Belated Announcement

I’ve been extremely absent from my blog for … well, an embarrassing amount of time. But! I have a pretty good reason. Last month I began the preparations for a move several states away from where I grew up, and at the very end of March I finally made that leap! I had the stalwart emotional support of @nightmares06​, who managed to fly out to where I was so we could drive all the way back in a race against time. We made it back just before several states in New England cracked down on this pandemic with more stay at home orders and the like.

So now, I have taken up residence in Massachusetts! I have work lined up (we’ll see how long this work from home shenanigans goes on), and I’ve been keeping busy settling in.

I’m eager to get back into writing, however. I’ve missed it! The flurry of the last few months is beginning to settle down, so I’m pleased to note that I will indeed be getting back into practice.

Stay tuned later for a one-shot based on the Brothers Asunder AU created by myself and nightmares (find more information @brothersapart​ or here ): Dean Asunder!

Looking Forward?

I wanted to make a recap of the decade type post like I’ve seen all around, but the more I think about it the more daunting such a thing sounds! I did a lot of growing up since 2010. I went to college and got a degree for the first half of it, and now I’m working a Big Kid job like some kind of adult! I can summarize a bit of the writerly side of things, at least.

For one thing, I didn’t do much writing at all during college. I simply didn’t leave myself the time, and with a demanding course schedule, internships, and extremely unhealthy sleeping habits, writing my stories just didn’t happen. The closest I got was by starting D&D, which helped me get that creative outlet without having to, y’know, actually write the whole thing out (and also gave me several of my favorite OCs, most of whom have appeared on the blog already).

Then, I escaped graduated school, and suddenly the writing just wanted so much to happen again! It was at that point that I began writing with who is now one of my dearest friends, @creatorofuniverses​! I am so blessed that she wandered into my inbox answering a call for RP buddies. We created the Trust multiverse together, and anyone who follows that series knows how much it expanded in a short time.

I don’t say this publicly very often, but the Trust multiverse is also the reason I was able to finish my first draft of Bowman of Wellwood (if anyone remembers way back when it’s original title was Seeing Eye to Eye). I literally couldn’t have published my first novel (2018! I can’t believe I did it!) without my writing buddies.

I started participating in National Novel Writing Month, I wrote collaborative works with several extremely talented writers ( a special shoutout to @kimstaticchild​ and @little-miss-maggie​, who have gone on to publish several novels of their own! They’re incredibly hard workers and I owe so much of my growth as a writer to what I learned from them).

Somewhere in there I sort of started to watch Supernatural (yeah yeah I was like ten years late to that club). Then I read a fanfiction of the show that made me like it even more, and the rest, as they say, is history. I started talking with @nightmares06​ about the show and especially her AU, @brothersapart​. I even created a fanfic of her fanfic (which amused the hell out of me, as a concept), which gave birth to my dear Oscar the OC, and he has never left my mind since.

Oscar got me an in to cowrite with nightmares as well, and my gosh I got myself into the world of crossover fanfiction, bringing my favorite OCs into collaborative works with yet another lifelong friend.

The last few years are just a blur of ups and downs with my personal confidence in my writing. While I went through that, I had my friends there to help me remember that I actually know a thing or two about writing. At some point I even added in another buddy, @borrowedtimeandspace​, and I honestly feel so rich to have such a good support network.

I’ve had trouble accepting my solo work as any good from time to time, and that translated into my collaborative efforts. Every one of my cowriters understood and helped me through it, and I literally tear up every time I think about how much they’ve helped me (I’m allowed to be cheesy in my decade recap post).

This new decade is gonna be more hopeful for me. I’m going to start it off by going on a trip with my current cowriter buddies, and I can’t tell you how excited I am for that. 

NaNoWriMo 2019

I’ve been back and forth for the whole month of October on whether I will participate in NaNo this  year, and I decided I may as well at least try! I’m going to be tackling a brand new story set in the Muunfel universe, featuring some brand new characters that I’ve been wanting to write for a while.

I will do my best to keep up with it this year, and I’ll also post excerpts from time to time (maybe not daily, we will see if there’s enough interest). 

Finnraal and the Piper

Finn is a thief. Of goods, of information, of the occasional tray of pastries from the local bakery. Finn has a lot of people that he cares about, within himself and without, and would generally say his family is quite large enough thank you very much. When he stumbles himself into a plot that threatens his hard-earned family, there’s little choice but to step up.

August 2019 To-Do List

  • Focus on editing projects that need it
  • Post some more solo work

I sort of feel the signs of burnout coming on, so I’m planning to take it easier on myself in August. I’m not going to make myself write just to write something during this month, and focus instead on cleaning up stuff I’ve already written. I’m sure I’ll write some new material over August, but I won’t have some hidden word count goal I’m trying to meet.

1 Year Publish-versary!

On July 9, 2018, I published my debut novel and officially got myself out there in the self-publishing world.

Bowman Leafwing is always flying himself right into trouble. In an idyllic forest haven, a young wood sprite must make his own adventures, and Bowman does so by sneaking out at night to fly in the dark. After a race with his friends is interrupted by an owl, Bowman makes a discovery that the village of Wellwood hasn’t seen in generations.

Find the print book and eBook versions on Lulu!

July 2019 To-Do List

  • Post 2 stories
  • Write 10,000 words of new material

I set some small but concrete goals for myself this month. It is the month of Camp NaNoWriMo, but I’m going to skip it this time around because I don’t think I have the focus to work on just one story that much. I may try to open prompts of some kind soon.

June 2019 To-Do List

  • More Lore Bits posts
  • Revisit Goldfish and start the editing process

June will hopefully be a more relaxing month for things. I have some projects I want to poke at, and I will make some time for them now that my other stuff with deadlines is momentarily out of the way. May was a little bit hard on my writing confidence, but I think it’s bouncing back! Yay!

May 2019 To-Do List

  • Interact with my blog more
  • Work on my smaller projects (Size Swap, Chase in Lilliput)

I was super excited when I made this blog. With how busy the year has been, I’ve sort of let it fall to the back burner a bit, and I want to spruce it up a little more. I intend to do more types of posts, and hopefully a little more often. If you have ideas for posts I could do, I’m open to suggestions! Just hit up my inbox!

I also have missed some of my other projects that are more lighthearted and done for fun. I’m going to get back to some of those.

April 2019 To-Do List

  • Finish Brothers Apart contest entry
  • Complete Camp NaNoWriMo goal (15k words)

I didn’t quite finish my contest entry last month, but I made a lot of progress! Since the deadline approaches, I’m going to double down on it, and I think Camp NaNo is actually a decent time for that! It gets me motivated to write every day, so I’ll already be working on things. I’m hoping it will help me knock out that contest entry quickly.

This month I definitely plan to do some Letters from Camp posts, with excerpts and thoughts on the process as I go.

I will once again be working on Imperfect Storm, the story of how Elias Dawn and Eral the Arbor Pixie came to be such a good duo.

Bowman of Wellwood eBook

Last year I published Bowman Leafwing’s story for real, and I’m very proud of all the effort that went into making that a reality. My book is a real thing that I can hold in my hands! Wow!

Now, it’s also a thing I could put in my eReader: Bowman of Wellwood is an eBook.

This was a long time coming. I’m so glad I can finally make the book even more accessible. To everyone who encouraged me along the way, I owe you my thanks for this milestone in my publishing efforts. Thank you, thank you, thank you!