date.

Google Searches:

Not much this month.

  • What is the base pigment for red paint? burnt umber, dark red ochre
  • Free social media scheduling tools – because hootsuite has a limit on how many posts I can schedule now
  • Do bones burn? No, I’m not trying to depose of a body. They aren’t even human bones. I just want to know if ground bone would burn or dampen a fire.


Just because…

never late

And this makes me laugh every year.


Are you taking part in NaNo? Enjoying the cooler weather? Have you heard of For King and Country or ever been to a concert? 

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You don’t have to be the best – and that’s okay

I wrote this out of a struggle I had, and still have. Just because I’m writing an article doesn’t mean I have it figured out. I still have to remind myself of the things I know in my head time and time again…

See, I want everything I create to be perfect; I always have. I love reading well-written books. I sometimes ‘hate’ them at the same time, because I wonder how I can ever write as well and make as big an impact with my own writing. It’s not pride issue of wanting to be better than others. Rather, it’s the desire to create stories and characters and themes that touch lives and to do it in the best way possible. If someone has done it better than me, then that means I can get better. And if I can get better, that means I wasn’t good enough.


But eventually, I realized I didn’t have to be the best.

And that it was fine.

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