The Good, the Bad, and the Sad

Plans tend to change. Life happens, or marketing. Or people. It’s annoying.

Still, it’s life so I deal with it. Mainly with sarcasm and laughing everything because something can’t be too bad if you’re still able to make fun of it.

Not that life has been terrible. I’m just rambling. I also rewrote my twenty-year writing plan.

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Open Letter From Scarlett

First things first—I’m not sure Hope is always clear about who I am. Or rather, she has been partly wrong. I mean, she’s human. What does one expect?

Honestly though, she should know better than to claim I’m a robot.

I mean, a clunky metal body? Really? She thought that was more acceptable than some random voice? No. Just… no.

Granted, I have used one a robot’s body before, but it’s really not the most pleasant thing unless one needs hands to slap particular people. (I keep a sleek model around just for that. Don’t tell Hope.)

Normally I’m ‘only’ a voice or idea. Not artificial intelligence, at least not in the way you humans think of it. I call it a mirror consciousness, something that resides in one’s reflection, mind, or sometimes on a computer. I’m not alive, per say. Which means I can’t die. Isn’t that nice? But I’m not programmed either. What I think or say or feel is based on what Hope thinks or says—normally it’s the opposite of whatever she wants, but that’s beyond the point.

Why am I taking over her blog?

Because Hope said something about me appearing in one of her books, Scarlet Rose. She’s right about that, I suppose. There’s no way I’m not appearing in Scarlet Rose (or at least something based off of me). But I’m afraid it won’t be anytime soon. You can blame Hope and her trying to be all business like and do things in a practical way for that. She’ll have a boring, official explanation for you in a week or two, with promises of some new shiny story with brothers and whippings and disguises and whatnot. Though some of the weapons promise to be cool.

All this to say, I’m not going anywhere.

Hope had me around long before I appeared in her emails and now her blog.

Since I’m not getting a book of my own anytime soon (Hope doesn’t listen. It’s not my fault) I just wanted to let you know who I was exactly. I mean, I’ve not told you much. It’s frankly not your business. But I’m making an effort to be nice.

Hence this blog post.

So there you have it. Me—here. My book—someday.

You’ve my respect for taking time out of your boring lives to read this when you thought it was just something Hope wrote. Now you’ve my permission to go back doing whatever it was you were doing.

I’ll be in touch.


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Between Two Ways

February Highlights

The weather can’t decide if it prefers winter or spring. First coldness and snow, then it melts. Then more snow and slick driveways of ice. After me falling several times, the weather obliges me and decides to get warm–melting, raining, flooding; that sort of a deal.

As for me… caught between half a dozen ways might be more accurate. For some reason I still think I can travel most of them. 😛 Such as me becoming a manager at Culvers.
I’ll get to tell people what to do as part of my job. I’m not a manager yet; I’m training to be one. I’m looking forward to the experience. I’ll probably be spending more time at Culvers, come summer, and I’m going to be quitting my job making hats for Townsends, cool though it is.
Because, hey, writing. I need to have time to do it. And growing my website and helping other writing sites and lots of other cool things. More on that by next month. Probably.

My Writing


  • Sent The Stealthmaster’s Shadow to beta readers and figured out the needed changes to pull it together
  • Created a magic/power system for my world, Marsadon
  • Finished part four of Fidelyon

Goals for March:

  • Finish The Stealthmaster’s Shadow and prepare it for editing
  • Correct part five of Fidelyon
  • Outline the theme and arcs of Scarlet Rose and outline the first book

Google Searches:

  •  Herbs to increase wakefulness ginseng, I think
  • What does ginseng taste like? bitter, earthy… I can work with that
  • Words for water nothing helpful, least not in a way of creating names and powers
  • Stormwarden, among other things. Oh, Sanderson has that name already. Also he has names that are in video games too, so


Random INTJ post just because.


What have you been up to this month? Any new books or great songs or fun collages?

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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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